If you’re going to spend money on either skincare or makeup, I think you’ll get a much better return on investing in skincare. Taking care of your skin is not only important so you don’t have to use as much makeup, but it also helps keep you looking fresh and healthy. Since Sephora is having 2x the points on skincare right now, I wanted to round up some of my all-time favorites, many of which won’t be a surprise. For reference, I have dry, sensitive skin and am prone to blackheads. These are all products that I have used in the past, although some of the pricer ones I’ve only tried through deluxe samples. Here’s the roundup: If you want to know if something is…

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If you don’t feel like you hit the new year running, there’s still time to start! Sometimes the new year can feel daunting, so I thought I’d share 5 easy things you can do to help you feel like you’re getting a fresh start without over-hauling your life. 1. Have a spa afternoon: Chances are you had a busy New Year’s Eve and didn’t get a chance to throw yourself a Sunday Spa Day. I am a firm believer in Sunday Spa Day. It helps me recharge after a busy weekend and reset for Monday morning. It’s important to take some time, even if it’s just 15 minutes for a mask, that is dedicated to focusing on you. If you’re new to an at-home spa…

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Happy 2018! I wanted to get this post up yesterday but the flu decided to take over my body in the worst way possible. My accomplishments so far this year include drinking a water bottle, juice and almost sleeping through the night. In other news, I wanted to share some of the goals I have for 2018. A lot of them are small but they’re tiny steps to taking better care of myself. I’d love to hear your resolutions as well, so leave those down below: Dairy-free diet: This one is rough and is going to be pretty difficult. I’m going to try and cut out dairy to see if it helps with any of my ongoing throat/stomach issues. Dairy has acid in it and…

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Today is my final work day of the year and I could not be more excited. I can get on board with two four-day weekends in a row. This year feels like it has sped by and played out in slow motion all at once. 2017 had its challenges. I had my tonsils removed, which I thought would be the end of my relentless throat issues, but now am trying to tackle some wicked heartburn.┬áThere were some struggles at work, but they are challenges that I’m grateful to have encountered in the company of an amazing team who helped me learn and grow. We also lost my grandfather just a few weeks before Christmas. It was pretty unexpected and it’s still been hard to process.…

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I truly wish Christmas happened in July because I hate winter. I dream of white Christmases, if you’re referring to a white sandy beach. Since I live in Chicago though, I have an arsenal of cold-weather essentials that I use to keep cozy when it’s freezing out. Faux-Fur Blanket: This blanket is what keeps our heat bill down. It is heavy, warm and super luxurious. It’s a little pricey but it is absolutely gorgeous and makes a great gift. Moisturizing Mask: When the heat is on, your skin is drying up big time. This mask not only smells like a tropical delight, but it’s also super hydrating and makes your skin look gorgeous when you wake up. Pom Hat: This hat comes in a few…

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