The Smart Girl’s Guide to Beauty from the Inside Out

 The smart girl’s guide to beauty from the inside out In the past few years I’ve become what a few of my friends may call a “hippie.” This mostly has to do with my transformation in diet and “save the world one reusable water bottle at a time” mentality. One area of my life that I’ve really transformed is my health and beauty routine. I was a long distance runner growing up and worked at an ice cream shop. I’d run 40 miles a week and eat sundaes every day without worrying about gaining weight and I was blessed with…

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How to Wake up to a Good Hair Day Every Day

This post was sponsored by Pantene. All thoughts, opinions, and results are my own. Some people might call my beauty routine “lazy.” Me? I prefer the term efficient. I value sleep more than I value most anything else, and my daily routine tends to reflect that. I like saving time getting ready in the mornings but I also like looking polished and put together, so I’m all about sneaky shortcuts so I can sleep in and still look nice. The number one thing I focus on? My hair. I have a mane that is more like a lion’s than a…

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The Ultimate College Care Package

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. I’ve gotten used to long distance relationships by now. Freshman year of college I was in Illinois, my boyfriend was in Iowa, my best friend was in Texas, and a brother-like friend was in Ohio. Fast forward and I was living in New York away from everyone I knew for half a year and I’ve got this long distance thing down pat. I’ve mastered the handwritten letter (with beautifully decorated envelopes to boot!), and I can express myself over Facebook message like a champ. With everyone moving back to school now, I’m…

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Troubled Skin Care Routine

For those of you who don’t know – I moved back to Illinois from New York about 3 weeks ago. I lived in New York for half a year, and while it was a great experience, it turns out that the big city doesn’t mix too well with this Midwestern girl. The fast pace, fragrant streets, and general grime stressed me and my skin out. Growing up I was #blessed with pretty docile skin. Redness here and a hormonal pimple there, but never anything too severe. Well, that all changed when I moved to New York. Between clogged pores covering…

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The Tourists Guide to NYC (from a newbie)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hawaiian Tropic®. The opinions and text are all mine   This is my first summer working a full-time job, so visions of lazy days at the pool and sleeping in ‘til noon have been thrown out the window – but that doesn’t mean I am not going to be making the most of the summer weather on my free days. I have a new city to explore and I’m determined to make the most of it while I’m here. What’s more, though, is I’ll have visitors coming to see…

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