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If there is one thing worth investing in, it’s your skin.  You only get one, and the way you take care of it in your 20′s and 30′s will directly affect how it appears in your 40′s, 50′s, and so on.

Over the years, I’ve focused most of my skin-care efforts on fighting breakouts, but over time many anti-acne products have left my skin very dry and unnourished.

Keeping skin hydrated is crucial for preventing fine lines, wrinkles, and retaining overall radiance in later life.  I knew that continuing my routine the way I was could ultimately damage my skin in the future.  That’s why I completely revamped my skin-care routine and wanted to share it with you all!

1.) Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Pads

Glycolic Acid is gentler than many other cleansers, but penetrates deeply making it the perfect exfoliant for those who are sensitive, while sloughing away dead skin and unclogging pores.

2.) Eye Cream

The skin around your eye area is very thin and should be given extra special attention, even as early as your 20′s.  I was recently given the opportunity to try Valentia’s True Glow Eye Cream and I love the way it tightens my eye area, de-puffs, and brightens up my dark circles.  It’s almost like an all in one- formulated with Vitamin C, Organic Rosehip Oil, and several antioxidants.  Upon application, I immediately notice how dewey and bright my under-eyes look.  Another thing that I love about this product is the price!  It’s exactly like a high-end product with natural and high quality ingredients, but half the price at only $25.00.

3.) Face Masks

Face masks are another really important part of any early 20′s skin-care routine.  I find that using my Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask once or twice a week really improves the overall moisture of my skin and makes it appear so radiant.  The product smells amazing and goes on almost like a watery jelly.  After a minute it starts to tingle and you can really feel it setting into your face.  Especially after waking up in the morning, the extra boost of hydration makes my makeup look so much better on.  I also love that the mask has natural oils in it, which I personally feel like have really helped to combat my acne prone skin.

4.) Sunscreen

If there is one secret to keeping skin youthful, it’s to sunscreen on the regular.  It sounds simple, but it’s actually one of the most overlooked things in many people’s skin-care routines.  Take into consideration that even when you are riding around in the car, your skin is being exposed to the sun.  Use a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it on your face and neck every morning before applying makeup in the morning.

5.) Oils and Nighttime Moisturizers

Applying a good moisturizer at night before bed is key to a healthy glow.  I rotate between using face oils such as Grapeseed Oil and Avocado Oil and a water gel moisturizer.

I hope this helps some of you who are looking to “up” your skin-care routine and as always thanks for reading! 

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Coat: Old Navy // Dress: Forever 21 (similar) // Pearls: Vintage (similar) // Tights: Target (similar) // Bag: Target //  Heels: ALDO (similar)

In the winter, it’s tempting to throw on a pair of sweatpants and order takeout, but sometimes a night out is exactly what you really need.  Make your favorite dress cold-weather ready with a pair of tights and a wool coat.  You can also take any coat from blah to fashion forward by draping it over your shoulders instead of wearing it the traditional way.

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Bandana: Amazon // Cardigan: Zara (similar) // Top: Talbot’s (similar) // Pants: H&M (similar) (only 12.00!) // Bag: ALDO (similar) // Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (alternative) // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: NYX “Perfect Red”

When the bandana neck tie trend emerged last fall I was immediately in love.  It’s so perfect the way it draws in all of your attention with the bright pop of color against a neutral outfit.  Not only so, but it also might be world’s most inexpensive accessory.  I purchased this one on Amazon for $2.00, but you can find bandanas at Walmart in every color for just $1.00.

Quick tying tutorial…

The simplest way to tie this is to fold the square in half into a triangle.  Tightly roll it so one end reaches the other.  Then, wrap it around your neck and make a knot in the front.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Blazer: Zara (similar) // Dress: Forever 21 // Purse: Charming Charlie (alternative) // Shoes: ALDO // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: MAC “Please Me” 

If I had to choose a favorite holiday solely based on colors, Valentine’s Day would definitely come out on top.  It doesn’t get any better than pink, pink, and more pink.  I took it up a notch for this look and added a sparkly sequin dress, which I think just screams romantic and flirty when paired with a fitted blazer.  Also, how beautiful are these roses that Craig picked up for me?  I was on the phone with him and mentioned that I should’ve gone out to get some flowers to go with the shoot.  Next thing I know he’s at my door with a bouquet of pink roses right before I left to take pictures.  What a guy right?

I’d love to see some of your Valentine’s Day looks!  Tag me on Instagram (@theinspirationcloset​) so we can be insta-friends!

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Vest: Century 21 (similar) // Top: Zara (similar) // Pants: Target (similar) // Purse: T.J. Maxx (alternative) // Booties: Nordstrom Rack (similar) // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Okay, so I spoke waaaay too soon with the whole “it’s been a mild winter thing.”  Last weekend we were hit with the Jonas blizzard and as you can see by the huge piles of snow it was pretty intense!  I was basically trapped inside all last weekend, but it was so incredibly relaxing doing nothing for three days straight. Although it’s super cold, I’m obsessed with the way that the camel and brown in my outfit pop against the white snow and my white pants.  There’s something really striking about neutral colors against a blank canvas.  I hope you guys have a happy Friday and a great weekend!

Love,

Nicole ♡