Five To Buy | Skincare

I've been following Glossier's motto "Skin first. Makeup second." for a while now. I've never had many issues with my skin and I know that I am fortunate for that. I never really needed foundation but used concealer for spot treatment. I'll admit that I do like to try makeup and because I had purchased so many foundations I felt like I needed to use it. Constantly putting heavier foundation on everyday is not good for your skin. And I did notice more frequent breakouts and unhappy skin. I've reverted back to the less is more approach and have really honed in on my skincare regime. Here are 5 products that I've purchased in the past few months which my skin has absolutely loving.

1. TATCHA Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder | I picked up the travel size of this product earlier this year during the Sephora VIB sale. I always love face scrubs but my skin is a bit too sensitive to regularly use. This TATCHA powder is perfect for any with sensitive skin as you pour a little onto your fingers, add some water and massage onto your face. It's absolutely gentle but you can definitely feel a softer difference in your skin immediately. I use this a few times a week and a little goes a long way. If you're hesitant about it, I'd recommend picking up the 0.35 oz to give it a try. 

2. Kiehl's Hydro Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate | I picked this up a few months back and am still using this regularly both night and day. I went in for a complimentary facial at Kiehl's and they used a little device to measure the water levels of my skin. As I drink little water (a problem, I know) my skin was extremely dehydrated. This helps to add moisture in the deepest layers of your skin and helps "plump" your skin while helping to even out fine lines and overall skin texture. I do notice a difference when I use it and it's a tiny pick me up. Pricey, yes, but I've been using it twice a day for the last 2+ months and I have yet to hit the end.

3. Caudalie Instant Detox Mask | This is one that I had been wanting to try for a while and Caudalie is a brand I'm falling in love with more and more. This is a great alternative to the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask (read all about my comparison of the two HERE). This really helps to pull out any gunk in my skin and leaves my skin clean and clear - perfect for summer and removing excess oil.

4. Tea Tree Water Toner (HERE) | This was definitely influenced by Celina and I'm so glad she introduced me to it. I wasn't all too smitten with it at first but you could say the love for this slowly crept up. I do like the Pixi Glow Tonic but sometimes I worry that it's too harsh for daily use. With the heat this toner has been the perfect "cool down" factor and helps my skin to feel refreshed without being stripped. This is also for pairing over the Caudalie / Aesop masks. Give a quick spritz over the masks once they dry out to help them continue working a little bit longer.

5. Pixi Glow Peel Pads | This is one I've been seeing pop up on the blogisphere lately and I've been rather intrigued. I do love the Pixi Glow Tonic but as I'm using up my Tea Tree Water Toner first, I've put my bottle aside for now. These Pixi Glow Peel Pads work very much the same but with higher levels of glycolic acid to get that radiant skin under the layers of dead skin. As this does have a higher level, you'll need to wipe this over your skin, wait a bit, and then rinse off with water. This one is definitely for night time and takes a little extra time. I usually use this once or twice a week as I don't want to freak my skin out too much.

Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your must have skincare products? Let me know below!

5 Things To Do This Weekend

To me weekends are so precious as they are a time to do whatever the hell you want. Go out with friends or stay in  - whatever you do just enjoy it and be re-energized when the work week begins on Monday. My boyfriend and I don't usually do much on weekends and don't frequently take mini weekend trips - that is much too exhausting for our old souls. We like to take time to ourselves and regroup for the week ahead. 

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Here are 5 things to do this weekend: 

1. Coffee Shop Work Day. Go to a small coffee shop and get work done. For all you bloggers out there take this time to respond to comments left on your blog, organize mail and respond to any companies, and just do overall blog maintenance. Use this time to think of blog ideas and plan out your schedules. If you have photos ready go ahead and edit them and draft up posts. These will be great for those days when your brain is lacking motivation and creativity. For you non-bloggers take this time to browse Pinterest - find recipes to cook, except used to do. Plan a vacation for the holidays or find inspiration to change something or add into your routine. 

2. Clean Out Your Wardrobe . I did a post on this on Tuesday. It honestly feels better to get rid of clothes. Having empty space feels amazing and to open your closet and drawers every day to see items you love does a number on the start of your day. 

3. Wash Your Brushes . This is by far one of the best things to do on the weekend. Go makeup free or just use a light touch of makeup. Give your makeup brushes a good clean and help prevent product build up. It'll be good for your skin and good for the longevity of your brushes. Since you're cleaning on the weekend this will also give your brushes sufficient time to dry. 

4. Go Catch Pokemon. I say this lightly haha. I don't play a lot, just occasionally when I'm hanging out with my boyfriend. But take this opportunity to walk around and explore new areas. I've already discovered a small community center, attached with a small orchard and museum. I would've never known it existed if I hadn't gotten up and walked around. I commend the creators of this application as they have thoroughly succeeded in getting everyone up and out and about. 

5.  Get a Pedicure. This is very much a treat yourself and not necessary, but it feels nice - especially in the summer. There are few times a year that I condone getting a pedicure and that is sandal season. Salons just do a much better job and get your toes looking cute for summer. They'll help scrub off that dead layer of skin and have your feet looking great so you won't need to worry about dry heels. Ladies, try taking your men with you - I've seen so many more guys at nail salons lately just getting pampered. Of course they don't paint their nails but they get their feet scrubbed, nails trimmed, and a kick ass massage. Trust - your guy will totally be down to do it. 

What are your favorite things to do on the weekend? 

Capsule Wardrobe Diaries | Clearing Out

I've been interested in creating my own capsule wardrobe for a while but clearing out the space in my closet is something I dreaded. Growing up a lot of bloggers and celebrities were known for having large wardrobes/makeup collections with endless selections of items, and my "collection" grew quite large over the years. Size wise I haven't changed much since I was a teenager, and pieces I purchased back then could still be worn today. This did pose a large challenge as I didn't see any reason to get rid of a large quantity of clothes as they still fit. But realistically, I didn't reach for many of these clothes and they ended up feeling more like a burden. In some ways I have 2 closets - I have the one included in my room and I have a built-in wardrobe / shelving unit that my dad bought for me when I moved home from college. In other words, he thought I had too much stuff and wanted to help me create a space where I could tuck clothes and items behind closed doors and not have to see the clutter everyday. 

I'm minorly obsessed with watching closet / makeup clear outs and one day I just thought "I just need to do it." Now you don't need to go all KonMari on your wardrobe and do a massive purge all at once, if it works better for you to do them in smaller increments - go for it. Find a technique that works for you. Here's what I did and it's working out for me right now. 

Categorize your clothes into three piles:
1. Definite Keep
2. Maybe
3. Will Never Wear/Use

Of course get rid of your 'Will Never Wear' pile and be done with it. More on what to do with the clothes you're getting rid of below. 

The 'Definite Keep' pile should only include your most loved pieces that you wear, more often than not, at least once a week. Be honest here with yourself and really try items on to see if you still like the way it fits and examine the clothes. One tip I use is whether or not I would purchase it again at that moment - if it's a yes, then it gets to stay.

I looked through my 'Maybe' pile and just tossed the items that were beyond wear. These were ones that had tons of pilling or slight tears/stains that were beyond repair. 

I went ahead and kept what was left of my maybe pile in my wardrobe and made sure to keep everything organized by color and style. I've always organized my closet like this since I was in middle school, so it isn't a habit that was hard to start. Tbh my closet is comprised of few colors, namely white, grey, black, olive, and blue. 

I did a clear out last month and cut out a good 1/4 of my clothes. I recently went in this past weekend for a deeper clean and started tossing items that I hadn't reached for in the past month. If I hadn't reached for it then I had to be honest with myself about which items I would really reach for in the next few months.

Of course getting rid of clothes that you've spent your hard earned money on is never easy. I go through a few stages to clear things out, but overall being relentless is key. Take clothes in good condition to a second-hand or consignment store to see if they'll purchase the items off of you. If not, feel free to post these on online shopping sites. Some popular ones in the U.S. are Poshmark, Tradesy, and Depop. Tradesy is available to Canada and certain countries outside the U.S., read more about it here. Poshmark is my favorite and if you're interested in signing up, use my code 'HEEQQ' and you can get $5 credit for shopping. The way most online shops work is that you upload photos of your item, note the size / brand, and give a few additional details on the item (i.e. material, # of wears, NWT/NWOT, etc.). Going in with the mentality that you want these items out, getting extra cash for these items will be great for funding future purchases or helping make up for some loss. My tip here would actually be to sell your 'Maybe' items on online apps. If someone offers you the right price you probably would feel fine letting it go so you could add another 'Definite Keeper' piece to your wardrobe. 

I recently ordered a bag from ThredUp recently which is a service that allows you to send a giant bag of clothes to them for them to sift through (use my link and get $10 credit towards your purchase). They'll keep what they want to sell and donate the clothes they don't keep. Win-Win for everyone. But if you're hesitant on that, you can opt to pay $9.99 and have the unselected clothes returned to you. I haven't done this yet, but I'm mainly getting rid of items that have sat in the online selling apps for too long. Just let them go and be done with it - don't hold on for too long in hopes of getting a little extra cash. The empty space is nice too - trust me. 

This is an overall work in progress but I'm excited to introduce this new series on the blog. In an effort to live a more minimal lifestyle, this is a big step for me and hopefully one for you if that's what you're looking for.

Feel free to share any tips for clearing out your wardrobe space in the comments below!

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