Skincare Routine/Product Review

Hey friends! It’s been a while. How have y’all been?

I wanted to do a post that’s a little different from my usual – and that’s skincare! This is a bit of a long post, so grab a cup of coffee or a snack and let’s get to it!

If you asked me if I had a skincare routine six months ago, I would have laughed and asked, does washing your face count? My college roommate became obsessed with skincare a while back and tried to get all of the housemates into it as well. For so long, I thought I didn’t need any skincare products – that my skin was fine. However, a few months ago I decided to just try it out.

I think the reason why I was hesitant to get started in skincare was that it seemed like a very expensive hobby. However, it doesn’t have to be at all. There are plenty of very affordable products out there that are still great quality! I’ll share with you the products I’ve been using for a few months now and my daily routine.

  1. OLE HENRIKSEN Balancing Force Oil Control Toner

This was the very first skincare purchase I made per the recommendation of my roommate. In her words, “it’s one of the best toners ever that’s affordable.” I think she would also say that toner is one of the most important parts of your skincare routine. Toners contain acid which kill all the bacteria and dead skin cells, making room for new skin cells. I originally got this to help get rid of white heads on either side of my chin. This toner completely got rid of all of them in just a few weeks! I was so impressed. The first time I used it I thought it smelled kind of bad, but I think it’s because I wasn’t use to the acidic smell. Now I don’t think it smells like anything. I also noticed a bit of redness and irritation whenever I applied my moisturizer or foundation when I first started using it, but after I used it for a while, the redness went down. I would 100% recommend this product to anyone just starting to get into the skincare realm.

2. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

I’ve only been using this for about 2 weeks, but I like it so far! I had previously been using Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. The texture of the cleansers themselves are similar. The only thing I don’t like about Milky Jelly is that it doesn’t foam like the Neutrogena one; however, that isn’t a big deal. This was another product my roommate raved about.

3. Peach & Lily Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow Moisturizer

This moisturizer is so good for such a great price! It smells so good and leaves my skin feeling soft and glowy. I highly recommend this product! When I first started learning about skincare, I thought that if you had oily skin, you wouldn’t need to use moisturizer, because it would just make it worse. However, my roomie informed me that the reason your skin is producing oil is because it isn’t getting enough moisture, so if you start using a moisturizer, the oiliness will stop. WHO KNEW?!

4. OLE HENRIKSEN Transforming Walnut Scrub

This scrub exfoliates and cleanses pores and smells exactly like cookies!! I absolutely love this scrub. It leaves my face feeling clean and evens the texture of my skin.

5. OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum

I’m absolutely obsessed with the Truth collection from OLE. These products are enriched with vitamin C to help brighten, firm and make skin look younger. All of their Truth products smell like creamsicle! It comes in a pretty small bottle, but you use a very small amount each time, so it will last a long time.

6. OLE HENRIKSEN C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème

Another item from the Truth collection, this product provides 24 hour hydration while brightening skin as well. I got this as a sample with my points from Sephora (only 100 points to redeem) and have only used it about a week, but it’s OLE and from the Truth collection, so what’s not to love?

7. Glossier Zit Stick

This portable pen spot treatment can reduce redness and the size of acne in as little as three hours! I’ve used it several times and have seen a noticeable difference in the size of my acne. This can be used 3x a day.

8. Mario Badescu Aloe Moisturizer

My roommate gave this to me when she was minimizing her own collection. It is more creamy than most gel moisturizers I use, but I still like the way it feels on my skin.

OKAY… Now on to my daily routine! With skincare, you should have a morning and nighttime routine. I’m no expert, so I probably don’t do everything perfectly, but this is what has been working for me!

Morning routine:

  • If I shower in the morning, I use Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser. If I showered the night before, I start with the OLE HENRIKSEN Truth on the Glow Cleansing Cloths or Stay Balanced Oil Control Cleansing Cloths.
  • I follow that with the OLE Balancing Force Oil Control Toner. Simply wet a cotton round and apply in an upward circular motion all over your face.
  • Next, I apply the OLE Truth Serum all over my face, followed by the OLE C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème.
  • I then apply the Peach & Lily Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow Moisturizer all over my face. You only need about a pea-sized amount to get full coverage.
  • If I need a spot treatment, I use Glossier’s Zit Stick.

This only takes me about 10 minutes to do my whole routine and I’m ready for the day!

Nighttime routine:

  • If I’m not showering that night, I use Glossier Milky Jelly as my cleanser. Simply wet your face with lukewarm water and apply one pump of the cleanser thoroughly on your face in upward circular motions. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • I use the OLE Transforming Walnut Scrub 2-3x a week. Wet your face with lukewarm water and apply a small amount and gently rub into your skin, exfoliating in areas that need extra attention, like around your nose and chin. Be careful not to scrub too hard as the micro beads can rip off good skin cells too. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Next, I apply the OLE Balancing Force Oil Control Toner, the same as the morning.
  • I generally use the Mario Badescu Aloe Moisturizer at night.
  • I finish with the Zit Stick if I need spot treatment.

That’s it! I love starting and ending my day with my skincare routine. It de-stresses me and gets me ready for the day or for bed.

I also wanted to share some ways to save money when buying skincare.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I know it’s a little different from my usual posts, but it’s something I’ve really been enjoying lately, so I wanted to share it with y’all! If you have any questions, just comment below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Alyssa

P.S. if you want more skincare product reviews/suggestions, go follow my roomie on Instagram!

Farmhouse Style Bathrooms

Happy Monday friends!

Just because the bathroom isn’t necessarily the most glamorous room in the house doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish! I found a really great guide on Pinterest about the usual pieces that go into a farmhouse style bathroom. Take a look below!

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Below are some examples of these elements being used:

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I love the ladder with the caddy for storage. The mirror is gorgeous as well.

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This bathroom is very calming. Lots of neutrals and wood tones, make it a relaxing space.

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I’m obsessed with this distressed wood cabinet. GORGEOUS!

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This antique dresser turned into a vanity is so beautiful and has plenty of room for storage!

I hope this provided y’all with plenty of inspiration for your bathroom design!

xoxo,

Alyssa

Magnolia Hearth and Hand Spring 2019 Line

Happy Friday y’all!

Joanna Gaines released a new spring line for her Magnolia Hearth and Hand at Target collection the day after Christmas and I thought I’d share it with you! As always, everything is so beautifully crafted. She even added some bedding. The colors for this spring line have hints of blue and yellow, whereas last year’s were mostly green. Below are some of my favorite picks. The links are below!

I know y’all will love this collection as much as I do! I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year as well!

xoxo,

Alyssa

O’ Cozy Night

Hey y’all!

I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve! This Christmas season as seemed to have flown by. I’m not sure if it’s partly because I graduated college in December, so I didn’t have a ton of time to focus on the holiday season or what the deal was. However, I know there is one thing that I haven’t failed to appreciate this season – and that’s being cozy.

One of my absolute favorite bloggers, Liz Marie Galvan, has talked a lot about the word cozy and what it means to us individually. What does cozy mean to you? Is it a feeling? A place? A smell? To me cozy is being soft, warm, comfortable and content. While most people don’t look forward to the cold, winter months, they bring the perfect opportunity to be cozy.

I love to wear oversized sweaters and wrap myself in soft blankets to stay cozy. I’ve searched some of my favorite stores to find the perfect clothing/items that represent cozy to me. Links are provided below.

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Doesn’t all of this just scream cozy at you?? I hope y’all are staying cozy this Christmas season and enjoying time with family.

Merry Christmas,

Alyssa

Simple Christmas Gift Wrap

Hi friends!

Christmas is 8 days away! I thought it would be fun to share some inspiration for your Christmas gift wrapping! Many people think that the wrapping needs to be elaborate, but in reality, even something super simple is very beautiful! I hope you enjoy these ideas!

I love the added touches of greenery! So simple, yet beautiful.
The berries are so stunning in contrast with the neutral paper
I love this wrapping paper with simple messages written on it!
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I’m obsessed with the ribbon and personalized letter gift tag!
Write your own message on simple brown wrapping paper!
I actually really like the idea of using newspaper as wrapping paper! Maybe adding a sprig of evergreen or berries and baker’s twine would add the perfect touch of Christmas!
I’m obsessed with this simple black and white wrapping paper with the added greenery. So classic!

That’s it! I hope you were able to gain plenty of inspiration for your Christmas gift wrapping needs!

Enjoy this holiday season to the fullest,

xoxo,

Alyssa

Toho Christmas Decor

Hey y’all! Happy December!

I graduate college two weeks from today! TWO WEEKS. WHATTT?! I cannot believe how fast it has flown by. I’m really going to miss all the friends I’ve made over the last three and a half years.

To get in the Christmas spirit, I decorated our townhouse for Christmas and I can’t wait to show you! My friend, Abby, was so kind to take pictures for this post. You can check out more of her photography here.

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I got this from the craft bazaar at my school last year
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I filled an olive bucket with a frosted/flocked pick from The Found Cottage in Michigan (Liz Marie Galvan’s store) and some birch logs from Michales, topped with a bow
Pinecones and poinsettia flowers are spread throughout the room
I painted this tree farm sign last year. The garland is from Walmart and I absolutely love it! It was only $13
This little ceramic house is from Target along with the bottle brush tree
I love these Christmas pillows. The one with the wreath and the cable knit one are from the Hearth and Hand line at Target and the plaid one is from Hobby Lobby!
This beautiful pine wreath is from The Amsden in Versailles, KY. It hangs on our pantry door.

Well that’s everything! I love having the townhouse decorated for Christmas because it is so cozy during a stressful time in the semester. We also have a mini LED tree set up and lights around the living room.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Alyssa

Magnolia Hearth and Hand Holiday Collection

Hey y’all!

On November 1st, Magnolia released their Holiday Collection for their Hearth and Hand line. As usual, the collection is filled with mostly neutrals with pops of color here and there. Here are some of my favorite items! Click on the pictures to be taken to the link.

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Joanna’s new design book!

Isn’t it all so wonderful? I love the holidays and I can’t wait to cherish it with my friends and family. Go check out the rest of the Hearth and Hand Holiday collection!

Happy Friday,

Alyssa

 

Toho Fall Decor

Happy Fall y’all!

October is my favorite month of the year, not just because my birthday falls in October, but because fall is my favorite season.

Today I will be sharing how I decorated the townhouse for fall. Let’s get started!

First up is the coffee table vignette. I added several faux pumpkins, some faux apples, a fall candle and some faux mums in a speckled ceramic crock.

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These faux apples came from the dollar section at Target!

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I got two of these adorable wool pumpkins from Love Grows Wild Market in Kokomo, IN

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These beautiful dusty pink faux mums are from the dollar store and the speckled crock is from Michaels. I love that they give sort of an unexpected pop of color, but are still fall-ish.

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Of course I had to update the letter board to be in theme

Next is the side table. I added a twig-looking pumpkin from Hobby Lobby, one of the pumpkins I painted last year (you can find that DIY post here,) a fall candle from Antique Candle Works, and a beautiful amber bottle with some greenery in it.

 

 

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This amber bottle is from the Magnolia Hearth and Hand line at Target!

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This candle smells heavenly!

I bought a pillow cover from craftKrave on Etsy for the couch and this throw from Michael’s goes perfectly for a cozy fall night!

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Directly above the couch is the window that has a small window sill. I had bought the vintage-looking mailbox to hang on the wall, but it wouldn’t stay on the wall with command strips, so I kind of just sat it on the window sill and it hasn’t moved since. It kind of works though, and I had some extra things I hadn’t used, so I just made a little vignette on the window sill with cotton stems, some faux leaves, a faux gourd and candle.

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Next up is the mail/key organizer by the front door. I changed out the book for a more neutral option, added some pumpkins and sunflowers and voila!

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Next is the crate bookshelf on the other side of the couch.

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These mums are also from the Dollar Store and the crock is from Michaels

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Some more pumpkins and vintage books with a vintage bird figurine

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Sunflowers and star grass with some faux birch logs in an olive bucket. Everything is from Hobby Lobby, except the faux birch logs are from Michaels.

Well that’s everything y’all. I hope this inspired you to decorate for fall!

Thanks for stopping by,

Alyssa

Grove Collaborative

Hey y’all,

Have you heard of Grove Collaborative? If not, they are an online company who’s mission is to sell all-natural, chemical-free cleaning products. They have many popular brands such as Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Burt’s Bees and more. Their prices are all very competitive as well! I first heard of Grove from watching one of my favorite blogger, Erin, from Cotton Stem‘s, Instagram stories where she was advertising a promotion Grove was doing. The deal was a free, fall themed 5-piece set from Mrs. Meyer’s with your first $20 purchase. I had seen Mrs. Meyer’s a lot and wanted to try it out, so I signed up. I’ll show you what all I got!

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I’ll start with the free set I received. The set included a full-size dish soap, hand soap and multi-surface cleaner from Mrs. Meyer’s, a walnut handle dish brush with a detachable head, and a walnut and cellulose scrubber. I got the scent Apple Cider, but you were able to choose from their full list of scents.

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You had to make a minimum $20 purchase to get the free set, so I’ll show you what I bought. I picked a wood cleaner from the brand Method, a walnut scrubber replacement head, and a bamboo cutting/prep board. I also got a free glass spray bottle to put cleaning products in. So all in all I paid $22 for 9 products – what a deal!

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Also featured in these photos is a candle I just recently bought from Antique Candle Works, which is based out of Lafayette, Indiana. All of their candles are made from soy and are hand-poured. Again, many of the bloggers I follow rave about their candles, so I had to try them out. I actually got to use a coupon code for 20% off from Sarah at Little Vintage Nest. I got the scent Fall Harvest. I had previously smelled this scent when I went to the Love Grows Wild Market in Kokomo awhile back, so I knew I had to get that one. Let me tell you, it smells heavenly! They also are so kind to send you a free mini sample of another scent. I received Sage and Citrus. I think it’s perfect for the bathroom! I will definitely order from them again.

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Anyway, back to Grove! The way Grove works, is when you first sign up, you get a free 60-day trial where you get free shipping and free returns – plus you get the free 5-piece set. You can customize your order from month to month, choosing what you need refills of, or what new products you want to try. They let you know exactly when your next order ships out, so you can change it to better fit your schedule. They give you suggestions of what to get for your next order based on how often you will run out of the product. It also tells you when your 60-day trial is up so you can choose to either cancel or renew it. After the 60 days, you are automatically billed $19.99 for a year of Grove membership, and then you can order as much or as little as you want for each month.

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If Grove Collaborative sounds like something you would be interested in, hop on over, using my referral URL, to get your free 5-piece set from Mrs. Meyer’s!

Thanks for stopping by,

Alyssa

abigail leigh photography

Happy Friday friends!

One of my very good friends, Abby, has been blessed with the gift of capturing beautiful moments through photography. Although Abby has been doing photography for almost seven years, she just recently started her own independent business. Of course, as a fellow young woman with big aspirations of my own, I want to support her in any way; so I will be sharing her independent business with you today!

Abby does a variety of sessions from senior pictures, to engagements, weddings and scenic landscapes. Her style is simplistic in that she captures the personality of her subjects by highlighting their natural beauty.

Here are some examples of her work:

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You can connect with Abby through her Instagram and Facebook pages. Her rates are listed there as well.

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This is what Abby’s packaging looks like

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Here’s Abby’s business card!

Continuing to support small businesses and independent business owners is so important because it allows them to continue to pursue their dreams. Shop small 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today, go check out abigail leigh photography!

Alyssa