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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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Dress: Charming Charlie’s (similar) // Blanket Scarf: Amazon (10.00!) // Purse: ALDO (on sale!) // Booties: Nordstrom Rack (similar) (only $25.00!) // Bracelets: Forever 21 // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: NYX “Perfect Red”

There are so many ways to wear a blanket scarf, but I think my new favorite is with this little black dress!  This outfit is so easy to throw together and looks instantly chic for day or night wear.  When it gets chilly you can also add a red or beige coat!  How do you wear your blanket scarf?

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Top: Nordstrom Rack (similar) // Vest: Sears (alternative) // Pants: Target (similar) // Hat: Old Navy // Booties: Nordstrom Rack (similar) (only $25!) // Sunglasses: Target // Bracelets: Forever 21 // Lipstick: Revlon “Black Cherry”

I don’t know about you, but I am so guilty of impulse buying clothes, especially during the fall.  Sometimes it’s hard to resist the trends, even when you know they can only be worn for a short time before it gets cold (front button skirt I’m looking at you!).  That being said, you want a closet full of clothes that will carry you from season to season, not just pieces that are ideal for a few weeks at a time.  That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you are stocked with the essentials.  Four pieces that I can’t go without are a vest, a gingham or plaid button up shirt, a floppy hat, and some ankle booties.  Not only can you mix and match these items in a countless number of ways during the fall and winter, but they can also be worn year after year without going out of style.

TIP: To get the most out of your closet, try to purchasing as many of these pieces as you can in a neutral color so that they go with everything.  You’ll never have that, “I have nothing to wear!” moment again.  What are your fall essentials?

Side note: I’m totally loving the vampy lips for fall.  Revlon “Black Cherry” was the perfect color to match this burgundy hat!  This lipstick is normally glossy so I dusted some translucent powder over it to create the matte effect that I love.

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 ♡