Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Path of Your Life

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the path of my life. Of all of our lives. How we get so discouraged when things don’t go our way or how we want them to. How we can spiral and worry, and become anxious about things that are completely out of our control. 

Love is the first example that comes to mind because unfortunately, everyone has had their heart broken. 

When we think that someone truly cares for us, we trust them. They see us through high's and low's, and then all of a sudden we lose them. They have left without a trace. You can't get out of bed. It’s difficult to focus on anything. You're broken. Often, we sit around and wonder what went wrong. 

What did I do? 

Why did this happen? 

Why am I so unlovable?

How could I think this person loved me?

A breakup can feel life-defining. I know that even now, months after one, I still have found myself feeling unlovable at times. That I am the problem. That I wasn't good enough. And maybe in the path of someone, I'm not. But that doesn't make my path any less important.

But you can apply this to apartment hunting, your career, your college experience. All paved with let downs and dark times that led the way to great opportunities.

We need to trust our path. Sure we should strive for great things, but if something doesn’t happen, we have to remember that something greater than ourselves is paving the way for something better. Something more aligned with what we truly want in the long run that will make us look back with amazement about how bad we wanted something that was so much less or off the path we’re on now. 

You will get through this season of your life, look back and be amazed by your growth and strength, and how you've become a person you proud to be.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Madness!

If you follow me, chances are you might follow other bloggers. So I apologize in advance if you're sick and tired of this sale! I know a lot of people are covering it. I also know that this is typically later in the game than the other bloggers covering it but I'm sharing because there are still great picks! I'm all for stocking up on high-quality staples that I know will get a lot of wear at this sale! A lot of the hotter-than-hot items have not been restocked - but there are a lot of similar options to those that are still available!

I've broken down my selections into tops, bottoms, and shoes. Some of the items I bought last year and still love and plan to wear this coming fall and winter and that's why I've included them on the list. All items are shoppable by clicking the photo in the collage, the bar beneath the collage below the photo - happy shopping!


I love stocking up on cozy sweaters, sleek jackets and other tops that I know will be versatile throughout all cold months! This year the sale had a lot of great options that I know will last and complete any outfit. Whether you're heading to brunch, the office, of staying in for a cozy movie night!


Bottoms aren't always something that I've confidently shopped. In fact, up until I started blogging I didn't even feel comfortable in jeans! But shopping this sale and finding good picks for you have helped my confidence grow in this area! (Shh... the Spanx faux leather leggings are on sale at another distributor!)


The pieces from this post and sale are dynamic in a lot of understated ways. These items are going to last you a long time and will be able to be mix and matched with other staples in your closet. Which to me, is important. That's why I shop this sale!

If you have any sizing questions - please let me know!  I love being a resource for you and helping you any way I can! If you don't have the budget or desire to shop the sale - that's okay too! There are going to be a lot of sales throughout the next few months that I will cover to help you find what works for you and your budget! Happy shopping!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Summer Shoes: The Must-Have's, The Passes And The Steal's!

With every season comes the evolving of your wardrobe. The good thing about shoes though is that when you invest in a pair whatever they may be and at whatever price point, chances are they will be in for the next few summers. We're in the thick of summer but there's always more room for shoes in my opinion. 😉

You can click any of the images and they will take you right to more information on the shoe and where to purchase it!


The Classics - having your go to's that go with every outfit make the summer easy and breezy. I will say the Miller sandals are 100% worth the price point! I've had my Tory Burch Miller sandals for almost five years and they've held up so well! I've also linked a reliable dupe because I totally get that price point can be an issue!

I also feel like the Birkenstocks are well worth Once your break Birkenstocks in, they're so comfy and their great summer walking shoes. Their rubber Arizona sandal comes in a lot of fun colors, they're easy to wash and they're a more affordable option.

Platforms, platforms, platforms! An easy way to look dressed up without having to worry about your feet! All of these platforms are great for work, a night out on the town or a trip to the beach. They're practical, affordable and all come in love of color options and patterns for every personal style preference. 


Wedges and heels can be difficult. Overall, I try to steer clear of most heels only because well, they kind of stink! But when I find a good pair I hold on tight! Wedges and kitten heels tend to be more of my jam. You can wear them longer and it's less likely you'll crack an ankle. 

No matter what your style is, summer shoes are a must. Nowadays there are so many options, retailers, colors, and designers it can be hard to choose! These three items, no matter what style or color you pick, are crucial. Being able to sift through the offerings and showcase my staples helps you pick yours. Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

My Favorites!

All I can say is that I hope May is the first month this year that it doesn't snow in Chicago! As I settle into my job and new routine, I can't help but feel as though blogging has gone to the wayside. Although this is a hobby and my job does come first, having a creative outlet has really helped me this last year and a half! So much has happened. People, jobs, and opportunities have come and gone but blogging had seemed to stay constant in my life and I want to be more intentional with fitting it more into my regular schedule.

Enough of my sentimental reflection, I know why y'all are here, you're here for the goods. I always want to try new things out so you don't have to, but lately, a lot of what I have been trying is unexpected even for me. I never thought I'd ever care about some of the stuff I am going to share - but boy do I love these May Finds!

I have been loving this moisturizing night time lip mask! Wearing this at night has helped my lipstick stay longer during the day without peeling or smearing! It's super lightweight and makes a huge different!

A timeless style that goes with everything! The quality is impeccable for the price and it comes in many color options from this retailer!

I got a travel size sample of this mask at the Target toiletries sale and I am in love! Super light and fluffy with minimal mess! Leaves your skin light and cleansed.

Mine are being shipped to me as we speak, but they are on sale and I don't want you to miss out! I ordered a size up!

Batiste is my favorite dry shampoo but what makes me love this product more is that it's designed to not dry your scalp out! Fun fact: Batiste has a lower alcohol level which is already better for your hair than most drug store dry shampoos!

This tee is butter soft without being see-through! Work appropriate but also something you can throw on to run to the store! I've worn it to brunch, to travel, to work and it works with every outfit! There are five color options - and I feel like I need all of them!

Now - I know this isn't under $20. But, I can without a doubt say that Tula was a major factor in me clearing up my skin this last year! I used to always buy whatever was cheapest - not worried about expiration dates or ingredients and it only made things worse. All of this separately would be over $200, so this bundle is a steal!

This tote comes in over 15 colors and it perfect for the girl on the go! I think this would be a great work bag or work out bag! The inside is a soft felt - so you don't have to worry about spilling and cleaning is a breeze!

This is my secret weapon for feeling like a million bucks! This mascara takes my lashes to the next level and is easier to take off than most high-end mascaras. 

My Monthly Faves is a new idea I'm trying to showcase my new favorite things all in one place! Rounding up things like this creates an easy resource for you and a fun time capsule for me. Everyone's day looks a little different, but you can't go wrong with treating yourself to any of these items! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wedding Guest Dresses Under $50

Although I always feel like it's wedding season, I know that I have some upcoming weddings this summer, and I wanted to have a few new dresses and wouldn't break the bank. There are so many good deals out there and these are my top picks under $50!

There are so many locations, events, and parties that go into a wedding and it helps to have a few staples in your closet to mix and match. Any of these would be great dresses to have on call for any wedding or formal event!

You can shop any of these dresses by clicking the dress you prefer above or the link below!

Red off the shoulder dress - click here!
Purple spaghetti strap dress - click here!
Black midi dress - click here!
Red long sleeve dress - click here!
Burgundy strapless dress - click here!
Black jumpsuit - click here!
Black lace dress - click here!
Blue side slit dress - click here!
Cobalt long sleeve dress - click here!
Green flutter sleeve dress - click here!
Red puffy sleeve dress - click here!

These dresses can be dressed up and down for any wedding style! There are so many options out there for every occasion without breaking the bank. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

So You Wanna Give Dating Apps a Try?

Whether you've been dabbling for years, just getting back on after a relationship's tragic end, or you're new to the online app game. Well, you're in luck. I have been dabbling, on and off, found something, lost it, came back, forth and every which way. Between my experiences and sharing stories with my friends, I have developed some rules, a handbook if you will, and I am here to pass it along to you.

1. Any selfies especially selfies in cars, no thank you.

2. Thrist traps of any kind, I'm talking pictures with dogs, babies, moms, grandmas, and anything of the like, if to be swiped left.

3. If he owns any of his own cats, avoid him.

4. If he asks you for your Snapchat handle before your phone number, good day to you sir.

5. A piggyback off of rule number 4, if they ask you for your Kik account, you need to change your preferences in settings.

6. If within the first few messages he asks "so, what're you looking for on here?" I can guarantee you he is a loser! Thank U, Next!

7. Any pictures next to jazzed up cars, pick up trucks, etc., swipe left!

8. Pictures with dead animals have just never really done it for me. Proceed as you wish.

9. If he's never watched The Office or Friends, he's not worth it.

10. Shirtless mirror pictures, hahahaha.

11. Gym selfies, pictures in tanks, flexing, quotes about how he loves the gym, just again a personal preference of mine, let's save ourselves the time.

12. Clubbing selfies with his bros, anything resembling Jersey Shore, you're better off without him.

While the first twelve rules are funny and probably no-brainers, what happens when you start to feel something? When you go through all 59930585834 guys on an app and you match with someone you think you might actually like? Maybe eventually even like-like?

13. Making plans.

You've matched, exchanged witty banter, and now exchanged phone numbers. Although having someone to talk to and something to look forward to is fun, please, please, please respect yourself. Do not invest months into something that doesn't enter offline. I usually give about a week or two (depending on the situation) for there to be room and time to organically make plans. However, if the someone you matched with doesn't seem to want to also put forth the effort, it's a bummer but they might not be worth it. It's so crushing to decide but it's a decision you'll be glad you made in the long haul rather than waiting around.

14. Keep an open mind.

It's so hard because sometimes we feel so invested in something that's all online, but try to keep an open mind in my versions of the word. Keep your mind, heart, and options open. I suggest not tying yourself to one person or zoning on one person until you have actually met in real life. Taking your time to weed how who is worth your time is so crucial and you don't want to hyperfocus on someone who is unworthy of your affection.

15. You're easy, you're breezy.

I cannot tell you the number of times I've repeated this out loud and internally. I used to spend hours over analyzing timing, word choice, social media and let me tell you, it didn't help me align with any of the boys I for sure thought I was meant to be with. Trying to keep things light and flowy, especially in the beginning and the first few times meeting, helps you and your date feel more at ease.

16. Your first time meeting is a meet and greet, not a contract.

One time while discussing app datings, a friend made this point to me and it really stuck. Once you've weeded through some guys and you decide to finally meet one in person, this doesn't mean he will be your significant other. You can be a perfect match on paper and have no in-person chemistry and vice versa. Do not put too much pressure on yourself of the situation. Think of it as networking, it's beneficial but doesn't guarantee instant gratification.

17. Be Yourself

No matter what app, where you are, who you are, or where you wanna be, be yourself! It is nothing but a waste of time and energy to pretend to be something you're not. You are wonderful and uniquely created to be you. The right person is out there for you. I am a firm believer in and that. I also stand by the saying: you never know until you try.

Everyone is different and on a different path. But I feel that certain truths are inevitable and all happen to us through our lives. Although a lot of these rules are humorous, they all stem from either a first hand or second-hand story that taught someone I love something important. It was something about themselves.

A huge piece of dating, offline, online, anywhere, is believing in yourself. You spend 24 hours a day with yourself. If you don't love yourself, who will? If you're not an advocate for yourself and what you deserve, who will?

When I truly started to believe in myself and exude confidence and my self-worth, all of the boys I found myself pining over and overanalyzing for so many years feel to the wayside because they weren't right for me. I realized what I deserved and suddenly I didn't find myself putting energy into people who weren't putting effort into me.

That's not to say going forward from that I completely knocked it out of the park. That, I did not. But I began to have real relationships that truly taught me something. They made me a better person and taught me more things I wanted and didn't want out of a relationship. And that's not time wasted.

So wherever you are in the world of romance, remember that at the end of the day, what really matters is whether or not you believe in yourself and what you deserve.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Tools for Loving Yourself

Self-love. Easier said than done, right? There are seem to be so many tips and tricks to achieve this when you look for an answer on the internet. Although the idea of self-love looks different for everyone.

There are so many ways we can drain ourselves of our self-assurance, sometimes we do it without thinking about it or trying. All of a sudden we're down sometimes and we don't know how to feel better. It happens to everyone, just for different reasons at different times.

I feel that a lot of times when I compare myself to others, I get down on myself. I focus on what I don't have compared to a friend, co-worker, or someone on the internet and I forget all the things I have to be thankful for. My family, friends, job, boyfriend, house, bed, everything!

It will not happen overnight, there isn’t a magic sequence of events, but self-love is important!

 For everyone, it looks a little different, but I have found that having a healthy mindset can be grounded in healthy habits. Creating a productive and healthy schedule will help you so much in the long run.


I can not put enough emphasis on this! Water is the basis of health for everything! Everything in your body down to your cells utilizes water and when you’re hydrated you’re less likely to experience headaches, it helps improve energy levels and brain function. When I give my body the nutrients and tools to be the best it can be, I find that it’s hard to get into a negative space because I’m energized and don’t feel down or tired.

I personally have a reusable water bottle at work with a silicone straw. Having a reusable straw not only helps the environment, but it helps you drink more water because it’s more easily accessible.

 It’s recommended that you consumer 8, eight-ounce glasses of water a day (the 8x8 rule). I definitely consume more than that in a given day but you have to work your body up to consuming a lot of water.

If you’re someone who never drinks water, start out slow and work your way up. A lot of my blogger friends have been posting about water bottles that have the time of day you need to drink that much water by and it seems to be an effective tool in water consumption.


Setting aside time to free your mind and get all your nervous energy out is more helpful than you would think. Whether you enjoy a walk on a spring day, sign up for a spin class, or buy a class pack at a yoga studio, you are investing in your longterm mental health.

I find that taking time to unplug and letting out all my pent up energy helps me let go of any anxiety I may feel. Since starting my new job it's been harder to do workouts that seem to be truly challenging. But even walking to and from the train helps the overall impact. When it's nice outside I also try to walk around my office to get some fresh air and get my steps in! Every little thing counts.


I still am trying to work on this one myself. It can be hard especially when we feel like we have 83945 things going on, but without sleep, your brain literally cannot function. I avoid all caffeine after 3 pm, utilize my to-do lists throughout the day and time management to make sure I have an ample amount of time to unwind and relax before falling asleep.

I’ve recently been trying out a diffuser and I have a lavender essential oil that I diffuse when I’m starting to wind down and a lavender roller that I use on my temples as well when I’m traveling.

Allowing your body to sleep reduces stress, improves memory, reduces inflammation and helps your body repair itself.


Incorporating all of these steps is nothing without having a schedule. Trying to maintain an overall routine helps your body stay on schedule and get the most out of your actions. I've found that incorporating each of my mental health behaviors helps me fall into a routine. Utilizing water, fitness, and sleep, help me be my best self and make positive choices.

Self-love comes from a place within. And when you give your body the tools for healthy function, it's easier to appreciate yourself and the power that your body provides.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

My Spring Faves

Spring has sprung, even with a few snowy hiccups. With warmer weather comes a new revival of our spirits and our wardrobe. I've compiled my picks for spring that can be versatile while still being dynamic.

It can be hard to narrow down all the pieces I love to one list, but these are spring favorites that I've found lately that are affordable but still showstopping. Any of the pictures are shoppable, merely click on the item you wish to know more about or click the link in the list below the image.

If you've been reading my blog posts for a while, you know that I am obsessed with shoes! I love trying and styling different kinds of shoes for quality and comfort. I am a firm believer in a shoe making or breaking an outfit! All these shoes are my picks for spring because I know that not only they look good and hold up, but you can commute in them and wear them all day!

Any of the pictures are shoppable, merely click on the item you wish to know more about or click the link in the list below the image.

Tan studded mule - click here!

I do not want people to assume that each season I go out and buy a brand new wardrobe. I'm still a girl fresh out of college and adjusting to adult life. I do invest in some quality pieces I know will last a few seasons and pick up some more affordable pieces as sales pop up!

Each season brings new hope, but it doesn't have to bring a completely new wardrobe. I'm a firm believer in picking and borrowing pieces from all the seasons of your closet and freshening it up with a few pieces here and there. So many trends stick around for a few years, so instead of giving away and rebuying a popular trend, keep it for a little longer than usual to see if it comes back around!

I'm hoping that if I prepare my closet for spring, the weather will follow suit. Here's to hoping for sunshine!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Charmed by Unlocked

In a world of fast fashion, it can sometimes be hard to find a good cause to get behind where you feel like you're making an impact.

There are ways to save the ocean, the rainforest, various endangered species, and while those are all worthwhile causes, what about something in our own backyards? We could be donating the extra dollars and cents we have to something going on in our communities. Make a direct impact and know exactly where our money is going.

Enter, Alexis Cook, the Co-Founder of Unlocked Nashville. After a diagnosis of Lyme Disease in the summer of 2016, she found herself taking a leave of absence from Vanderbilt and wandering the streets of her hometown, Nashville. There, she started befriending people who were experiencing homelessness. Their stories made Alexis want to do something. One night, as Alexis and her friend, Corbin, brainstormed ways to help the individuals that Alexis had met, they landed on handmade jewelry. Alexis shared that it was a manifestation of their belief that everyone can add beauty to the world.

Through friendships, a leave of absence, old friends, and a grandfather figure Unlocked Nashville was born.

Unlocked Nashville creates an atmosphere for people transitioning out of homelessness to be creative, earn wages, and be a part of something bigger than themselves. Every piece of jewelry on their website is handmade and packaged by their Makers. Each piece also comes with a bio of the person who crafted the piece.

Alexis and Corbin have provided over 400 labor hours to those trying to achieve self-sufficiency. The collaborations and relationships they've helped their Makers form over the years is truly remarkable and humbling.

The past Christmas, my boyfriend Joe surprised me with a Skyler necklace from Unlocked, you have definitely seen me in it. When Joe told me about the mission of the jewelry, it was hard to not feel moved. Creating affordable pieces to help people out of homelessness. It was a no-brainer to support.

Their earringsnecklaces, and bracelets are all delicate and functional. The pieces are great to layer, and go with everything! I own the Skyler necklace and the Celeste, I really can't pick which one is my favorite!

I am so humbled to even be able to share their message with you because even though I don't live in Nashville, knowing that there are still people in the world who care enough to do something inspires me. The determination and positivity of the Unlocked Nashville team is present in everything they do. Even their Instagram posts brighten my day.

I am also excited to share with you that as a member of their Ambassador Program, I have a discount code for you to try Unlocked Nashville out for yourself! I know it'll be hard to pick your favorite style from their website, but when you use my discount code 'MIMOSASANDLIPSTICK20' you will receive 20% off your first order!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

My Lenten Promises

As the streets of New Orleans grow quiet, and Ash Wednesday sinks in and the promise of Lent grows, it's always a time of reflection for me. In the past, I have been guilty of setting the bar too high for myself and not following through. It isn't fun to admit but it's true!

Over time, as I have grown and evolved, I have realized that big changes can be made up of a bunch of small decisions and actions. Whether that be a weight loss goal, graduating from college, commuting to work, reading a book, fulfilling your Lenten promises, all of these things and more can be broken down into many tiny steps and choices that helped you succeed.

For example with graduating from college, overall you achieved your goal, but there were so many tiny movements that helped you pass. Studying for tests, acing group projects, befriending classmates, and the list goes on and on. The little gestures and practices you did day to day got you to your graduation date.

A few years ago, I decided to shift that form of thinking to my goals and promises for Lent as well. I have integrated my longterm goals with my intentions for Lent. The past few years I limit or give something up as well as focus on my future self by incorporating long term goals.

Something you could give up might not even come to mind right away but I know my aunt gives up chocolate every year because she loves it. My friend Lauren usually gives up Instagram every year. Both of these are great examples of something that's a pretty big sacrifice for them! These things may seem big or small to you, but I know to them that how they feel their best way to honor the season. I personally, love chicken fingers, like I have a problem. And I know that if I give them up for Lent, that will be a sacrifice but also help my future self in conjunction with the goals I am setting for this Lenten season.

This year, I'm getting back into the swing of Weight Watchers. If you've been following my blogging journey this last year, I started it up in June and saw great results! But I fell off the bandwagon around Thanksgiving and haven't really been as committed since.

Since losing my job in January, I have been feeling kind of lost and out of a routine. This in turn has made my diet and exercise suffer. Which makes me feel down and doesn't help in the self-confidence department. The cycle spirals from there.

I am going to focus on utilizing Weight Watchers, fitness and more healthy sleep patterns to help my overall well-being. WW will limit what I intake and I have integrated my long term goals. I am also going to continue on focus in the job market and hoping for the best in regards to securing a job. While also giving up chicken fingers. Which might seem juvenile, but that's a sacrifice for me!

Whatever you do this year, do to better yourself. Everyone has different goals, dreams, and cravings. Whether you love chocolate or you spend too much time on your phone, practice with intent this season. Make a goal that will develop you as a person these next forty days and beyond.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It's Been A Whole Year

Wow, one whole year of Mimosas & Lipstick. It's crazy how much your life can change in one year. This time last year I was fresh out of college and just returned to Chicago after celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans; I felt stifled. I felt stuck with what I learned at school and was lacking a creative outlet in my life. I followed bloggers, admired them, and for a while had been wondering if I could do it too. I often asked myself, why would I be a blogger? Who would listen to me? Who would look forward to my posts? I constantly shot down my 'wild' idea because I was afraid of failure. I was afraid of opening up my life to other people. It made me anxious.

Since high school, there had always been an aspect of my life that involved writing. Whether it was poetry club, working for an online magazine, interning with Jay Ducote at Bite & Booze, there was always space for me to write creatively.

I followed bloggers, admired them, and for a while had been wondering if I could do it too. But why would I be a blogger? Who would listen to me? Who would look forward to my posts? I constantly shot down my 'wild' idea because I was afraid of failure. I was afraid of opening up my life to other people. It made me anxious.

After running this idea by everyone in my life, I realized the only thing I feared was fear itself. I researched and asked around, searching for advice to start my website. Bloggers I had known all of college like Karli Willis and Filo Garcia, gave me some helpful tips, and just like that, I just started. It was as easy as that. It became clear to me that with hard work and persistence, you can achieve anything; you just have to push yourself to just do it.

Anything worth your time takes effort and time. In a year, I feel that I've found my way, and I continue to work at it every day. After all, that's the only way you get better! I luckily had friends and family that helped me every step of the way with their moral support and photography abilities.

Over this year, I have grown in ways I never thought possible! I never realized how much of my degree I would use in a hobby, and surprisingly it's made me better at my professional skills.

If you are the kind of person who likes constantly learning, then blogging is for you. The blogging process is a lot like anything else. Try, fail, take a step back, reevaluate the process and try again. Although events in the past year weren't necessarily "failures", there were times that some things did not go the way I had imagined. An outfit looking frumpy although it looked perfect in my head, a blog post, a social media post not getting the engagement I expected. There are trials by fire for so many things, but getting to evolve over time makes it all worth it.

Through blogging, I have found an amazing community, my voice, and confidence. I used to second guess every decision I made and although I still do that, creating my own brand has helped me believe in myself and my capabilities.

The biggest thing that I can take away from this journey of a year is to listen to your gut. I look to my intuition for a lot of things; even I can be quick to push it aside and assume I'm wrong. If you're good at something, stick to it. Don't listen to the naysayers, the people who try to bring you down a peg when you're working for something you love. If what you're doing isn't harming anyone and it makes you shine; trust it and be consistent. With your thoughts, words, and actions.

Although blogging is a hobby for me, and not a full-time job, I love everything I have learned through the process. I am pursuing a career in marketing and the lessons I have learned through blogging have been very applicable to my field Topics like coding, website design, branding, and others are often brought up during interviews which I can now speak to on a personal level. I'm using my hobby to better my professional skills and career. Blogging has kept my brain sharp and ready for my next career move, giving me a way to funnel any creative energy into a single space: Mimosas and Lipstick.

When someone questions my intentions, my hopes from this, or tries to tell me it is a waste of time, sometimes I find myself believing them. Maybe I should pack it up. Maybe I should quit. Maybe I'm not impacting anyone and I'm selfish.

When I feel down about my blog, want to quit and pack-up my bags, something always happens. You. The feedback I get from blog posts, Instagram stories of me being a goofball or a tip I randomly give, and how they help you. How some of you look forward to them, some of you didn't even realize you were struggling with something or you just like to laugh at me. Basically, putting myself out there positively impacts another person.

It makes me want to keep going. To keep evolving, learning and creating content that helps others. Whether you need a new mascara or motivation for self-love, rest assured that I am preparing and gearing for the next year to create content that you want to see.

So here's to the first year of Mimosas & Lipstick. The highs, the lows and everything that I learned because of them. I thank each and every one of you for joining me on this journey of love, laughter, and the realness. Here's to you and taking the time to consume my content, none of you go without being noticed. I'm thankful for you every day.

I never thought I'd be here a year ago, so let's see where we are a year from now!

Monday, February 25, 2019

My Skincare Routine Lately

I remember a couple of months ago when I shared my first skincare post. It was something I had never done and I was apprehensive because although I was excited about starting to take skin care seriously,  I didn't feel experienced enough to talk about it.

I have been lucky to overall have good skin. I've always consumed a lot of water, taken my makeup off before bed and washed my face religiously. However, I tend to break out monthly and I get terrible ingrown hairs. This left scars, scabs, and embarrassment on my face.

Everyone sees their imperfections or flaws first and I am no exception. Eventually, after discussing it with my parents, I decided to seek the help of a dermatologist. I had been referred to mine by a friend and I figured it was worth a shot.

She started me on two ointments (Clindamycin and Tretinoin) and a prescription pill (Spironolactone) to reduce irritation and redness on my skin. At first, I wasn't sure. It felt like overkill. Then, my skin peeled off. I kid you not, my whole face was constantly shedding. And then all of a sudden, clarity. Through that month or two, I started to physically see and realize the importance of ingredients we use on our skin. We should be focused on the ingredients of anything we consume, but it became clear to me that my skin needs to be a priority.

I had already started to invest in skincare prior to my dermatologist appointment, but now I was starting to get somewhere. I had a jumpstart to where I needed to be. My irritation on my skin has dramatically decreased. I rarely experience the pain I once did. I help maintain my skins complexion by using masks, serums, tools, and moisturizers. Everyone's skin is different, but I have found these to be helpful and by far my favorite skincare products.

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask - Worth every penny! I use this mask probably once a week to help get rid of any dead skin or residue on the surface of my skin. It calms my skin and leaves it soft and glowing! You aren't supposed to use it every day so it will last you a while!

Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Wipes - I think almost every girl in America has these tucked away somewhere. I use them every time I take my make up off, they do the job without a lot of work.

Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream - This gives my skin an extra boost of moisture, which is wonderful especially for the winter months.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Scrub - I have found this to be the most gentle on my skin. It's effective without stripping my skin of nutrients.

Derma Suction - This tool is something I'm still learning how to use, but I will say it is very effective. You have to make sure that you're going slowly and constantly moving or you might give yourself something similar looking to a hickey! Make sure you let your pores open up, I always have trouble waiting but it's a super important step!

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay - I received this mask in a Secret Santa exchange over the holiday season and it works wonders for my skin! It comes as a powder you mix with water or apple cider vinegar and then apply it to your face. I do this probably once a month. If you have sensitive skin, I would be careful of this product! This mask is supposed to pulsate.  I haven't experienced that but it does make my skin feel crazy smooth!

Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray - Dampening makeup sponges, setting makeup, a refreshing mist midday, what can't this spray do? I don't even really have to think twice about this, it's a beauty and skin must!

Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Cleansing Balm - My mom got this as a free gift and we have been loving it! You can use it as a cleanser or leave it on overnight for extra baby soft skin. I leave it on overnight probably once or twice a week.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - This is my newest skincare product. I heard other bloggers speak highly of it but wasn't sure and I'm so glad I tried it! It gives the skin instant moisture and is easy on the skin. Definitely an affordable alternative to some of the other masks I mentioned. I have been keeping this in my bag and throwing it on whenever my skin feels dry!

Everyone's skin is different, but what's important is to nourish it and to treat it with care. Sharing my updated skincare routine was something I had been asked to do because people could see an improvement in my skin and my confidence. Of course, I still experience breakouts, but they're in no way as extreme as before. I know that medication has played a major factor, but I also know that maintaining and proactively caring for your skin is important as well.
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