Self-Care Sunday: DIY Facial

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Hello friends! I wanted to start something new for my blog this year. As one of my New Year’s goals is to practice more self-care, I thought this would be the perfect thing to add to my blog! Now introducing “Self-Care Sundays”, Sundays I will be making a blog post that share ways that I like to practice self-care.

One of my favourite things to do is facials! They are so good for your skin and are a great way to relax. Every Sunday night I try to do a facial before the start of a new week. I wanted to share my DIY facial that you can do at home!

DIY Facial

Step 1: Cleanse

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First, take off any makeup you have on your face with makeup remover or a makeup wipe. I like to use coconut oil as it is moisturizes and removes everything easily. Then, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, I use Philosophy’s Face Wash. I have also used Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. Both are very gentle on your skin and don’t have ton of stuff in them.

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Step 2: Exfoliate

My favourite step, time to get all of the dead skin off! This will help create an even skin tone, refine your pores and decrease wrinkles. Scrub your face with an exfoliator for 2-3 minutes, repeat if you need! Use circular motions and move upwards on your face. I use Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash or I make my own! Here is one of my favourite green tea exfoliator’s I found on Pinterest!

 

 

Step 3: Steam

If you don’t have one of those fancy steamer things that salons use (I don’t lol), you can use just a bowl of hot water. All you need to do is boil some water and put it in a bowl. Then, put a bath towel over your head and put your face over the bowl. This will allow the steam to open up all of your pores before you put on your mask. You can also use a sink or a hot shower to do this as well!

Step 4: Mask

After all of that deep cleaning to your skin, time to give it what it deserves and pamper it! You can either buy masks from the store, I find good (and cheap) ones at Target and T.J. Maxx. But you can also make your own according to your skin type! Pinterest has tons and tons of ideas. Follow the directions of how long to leave the face mask on, typically 15-20 minutes.

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Step 5: Tone & Moisturise

After you rinse off your face mask, time to apply some toner. Toner helps maintains your skins pH and refreshes your skin. I like to use Thayer’s Rose Petal Toner or this one I found at T.J.Maxx. Next, apply a moisturiser to your skin to finish off the facial. Some of my favourite moisturisers are Cetaphil’sLancome’s, or just coconut oil. What is your favourite?

 

Any tips or tricks for DIY facials? Let me know below!

Cheers xoxo

Off to the Races

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One of my favorite places to go in the summer is the racetrack. Every summer my friends and I take our annual trip to Saratoga, NY to watch the horse races. It’s fun to relax and spend a fun day with good friends!

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My favorite part of going to the races is dressing up of course! My dress is from Lauren James, I have it in sea foam green! It’s one of my all time favorite dresses! She makes perfect dresses for the races. My friend V on the right is wearing a Lauren James dress as well. You can find it here!

 

 

I also am wearing a sun hat that I got at target and added my own ribbon for a special touch! My shoes are from Marshalls, not sure of the brand tho! And my pearl necklace, and as Jackie Kennedy would say “pearls are always appropriate!”

We did bet a little money for fun but only 2 of us actually won something. Sadly, it was not me. My horse came in last place:(, that’s what happens when I pick the pink one lol.

We’ve been going to the races for the past 3 years, and it’s such a fun tradition. I look forward to it every summer! The Saratoga race track opened in 1863 and is open for the summer with racing 6 days a week. There is many other fun things to do in Saratoga as well. I used to come up here quite often when I was younger for ballet auditions and we would always stop at the Cold Stone and Alex and Ani store on our way home! They also have many shops and delicious restaurants. They have a Lilly store so you know thats’s always on the list!

Here are some of my favorite restaurants!

Wheatfields I always get the Pesto Radiatori, so yummy!

Chianti Ristorante I love the Capellini Alla Checca!

Brueggars You can never go wrong with a bagel!

Here’s a look at some of the past years outfit looks!

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My first year at the races, I wore this long, blue Lilly Pulitzer dress! They don’t have the exact same color but they have some that are pretty close! Love this dress! It is so versatile, you can wear it to school, grad parties, or even just running errands!

 

 

 

 

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Year two I decided to take a little different route with my dress choice. I’m wearing a black Calvin Klein dress! Finally got the memo, and bought a black sun hat to match. And of course my pearl necklace to tie the look together!

 

 

 

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Finally back with to Lilly again this year. I’m wearing a green Lilly Pulitzer shift dress! This isn’t the exact one I’m wearing but this is the same style! I love this dress, the cut is perfect! Also, can’t forget the obligatory hat and pearls to make the outfit complete!

My friend V on the left is also wearing a Lilly Pulitzer, this is the closest one I can find! And my friend Steph on the right is wearing a Lauren James dress. Here is a similar one!

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Cheers friends xoxo