Sharing My Top 9 Beauty Items (Part X of the Series)

👋 The last beauty items of the series.

Friends, the time has come at last to reveal to you my nine beauty favorites! Every product that is listed is linked to a friend, the inspiration behind this series to begin with! Without my tried and true friends, I would have never found my tried and true favorite beauty products. For that- and so much more- I am forever grateful. Public Service Announcement: reach out to a friend, call a long time buddy, Facetime with a cousin, send a letter to your grandma, give an air-hug to your loved one. When the make up remover comes out and it’s just us revealed to the world, it’s our true friends that see us for who we are and love us, not in spite of our imperfections, but because of them. (So, air hug!)


#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y by Fenty Beauty

How often you use it

Whenever I put on make up for a night out. 

What you like about the product

Where do I even begin! This lipgloss is light, moisturizing, and shimmery- really a trifecta. This product also smells and- dare I say- tastes amazing. It comes in a range of shades, my favorite being Fu$$y, and lasts all night long. 10/10 on this one. 

How you found it

My friend Ola’s recommendation!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Stretch Concealer in G8 by Glossier

How often you use it

Every time I put on make up. 

What you like about the product

The consistency of this product is what makes it for me. The product is creamy, which is ideal for application with your fingers. The difference between my under eyes with this product versus without is night and day, the coverage being pretty remarkable. I also like to use the concealer on my trouble areas, covering up any spots to make my skin matte before I go in and apply powder. 

How you found it

After going into the Glossier store in Soho with my friend Sabrina for the first time; I bought everything in the store.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Clear Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills

How often you use it

Every time I put on make up. 

What you like about the product

I really like the fact that the applicator brush is as big as a mascara brush and that there is a fair amount of gel in the tube, which means it lasts forever. The gel also doesn’t make my eyebrows super stiff, making for a more natural, yet stylized look. 

How you found it

Recommended by the Sephora queen Alana 

#4 Favorite Beauty Product

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Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara by Tarte

How often you use it

Every time I wear make up. 

What you like about the product

I love the fact that this mascara is not super clumpy, but also still adds volume. The mascara also comes off easily, doesn’t flake, and doesn’t hurt your lashes. Those babies need special care!

How you found it

Jahnvi’s recommendation

#5 Favorite Beauty Product

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Limited Edition Love, Trust, and Fairy Dust Palette by Tarte

How often you use it

On a night out

What you like about the product

I love the mix of shimmery and matte eyeshadows that this palette offers as well as the product’s range of colors. I especially like Flitter, the metallic light pink, which pairs really nicely with Twinkle, the metallic gold if you are going for a complete shimmery look. 

How you found it

A Jahnvi special again

#6 Favorite Beauty Product

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Vitamin E Moisturizer by Malin + Goetz 

How often you use it

Every day 

What you like about the product

I love that this product has a very light, fresh scent that doesn’t linger all day on your face. I also like the fact that the product isn’t very oily and absorbs super well right into the skin, almost leaving a dewy feeling. 

How you found it

My brother, the moisturizer king!

#7 Favorite Beauty Product

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Rose Water Facial Toner by Trader Joes

How often you use it

In the morning, every day right when I wake up. 

What you like about the product

The subtle rose scent is really beautiful and lingers for a little while after it is sprayed. The toner is also light and refreshing, helping to tighten your pores thanks to the witch hazel. The best part? It’s only $3.99. 

How you found it

A stocking stuffer from my best friend… my mommy.

#8 Favorite Beauty Product

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3D Hydra Clear Gloss by Kiko Milano

How often you use it

Whenever I am dressing up for a more formal outing. 

What you like about the product

This gloss really packs a punch in the glossy department, delivering on the shine it promises. What I love about the clear is that it can amplify any lipstick by being applied overtop, but it is also great on its own to highlight your natural lip color. 

How you found it

Jahnvi my beauty plug

#9 Favorite Beauty Product

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Lidstar Liquid Eyeshadow in Cub and Lily by Glossier

How often you use it

Whenever I am looking for a really concentrated eyeshadow look. 

What you like about the product

I really like the application of this product, for someone who isn’t very proficient with make up, this one is fool proof. I also really love the colors that Lidstar comes in, Cub and Lily being my favorites because they compliment my skin tone and light features the best. If you are looking for your eyes to really pop, this product might be for you.

How you found it

Walking into the Glossier store and buying up the store with Ola.


Hope you enjoyed learning about my favorite beauty products as well as my friends’. Stay tuned for more fun series in the future!

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A Semester at Sea with Justin Williamson

Have you ever thought that a semester at sea was right for you? Read all about Justin’s experience to find out!

Although studying abroad is not at the front of any student’s mind right now, it really should be! Planning your academic career around your study abroad experience is critical in making sure you graduate on time and taking the classes you need to. My good friend Justin is one of those people who definitely benefitted from looking ahead, packing in two semesters abroad during his time in college. One of them was Babson’s BRIC program, which I also participated in, and the other was the Semester at Sea program. Justin notes that his semester at sea was a unique and unforgettable experience that he hopes others will consider too. If you think you might be interested or want to know what the program is all about, this will be worth the read!


 

Justin grew up in Los Angeles, California and was heavily involved in the local Jewish community, which he credits to instilling in him a curiosity about the world and teaching him how to ask questions. Justin brought his passion for learning to Babson, where he attended business school. In high school, Justin focused on associating with a close circle of friends, however, at Babson things changed dramatically. Justin realized the value of forming relationships with people distinctly different from himself. Babson College is ranked by Forbes as the number one college for international students and is home to an international student population that makes up 26% of the undergraduate student body, making it the perfect place to meet people from across the globe. When Justin formed friendships with those from different backgrounds, his perspective on life and the world around him grew exponentially. 

Like myself, Justin went on Babson’s BRIC Program his junior year, which only expanded his mind further, as he lived and traveled to Russia, India, and China over the course of three months. Despite having lived in Israel for a summer and having traveled extensively with his family, Justin found that his experience on BRIC was different. On BRIC he was able to learn more in-depth about the cultures that surrounded him through embedded excursions and personal exploration. To him, the classroom was coming alive. From this experience, Justin knew that he wanted to continue to learn while he traveled. He valued the experience of learning about a topic and then going to experience it for himself, which inspired him to apply and participate in the Semester At Sea study abroad program his first semester senior year. Semester At Sea is a study abroad experience where a cohort of students from across the globe study and travel on a ship over the course of one semester. With some extra advanced placement credits from high school, Justin was able to squeeze this extra semester of study abroad into his college curriculum- and it was well worth it. 

While on Semester At Sea, Justin visited the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Morocco, Ghana, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, and Costa Rica over the course of his semester. Although this might seem intimidating to many, Justin had no apprehensions about this next adventure and was excited to see what this new opportunity had in store for him. When reflecting on his experience, however, Justin highlighted the importance of taking the time to process all of the incredible experiences that he had during his travels. “You are having so many unique experiences that are so different from one another, if you don’t take the time to deconstruct what you did, you miss the opportunity to learn and grow” Justin mentions as a take away. “When on Semester At Sea, you have to take the time yourself to turn experiences into learning experiences” and, as a result, Justin kept a journal to document every day spent on and off the ship. 

Justin’s notes that his favorite part of this unique study abroad experience was living on the ship. Surrounded by water for days at a time and with no distractions, Justin highlights that you are able to forge deep and meaningful relationships with the people around you, whether it be with peers or professors. Through this, Justin was able to create strong friendships and global understandings.

A typical day at sea for Justin consisted of waking up, having breakfast, taking classes, eating lunch, and then attending more classes. In the evening, Justin had time to complete his assignments and hang out with friends before having dinner and then attending a speaker series that Semester At Sea sponsored nightly. The speaker’s topic ranged based on the upcoming country that the ship would be docking at. For example, Justin notes attending a talk on the history of the Panama Canal shortly before the ship traveled down the canal itself. On land, when the ship had docked, students took part in a field experience based on what they learned in the classroom. When they were not having a field experience, students were free to roam about the country and explore for themselves. Justin notes his trip to Ecuador being one of his favorites, as he stayed with his Semester At Sea friends at an Ecuadorian host family’s house, living like a true local. 

Overall, Justin’s Semester At Sea experience helped him to understand that people from other cultures have a distinct way of viewing the world and there is a reason for that, being in the way that they live, their political system, their culture- you name it. In experiencing the people and their respective country first hand, Justin was allowed to relate and connect with people in a new way. “The experience as a whole has made me want to experience the globe even more, making me eager to travel and work with people who are from different countries. There is no doubt that you grow more when you are around people different other than yourself” Justin says. 

What is some advice Justin would give to someone who is also interested in Semester At Sea?

Justin suggests that you ask yourself: are you willing to embrace the unknown? And what is your tolerance for uncertainty? There is so much out of a Semester At Sea student’s control that you have to be open minded and willing to challenge your perceptions and beliefs. Justin also mentions that if you prioritize experiential learning, Semester At Sea might be perfect for you. What Justin learned in terms of life skills and experience during this semester abroad is more than he could have ever achieved in the classroom. The most impactful statement Justin made during our conversation was the fact that “Semester At Sea is so unique because, despite such uncertainty and discomfort that can come with travel, you are able to take that step out of your comfort zone because you know you are only a few days away from returning to comfort back on the ship. That is what helps students learn and grow in ways they would have never imagined.” If you ask me, that is a deep dive worth taking. 

 

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part IX

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

Friends, friends, friends, the time has come at last to say goodbye! 27 friends and 27 products later, here we are! This will be the last traditional post of the series, which only leaves next week when, I- your friend- share 9 of my favorite products with you! Thank you so much for coming along for the ride. I hope you took away some new beauty recommendations, cracked a smile ever Friday morning, and remembered how important your friends are. Without our friends and the ones we love, what fun would this world be? Who would we share make up tips with, who would help us choose eye shadow colors, and who would lend us a make up wipe at the end of the night? Lipstick doesn’t last forever, but with enough care, time, and attention friends can.

Srishti Soni

@srishtisoni

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Les beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Blush Stick in N°24 by Chanel

How often you use it

Everyday- the only makeup I use

What you like about the product

It looks super natural and is perfect for everyday use. Bonus it smells great!

How you found it

At the Heathrow Airport. As someone who doesn’t use / like a full face of makeup, Im always looking for a product that looks and feels natural but put together. Im also very lazy when it comes to makeup so this is perfect and I just apply by hand. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product and company that sells it 

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Skin perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant by Paula’s Choice

How often you use it

Twice a week

What you like about the product

Skincare is very important to me as I rarely use makeup and exfoliating is the key to having bright, fresh and clear skin. I used to use scrubs in the past which are really rough and therefore bad for your skin. Chemical exfoliants on the other hand are amazing at getting rid of dead skin and debris making my skin look clear and smooth.

How you found it

I’ve been binging skincare TikTok and came across this product a few months ago. Game changer!

#3 Favorite Beauty Product and company that sells it

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Lip Butter Balm by Summer Fridays

How often you use it

Everyday and Night

What you like about the product

Again with the no makeup look, this is a great product that doesnt make you look too dressed up but adds a glossy shine to your lips. I used to be obsessed with lip gloss growing up and Im very much going back to that look. Not to mention it keeps your lips hydrated and smells delicious.

How you found it

Browsing through Sephora


Grace Tao

@gtaotao

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Double Eyelid Tape by Daiso

How often you use it

Everyday

What you like about the product

I have natural double eyelids, however, I like to have it look more apparent without the surgery so I use double eyelid tape everyday. This is absolutely my number one favorite beauty product because I swear by it everyday!

How you found it

Amazon

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay EyeShadow Palette by Tarte Cosmetics

How often you use it

Every time I put on makeup

What you like about the product

I love the neutral/pinkish color tones. This is the only eye shadow palette I use, and I’ve already used up and repurchased 3.

How you found it

My cousin recommended to me

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Anessa Shiseido Sunscreen by Shiseido

How often you use it

Everyday

What you like about the product

It is a lightweight sunscreen that is SPF 50+ PA++++.  Sunscreen is an essential part of my beauty routine, and this is by far my favorite sunscreen. I can layer primer and foundation on top of it and still have a nice finish. It does its job and doesn’t make my face cakey!

How you found it

I first discovered it when I travelled to Japan, and loved it ever since.    


Bianca Phillips

@biancaavictoria

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian by Colourpop

How often you use it

Whenever i want a fresh, highlighted look (you only need a tiny bit) or when I am going out with full makeup

What you like about the product

It is the absolute BRIGHTEST and SPARKLIEST highlighter I’ve ever tried AND it’s only $8. It is a great dupe for the Becca highlighters but better and cheaper!

How you found it

Youtube    

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution by The Ordinary 

How often you use it

1-2x a week, at night

What you like about the product

It’s only $7 and it does a great job of cleaning your skin at the end of the day without stripping the skin of its natural oils. 

How you found it

TikTok

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

How often you use it

Once a day, in the morning

What you like about the product: it does SUCH an amazing job of brightening your skin, smoothing out the texture, and preventing fine lines. Its ingredients are all natural, and also the packaging is adorable.

How you found it

My older sister 🙂


Stay tuned for next week where I share nine of my favorites!

Advice on a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul during Quarantine with Christine Porr (Part III)

Self-care is important, which is why Christine and I have brought you our favorite ways to navigate the challenges of quarantine.

Time sure flies when you are having fun! We have finally come to the last post of Christine and my series on wholistic health during quarantine. It has been such a joy to share some of the things that we are doing to make this time more manageable and constructive. Christine is a wealth of knowledge and I am so happy to have collaborated with her on these posts- trust me I have learned more in these few posts than I have all of quarantine. This week, we talk about one of the most important aspects of our being: our spirit. Whether you are a religious person, spiritual person, or you are just going along for the ride, there is something nestled in this post just for you. 🙏

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  1. Find a quiet uninterrupted place, and set aside time each morning, noon, or evening to read the Bible and pray. I know I’ve had times when I’ve struggled with loneliness during this period, but it helps me to remember that I can find fellowship with God, anytime, anywhere.
  2. Identify an accountability partner to do a Bible Study with you. I recently did Breaking Free by Beth Moore with one of my friends. We each completed the daily studies on our own and then texted each other screenshots of the parts that challenged us most or just our general reflections on the content.
  3. Stay consistent with attending church, even if it’s virtual. Pour your morning cup of coffee, sit down, and prioritize this period of worship, as you would in person. If your church offers virtual connect hours and/or small groups, I would highly recommend attending these as well. Each Sunday morning, I tune into my church’s virtual service and then join the Zoom “coffee hour.” It’s been such an encouraging time of meeting new friends, reconnecting with old ones, and praying over our respective requests and praises.

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A few final thoughts. It’s okay not to be okay some days and to just cut yourself some slack. The world and our personal worlds are all in flux. Everyone is going through something. Don’t feel like you have to minimize your own experience because someone else “has it so much worse.” Take time for yourself and turn for support to family, friends, and most importantly God. He has the world in His hands and will always supply your daily bread, whether you anticipate it or not.

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During this challenging time we are facing, getting in touch with our spirituality is super important, thanks for reminding us Christine! It is crucial for us to be able to clear our minds and find stillness, which can come through prayer, meditation, yoga, or some deep belly breathes. When we hold tight to things, it can only bring on more frustration and anxiousness. Sometimes it is best to just let go and see what happens. I have also found that talking it out with someone can really help bring light to the stresses I am facing. In doing so, I have felt that some of the things that I was so stressed about, were all made up in my head! I am no stranger to the fact that I often stand in my own way. It is important to find someone you can speak to and confide in to help with your mental well being. Trusted therapists, family members, and close friends are important people to have on standby that can help you to gain a new perspective, offer some helpful advice, and lend an ear. 

Calm and Headspace are two popular meditation apps that might be useful to you. Headspace’s Chief Music Officer is John Legend, so if that doesn’t spell success I don’t know what does!


My parting words? 

 
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3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part VIII

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

Sometimes it is good to be reminded to stick to the basics. Some of the recommendations in this post are simple and straightforward, which I love. Drink water, wear sunscreen, and just moisturize for goodness sake! We can never have too many reminders to take care of our primary needs first and foremost. In this way, beauty is just like our friends. A quick “I am thinking of you” text and a handwritten letter go a long way. A few of my best memories with friends have been a lazy Sunday brunch, a friend stopping to chat with me at the library desk, where I used to work, or a good laugh over our daily catch up. Sometimes you just have to KISS- keep it simple silly- but make sure your lips are moisturized and glossy first!

Monia Mukiza

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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My favorite cream at the moment is the Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream by Ren Skincare. You can find it in Sephora or Ulta.

How often you use it

I use it every other night. Night cream

What you like about the product

I have higher pigmentation and it works wonders for my dark marks

How you found it

An influencer whose opinion that i trust was raving about the product 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product and company that sells it

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#FauxFilter Foundation by Huda Beauty

How often you use it

This foundation is my go-to foundation. I use it whenever I wear make up

What you like about the product

I love the full coverage that it gives without having to use more than two pumps. My skin observes the foundation well. Giving you the no-makeup makeup look. 

How you found it

Consulted by a beauty expert 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Universal Daily Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta®

How often you use it

I use it once a month

What you like about the product

Life saving! I use it once a month for hormonal breakout.

How you found it

Recommended to me by a friend


Tucker James

@tuckerjstyle

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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My #1 favorite beauty product would have to be WATER, H2O… I know, not conventionally viewed as a “beauty product,” but honestly it’s the number one key ingredient to overall skin health. I try to drink around a gallon a day.

How often you use it

Everyday 

What you like about the product 

It’s refreshing AND it does way more than just help your skin glow-up, it also;

  • increases energy
  • helps fight bloating
  • helps digestion
  • improves joint health
  • improves eye health
  • Need I go on? The benefits are endless.

How you found it

Obviously I have always drank water, but I started challenging myself to drink a gallon a day about 3 years back when I got into working out, since then it’s been a ritual that I, my skin, my body and my brain love. I feel my best when I’m hydrated!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Sunscreen for me it’s the Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion sunscreen SPF 50 by Neutrogena with broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection

How often you use it

Every time I go outside 

What you like about the product

It’s ACTUALLY non-greasy- a lot of products claim to be and you still end up slippery.

How you found it

My friend Vanessa actually shoved her half empty one into my travel bag as we were checking out of a hotel in Scottsdale Arizona right off the tail end of and inspiring weekend of hair & creativity at the second Aiir Gathering w/ @aiirprofessional which brings me to my next must have…

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Amethyst Hair & Energy Refresher by Aiir Professional

How often you use it

EVERY DAY, EVERY MOMENT, EVERY TIME IT’S WITHIN REACH

What you like about the product 

It’s a refreshing mist for the hair, skin and body, it’s infused with moonstone and amethyst for the good vibes. It also has a scent like heaven that is light as air and every bottle has a mantra on it, the one I have with me right now says “I am worthy of all that I desire.”

How you found it

I’m lucky enough to call the founder Jenny Strebe my dear friend, she has created an incredible line of crystal infused professional hair products, this product was her very first , the first batch she infused and made by hand, and I’ve been hooked since then…love at first sight.


Yujia Ma 

@yujiamaa

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 by EltaMD

How often you use it

Use a dime size every morning after moisturizer, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure 

What you like about the product

It’s oil-free and super lightweight. It’s a mineral sunblock with transparent zinc oxide, which makes it safe to use after dermatologic procedures (I get microneedling every 3 months). It’s relatively affordable and can be applied to face and body. Its SPF 45 makes it adequate for daily sun exposure. 

How you found it

My dermatologist recommended it to me. In fact, eltaMD is the #1 dermatologist-recommended professional sunscreen brand. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Daily Moisturizing Lotion by CeraVe

How often you use it

Use one pump of the lotion after washing my face with lukewarm water, and after serum at night. 

What you like about the product

It is a wonderful lotion that moisturizes and helps restore the protective skin barrier. It’s oil-free, lightweight and easily absorbed without feeling greasy. It is developed with dermatologists and has an unique formula – 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid – to help with the texture and smoothness of the skin. It is also fragrance free to avoid fragrance irritation, in other words, it is gentle on the skin. 

How you found it

A number of TikTok skincare gurus are huge fans of CeraVe and swear by all their products, so I decided to give the lotion a shot. It was extremely convenient to access – I believe most Targets carry CeraVe products. Ever since I started using it, my entire skincare routine was significantly transformed and simplified. I used to use more than five products on my face at night, but with the lotion, I am now only using the CeraVe face wash, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair and the lotion. There hasn’t been a dramatic change on my skin, but my skin feels healthy and its condition is stable- I break out way less frequently now! 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product and company that sells it

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Backstage Glow Face Palette (001 Universal) by Dior 

How often you use it

When I do my makeup and after I apply finishing powder on my face – I apply the color “white” on the inner corners of my eyes, on my brow bone, on my nose bridge and on the tip of my nose (leaving a space in between to apply bronzer – that’s how I contour my nose); I apply the color “pink” on my cheekbones; and when I go out to say a club, I apply the color “bronze” under my cheekbones. 

What you like about the product

It’s gorgeously shimmery with the color white, gold, pink and bronze that will work on all skin tones. Pros: The shimmer makes your skin look shiny and healthy without making it look oily. The design is so beautiful that sometimes just by looking at the palette I feel content. White is suitable for daily uses, for example, on the inner corners of your eyes and other colors are perfect for when you go out at night – I sometimes use them as my eyeshadows. Cons: It can get messy. After an entire day of being outside and wearing makeup, I’d notice small glitters under my eyes that had fallen from the inner corners of my eyes. 

How you found it

At Sephora. I was attracted by its look right away and after swabbing it on the back of my hand and feeling how even the application was, I was immediately in love. It is on the pricey side but if you are looking for an effective highlight, I would still highly recommend (read the pros and cons before you buy)! 


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Srishti Soni, Grace Tao, and Bianca Phillips share their three beauty favorites!

Advice on a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul during Quarantine with Christine Porr (Part II)

Self-care is important, which is why Christine and I have brought you our favorite ways to navigate the challenges of quarantine.

Yes, we are back with Part II and, yes, I got out of my pajamas. I hope everyone was inspired by last week’s post to go purchase a puzzle or read a new book! In this week’s post, Christine and I explore fun and interesting ways to stay active during this time when we are working from home, overwhelmed by the job search, or binging on Netflix. Mental, physical, and emotional health are so important, which is why we have shared some helpful tips to shake the off those quarantine blues using an infusion of endorphins. Before it gets too cold outside, make sure to prioritize that difficult venture from your comfy bed to your front door and get outside! Your body will thank you. Trust me, you’ll sleep better I promise. (Stay tuned for next week’s post on maintaining a healthy soul, our last of this three part series)

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Take free virtual fitness classes to keep your body moving. I kept a pretty boring workout routine prior to quarantine but it’s been fun to switch it up and have someone else motivating me to stay fit.

    • Chrissy Stanley – LOVE the Barre and Abs classes! You will work up a sweat in 5 min (free on YouTube)
    • Bar Method Online – So many classes to try, ranging from 15 to 60 minutes in length. (14-day free trial)
    • Pure Barre GO – Kaitlyn is my favorite instructor! (7-day free trial)
    • Peloton Online Classes – I am obsessed with Kristin McGee’s yoga classes, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. (30-day free trial)

Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Take a 10-minute break in between work calls to stretch your legs on a short walk, or go on a longer walk with family/friends after dinner- preferably with ice cream as your end destination ;). Make running fun by setting distance goals- 5K, 5 miles, half marathon, etc. You can even sign up for a virtual race with friends as accountability partners for training. Pull that bike out of the garage and find a nice neighborhood or scenic path to explore. Go on a social distancing hike with a picnic lunch. 

Ursula

BC29D0ED-4995-49D3-B38B-F96B61096346Like Christine, I have taken advantage of this newfound time to take a break during the day to go on long walks, bike rides, and runs. I find that going outside for an hour a day can really refresh my mind and provide a boost in my day. Although, I have found online workouts a bit intimidating, I have fell in love with 30 Day Ab. With this app, consistency is definitely key, but it only requires about 10-15 minutes per day- sometimes even less if you are feeling extra motivated- and I have seen pretty incredible results. I have also found that incorporating fun outdoor activities like badminton, which my family was obsessed with at one point, volleyball, and swimming can alleviate stress, promote some family bonding, and provide an equal amount of exercise to an online class or strict workout. 

Christine

Since many of us are eating out less than we normally would, this is a great opportunity to try out some new recipes (both healthy and indulgent because everyone needs a treat now and then).

Ursula

I have always loved cooking, however, over the course of quarantine I have felt less inspired to create in the kitchen. That being said, instead of trying new recipes out, I have stuck to making some of my tried and true favorites, which has helped me focus on being creative and productive.  

Christine’s Favorite Food Blogs

Ursula’s Favorite Quarantine Recipes

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Christine has shared a recipe of her own!


Christine’s Smoked Salmon Poached Egg Ciabatta Toast with Everything Bagel Spice Recipe

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 ciabatta rolls
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp dried dill (or to taste) + for topping
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Everything bagel spice
  • 4 oz. smoked salmon
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 T. white vinegar

Instructions

  1. Stir together mascarpone cheese, dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice
  2. Cut 4 slices of tomato
  3. Cut 2 slices of red onion
  4. Put each egg in a small bowl of water horizontally
  5. Cut ciabatta rolls in half
  6. Toast rolls under broiler for 3 minutes
  7. Bring two pots of water to soft boil
  8. Add 1 T. white vinegar to each pot
  9. Slowly pour two eggs into the center of each pot and cook for 3 minutes
  10. While the eggs are cooking, spread mascarpone cheese on rolls
  11. Add 1 slice of tomato to each roll half
  12. Add 1 oz smoked salmon to each roll half
  13. Add red onion to taste
  14. Lift eggs out of pots using slotted spoon and put on top of rolls
  15. Add everything bagel spice and dill to taste
  16. Enjoy!

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3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part VII

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

In all honesty, when I first started this series I had planned on having one post featuring six of my friends and their favorite beauty products. However, when the post got too long, I split it into two posts, but then I realized, I know so many beautiful people- inside and out- who have such incredible advice. More sharing was definitely in order! I couldn’t be more excited to share that some of these posts have become my most viewed and favorited by many! I am so happy when I am able to introduce different friends of mine, which I feel like these posts have facilitated. The more the merrier in the case of friends I always say! Oh and lipgloss. You can never apply too much of that. But you can in the case of foundation, self tanner, and lip liner, so be careful out there! (Stay tuned for next week’s 3 friends and 3 picks!)

Cristina Rojas

@cristirojas

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Facial Treatment Essence by SK-II

How often you use it

Everyday, morning and night right after I wash my face I put a few drops on the palm of my hands and tap it into my skin.

What you like about the product

It’s light and easy to use, my skin absorbs it in seconds and feels instantly refreshed. I’ve been using it for years now and definitely feel it keeps my skin clear and even toned.

How you found it

My grandmother has always used SK-II products so I grew up around the brand. I found it at a department store a few years ago and decided to try it, it’s been one of my skincare essentials ever since. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Active Botanical Serum by Vintner’s Daughter

How often you use it

Every night after my Treatment Essence, and sometimes in the morning as well.

What you like about the product

It’s made out of all natural ingredients and smells amazing. It really hydrates my skin and helps my complexion. 

How you found it

At The Goop pop-up shop in NYC last Christmas.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Rescue Mask by Eve Lom

How often you use it

Try to use it once a week depending on how much time I have. I use it when my skin needs a little pick-me up. It makes my skin feel as if I just got out of a facial, completely bright and smooth with minimal pores.

What you like about the product

The way it really cleanses my skin, the clay mask has camphor and almond extract that help to really decongest the skin. It reduces any redness and puffiness I might have going on, and leaves my skin soft and supple.

How you found it

I’m always on the lookout for new beauty products, and a few years ago I found this one during a trip to London. 


Ashley Walters

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Facial Toner by Thayers

How often you use it

I use this product after I come out of the shower as an additional face cleanser. I also use this toner right before I apply makeup when I am doing a look with full coverage, which includes foundation, concealer, powder, etc. 

What you like about the product

It cleanses my face of impurities and any dirt that a normal face wash may not catch. It also tones my skin and gives my face a nice and even complexion. It is alcohol-free and has rose water and aloe vera in it, so it is basically a 2-in-1 cleansing water without the harshness of alcohol. 

How you found it

I was looking for witch hazel in Walgreens and stumbled upon it. I read the ingredients and decided to try it. It worked well and I have been using it ever since. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Colossal Mascara by Maybelline

How often you use it

I use this product when I am wearing makeup. But I also use this mascara on a bare face to give my face a light lift. Especially now that I have to wear a mask, I just put on a little mascara to enlighten my eyes and I am good to go. 

What you like about the product

This mascara lengthens and volumizes my lashes without clumping. It is not overbearing and makes my lashes look naturally beautiful. 

How you found it

I have heard about Maybelline and seen ads about how good the mascara was so I decided to test the product and I loved it.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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24 Hour Edge Tamer by Ebin New York 

How often you use it

I use this product everyday. 

What you like about the product

I have dreadlocks so I am unable to brush my hair back to keep it neat and sleek, so the little hairs that cannot fit into my locs will look wild if I don’t lay them down. So, by simply putting on a little edge tamer and brushing it down, my hairstyle is secure for literally the entire day. 

How you found it

My little cousin recommended this product to me because we have the same hair texture and I was struggling to find an edge control that wouldn’t leave my edges with white residue after a couple of minutes. 


Chelsea Cates-Rollins

@xoxchelsxox

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Drying lotion by Mario Badescu

How often you use it

This stuff makes your pimples disappear overnight! I use this product at night after my skin routine if I feel a pimple coming or have one on my face and it’s like nothing was there.

What you like about the product

I like how easy it is to use and a little goes a long way. The bottle looks small, but it can last me six months to a year depending on how frequently I use it. 

How you found it

I saw at urban outfitters one day and thought it was cute and interesting. I also liked the color, so I bought it and 2 years later here I am!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Brow pomade and clear brow gel by Anastasia

How often you use it

I use both of these products any time I do my makeup for my brows and I’ve been using them since I started doing makeup. 

What you like about the product

It not only makes my eyebrows look great, but stays on all day! Sweat, water, anything your brows will stay on all day and not fade. 

How you found it

When I first started getting into makeup I watched a ton of YouTube and so many YouTubers would swear by it. I tried it and loved it and have been using both since high school. 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Highlighter by Fenty

How often you use it

I live by this highlighter it will make you “shine bright like a diamond”. I use this almost every time I wear makeup because I love adding highlight and a little shimmer to my final look. 

What you like about the product

I like how pigmented it is and also how buildable it is. You can add a little to have a natural glow, but if you really want a blinding highlight you can add more and it won’t look overwhelming. They also come in so many colors, so no matter your skin tone you’ll find a highlight for you. 

How you found it

Since i follow Rihanna and Fenty Beauty on Instagram I see what new is to come, but this was one of her first beauty products so i had to get it and I keep getting more!


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Tucker James, Monia Mukiza, and Yujia Ma share their three beauty favorites!

Advice on a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul during Quarantine with Christine Porr (Part I)

Self-care is important, which is why Christine and I have brought you our favorite ways to navigate the challenges of quarantine.

If anyone knows how challenging quarantine can be, it’s me. In college, I was used to being super productive, social, and on the move at all times. It wasn’t unusual for my Google Calendar to be filled with classes, Professor office hours, work, lunch meetings, dinner plans, and roommate bonding (I am looking at you season 5 of Love Island). However, my life at home in quarantine has come to a complete stand still. Therefore, it can be tempting to let my self-care take a backseat; who would know if I stayed in my pajamas all day or spent hours staring at a wall, overthinking the past few months where life was chaotic and busy? That being said, mental, physical, and emotional health should be top priorities to help us navigate this challenging and unprecedented time. I have enlisted my good friend Christine Porr, who is always someone I trust for life advice, to provide some insights as to how she has been staying in tip-top shape over the quarantine period. You’re a lifesaver Christine! (Stay tuned for next week’s post on maintaining a healthy body!)


Screen Shot 2020-08-29 at 6.16.39 PMI was born and raised in suburban New Jersey and apparently I liked it so much I decided to stay put for college. I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Economics in 2018 and have been working in Human Resources at Barclays Investment Bank in New York City. When I’m not working, I’m usually cooking or baking in the kitchen, running along the Hudson, watching West Wing reruns, or exploring the City- namely ice cream shops- with friends.

Since COVID-19 hit, I’ve been spending most of my time in Midcoast Maine with my parents, discovering beautiful hiking trails and beaches and finding new healthy ways to occupy myself outside the hustle and bustle of the City. I’m not going to lie, it was a tough transition from the fast-paced city to the slow, laid-back rural environment, not to mention going from having a jam-packed schedule during the week and weekends to spending nearly 24/7 inside with few, if any, open establishments to visit. After a few weeks, I became intentional about prioritizing maintaining my mental, physical, and spiritual health. At this point, I would even go so far as to say that in some ways I think I’m actually healthier now than I was before quarantine. I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned in hopes that a few people find one or two of these ideas helpful in their own quarantine experience and beyond.

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Christine

The number one thing I would say is stay connected with friends. The nice thing about quarantine is you don’t have to stick to scheduled meetings. Pick up the phone and give someone a call. Chances are they wanted to talk to someone too, and it’ll make their day. Also, keep your mind going by reading books or listening to podcasts. Check if your local library offers e-Books. I downloaded the Kindle app and Cloud Library app on my phone, and then read books from my library on them. I literally now walk from one room to the next in my house while reading, or even read while going on walks (probably wouldn’t recommend if you’re prone to walking into things…which ironically I am).

Favorite Books Christine Read During Quarantine

  1. Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff
  2. Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
  3. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls by Lauren Graham
  4. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller
  5. Love & Gelato by Jenna Welch

Favorite Books Ursula Read During Quarantine

  1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  3. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay
  4. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  5. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp

Ursula 

I could not agree more with Christine on the point of keeping in contact with friends during this time. Although it can be tricky- especially for me with friends located across the globe- make sure to schedule Zoom calls and FaceTimes with the ones you love! Texting, emails, and calls go a long way, but there is something different about seeing faces during this isolating time. Also, get creative with your methods of contact! I have sent hand written letters, açaí bowls, and gifts to friends and have gotten so much enjoyment in Face-timing my friends when they get my goodies in the mail. Like Christine, I have also had the time to sit down and read all of the books that I have been meaning to dive into. Thanks to my college’s virtual book club, I was also able to have a group of people hold me accountable for finishing each novel! 

Christine’s Go-To Podcasts

  1. How I Built This with Guy Raz
  2. Live to Eat by Candace Nelson
  3. North Point Community Church with Andy Stanley
  4. CCEF Podcast: Where Life & Scripture Meet

Ursula’s Go-To Email Newsletters

  1. Morning Brew
  2. Vogue Business
  3. Wall Street Journal
  4. Business of Fashion Professional

More on the mind…

Christine

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Learn a new skill (needlepoint, cooking, etc), language (try Duolingo!), or concept (browse classes offered by Coursera or any number of universities). Maybe even play a mentally stimulating game or do a puzzle! I love playing Scrabble, Big Boggle, and Codenames with my family, and they all definitely test my brain power. I also think I’ve now done close to 20 1000+ piece puzzles during quarantine. Does that make me obsessed?

Ursula 

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During this time, although I haven’t been as motivated to try new recipes, I taken some time to make my old favorites, including this banana bread, these muffins, this healthy snack, and this amazing grilled caesar salad. I have also taken the time to curate some playlists to listen to while on long walks, bike rides, or doing some work. Having some go-to things to do when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed has helped me to manage the stress of quarantine. When you know what you like to do, you can easily turn a sluggish morning into a purposeful and fun one. 


The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on in this post are for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this post.  If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting himself or herself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or the Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), both of which are staffed by certified crisis response professionals, or call 911.

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part VI

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

Just like beauty products, there are different friends for every occasion and season in life. Some are great to hang out at parties with, like a glitter shadow. Some are perfect for getting advice from, like a good color corrector. And some are great workout buddies, I’m looking at you rose facial mist. Not one friend will be your end-all-be-all and that’s a good thing. Each friend has their special place, which makes for a complete circle of friends and a well balanced make up bag. (Stay tuned for next weeks 3 friends and 3 picks).

Jordan Schmolly

@jordanschmolly

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

How often you use it

Every morning in my coffee

What you like about the product

As you age, your body starts to produce less collagen which is essential for skin elasticity, joint health, and so many other benefits. It’s flavorless, and I definitely can tell a difference in my hair and skin. The collagen also acts as a protein powder, so you feel more full after drinking it. 

How you found it

Word of mouth recommendation from a friend

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Anti-Aging Armor SPF 50 by IT Cosmetics

How often you use it

Daily, every morning. And reapply when in direct sunlight 

What you like about the product

It has a lightweight feel and absorbs easily. It’s also slightly tinted which makes going makeup free easier

How you found it

Recommended by an Ulta Beauty employee 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum by Perricone MD

How often you use it

Daily after cleansing before SPF

What you like about the product

The bottle feels fancy and old timey with the brown tint and medical dropper! Unlike some Vitamin C serums that can feel sticky, this one does not. I noticed a huge improvement in the brightness of my skin, elasticity, as well as the general texture and tone. 

How you found it

Recommended by a friend 


Jie Yu Wang

@jieyuwaang

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Stretch Concealer by Glossier

How often you use it

Daily, in replacement of an all over foundation. I use it to cover up blemishes and dark under eyes. 

What you like about the product

I love how this concealer is light and not cakey at all. The worst feeling ever is when I feel my concealer cracking or building up in the crevices on my face and this is one of the few products I have tried that does not do that. I was finally able to find a product where I was able to have the coverage I wanted without the heavy cakey feeling that concealer usually has. 

How you found it    

I found the product in the glossier store in Soho. The store was too pretty to not buy anything and I was so glad I ended up buying the concealer!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Instant Detox Mask by Caudalie

How often you use it

Once or twice a week. Whenever I feel like my skin needs an extra boost.

What you like about the product

I have combination-oily skin and this product is able to minimize my pores, make my skin feel less greasy while still not creating dry flakes all over my skin. On top of using it all over my face on a weekly basis, it works amazing for spot treatment on acne. If I get a breakout, I put a little bit of this mask on the spots after a hot shower and it works like magic. 

How you found it

It was recommended to me at a French pharmacy. My skin was getting really angry at the city air and I was getting a lot more breakouts than usual, the pharmacist recommended this mask for my combination skin type. I have been in love with this product since!

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Normaderm Anti-Acne Double-Action Moisturizer with Salicylic Acid by Vichy

How often you use it 

This is my daily moisturizer.

What you like about the product

I have combination skin, leaning more towards oily so a lot of moisturizers leave my skin feeling greasy and most cause breakouts for me even when they are marketed for my skin type. This moisturizer works amazing for me because it contains salicylic acid to prevent breakouts without making my skin flakey. The moisturizer absorbs into the skin really fast leaving a glowy dewy look. 

How you found it 

I had finished another bottle of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (which was the brand I had been using since middle school) and that was when I realized that it was doing nothing for my skin. That was when I decided to do my own research over what ingredients might actually help my skin and that is how I stumbled upon this product. I have rebought it countless times now and I will refuse to use any other moisturizer. 


Disha Jadhwani

@disha_jadhwani

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother by The Body Shop 

How often you use it

Every morning as a serum and/or moisturizer. 

What you like about the product

Truly a holy grail product for me! This serum makes my skin super soft to the touch and gives it a youthful, almost glittery glow. I love that it evens out my skin tone and minimizes the appearance of any blemishes. Its slight citrus-y scent is very refreshing!

How you found it    

My mum has been using this serum for years so when I ran out of my moisturizer, I stole hers and have been in love with this product ever since. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Gelatin Powder (Flavorless) by Great Lakes

How often you use it

This is an essential part of my everyday bedtime regimen! I try not to eat anything 3 hours prior to bed and right before I hit the lights, I consume 2 heaped spoonfuls of gelatin powder and down it with water. 

What you like about the product

Those who know me well know that I swear by this! Gelatin powder thickens and lengthens my hair and nails, increases the collagen density of my skin, aids my weight loss efforts, strengthens my bones, increases brain function and so much more! I consume this on an empty stomach right before bed so that I don’t wake up feeling bloated. 

How you found it

This has been in my family for years so it has been a part of my bedtime routine for as long as I can remember. 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Rose Water Toner by Fresh

How often you use it

Every morning and night after cleansing my skin.

What you like about the product

I love this product because it makes my skin look and feel refreshed! It immediately soothes and brightens my face and it helps reduce any redness on my skin. I usually stray away from scented skincare products but the fragrance of this toner is subtle and very calming. 

How you found it

When I ran out of my local Chilean brand rose water toner in college, I frantically looked for an alternative that would work similarly on my sensitive skin. After testing several toners which ended up irritating my skin, I stumbled upon this one and have loved the way it makes my face feel. 


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Cristina Rojas, Ashley Walters, and Chelsea Cates-Rolllins share their three beauty favorites!

 

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part V

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

Throughout my life, friends have always been the most important to me. For any friend of mine, I would stop everything to be by their side and I know that some of my closest friends would always do the same. Through my friends, I have been able to learn about different cultures and perspectives, how people approach different situations, how different people chose to spend their time, and everything in between. With every friend, I have learned something about myself too. What I value, why I am different, how I want to be, where I want to spend my time- the list goes on. That is the beauty in having true friendships, there is an unspeakable harmony in two people who are so incredibly different, sharing time and growing alongside one another. Sharing beauty tips is great, but it is only an infinitely small part of why I love my friends. (Stay tuned for next weeks 3 friends and 3 picks).

 Aliona Zamarin

@alionaa

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O

How often you use it

Every morning and night

What you like about the product

It does an amazing job at cleansing the skin/ taking off makeup, yet is very gentle and hydrating.

How you found it

I’ve been using it for 10 years! My dermatologist recommended it to me when I was 13 (I would get allergic reactions from most other products I used on my skin back then). As soon as I started using it my skin completely transformed and I’ve been loyal to this product since.    

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

Whenever I wear makeup (almost everyday) 

What you like about the product

It’s one of those your-skin-but-better products. This powder does an amazing job at evening out my skin tone without being visible or cakey on the skin. 

How you found it

I’ve also been using this product for at least five years, but I’m pretty sure I learned about it from a YouTube influencer a long time ago.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel (Shade #3)

How often you use it

Whenever I wear makeup (almost everyday)

What you like about the product

This brow gel makes it super easy and quick to fill in your brows and gives you that natural/ “feathery” brow look 

How you found it

Trial and error – I must have tried every brow product under the sun before I finally found this one!


Gacy Tanoesoedibjo

@garciellatanoe

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Lucas Papaw Ointment

How often you use it

I’ve been using this ointment everyday for the past 3 years. I usually apply it on my lips when they’re feeling chapped and even on my face before I apply my makeup. If my skin is feeling extra dry, I also apply the ointment on the areas that need moisture before I go to bed. 

What you like about the product

I love this product because it is so compact, I carry it around in my purse when I go out and in my backpack when I go to school. Unlike other lip balms or ointments, this product really keeps my lips and skin moisturized all throughout the day. Because of this pandemic, I’ve been wearing face masks everyday, which often leaves my skin feeling dry. With the help of this product, I’m able to keep my skin moisturized and healthy. 

How you found it

After I started college in Boston, I noticed my skin getting a lot drier than usual because of the cold weather. When I raised this issue to my mom, she suggested this product and I’ve been using it religiously ever since. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner & Serum 

How often you use it

I use this product once a day, usually before I apply my makeup. Sometimes I use this product at night if I decide to not wear makeup that day. 

What you like about the product

I love this product because I can really see a difference in my eyelashes after using it regularly. I’ve tried other eyelash serums before Revitalash, and I noticed little to no difference in my eyelashes. Since I wear eyelash extensions, my lashes carry more weight than natural lashes so it is important for me to keep them strong and healthy. After using this product, I noticed my natural lashes growing longer and thicker, which also prevents my extensions from falling off too easily.

How you found it

After complaining about how easily my lashes fall off to my lash technician, she suggested this product and guaranteed that I would see results. Needless to say she was definitely right. 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills

How often you use it

I use this product every time I leave my house. When I don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup, I just use this product on my eyebrows and it makes me feel and look so much more confident. 

What you like about the product

I love this product because it is so easy to use. The texture is waxy, so I’m able to create lighter brows by using the eyebrow pencil with a light hand, yet I’m also able to create darker brows by applying this product with a little more pressure. This product lasts all day, is easy to use, and is my absolute favorite makeup product of all time. 

How you found it

I’ve seen a lot of beauty influencers on Youtube and Instagram use this product when I was in high school, but I was never able to get my hands on them as they weren’t sold in Indonesia yet. It wasn’t until college was I able to finally purchase this product, and I’ve been loving it ever since.


Rose Dexter

@rosedexter

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Ultimate Arch Definer & Clear Brow Gloss by BBB London

How often you use it

Every day!

What you like about the product

Having tried MANY different brow pencils, brushes, etc, I found this one and would never use anything else…it’s AMAZING. The arch definer is the best at building a very natural look that matches the colour of my eyebrows (which are a strange in between colour), plus has a great little brush at the end to blend it in. The gloss is also so great and creates a great shape that holds in place literally all day. I sometimes just do my eyebrows and nothing else as it makes such a significant difference to my look.

How you found it    

Christmas shopping in Liberty’s London

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Rose Hip Seed Oil by The Ordinary

How often you use it

Every evening before bed

What you like about the product

It makes your skin look and feel amazing and glowing. When I started using this in my skincare routine I never received so many compliments on the condition of my skin. It’s also SO cheap compared to other similar products which you pay for all the packaging and marketing on.

How you found it

My cousin and mum recommended rose hip oil and this was the best one for the best value out there

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Liquidlast Eyeliner – Brown or Pointblack by MAC

How often you use it

Usually everyday but in lockdown times only when I’m seeing people !

What you like about the product

My eyes are quite sensitive and also water a lot,  and my face doesn’t seem to like make up staying on all day (!! It slides off my face instantly!). I’ve tried so SO many different liquid eyeliners, including more expensive ones, and nothing stays on like the MAC one.  It doesn’t budge whatsoever, even if swimming or whatever.  

How you found it

I can’t remember! I’ve been using it for years and years… I think from just trying and testing different eyeliners. 


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Disha Jadhwani, Jordan Schmolly, and Jieyu Wang share their three beauty favorites!