Hey, everyone! Summertime means crafting time! I’m here today with a super cute and easy DIY. I know many of you have just graduated or are moving out of the dorms; either way, you guys are MOVING all over the place! What better to decorate your new space with than a cute homage to your roots?!

This wooden New York is actually a cutting board that I purchased off of Amazon (I know, right??). I originally got the idea for this DIY from this pin on Pinterest, but I bought my home state instead of a pineapple because that resonates more with me.

And yes, I know Long Island is completely missing from this board, but Long Islanders, don’t fret! Long Island is sold entirely separately, so you guys get your own board, pretty cool actually.

For this DIY, you’ll need:

-Cutting board of your state of choice

-Acrylic paints in the color(s) of your choice

-Painter’s tape

-A ruler

-A pencil

-Paintbrushes

-Something to hang your state on (a hook, a nail, etc)

STEP 1: Figure out your pattern

For this DIY, I decided I wanted to paint my New York patchwork quilt style. In pencil, I drew small squares across the entirety of the board.

STEP 2: Paint your pattern.

Once I finished penciling all the squares, I filled them in with paint! I used painter’s tape to make it easier to stay within the lines of each square. Be sure to let the paint dry in each section before peeling off the tape.

STEP 3: Display.

Once the paint is dry, you’re ready to display your new piece! Hang it wherever you like and it’s sure to strike up a conversation! The board has a hole already drilled into it for your hanging convenience.

This DIY was super fun and simple! It turned out so cute. This is also a great gift idea- especially for those hard-to-shop-for folks! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, and if you decide to make one, I’d love to hear about it below in the comments!

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Hey, everyone! Now that I’m back in NY, my skin has calmed down so much. Something about the Chicago air just didn’t do it for my skin, I guess. Nevertheless, I’ve recently revamped my entire skincare routine with different products. I’m totally hooked on all of these products so I decided to share my routine with you all! Skincare is super important to me and these products are on the pricier side but my skin is the clearest and brightest it’s been in a while. These products are good for all skin types!

1. Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel

My most devoted readers probably know that I had a thing for the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer, but honestly this one from Neutrogena does the same thing and it’s only half the price. Consider me converted.

2. Cleanser: Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

This was an impulse purchase while waiting in line at Sephora but WOW does it work! This cleanser comes out of the pump at a warm temperature and works so much better than the Boscia Cleansing Stick. I have to go back and buy a bigger size; I’m a huge fan of this cleanser.

3. Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

This serum is for brightening your skin- the vitamin C works to make your skin radiant and glowing. I don’t eat a lot of vitamin C (not really a fruit person) so I bought this serum to pick up the slack!

4. Toner: Milk Makeup Matcha Toner

I’m obsessed with stick products- so the packaging of this toner really stood out to me. Matcha green tea is really soothing for the skin (I’ve used the St. Ives Green Tea scrub in the past) so I love finishing off my routine with this toner stick! Glides on so smooth- no need for fingers!

5.Spot treatment: Oxy On-the-Go Acne Stick

Ok, y’all, this spot treatment from Oxy has been described as the Tide to Go Pen of skincare. It’s AMAZING. I love it so much and it totally works to clear and heal breakouts. I put this on twice a day and when I feel a pimple coming on I rub this on like crazy to stop it from getting any worse. This is totally portable and essential I cannot recommend it enough. I bought mine at Target so check the skincare aisle there!

Final thoughts:

I never struggled with acne until I moved to Chicago for college. It takes so long to figure out what works and what doesn’t, but the Boscia cleanser and Oxy spot treatment have done wonders for clearing my breakouts. Moisturizer is also essential for dry/combo skin. The serum and toner are kind of extra, but infusing your skin with vitamins and essential oils is not only important for preventing breakouts but for anti-aging as well. It’s so crucial to establish healthy skin habits and to adapt your habits as your skin changes. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and if you know of any miracle skin products, feel free to share in the comments! Take care xo

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