With the cold weather now in full swing in Boston, my skin is starting to change. Being from Florida, I have always lived with oily skin all over my body no matter the season. While my face is still oily, my legs, scalp, arms, etc. are starting to get drier.

Since I’m from a very tropical climate, lotion was something that I never really used. I know it’s important to use it no matter the season or your skin type, I stayed clear of any lotion (besides for my face moisturizer). But recently I realized how dry my skin really gets! I went on a mission to find the perfect items for my face, body, etc. to help banish and treat dry skin!

For my face…

I have been using this Clarisonic for a very long time now. I have always loved it for getting a deeper clean, and have recently realized how exfoliating it also is! Now, I don’t use it both morning and night (I use it just at night), but you definitely could depending on your skin type. I use this in place of an actual exfoliator and love the results I get with it! (Note: I use the acne brush!)

My lips also get extremely dry and flaky. I try to exfoliate my lips every other day using this Lush lip exfoliator (shoutout to my friend Mary Claire for this item)! I absolutely love this because it isn’t super harsh and also smells/tastes yummy!

For my upper body…

This may be a bit TMI, but I still suffer from blemishes on my upper body. I know I’m not alone in this, but I also know it’s something most people don’t like to talk about. Now that the weather is getting colder, not only will it break out, but it will also get extremely dry. When I’m in the shower I do my best to use an exfoliator that will treat any blemishes without drying out my skin!

My go-to upper body wash is by Neutrogena in the ‘Body Clear’ version. I’ve tried the pink grapefruit but I was not a fan. I find that this body clear version treats any blemishes extremely fast.

I don’t use this every time I take a shower, but more like when I’m post-gym since I’m typically very sweater (again, probably TMI!)

For all-over body…

For the days I don’t work out and just want a great all-over body exfoliation, I use these two scrubs by the brand Simply Scrub. You’ll notice I have two scents here, rose and coffee. I love using the coffee one when I shower in the morning or need an extra energy boost, and the rose when I want to smell pretty and feel relaxed! These items are absolutely wonderful and even better, NATURAL! I have been trying to introduce more natural items into my routine and these are the perfect addition.

Simply Scrub has a couple scrub scents in addition to coffee and rose, such as soursop and chocolate. The scents are super fragrant and even have bits of rose and chocolate in it (for mine)! They are the perfect touch for an extra pamper or treat yo ‘self moment while in the shower!

While the Simply Scrub products were sent to me for post consideration, all thoughts and opinions are of course my own! 

Now, most have these been mostly in-the-shower products, I can’t forget about my absolute favorite lotion! The Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lotion is my absolute holy-grail item. Not only does it smell absolutely wonderful (think hazelnut and even a bit chocolate-y?) but it leaves my skin feeling so incredibly moisturized for a very long time. I put it on after I showered one night and woke up the next morning with still soft and moisturized legs!

(Side note, I do feel a bit like DJ Khaled using this… major key alert!)

What do you use to help eliminate dry skin during the winter time? I would love to hear your tips, tricks, and recommendations! 

 

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Well folks, here we are! I cannot believe it is December already and that this year is over in just 31 days. I’m going to save the sappy-ness out of this post and save it for my final 2017 post, but let’s just say this year has been one for the books.

With that being said, I love ending the year on a high note. There are still things that I would like to accomplish by the end of the year! There’s no better way to start a new year than accomplishing goals and feeling extra motivated once January comes around.

Here are my goals for December 2017

+ Have a set blog schedule and KEEP WITH IT

It’s not a surprise that I took a break from blogging when I started working and relocated up to Boston. Before January starts, and this hiatus turns into a longer break, etc. I am using December to get back up on the schedule. I have been planning content for the following week and throughout the month. I really do miss blogging and I can’t wait to get back into it and share my life with you all again!

+ Work out (at least) twice a week

Along with taking a hiatus from blogging, I have also taken a hiatus from working out. I really want to get back into working out this month and hype it up in the new year! There is a gym in my building so it is so easy to change and go down once I’m home from work. I believe that once I get into a routine and find the proper workouts for me, this will be easy!

+ Finish decorating my apartment

I will say my apartment is about 75% or even 85% finished. I’m just missing one piece of furniture, and mainly art (that sounds so boujee) or things to go up on the walls! I have a lot of pieces from my home in Florida that I need to look through and figure out what I want here! I’m really hoping that my apartment is finished by the end of December (at the absolute latest) so I can share it with you!

Do you have any goals for December? Let’s finish this year strong!!

 

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I have officially been living and working in Boston for one month now! It feels like I’ve been here for six months already! I have learned so many things over the course of this past month, and I thought it would be fun to share them with you all.

A little side note, I am so sorry for basically going radio silent. This past month was crazy and full of so many new things, I put the blog on the back burner. But now that everything has slowed down and I’ve fallen into a routine, I am so excited to get back into the swing of it all. Especially with it being December so soon, I am currently brainstorming holiday content! Would it be too late to share a gift guide? Leave your thoughts and ideas down below!

Five Things I Learned My First Month in Boston

+ Meal prep is where it’s at

When I come home from work all I want to do is lie on the couch and watch TV. I’ve started to realize the importance of meal prep for your dinners as well as lunch for the week. I try to spend my Sunday planning the week’s meals, making my list for the store, etc. I learned that it’s unrealistic to do my grocery shopping once a week as I have to carry it back to my apartment.

+ Plan out your day outside of work

This may sound weird, but I’ve found that it’s super important to plan out my day post-work. As previously mentioned, I typically am exhausted when I come home. Since starting work, I have stopped working out, reading, etc. and I found the only way to solve that is to literally plan out my post-work hours. For example, the first hour I’m home I start prepping dinner, shower, remove my makeup, etc.

+ Always carry cash

I used to be someone who never carried money around with me. I always relied on my debit/credit cards. But since moving to Boston, I’ve realized the importance of having cash. Again, this may be a silly thing I learned, but it really is something I do now. There are several restaurants I’ve been to that are cash only, bars that have cash-only covers, etc.

+ Me-time is very important

I try my best to dedicate at least one night a week for some quality self-pampering and me-time. Typically it’s Sunday nights, but I love to throw on a face mask, paint my nails, etc. My apartment has a bathtub and I have been meaning to head over to a Lush store to get some bath bombs, etc! This is really helped with my mental health and I’ve quickly realized how important self-care is.

+ Podcasts are everything

I’ve always loved listening to podcasts, but this past month I’ve gotten into so many new ones! I love listening to them while I’m at work, walking out and about, etc. Basically, everyone I’ve met at work listens to them as well, and it’s great to hear their recommendations. If you have any that you love, please leave them below!

I promise that posts are coming! I’m trying to get back to my regular schedule of three times a week, so be on the lookout for more coming this week!!

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Long time no blog! I know it has been forever since I last uploaded a post, but I promise I have good reasons! Normally I would say ‘I fell out of blogging’ or ‘School has gotten in the way’, etc. But this time I am happy to report some major life changes!

I got a job!!

Yes, you’re reading that correctly! I got a job and have completely relocated. I have my own apartment in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts and I absolutely love it here! I love my job, my apartment, my neighborhood, etc.

This was a huge step for me… it wasn’t even a month ago that I had absolutely no clue what I was doing with my life and was starting to think that I would never get a job. But, I went out on a limb and applied for a job that (to be honest) I didn’t really know much about. I had a phone interview, a Skype interview and that was it! They offered me the job so quickly that I realized I had less than a week to pack up my life and move.

Now, these are all things I can mention in another post, about relocation tips, job application tips, etc. so just let me know if you guys would be interested! I won’t be sharing images of my apartment just yet since it’s still in the stages of organizing, but as soon as it is I will definitely be sharing my space!

With all of this being said, if you all live in the Boston area and want to meet up, connect with me on Twitter or Instagram! I’ve also been MIA on those but now that I’ve settled in I am ready to jump right back into the swing of everything.

How is that for a life update?! I promised you guys that I had some exciting things to share and it is safe to say that I cannot wait to see where this new chapter in life takes me!

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I am a semi-blond now and am trying my best to keep my hair from becoming brassy. I’ve tried several purple shampoos during my hair journey, and today I’m sharing my holy grail one! (Bonus points for it being drugstore!)

I will admit that I like the super bright, platinum blond hair. Even though I have a more balyaged hair color, I like to use a purple shampoo at least once a week to make sure it’s the exact color that I like. On days when I don’t use a purple shampoo, I use the Nature Queen Herbal duo.

My holy grail purple shampoo is by Clairol in their ‘Shimmer Lights’ range, which I purchased through Amazon. The duo costs only $16 in total, which I think is awesome for a set especially if I’m using it once a week.

When I’m in the shower, I leave this on for anywhere from three to five minutes for a deep tone. I will get some parts of my hair that are a little more purple, but I have no problem with it! I also really like the scent of them. I don’t know how I can properly describe it but it’s definitely not super strong.

Because this is a set, I thought I would briefly touch on the conditioner. I will admit,  I don’t notice a huge significance with it. Maybe it’s because I use the two together so I imagine most of the toning comes from the shampoo, but I do enjoy using it alongside the matching shampoo. It doesn’t do the best job of moisturizing or detangling my hair, but I really don’t have any major complaints about it.

Do you use a purple shampoo or set? If so, which one is your favorite?

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