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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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I’ve struggled with acne for as long as I can remember.  It can be so frustrating and really takes a toll on your confidence.  Over the years, I have tried just about everything from topical products to antibiotics and while some have worked better than others, I was never totally happy with them.  After visiting a new dermatologist office a few months ago, I was finally prescribed a few products that ACTUALLY work and have been total skin game changers.  If you struggle with acne, I highly recommend that you visit a dermatologist and see if some of these products are right for your skin because they have really helped mine!

Here is what I am currently using on my face…

1.) Clean & Clear Morning Burst Detoxifying Facial Cleanser

No dermatologist necessary for this one!  You can find this product in almost any skin care aisle.  I’ve tried so many cleansers and this one has by far been my favorite for years because of how gentle it is.  I find that any cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide just break me out more, so this one has been  great because it doesn’t have any of that.  I use it once a day at night after wiping my wakeup off with oil-free wipes.

2.) The Konjac Sponge (c/o)

Exfoliating is so important, but it’s essential not to go overboard because you can irritate your skin causing even more breakouts.  That’s why I love the Konjac Sponge Co.’s Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge!  Made of 100% vegetable fibre, it’s natural, soft and gentle on my sensitive skin.  I’ve been using it 1-2 times weekly for about 3 months now and all of the tiny blackheads that I used to get on my chin area have disappeared!  To use the sponge, just run it under water for a moment and then simply put a little bit of face wash on top.  Then, gently massage your skin with the sponge for a minute or two.  

3.) Acella Pharmaceuticals Sodium Sulfacetamide and Sulfur Cleanser

This is a product that was prescribed to me by my dermatologist and I love how well it works!  It really helps to dry out oily skin.  I wash my face with a small amount of this at night after cleansing with my face wash.  The only negative that this product has is the smell.  However, you really won’t smell it anytime other than when you are washing your face.

4.) Retin-A Micro Gel 0.08%

Last, but certainly not least is my favorite product of all, the Retin-A Micro Gel 0.08%.  This above all has transferred my skin.  The gel essentially uses Vitamin A to peel layers of the skin from your face (don’t worry very small amounts) and thus, helps to get rid of existing pimples faster and prevent future ones.  I use a small amount on the breakout areas of my face every night.

I hope this will help your skin the way it helped mine!  Leave a comment below if you have any questions about skin care in general or these products! (:

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Hi friends!  A few months ago, I was using a foundation that was breaking me out terribly and to say the least I was extremely frustrated.  When Influenster reached out to me asking that I test the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, the timing couldn’t have been better.  When it comes to acne, I’m usually willing to try almost anything, and with a name like, “Better Skin” I was practically counting down the days until it showed up at my doorstep.

As it turns out, the shade, “Porcelain” is just a little too light for me, but I ended up loving this foundation so much that I actually went out and bought it in the next shade up, “Classic Ivory”.  The formula glides on so smooth and blends seamlessly with my moisturizer.  Unlike some foundations where I feel like I have to use a million pumps to look even on my whole face, this one can cover everything with just one.  Most importantly, it didn’t break me out any further and within a few weeks I noticed my skin had actually improved!  I had much less redness overall and far fewer blemishes.

Here are some of my personal tips to get the most out of your foundation:

1.)  Prevent breakouts.

If you have acne prone skin make sure that you are using a foundation that is oil-free!  This is so important.  I cannot tell you how many times I have purchased a foundation that said “great for oily skin”, only to later really read the ingredients and see some kind of oil listed.  If it doesn’t say “oil-free” right on the front it probably isn’t.  Always check the ingredients.

2.)  Increase the staying power with one easy fix.

Making your foundation last all day long is as simple as this: oil and water don’t mix.  When you are using a water based primer or moisturizer, make sure that your foundation is water based as well.  Silicone based or oil based foundations need to be mixed with silicone or oil based primers and moisturizers.  A foundation that wipes off mid-day could be due to a bad primer combination so again, check those ingredients.

3.) Remove oil for a better finish.

By lightly ridding your face of any excess oil, you will not only decrease shine, but your foundation will last significantly longer throughout the day.  Place a tissue lightly on top of your skin like a blanket and gently pat off the oils from your t-zone and chin.

4.)  Apply powder.

Post foundation application, apply a powder to set everything in.  I find that even just a little really makes a difference in my foundation routine.

5.)  Use a setting spray.

A setting spray is designed to better adhere foundation to your face and while some work better than others, there are a couple that REALLY do the job.  One of my personal favorites is the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer.  Not only is it used by many professional makeup artists, but it’s super affordable at around $10.00.

Hope these tips helped and thanks for reading! (:

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Hi girls!  Music festival season is now in full swing, which means that we will be seeing a TON of flower crowns this spring and summer (which I love).  I think accessorizing your hair is an amazing idea.  But, as I was searching for some festival inspiration I saw a million of them and I decided that I needed to make something for you guys that would make you stand out! You need something that’s not so easy to find in a store, but also something that you can make for a few dollars.  Cue these super easy to make flower pins.

You will need:

– Bobby Pins   

– 1 Bouquet of Fake Daisies ($1.00 at Michael’s)  

-Wire Cutters 

-Hot Glue (optional)

  1. First, with the wire cutters, cut the daisies off of their stem (make sure you leave a small piece of stem attached to the flower).
  2. Push the small bit of stem through the loop of your Bobby pin.
  3. I found that my daisies stayed in the Bobby pins very securely even without any glue, but if you want to be sure (or if you flower stem is very thin), place a small dot of hot glue over the piece of stem and Bobby pin to glue them together.

That’s it!  Hope you enjoy making these and I would love to see your recreations! You can tag me on Instagram with @theinspirationcloset or #getinspiredwithnicole (:

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nicole♡ 

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Hi friends!  I’m sure a lot of you have seen on Kylie Jenner’s Instagram (see here), (here) and (here) that she loves to rock her signature mauve pink lip.  Today I’m going to tell you EXACTLY what products Kylie is rumored to use to achieve this color and how you can achieve the same look for WAY less!  

Kim Kardashian said in an interview recently (here) that Kylie only uses lip liner to fill in her lips.  It is rumored that her exact color is MAC’s “Whirl” lip liner.  However, there is also debate that Kylie has used MAC’s “Brave” lipstick with this liner to give her that pout.

There are two ways you can go about achieving this look for less.  The first is to solely use a liner as Kim claims that Kylie does.  I recommend NYX 831 Mauve lip liner.  It’s the perfect dupe for “Whirl” and it will give you a look that is a little less pink and a little darker, as she has worn at times.  The second way is to use both a lipstick and a lip liner like I did (pictured above).  NYX’s “Thalia” is a great dupe for “Brave” and it gives a bit more of a pop of pink.  It all depends on the look you are going for.  If you would like a darker lip, just wear the lip liner.  If you want a brighter lip, go for both.  

As far as getting those lips so full, Kylie claims her secret is to really overdraw them in combination with some contouring.  She also says she likes to really pout them out a lot when she takes selfies!

Thanks for reading and visiting my blog! (:

Love,

Nicole ♡