My Updated Skincare Routine

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

Moving Out Tips

Hey, everyone! With graduation comes moving out- so I’m here today to provide some super clutch tips to make your move faster, easier, and less expensive. I’m gearing up to move back to NYC to start a new job and here are my tips for packing and for downsizing (note: I’m moving 800 miles by flying rather than driving, but some of these tips are applicable to any type of move!). Not moving right now? Pin this to Pinterest to save these tips for later!:

  1. START EARLY!

This is easier said than done, but just packing/cleaning small sections for a little bit of time each day will make a huge difference when move-out day actually comes. Don’t make yourself stressed by leaving all the packing till the last minute!

2. Getting rid of books?

I have a ton of old coursebooks that I’ll probably never use again. Instead of throwing them out, I’m donating some of them and selling the rest using Book Scouter. I’ve made about $35 selling my old books so far, which is far more than I would have made if I had just thrown them away.

3. Getting rid of clothes?

Host a clothing swap or a tag sale! My roommate and I invited a bunch of friends over to swap clothes. Other people I know have hosted tag sales and sold tons of their stuff that way. The rest of my clothes I’ve either donated or sold on sites like Poshmark and Vinted.

4. Not sure how much stuff you actually have?

Invest in a luggage scale! By weighing it, you’ll be able to properly assess your shipping and luggage costs so there won’t be any surprises at the airport or at your local UPS ship station!

5. Have family/friends bring empty luggage.

If you have friends or family flying into town to help you move, tell them to bring empty luggage so you can fill it!

6. More ways to save money on packing/luggage:

-Put all your heavier items in your carry on luggage. This way, you can put more stuff in checked bags and lighter stuff in shipped boxes.

-Before you buy boxes, try scouting your local recycling bins for perfectly usable ones that have been tossed. Supermarkets/any store that gets frequent shipments would be a good bet!

Got any other great moving/packing tips! Feel free to share them below in the comments! Best of luck with your big move 🙂

6 Steps College Students Should Take to Land a Job or Internship

Hey, everyone! Those who know me well know that I’m super obsessed with finding a job for post graduation (haven’t had any luck yet, but only time will tell!). The job/internship search can often be discouraging, tedious, and even confusing. I’ve found some great resources along the way and have some important tips which will hopefully put your mind at ease while searching! These tips won’t guarantee you a position, but they will definitely help you find more positions you’re interested in and give you a leg up on the competition.

  1. Do a Glassdoor search

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You found a job listing that appeals to you! Amazing! Before you actually apply, however, it’s not a bad idea to look up said company on Glassdoor. Glassdoor has real ratings and reviews for most major companies. What are people saying about the company culture? Is it fun or toxic? Are the managers and bosses fair or are they clique-y? Are the salaries for the position you want acceptable or not? These are important questions to consider. If the company has stellar reviews on Glassdoor, go right ahead and smash that mf apply button.

2. Create an organized spreadsheet of your applications

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Okay, so you’ve decided to start applying to things! Yay! If you want to be thorough, meticulous, and organized, the first thing you should do after submitting that very first application is make a spreadsheet. You should list the name of the company, the title of the role you applied for, the date you sent in your materials, and any contact info you have for people who work there. All of this information is really important to keep track of for follow ups, and will also give you a sense of how your search is generally going.

3. Take advantage of LinkedIn

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Ah, LinkedIn. Perhaps the college student’s least favorite form of social media, LinkedIn has plenty of job listings available that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Also, you can sign up for their free trial of Premium, which allows you to see how you stack up to other people who have applied through jobs through LinkedIn. Once the free trial ends, after a few months, you can sign up again and again. I’ve been through two free trials already and I’m about to start a third.

There are also virtually no social rules when it comes to making connections. It’s not like Facebook; on LinkedIn, you can connect with literally anyone you want. You have nothing to lose by making connections, only to gain.

After applying for a position, check out the company’s LinkedIn page and click “see employees.” LinkedIn will list employees that are tangentially connected to you.  Connecting with employees in the division that you applied for, as well as HR recruiters, is a good strategy. If they accept your invitation, you have a way of contacting them directly. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to par before doing so!

4. Find emails of those you want to contact

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Even if you’ve connected with them on LinkedIn, it’s an even better idea to have emails on file. You can sign up for a free account on Hunter.io, which will give you the general format of company emails for almost any company you can think of. Even better, once you get an account, you can download the Hunter.io Chrome extension, and clicking the Hunter button on anyone’s LinkedIn profile will give you their company email address. The more ways to contact the company and the more contacts you have, the better your chances will be at being noticed.

5. Follow up

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If it’s been two weeks since you’ve applied and you still haven’t heard back, contact the potential employer via email if possible. Explain that you submitted your materials and that you are still very interested in working for said company, and inquire if there are any additional steps you should be taking.

6. Use every resource possible

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There are so many amazing resources at your disposal that you may not be taking advantage of. I know that my university’s career website is not the best. That’s why I use sites like Angel (an amazing site for startup jobs) and The Muse. These sites are carefully curated and only display jobs for companies that have exceeded a certain amount of funding and/or have rave reviews on sites like Glassdoor. If you’re a part of Greek life, take a peek at your sorority or fraternity’s alumnae directories to see if there are people you can contact. The same goes for your university’s alumnae directory.  The bigger your network, the better.

My last piece of advice is: don’t ever hesitate to reach out to anyone! You can’t get what you want if you don’t ask for it- and you’re no better off by not sending emails. You’d be amazed at what sending one simple message can do for your entire career trajectory. Good luck and get networking!

 

Pantry Staples

Hey, everyone! It’s been over a year since I moved off campus, and in that time I’ve learned so much about food! Cooking for one can be really tricky- but through trial and error I discovered what’s key to have in your pantry and what’s not, so I decided to share my go-tos with you! This list is vegetarian friendly (I’m personally not a vegetarian but I often skip out on meat in favor of other forms of protein when I cook for myself) and is by no means everything I have. These are the bare essentials. If you just moved off campus and have no idea what you’re doing food-wise, this list may help! Happy eating 🙂

  1. Rice

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Rice is a MUST! I always keep at least three different types of rice in my pantry: white, jasmine, and yellow. Rice forms the base of so many meals and it’s fairly inexpensive, lasts a long time, and doesn’t go bad.

2. Beans and chickpeas

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Beans and chickpeas are both great sources of protein and fiber, easy to make, and inexpensive.  They’re great as a side or mixed in with rice and veggies.

3. Frozen vegetables

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When I first moved off campus, I was buying a mix of fresh and frozen produce. However, I eventually realized that I could never finish eating the fresh ones before they went bad, so I switched to buying mainly frozen veggies with the exception of cucumbers and mushrooms. This is way more economical- I don’t waste money or food and still get the veggies I need. College is so full of spontaneous plans – “Hey, want to get dinner later?” “Sure.” – that it’s easy for fresh produce to get ignored and then spoil.

4. Soups

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Soups are a must for the busy college student. There are times when I have less than an hour to make lunch so I often find myself making soup- it’s so quick.  Like a stereotypical college student, I also make instant ramen, but not without putting more ingredients in. I add peas, chia seeds, sriracha sauce, and the occasional egg.

5. Various sauces

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Eating rice, beans, and vegetables every day might sound boring- that’s where sauces come in! I always have soy sauce, sriracha, buffalo wing sauce, tomato sauce, and vodka sauce on hand. Sauces instantly take a meal from bland to grand.

Liked this post? What are your pantry staples? Leave comments below! I love reading what you have to say 🙂

Bonjour, Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! My FAVORITE HOLIDAY has arrived! This year, I decided to dress as everyone’s favorite Parisian boarding school girl, Madeline.  Although I still have my appendix and have yet to be rescued by a dog in the River Seine, Madeline is still one of my heroes some 17-odd years later.  The best thing about this costume is that the only thing I had to purchase for this was the hat– the rest was already in my wardrobe, so easy! I’m also the kind of person who starts thinking about their next costume a year out- so if you need me, I’ll be busy brainstorming for next year!  Below are some shots of me as Madeline taken outside of my university’s chapel for those vague European vibes~

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