Winter Pampering Routine 2019

Definitely not a fan of this cold weather-- but who is? My skin is definitely in need of a warm detox. One that rids hormonal acne and gives me the glow up every girl wants this season. Let's talk about how I pamper myself during this chilly time of year:


A hot bath.

I like to start off my pampering sessions with a warm, luxurious bath. I like to go all out and use a bath bomb and/or other fun tub time potions to make my bath look pretty. Tonight, I'm using this citrus bath oil from Kneipp.

Glow-up body routine.


My glow-up body routine is fairly minimal. I like to start off by exfoliating my body with a scrub from Bath & Body Works or a DIY scrub.

To DIY a sugar scrub I like to use:

  • Brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon 

Then, I shave and follow up with a body wash and an in-shower body lotion. This makes my legs so soft and smooth. 

Face care.


My skincare routine is kind of excessive these days-- I'm not going to lie. I found a Korean skincare routine on Pinterest and I've been following it religiously for the past couple of weeks:

  1. Oil cleanser
  2. Foam cleanser
  3. Exfoliator (Don't forget your lips too!)
  4. Essence
  5. Serum
  6. Sheet mask
  7. Eye cream
  8. Moisturizer
This routine has changed my skincare. It is so dewy and glowy-- I love it! 


Other bits and pieces.

During my pampering routine, I like to drink lots and lots of water to hydrate my body. While I'm sipping on my water, I like to watch beauty gurus on YouTube or something on Netflix. And, of course, a snack is needed! My go to is popcorn. This makes for the perfect comfy & cozy evening-- especially right before the spring semester starts up.

18 Things That Happened in 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Finals are finally over-- and I'm finally able to submerge myself back into the blogging world. I wanted to kick off the end of the year with a blog post on 18 things that happened in 2018. Usually, I talk about my accomplishments, but the truth is: there are ups and downs. 


Here are 18 things that happened in 2018:

1. I toured some colleges in Florida with my family.

My sister is planning to further her education at Florida Southern College, where she wants to study business and political science. And, I already miss her like crazy.

2. Not only did I experience a concert in the pit, but I experienced Taylor Swift's Reputation tour from that view.

It was one of the most incredible nights of my life. As Taylor would say, it was gorgeous.

3. I also saw Charlie Puth perform.

One word: shirtless. If you ever get the chance to see him in concert, do it! He sounds amazing!

4. I had my first real breakup.

As much as I don't want to discuss this on a public platform, I would like to add it to my list. It happened. And, more importantly, it helped shape who I am today. I am constantly reminded that things happen for a reason.

5. I took my first ever college level science class and got an A.

This one in itself deserves an applause.

6. I made the Dean's List. And the President's List.

Hard work pays off! This past semester I got a 4.0, taking the maximum amount of credits. I've never worked so hard in my life.

7. I found my passion.

I love working with immigrants. I want to be a psychologist for immigrants and help them overcome trauma. I want to help them find themselves. I want to help them self-actualize. I am so passionate about this topic that I am planning on conducting research about immigrants and self-actualization during my senior year at Cabrini University.

8. I hit 120,000 views on my blog.

I know, I know.. my blog has definitely been slacking. But, thanks to y'all, I reached 120,000 views. Thank you so much for your support. (Stay tuned for giveaways in 2019!)

9. I went to Washington, D.C. to advocate for immigration reform.

If there is anything I learned this semester it's to advocate. Advocate for what you believe in.

10. I attended a protest to shut down Berks County Residential Center.

#ShutDownBerks

11. I was inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma.

Did I mention hard work pays off? Always, always, always go the extra mile.

12. I began teaching English as a second language (ESL).

And absolutely love it! I think I would like to pursue this as a career someday.

13. I toured a few small towns in South Carolina.

And, I tasted the most amazing bread-- covered in cheese and butter and Heaven.

14. I adopted a workout schedule and kept with it.

This was definitely on the harder side, but I did it! I found a kick butt workout that really activates your legs and core. I've never loved my body shape so much. #WhatsWrongWithBeingConfident

15. I completed my first year of college, and second, and third.

I have never been so proud of a decision I've made. Cabrini University has given me so many opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to receive anywhere else.

16. I supported my mom at her graduation.

My mom received a certificate for leadership. She continues to be an inspiration to me everyday.

17. My family went to New York and saw Niagara Falls.

Just a mini family vacay, but I enjoyed it. It was nice to get away for a little while.

18. My grandma conquered her cancer treatments.

Above all, my grandma was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of ovarian cancer and she received treatment for it for the past couple of months. To say the least: she rocked it. I couldn't imagine being in her shoes. But, by what I've seen, I can tell you it's extremely difficult. Her will to keep fighting was definitely an inspiration to not only my family, but other members who attended the cancer center. If the world had half as much optimism as she does, this world would be a beautiful place.

Read A Letter To My Grandma


My 2018 Christmas Wishlist

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! 

I know it's been quite some time since I posted a blog post. Don't worry; I'm working towards solidifying a set schedule. In this blog post, I'm going to be sharing My 2018 Christmas Wishlist with y'all. The things on my list are definitely a lot more practical than they have been in past years. This year, I'm asking for makeup, skincare, and comfy clothes. 



If you know me, you know I love Kate Spade New York designs. I think her designs are so classy and elegant. I've been eyeing up this lunch bag since the summer. Since I'm going to be commuting to college next year, I wanted to invest in a quality lunch bag.


Before I went to college, I purchased a cheap rain coat from Kohl's. Don't get me wrong, I love it. However, it doesn't hold up too well when it's raining cats and dogs. I want to invest in a better quality rain jacket that will last me forever.


I have never loved a concealer as much as I love this one. Not to mention, I'm definitely in need of a new one. I think this will be my third, maybe fourth bottle? #GoBuyIt


Because of how satisfied I was with the concealer, I wanted to put Makeup Revolution's blushers to the test. These colors are absolutely gorgeous-- aren't they?


Again, putting Makeup Revolution to the test: I wanted to see if this is comparable to Urban Decay's All-Nighter Setting Spray-- for $8 this would be a steal.


Not only am I in desperate need of a new foundation, but I've heard such great reviews about this one. If any of you guys have tried this foundation, let me know what you think! 


I've been using this cleanser for ages and love it! It has helped even out my complexion without over drying it. 


I found these brightening pads while browsing Ulta Beauty online. I think they would be so much fun to try out before a big event, like a dance or graduation.


I've had my eyes on these for the past couple of months. I am all about going to class in a comfy, yet cute outfit. These sweatpants will get me through-- plus, who doesn't love school spirit? #GoCavs


To be honest, I'm not much of an eyeshadow guru. However, I think these shades are natural enough for me to pull off. I also think they're absolutely gorgeous!


After a long week, this is my go to solution for banishing breakouts. It draws out all of the gunk from your pores. My pores not only tighten, but my skin looks super glowy. 


Who doesn't love mascara? Rumor has it: this mascara is supposed to be a dupe for the Better Than Sex mascara. And, I, like all other makeup addicts, love this mascara.


I have two hats: a Cabrini University one and a monogrammed one. I would love to add to my collection.


The perfect addition to any self-care evening. I think these would be so fun to try out!


Comment below: What's on your Christmas Wishlist this year?


18 Things I'm Thankful For in 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!



Don't worry: I know we all have final exams that we need to start studying for and Christmas lists we need to shop for, so I'll keep it short. Here are 18 things that I am thankful for this holiday season:

Bloggers.

For saying what you want, how you want, when you want it. I think it's incredibly brave.

Determination.

For helping me overcome difficult obstacles and go after my dreams.

Peter Thomas Roth Detox Cucumber Cleanser.

For keeping my skin under control-- even when I have two exams and a paper due the next day.

Real friends.

For supporting me and loving me.

The people that stand by me at protests for shutting down detention centers.

I attended a vigil to shut down Berks County Residential Center, a detention center for undocumented immigrants. It was extremely eyeopening. Read more about it here.

Fate.

For bringing me where I am today. I have met so many people who I wouldn't have crossed paths with otherwise. These people have expanded my views and helped shape the person I am today.

Pearl earrings.

For making me look classy even in yoga pants.

Cabrini University.

For giving me a quality education. I love learning and I love experiencing new things.

Sunshine.

Warm, sunny days will forever be my favorite.

My right to vote.

I think it is so important to voice your opinion through taking part in elections. Be the change.

Taylor Swift.

For writing a song that you can relate to at any point in a relationship-- from the honey moon stage to the never ending breakup. #WANEGBT

Language.

Being able to communicate with people is a beautiful thing. (I'm almost done my Spanish minor-- woo hoo!)

Psychology.

Understanding the human mind is an incredible experience. I am currently enrolled in four psychology courses and they are mind blowing. I am always analyzing people in my daily life. (Yes, I know I probably shouldn't do that.)

The ability to help others.

I currently teach English as a second language (ESL) to at risk migrant children and I love how rewarding the work is. Every chance you get to help someone: do it.

Risks.

For teaching me confidence.

Love.

For teaching me that it exists.

Failures.

My dad always told me that one learns more in their failures than they do in their successes. Whether someone walks out of your life or you do poorly on a test, you learn from it. Those failures have taught me how to approach those same situations differently.

My family.

For being incredible. My family has always stood behind me, whether I want to protest an issue, blog about my favorite makeup brands, or pursue a different career path. If it weren't for my family, I wouldn't have been able to grow and develop into the best version of myself.

I wouldn't be:

  • Pursuing a college education, studying psychology and Spanish
  • Taking part in my college's honors program
  • Graduating a year and a half early
  • Teaching English as a second language (ESL)
  • Running a blog that has 100,000+ views
  • Working with 50+ companies
  • Being inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES)
  • Advocating for immigration reform in the United States
  • Growing my confidence

Thank you so much to my family. I couldn't be more thankful for the love and support they give me. What are you thankful for? Are you thankful for your ex like Ariana? Or, are you simply thankful for a nice home cooked meal-- I know I am! Comment below!


20 Things I Learned Before I Turned 20

I'm officially 20-- and, yes, I feel old! Last week was a blast! I woke up to confetti sprinkled around my bedroom floor and sticky notes all over my bathroom door. I also woke up to instagrams, tweets, and snaps from you guys! Thank you all so much for remembering me on my birthday! It means the world to me. XOXO


1. Comparing yourself to others is a waste of time.

Everyone is unique. Don't waste your energy analyzing and contrasting yourself to others. It's overrated.

2. Always do your best.

Always give your all-- no matter what the event is.

3. People are people.

We are all humans regardless of our backgrounds. Those fleeing their home countries and coming to the United States are seeking a better life. Click here to read more about the caravan.

4. Everything happens for a reason.

I am a huge believer in this. Every person that I've met has had an influence on me in some way, shape, or form. Whether they motivated me to do something out of comfort zone or think differently about a topic.

5. Priorities are a must.

In order to be successful, you need to keep your priorities in check.

6. Don't force a relationship.

Things that aren't meant to be, aren't meant to be.

7. Mom and Dad are always right.

Even when you swear they're ruining your life.

8. Do the things you want to do.

A few years ago, I was pressured to think a certain way.

9. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in.

In high school, I would have had a heart attack if I had to stand up for myself and/or what I believe in. College has taught me that it's okay to stand up for what I believe in. I now write state and federal letters regarding immigration reform.

10. Drama doesn't matter.

High school never ends. As my mom would say, "Be like Elsa and let it go."

11. You have to work to get what you want.

Sometimes you need to indulge in some mozzarella sticks and study for 3 hours in the library to get an A on a social psychology exam.

12. Material possessions aren't everything.

Material possessions are nice. However, when it comes to the point where they're consuming your life you need to reevaluate your priorities and values.

13. Honesty is the best policy.

Sometimes the truth hurts. But, it's better than being caught in a lie down the road.

14. Give back.

I have classes Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, I like to give back to the community and teach ESL to at-risk child migrants. And, I love it! It is one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had.

15. Falling in love isn't a choice.

You meet people when you least expect it. And, it takes you by surprise.

16. Picking out a first date outfit is harder than calculous homework.

I've been on several first dates and each one, without fail, has resulted in my closet spitting up all over my bedroom floor.

17. Trust your gut.

After I toured Cabrini University, I knew it was the school for me. I knew I would be successful in any major I chose.

18. Vote.

Voting is so important. Make a difference.

19. Knowledge is power.

My dad has been saying this to me since first grade. It wasn't until this past September when I realized what it truly means. I am currently pursing degrees in psychology and Spanish. I am using these degrees to learn more about the immigrant population and how I can help them and make a difference. That's powerful.

20. Be proud of yourself.

I think it's totally cool if you want to play a Taylor Swift song and jam out because of something you've accomplished. Go for it!