Easy Ways To Stay Healthy From The Inside Out

During this quarantine, it’s been really easy to feel sluggish and not take care of myself. From my body to my hair, skin and nails, let’s just say I’ve put my glow-up on the back burner a bit. But I’m getting back on track thanks to a few easy tricks to staying healthy from the inside out (for the lazy girl, a.k.a. moi).

Skin- Taking care of my skin has been so important during this quarantine, especially in making sure that my hormonal acne doesn’t come back in full force (which it totally would if I didn’t make the effort to take care of it every single night). My favorite gentle cleanser is this one, it’s expensive but effective and makes you feel super clean! Another thing I love to use is a facial roller. I put this one in the freezer and rub it on my face when I’m feeling fancy after my skincare routine. It not only helps to push the product further into the pores, but I’ve found that the cooling and rolling affect is great for my anxiety, especially when I have stress headaches. I couldn’t recommend it enough! It even just feels good to roll on your face when you’re bored honestly. Finally, my favorite skincare tool that I’ve been loving is this NuFace Mini. It’s pricey, but if you’re a skincare junkie looking for a fun new toy, this is it. It tones your face and makes it look more contoured over time. I’ve also noticed that it’s enhanced my jawline, making it look more defined and less like I’m a rooster with a floppy underchin (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about!) It’s also $50 dollars off on Amazon right now so I would hop on this deal if you’re interested.

Hair- In all honesty, something I’ve been really self- conscious of is my dry scalp, especially with dandruff against dark hair. NOT CUTE! I’m currently trying out this shampoo and this conditioner and my hair feels amazing! I’m one of those girls that gives into buying cheap drugstore shampoo and conditioner, but let me tell you that once I used this one my hair I noticed a huge difference in the overall shine and my scalp doesn’t feel itchy or dry! This is my favorite hairbrush for after the shower, it’s honestly my favorite and I didn’t think I cared about hairbrushes either. This hair oil I tried today and let me just say I’m obsessed!! I’m not one to have shiny, healthy looking hair but it really made my hair look that way.

Mind- I think mental health should be everyone’s number one priority, especially during this quarantine. If your mental health is lacking, then so will the rest of you! I honestly believe that. That’s why I’ve hired a life coach to work with me on a lot of my emotions that I’ve been going through during this life transition. It’s easy to rely on your family, friends or significant other to lift you up when you’re feeling down, but there’s something so nice about being able to talk to someone who isn’t a part of your life and doesn’t have their own personal reasons for helping you make decisions. Another thing I love is manifesting! Focusing on what you want in your life and working toward your goals is a great way to direct your energy during this time. This meditation is my favorite, it’s relaxing and happy! It also only takes 10 minutes, which is perfect for the lazy girl.

Body- It’s so important to be taking care of our bodies, and especially our immune systems! Some of my favorite dietary supplements are Vitamin C and MaryRuth’s Organic Liquid Elderberry Immunity. Supplements are so important for boosting immunity (not to mention this particular one tastes great). Obviously, another way to take care of your body is working out, but lazy me hasn’t been so good about that one lately. One thing I have been doing a bit is 12/3/30 on the treadmill. Incline of 12, walking at a 3 speed for 30 minutes. Let me tell you, it gets the thighs and butt burning, as well as the calories! It’s good for someone lazy like me because you can walk it fairly easily and listen to music or watch Netflix/YouTube and it’s still semi-enjoyable.

I hope you found this post helpful! Sending you all love and light during these times.

Self-Care Tips for the Lazy Girl (me)

Admittedly, I am one of the laziest people I know when it comes to self-care. I am terrible at remembering to wash my face, shave, wash my hair, take care of my skin, etc. BUT I have figured out easy ways to fit some of these things into my schedule…self-care for the lazy girl! Here are my top tips, enjoy 🙂

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  1. Moisturize IN the shower– this sounds silly, but I actually just started keeping a small body moisturizer in the shower, so right after I dry off I moisturize right away! Once I get to my room I know I won’t do it, so it helps to do it while still in the shower.
  2. Face Washing Made Easy–  This is actually kind of embarrassing, but when I don’t feel like splashing my face with water in the early mornings, I use the Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray to spritz my face, scrub a little soap, and the spritz again and wipe my face off. Super low maintenance and it helps to wash my face without the mess!
  3. Eyelash Extensions– this is one of those high maintenance/low maintenance situations. Getting eyelash extensions was something that I am still unsure about, but I have found that it has cut my makeup routine IN HALF, and has boosted my no-makeup confidence! I still feel put together with the extensions on but no other makeup. This has also been a blessing for my skin, not feeling the need to wear foundation every day!
  4. Dry Shampoo/Hairstyle Days– I am a huge believer in dry shampoo to get through those days to weeks of not feeling like washing my hair. But I have found that my hair tends to feel dry with the dry shampoo, and it makes my scalp dry as well. Lately, I’ve been washing my hair once every 4 days and just plan my hairstyles for each day! On day 1 I wear my hair down since it’s clean, day 2 I can still get away with it down, day 3 I may do a bun or ponytail, and day 4/5 I wear a hat (lol!)
  5. Make Things More Accessible– I have so many face masks, moisturizers, spot treatments, teeth whiteners, etc. that I always want to try but never get to. I used to keep them in my bathroom, but I realized after awhile this never really worked for me because they weren’t immediately accessible and I was always too lazy to go get them. Now I finally have a nightstand/desk situation in my room where I keep all of my products that I want to try. So when I am having a lazy day/night in bed, I look over and try that face mask or teeth whitener that I’ve been wanting to! This really works for anything you want to add into your self-care routine.

That is all for my self-care tips for the lazy girl! Do you have any fun/easy self-care routines that you would recommend? Comment and let me know! 🙂

 

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Moving to a New City: Adjustments & Changes

Life in New York City is so different than anywhere else I’ve lived. From growing up in Ohio to living in South Carolina for four years of school, I felt like I’d already seen a lot! But as most would guess, NYC is completely different than any other city, and rightfully so. If you’ve ever considered living here or are just curious about the differences in day to day routines, then keep reading!

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1. Transportation– this one seems obvious, but it took me the most time to get adjusted to. Taking the subway and walking are what I do most since I’ve moved here, and I’ll admit I do miss my alone time in the car! But it’s so cheap to subway (2.75 per ride) and I always get my 10,000 steps a day with walking everywhere 😂 if you’re visiting NYC and are trying to figure out the subway system, my biggest suggestion is to download the Citymapper app, and to just ask people and read signs! I am one of the most directionally challenged people I know and I still somehow figured out the New York City subway system, so you can too!

2. Food– I’d never really thought about this one before, but grocery shopping can be a real pain in the ass when you don’t have a car to dump all of your shit into! I tend to go grocery shopping for smaller quantities more often, which can get annoying but I’ve gotten used to it. It’s also a great workout carrying your groceries and walking home! 😂 Another thing all New Yorkers seem to do is eat out quite often.

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3. Dating– Literally every girl I’ve talked to in New York says the only way to date here is online dating. Obviously in college my friends and I dabbled in Bumble and Tinder, but New York City has its whole own array of options when it comes to dating apps. I’ve been a fan of The League and Hinge!

4. Tourists– I quickly went from being a newbie New Yorker that stopped and stared at everything, to being soooo annoyed by slow tourists that stop in the middle of the sidewalk to take pictures 😂 It doesn’t help that I live on Wall Street down in Fidi and walk out my front door to a sea of tourists that I have to navigate my way through, lol.

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5. The Vibes– As fast paced as New York City is, I’ve also found that it is one of the friendliest cities I’ve ever lived in. As surprising as it is, I feel like strangers from the subway to the streets are willing to stop and chat, help with directions, and so much more. I’ve seen a family help an old lady up the stairs, and men helping women carry their strollers down into the subway. It makes my heart so full!

That’s all for now! What have your biggest adjustments been when moving to a new city? Comment below and let me know!

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3 Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

I hope everyone is having a great week! Today I am sharing my top 3 beauty hacks that I think every girl should know. If you’re anything like me you may struggle with acne, frizzy hair, or pale skin :/ Look no further because I have the solutions to some of your biggest beauty struggles!

  1. Face– This is a beauty hack I have used since high school…I’m not sure how I thought of it, but it works! I put Neosporin on my face (I know, seems gross, but bear with me) and it really helps to heal acne, acne scarring, wrinkles and fine lines, dryness, and gives a really nice overall glow and hydrated feeling to my skin when I wake up in the morning! Yes, it does feel super greasy when applied, but the benefits to it outweigh the cons. Pretend like your face is a giant scab that needs to be healed and pack that sh*t on!
  2. Hair– My all time favorite shampoo is this Suave shampoo. As long as I blow dry and straighten my hair right after I shower, this stuff makes my hair super silky! Not to mention it is really affordable, especially if you wash your hair once every 3-5 days like I do. This and this are my two favorite dry shampoos at the moment, one affordable and one more high end. The high end one is great for volume and a little bit goes a really long way, but I find that my hair has a strange white cast even after blended. For this reason I like the cheaper dry shampoo, but I find that you need a lot more of it and there can be some brown fallout on your face from it, so be careful! Does anyone have a favorite dry shampoo that doesn’t have either of these problems?
  3. Tanning– Self-tanning is soooo tricky, and let’s be honest, we’ve all had our fair share of bad tans :/ The best self tanners that I have found over the years are this Jergens one and this Australian one. The Jergens one is a winner for me because it provides a more natural glow without looking too orangey or too dark. But if you want to go darker, I totally recommend the Loving Tan line. It is on the pricier side, but if you apply it correctly I think it is just as good as a spray tan, and the best part about it is that I get 10-20 tans out of one bottle, which makes up for the cost in my opinion! I use the dark mousse, but their whole line has olive undertones, not orange ones, which is awesome. Use code Olivia at checkout for a free gift, too! **My friends and I also used this one in college (shoutout Emily and Kelsey!) and I find that it works well as long as you blend and keep up with it.

I hope that these tricks help some girls out there who may have the same struggles as I do! Trying out new products is one of my favorite things to do, so if you have any products that you would recommend let me know!