Fall Break

Hey y'all!

First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! This month went by so quickly, I feel like I just barely did my September monthly favorites. (Be sure to look out for an October favorites post next week).

Since we had a bye week here at Alabama, we had fall break. Basically this means we didn't have school on Thursday and Friday. So my best friend, Sarah (yes we have the same name) and I headed to her hometown in Michigan!

It was my first time ever being in the state of Michigan, but I definitely can say that I loved it. I've never really experienced 'fall' before, but the leaves were incredible and I felt very #Instaworthy. We even went to a cider mill and had pumpkin donuts and apple cider!!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!


 

My Updated Skincare Routine

Hey y'all!

Last year, I did a post titled 'How I Got Rid of My Acne & How You Can Too!' and it seemed to be something that a lot of people could relate to.  Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person struggling with acne, especially while in college when most people are over that stage of their life.  It can be a little discouraging when everyone else around you has 'perfect' skin, but you're stuck with scarring and occasional flare-ups. So yes, I still get breakouts even though I'm almost twenty years old, but I'm here to update you on what I currently do to help my skin stay as clear as possible!

{ THE LINEUP }
Philosophy "Purity" Cleanser
Clarisonic Mia 2 - (c/o Clarisonic and Her Campus Media)
Burt's Bees Acne Toner
Younique Brilliant Moisturizing Gel (no longer sold) // Clinique "Dramatically Different" Moisturizer

{ THE ACTION PLAN }
In the shower, I use my Clarisonic with a medium sized dot of Philosophy cleanser. I love this device because not only is it waterproof, but it's so easy to use! As someone who has sensitive skin, I feel like the sonic cleansing is gentle on my skin, but I still feel like my face is thoroughly cleansed. 

Once I get out of the shower, I use my Burt's Bees Acne Toner. I recently picked this up on a whim while at Target and I didn't think I would love it as much as I do! In the past, I've skipped out on a toner because it burned my sensitive skin. But this product is gentle, and I still feel like it's doing the job. I actually really like the smell of it too!

Lastly, I go in with my moisturizer by Younique, which they no longer make unfortunately. So once I run out of this, I plan on going back to using my Clinique moisturizer. I personally don't like anything that's too heavy, because it makes my face feel gross.

Once or twice a week, I like to go in and use my Clarisonic Deep Pore Minimizing Clay Detoxifying Mask. I feel like it helps pull all of the blackheads and overall 'gunk' out of my pores. It leaves my skin feeling super clean which I love!

{ THE RESULTS }
Above is a picture of my skin after using these products for a few weeks. As you can see, no active breakouts!! (insert cheering emoji!!!) I'm really happy with how my skin looks and I hope to see a continued improvement. I love my Clarisonic device and would recommend it to anyone! It's a great idea for a Christmas gift. If you want to purchase one of these for yourself or even for someone else, use the code HERCAMPUS for 15% off (ends 10/31/16).


 
This post is sponsored by Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make texasweettea possible!

September Favorites

 ISLAND MOONLIGHT
I'm a big fan of the cult-classic candle "Volcano" by Capri Blue, but I can't always justify the price tag. While browsing the candle aisle at my local target, I found this great dupe! It comes in an adorable tin can which can be used for storing jewelry after the candle is all burned out. I've been burning it everyday because it's such a warm and cozy scent so it's just perfect for the fall!

 GLOW UP
Green primer can be a little intimidating. This one in particular has a nice thick consistency but it blends very easily. I apply it first, then do my eye makeup, and then I put on my foundation. I think by doing this, it allows it to become a little more tacky which help my liquid foundation to stay put all day. 

This powder foundation has such a smooth finish. I'm obsessed! I saw some bloggers rave about it so I wanted to test it out for myself. I use it to help set my entire face. It doesn't make me look cakey at all and I really do think it helps prolong my foundation. I have shade '25 Nude Beige'.

 THE CAT'S MEOW
This month, Denny has been loving a new bed / scratching post that I purchased him from Petsmart. He lays in it all the time and it seems to have stopped him from clawing the couch (insert eye rolling emoji). I just thought he was too cute not to share!

 STAY WILD, MY CHILD
Believe it or not, this skull was a halloween decoration! It actually lights up green. I've wanted a bull skull for so long, but I haven't found one that's cute, yet still affordable. On etsy, they usually start around 75$. I was lucky enough to snap this one up for only 30$! Plus, it's not real which makes me feel a lot better too.

LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT
After recently getting about 6 inches chopped off, I wanted to switch up my shampoo / conditioner. I've always heard good things about the Ogx brand. Plus, I'm a sucker for packaging. I really like shampoos that lather and this one seems to do the trick! As for the conditioner, I bought this based on a review from one of my favorite bloggers, Mackenzie Kendall. She swears by the stuff, so I purchased it. So far, I'm loving it and I really feel like it does make my ends more moisturized.

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