Health + Beauty

  • Workout Playlist

    Hey, pretty girl!

    It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I was soaking up every single second of second semester, trying to disconnect from my computer just a little. And I’m really glad I did I took each last moments of freshman year, and time with the people I love, in.

    Now, since we are all homebodies right now, we might as well do something productive. For me, that tends to be focusing on my health and fitness. The last month I’ve been going to the gym consistently (rip the aarc) and have found that my workouts are more successful when I like the music I am listening to.

    Here’s my country workout playlist:

    • RSVP Maren Morris
    • Southbound Carrie Underwood
    • Just the Way Parmalee & Blanco Brown
    • Bluebird Miranda Lambert
    • Drink in My Hand Eric Church
    • Girls Lie Too Terri Clark
    • Does to Me Luke Combs
    • Here and Now Kenny Chesney
    • Cool Girl Jillian Cardarelli
    • Click Madison Kozak
    • Love You Like I Used To Russell Dickerson
    • When She Says Baby Jason Aldean
    • Confetti Gone West
    • Snapback Old Dominion
    • The Champion Carrie Underwood
    • Midnight Mess Around Old Dominion
    • Gonna Wanna Tonight Chase Rice
    • All the Pretty Girls Kenny Chesney
    • That Song That We Used to Make Love to Carrie Underwood
    • Make Out With Me Maren Morris
    • Anything She Says Mitchell Tenpenny
    • Singles you Up Jordan David
    • Timeless Dallas Smith
    • There Was This Girl Riley Green
    • Kinfolks Sam Hunt

    Here is the Apple Music Playlist Link

    Now get to work, girl! There is only so long in quarantine, make use of the time.

    With Love, Marin

  • My Makeup Mirror & What’s in my Makeup Bag

    Hey, pretty girl!

    I’m far from a makeup guru but I wanted to give my quick & simple makeup routine! It took me forever to find out what makeup would work for me, given my fair skin and freckles, so I wanted to help out the other girls with skin tones similar to mine!

    First off, my makeup mirror – iHome Bluetooth Double-Sided Vanity Mirror. I love this mirror so much! I got it before going away to college, knowing that the dorm lighting wouldn’t be the best, and it’s made all the difference. It’s easy to tell if my makeup is blended well, as well as play music in the morning straight from my mirror!!

    Makeup product wise, I listed the products I use and the order in which I use them (disclaimer – I am not a big eyeshadow girl).

    1. Elf Hydrating Primer
    2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint (in classic ivory)
    3. L’oreal Brow Stylist Designer (in Blonde)
    4. Elf Sheer Tint Finishing Powder (in Fair/Light)
    5. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
    6. Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini-Brush (lower lashes)
    7. Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect (upper lashes)
    8. Tarte Glide & Go Buttery Lipstick (in Pink Tutu)

    And that’s all! It’s a super simple routine, but one I found that works very well for my skin!

    With Love, Marin

  • Updated Hair Care Routine

    Hey, pretty girl!

    A few months ago I wrote a little about how I restored my damaged hair from years of straightening it. Since that post, I’ve made a few changes to my hair routine that have made some big changes in the texture of my hair!

    My hair stylist recently introduced me to the Olaplex line of hair products. While I had been using the Olaplex Bond Smoother for a few months to combat frizz, I was a little skeptical about using all of the products at first. Kerastase was working so well for me!! Why would I change??

    I started slowly incorporating Olaplex Shampoo and Conditioner into my hair care routine a couple days a week and I noticed something. Whenever I would use Olaplex, my hair would hold a curl a lot better and was noticeably healthier. Once I had noticed this, I switched almost completely to their hair products.

    On a daily basis I use Olaplex Shampoo and Conditioner (yes, I wash my hair every day – thin hair probs). I also use Olaplex Bond Smoother to combat frizz. On a weekly basis I use Olaplex Hair Protector. This is a rinse out product that I leave in overnight to help protect my hair from damage. Especially after getting blonde babylights put in it at the end of December, it’s important to me to keep my colored hair healthy!

    Since switching, I’ve noticed more volume to my hair! It’s also become considerably softer (which is sayin’ something because I have a naturally coarse texture)!

    I highly recommend switching to these products. Or, at the very least, switching which products you are using every once and a while. Your hair gets used to certain products and won’t react like it did in the beginning!

    With Love, Marin

  • How I Cleared Up My Acne in 1 year

    Hey, pretty girl!

    Soooo I know you’ve ALL been wondering about my skincare routine (had to make that joke I’m sorry)! Seriously though, the change in my skincare routine over the last year has made all the difference in the health of my skin and my confidence.

    Your skin is affected by so much – diet, skincare products, stress, hormones and gene – that it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what the cause of your acne is. Acne and skin care management definitely is something that you approach based on the level of severity.

    At the beginning of senior year, I noticed that I was getting acne a lot more frequently than I had before. These frequent breakouts started to come closer and closer together. I felt like as soon as I cleared up one breakout, I would have another. I also began to experience cystic acne – basically painful acne that is caused by bacteri under the skin.

    Now, I wouldn’t recommend everyone to immediately to go to the dermatologist when experiencing acne, but when my acne was leaving scarring I knew it was time to go into the doctor. If you feel like 1) you cannot manage your acne 2) your acne is leaving permanent markings or 3) acne is affecting your self worth, it’s always worth a visit to the dermatologist.

    After visiting the dermatologist, I learned that in order to manage my acne I had to approach it in 2 different ways: skin care products and lifestyle choices.

    No filter (just window lighting) on how my skin currently looks

    My Current Skincare Routine – Morning

    1. I wash my face using Sensitive Skin Dermalogica Face Wash.
    2. I moisturize my face with Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel-Cream.

    My Current Skincare Routine – Night

    1. First, I use Smartly Makeup Wipes to remove all my makeup (these are good for sensitive skin since they are unscented).
    2. Next, I wash my face using a prescribed face wash – Sulfa Cleanse 8/4
    3. I wash my face a second time using the Sensitive Skin Dermalogica Face Wash.
    4. I moisturize my face with Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel-Cream.
    5. I use a small amount of prescribed anti-bacterial cream – Dapsone 5% for Cystic acne.
    6. On smaller white-heads I use “Yes to” Detoxifying Zit Zapping Dots. These draw the whitehead to the surface so that you don’t have to pop pimples and get scars!

    I exfoliate weekly using Tula’s dual-phase skin reviving treatment pads. All the products I use come from either my dermatologist, Ulta or Target.

    I made a few lifestyle changes that has also affected the reduction of my acne. First off, stress reduction!! Taking time to reduce your stress level is crucial to reducing acne (especially if it’s concentrated to your forehead – that’s a sign it could be stress induced acne). I also limit the amount of caffeine I have (I was having Starbucks 1-2 times/day when my acne was at its worst).

    My best recommendation is trial and error. It can be a long road to figuring out how to manage your acne and I KNOW it’s frustrating. Another important note is to try your best not to let your acne dictate your life. I used to not leave the house or cancel plans if I got a zit. Don’t fixate on small imperfections, I guarantee no one notices it as much as you do.

    With Love, Marin

  • My Favorite Hair Styling Tools

    Hey, pretty girl!

    If there is anything I’ve learned from listening to my hair stylist, it’s that what hair tool you use on your hair is just as important as what products you use to protect it. While some hair tools can be a bit of a splurge, they will ultimately last you longer and save you from hair problems.

    These are the hair styling tools I’ve been using for the last two years. They are tools that I trust on thin, prone to breakage, hair.

    Hair Dryer

    It’s no secret that Moroccan Oil is a high end hair product haven. This hair dryer comes with 3 swap-out end pieces (including a diffuser for my curly hair gals). The cool setting is my favorite part because unlike some cheaper hair dryers, you don’t have to press and hold the button to keep cool air flowing.

    Flat Iron

    Now, fair warning, do not use this straightener every day. The quality that this straightener was and how smooth it made my hair was the very reason why I used it everyday. In the long run it caused major breakage… mostly because I didn’t use heat protectant. I still use this on occasion if I’m feeling that having straight hair.

    Curling Iron

    Hot Tools creates some of the very best hair curlers – it’s probably what your hairdresser uses on you at the salon to give you those pretty post-haircut curls. If you’re not a fan of curling irons, they have wands as well. I’m aware that irons can be tricky to learn how to use, but I love that it can produce natural and formal curls.

    If any of y’all are interested in a tutorial on how I use these hair tools – vote on my Instagram story for which one you’d like to see first!

    With love, Marin