My Skincare Routine

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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I once read a quote that stated, "beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle". Not sure if that applies to everyone, but I think for myself it reigns true. I have been obsessed with skincare from a very young age. I used to get breakouts very frequently and occasionally I still do... I've upgraded my routine quite a few times and am always on the lookout for new products. As of right now, I'm pretty happy with what I've been using for 2016. Many of the products I use have been recommended to me by my friends and sister. I love talking about skin care so I decided to share what I've been using for the past 6 months. we go!

The first products I'd like to discuss are the Jeju Natural Facemasks. My sister introduced these to me not too long ago and I fell in love with what they do for my skin! The two I'm featuring in the photo above are the green tea mask and the canola honey mask. The green tea mask leaves my skin so soft and hydrated. The canola honey mask leaves my skin hydrated as well but also makes it feel have to try it to understand. I have oily skin and I've learned that my type of skin actually requires a lot of hydration. These masks are great for that and I believe are good for all skin types. Korean skincare products are amazing and I wear one of these masks probably every other day. I have so many different kinds...but as of right now this brand is my favorite. I highly recommend them and you can find these masks at TJMaxx in the skincare aisle or order them from Amazon. 

Now let's move on the my new favorite exfoliator. I had been using harsh exfoliators on my face for years. I actually used a face scrubs by Kate Somerville, recently that was so harsh on my skin that it immediately broke out. I spoke to someone at Sephora who explained to me that I shouldn't be using harsh scrubs on my face especially if I have sensitive skin (which I do). The woman I spoke to suggested I use the Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel. This product is so strange at first but also really cool. The Sephora employee had me test it out on my skin and she warned me that people get freaked out by the product. Essentially it's a gel that you rub on your skin and you can physically see the dead skin being removed. I'm not sure if I'm describing it correctly but got to your local Sephora and test it out for yourself. I like this exfoliant because it isn't harsh on my face. I use it once a week just to get rid of some dead skin cells. AND ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS moisturize promptly after use because the product is stripping away hydration in the skin. 

Next, is a cleanser one of my friends recommended to, It's called the First Aid Beauty Face CleanserI purchased this one product at Sephora. It's a great basic cleanser, it doesn't irritate my skin and it's great for removing makeup too. It just makes my face feel super clean at the end of the day. 

*I don't wash my face with cleanser in the morning because technically when you sleep your skin doesn't have as much dirt on it, if you have washed it the night before. I usually wash my face with water and apply my moisturizers. 

The next product I'd like to share is the Belif Eucalyptus Herbal Extract Toner. This toner is great! I love belif products because they are so light and definitley get the job done. This product is specifically for oily skin and I usually just take a cotton ball, pour the toner on it, and clean my T-zone. It makes my skin feel very fresh, clean and ready for moisturizer.

I also use the Belif Oil Control Fresh MoisturizerOn the bottle, it says that the product is made with sebum control herb complex which helps me a lot. My t-zone does produce oil and I find that I get more oily because I wear glasses but this product provides the right amount hydration without being heavy or greasy.

SUNSCREEN is a very important part of my skincare routine. I used to use a lot of chemical sunscreens just transitioned into using the First Aid Beauty Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer after I've cleansed and applied my moisturizer. This sunscreen is very thick but doesn't leave my skin greasy at all...which is really interesting. You have to really rub it in, but it works so well and definitely protects my face.  

I received the Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm after getting a treatment by a Kate Somerville representative and I think it's so great. I believe I have the sample size and use to under my eyes in the morning and evening. It gives the skin under my eyes a cooling effect which I really like. 

I talked about my face exfoliant now I'm going to talk about the one I use on my body which is the, Asquith & Somerset Exfoliating Sugar Scrub. I purchased this product from TJMaxx and you can also purchase this product on Amazon. Usually, when I shower I like to exfoliate my arms, shoulders, and legs. There are many different scents, but right now this one is my favorite! I love it because it leaves my skin super smooth. It's also great for exfoliating before you shave...just as an added tip. 

And finally, the last product I'd like to share is the Rosewater Body LotionI also purchased this from TJMaxx, but sometimes it can be tricky to find. My sister introduced this product to me. She and I both love it because it's a water-based moisturizer (just like my daily face moisturizer) and leaves our skin hydrated, soft, and smelling like roses. Honestly, what more could you ask for? My legs and elbows always get very dry no matter what season and this product has really been helping with that!

And there you have it, that is my full skincare routine of the moment. I'm always on the lookout for new products and love to try new things so if you have any suggestions or would like to share your skin care routine please feel free to comment below! Also if I do find a new product I will most likely post about it on my Instagram, so please feel free to follow that as well. Until next time!

xx Aline

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Bae Watch and the Effortless Body Suit

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Happy Summer! These past few months have been very exciting for me because I have been working at my new job! Funny story...I'm working at a CPA firm as a Marketing Specialist. My job has been great and I'm learning a lot, but I do wish I spent more time outside, enjoying the warm summer weather.

My first trip to the beach this summer was actually last Saturday. It took long enough right? I didn't go swimming, but I walked along the shore and watched the sunset with my family.

Though I didn't go swimming I wanted to wear something beach appropriate. In the photos I'm actually wearing a body suit I purchased from ASOS. For weeks this specific body suit was sold out and I STALKED the site because I needed it... I swear it took me a few weeks to actually purchase. Nevertheless, this proves that I am a dedicated shopper. The highwaisted jean shorts I'm wearing I purchased from the SoWa Vintage Market in Boston. And there you have it a super easy beach outfit. I did have shoes on at some point...which were my favorite pair of converse.

Body suits are so effortless and easy to style, especially during the summertime. I really do believe you can never go wrong with a body suit paired with either a skirt, pair of pants, or shorts. Definitely check out ASOS for some great inexpensive and if it's in your budget expensive options. I got this one from the petite section because well...I'm short. Who knew?

My next blog post is going to feature my personal skincare routine and the products I like to use so keep an eye out for that. Until next time!

xx Aline

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photos taken by Natalie Chaprazian

Not Just Another Black Dress

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Outfit - dress: ASOS || sandals: ASOS || earrings: Madewell

Natalie's Outfit - dress: Forever21 || boots: Doc Marten

Hello hello! Since the weather is warming up, it is highly likely for you to see me strolling out about in a dress. I love dresses, they are so comfortable, simple, and chic. This is something that I've been trying to adopt into my daily wardrobe for quite sometime.

This past weekend I had a couple of events happening in one day and I didn't have time to change in between. I opted to find an outfit that was easy and versatile for any occasion and the dress I am wearing above in my photos IS PERFECT for that! It is simple yet made a statement. I love black dresses and honestly to me none of them are alike, but this one so far has to be one of my favorites.

My sister, Natalie, spent most of the day with me Saturday and she wore her favorite black wrap dress. We clearly had a theme going.

All in all, my goal is to start looking for more pieces like the one's we are wearing above, especially one's that actually fit correctly. Fit is very important. Anyway, I'm going to keep this post short.

This weekend is going to be beautiful in Boston and New York. I'm only mentioning New York because I will be there for Memorial Day! I'm excited to explore and hopefully feel inspired by the street style in Brooklyn (which is where I will be for most of my trip). I'm also hoping to sneak in some thrift shopping *fingers crossed*.

Oh, and also I got a job...but I'll discuss more about that later ;) Until next time...have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

xx Aline

NARS Summer 2016 Collection Beauty Review

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hello all! Recently, I decided to treat myself to some items from Sephora to expand my already somewhat large makeup collection, but the more the merrier right? This will be my first beauty review and I am very excited.

NARS is one of my favorite brands of makeup. I tend to steer towards their lipstick, and for anyone who knows me really well I'm all about lipstick. When I saw the NARS Summer 2016 collection I fell in love! I typically don't go for limited edition items because well...when you run out of the product then what? But these spoke to me.

The collection consists of four Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, two Dual Intensity Blushes, and four Lip Covers (liquid lipsticks). Sephora only has three of the lip covers and the other one you can purchase directly on the NARS website.

There is a beautiful variety of eyeshadows, but I purchased the lightest color. BORING! I know. But I have been looking for a color like this for a little while, and I love the formula.

Alright so I'm just going to dive in.

Swatching and actually getting the color to show up the way it looks in real life is really hard. I tried. Really hard. The dual intensity eyeshadow that I purchased is called Topless. I hope you can kind of get the gist of the color, but it is a shimmery cream shade. It applies pretty sheer, but you can build it up. It is perfect for highlighting the brow bone, but I also like it on the lid. To give you an idea of how I wear it, I usually place a dark brown in the crease and use this color to highlight my lid. I think it is a great color for an easy neutral look for the summer,

You can purchase Topless on Sephora for $29

For the lip cover swatches...I used my sisters hand as a model. So thank you Natalie.

Alright, the first one is called Get Dirty, which happens to be my favorite. The lip covers are all liquid lipsticks by NARS and do not dry matte, but have great staying power! This one is a beautiful, neutral dusty rose color. It looks sort of peachy too, but in a like hip 90s way. Does this make sense? I feel like there are many lip colors this color because I think it's pretty trendy. The coverage of this color is very pigmented and it fades gracefully. I wore it out, ate a meal, and didn't have to reapply because it still looked great! I think this color universally would look amazing on any skin tone.

You can purchase Get Dirty at Sephora for $28

This lip cover is called Overheated. Now when I swatched this color and compared it to Get Dirty, in the photos they look pretty similar. I knew that may be a problem, but when I tested the color out on myself it actually looked like a light mocha. I'm not used to wearing browns, and I was pretty skeptical about this color washing me out. It didn't though. It's darker and definitely meant to be worn with a tan, and it is a part of the the SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION. The color is also very pigmented and really only needs one swipe of application, but because the color looked so dark on me I blotted it a little and it gave it a subtle matte finish, which I also like.

You can purchase Overheated at Sephora for $29

This last lip cover I have to share is called Do Not Disturb. It is a beautiful orange red PERFECT for the summer time. I tend to wear a lot of blue reds or darker reds and I get nervous around colors like this, but I love it. This shade is amazing! It is a very vivid color, but honestly is the perfect pop of color for the summer time. I wore this out over the weekend to a Boston Bloggers event actually and it lasted all day. Obviously this color doesn't fade that gracefully, but it sure has some staying power.

You can purchase Do Not Disturb on the Sephora site for $29

I also believe all these items are available in store, but I would snag them as soon as possible because who knows - they might run out.

And this concludes my first beauty review! Practice makes perfect right? I'm hoping to do more of these and review some skin care items as well. Also check out my Instagram for any style and beauty updates. Until next time!

xx Aline

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