Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.

J Crew Shirt / J.Crew Striped Socks / J Crew Necklace / J.Crew Earrings / Kate Spade iPad Folder / Yves Saint Laurent Makeup / Clarisonic Pedi Kit / Mason Pearson Hair Brush / Nail Polish Kit / Kate Spade New York Card Set / Wild Wolf Tupperware Containers / Kate Spade New York ‘Francis’ Tote Mother’s Day is this weekend! Have you decided on what you are getting for the mothers in your life? Oftentimes, I find that Mother’s Day is geared toward drab presents for the home that scream “you’re 100 years old!” However, the moms in my life are very stylish and like what I like. So, I put together a little something something inspired by my own hip and stylish mother. You will find fun items ranging in price from low to high that I’m sure many mothers would like to call their own. However, every time I ask my mom what she would like for Mother’s Day, she always responds with “I just want to spend time with you and your sister.” Oh, I think we can arrange that! Happy shopping!

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Skincare Tip
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Skincare Tip

Dermadoctor “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Serum / Dermadoctor “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Cleanser / Josie Maran Argan Oil “Light”/ Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes / Evening Primrose Oil  Just thinking about my acne-prone skin makes me want to hide my face from the rest of the world. Honestly, when I am breaking out, the last thing I want to do is hang out with a bunch of people or voluntarily enter a room with harsh overhead lighting. I have been struggling with acne since I was in high school and still have not found the perfect “cure-all” for my skin. It has literally taken me over a decade to realize that I have hormonal acne, for which, unfortunately, there is no cure. I find that my breakouts come in stages. Sometimes, my skin is clean and will remain that way for months, even a year. Over the past six months, I have had one of the first acne flare-ups ever. Now, when I saw “acne,” I don’t mean a few pesky little whiteheads that disappear in a couple of days. I’m talking about cystic nodules that appear in clusters and are extremely painful. After a ton of research, I finally made the connection that cystic acne is the direct result of hormonal acne. Awesome! Not. Anyways, I am always researching new products to use, especially since my drugstore regime has really not been helping my skin woes lately. Now that my research is more directed and I know what to look for (Google “Cystic Acne Regime” if you are also struggling). Since I always want to keep you guys up to date on my current beauty regime, here are some reviews of some of the new products that I have been using for the past couple of days that are ACTUALLY WORKING to treat MY type of acne (fingers crossed for long-term results): DermaDoctor “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Cleanser  I stumbled across this brand called DermaDoctor during my massive online product search. Since I am always skeptical of new products (I’ve probably tried every acne product under the sun), I read through hundreds of reviews for this product. To my surprise, almost everyone who wrote a review sounded like they were struggling with hormonal cystic acne like me! I ran out to my local Sephora and picked myself up a tube. It is pricey ($27), but the tube is completely packed. Some of the reviews said that one bottle of this cleanser lasted them three  months! Since I started using this face wash right at the beginning of an awful flare up, I was really able to see results as quickly as overnight. OVERNIGHT. Usually, once I have a cyst, it takes weeks, maybe even a month for it to completely go away. So embarrassing and extremely annoying. With this cleanser, you actually apply it to your dry face twice a day. I use my Clarisonic brush (not pictured) to make sure it really gets in nice and deep. Then, you just wash it off with warm water. I’m currently on day three and my cysts are almost COMPLETELY GONE! Also, it doesn’t dry out your skin, which is a huge plus for me because I am also lucky enough to have combination skin, both dry and oily. DermaDoctor “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Serum I have not tried this serum yet, but have just finished researching it. I will probably go and pick up a bottle the next time I’m at Sephora. I can’t wait to try more products from this beauty line. So far, I’m hooked. Evening Primrose Oil This is a gel capsule that I take every night before bed. While this has not cured my cystic acne, I find that it really does help with the healing process. I also find that my cysts do not stick around as long as they did before I started taking this supplement. Usually, dermatologists tell you to wait three months before you start to see results, so I am still waiting for the end of month three before I give you my final verdict. Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes Since I need a try face before I apply the DermaDoctor facial cleanser, I have been using these wipes to get rid of all my makeup. So far, they are fantastic. Even a week ago, the thought of putting one of these wipes on my face would have scared me since I usually break out when I use a new  product. However, they have been a great compliment to the DermaDoctor cleanser. They are light and smell so amazing that they are a joy to use. Josie Maran Argan Oil “Light” This is my go-to moisturizer that I use at night before heading to bed. It thoroughly hydrates my skin without feeling too heavy or slick. I find that this product also works well with my combination skin and helps my skin feel soft by the time I wake up in the morning. I hope that this helps even one person who is struggling with cystic acne. I know how hard it can be from years of experience. Usually this is a very difficult subject for me to talk about because I really don’t like calling attention to my not-so-perfect skin. However, this is important to me and I hope that you can use the information that I have gathered for yourself and/or that you can tell a friend about it!

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Style And Musings Event!
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Style And Musings Event!

  As promised, here are a few (okay, a lot) of pictures from Bobbie and my first “Style and Musings” event at The Social Beauty Company last Sunday. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this event was. From the people to the food to the drinks to the fun beautylicious atmosphere, everything was just perfect. Seeing my friends and family mixed with my new friends and followers was such a surreal experience for me. Ever since I started blogging, way back in November 2013, I never expected that people would want to meet me, let alone hang out with me for a couple hours while we gabbed about beauty products and shared likes and dislikes. I know it sounds cheesy, but I really felt…home. Walking around, I was thrilled to see people getting their eyebrows shaped and tinted (what!?!?! So awesome!), their nails accessorized with fun nail art, their eyelashes glamified with the most amazing false eyelashes, gals snacking on goodies from La Boulange and Jane, and everyone happily sipping on the amazing cocktails, flavored water, and champagne generously provided by BevMo and Hint Water. Also, watching the gals from The Social Beauty Company was amazing. They were so on top of everything and had everything under control so Bobbie and I could make the rounds and mingle with everyone. I am so thankful for their generosity and for letting us use their amazing space in San Francisco. Also, people were thrilled to see our fun raffle items, which included fun goodies from The Social Beauty Company, BevMo, and Kidogo Kidogo. It was great for us to see people so excited to win such fun items that actually help women in the world, like the amazing Kidogo Kidogo iPhone cases. Congratulations to all the fabulous ladies who won one of the great raffle prizes! One of my biggest “thank you’s” goes to my amazing and supportive boyfriend, Jonny, who photographed this event. He chose to spend most of his day taking pictures of ladies getting beautified, replenishing food and drinks when they were getting low, and mingling with guests. He is the best and I am so lucky to have him! From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much to everyone who came out to this event and for making my fashion blogging dreams come true. Your support on this style journey of mine means the world to me and I hope you all know that your involvement continues to inspire me and this blog. Thanks (as always) for reading!    

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Headband Trick.
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Headband Trick.

STEP ONE: STEP TWO: STEP THREE: STEP FOUR:   I recently welcomed a new beauty trick into my regime. Ever since I cut my hair pixie-short, I use headbands when I wash my face and when I’m getting close to the I-can’t-stand-my-hair phase right before a much needed haircut. When I was reading one of my magazines, my eyes were drawn to a small DIY headband technique featured on one of the page corners. Honestly, if I wasn’t reading every word on each page, I would’ve missed it. Anyway, I learned that if you take an old pair of tights and snip the leg parts into either wide or small rings (like in the pictures shown above), you can actually make yourself a super cheap and REALLY amazing headband. I tried this out on an old pair of my tights (because who doesn’t have an old ripped pair of tights lying around?), and it’s not only easy but they headbands are stretchy enough to fit anyone’s head but they are strong enough to hold all your hair in place. I just had to share this with all of you so that you could be let in on this awesome beauty secret. Thanks for reading!

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