How to Feel Confident in Your Skin All Summer Long

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Summer is one of my favorite seasons. Spaghetti straps, sun kissed skin, beachy waves.....I'd say the key to that summer care free look is confidence. So how do we get that confidence? Well I know for me, one part of feeling confident is loving my skin....and that means no acne! Using the right products can really help keep your acne at bay, and help you to feel more confident in your skin all summer long. 

I started using the AcneFree 24 Hour Clearing System, AcneFree Body Clearing Acne Spray, and the AcneFree Daily Skin Therapy Complexion Perfecting Cream to help care for my acne prone skin. The AcneFree line is effective and affordable and you can get it delivered right to your door from Amazon without having to leave your house, which makes it accessible to everyone.

So what are the steps I take to make sure I have an #AcneFreeSummer and feel confident in my skin? Keep reading to find out! 

AcneFree 24 Hour Clearing System:

I love this system because it makes it easy for you to follow with a 1,2,3 step regimen. First I wipe all of my makeup off with a makeup wipe and then use step 1. the Purifying Cleanser to wash away all left over dirt and oil from the day. After lathering and rinsing off the cleanser, I then use a cotton pad and dab on step 2. the Renewing Toner. This toner helps control oil and balance uneven skin tone. Finally I will apply step 3. the repair lotion. This product contains Benzoyl Peroxide which helps keep oil and dirt from clogging your pores all day and night. 

AcneFree Body Clearing Acne Spray:

A few years ago I started suffering from "backne" or back acne. I am always looking for a product to help clear up my skin especially in summer when I want to rock those spaghetti straps so I was so excited to try out the AcneFree Body Clearing Acne Spray. This product works great right after you get out of the hot shower when your pores are open. I spray a light layer all over the affected area. It is recommended to start off using it once a day and determine how your skin reacts to see if you should use it more often or less. 

AcneFree Daily Skin Therapy Complexion Perfecting Cream:

I use the cream on acne prone areas to resurface skin cells for a clearer complexion. This is only used at night and you will apply a pea sized amount to only acne prone areas, It may tingle when you apply but that should not last long. 

Get started on your #AcneFreeSummer so you can feel confident all summer long! 

 

Maintaining your Summer Tan

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Summer has arrived and that means it's time to pull out our bikinis and short shorts. Now if you have been following along on here for a while, you know that 265 days out of 365 you will usually find me rocking my natural fair skin. Gone are the days when I could (or would) lay outside for hours on end and bake my skin to a crisp. I've learned my lesson the hard way and now I make sure to lather on some type of sun protection when I am going to be out in the sun for a while. Sun protection is also so important to prevent wrinkles because we all want to make sure we look like were 16 when we're 60 right?? 

Although I may not have naturally tan skin like my Dad, I do like to fake it in the summer with self tanners. One of the most important things to me about self tanners? Looking Au naturale! Self tanners have come a long way to make sure that they look natural and you aren't walking around Willy Wonka town like an Oomp Loompa.

I recently was gifted the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry Oil to give a review and I have to say, this is one of the best self tanners that I have ever used. Now I know you may think that I'm just saying that because I was gifted this product to write a review, but in all honesty I have tried dozens of self tanners and they have either come out too dark, left me streaky, or had a super bad smell. This self tanning dry oil smells like a tropical oasis and left ZERO streaks, yes ZERO! The best part is it won't stain your clothes or sheets.

Here are a few tips to achieve a flawless streak free tan with your self tanner:

1. Exfoliate and then shave

You want to make sure your skin is smooth and rid of all dry patches or dirt before you apply your self tanner. Use a scrub or a mitt like this one from Bondi Sands before you shave to make sure your legs will be smoothed to perfection. 

2. Put lotion or oil on your hands & feet

Our hands and feet are always the spots prone to give away our faux glow. Make sure after your get out of the shower you put a lotion or oil on your hands and feet to prevent them from turning orange. 

3. Tan a few days before your big event

Because I am so fair, I always like to do 2 applications before any big events to make sure my tan is even. Two days before, I will do my first application and that will be my base. I will sleep in it, shower off in the morning and then reapply to help even out any spots that I missed or turned out streaky.

4. Sleep in your tan

For some reason my tan always seems to come out better when I sleep in it as opposed to putting it on in the morning and letting it bake all day. I like to believe that it is because we are not running around sweating in it all day and it can actually soak in. Try it out and see what you think next time you self tan. 

 

 

Popular Lip Colors for Summer

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Cheekies | Amsterdam | Baby Doll | Sydney

Something about adding that final touch of lipstick always seems to pull your whole look together. I always feel naked if I don't have a lip color on and while most of the time I stick to my nude basics, every once in a while (especially in summer) I like to throw on a pop of color to spice things up a little. Summer always feels like the best time to play around with different bold lip colors because in summer time, the brighter the colors the better! Everything always seems to look a little better when we have a golden tan too.

I was recently gifted an overwhelmingly gracious amount of lipsticks from NYX and it was like Christmas morning when I opened that box, I mean a girl can never have TOO many lipsticks right?! Anyways, I was really excited to try out some of these fun shades for you all because NYX is one of my favorite affordable lipstick brands. The colors are really pigmented and they have almost every shade you could possibly imagine, the options are endless. 

My go to, everyday lip colors are nudes with a hint of brown. These always feel the most natural to me and I think are very seductive and flattering. My two favorites nudes for summer are part of the Lip Lingerie collection by NYX and they are Baby Doll (a nude pink) and Cheekies (a peachy nude). For a pop of color I love the Soft Matte Lip Creams in the shades Amsterdam (a reddish orange) and Sydney (a pink lavender).

Do you have a go to favorite lip color for the summer?!

 

The Product that Helped Me Clear Up My Pesky Breakouts

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One thing I have constantly struggled with all of my life is acne. Whether it be on my face, neck, back....it always seems to be around and I can't get rid of it. I've tried dozens of products and treatments for it but it just never seems to get fully cleared up. That is until I gave the Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment a try. I've been trying this product out for about 2 weeks now and can really see a difference. I apply this product once a day to affected areas and it helps clear up the blemishes and also shrinks your pores. Unlike some products I've tried, this product is very lightweight and absorbs into your skin so you don't notice it's there. One thing I do suggest, make sure you wear moisturizer because this will dry out your skin and drying it out can cause negative effects and make you breakout more. Here are some other tips and tricks I have for keeping your skin clean and clear. 

1. Remove your makeup everyday before bed

I can't even tell you the last time I went to bed with makeup on. I don't know if it's the clean freak in me, but I cannot sleep if I have makeup on from the day. Sleep is when your body resets and your skin repairs from the stresses it went through that day. If you leave your makeup on, it makes it that much harder for your skin to repair itself and will cause your pores to clog up. So give your face a break and wash that makeup off before your hit the hay. 

2. Keep your pillow cases clean

At work, whenever someone new is hired we always have a welcome lunch and like to ask them all kinds of funny questions just to get a sense of their personality. One of those questions is "if you could only take one shower per day, would you shower in the morning or at night?". While there isn't a right or wrong answer, I like to think of it along this lines of you can either go to bed fresh and clean or sleep in your own filth.....not to be harsh. Along the same lines as making sure to wash your makeup off before bed, you want to make sure you wash your sheets and pillowcases regularly because they absorb all of those oils from your skin and hair throughout the night. If you don't keep them clean, these oils can transfer back to your skin and cause breakouts. 

3. Moisturize

I touched on this earlier but make sure you moisturize! I wish I would have done this earlier on in life, but since I have oily skin I always thought....why would I want to make it even more oily with a moisturizer?! I've learned that is so not the truth though. Moisturizer has made such a difference in my skin and has significantly reduced my breakouts also. When we get a breakout the first thought is to dry it out as much as possible to shrink it up, but if we over dry our skin it can cause even more damage which can cause our skin to breakout even more. Balanced skin is happy skin. 

4. Wash your makeup brushes regularly

I am so guilty on this one. I don't wash my makeup brushes nearly as much as I should and should take my own advice on this. Just like everything else, your makeup brushes can build up the oils and old makeup leftover and can cause major breakouts. Try to wash them out as much as possible and no need to go buy fancy makeup brush wash, just use baby shampoo! 

5. Leave your face alone

This one took me a while to catch onto but once you do, you will really notice a difference. One thing we all do when we get a pesky pimple is try to pop it and can't stop touching it. This makes it so much worse people! If it is so unbearable that it has to be popped make sure you sanitize your hands and the area and then as soon as you have popped it, STOP TOUCHING IT! The less you irritate it, the faster it will go away. Trust me on this one! 

Thank you to Shopping Links and Apothederm for sponsoring today's post! 

Keeping Up with Your Lash Extensions

Lash extensions were one of the best decisions I made. Although full of questions and somewhat hesitant at first, I am so glad I jumped in and went for it because it was so worth it! Wink Lash Bar couldn't have been more helpful when it came to answering all of my questions and making sure I was fully informed on how to care for my new lashes. 

I've gotten a lot of questions from friends and readers about the upkeep of lash extensions, so I thought I would share what I know and hopefully it will help you make your decision on whether to get them or not. Keep in mind, everyone's lash cycle and natural lashes are different, so some people may have different experiences than mine. 

Are they heavy and uncomfortable? 

They were surprisingly not heavy at all and I barely even noticed they were there. I always hated when I would wear strip lashes and felt like they were weighing down my eyelids. These just feel like your natural lashes which is good because they are comfortable, but some days I would really forget I had them and would go to rub my eye and have a mini freak out cause I thought I just rubbed half of them off. Fortunately the adhesive they attach them with is pretty sturdy so even if you do forget and rub your eyes they won't fall off (try to avoid rubbing your eyes though). 

What do you have to do daily to maintain them? 

Your lash studio will provide you with a brush to brush your lashes with everyday to keep them separated and fluffy. Also make sure you remove your makeup with an oil free makeup remover like the Garnier Micellar Water and gently dab them instead of rubbing. Another tip I learned is to sleep on your back or if you MUST lay on your side, let your face hang off the side of your pillow a little bit so you don't bend your lashes. 

Can you still wear mascara? 

You can still wear mascara just make sure it is not waterproof and make sure to wash it off at the end of the day. 

How long do they actually last? 

My lashes lasted about a month with one touch up in between. When they started falling out it was only a few at a time and it didn't look awkward missing a few here and there. I was so worried that when they would start falling out it would like I had a balding eyelid, but not the case at all thank goodness! 

How were your natural lashes afterwards? 

My natural lashes were just as healthy afterwards as they were before I had the extensions. Make sure you go to a very knowledgeable salon that really cares about the health of your natural lashes like Wink Lash Bar. Making sure you keep your natural lashes stay healthy and happy is so important. 

 

If you have any other specific questions that I didn't get to above, leave a comment and I will try and answer as best as I can! 

 

Friday Favorites: Beauty Products


Happy Friday!! One of my favorite ways to wind down on Friday nights after a long and stressful week is to give myself a little pampering time, oh how times have changed! Friday nights used to mean the kick off to a weekend of going out, but then we grow up, get big girl jobs, and all I want to do on a Friday night now is relax. So now I pour a glass of wine, take a bubble bath, and have my own little spa night. 

I have been receiving a lot of really great beauty products lately to try out, and I wanted to share my favorites with you all for today's Friday Favorites post. 

COSMEDIX Masks

Who doesn't love a good face mask? Stresses from the week can cause your skin to not look its best, so I love washing away all of the impurities and giving it a little pep up with the new COSMEDIX Masks which are the Detox Activated Charcoal Mask, the Restore Moisture Rich Mask, and the Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask. Draw yourself a bubble bath, pour a glass of wine, and lather on one of these amazing masks to feel like you have transported to a spa. 

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Speaking of baths, I am addicted to this stuff.....literally. I haven't even had this sugar scrub for a month and I am already almost out of it. It smells like fresh flowers and makes your skin so soft. I follow up with this Whipped Body Cream afterwards and love the soft floral scent it has. 

C2 California Clean

This item is a bit of a splurge, but I have noticed such a difference in my skin since using this moisturizer. My skin is incredibly soft and it doesn't break me out either which is an A++ in my book! 

Eye Creams

As we start to age and our skin loses its elasticity, our skin can start looking dull and wrinkly. I've never had to use eye creams before, but I know I need to start combating these issues before they happen, and this article from Reviews.com has been so helpful in picking out an eye cream that is the best fit for my needs. I am dying to try out the Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream

Do you have any current favorite beauty products that you like to pamper yourself with?

March Beauty Favorites

We may be closer to the end of March, but I wanted to start doing these monthly beauty favorites posts to share with you guys any new products that I have found and fallen in love with. I think we all have our basics that we keep in that colorful little cosmetic bag and know that those will never steer you wrong, but sometimes we have to branch out and try new things cause like they always say, "you never know until you try right?!". 

Who knows if there is that amazing shade of lipstick that goes perfectly with your skin tone, a primer that will make you look like you just stepped out of the gates of Heaven, or even an eyeliner that won't leave you with raccoon eyes by the end of the day. So it is my goal to keep you updated with my favorites because they may become your favorites too! 

1. Pixi by Petra H2O Skintint

This one is actually a newbie to my makeup fam and I was blown away by the way it looked and felt when I first tried it out. This stuff is AMAZING! It gives you the lightweight feel of a BB cream, but enough coverage to give you a flawless "no makeup" makeup look. It is soft to the touch and my skin didn't look oily by the end of the day which is crazy. 

2. Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki

Looking for a soft peachy glow for Spring? Well this is it! I love the subtle hint of peach for the apples of your cheeks and then the highlight gives you that fresh spring glow. This blush and highlighter duo is perfect for all skin tones. 

3. Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

I love a nude lip. I feel like it gives you a fresh faced look and goes with everything. I tend to stick with matte lipsticks because I feel they give a more natural look. I wear the shade "Child Star" in this one. 

4. Milani Prep-Set-Go Transparent Face Powder

This powder is such a steal and works wonders. I use this as a setting powder after I have applied my foundation to help with the oiliness in my T-zone. Wear this over the Pixi H2O Skintint and you won't have to touch your makeup all day! 

5. VERT Beauty Eyeliner Pencil

For spring, I like to change things up from dark bold hues to light shimmery tints to give that fresh faced feeling. I love the shade 'Noir Or" in this stay proof eyeliner. It is a shimmery black/gold that is dark enough to give your eyes some definition without a harsh black line.

How are you transitioning your makeup from winter to spring? I'd love to hear in a comment below! 

 

How to Keep that Summer Tan in the Winter

When we think of winter the first thing that comes to mind isn't a golden tan, or not for me at least. Unless you are escaping to a tropical island this time of year, there is a slim chance that your are catching some rays out by the pool getting your golden goddess on.

So the question is, how do we keep that glow all year round without heading to your local tanning salon?

Tanning lotions, mouses, and sprays! 

As we can all tell, I am fair and have sometimes even been called a ghost or snowflake (those mean ole middle school kids). Over the years I have learned to embrace my natural skin tone but every once in a while I too like to have a golden sun kissed glow. I feel like if you are fair skinned and have tried self tanners then you know which ones are good or bad because you can definitely tell when they come out orange or look unnatural. So with my experience and after multiple trial runs, I am rounding up my top 5 self tanners that have been fool proof for me and give you the "just got back from my tropical vacation" look. I have to say my absolute favorite is the Vita Liberata Tanning Mousse, it lasts 2-3 weeks and looks amazing! That one is on the pricier side though so if you are looking for something that is good but not as expensive my second favorite is the Fake Bake Flawless Self Tanning Liquid . 

How to Get a Whiter Smile at Home with Smile Brilliant

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One thing we all strive for, including myself, is a whiter smile. If you are like me you have tried it all, whitening strips, whitening tooth paste, whitening mouth wash, and even the whitening gum. All to have given you so so results, and to leave you wondering if you will ever have that eye catching white smile. 

Well ladies and gents, I have found it! The end to your worries and the key to a beautiful white smile. It is Smile Brilliant. Professional results done in the comfort of your own home? Yes please! 

I know the first thing that comes to mind when we hear "Professional" is how many dollar signs is that going to cost me? Trust me, I will keep on trying those drugstore whitening strips until they work before I go spend $500 on a new white smile. But hey guess what?! Smile Brilliant costs way less than half of what you would pay at the dentist office AND it is still giving you those professional results! 

The process is super easy and takes no time at all also. Smile Brilliant sends you all of the tools you need to create your impressions and ship them back to them so they can create your own custom trays. Your trays will arrive in a matter of days and then you are off to the races to flaunting your brand new smile. 

If you are like me and have sensitive teeth and think this product isn't for you, well you're wrong! Smile Brilliant offers packages with a desensitizing gel that works wonders. Starting off, I wore my trays for about 10-15 minutes at a time so my teeth could get used to it. As the weeks have progressed, I now wear them about 20-25 minutes, usually while I am taking a well deserved bubble bath after a long day. 

The results are incredible and don't just take my word for it, see more lovers of Smile Brilliant and there experiences here

You can get started with your teeth whitening journey here  and use code "caloscloset" to receive 5% off as a thank you to my readers! If you do decide to try, I'd love to hear your experiences and what you think! 

How to:

In honor of the holidays, I have teamed up with Smile Brilliant to giveaway a kit to one of my readers. To enter please go to this link ---> www.smilebrilliant.com/g/b69123

This post is in collaboration with Smile Brilliant, a brand I love. All Opinions are my own. 

The Face Masks That Make A Difference

We have all seen the sheet mask trend going around and I have to say, I am obsessed! I haven't tried every sheet mask on the market but I have found a favorite by Maskeraide. My favorite one so far has been Weather Warrior which is perfect right now for the changing seasons! On Sunday nights, I will throw on a sheet mask and turn on one of my current Netflix favs and just let it work its magic. They say to leave them on for 10-20 minutes but I usually just leave it on until the mask starts drying up, which means all of the product has soaked into my skin. There is always some product left in the packet that the mask came in, so scoop that out and rub it on your neck and hands to repair those areas as well. 

In the winter, I tend to breakout more on my jaw line which I think is from turtleneck sweaters and scarves. No joke, after doing this face mask one time I woke up the next morning and that stubborn pimple was already almost healed completely. I'm not saying this will work for everyone because we all know that everyone's skin is different, but it's worth giving it a try and see how it works for you! 

Here are a few of my favorite Maskeraide Masks: 

Clearing Up with Clarisonic

You guys......can you believe that the Holidays are literally at our back door step? It's crazy how quickly the months have flown by and now it's time for Santa to make his rounds again! So I know the topic that is creeping up on everyone's mind is, gift shopping. What in the world am I going to get so and so for Christmas?! Well don't worry, I have you covered, starting with this perfect little stocking stuffer as well as many more gift guides to come. 

Who doesn't love the gift of clean, soft, and beautiful skin right? I can't think of anyone. The Clarisonic MIA 2 is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone and I use it everyday so tested and proven! 

So a little more about the Clarisonic MIA 2 and what it actually does, it is actually a face cleansing device that cleans your skin 6x better than your hands would. It has 2 speeds on it which makes it great for any skin type, I use the universal speed. I use my Clarisonic every night to make sure my face gets a really good cleaning before getting some beauty rest to restore. I mean, our faces are what's seen everyday so they deserve it! 

I first wash my face with my hands to remove my makeup using my Tula Purifying Face Cleanser. I then dampen my cleaning brush and squeeze a small amount of the Deep Pore Daily Cleanser onto the brush and start cleansing away the deep down dirt and grime on my face. The brush is extremely gentle on your skin and I love pampering my face for just a few minutes a day. Did I mention that the brush is waterproof? So use it in the shower too! About twice a week I will use the Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask  when I need a little extra pampering and am soaking in a hot bath. Don't forget to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize when you get done cleansing. I use the Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream to keep my skin soft and supple. 

It is crazy how much of a difference the Clarisonic MIA 2 has made in my complexion. My skin is smoother, softer, and my oil and pores have minimized drastically. 

So if you are looking for the perfect gift, look no further! I have linked a couple different gift sets, as well as all of the products I use below. You can also shop more here

Also, use coupon code HERCAMPUS to receive 15% off your order until November 20th. 

This post is sponsored by Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Calo's Closet possible! 

Treating my Face to an at Home Facial

I may talk more about fashion on my blog, but another one of my passions is beauty and skincare. When I come across a product that I can't live without, I love sharing it with my readers so they can try it out for themselves and hopefully fall in love with it just like I did. One of those products is the Purity Detox Scrub by COSMEDIXI have tried many, many scrubs but none have made my skin as soft and clear as this scrub has. I swear it is a miracle worker. I use this scrub in the shower at night about 3 times a week (recommended to use 1-3 times a week depending on your skins tolerance). If I have a breakout or just think my skin is looking a little dull, this scrub takes care of it over night. Did I mention how soft it makes your skin also?! Talk about silky smooth! I highly recommend this scrub and it is one that I will swear by. 

I have struggled with multiple skin conditions throughout my life and am always so thankful for the aestheticians who are understanding and help me through my troubles. Celebrate with me on October 15th as COSMEDIX has designated this day as National Aesthetician Day. Thank you to all the miracle workers out there who help make our skin healthier, you truly are amazing! 

This post is in partnership with COSMEDIX, a brand I love. All opinions and selections here are my own. Thank you for supporting the affiliate posts who make this blog possible.

 

Fall Beauty Haul

I've talked about my favorite fall fashion trends but today I wanted to talk about my favorite fall beauty products. So let's jump right in and get to it! 

Hair

1. Pro Beauty Tools Professional Curling Iron 1" - My go to hair styling tool. I use this curling iron for my everyday loose curl hairstyle. 

2. It's a 10 Leave in Conditioner - For silky smooth strands, I put this in my hair after every shower to keep it healthy and frizz free all day. 

3. Nexxus Comb Thru Touchable Hold Finishing Mist - This lightweight finishing spray finishes off all of my hair styles holding it in place all day. 

Beauty

4. Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColor 645 HD ForeverI am OBSESSED with these matte lip colors. Unlike some matte lipsticks that leave your lips feeling dry, this keeps them moisturized while still giving you the on trend matte look. The 645 HD Forever color is the perfect nude for fall! 

5. OPI Barefoot in BarcelonaThe perfect nude caramel color that goes with literally everything. This is the perfect everyday color for fall. 

6. Essie Gel Top Coat Shellac mani's can get expensive, so DIY at home with this gel top coat from Essie that has made my at home mani's last 10x longer. 

Skin Care

7. Tula Purifying Face Cleanser I use this cleanser year round and swear by it. It is a gentle cleanser that won't dry out your skin and gives it all the nutrients you need while washing away the daily impurities. 

8. Tula Travel Size SetWith the cooler months comes holidays and more travel. I love having my Tula minis to take with me on the go, especially when you are out of town and your skin decides to bless you with a brand new pimple.....no thanks! 

9. CosMedix Affirm Antioxidant SerumThis is the year I am forcing myself to start being proactive about my aging skin care routine to help prevent wrinkles. Let's face it, we're not getting any younger and neither is our skin. I love this Affirm Serum and you can see results immediately! 

10. MaskerAide All Eyes on Me & MaskerAide Facial Sheet Masks -  Your skin deserves a little pampering and what better way than to throw on one of these sheet masks, eye gels, and run yourself a bubble bath?! And how cute are the names on these sheet masks? "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" is my favorite, so true! 

What are some of your favorite fall beauty products?! 

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How to get Perfect Skin at Home with YoDerm

It's no secret, I've had my fair share of skin issues. From acne to the dreadful skin cancer, I have battled it all and am still fighting my way to healthy skin. My teenage years were a lot worse than now, but I am still dealing with pesky breakouts that no one wants to deal with. What's the worst thing about breakouts? Having to go out in public with them. We squeeze and squeeze and layer on the makeup only to make things worse. I used to get so upset about it I would just give up and stay in bed, which clearly is not an option anymore #adultlife . 

Being a victim of the acne bug, I was super excited to try out YoDerm. YoDerm is an at home dermatologist that you can consult with right through your little ole cell phone or computer. 

The process is easy and you hear back from your doctor right away. They work with you to help you find the cheapest medication to help your condition and are there to answer any questions you may have. Goodbye cold doctors offices and hello comfort of your own home! 

Try it out for yourselves here and trust me, you will love it! 

Beauty On A Budget

I am a victim of countless hours of Googling, YouTubing, and Pinteresting all of the best beauty products out there. And while we all want to flaunt the perfect makeup like Kylie Jenner, we don't all want to flaunt the bill that comes with all of those expensive makeup products. So after some some research and trying them out myself, I have found some of the BEST makeup dupes out there that won't break the bank but will still give you that Kardashian (orJenner) glow! So here we go! 

1. Revlon ColorStay Makeup - Long Wear Full Cover Foundation

This foundation is SO good! So funny story.......a few months back, TJ and I went to Georgia for a friends wedding. The wedding was a ways away from the city, so the first day we stayed in Atlanta so we could do some site seeing and of course shopping. Coincidentally I ran out of my foundation that morning before we hopped on our flight, so I knew I had been wanting to try out Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation and was ready to splurge and I did! New foundation was purchased, we packed up the next day and headed 2 hours to where the wedding was. Come to find out I somehow managed to leave the BRAND NEW foundation on the bathroom sink at our hotel so I was makeupless, 2 hours from the hotel, and not happy. What did I do? Whipped out my phone and started researching dupes for my expensive foundation that I could get at CVS because that was about the only store that was even remotely close. That is where I discovered this little gem.  The End.  Ha! But the extremely nice hotel staff ended up locating my foundation and you could say that I was extremely relieved after just spending all that money on it! Amen for the good people in this world! 

2. L'oreal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation - Medium Coverage Glow Foundation 

 I love the look of dewy. glowy skin and this foundation helps you achieve that. With a medium but buildable coverage, this foundation stays put all day long and leaves you looking like you just got back from the beach. Hello beach goddess! 

3. L'oreal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator - Illuminating Powder

As I said previously, i'm a sucker for some glowing skin. Dab this powder on your cheek bones or all over for that healthy glow. 

4. Brow Stylist® Prep & Shape Pro Kit L'oreal - Eyebrow Powder and Wax

I am super.duper.picky about my eyebrow products and was gifted this product from my mom to try out. I ended up falling in love with it and it is so easy to use. Use the angled brush with the wax to outline your brown shape and then dab the brush in the powder to fill in the spaces in the middle. This product looks natural and not too harsh. 

5. e.l.f. Matte Lip Color - A Matter Lip Crayon

A matte lip crayon similar to the Kylie Lip Kit. Use it as a pencil to outline your lips and then fill them in. It goes on smoothly and lasts a long time. My favorite shade is Tea Rose. Did I mention they are $3?! 

6. Maybeline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment - An Under Eye Concealer

This under eye concealer hides dark circles and will make you look like you actually got 8 hours of sleep when you may have gotten 4 and are running off of a coffee IV. 

7. Boots NO7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover - An All Over Blemish Concealer

I swore by this stuff in high school and some of college and my friends constantly asked me to borrow this stuff because it was so good! If you are looking for an affordable but works like magic concealer then look no further! 

What are some of your favorite drug store beauty finds?! I love hearing about those hidden treasures! 

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I love trying out new things and finding products that make me wonder how I ever lived 24 years without them! I swear this is constantly revolving and I am always adding to my list, but today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products in my beauty cabinet! 

1. Tula Purifying Face Cleanser 

To start off I had to go with my absolute FAVORITE face wash that I get questions about very often. This face wash is very gentle but is a hard worker. It gets down deep to clean your pores of makeup and dirt while leaving your skin balanced and glowing. I love it because it is great for all skin types and you can really tell a difference after using it for just one week. 

2. Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub

This scub is A-MA-ZING! Talk about your face feeling like silky perfection! I use this scrub at least once a week and it helps smooth out my skin and blur out any imperfections. 

3. Cosmedix Mystic

This is a spray on moisturizer that is lightweight and perfect for all skin types. One of my biggest pet peeves is super thick moisturizer that feels caked on. This moisturizer is perfect for all skin types and keeps your face feeling refreshed all day! 

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup

Hello all day flawless skin! I am obsessed with the coverage and how this make up stays in place ALL DAY LONG! I have oily skin, so one of my biggest struggles is my makeup actually lasting throughout the day. This foundation does the trick! 

5. EOS - Coconut Milk

This Lip Balm smells like summer time and all I want is to be on an island with a tropical drink in my hand! I apply this lip balm all day long to keep my lips silky smooth and it smells delicious! 

6. Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum Advanced Relief

Keeping those legs silky smooth all.summer.long! 

7. Anastasia Beverly Hill Concealer

This concealer covers it all and is so lightweight! I love how creamy it is and easy to blend. If you want to use it as a highlighter, go a shade lighter than normal! 

8. Bobbi Brown - Neon Pink

The lip color of the summer! I love a bight pink lip for summer time and this lipstick feels so soft and moisturizing! 

-xo

Spring Nail Colors

I always love searching for the seasons nail trends and this spring, it is no disappointment! Some of my favorites are the liquid metallics, french manicure revivals, and the naked nails. While I love trying the latest and greatest trends, I always seem to go back to my favorite spring colors by Essie. Essie's colors are so vibrant and look just like they do in the bottle which is an A++ in my book! My collection will never stop growing (sorry TJ, love ya!) So here are my top spring favs, enjoy! 


-xo

Current Must Have Beauty Products

Today I am giving you guys an update on my current beauty must haves that I cannot live without! 

1. Ashley Sievert Mineral Velvet Creme & Mineral Finishing Powder - this foundation and powder combo are AMAZING! It is by far the best foundation I have ever tried! I use the shade Milan for both products and It gives great coverage but is so light weight that it doesn't feel like you even have makeup on. 

2. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder - I use this bronzing powder as a blush/bronzer contouring combo. A little bit goes a long way and this product last forever! I use the shade Tawny Brown. 

3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - This powder gives you an amazing glow! I use it on my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose, and my upper lip. 

4. Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara - No clumps, no flakes, lots of length, and lots of volume....need I say more!?

5. NYX Lip Liner - To give my lips a little more definition, I apply this lip liner before my lipstick to give them a definite shape and to make them look fuller. I use the shade Peekaboo Neutral.

6. ELF Matte Lip Color - For the perfect everyday shade, I use this ELF lipstick for a neutral everyday look when you just need a little something but don't feel like going full on with the makeup. I use the shade Tea Rose. 

7. Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette - This palette has every neutral color you could ever need! 

If you have any questions regarding the products I use or any other questions, feel free to email me at caloscloset@gmail.com -xo 

Hair Tutorial with Pro Beauty Tools

I want to start off by saying I am not a hair stylist so this might not be the "correct" way to do this but it works for me so I wanted to share! My go to hair style is loose undone curls. It is so easy to do especially when you are using the right tools, it can also be done on short, medium length, or long hair (I have done it on my own hair with all of these hair lengths). I have been asked dozens of times to do this hair style on my friends and while I love doing it for them, sometimes you don't have your BFF there to lend a helping hand, so I wanted to give you all a step by step guide on how I achieve this look! If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email at caloscloset@gmail.com and I will get back to you ASAP! Enjoy!

Step 1: Spray It's a 10 on your roots while your hair is still damp to give it extra volume. This stuff is great and you can get it pretty much anywhere, even Walgreens! 

Step 2: Blow Dry your hair. I use my detangle wet brush while drying my hair to keep it knot free. The Pro Beauty Iconic AC Motor Dryer helps maintain the frizz while drying it to give you a smooth finish. 

Step 3: While the dryer does help control some of the frizz, I am still left with some which can be easily fixed with the Pro Beauty Ceramic Straightener. I was born with little curly q's all along my hair line and sometimes they can look a little crazy, so I like to tame them with the straightener before curling it. I only straighten the top half of my hair so make sure you leave your ends for the curling iron. 

Step 4: Separate your hair into two sections (top half and bottom half).

Step 5: Time to curl! Starting at the middle of a small section of hair, you will want to lightly twist the curling iron away from your face until your strand of hair is completely wrapped around the barrel leaving a little bit of the end out. Do this all over until your hair is all completely curled. 

Step 6: This step is optional but I like a little extra volume, so I use my teasing brush and tease the top section of my hair by taking a small section and brushing down at the root until you have a small bump. You will then want to spray it with hairspray to make sure it holds in place. 

Step 7: To give it the "undone" look, I then go back over the top section of my hair using the curling iron as a wand and just wrapping small pieces of hair around the barrel and not using the clamp. This gives your hair a little bit of a different type of curl and will give it some depth making it look "undone" or "beachy". 

Step 8: Lastly I spray the Triple Sec Hair Volumizer by Drybar lightly throughout my hair to give it the tousled look and run my fingers through it to blend the curls. 

And you are finished! You can shop all of the products i use below and an outfit post with this look will be coming soon! Thanks for reading!

-xo

Morning Routine

Mornings can be rough, especially weekday mornings, so I wanted to share with you guys my week day morning routine that makes life a little less hectic and gets you out of the door on time! 

I recently made a decision that I HAVE to start waking up earlier in order to get things done in the morning. Life can get hectic and a lot of the time I feel stretched thin, so I came up with a morning routine that made life a little easier for me and hopefully will help you guys out too! Now this might sound insane but I started waking up at 5:15 a.m., it wasn't something I was thrilled about doing (i'm not a morning person, ask my parents or TJ, I'm a grumposaurus in the mornings) but I knew it had to happen. This gives me plenty of time to actually wake up, drink my morning tea/coffee, answer emails, blog, and get ready for work all while not running around crazy rushing to get things done. 

So here it goes, I'm sharing my routine with you guys: 

Step 1- Wake up, make my coffee/tea, check Instagram, answer emails, and blog. 

Step 2- Shower, wash face, fix hair ( I will do a hair tutorial soon).

My everyday face wash is CeraVe which you can get here. A few years back I was having some bad breakouts so I went to my dermatologist and she said I should try out this face wash and haven't looked back ever since! This is such a gentle face wash that cleans off your makeup and everyday impurities, while not stripping your skin of its natural oils.  

On days that I am feeling like my skin is looking a little dull, I use this Walnut Complexion Scrub by Ole Henriksen which you can buy here. This scrub is AMAZING! I like to use it in the shower cause it is super giddy and the water helps lather it up. This scrub helps wash away and smooth out impurities while giving you an even complexion. It leaves your face feeling like a babies bottom and makes your makeup go on so smoothly. I would suggest using this sparingly because it is a scrub and you do not want to irritate your skin. 

After washing my face, I then apply my absolute favorite moisturizer Water Fuse Water-Sure Gel by Dr. Jart + which you can get here. This moisturizer is oil free and keeps your skin moist and plump all day long! I have noticed such a difference in my skin after using this moisturizer everyday!  

Next I apply my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Moonstone which you can get here. I use a makeup sponge to apply this because I feel it goes on a lot more smoothly. I mainly put it on my cheek bones, center of my forehead, and on the bridge of my nose. This liquid highlighter gives your skin a natural glow! 

Now it is time for foundation. My everyday foundation is Clinique Stay- Matte Oil Free Foundation. Clinique makeup is so lightweight and great if you have sensitive skin like me. You can buy this foundation here. I use shade 02 Alabaster and also apply this with my makeup sponge. 

After applying foundation I will then apply my concealer. I have been using Studio Finish SPF 35 concealer for years now and I love it! It covers so well and looks very natural. I use shade NW20 and you can buy it here. I use a small concealer brush to apply this on just the spots that I don't want people to see. 

It's time to set your makeup. I use Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder in shade 01 Stay Buff and you can buy it here. I use a big powder brush to apply my powder all over my face. 

Next we contour. I have been using the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in shade Tawny Brown and it has been my go to, you can buy it here. This bronzer looks very natural and gives you a healthy glow. For my quick days I just apply it on my cheek bones and blend, blend, blend. 

Time for my favorite part, HIGHLIGHTING! I use the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed by Becca in the shade Moonstone and you can get it here. This shimmering powder will change your life, trust me! It gives you such a beautiful and natural glow! If you get anything I would highly suggest buying this your next trip into Sephora! I apply it on my cheekbones, tip of my chin, on my upper lip, and bridge of nose, all the places the light will hit your face.

Eyebrows are such a game changer. A lot of people still don't do this but I think it enhances your whole look. I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in the shade warm golden brown and you can get it here. Lightly do strokes throughout your eyebrow filling them in. 

For an everyday makeup look, I do a light colored shadow on my entire eyelid to make it look more natural. I found this eyeshadow palette by Maybelline at Target and it has every neutral color you could possibly need! You can buy it here

Add some mascara to make your eyes POP! I use the BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black which you can get here

To top everything off you just need some lipstick! I use the BobbiBrown Creamy Lip Color in Shade 5 Blue Raspberry and you can get it here. This is the perfect everyday color and this lipstick is so creamy it makes your lips feel plump and moisturized all day! 

I hope this helps you guys and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here or send me an email! 

-xo