Skincare: Morning and Nighttime Routines

Skincare: Morning and Nighttime Routines
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I don’t know why, but I LOVE reading about people’s skincare routines. Even if their skin is completely different than mine, you never know when you’ll learn a new tip or find a new product to try.

I asked on stories and the poll was almost unanimous—you guys wanted me to share my skincare routine! I’ll be honest with you—I didn’t have a full routine until about 6 months to a year ago. My skin is still a work in progress and I’m still trying to find the right products for my concerns. But, with that being said, I’ll share everything I do now to keep my face clear and glowing! Also to preface my skincare routine, my skin is pretty normal, but on the dryer side. I have the occasional breakout due to hormones, stress, and sometimes diet (if I’m not eating that healthy), but for the most part I don’t have acne.

AM Routine:

  1. Splash with cold water. I never wash my face in the morning because I feel like it’s too much having just washed it before bed. The cold water is really to wake me up, but I think it helps.
  2. Apply vitamin C serum. I’ve been using vitamin C on my face for awhile now, but I just got in a sample of the Drunk Elephant cult favorite vitamin C serum. Here are my thoughts: I’ve been using this for two weeks now and I really can’t tell a difference from my other (cheaper) serum. I also think you have to use a lot of product or it feels really sticky. I’m going to keep using it until I run out, so I can give another update then.
  3. Apply under eye cream. I’ve tried a lot of eye creams because my dark circles and under eye bags are probably my biggest insecurity. Truthfully, nothing really helps me. I ended up just buying a cream I saw at Target and I use it solely for moisturizing the delicate skin.
  4. Apply moisturizer. I ran out of my favorite moisturizer a little while ago, so right now I’m using this Olay one that I had on hand. It’s really thick for a day cream, so I will be going back to my usual Clinique soon.
  5. Apply eye balm. The Tula eye balm was really hyped up on Instagram, so I figured I should give it a try. Again, I don’t see any difference in my circles/bags (they’re from genetics and allergies), but I really love the cooling sensation. I think if I had especially puffy eyes from staying up too late/crying/etc. it would help bring that down. There is also a brightening effect, but I think it looks a little unnatural on it’s own. Under makeup though I love it!
  6. Apply sunscreen. So, I don’t actually use sunscreen on it’s own, I either use my tinted SPF or my foundation which has SPF in it. This is something I’m looking to add to my routine though!

PM Routine:

  1. Wash face. I just started using the Cetaphil face wash after a dermatologist I follow on TikTok recommended it. Already, I love it! It’s such a gentle cleanser and really does a great job removing makeup. Any other makeup residue I remove with either Micellar water (I’m out right now, sadly) or a makeup removing microfiber towel.
  2. Apply collagen serum. So, I think this serum is meant for anti-aging, but I like that it has hyaluronic acid (helps skin hold in moisture) and I like to think I’m being proactive on the collagen front! I’m 23 now, but collagen production begins to decline at 25 so I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to counteract.
  3. Apply eye cream. This is the same eye cream I use in the morning.
  4. Apply Argan oil. Instead of a moisturizer at night, I like to use Argan oil to really help moisturize my skin. If I’m feeling extra dry I’ll do double duty and apply moisturizer on top.

Other Notes:

  1. I always try to remember to apply my serums and moisturizer to my neck and chest area as well, and wipe any excess on the back of my hands! Skincare doesn’t just include your face!
  2. Once or twice a week I exfoliate using this exfoliator. It’s relatively new to me, but I can already tell that it’s become a favorite. My skin feels baby smooth after I use it.
  3. Whenever I feel like my skin needs a refresh, I apply my favorite mask (I talked about it in this post recently). So, usually once a week or every other week. It really depends on how I’m feeling!
  4. On days I’m feeling extra puffy, I like to use a jade roller—technically mine is rose quartz—to get rid of fluid build up. I don’t use this every day, so I haven’t seen miraculous results, but at the very least I find it relaxing, like a mini facial! I usually apply Argan oil or a thick glob of moisturizer before rolling.
  5. Don’t come at me for not using a toner! I know I need to use one. I’ve tried this one and this one in the past and love both, but they do two different things. It’s on my list of things I need to buy!
  6. I’ve been using these headbands to keep my hair out of my face while washing/applying products and I love them! They’re perfect for when you’re doing makeup too.
  7. I also do my best to drink enough water and eat a healthy diet because that’s important for clear skin. Also taking vitamins. I use a generic daily vitamin and I also take biotin—but I will admit that the past few months I haven’t been very diligent in taking them.

Anyway, I hope that answered any questions about my daily skincare routine! Let me know what I should cover next in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

My Amazon Quarantine Purchases

My Amazon Quarantine Purchases

If there’s one thing keeping me going during quarantine, it’s online shopping. Is there any better feeling than seeing a package at your door? Name one, I dare you.

But in all actuality, I have been doing a bit more online shopping than normal (I’m justifying it by looking at all of the other expenses I’m saving on by being stuck at home!). Of course, I made one or two (or three or four) Amazon orders!

I thought it would be fun to share all of my purchases at Amazon since quarantine started. I have to say, it really isn’t too much! So, let’s get into it!

  1. No-show Socks. I have so many shoes that require no-shows and hadn’t been able to find a good pair. Another blogger recommended these, so my mom and I had to try them out. I think they work really well! They still slip a bit, but they’re 10x better than others I’ve tried!
  2. Flyaway Hair Stick. My friend and I constantly joke that we’re the queens of flyaways. No matter how much I smooth down my ponytail or bun, I have a million little (curly!) baby hairs going every which way. This does a really good job of getting them slicked down and doesn’t leave a weird feeling on your hair.
  3. Chain Necklace. Chain necklaces are having a MAJOR moment, so of course I had to hop on this trend. I love the shape and length of this chain and the fact that it’s 18k gold-plated helps with tarnishing. I’ve been wearing it every day—sometimes even working out in it—and have yet to see any wear and tear.
  4. Fendi Dupe Headbands. I’ve been wanting these headbands for such a long time! They haven’t come in yet, so I can’t attest to the quality, but I’m so into Fendi right now, plus you know how much I love headbands. I’m pretty confident that I’m going to love these.
  5. Tongue Scraper. So this is a bit of a weird purchase, but another blogger I follow shared these on stories and I wanted to try. I definitely think it does a better job than a toothbrush of brushing your tongue. It really makes my mouth feel cleaner!
  6. Tinkle Razors. I’ve heard so many people say that they use these razors to scrape off any peach fuzz on their faces as well as dead skin cells—basically dermaplaning at home! I’ve tried it once so far and I will say that I didn’t see a huge difference. I felt like I should have seen more “stuff” come off my face (as gross as that is) than I did. I’ll have to keep trying and see if it was just user error. They are good for getting rid of any hair between your brows though!
  7. Makeup Headbands. How adorable are these bow headbands for washing your face/doing your makeup? I’m in love! There’s really nothing else to say here.
  8. Makeup organizer. It was high time I got rid of my makeup bag (that my concealer leaked all over) and upgraded. I like that this organizer is adjustable, so basically you decide how many compartments and where they go. I will say, it doesn’t hold as much as I would like it to, but if you don’t have A TON of makeup, it’s perfect!
  9. Celine Dupe Sunglasses. I swear, every LA fashion blogger has these glasses and I knew I needed them. They’re a $13 dupe for the $400 Celine pair and I think they look so chic! Highly recommend (they’re my favorite purchase along with the chain necklace).

So that’s what I’ve ordered so far from Amazon! I’m sure I’ll be adding to list very shortly!

xo,

Carey

10 Fun Things to Do During Quarantine

10 Fun Things to Do During Quarantine

So it’s been a minute since I’ve published a blog post. Pre-quarantine to be exact. With everything that’s going on, writing a post has been not only hard due to shooting limitations, but also difficult in terms of inspiration. Truthfully, it’s been hard to figure out what you all would even want to see on my blog considering most of us spend all day long at home.

So with that being said, I figured it would be hard to go wrong with a loungewear look and some ways to beat the quarantine slump. So let’s start with the outfit. I took the pants from a lounge set I ordered at the start of quarantine and paired it with some other neutral basics in my closet. The ultimate combo for being comfy and chic is to layer cozy knits in similar colors. To add a little something I extra I threw on my favorite bralette plus some pearl and gold accents.

I ordered this pearl initial necklace and cannot stop wearing it. It looks so good paired with other necklaces, especially more gold chains. All in all, I love the way this look turned out and the best part was that it felt like wearing pajamas all day!

So now that I shared the outfit I actually threw together on a whim, here are some ideas on how to beat the boredom that comes with staying in your house for weeks on end.

10 Quarantine Ideas

  1. Read a book. Probably my favorite thing to do ever and now I have tons of time to devote to new books! I recommend checking out Goodreads for book ideas.
  2. Binge a new show. If reading isn’t your cup of tea, a similar idea is to try out a new show. I’m currently binging Chicago PD and highly recommend. I also shared my other recommendations in this post.
  3. Take up a hobby. Hobby ideas include (but aren’t limited to): knitting, gardening, cooking, and photography. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn to do, now’s the time to start!
  4. Workout. Since I started my new job in February, I haven’t been able to workout as much as I was since I commute two hours each way. Right now I’ve started working out every day—a friend and I Facetime and do it together! We’re doing the Blogilates April calendar workouts and they are hard.
  5. Draw/paint/color. I used to paint and draw quite a bit in high school but haven’t done so in awhile. Although I’m still not painting or drawing I have whipped out my coloring book and spent a good few hours on that!
  6. Organize your closet/drawers/etc. So this might not exactly be “fun” per se, but it will definitely keep you occupied for awhile! Throw on some tunes or a good podcast and get to spring cleaning.
  7. Try a new makeup look. I actually did this the other day and it was so fun! I used to love watching YouTube makeup videos and trying to recreate them. I love experimenting with makeup and trying new techniques!
  8. Play bartender. My family is pretty much a wine family, but my mom and I have been trying to make fun cocktails on the weekends. So far we’ve made blueberry prosecco mojitos and strawberry jalapeno margaritas!
  9. DIY your closet. Have any old t-shirts or jeans? I’ve seen so many videos lately (TikTok and Instagram) of cutting, bleaching, distressing, and tie-dying their old clothes.
  10. Get dressed up and have a photo shoot. This last idea also gives you incentive to change out of your pajamas or loungewear you’ve been living in and get dolled up! I personally love dressing up so having nowhere to go to dress up for has been a bit of downer. But, you don’t actually need a reason to dress up besides making yourself feel good! I’ll definitely be doing this one soon.

So, there’s today blog post. I hope you liked my loungewear look and my ideas for surviving quarantine. If you have any other ideas, feel free to drop them in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Spring Outfit Combo I’m Stealing From My Instagram Feed + Netflix Recommendations

Spring Outfit Combo I’m Stealing From My Instagram Feed + Netflix Recommendations

Instagram-Worthy Spring Outfit Combo

Gone are the days of creating mood boards out of fashion magazines. While sad, I have to say the new mood board is much more convenient. I’m talking about my saves on Instagram! I’m constantly scrolling through my feed or the explore page saving outfits I love to designated folders. And the one outfit formula I realized I’ve been loving? Flowy spring dresses with clunky sneakers!

A year ago I would never, ever have paired clunky dad sneakers with a cute dress. Maybe a pair of slip on sneakers would pass the test, but my FILAs would be a hard no. Now, I can’t get enough of the look. I’ve even seen quite a few looks adding crew socks that I think are so cool. We’ll see if I actually try to recreate though!

In other news, can you believe this dress is only $22?? It’s lightweight without being too thin and is just perfect for early spring weather. I love the combination of the balloon sleeves with the high neck—it’s the perfect amount of drama. The tiger print is also a winner for me! You know I love an animal print, so this is no exception.

If you’re not a fan of the dad sneakers—they’re not everyone’s cup of tea—this dress would also look so cute now with a pair of booties and a pair of sandals when it warms up! You could even dress it up with a pair of heels for a night out look. The options are endless.

My Top Netflix Recommendations

But enough about the outfit. I know it’s only day four of the work-from-home life (at least for me), but I’m starting to get a little stir crazy. If I’m not reading or listening to podcasts to entertain myself, you can probably find me watching my new show obsession: White Collar. I’m such a fan of crime shows, so this is perfect for me. And while this show is actually on Hulu, I thought I would share some of my Netflix recommendations (since it’s the most popular).

My TV tastes are kind of all across the board, but here they are:

  • Mindhunter
  • The Witcher
  • Criminal Minds
  • The Sinner
  • Glow Up
  • Next in Fashion
  • Derry Girls
  • Spinning Out
  • In the Dark
  • The Politician
  • Unbelievable
  • Alias Grace
  • Gossip Girl

Like I said, my taste is eclectic! From crime shows to fantasy to drama to reality competitions, it really just depends on my mood. But, I loved all of the shows on that list (shared in no particular order).

If you’re looking for movies, my list is shorter. But, I recommend:

  • Miss Americana (technically a documentary…)
  • Dumplin’
  • Murder Mystery
  • Wine Country
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • Set it Up
  • The Ugly Truth

I hope this helps with the boredom! And if you need any podcast recommendations, I shared my favorites on this post. That’s all for today, leave me a comment below with your favorite show to watch on Netflix.

xo,

Carey

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Dress: Shein c/o // Sneakers: FILA // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Ring: similar // Earrings: similar // Lipstick: NYX Lip Lingerie in “Satin Ribbon”

Leopard Dress for Spring + Podcast Recommendations

Leopard Dress for Spring + Podcast Recommendations

Leopard Dress for Spring

Incorporating more lifestyle type posts was one of my goals this year, so I thought today would be a good day to start. And to start with a topic I’m quite passionate about: podcasts! But, before we get into that topic, we need to talk about this outfit. A leopard dress is a must any time of year. While I’m dreaming of spring, a lightweight dress in a leopard print is the perfect transitional piece.

I love that this long sleeve leopard dress can easily be styled in so many ways. It’s still pretty chilly in Maryland, so pairing it with knee-high boots (and a coat!) is a must. But, once the weather warms up, I think it would look so cute with sneakers and a denim jacket! The possibilities when it comes to this dress are almost endless. Whether you want to style it up or down, a leopard dress is a closet staple.

Podcast Recommendations

True Crime

  1. My Favorite Murder: If there is one podcast you’re going to listen to, make it this one! I’ve been a fan for years and it’s what actually got me into true crime in the first place. Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark drop weekly episodes covering different true crime stories. What makes it different than others though is that they are so, so funny. You wouldn’t think true crime and humor go together, but they make it work!
  2. Serial: This is actually the first ever podcast I listened to (way back in my junior year of high school). A Journalist covers the murder of a Baltimore high school student in 1999 to uncover whether or not her boyfriend at the time is actually guilty. I still can’t make up my mind!
  3. Crime Junkie: I just started listening to this podcast, but I love the short, sweet, to-the-point way host, Ashley Flowers, cover true crime stories!

Pop Culture

  1. The Morning Toast: I’m not the biggest pop culture junkie, but I do like to stay informed. The Morning Toast, hosted by sisters Claudia Oshry (Girl With No Job) and Jackie Oshry, is absolutely hilarious. Every weekday morning the sisters share the top five pop culture stories you need to hear before, as they say, you “take a bite out of your morning toast.”
  2. The Snatchelor: If you like The Morning Toast, you’ll probably also want to listen to the Snatchelor, hosted by another Oshry sister, Margo. The Snatchelor covers all things Bachelor Nation every Tuesday morning. I highly recommend if you’re watching it this season!

Miscellaneous

  1. Blogging Unscripted: If you’re looking for a podcast that covers blogging tips, tricks, and best practices, this is my go-to! Host Danielle Gervino gives the best advice, covering so much information in each episode.
  2. Lore: I have always been weirdly interested in the supernatural and Lore definitely indulges me! This podcast delves into the origins of folklore, ghost stories, and more and I find it so fascinating. Also, the host’s voice is incredibly soothing!
  3. The Last Podcast On the Left: I didn’t include this podcast in the true crime list because even though the hosts do cover a ton of true crime stories, they do so much more. Basically, any nerdy topic is game on this show! I don’t listen all the time, but certain episodes catch my eye. One of my favorites was the 4 part series the three men did on Rasputin. Warning: this podcast is FULL of guy humor.

So, there you have it: the leopard dress I’m wearing now and into spring and the 8 podcasts I rotate between! Did you like today’s post? Let me know if I should cover more lifestyle topics in the comments! And definitely comment with your podcast recommendations!

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Dress: Shein c/o // Boots: Sam Edelman // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Sunglasses: Amazon // Watch: Michael Kors // Rings: Loft // Necklace: Similar

P.S. Use the code thedaintydetails315 to get my leopard dress (and your entire purchase) 15% off! And check out one of last week’s outfits from the same retailer!

The Splurge Gift Guide

Hello and happy Friday! With Christmas fast approaching I thought it was time to share another gift guide with you all. This week’s theme is splurge-worthy gifts! While my gift guide is obviously geared towards women, I think the Nespresso machine or Airpods would make a great gift for anyone! The suitcases are also a great universal gift, just maybe not in rose gold (ha!). To shop, just click on the + icons over the images.

xo,

Carey