My Favorite Beauty Products

After years and years of searching for a daily beauty routine that requires minimal effort yet is effective, I have finally found a solution that works for me. I don’t have an extensive beauty routine nor do I wear makeup on a daily basis, but there are a few products that I love.

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1.Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser. I have very dry skin and Oxford has notoriously hard water, so keeping my skin moisturized is always a struggle.  I use this cleanser every day after I shower and it does wonders! You can choose how much of the cleanser you wash off for the degree of moisturizing that you need (I just blot it with a damp washcloth and keep most of it on).

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2.  Formula 10.0.6 Face Mask. I started using this face mask twice a week a few months ago and I can really tell a difference in my skin. It does a great job of keeping my skin smooth and bright. I also use the Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser right after taking the mask off to keep my skin hydrated.

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3. Covergirl Matte BB Cream. I have used many different BB creams, but this matte one is amazing. It isn’t too thick and goes on so smoothly that you can’t even tell that I’m wearing makeup! I use the 510 or 520 color (depending on how pale I am), but it comes in five different shades.

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4.NYX Matte Lip Cream. I used to never put anything on my lips, but then I found these matte lip creams and that completely changed. I am obsessed with these and sometimes I just throw one on with no makeup. Also, the names are the names of major cities all around the world (Istanbul is my favorite (and pictured above)!).

screen-shot-2017-03-05-at-2-14-49-pm5.  TRESemme No-Frizz Creme. I don’t normally have frizzy hair, but the humidity sometimes drives my hair wild. When it’s extra humid out, I use this to calm the frizz and it works great!

My routine slightly changes throughout the year, but I always have these products on hand!

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

My Favorite Beauty Products

Making a Move (Part 2)

My last post gave some tips on how to prepare for a successful move and now I’d like to share with you some of my favorite go-to items for moving (and even for traveling)! If you can’t already tell, I am very excited to start this new chapter of my life (and to return back south). Ohio has been an interesting experience and has taught me a few things (like how much I dislike winter), but I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

As the packing begins, here are some of the items that are playing a key role in the process!

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I love this striped weekender bag, it is the perfect carry-on size when flying and I recently used it on a trip to Alabama and Mississippi. It also is the perfect size to use for an overnight bag for the first night in a new home.

When it comes to packing the majority of my things, I prefer to use these plastic totes instead of boxes because I can keep using them over and over and they come in such cute colors! I also use them for under the bed and off-season clothes storage.

In recent years I have found myself doing more traveling, so I had been on the search for new luggage for quite some time and when I found this rose gold set, I knew my search was over. Not only is it beautiful, but it also makes identifying my luggage at the airport a breeze!

Finally, these Lilly Pulitzer market bags are a game-changer. I use them to  pack shoes, spare odds and ends, clothes, groceries, the list is endless. They are so sturdy that I have been using mine for years with no wear and tear (and let’s not forget to mention how adorable they are!).

Now it’s time for me to brave the rain and head to class!

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Making a Move (Part 2)

Making a Move (Part 1)

I’m kind of an expert at this whole moving thing. I’ve been moving in and out of dorms, apartments, and houses at least twice a year for the past 8 years and I’ve created quite the routine. This time will be a little different because after moving home for the summer, I’ll be moving into my home for the next four years at vet school. This being said, I have way too much stuff. I tend to accumulate things because they are on sale, “would go perfect with that one top I have”, or just because I find them pretty. A lot of things have changed for me in the past year and I think it’s time for me to do a cleaning both of my apartment and of my life. I’ve already made three separate Goodwill trips, but I have a feeling that there will be a quite a few more in my future. I’ve decided to compile some of my most helpful packing tips for those who may also be making moves in the near future.

  1. Start Early. I am a firm believer that packing gradually leads to the most efficient and least stressful move. It gives you time to slowly sort through things (and get rid of things) and come up with an organized plan of attack. I have actually already began the packing process even though I don’t move out until May.
  2. Make Lists. The worst thing is going to unpack and having no clue what is in the box. I always make detailed lists about what is in each box (which may be unnecessary, but it is handy to know exactly where everything is), rank my boxes in the order in which they should be unpacked, and make a list of things that I need to buy when I reach my destination.
  3. Enlist a moving team (if you can). I have made most of my moves with just my mom helping me (she has also become an expert at moving). We manage to get everything done rather quickly, but I always wish that I had a few more people to help. A few flights of stairs doesn’t seem like anything until you’ve carried heavy boxes up them over ten times. That being said, there is such thing as having too many people which can slow the process.
  4. Organize your car/ moving truck. As tempting as it is to just start loading up boxes, it really is better to have a method. My mother is the master at turning packing a car into a Tetris puzzle and I am always astonished at the amount of things that can be fit into a car using a bit of patience and coordination.
  5. Pack an overnight bag with the essentials. I used to try to get everything unpacked in the matter of a few hours, and although I have managed to do it a few times, it is no fun. I always pack a duffle bag with a few pairs of clothes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, my computer, and some snacks to get me through the first night in a new place.

I hope you find these tips helpful! Look for a post coming up with my favorite items to use during my moves!

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Making a Move (Part 1)

Go Dawgs!

I know it has been a very long time since I have posted, but to say that my life has been tumultuous these past months would be an understatement. That being said, I have very exciting news, I have been accepted into my first choice of veterinary school and will be attending the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall!  After months and months of waiting and being accepted into four amazing veterinary school programs, I am glad that this application journey is over (even though it has been an exciting one). I am not an exceptionally patient person, so waiting 6 months to hear back from veterinary schools was a rather stressful experience for me. However, the wait was most definitely worth it and I’m so excited to be embarking on the next chapter of my life!

For those of you interested in applying to veterinary school in the future or for those who are getting ready to apply in May, feel free to contact me! I would love to help in any way that I can!

Stay fabulous,

Julia

Go Dawgs!

A Summer in Scrubs

I can’t believe that it has been almost a month since I last blogged, I am so sorry!  After finishing with the semester, I jumped right into work and veterinary school applications. There have been so many little things happening on the side too (including my sister graduating from high school)! Although I have been busy, I am loving life! I’m slowly adjusting to my crazy schedule and I have missed blogging so much. Today I’ve decided to share my experience with finding a veterinary hospital to shadow. It was not an easy process, but it has brought me so many opportunities!

One of the best things that I have ever done is volunteering at the vet hospital where I now work. During my winter break of my freshman year of college I contacted around 10 veterinary hospitals about volunteering for the summer. I received varying responses, but the most popular response was ” We are not currently accepting volunteers, but please feel free to contact us at a later time”. This initially disheartened me, but I persevered and I eventually found a place that was willing to have me volunteer for the summer. I set up a schedule and started volunteering the summer after my freshman year of college. I immediately fell in love with the hospital. It had the most beautiful facilities I had ever seen, a large staff of people who were willing to answer all my questions, and there was always something for me to do. At the end of the summer I talked to my boss about coming back to volunteer the next summer and she told me to contact her during my fall semester about scheduling and other details. What I didn’t expect is that when I called I would be offered an interview for a summer job, I was ecstatic! After the interview I received a phone call saying that I got the job!  This is now my second summer working at the hospital and I still love every second of it. I will be eternally grateful for the staff giving me this chance of a lifetime and I love being able to come back to the same place after each school year. For pre-vet students beginning college, I highly recommend building a relationship with a veterinary hospital, whether as a volunteer or as an employee, because having someone to talk to about veterinary school applications will make them much easier to fill out (and they can give you tips and write you recommendation letters)! Building a strong relationship with one hospital does not mean that you should stop contacting other veterinarians though, I still shadow other veterinarians to gain experience in other parts of the veterinary field. Being able to work with the same people summer after summer and getting to know how the hospital works has made my experience priceless and has helped me feel ready to apply to veterinary school!

I hope that you find my experience helpful and that you are able to have as amazing of an experience as I have had!

And here is a cute dog to start off your week:

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Source: Bonifant Veterinary Clinic

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

A Summer in Scrubs

Study Break

Exam week has just started and it has already been crazy! I had my first final exam yesterday and although it went well, I was already exhausted. In order to recharge, I went to bed early last night and woke up this morning feeling refreshed. I realized that I was so tired and worn out because I wasn’t allowing myself any breaks. It’s important to realize that no matter how busy you are, you must take breaks! No matter how short or how you spend them, they are important to mental sanity (and overall wellness). This morning I took the time to pick out an outfit and watch an episode of  Grace and Frankie, one of my favorite shows on Netflix!

In order to stay comfortable ,and look semi-presentable, I decided to wear my Pink Azalea monogram shirt that I got over spring break. It is super comfortable and I love the color combination. When I was picking the thread color I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but it ended up being perfect!  I paired it with dark wash skinny jeans and black sandals. I purchased these sandals last year at Payless (they were a steal!), but here are some similar ones (not as inexpensive, but still budget-friendly!).

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Stay Fabulous,

Julia

 

Study Break

Finds of the Week: 5/2/16

I can’t believe it is already May! There are so many exciting things happening this month, the first of which is being finished with classes. Finals are next week so I’ve been putting in 14 hour work days (not fun at all), but the end is in sight! Here are some fun reads and finds to help get you through the week:

1.Striped Flats. These flats are adorable and would make the perfect addition to any shoe lover’s collection! To make it even better, they come in larger sizes so that even those of us with larger feet can enjoy.

2. Do horses in the Kentucky Derby even know they’re racing? With the Kentucky Derby quickly approaching, this article helps readers understand what goes on in a horse’s head as they are running.

3.Pineapple Appetizer Plates. With summer right around the corner, these appetizer plates are the perfect addition to any summer party!

4. Gilmore Girls Quiz. Since I just finished binge-watching Gilmore Girls, I had to post this quiz! Take a study break and see how close you were paying attention!

5.Lobster Leggings. These leggings may be the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I think they will end up being a “being done with finals” present to myself (:

6. Pineapple Tote. If you can’t already tell, I love pineapple prints! This tote would make the perfect pool bag!

7. White Dress. For those who are required to wear white dresses for graduation (whether high school or college), but don’t want to spend a fortune on a dress that will be worn only once (and isn’t your wedding dress), this dress is for you!

8. Cheetah Cubs. The Cincinnati Zoo has cheetah cubs that I cannot wait to go see! Head to the Cincinnati Zoo to see all of the zoo babies. Here is an adorable picture of one:

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Source: WLWT

 

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Finds of the Week: 5/2/16