I've been so bad with the Links to Love post lately. I've been getting all my writing out of the way on the weekends and Links to Love is the only post I write the night before (the day of, or the day after apparently) and this week I just totally forgot.

Better late than never right?

I had a semi decent week; Wednesday brought on a huge anxiety attack and I have no idea why but nonetheless, I've been really good. Writing my Post Grad Update really helped, writing is so cathartic and I thank you for all the sweet responses to it!

In other writing news, I FINALLY got an article published on Elite Daily. It was the best surprise this week and the feedback I've gotten from all my friends and kind strangers is incredible. This is what writing is about. On the flip side, I also read some of the really hateful comments. This is inspiration for a blog post in itself so yeah... definitely need to develop a really tough skin if I want to make it as a writer.

Anyways, here's what I loved on the Internet this week (aside from the great Llama chase and the whole dress debacle)

Successful women do these things everyday #Preach

A day in the life posts are my favorite; Levo League killed it with this one.

Here are your answers to the "beauty timing" questions aka how many times a month you should get a pedicure. #Obsessed 

I'm proud to say that I visit all of these career websites and they're KILLER. 

The best, most beautiful and magical sentences that J.K Rowling graced us with. 

Have a great weekend everyone :) 

February is my least favorite month because it's the end of winter (thankfully since NYC has been in a second Ice Age for the entire mont) and it's super short. 

Everyone always says the month flew by but February really does FLY BY. I feel like I did a lot and a lot happened in February but at the same time, the days are a blur. So weird.


At the start, I didn't feel like I had too many favorites—my mind automatically goes to beauty products but once I got to thinking, I realized there were a few things I was using more or rediscovered this month.

However, I haven't read any new books, watched any new television shows, or got any new accessories that I've been obsessing over, which is quite sad. I need to take note of new things to put in my favorites next month!

Enough rambling, let's dive right in.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: I won't go into full detail since I already did a review but it's incredible.I have not used another eyeshadow palette all month.  I cannot get enough, I won't let it out of my sight, I'm OBSESSED. 

Too Faced Powder Foundation: I want to mention this in a future Too Faced haul + review but I found this for $10 at Nordstrom Rack and it was like a sign. I've been searching for a good powder foundation, since I have never owned any and was curious. It's really soft and blends really nicely, as well. It's light to medium coverage but you can build it up. I got the shade 'Perfect Nude' and I'd say it matches me pretty great. It's still on the TooFaced website for a whopping $32 so I feel so great knowing I got a steal. I've been wearing it on my "no makeup makeup" days or for work, I'll layer it over my Maybelline Fit Me stick foundation (or wear alone).

MyFitnessPal: This is the one new app I've been using in relation with my JawboneUp. It's super easy to use, has nutritional information for every food you can imagine, and syncs with my JawboneUp app so it makes tracking calories a lot easier. 

GoneGreek Sweatshirt: I did a review and hosted a giveaway for this bad boy earlier in the month and I have hardly taken it off (expect to wash of course). It's so soft, so warm, and I'm so happy I got the navy. It's not black but still dark enough that I feel comfortable wearing it (I'm weird and love only dark sweatshirts). 

Ugg Ear Muffs: I've never been a huge fan of ear muffs but a few Christmases ago, my grandma bought me a pair of black Ugg ear muffs that have headphones built in (of course I lost the wire) and I never really bothered with them. That is, until I rediscovered them this cold season. I don't leave the house without them; they keep me insanely warm on my morning commute and when I'm running errands. I like them better than wearing a hat, even though that may be smarter, and because they're black, they go with everything!

Udis Gluten Free Bread: This is a weird one. I may do a post on "going gluten free" but for now, I'll mention this. My dad has celiac disease so he can't digest gluten therefore I've been around gluten free food forever. This month, I made the decision to attempt to go gluten free because I eat way too many carbs and figured this had something to do with me being very tired and having constant stomach pains. My dad mentioned this bread was the best so in the frozen section of my Keyfood, I found it and have been loving it! I use it for my lunch at work (I bring peanut butter everyday, don't judge me!) and it's really hearty; it keeps my full and even though it's smaller than the average sliced bread, it's really hearty.

Let me know if you'd like to see a gluten free post! 

Anyways, those are my favorites! Here's to March going a bit slower than February did!

What were your favorites this month?

Another beauty post coming at ya! On Monday I posted mini reviews of some of my recent beauty buys and now I want to talk about the products I'm lusting after.

I spend at least an hour day looking at Sephora and Ulta's website, putting items in my cart and favorites list. I spend the majority of my days watching beauty videos on Youtube and keep a running list of all the products they mention that look cool.

Guys, you have no idea how serious this obsession with makeup is. 

I have so many products I really want to try and ones that I'm literally on the verge of buying. These are those products!

//Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush: I'm torn between Natural Beauty and Exposed but these blushes are the next thing I'm buying! I've been searching for the perfect blush and I've found some good drugstore ones but these Tarte blushes are supposed to last for 12 hours and they just look so pretty!

//Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: This is one of the most talked about products in the beauty world. These powders can be used as highlighters or setting powders and they give you a lit from within glow. It's a pretty price tag but I think the hype is most likely worth it so this will be my next real splurge item! 

//BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer: I'm a huge lover of BB/CC creams and tinted moisturizers. They're perfect for my no makeup makeup days and Bare Minerals is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. Bloggers everywhere have been raving about this product and I'm really curious to see what it's like. 

//Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off: This is a relatively new product to Benefit and I need it in my life. It's a hydrating eye gel in rollerball form that smoothes the under eye area and reduces the appearance of puffiness. The packaging is adorable and I'm a sucker for any under eye product, seriously. 

//NYX Highlight & Contour Palette: I've been obsessed with contouring lately and searching for the perfect palette (and price) to purchase. When I heard NYX, an awesome drugstore brand, was coming out with a contour palette for $25, I knew I had to have it. I'm waiting for the right time to splurge on this (even if it is a drugstore brand) and I cannot wait. 

There are so many other items on my (many) wish lists but these are the ones I want most and can see myself purchasing soon!

What's on your beauty wishlist? Tel me in the comments!

Shop my picks below!

So I figured I'd update you on how I'm handling life since I always give vague little updates on my Links to Love posts.

The last time I wrote an update was in September and I was in a bad place... a really bad place, even if the post might not seem like it. I was nervous, anxious, and really really unhappy.

I'm happy to say I'm doing much better. I've mentioned here before that I have major anxiety issues and back in September, I started seeing a therapist (woo, I said it and I'm not ashamed). I was a little depressed (her words) and just didn't know how to handle the transition I was going through.

I don't think I expected to struggle so hard. I figured I'd have trouble finding a job, adjusting to working in the real world, but never expected all this emotional baggage to pop up. 

As the months went on, I started figuring out what trigged my anxiety, how to talk myself out of an attack, and how to let things go. I learned to focus on my happiness from within, not looking for things to satisfy me and make me happy. I'm responsible for my own happiness and that's what truly matters.

I've been handling everything so much better and started to realize a lot. 

I'm a person who loves to stay home. As I'm writing this, I'm in my pajamas on a Saturday night, have been home all day and I find nothing wrong with it. Well, I realized that there is a lot wrong with it. Staying in my house because social situations sometimes cause anxiety, isn't healthy. I need to get out more, literally. 

Yes I'm not like most 22 year olds—I enjoy low key nights and that's something I need to own instead of being ashamed of but on the flip side, I need to put myself out of my comfort zone.

I have realized that I need to do things, social things, that make me happy, not things I feel like I should be doing. A dinner with friends, a sporting event, brunch... anything that makes me excited to go too instead of dreading it. There's nothing wrong with saying no to something that you don't want to do but it got to a point where I wasn't making any effort to go out and that's a problem.

There are always times when I just don't feel like myself; I feel very "out of body" and very disorientated and just weird. Sometimes I feel like I'm just walking through my life instead of living it and that is a major thing I need to work on.

On the other side, when I went up to school last week for Big/Little night, I truly did hit my reset button. It felt alive, I felt happy, I felt like myself. Being with my sorority sisters, in a place I called home for 4 years, that nurtured me and made me feel alive... I have never felt more like myself and that's the honest truth. I came home feeling happy and good. I like that feeling.

In another aspect, I'm always tired. Always.Tired. It's an issue I'm trying to figure out by "attempting" to eat gluten free but it's difficult. I've never been this exhausted all the time, when I'm getting more than enough sleep. That's contributing to me not wanting to go out as well because my energy levels are low. Once that is on track, I think everything will be much better.

On the job front, I love it. That's the one thing about post grad that has been effortless, which is weird because that's usually the worst part. I wake up in the morning looking forward to work and enjoy my time in the office. 

I've also been looking into freelance writing; I've sent a few articles to Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, but want to expand. I love to write and I write all the time here, but it's different than an article. I was trained in journalism and I miss that feeling of seeing my byline in a paper or on a website. That's a goal I'm working toward and it makes me feel good.

What brought up all these issues is the fact that I'm slowly but surely adjusting to post graduate life, life at home, and coming to terms with the fact that I'm an adult. I don't consider myself a "real adult", mostly a "fake adult" because I work part time and live at home, and don't have my shit together as nearly as much as I'd like too.

There are so many things I want to do, so many ideas and thoughts floating around... I know who I want to be but don't know how to get there.

Post grad is scary... I'm nine months out and it's still hard. I still get choked up thinking about my senior year or looking at pictures from "the good old days." I don't know if that feeling will ever go away but I'm working on it.

Everyone who has graduated college has probably felt this way and they've gone through it so I think I'll be okay. 

I've come to the realization that beauty products are my vice. I cannot resist the latest launch from a major brand or buying something cool I see in a Youtube video.

My room/bathroom looks like a mixture of a drugstore and Sephora. As my mom puts it, "You have so much STUFF!" And I do, I cannot help it.

Over the past few months, as my makeup collection grew, I noticed myself blogging more about beauty and wanting to read more about beauty and beauty products.

It's a been a little while since I posted a review + haul and I've been collecting a fair amount of new products that I've been obsessing over. 

What better time to share them with you all then right now?

Maybelline Sensational Mascara: Maybelline is my favorite drugstore brand and I'd be lying if I said the rose gold packaging wasn't a major selling point but this mascara is really great. It has a curved wand and a very wet formula but it doesn't smudge. It applies like a dream and really lengthens and curls your lashes. I usually reserve this for a night out because it does add a bit of drama to the lashes.

Benefit Rollerlash: I received this from PopSugar a few days before the launch, at the beginning of the month. It came in label-less packaging and marketed as a "mystery" mascara. I used it and immediately fell in love. It has such a unique wand (similar to the Maybelline one) but has a much drier formula. I've been using it religiously and was so excited to find out it was Benefit because Benefit Cosmetics is one of my favorite high end brands. It really does curl your lashes and leave them long and separated. I've been using this as my "every day" mascara and I think I'll have to purchase it when I run out.

Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks: I found two of these (Loganberry and Cinnamon Kiss) in Nordstrom Rack for $8!!!! each. They're usually $22 a piece so it was a true steal. The third one is Nude Beach and I got that in my Too Faced Better Than Chocolate Essentials kit. These have their pros and cons but I'm really obsessed. They have a glossy finish and smudge a tad bit if you're not careful when applying. The wear time isn't fantastic but they feel really light on the lips, almost like a tinted lip balm but the pigementation is insane. The packaging is hands down, the most beautiful thing I've ever seen and I'm in love. I really do want all of these, I cannot get enough.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer: I've been experimenting with primers recently and I wanted to find a good one from the drugstore. While in CVS one day, I quickly googled "good drugstore primers" and this one was the first I found. It's a creamy, white consistency and is a little bit tacky when applied but quickly dries down to a true matte finish. It makes my foundation stay matte all day and really doesn't allow any oils to get through. My skin has been really dry so this will definitely become a staple in the summer months when I'm really oily. It really is one of the best primers Ive found, drugstore or luxury brand.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This has been said it's a dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (I've never used the Nars one but I figured it was worth a mention) and some people say it's even better than Nars. It covers my dark circles, doesn't dry out my under eyes, brightens, and blends effortlessly. It's incredible and definitely a front runner for favorite drug store concealer. 

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation: I mentioned this in my January favorites but I figured it was worth mentioning again. This is the only foundation I've been wearing since I got it and I'm really impressed. It gives a satin finish, more matte when I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer and lasts all day. It blends out beautifully and gives medium to full coverage; the consistency isn't too liquidy or too thick, it's probably the perfect foundation for anyone—normal, dry, or oily skin!

I have a lot more beauty products that I'm trying out now so expect another one of these posts soon! 

What other beauty type posts would you like to see on the blog? Tell me in the comments!

Shop a these and a few more of my favorite beauty products below!

Well this is late and I realized I missed a 'Links' post last week #bloggerfail. 

This was an exceptionally good week for me. I mostly worked from home, thankfully because the cold here in NYC should be illegal. I've never felt a chill much like -9 degrees and I hope no one else has to experience this.

I made a trip up to campus this week for Big/Little night and it was like I hit my refresh button. Big/Little is my favorite night of the year and I'd say most sorority girls agree with me. There's something so innocent and special about a new member turning around and seeing her big sister. I get the chills and cry every.single.time. 

This was extra special because I finally became a GREAT Grandbig...so yeah I'm really old but she's a precious little nugget and I'm so excited for my entire sorority. 

A little brunette family tree loving :) 

Being up at school with my sorority sisters and my best friends, I have never felt more like myself. I've been in such a rut lately and being there, seeing everyone, it was just the best medicine. I came home feeling refreshed and happier (and a little more tired #postgrad) but it was wonderful.

I'm in for a fun yet relaxing weekend of dinner and drinks with my girlfriends, resting, and blogging...and then the Oscars on Sunday so it'll be good.

Here's what I was loving this week (and a little from last week):

A very interesting and incredible write up about some of my favorite bloggers and the blogging industry! 

I'm a semi morning person and I find these all to be true.

The 2:30pm feeling is alive and real, I promise you.

I always have serious FOMO about fashion week and this helped me feel a bit better about it.

Dark chocolate vs. milk chocolate....I'm a dark chocolate kind of gal.

I could get on board with these February drugstore buys! 

What'd you love this week?

Is this my favorite Birchbox ever? Yeah I think so!

This month I opted for the curated box which was put together by Rent the Runway(a company I truly love) and I could not be happier.

I love seeing what's in the curated boxes (if you don't know, Birchbox, every month features a "special curated box" that has a special guest editor that you can opt to choose instead of your regular box. The difference is that you know exactly what comes in the curated box) and I really loved what I saw in this box and wanted to try the samples so I opted for this one.

Once I saw people receiving their boxes, I got even more excited because the size of the samples looked awesome and I loved the design of the box. It has to be the most beautiful box I've ever seen. Light pink, flowers, and the Rent the Runway & Birchbox logo... it's just so feminine and pretty.

When I received the box and opened it, I don't think I've ever been more excited. I was just so happy! Even though I already knew what samples I was getting, I was still super stoked.

As an added bonus, RTR gave all Birchbox subscribers $30 off a $75 rental. I will surely be trying to use that! 

Let's see what was inside my February Birchbox, shall we?

derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub: I haven't gotten into anti aging products yet but I love a good scrub. This is just as good as I thought it'd be. My skin feels super soft, clean, and totally clear of any dirt. After I use this, my face almost feels as soft as it does when I use my Clarisonic. It's a fabulous exfoliator. 

Full Size: $12.95
Sample Size: 4/5

Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo: Give me all the dry shampoo, PLEASE. I always see to get one in my Birchbox when my other bottle runs out. It has such a fine mist, which I adore because it doesn't come out too hard, and the smell is awesome—one of the best smelling dry shampoos I've ever used. It seems to work really good so I'm excited.

Full size: $10-20
Sample Size: 5/5

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash-The Stuff that Cupid dips his arrow in: Can we talk about that name? Perfect for Valentines Day but my goodness it's long. I was excited about this but the smell isn't all that fragrant and doesn't really do anything for me but it's a body wash so how bad could it really be?

Full size: $16
Sample Size: 4/5

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner: THIS IS THE BEST EYELINER EVER. Holy crap. It came in navy blue and it looks so beautiful on the lid. It's not too blue that you look silly wearing it but not too dark that it looks black. It's super creamy, smooth, and blends really well. I'm obsessed and so is my mom...so obsessed that she made me order two full size eyeliners, one for me in the navy (and she took my sample) and one for her in plum. I've been wanting to experiment with colored eyeliners and these are just awesome.

Full size $11
Sample Size: 4/5

Sumita Eyeliner on top; theBalm Read My Lips on bottom 
theBalm Read my Lips: I think I may have been most excited for this product. I've been really getting into lip products lately but haven't really ventured to see what lip glosses there are on the market. I'm not a huge lip gloss lover but this is different. It's very opaque and gives the nicest pink/coral color to your lips without being overly shiny. My favorite part is how long it lasts on my lips and how NOT STICKY it is. Sticky lipgloss is the worst but this one is awesome.

Full size: $15
Sample Size: 4/5

This Birchbox hit it out of the park and I could not be happier!

What'd you get in your Birchbox this month?

One fun fact about me is that I hate eating vegetables. Yes, I'm a five year old. But really... I hate vegetables. I don't eat salads, I never get vegetable as a side and I stay as far away from things like Kale, as possible.

Is this bad? Of course it is but I can't help it.

The vegetables I do like are cauliflower, eggplant, and zucchini... but cooked to perfection, I can't "taste" the vegetable.

I'd have to say cauliflower is my favorite and the great thing about that is that there are overwhelming numbers of recipes on Pinterest that incorporate cauliflower in many ways. Substituting cauliflower for carbs? Sign me up!

I've been meaning to make something with cauliflower for months and I finally took the plunge. Cauliflower breadsticks were first on the list and they were easier than I expected, and tasted even better!

This is the original recipe I used and I changed it up a bit.

I used on bag of frozen cauliflower so I defrosted and steamed it in a pot of boiling water, and then I "riced" it in a food processor (I use the Magic Bullet). I also used a combination of cheeses and used slightly less than the recipe calls for, because I didn't have enough. #whoops

Other than that, I followed it pretty closely.

What you need:

1 head of fresh cauliflower
1/4 cup of egg whites or 1 large egg
1/2 + 3/4 cup of shredded cheese
Any type of herb seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook cauliflower any way you like, whether it's teaming or roasting.
2. Drain the moisture out of the cauliflower by squeezing the florets in a towel
3. Rice the cauliflower in the food processor. (I couldn't get it completely down to a rice texture so I still had some chunks in it, which was fine!)
4. Combine riced cauliflower, egg, cheese, and seasoning (I used parsley and oregano) in a bowl till a dough like texture forms. (Mine wasn't completely doughy, it broke a little but it worked)
5. Roll out the dough on aluminum foiled pan (I used foil, the recipe says to use parchment paper) 
6. Bake in 375 Degree oven for 15-18 minutes, once golden brown, sprinkle rest of cheese on top of breadsticks and cook for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
7. Let breadsticks cool, cut into slices and enjoy!

(I thought I had more photos but apparently not... sorry!)

It was a little complicated at first but once the cauliflower was riced, it was a really simple recipe. I think it would've been a lot easier if I didn't have to thaw out the frozen cauliflower and just used fresh (even if you use fresh cauliflower, you should still cook it first!)

These were so delicious and a really big hit with my family. I'm definitely going to attempt more cauilfower recipes soon!

What recipe have you attempted lately? 

I made a vow on January 31st that I would not buy anything in February...if you know me, you know I already broke that, but that's not what this post was about.

I woke up on morning, the last week of January, and saw on Instagram, while still in my bed, that Too Faced was on HSN. I blogged about my experience here....

I purchased the Too Faced Better Than Chocolate Essentials that came with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, a La Creme Lipstick in Nude Beach, a full size Better than Sex Mascara, and a deluxe sample size of Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow primer.

When I saw it was delivered a week later, I was so excited I could barely speak. For about three hours though, I thought it was stolen since there is definitely someone who watches my house or follows the UPS man around and steals packages....it's happened to me before. 

Anyways... I was pleased to find out that it was not stolen and I immediately opened the package to play with it.



Excuse the excitement... but it's true. I have not stopped playing with it since I got it and I can't even describe it.

The palette is extremely pigmented and smells like chocolate (best part). The shadows are super smooth, apply and blend incredibly and I just have never experienced eyeshadows like this. I have the Natural Eyes palette from Too Faced and the shadows are just as good but there's something about the Chocolate Bar palette that makes it special.

I'm tempted to buy the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette, even though I've seen reviews that say it's not as good.

I swatched the entire palette and those photos are below.

Cherry Cordial, Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet, Champagne Truffle
Creme Brûlée, Gilded Ganache, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut, Marzipan
Strawberry Bon Bon, Semi Sweet, White Chocolate, Haute Chocolate, Milk Chocolate
Amaretto, Triple Fudge
I've used the mascara before and it's pretty dam good. I have a lot of mascaras open at the moment so I haven't opened it or used it yet but I know I like it so I'm excited to have it.

I had a deluxe sample of the Shadow Insurance but I gave it to my mom and have been using other primers since. I'm glad to have a fresh, new one because I missed it dearly. I think they've changed the formula a bit but it's still an amazing primer that keeps the shadow crease free and glued to your lid all day. I'm obsessed.

I have two other La Creme lipsticks which I adore and at first, I was scared of this nude shade. It seemed too nude on my lips but once I wore it with a full face of makeup, I was pleasantly surprised. It really is the perfect everyday lip color and adds a touch of glam to a regular day's makeup look. I haven't stopped wearing it since.

What I learned from this experience is that HSN is a great site to check for awesome beauty deals like this. I paid $49 for all of this, meanwhile the palette itself is $50. It was a true steal and I could not be happier with all of these items!

I have a lot more beauty reviews coming up from all the other stuff I've been using over the past few months so stayed tuned!

What's been your favorite beauty products lately?

I've never had skin issues before. My face and body have always been free of acne, completely moisturized, never too dry.... I couldn't ask for better skin.

That is, until this winter.

For some reason, my skin freaked out on me and I think it's because I was home in Queens for the entire winter, for the first time in four years. I say that because when I would come home from school over Christmas break, I'd notice a change in my skin and in my hair. The water just wasn't the same as it is in Westchester.

I also have been commuting to and from Manhattan a few times a week so being in a gross, disgusting subway system for two-three hours a day doesn't help.

I may not know the exact reason but I do know that my skin reacted very badly to the dry, winter air.

I complained a bit about my under eyes being puffy, itchy, and dry and finally I went to the dermatologist and part of that ended up being an allergy to FRAGRANCE. You have no idea how upset I am that I can no longer wear perfume.

It may have been an allergy but I do know that some of it was eczema or extremely dry skin.

It wasn't just under my eyes that was suffering, it was my cheeks and my chin and my entire body. In the few weeks that I was dealing with these dry skin issues, I of course, being the product junkie I am, did my research and found some kick-butt products that helped me and my skin come back to life.

//First Aid Beauty: I had seen this brand everywhere for months before I finally bought something. I knew it was perfect for sensitive, dry, eczema prone skin. Sephora had two items on clearance that I thought would be great for me. I purchased the "Dual Repair Eye Cream" and the "Ultra Repair Lip Therapy" and they both worked wonders. When I didn't know my eyes were reacting to an allergy, the cream cleared it up in two days. I was amazed. The lip therapy is a Vaseline like texture and leaves my lips moisturized but without heavy feeling. I need more from this brand, ASAP.

//Simple Nourishing 24 Hour Day/Night Cream: I wasn't moisturizing my skin at night and I knew it was taking a toll. I needed a good nighttime moisturizer that wouldn't leave my skin feeling tight or greasy. I knew immediately that Simple was the way to go. It's made for sensitive skin and this is an air light moisturizer that can be used during the day or at night, so really, there's nothing better. 

//Evian Facial Mist: I did a whole post on this weeks back but it's such an essential, I know I'm going to need to purchase another one soon. Whenever my face feels itchy or dry, I spray some of this (over or under makeup) and it instantly hydrates my skin.

//Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream: Aveeno is one of my favorite skincare brands (even though I don't own a lot of their products) so when I knew I had a problem, I looked toward Aveeno. I bought this particular cream and it's a more gel like consistency than I expected but it works incredibly. It has a cooling effect and just instantly moisturizes your skin, leaving you hydrated and smooth. I use this on eczema spots but also when my skin feels itchy and dry. It fixes the problem immediately.

//Deramest Eczema Medicated Lotion: This was the first thing I bought besides the Aveeno lotion and it continues to work like a charm. It has that dermatologist like packaging so I figured it'd work (stupid reason but I was right). It clears up any dry patches I have, on my face or body, over night. It's truly like magic.

//Clarisonic: I mentioned this in my December Favorites and it continues to be a huge asset to my skincare routine. It removes all the dead skin cells, leaving a super smooth canvas for my moisturizer. Let me know if you'd like to see a full review post on this bad boy!

//Cetaphil Cleanser and Moisturizer: I use both of these products in the morning because they're super gentle and are simple. The moisturizer has SPF which is great and leaves my skin totally hydrated for my makeup. The cleanser is a basic cleanser that does just that, cleanses. It's better to use a basic cleanser in the morning and leave the fancy stuff for nighttime.

Do you have any holy grail dry skin items that help battle eczema, psoriasis  or basic dry skin? Please let me know in the comments!!

I received a product free, for review, but all opinions are my own

Ever since I was a baby, my mom would dress me up in the most ridiculous outfits with matching hats and headbands. Every single picture of me as a baby/toddler, I'm wearing a bow in my hair or a big poofy hat.

Because of that, by nature, I have always adored headbands. I always felt comfortable and loved the way they looked in my hair. Simple headbands, neon headbands, ones with bows and feathers...give me them all! 

It's definitely one of the reasons Blair Waldorf is my spirit animal. 

When headbands aren't in style, I get really sad because then I think everyone's looking at me like I'm crazy for wanting to wear one.

That is until now...

Just as statement necklaces had a moment (and are still having a moment), statement headbands are having a moment, thanks to Dauphines of New York.

When I was contacted a few months ago about the company launching it's collection in Sephora, I jumped at the chance. Headbands that look like jewelry? Headbands that can dress up any outfit? YES PLEASE SIGN ME UP.

I received my headband a few weeks ago and have been playing around with it and I'm obsessed. It's perfect for everyday wear but has just enough rhinestones to dress up an outfit on a Friday night.

We know that fashion blogging isn't my speciality, excuse the sorority letters and minimal makeup
The three strands make it feel secure on your head but it's just elastic enough to not give you a headband headache. 

These headbands mostly retail for $24.00 on Sephora, one of them retails for $49.00. The headband I have is called "Front Row Darling" and is one of the $24.00 headbands.

I'm really glad I received this headband because until now, I haven't had any beautiful, statement headbands and I think they're super useful, versatile, and just a fun hair accessory! 

Are you a fan of "statement" hair accessories?