How-To, Skin Care, Uncategorized

5 Skin Products that will Leave you Giddy and Glowing

There’s probably one thing that all girls can relate to… the difficulty that is finding a facial care or skin care routine that works for you. The store aisles full of face wash, serums, creams, moisturizers, and various other items claiming to essentially be the fountain of youth can be overwhelming. With so many different types of skin, different brands out there, and different strengths, it’s easy to feel pulled in a million directions while still not having a clue which one to pick. And let’s be real, don’t you LOATHE buying a bottle of face wash just to use it for a week, barely make a dent in it, and decide that you need to try another one because it’s simply not working? Yeah, me too. Which is why I bring you my favorite skin care products:


1. Dial® Oil Free Acne Control Face Wash is the perfect balance between keeping my skin clear and not being too harsh. And that’s saying A LOT coming from me, because my skin is somewhere in between “Cetaphil is too gentle and anything with witch hazel makes me feel like my skin is being stung by a swarm of angry bees.” Ya feel me? Anyways, this face wash can be easily found at Walmart!

2. Number two on the list is this orange bottle of liquid GOLD. I scored mine at TJ Maxx for $4.99, but it’s also available at Walgreens for $15.00! Honestly, it’s so good that if I couldn’t find it at TJ Maxx or Marshalls again, I would splurge and pay the $15 for it. My aunt used to always tell me, “It’s never too early to start using moisturizer!” And to myself, I was thinking… “Isn’t moisturizer only for people in their 40’s?” WRONG. so wrong. When I first started nursing school, I started noticing fine wrinkles on my forehead. I also noticed that I looked dull and tired.. all.the.time. Most likely a result of my lack of sleep/busy schedule/never seeing the daylight because I was always in the library… oh and the occasional caffeine binge. 40 Carrots®, after just a few uses, made my skin look revitalized. And the best part is, I’ve been using it for about a year and it hasn’t broken me out. I’ve tried other moisturizers and had the issue of them being too oily for my skin and causing a major breakout, and who has time for that?

3. Next up is this Micellar Cleansing Water by Pearlessence. ® This is another one of my TJ Maxx finds; I scooped this large bottle up for $5.99! It can also be purchased through Jocott Brands for $16.00. This stuff has lasted me FOREVER. I use it as a makeup remover, and it’s not nearly as oily as other brands. Another plus is the cute cactus design. Fun fact about me…. I’m a sucker for cacti. I can’t help it, they’re just so cute!

4. Number 4 brings us to this Vaseline® spray moisturizer. I love this stuff because it’s light, your skin absorbs it pretty quickly, and you don’t have to rub it in… can I get an AMEN?!? It’s perfect if you’re in a hurry. It also can be found at Walmart, so maybe you can grab this baby when you get your face wash!

5. Last, but oh so certainly not least, is this Pearlessence® Coconut Water Face Mist. Once again… this was a TJ Maxx find for $7.99. Can y’all tell I have a slight obsession with TJ? I may need an intervention because my bank account is whispering in my ear, “Girl we both know you can’t afford all of these TJ Maxx runs.” The items are cheap and I always find SOMETHING that I fall in love with… whoops. The heart wants what it wants, and if my heart wants TJ Maxx, so be it. Anyways, I’m passing the savings on to you, because this item is IN STOCK online at TJ Maxx for $5.99! I probably got way too excited about the fact that its online, but I really wasn’t expecting it to be! It tends to sell out fast, so grab it while it lasts! I’m also linking the coconut rose water facial mist that’s online as well!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my roundup of skin care products! I love a good deal, because nursing school makes me broke. This girl is not paying for $40-$100 creams and moisturizers, I’ll stick to paying less than $10, and you can too! Let me know if you try any of these products, I’d love to hear from you!

xoxo happy skin care shopping!

– Lauren

How-To, Uncategorized

This One’s for the {Curls}

*Just sing that title to the tune of Martina McBride’s “This One’s for the Girls..” *

“This one’s for the CURLS, who’ve ever had a broken heart, who’ve wished upon a shooting star, you’re beautiful the way you are….”

Ok now that I’m done with my play on words… And yes I do realize that I am probably the only one who found that funny. Cut me some slack, nursing school leaves me no time for any social interaction 😂

Anyways. Growing up with curly hair, it seemed like the BIGGEST annoyance ever. And I mean literally and figuratively… my hair was BIG. My hair still is big. You can call it what you want… voluminous, fluffy, generous, full of body, etc. I can remember hating washing my hair because that meant my mom had to brush it. I was a slightly dramatic kid, so brushing my hair meant a fourth of a bottle of detangler and enough tears to fill a bucket. From me and my mom both. From me, well because like I said, I was dramatic.. and tenderheaded. The tears from my mom were probably for a variety of reasons…

  1. When I was about a year old and that first little ringlet sprouted out of my head, she had no idea what she was in for. Keep in mind that she has board straight hair.
  2. The whole ugly crying, detangler using saga was probably NOT what she had imagined when she pictured having a daughter.
  3. The combs broke. All. The. Time. And not because she was being rough, but because my hair could literally snap a ROCK in half. Is that a superpower or curse? I’ll let you decide.

So somedays my mom just stuck a bow in my hair and hoped for the best. I mean, can you blame her? So the hated hair brushing nights continued until I was about 9 years old. The next few years were a blur of hating my hair and wishing that I was born with shiny, straight hair. I tried serums, creams, and expensive products that I can’t even pronounce that advertised “frizz control.”

LOL, for the record hair companies… frizz control in south Louisiana for a curly girl typically doesn’t exist. Then in middle school/early high school, I found Tresemme Tres GelⓇ. Let me tell you, that $4 bottle is a gift sent straight from the heavens. Now my hair care routine is a breeze, and it doesn’t involve tears 🙌🏻

  1. Shampoo
  2. Rinse
  3. Conditioner
  4. Brush hair while conditioner is still in hair- seriously, if you haven’t tried this, curly girl, it will rock your world!
  5. Rinse
  6. Gel
  7. Air dry
  8. Wake up in the morning with gorgeous curls

That’s it. No expensive products, no multi step routine that costs $100 and takes forever. A $4 bottle of gel from your local store. A lot less time spent frustrated with your curls, a lot more time loving them.

I know you’re probably tired of hearing straight haired people tell you how lucky you are, especially if you hate your hair care routine and loathe the process that it takes to be able to wear your hair down. But, I’m a firm believer that curly hair is a gift. I think it’s beautiful, it’s different, it makes you stand out in the best way possible. Personally, I’m so thankful that God looked at me and thought I needed a head full of ringlets. And I hope that one day, curly girl, you are too.

Xoxo, Lauren