DIY Baby Soft Feet

Now that winter weather has really set in, have you all noticed how dry your skin is? If you know me at all, you know I am obsessive about moisturized skin – I mean, weirdly obsessed. I can’t go anywhere without a travel sized lotion, either in my purse or coat pocket, and students in my school know they can always come take a pump of lotion off the massive bottle I keep at my desk. It angers me when I see people with dry, flaky skin, or worse, touch someone with alligator hands – eek, thinking about it makes me shudder!

So when I, the queen of moisture, fell victim to dry, scratchy feet, you know it HAS to be extremely dry conditions. But I wouldn’t let that stop me. I figured out how I could simply get soft, smooth baby-like feet at home in one simple step. I don’t have the luxury of time to soak my feet in epsom salt, brush them, use a callous remover, and lotion – plus, my way is not only quicker, cheaper, and easier, but the results are undeniably more superior! I mean it – baby feet status.

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I have a huge confession to make: I am gross. Well, I used to be gross. For years, I complained about my periodic facial breakouts. I hopped from product to product like it was my job searching for a solution. It wasn’t until I started taking charge of my skin routine that I realized a huge, yucky culprit that I rubbed on my face every day – my makeup brushes! I must admit that up until last year, I never cleaned my makeup brushes.I know, ew, but I warned you!

I’m sure I read it countless times in Glamour or Marie Claire but figured it was one of those things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator that didn’t really make a huge difference. Think about it – we’re constantly reminded not to touch our faces because of spreading dirt and bacteria, yet I speculate many people were like me, rubbing brushes on their faces daily without washing them. By not cleaning your brushes, you’re allowing skin particles, dust, old product, germs, and bacteria to grow and transfer to your face and to your cosmetics, and the grimy circle of filth continues on and on.

November fashion (part 3)

Is it just me, or did November fly by? Although the Chicago weather suggests winter, I can hardly believe December is just a few days away. As you may know, I participate in fashion-themed challenges on Instagram. To participate, connect with me on Facebook and Instagram to see the daily themes and join in when you can! Themes are a great way to get dressed with purpose, find inspiration through others, find unlikely outfit pairings, and wear those clothes that are neglected in the back of your closet.

I enjoyed November’s last themes – for houndstooth day, I wore my abstract houndstooth printed Forever 21 skirt. On mustard day, my whole outfit is from…wait for it…Burlington Coat Factory! I love this statement necklace with the mustard fringe top and printed pants. I wore cran on cran for cranberry day and opted for a spring-inspired dress for all zipped up day. On Thanksgiving for the thankful theme, I wore plaid of course, and on Black Friday I mixed a fun printed blazer with a classic black dress.


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