Winter Skin Essentials\\\2018

Do you struggle with dry and sensitive skin throughout the winter time? I know that I do and I assume many of us have the same problem. I have the solution for you in this new blog post, the must need winter essentials to combat dry skin. The upcoming products that I have listed as my winter essentials have been personally the best for me, I hope that they work just as great for you, not to mention that they are almost all cruelty-free! Onto the winter essentials, (they will be listed in the order of when they are applied).

After cleansing my skin the first step in my skin care routine is to apply my daily moisturizer. The moisturizer that I use throughout the winter is the Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night face cream. For those who suffer from dry skin, I highly recommend. I usually only apply it the morning since it is a heavier feeling cream. The cream itself does go a long way so much is not needed, the smell is also a nice floral herbal scent from the natural antioxidants in it. Unfortunately, my skin type is mostly oily so I find that sometimes just the moisturizer will leave my skin somewhat oily so to prevent that from happening, I mix the cream with a pump of the Grease Lightning Tea tree and Aloe gel from Lush. The combo of the two products balances my skin giving it a natural glow but also prevents oil on my face. The two are both natural and vegan products that I highly suggest.

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Holy-Grail Winter essentials.

Of course chapstick is a must throughout these chilly months. I use the Burt’s Bees Pomegranate moistrurizing lip balm. Burt’s Bees is queen of all lip balms, I find that I get the finest moisturization from this particular one with a natural scent.

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A little something that I use to lock in all the moisture in my skin is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, cucumber, and green tea. I spray this all around my face a few times to give my skin the right amount of hydration. I do have all three Mario Badescu Facial sprays, but currently I am using this one daily. Processed with VSCO with f3 preset

My hands are very crucial when it comes to the winter, constantly washing my hands to protect myself from the flu, I have to moisturize my hands quite often. A hand cream I find extremely helpful is the It’s a 10 Silk Express miracle intensive hand cream. This is all you could want in a hand lotion, the feeling makes your hands incredibly soft and silky, it has a light jasmine aroma, and the best part for me is that it’s not greasy what so ever! I hate hand creams that leave my hands with a greasy feeling, this one does not which is a huge win for me. IMG-0443 (1).JPG

Now for my after shower skin care, I like to keep it pretty minimal starting by applying the Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion all over my body after I shower, to really absorb in my skin. I am aware that Nivea is sadly not cruelty-free which is why I plan on switching my type of body lotion (Comment down below a good cruelty-free lotion if you use one :)). Overall, the lotion definitely keeps you moisturized and is unscented.  Processed with VSCO with f3 preset

The next product is not something I use daily, it’s really only for when my skin is really suffering from the dryness, then I will use the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil. I usually only drip three to four drops on my face, mostly my cheeks and my lips and give myself a nice massage to get my blood flowing all throughout my face for a natural flush. Processed with VSCO with f3 preset

On the days when I do not use the argan oil on my face, I reach for the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily moisturizing cream. This cream is very light and slightly liquidy so give it a good shake before using. Perfect cream to use on your face after the shower to get smooth looking baby soft skin.

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I really hope that you are able to try one of my winter essentials, comment below is you have any essentials for your skin to survive during the winter time. Please like and subscribe if you enjoyed this post.

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Must Watch Netflix Shows | Winter 2018

Well it’s winter and we all know that whenever it’s winter we would rather stay in and watch some tv shows rather than going out to the gym (whelp, there goes New Year resolutions) haha! However for those of us that enjoy the company of a good show and a satisfying snack, you have come to the right place.

Throughout this article I will share with you my Must-watch favorite tv shows that are perfect to binge on! Now while we all have different tastes, hopefully there is a show that you will be interested in watching, if not maybe venture out! Grab some popcorn and enjoy this post!

For the Comical watchers: Portlandia (IFC)

This show is just an 11/10, I have no idea where to begin. Okay so this series is not your average show, but your average joe, (see what I did there). Portlandia is a show that primarily consists of two actors: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein who happen to not only play themselves in the show, but also numerous of other diverse characters, in the City of Portland. The episodes are almost like vignettes, focusing on several characters throughout one episode, since most series are not like this, I find it quite more amusing. The average show is usually about twenty-two minutes, just enough time to get that laugh in for the day. Lastly, I will say the first two episodes are slightly odd, but once it’s done with,  prepare for the hysterical laughs. My favorite characters would have to be Candace and Toni, they made me laugh the most!

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For the Empowering Women: GLOW (Netflix Original)

Glow or as its called Gorgeous. Ladies. Of. Wrestling, is a Netflix original that takes place in the 1980’s, where women are eager to start their career of acting. It starts off as a lame gig that many think will fail, but as these ladies go through their “Glow-up”, they rise to the star of success. Glow is a must see for women strength and empowerment.

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Photo Courtesy of Netflix’s Glow.

For those that like a Creepy Fright: American Horror Story (FX)

Whenever I’m in a mood for a spook I will watch AHS and become addicted. Some viewers might say that there’s nothing frightening about AHS, however everyone’s tolerance is nonetheless differing. Whether or not your you think it the show is eerie, you cannot deny that the show itself is entertaining and will keep you watching. Every season consists of a new plot. Personally I would argue that season 1: Murder House, season 2: Asylum, season 3: Coven, and season 6: Cult, are the most entertaining and most frightful was probably Asylum!

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Photo Courtesy of FX American Horror Story.

For those that enjoy a Rom-Com-Drama Telenovela: Jane the Virgin (CW)

Gina Rodriguez plays Jane Villanueva a young twenty-year old girl, who is a journalist and happens to become a pregnant virgin. This show is just about everything you could want to watch in a tv series. It contains juicy drama, the romantic love triangle, and the humorousness. Jane is that girl in Miami, living with her mother, Xiomara and her abuela, Alba. To see Jane’s journey of her new life, check it out on Netflix!

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Photo Courtesy of the CW’s Jane the Virgin.

For the Adventurer Goers: The End of the F***ing World (Netflix Original)

James and Alyssa are both tired of their uneventful lives in their small town in England. The two both decide to run away from home and go on a road trip. Throughout the trip the encounter some problems that lead them to become some of England’s most wanted! The two cannot deny their romance for one another as it strengthens throughout their excursion. This show is a short series of eight twenty-minute episodes, that can only be watched on Netflix.

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Photo Courtesy of Netflix’s TEOTFW.

For the Blatant Viewers: Shameless (U.S. Version on Showtime)

Viewer Discretion Advised: For anyone who would consider themselves shameless in any way, well then you found the right show for you. Just as a warning I would not recommend watching if you are under the age sixteen as there is explicit content all throughout the show. The show consists of a dysfunctional family of seven who live on the South side of Chicago trying to get by, all going through their own personal struggles. There really is no other way to describe this show other than well, shameless. Personally one of my top favorites because it includes a little bit of every genre.

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I really hope that you enjoyed this guide on what to binge watch on Netflix this season. These are all of my personal favorites and although I have so much more, I had to limit my choices. Whether or not you may be interested in one of these shows, I would recommend trying to watch any one of these series. Let me know down below if you decide to watch one of these tv series or comment your favorite show! As always please like if you enjoyed.

 Much love, Ariana.