The Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without (Not Makeup!)

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Happy Thursday! It’s been a while since I’ve done a beauty based post, so I thought today I would share some of the beauty products I use all the time. These are the products I use either every day, or at the very least every week.

First up is a jade roller. And to be perfectly honest, my dad broke part of mine awhile back, so I’m only really using the smaller end. While I do plan to get a new one (eventually) I still love using the smaller end after I apply eye cream. I have chronic puffy under eyes and dark circles from genetics and allergies, so I like to do anything I can. I really think the coolness of the jade helps with the puffiness—at least marginally.

Next is the new self tanner I’ve been using. I have to say, this is one of my favorite self tanners ever! I put it on and am instantly tanner, so by the time it’s been on for a few hours I look like I’ve been in Florida! Also, you can’t beat that $13 price tag. One caveat: it definitely transfers color onto clothes and sheets, but it easily comes out in the wash! But, if stained sheets really bother you, I also really like this pre-shower self tanner that’s stain free (it just takes a little longer to build a tan).

You guys. I have been using the Josie Maran Argan oil since middle school and can’t imagine life without it. I use it for literally everything: my face, my hair, my cuticles, even on my legs, arms, and feet! A little goes a long way with this stuff and it is so worth it. I usually use it on my face at night under moisturizer, but like I said there are so many different ways it can be used.

I don’t know about you, but dry shampoo saves my life on a weekly basis. I’ll be perfectly honest here, I hate washing my hair. The shower pressure in my apartment sucks so it takes 7 years to get shampoo out of my thick hair. And then blow drying and styling? Way too much effort on my part. So I try to go as long as possible without washing and I am pretty lucky because my hair doesn’t get greasy very fast. But when it does, this dry shampoo comes to the rescue. I’ve tried others and have yet to find one that works as well as this product.

Just like the Argan oil, I’ve been using Clinique moisturizer for years. Occasionally throughout the years I try a new moisturizer, but this is the one I always go back to. As someone with dry skin, this really does do the job.

Ok, you’re probably thinking, why is there a toothbrush on this list? But, I think keeping my teeth looking clean and white counts! My mom just got me an electric toothbrush for Christmas and I will never go back. Regular toothbrushes just don’t clean half as well. If you don’t have one yet, order ASAP!

Last on the list is this body lotion. Once again being honest, I forget to put lotion on my body (aside from my face and neck) all the time and have dry skin. But one use of this product and my legs are looking fresh and moisturized! I love that it’s pretty much fragrance free too—I weirdly hate when my lotion competes with my perfume. This is the perfect lotion to put on before bed and wake up with fresh looking skin!

That’s it for this week, I hope you enjoyed it! What other beauty posts would you like to see in the future?



Whitening My Teeth With Carbon Coco

Whitening My Teeth With Carbon Coco

Whitening my teeth is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, but since my teeth are so sensitive I haven’t really found any products to use. So when Carbon Coco offered to send me their natural teeth whitening product I was all over it! I’ve heard about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth before, so I was definitely interested in seeing how it works.

Even though I’ve been using the product for only about a week, I definitely notice a difference in the whiteness of my teeth. I am especially impressed because I realized half way through that I wasn’t even using the product correctly. I realized that you have to brush your teeth for a few minutes with the charcoal, then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth with the toothpaste.

I have to say, aside from whitening my teeth, I really enjoy the toothpaste. It has a minty flavor, with a hint of citrus that makes my mouth feel extremely clean and my breath fresh. Overall, my experience so far with Carbon Coco’s ultimate carbon kit has been a positive one, and I expect to have even greater results the more I use it!

Has anyone else used this product or activated charcoal before? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!



*I received this product in exchange for a review. My thoughts, as always, are my own*

Fave Beauty Products

Fave Beauty Products

Hello all! This week I want to share with you all some of my favorite beauty products. These are just some products that I use (sometimes very) regularly.

First up is my moisturizer. I’ve been using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion since middle school. Every now and then I try a new moisturizer, by I always fall back on this one. For some reason, I feel like a lot of other face lotions irritate my skin. The only downfall to this moisturizer is that it doesn’t have SPF, but my makeup does. I think I would die happy if Clinique came out with a new version of this product with SPF in it!

Going along the lines of lotion, I’m in love with the KORRES body butter. Unfortunately, the scent I love, Bergamot Pear, isn’t sold at Sephora. But you can find it through HSN. A little inconvenient, but it smells soooo good.


Next up is my exfoliator. Seriously the best body exfoliator there is (I mean Oprah said so…). My skin feels so soft after using this, and it’s really good to stimulate hair follicles before shaving. Also, if you feel like getting a spray tan or using self-tanner, this is definitely a must-have.

Besides my body exfoliator, I really love this lip exfoliant from Lush. My mom actually came across it this summer and got some for me too. I use it anytime I’m going to wear lipstick to get rid of any dead skin. I’m going to be perfectly honest, sometimes the exfoliant gets into my mouth and it tastes really good! Obviously, don’t eat it, but if you happen to swallow a bit you won’t die and it doesn’t taste like soap.


While I’m on the subject of Lush products, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this mask I just got from the brand. It’s called the Cosmetic Warrior mask, and it seriously cleared up this breakout I had so fast. It didn’t completely get rid of the zit (my skin doesn’t heal red marks quickly), but it made the blemish so much smaller and more manageable. Other reviews online are also really great for the product. A lot of people talk about how horrible the smell is, but honestly I don’t think it’s that bad (and I have a pretty sensitive nose), it’s just that the tea tree oil smell is really strong.

And finally my absolute favorite beauty product, my Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet perfume. I’ve talked about my love for this perfume on the blog before, but I will never not share my love of it. I use this perfume almost every day and have been for almost two years now. To me, this scent is just perfect, a nice mix of floral and fruity. Obviously everyone has different opinions on perfume, but I really recommend you give it a try! Next time you’re in a department store or Sephora, give yourself a little spritz and see how the scent holds up throughout the day.

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to share any of your favorite beauty products below!