Quick DIY: Spice up an old t-shirt! 

I saw this distressed t-shirt look on Kendall Jenner and figured it would be so easy to recreate! In this DIY, I did not make the “V” of my shirt as deep as Kendall’s, but you can make it however you would like!

The only materials you will need are:

  • A pen or fine point sharpie (I used a brow pencil lol) to mark how deep you are going to make the “V”.
  • Sharp pair of scissors
  • A t-shirt

The steps are really easy, this took me less than 5 minutes! You just want to be sure to cut around the neckline because that is going to act as our “built in choker” and is essential to the look we are going for.


This is probably one of the easiest (and trendiest) ways to spice up an old or cheap t-shirt and give it some sass and style. I’m definitely going to be doing this to some of my other band tees!

I hope y’all enjoyed this quick DIY and are inspired to try it out as well!

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5 Tips For Better Skin

I have been really into skincare recently and making sure that I am taking good care of it. I believe that taking good care of your skin at a younger age will prove to be extremely beneficial in the future. In this post, I am going to list out some of the skincare tips/hacks that I use on a daily basis to keep my skin as clear and even as possible! Most of these you probably already know of, but these are just the little steps I take everyday to take care of my skin.

I am by no means a dermatologist, but these are the steps I take everyday and they have worked really well for me, so I thought I would share!

Tip #1: Always wear a sunscreen. I use to never wear sunscreen, especially on my face, because I was so focused on getting a nice tan. But now, I never walk out of the house without wearing an SPF, whether it be in my foundation already, applied before I put on makeup, or on no makeup days. My favorite facial sunscreen is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 45. This one is very lightweight and does not feel greasy at all. I am in college, so I am constantly outside during the day walking around campus to my classes. If you take away one tip from today’s post, definitely wear a facial sunscreen everyday if you do not already. It will help maintain the youthful appearance of your skin as well as protect it against skin cancer and discoloration.

Tip #2: Never sleep in your makeup. No matter how tired I am I always always make sure to take off my makeup before I go to sleep. I stopped using makeup wipes on a normal basis, but if I am that tired, I will use one to take off my makeup because it is better than just going to sleep with it on. Sleeping in makeup regularly can clog your pores very easily because it keeps your skin from renewing itself at night. Also, there is just so much bacteria that sticks to your makeup during the day that it is just nasty anyway! The best way to eliminate having an excuse to not take off your makeup at the end of the day is to keep a pack of makeup wipes or even a micellar water by your bed.

Tip #3: Prime your skin for skincare like you do your makeup. My favorite product to use for this is the Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray, but any primer spray will work (I have a DIY recipe for a primer water on my blog!). After I have cleansed and toned my skin, I press warm water into my skin to open up my pores a little, then spritz my face with the facial spray and just let it air dry for a couple of minutes. The spray will help your moisturizer/ beauty oils soak into your skin better and stay in place, this way you can get the full benefit from your moisturizers.

Tip #4: Douse your face in oils before you go to sleep (any skin type). This might sound gross, but this tip is truly a miracle worker. Instead of using a typical moisturizer before going to sleep, I apply a bunch of oils to my skin. I like to use rose hip oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil. I do not use all of these at the same time, but I do alternate between them. I like these because they soak into the skin really well and will do wonders for your skin. Using oils as moisturizers are not only a more natural way of adding moisture, but all contain anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and brightening properties. This tip also works on all skin types. I know everyone with oily skin has heard that you fight oil with more oil, and yes it does sound ridiculous but it is so true! I have noticed that my skin does not get nearly as oily during the day as it used to. Push aside the expensive moisturizers and use a natural oil instead. My skin looks better every morning just by committing to this one step!

Tip #5: Don’t pick at your skin. I am so guilty of this, but recently I have been really good about staying away from the closeup mirror and leaving my skin alone. Constantly picking at your skin makes it heal much slower and causes acne scars to appear or existing ones to get worse. I tried so many products and hacks to try to reduce my acne scars and while they did help, the best and fastest way for them to fade is to just quit picking at your skin!

The Struggle is Real: Dark Underarms

This might seem like a strange post but I know I am not the only one who has naturally darker underarms. Dark underarms are usually caused by genetics, dead skin build up, using the wrong deodorant,etc. Here are a few easy and inexpensive tips to help lighten your underarms for so that you can feel comfortable wearing those cute tank tops and bikinis all summer long!

1. EXFOLIATE!! The underarm area is very sensitive, so use a loofah or a gentle body scrub to exfoliate the area and remove all the dead skin and bacteria that could be hiding under there (do this before shaving for a closer and smoother shave). Sugar scrubs can be a little pricey sometimes, so I recommend hitting up Pinterest for a good DIY scrub to make at home, that’s what I do!

 

2. Find a good, natural soap to clean the underarms after exfoliating. I really like the Orchid Skin Brightening Cleansing bar soap ($2.50). This soap is specifically made to lighten dark and even out the skin tone (also good for bikini area). Another bar soap I really like is the Kirk’s Original Coco Castile bar soap ($4 for pack of 3). This is a pure botanical coconut oil soap that is all natural and wont clog pores.

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3. Find a good deodorant. My absolute favorite deodorant to use every day is the Dove Advanced Care Clear Tone deodorant ($5). It is a little pricey for a deodorant but this stuff is amazing and I have repurchased it probably 4 or 5 times! It is specifically made to restore skin to its natural tone and I noticed it working after one use! It is also a 48 hour anti-perspirant. I have tried a few natural deodorants, like the one from Tom’s, because it is recommended to use a deodorant that does not contain aluminum, but these just do not work for me personally (and gave me burns).

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4. Avoid using lemon juice or alcohol to “lighten” underarms. Like I said earlier, the underarm area is sensitive and these two are way too strong and can dry out the skin, causing rashes or burns.

 

There are many other ways and remedies to help lighten underarms, but these are the steps I use and that work for me. I hope this helped!

 

Monistat Chafing Gel As A MAKEUP PRIMER?!

monistat gelThat’s right, you read the title correctly. Monistat CHAFING GEL (different from the fungal infection treatment) is a FANTASTIC makeup primer but I will say, this works best as a primer if you have combo to oily skin. If you haven’t heard about this miracle, $6 product being used as a makeup primer already, then keep on reading for more information and allow me to explain myself before passing this off as completely crazy and weird.

Most of you are familiar with the Smashbox Photo Finish primer ($36) and how this stuff is a cult favorite. I wanted to purchase this and use it for my sister’s upcoming wedding because it was outdoors and like I have said before, my skin gets quite oily and shiny. Before I was going to spend the big bucks, I did a little research and watched a YouTube video by the Glam Life Guru herself, Tati, where she explained that the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel is a great dupe for the Smashbox primer. It was only $6 so I decided to give it a try and if it worked, then I just saved myself a bunch of money.

When doing my research I, of course, compared the ingredients first. The main ingredient in both of these products is Dimethicone. This ingredient is found in a lot of expensive makeup primers because it is an excellent mattifier for the skin (just like how the Nivea Mens post shave balm’s main ingredient is glycerin, another popular primer ingredient). Other ingredients that the Monistat and Smashbox primer have in common are Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, and Trisiloxane. So, the Monistat is just as safe to apply to the face as the Smashbox primer and is perfectly fine to use daily if that is a concern for anyone. The look and texture of the product is pretty much identical to the Smashbox primer and feels very silky and smooth. It does a great job of mattifying the face and blurring any pores. I apply the gel to my T-zone first and rub it in with my fingers, blending outward.

Since I bought this stuff, I have used it every time that I have applied foundation AND I even used it on myself and on my sister for her wedding (check out my previous blog post to see the wedding makeup look I did on her!) and it worked really well throughout the whole day! I did get a little shiny, but it was nothing terrible and neither one of us had to reapply powder.

I love finding odd, hidden gems like this that can save money while giving the same result. I really recommend giving this product a try if the Smashbox Photo Finish primer is something that you are interested in purchasing.