Updated: My Daily Skincare Routine

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Hello guys! If you read my last skincare post here then you know this post was in the works! You all voted on Instagram and it was such a close race but that post won to go up first but I promised I would still share my updated skincare routine! Make sure you go and check out that last post for some reference as to why this new routine is so important to me (hello cystic acne get away from me)!

The only thing I do that is not mentioned in this post is use the African Black Soap! I took these images while I was in NYC and did not travel with a giant soap block unfortunately lol (but trust me I totally thought about it I love that stuff!) But that being said enjoy and I hope you find a product or two to add into your routine!



1. Serums

I love two serums and use them both day and night.

The first is Intelligent Elixirs pure squalane. I buy this from Mooi Studio but it can also be found here. I use it to really moisturize my skin (and defiantly because Mooi told me it was good for me!)

The second is from my Box of Style and I have been using it for the past month and a half that I have had it! The Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum which is for brightening and has some anti-aging properties to it. Also super gentle on my skin!


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2. Moisturizers

I have some pretty dry skin and live in such a dry climate so these are the best ones I have tried out!

First up is a twice a week mask that I sleep in from GlamGlow. I have talked about this before because I have been using this for almost two years! It just does the trick and has never broken me out. I put it on before bed or when I am on an airplane - it does the trick!

Second is my daily moisturizer right now. I sometimes use this one from Philosophy during the day, but I honestly found that if I use this Kate Somerville exfolliant/moistuizor. I didn’t like using it day and night in the summer but since winter has come I have skipped out on Philosophy for something a bit stronger.

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3. Face Wash

My face wash is kind of always on rotation - I know that is bad, but what I am using now is the African Black Soap mentioned in my last post or if I am traveling this one from Glo. I also spoke about the face that I use a little face mitt with my cleanser. I just feel like it does a better job than my fingers and I don’t like using my Clarisonic everyday!

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4. The Extras

I like to start and finish my skincare routine with a little spray of my rose water. I think it is a big part in why I feel so glowy and it has some good properties for fighting bacteria also! Finally I mentioned above, but head to my last post to hear about how I manage bad acne flare ups!

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How to Survive: Anxiety in College

I wanted to write a post about how having anxiety and depression in college has affected me! For those of you who want to know more (hi new readers! Thanks for stopping by) head over to my mental health page here where you can hear the rundown of my full journey up to now!

Ok, now that you are caught up lets get into what having a mental disorder shall we call it affects my college life. To start off with I want to make this point: some days it affects it tremendously and others not at all, but that is a result of the tumultuous nature of both of these disorders not just my college framework I am working in!

In college there are a few things that really get affected: class, social life (drinking is involved here) and finally overall outlook on life. Lets break those down shall we?

  1. Class (or school in general)

    College is a very stressful time because you are being challenged academically through four years of rigorous learning. At the University I attend it is fast paced with many different course taken throughout the year (more than most universities). My anxiety really comes into play here in a few ways: 1) starting a new class freaks me out. I get worked up about who will be in it, how will the professor act and will there be required attendance??? (because if yes HELP). I combat this with deep breaths and ripping the bandaid of the first day off because it gets betters. Finally 2) assignments. If I am having a particularly hard day it is nearly impossible to study or do homework. I suggest reaching out to your University to see what accommodations you can request to help support you. This has given me room to be anxious or depressed without letting my grades slip!

  2. Social life

    Helloooo anxiety. I don’t have much social anxiety, but when I am panicking, anxious or depressed the last thing I want to do is be around a bunch of people I don’t know at a bar or house party. This really took a toll on my social life but I figured out a HUGE secret this past year: bars and drinking are not the only way to be social! You can get coffee, have a study date, go out to meals etc etc. You don’t have to put yourself in situations you aren’t comfortable with because “thats what you do in college”, but I do encourage you to try new things on good days because you never know you may actually have fun at that random guy’s pregame!

  3. Outlook on life

    The closer I get to the end of my college time the more this comes into play. My least favorite question is “oh what are you doing after graduation” or the classic “what are you going to use that degree for”. Without anxiety and depression these can feel heavy enough, but when you don’t know when you are even going to take you're next breath they are impossible to think about! Here is my solution: find something to get excited about. Who cares if you don’t know what you are going to be doing a year from now or for life. Answer those questions with a simple “still in the works!” and bring you're mind to the next best thing on you're plate. This could be a concert coming up, a date, a fun activity anything to take the weight of the future off your shoulders because trust me you don’t need to carry that around!

I hope this helped you guys reading this! These tips don’t apply to just college, but considering the demographic of my readers it felt appropriate. I am sending you good vibes and positive thoughts today - YOU GOT THIS!



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5 College Survival Tips

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cengage Unlimited.  The opinions and text are all mine.


Going into my senior year of college, if there is one thing I know for sure it is that my freshman year I knew nothing at all. That being said I got by with lots of help from my sisters and upperclassman friends but here are five things I wish I knew before going into University:


1. Read the Syllabus

Most professors will send out the syllabus before class starts or on the first day and trust me, you want to read it! It may seem tedious but there is so much information in there i.e. how many skips you get a semester and maybe even a schedule of EVERY SINGLE ASSIGNMENT for the semester – hello planning ahead


2. Drop Costs


Using subscriptions such as the new Cengage Unlimited subscription services can really help you cut costs because let’s face it, college can be expensive! This service gives you a access to all your Cengage courses and library of eBooks (total game changer) study tools, assignments and more all in one place. Plus, it also saves you money in the process! I really think it is such a good tool for new and returning students.  Learn more here


3. Make Friends


And I don’t mean just the peer kind. My biggest survival tip has been to make friends with my professors. This doesn’t mean you need to suck up to them, but having a good relationship with them and utilizing their office hours can go a long way. Whether it be needing extra help, understanding something, or a reference letter later on, I truly have found so much value in my professor “friends”.


4. Plan Downtime


If you are like me, then you can’t pull all-nighters to write a paper the day before it is due. So what I like to do is actually plan out the odd hour I have between classes some days. Instead of using it to do nothing, get in some quick study time and really give yourself the afternoons and nights off to have fun! Pro tip: find a great planner to help schedule you out, I have loved this one.


5. Be Flexible

 
Finally, if there is something that I have learned the most, and that has helped me in every job I have held in college, it is to be flexible. Sometimes you may have to meet with your group at 9pm on a Sunday, but it is all worth it in the end. Study hard, enjoy time of,f and make the most of these four years because I promise they will fly by!



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Winter Essentials 2018

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My winter essentials are pretty basic and don't usually change from year to year so I thought I would share them with you all! I really want to know what you guys want to see more of from me this year so make sure to tell me on Instagram (@emmawlker)

1. A Good Read

For me this is usually some sort of "trashy" non-fiction book or the latest issue of vogue... two extremes I know haha. I actually just finished "psychos" and I loved it - I wish I read the first one in the series first! As for the magazine I found that if you get a yearly subscription you can actually save a lot of money - this is the one I signed up for here. (comes out. to a $1 a magazine!!)

2. A Really Yummy Candle

This one is my current favorite. I found it at Meek Vintage - a really cool spot in Denver, but I also found it on the world wide web here. There is nothing better than lighting up a candle at night and reading or even cooking - I just find it cozy and relaxing.

3. A Favorite Pair of Shoes

Luckily it hasn't snowed a lot yet in Colorado so I still get to wear my current favorite shoes. They are by Something Navy and Nordstrom and come in four colors! (AND ARE ON SALE!) Every Winter I almost give up on the options of fashion and stick to what I love - there is something about an overcast morning and waking up to pick out an outfit that just doesn't mix. 

4. Dainty Jewelry

For me this could be a year round essential but especially in the Winter when I am layering sweaters and jackets any bulky jewelry just doesn't cut it for me. I think my current "signature" jewelry is a gold choker and a few rings. My two favorite checkers are from Midori Linea and Forever 21 (this came in a pack and has actually held up really well!)

5. MOISTURIZE

Last but not least my skin is SO DRY in the winter. I really rely on moisturizer to keep it alive. My favorite products right now are the in shower body lotion from Jergens (this is not sponsored I love this product!) because I am lazy and this is amazing and the coconut smells so yummy. I also love my glamglow mask - I put it on before bed a few nights a week and it is a lifesaver!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post - I love that I had an idea and I just did it I miss those days of blogging!



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