Hey, everyone! Sure, everyone loves charity, but with a busy life at work or at school, it can be hard to find the time to volunteer. Those of us in our early twenties may be hard on cash to donate as well. Good news is, there are several very easy ways to be charitable! Most of them involve so little effort that you don’t even have to leave your home or spend any additional money! I’ve used all of these services to donate to charity myself, so they’re tried and true. Using these five sites and apps, we can all make a difference in the world.

1. Amazon Smile

If you’re a low-key Amazon addict like I am, you should definitely switch over to Amazon Smile! All you have to do is train your web browser to go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. Shop on Amazon like you normally would, but now part of the money from your purchases will benefit the charity of your choice (I shop for the ASPCA!).

2. Free Rice

I used Free Rice back when I was doing SHSAT/SAT prep. If you have spare time and feel like brushing up on your vocabulary, this is the perfect way to keep your brain sharp and to donate free rice to those in need.

3. Charity Miles

Active people, this one’s for you. Charity Miles is a mobile app that you can download right this second. Charity Miles has partnered with corporate sponsors and several different charities. When you leave your house to go for a walk or a run, simply open the app. The app will then convert the distance you traveled into a monetary value, which you then donate to charity. Seriously, all you have to do is go somewhere and open this app on your phone. Easy peasy.

4. Sharebite

Ok, ok, you caught me, I’m interning for Sharebite this summer so this is a shameless plug. Sharebite is a food ordering platform (think Seamless, Grubhub, Eat 24…) and when you order your food, part of the money goes to either the charity of your choice (I chose the American Cancer Society), or our default charity which is City Harvest. This one’s for NYC residents only, but don’t worry, I’ll be the first to let you know if Sharebite comes to your city.

5. Good Search

Have burning questions that need answers? Instead of typing them into Google, try typing them into Good Search. You’ll be helping charities earn $ with your curiosity alone.

Have any other easy ways to donate to charity? Add them to this post by leaving a comment; I’d love to hear if you guys use any other services like these ones.

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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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