My Experience At The Red Carpet Premiere Of Good Fortune: The John Paul DeJoria Story

red carpet premiere of good fortune

My Thursday nights are usually full of the clicking of keys on my laptop and the sound of me dying of laughter from watching one of my favorite TV shows, “Impractical Jokers.” But this past Thursday night was full of… Continue Reading

Natural 3D Mink Lashes Review + Tips For Applying False Lashes

Private Extensions Lab Natural 3D Mink Lashes

Thank you Private Label Extensions for sending me false lashes to try. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Macarons & Mascara possible!    This summer is unlike any summer vacation I’ve ever had… Continue Reading

Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer + Tips For Moisturized Skin

Summer has never really been my favorite season (I'm more of a fall kind of girl). Some days are too hot to do anything fun outside, I always get the most uneven tans, and my shirt is literally plastered to my back after walking two blocks. Too many times I have found myself pacing in front of my closet wondering what to wear to work or to a hangout with friends only to pick up my signature pair of black leggings and a flannel top, because showing a little leg is a bit tough when you're worried about people judging your dry skin. Let's be real here, if you were also blessed with parched skin like me, you probably know the feeling of eyes boring holes into your dry patches. And you probably also know the feeling of layering on all the best ~ultra moisturizing~ lotions you can get your hands on only to be left with your arms feeling greasy and heavy, and extra gross after sweating all day. I know most people think that dry skin is a problem associated with the cold winter season but the truth is that you can experience dry skin at any time of the year, and you shouldn't ignore it. My mom used to tell me that if I don't moisturize my skin properly, excessive dryness can lead to cracking and breaks in the skin, which sounds really painful. Definitely be aware of this if you have really dry skin! But because dry skin won't resolve itself, a solution that I found is the Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. According to the directions, you shower as per usual and apply the moisturizer while your skin is still wet, then you towel dry as you normally would. I know, the idea of applying lotion to wet skin sounds really strange, but hear me out (and get ready to take notes on this super quick science lesson!) Your skin is like a sponge after you shower, so the skin cells expand to allow moisture to better penetrate into just-showered skin. They certainly didn't teach me that in my freshman year health science classes. And what's more is that Curél® Hydra Therapy is formulated with an Advanced Ceramide Complex. This either sounds really scary or really fancy, but I promise there's nothing scary about it! It's super good for your skin because ceramides are naturally present in the skin and when they're lost, your skin gets dry. So, this lotion works to replenish those moisture-rich building blocks. I showered as per usual, but instead of towel drying immediately, I reached for the Curél® Hydra Therapy. First off, holy WOW, it glided right on! I couldn't help but be in awe because I had never tried a moisturizer that has to be applied to wet skin. Most lotions give you a sticky feeling right off the bat, but this one made my skin instantly smooth and soft after just one use. Second, toweling your skin afterwards isn't as weird-feeling as you might think. And because the Curél® Hydra Therapy isn't greasy, putting my clothes on afterward was really easy (another pet peeve of mine when using other lotions is the fact that greasy, sticky skin makes putting your clothes on WAY harder than it needs to be!) I got instant dryness relief in no time. I even applied this to my extra dry areas like the backs of my elbows, and they felt MUCH softer after the first use. My skin was nice and hydrated and healthy-looking all day long, and I think I found a new summer favorite. Keeping it right next to my bathtub is also an excellent reminder to use it everyday, so I'll be sure to keep it in my dorm bathroom when I return to college in the fall. And because I want to make sure you really treat your skin right this summer, here are some of my favorite skin moisturizing tips. 1. Avoid scrubbing dry patches of skin. I know you think that exfoliating and scrubbing helps lift the dry, dead skin cells to promote healthier ones, but instead you'll be left with red, irritated skin, and your healing time will be lengthened. It's fine to use a very light exfoliator once a month or so, but anything harsh will damage your skin. 2. Pay extra attention to your elbows and knees. These areas are often neglected (guilty as charged) and get super parched, especially during the summer time. This can lead to really rough, ashy elbows. 3. Drink lots of water. As with most things dealing with the skin, you often have to start healing from within to really put yourself in a healthier position. Drinking water helps your body get rid of excess toxins. And while drinking eight glasses a day for three days straight won't deliver you a speedy radiant glow, it sets crucial building blocks for an overall healthier lifestyle. 4.  Moisturize your lips.  I wanted to throw this one in there because people forget about taking care of their lips so often, and it can lead to painful consequences. Moisturize your lips daily with your favorite lip balm. And if you don't have a favorite, find one. How do you combat dry skin in the summer? If you want to try the ~magic~ of Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for yourself, pick up a bottle at your local Walmart in the lotions isle.  Related: 12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

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7 Common Roommate Problems + How To Solve Them

7 common roommate problems and solutions

You’ve probably seen movies or tv shows where there’s always that crazy roommate who throws loud parties, gets intimate with their, um, guest while you’re trying to study, and is basically just a rude, inconsiderate person. News flash: this is actually sometimes… Continue Reading

5 Things You Can (And Should) Rent For College

5 Things You Can (And Should) Rent For College

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.    When I began my freshman year of college, I think I spent more money than I really needed to. I… Continue Reading

21 Things To Avoid Doing Your Freshman Year

For many people, freshman year of college is pretty much the year of the most regrets, and it’s easy to see why. You’re on a new campus surrounded by new people; there’s so much pressure to be as well-rounded as… Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide To Skipping Class Like A Pro

the ultimate guide to skipping class like a pro

When I was in high school, I would never dream of skipping class. In fact, if there was a chance I’d have to miss a day of school for any reason, I’d get upset and cry because God forbid I didn’t… Continue Reading

12 Ways To Enjoy The Summer With Friends

During the winter months, everyone around me sees a winter wonderland with snow angels, igloos, and hot chocolate. I see a death trap with black ice, wet socks, and poofy jackets that make me look like a marshmallow. I’d gladly… Continue Reading

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

Thank you Hask for sponsoring this post and sending me products. As usual, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Macarons & Mascara possible!  The summer months are probably what every college kid has been… Continue Reading

How To Improve Your GPA For Next Semester

how to improve your GPA for next semester

So the semester’s finally over and you seem to have made it through in one piece — until you crumble at the sight of your new GPA…maybe this wasn’t your best semester yet (it’s OK, things happen) but instead of… Continue Reading

6 Things I Learned This Semester + Fall Goals

10 Things I Learned This Semester + Fall Goals

Last week, I concluded my junior year of college. My spring semester was insanely busy and full of stress, but thankfully that part is over. It’s so crazy to think that I only have one more year to do all… Continue Reading

Seventeen Social Club May Beauty Box Review

Seventeen Social Club May Beauty Box

Thank you Seventeen for sending me free products. As usual, all opinions are 100% my own. Tens of thousands of you have been loyal readers who put up with my quirkiness, unforgiving sass, and totally annoying and uncalled-for puns. So,… Continue Reading

10 Questions To Ask Before You Begin An Internship

10 Questions To Ask Before You Start An Internship

The semester has ended and you have moved out of your dorm room. If you aren’t studying abroad, taking a summer class, or working part-time, you’re likely interning somewhere. Internships are great ways to build hands-on experience in your desired… Continue Reading

7 Tips To Make Moving Out Of Your Dorm Room Less Stressful

THANK GOD THE SEMESTER IS OVER. I cannot tell you how many times I want to scream this from the rooftop and put it all over Twitter. It has been a wild semester and frankly I’m about ready to pack… Continue Reading

8 Pro Study Tips For Acing Your Finals

study tips for conquering finals

Cue the horror movie music and screams of terror. Finals week is here, and as much as we’d all like to just fast forward to summer vacation, we’re going to have to get past this last level. As someone who… Continue Reading