A Peek Inside of My Freshman Year Dorm Room

 Hey y'all!

This post has been frequently requested ever since I moved into my dorm. But believe it or not, it takes quite a bit of time to get settled. Now halfway through my freshman year, I am finally ready to show y'all what my dorm room looks like!

I went with a pink, gold, navy and white theme. Honestly, most of my friends did the exact same colors! My very pinterest-y mother made me this blue and white polka dot headboard! It was super easy! Although I would LOVE to tell y'all where I got my pillows from, unfortunately, I can't. My friend's mother is an interior designer and handpicked these out for me. ( Same goes for the acrylic and gold striped lamp! )

For some more ideas on how to make your dorm feel like a home away from home, check out my blog post!

If you have any questions in particular about where something was purchased, leave a comment down below or shoot me an email!

Must Try Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

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We have all been there. A stress pimple here, a hormonal zit there, or even blackheads that never really seem to go away. My skin has never been perfect. I suffered from EXTREME cystic acne throughout high school. It made me self-conscious and uncomfortable. I felt like I constantly had to wear makeup which only seemed to make the acne worse.

I had tried everything. I went to my dermatologist and was told to use this routine twice a day.

  1. Use PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash. I used this with my Clarisonic (regular brush head). Start out using it once a day, because it WILL DRY YOUR SKIN OUT. The first week I used it, my face was actually peeling and was extremely painful because I used it twice a day. My skin wasn't used to that much benzoyl peroxide. 
  2. As a daytime moisturizer, I used this Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer. Since it has 30 SPF, it was a great substitution for sunscreen. It is really important to wear sunscreen at all times. It helps prevent acne scarring and redness.
  3. For night time, I used this CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion
It was that easy! Or so I thought..after a few months of using it, I honestly didn't see much a difference. Yes, there was less acne but it wasn't gone. I'm sure the routine above will work for a lot of people, so that is why I am sharing it with you. ( Free dermatologist advice..why the heck not? )

But for those of you who have sensitive combination skin type, this is the routine that works best for me! I only do this at night time, however.
  1. Regardless if I wear make-up or not, I wipe my face clean with a makeup remover wipe. Your skin gets dirty throughout the day, so a quick cleanse is good to help get all that build up off.
  2. In the shower, I use Philosophy Pure Facial Cleanser along with my clarsonic facial brush.
  3. Once a week, I use the 'Mask of Magnanimity' from LUSH cosmetics. I spread it on, leave it for ten minutes, and then I wash it off with warm water. My skin feels so fresh and deeply cleansed.
  4. Then I use my 'Grease Lightning' which is also from LUSH cosmetics. This is a holy grail product. I can put this on an inflamed pimple and it will be so much better looking in the morning. Much less red and smaller in size.
  5. After I wait for the product from step 3 to dry, I go in with Aveeno moisturizer. It leaves me feeling moisturized without clogging my pores.

Some quick tips!

  • Use makeup sparingly, and ALWAYS wash your face after.
  • Focus on buying non-comedogenic products. This means they are specially formulated to not cause blocked pores.
  • Remember to moisturize!! (Even if you're oily)

Do you have any tips or products that you just can't live without? Let me know in the comments below! I always love trying out new things.

November Favorites + BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey y'all!


So I have FINALLY decided that I would like to start using a YouTube channel along with my blog. It is something I feel strongly towards and I hope it will allow me to improve my brand. Not only will I be able to upload frequently, but it will be a lot easier than taking photos. Believe it or not, it takes a lot to have to line schedules up with someone to take photos for me!

Let me just apologize for the lighting. It decided to start raining as I was filming, but I promise the next video will be a lot better quality! I really hope you enjoy my first video and let me know what you think in the comments below! Also, if you have any ideas of things you would like to see in the future, send me a tweet.