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.


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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Women’s March: Power to the Polls Chicago 2018|Why I March

On the Saturday of January 21st of 2017 a revolution began, known as the Women’s March. This women/feminist revolution specifically occurred the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated into office as the new president. Women activists decided to take a stand against Trump’s misogynist, racist, homophobic, egoistic, inequality evil agenda by marching throughout the country and protesting in numerous cities about the upcoming four years.

Now it is January 20th, 2018, a year after Trump has become inaugurated as president and many are here marching against Trump and his administration, fighting for human rights that have been impacted within this past year. I was given the opportunity to march with my fellow people against Trump’s agenda and his administration. I marched to the polls on January 20th, 2018 in my beautiful home city of Chicago. As an intersectional feminist it was a remarkable experience that I will never forget. Personally to me what’s real amazing is how over 300,000 people came out to the Women’s March in Chicago to protest, march, and unite.

Yesterday I marched for the inequalities that women, people of color, immigrants/refugees, the lgbtq+ community, the disabled, and the less fortunate face in today’s society. I also march for sexual assault survivors, for those that have been separated and deported from their families, for the earth, and those who have lost their life in 2017 from Trump’s America. I march to say that these marginalized groups are important and that they matter. Become an intersectional feminist, be an activist, be someone who protests what you want to change, and lastly vote because your vote matters. Remember that we can, we have, and we will demand change. The future is female and 2018 will be the year we come back!

“Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to Demand It.”  – Barack Obama 

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At with Women’s March with the sign I made. The Future is Female ♀
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Marchers carrying signs that were some of my favorite.
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Nasty Woman.

Much love from Ariana: a badass intersectional feminist!


Good Deed Journal for 2018

A guide to a positive year through a Good deed Journal for a month. 

  1. Smile at everyone for a whole day, even if they’re strangers. A smile to someone might help brighten their day and also yours.
  2. Give a stranger a compliment. Make someone’s day with a flattering remark.   
  3. Pay for the person behind you. A simple deed that includes purchasing a meal or drink for a random person will give them a pleasant surprise.
  4. Leave a kind note on someone’s car, locker, or desk. You never know what kind of day the person may be having.
  5. Donate to the homeless. Whether you donate food, clothes, or money, just donate. It’s very important to be thankful for all the things you have in your life but also to give to those who don’t have the same as you do.
  6. Thank someone who means alot to you. Appreciation goes a long way and that person may just need to feel like that their existence is appreciated.
  7. Think positively all day; you’ll notice how those thoughts reflect on your mood and others in a favorable manner.
  8. Volunteer to help those in need. Pick a place and set a goal to give your time and assistance to them. It can be at a homeless shelter, dog shelter, or retirement home, for example.
  9. Write a note or letter to someone – it – can be someone you know or a complete stranger – and leave it somewhere public where they are most likely to see it. For example, leave it on a car, inside a book, or on a desk.
  10. Speak to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Ask them how they’ve been and tell them how much you miss them; you may just rekindle your friendship with them again.
  11. Help someone out with something. If you see anyone struggling with anything then give them a hand, for example: placing heavy items into their car from the store.
  12. Share the thing you love most with the people around you. They can be people you don’t talk to or friends and family members.
  13. Surprise a loved one with a favorite thing of theirs. This can unexpectedly make his or her day feel special.
  14. Give someone a kind, motivational message that is heartfelt. People sometimes just need to be reminded that there is always hope.
  15. Support someone who you think is in need of some help. Ask them what you can do to make things better.
  16. Hold the door open for someone even if you’re in a rush or have your hands full. The person will be thankful.
  17. Believe in something; it can be believing in your God, in ambition, or in something great.
  18. Appreciate everything that by showing gratitude to all that you’re thankful for.
  19. Have faith in whatever it is that’s worrying you. Everything will be okay and turn out just fine.
  20. Trust your friends, family members, coaches, teachers, spouse, etc. Just trust that they will support, believe, and be honest with you.
  21. Empathize with those that are struggling and feel overwhelmed. Let them know that what they are dealing with is just temporary.
  22. Love someone and let them know that they are loved and worthy.
  23. Seek the things in life that make you feel joyful for being here. Everything around you will radiate positive vibes in your life.
  24. Do the spectacular greatness that you were destined to do. Go find it and achieve your capabilities.
  25. Dream beyond the limits; everyone has the potential to succeed and achieve their dreams. Keep working hard and believing in what you do.
  26. Enlighten someone by giving them an understanding of what their life should consist of for a happy lifestyle.
  27. Open up to someone on all that your mind is filled with. Have them do the same with you and you both will notice how amazing it feels to let go.
  28. Respect all types of people. This may seem like something that should be done everyday but the truth is that it’s not and people sometimes forget that everyone’s human.
  29. Change the things you want to change. You deserve to be heard and sometimes we just need to remind ourselves that we have the power to change the things
  30. Hope for greatness in this world. Although there are hard times in life, there is and always will be hope to hold on to.
  31. Be the best version of yourself. Reach all that you can. Believe in what you truly think. Love what you do. And hope for the change you’re looking for in life.

much love, Ariana.