Natural-Certified Skincare Routine + Tips featuring Mary Kay Naturally™

Natural-Certified Skincare Routine + Tips featuring Mary Kay Naturally™

This post is sponsored by Mary Kay and the InfluenceHer Collective. All opinions are my own. #MKNaturally

Hello Loves!

Skincare is an important part of my daily routine since I tend to breakout easily and as a fashion blogger, a goal of mine is to always look fresh in all the photos I take. My skin is very sensitive, which is why I like to keep my skincare routine simple and natural. These past few weeks my skin has been feeling fresh and glowy due to Mary Kay’s natural-certified skincare line, Mary Kay Naturally™. The skincare line consists of four products: Mary Kay Naturally™ Purifying Cleanser, Moisturizing Stick, Exfoliating Powder, and Nourishing Oil. These products work so well on my sensitive skin, which is why I can’t wait to jump into the nitty gritty of why I love each product!

beauty blogger using Mary Kay Naturally

Mary Kay Naturally™ Purifying Cleanser is infused with skin-soothing cornflower floral water and sweet almond oil. The cleanser removes impurities and leaves my skin feeling nourished and soothed. For best results, I use the product with a cotton pad on damp skin.

Mary Kay Naturally™ Moisturizing Stick is made with candelilla wax and beeswax, which helps relieve my dry spots, especially with the changing seasons. The stick is suitable for face and body, however, if you plan to use the stick in multiple areas, I recommend having a separate stick dedicated to each area.

Mary Kay Naturally™ Exfoliating Powder gently exfoliates the skin by lifting away complexion-dulling dead skin cells. I use this product at least once a week!

Mary Kay Naturally™ Nourishing Oil leaves my skin feeling hydrated and contains a blend of sweet almond, olive and sesame oils. I apply this all over, including on the face, cuticles, elbows, even ends of my hair. This multiple purpose nourishing oil is a favorite!

At least 90% of ingredients in the collection are derived from natural sources, processed in accordance with the COSMOS standard, and all products are free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, synthetic dyes, SLS/SLES. All of these products are available for purchase on MaryKay.com, where you can connect with a local Independent Beauty Consultant.

beauty influencer using Mary Kay Naturally cleanser
beauty blogger using Mary Kay Naturally moisturizer stick

Here are 3 of my own personal skincare tips to avoid a facial breakout:

  1. Don’t touch your face. There was a point where I touched my face all the time a few months back and that caused a huge breakout that took weeks to heal from. Since we use our hands often, they collect dirt, oils, and germs that can cause major breakouts if placed on the face.
  2. Use warm water to cleanse the face before and after the cleanser step (this will open your pores to wash out the dirt and oil), however, before putting on moisturizer, wash your face once more with cold water to close your pores. This will help tighten your pores before putting on moisturizer.
  3. Eat healthier meals. I have noticed a difference in my skin when I started to make healthier choices with my meals. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a burger and fries once in a while, but to give your body the nutrients it needs to help sustain a healthy glow.

Now that I’ve shared how amazing each product is, I thought I’d give a little back story about Mary Kay and why I support this company. Mary Kay is a brand with purpose, built by women for women. I’m all for women empowerment and knowing that Mary Kay is always looking for ways to help women be the best version of themselves is truly amazing.

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I hope Mary Kay can help you build your confidence in your own skin like it has done for me. Have a wonderful day!

love, gaonou

‘Back to College’ Morning Routine | Google Home Mini

‘Back to College’ Morning Routine | Google Home Mini

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalmartBackToCollege #CollectiveBias

Hello Loves! College is almost in session! There is just one month left of personal freedom before textbooks and exams fall from the sky. However, I am ready to start the academic year on the right foot this time with the help of Walmart.

I bought this little nugget a few days ago at one of my favorite retailer stores – Walmart and it has made getting up early in the morning a lot more fun and bearable! Can you tell that it was love at first sight? I also picked up a few other goodies to help ease my ‘Back to College’ Morning Routine, so keep on reading to see! 

Walmart is my one stop shop for all my back to college needs from electronics (Google Home Mini) to food (RX Bars) to kitchen appliances (Keurig). Also, nothing beats Walmart’s Everyday Low Price, especially with a student’s budget. Walmart’s Back to College events are the perfect opportunity for students to purchase everything they need with a friendly price tag. It has everything you need to make going Back to College easier: low prices, great selection, and the convenience of online pickup. They will also be hosting Back To College Events across the US on the following dates: 8/17, 8/24, 8/31!

Wakey wakey! Who needs an alarm when the Google Home Mini can wake you up to your favorite song! I’m getting ready to check out Walmart’s Back to College in-store event, which makes back to college time easier for college students. I encourage you to attend the event (8/17, 8/24, 8/31) by checking Walmart.com for an event near you (or following the link in the image below). I can’t promise that you won’t buy everything at this event. 

I can’t leave the house without my essentials and Google Home Mini helps me stay on track by reciting my To-Do List when I can’t seem to remember everything I need to accomplish that day. What are your must have school supplies?

Not only does Google Home Mini help organize my life, but it also helps entertain me as I pucker up to look somewhat decent for the Back to College Event! Getting ready for the day has never been so fun! Let’s say I got into the groove of what Google Home Mini put on so I couldn’t help, but sing my heart out while getting ready for the big event!

But first coffee, am I right?! This Keurig makes preparing coffee so much easier! I mean I can literally make 3-4 cups of coffee in under 15 minutes. The perfect ‘pick me upper’ to kick start my school day, especially when I’m running on 4 hours of sleep.

I will admit, I’m addicted to my Roku! So you bet I’m sneaking in a show or two while getting ready for college. Roku is the perfect product for students like me who love to binge watch shows all in one area. I love that Roku is the ultimate streaming player that stores all of my favorite movies and shows. This is a must have for students who want to bring a little bit of home into their busy college life.

You can’t forget the snacks! These RX Peanut Butter & Berries bars and Maple Almond Butter spread have been my go to snacks for protein on the go. As a student, I don’t have the luxury to have mini breaks in between, so these goodies help keep me energize throughout the day.

Lastly, finishing up some projects and answering work emails before I head out the door to Walmart’s Back to College Event. The event dates are 8/17, 8/24, 8/31 and you can find an event near you here

Thank you so much for joining me as I get ready for Walmart’s Back to College Event!

love, gaonou

A Scent of the Ocean | Skylar

A Scent of the Ocean | Skylar
Hello Loves!

July has come to an end and as a bitter-sweet celebration, I wanted to share Skylar’s July scent. If you love the scent of the breezy ocean air, this month’s scent is just for you! It is the perfect salty air scent that makes you feel like you are at the ocean all day long. It is light, airy, and perfect for the type of gal who doesn’t want to over power the room with her perfume. As always, this is a limited perfume, so make sure to visit Skylar’s website to grab one before its long gone. What is your go to perfume scent? Leave a comment down below!

fashion blogger sharing her love for Skylar's Scent Club Salt Air Perfume
Flatlay of Skylar's Salt Air perfume

Thank you so much for reading! Have a wonderful day!

love, gaonou

Golden Glow Perfume | Skylar

Golden Glow Perfume | Skylar
Hello Loves!

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing a quick post about Skylar’s June perfume – Golden Glow! By now you probably are well aware that I am part of the Skylar Scent Club where I receive a new perfume each month to test out. So far my experience has been amazing with each scent and this month’s scent is so perfect for the tropical season!

Fashion Blogger sharing Skylar's Golden Glow perfume. It is limited edition.

Golden Glow is the perfect coconut scent for when you are heading to the beach or having a nice picnic with your significant other. For all my sun lovers out there, this perfume is for you! The scent makes you feel radiant and warm with that sun-kissed glow. Like every other Skylar Scent Club perfume, this one is limited edition, so make sure to purchase one before the end of the month! You can find the product here and use the code GAONOU10 for 10% off your order.

Skylar's Golden Glow perfume

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

love, gaonou

Game Night with Xbox | Connect and De-stress

Game Night with Xbox | Connect and De-stress
Hello Loves!

These past few months have been extremely stressful! There are various ways I de-stress and I thought this would be the perfect time to share a fun fact about myself: I LOVE to play video games! As someone who is constantly working on projects, playing video games is a way for me to disconnect from reality. I am so excited to be partnering with InfluenceHer Collective and Xbox to share how I connect and de-stress during game night! Please note that Xbox sent me this console to check out and all opinions are my own. #AD

The Perfect Way to De-Stress with Xbox

It probably came as a shocker that I am a gamer. It is something I do not share often. I love how a simple gaming console can bring the best life experiences whether that is by yourself or with friends and family. Right now, my favorite Xbox game to play is Minecraft. I love the ability to build whatever you want, wherever you want. In a way, I have the creative freedom to let my mind imagine.

The new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is an all-digital console with no disc drive, available for only $249.99. Fun fact: the disc drive was removed so consumers can save $50 off the price. Pretty fabulous, right? Also, no one wants to hoard a pile of discs when everything can be stored online. The console is light weight and only requires two chords to connect. I love the simplicity of the overall setup and how it can be stored without any hassle.

Game Night with Xbox
Fashion blogger who games to de-stress

If you want a fun way to de-stress, I highly recommend getting yourself the new Xbox One S All-Digital console or just start gaming overall. I feel that the gaming industry receives a bad reputation, such as, it is for people who are not cool or people who are too lazy to do anything with their lives. However, I believe the exact opposite. Gaming is the perfect way to find more about yourself while having fun. I challenge you to turn off reality for a few hours and allow yourself to free fall into a game.

Connect and De-stress with Xbox
Blogger Fun Game Night with Xbox

Thank you so much for reading! I hope this helped inspire you to de-stress in a fun way. Have a wonderful day!

love, gaonou