Visiting Lake Tahoe


Angelika, Natalie, and I have the kind of friendship that is unbound by location or convenience. Just because we each live in three separate corners of the country doesn't mean we've had to sacrifice time  together and plenty of memory making. Over the years, it seems like we've been able to meet up everywhere but home... (NYC, DC, Portland, Seattle, to name a few!) These gals are the kind of people that you'll hop on planes with, spontaneously road trip with, and book last minute trips with all while laughing until you cry. We always try to all get together at least once a year and it's turning out to be quite the tradition. This year, we opted near my neck of the woods: Lake Tahoe. We all met up in SF (A took a train from LA and Nat flew in from PDX) and made an early Friday morning to the Resort at Squaw Creek. Our weekend was filled with a balance of poolside lounging and lakeside adventuring. Highlights most definitely included: enjoying what I am convinced are the world's best ahi tuna nachos and drinks, spending Saturday morning jetskiing on the lake, and trekking up to Emerald Bay for the most spectacular sunset. 

Where we spent most of our time at  Resort at Squaw Creek The pool were built into the mountainside and had multiple hot tubs, live music, and a bar. 

Even amidst smoke from the CA wildfires, the views from our hotel were absolutely unreal. 


Celebrating International Day of the Girl


October 11 is International Day of the Girl. To me, this day is all about uplifting our fellow women and encouraging girls everywhere to inspire, strengthen, and build community with on another. When we uplift our community, our whole world has the power to change. And how fitting it is that on this day Her Campus released its 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women of 2018. I am honored to  be profiled as one of the 22 college women on this list and included among women that are truly changing the world in such unique and incredible ways. Since my high school days, Her Campus has bee an influential force in my life, leading me to meet so many friends, take advantage of professional opportunities, and plug into a such a powerful community. To be honored by an organization that has helped shape my life is one of the most empowering and humbling experiences. I am such a strong believer that we truly do rise by lifting others, and I hope on this day we can do exactly that. 

Do Beautiful with Alba Botanica®

True story, I've been using products from the same skincare brand since the 7th grade. My skin has always been pretty sensitive, so once I find a brand and products that work, I stick with it. Alba Botanica® is one of my time-tested favorite brands and has always been so pure and gentle on my skin. 

As you guys know, I've battled breakouts for years. Can anyone else relate to getting teenage acne breakouts as an adult? It can be frustrating, but I've worked hard to find balance with my skin. I've aimed to reduce stress, get enough sleep each night, eat clean, and find skincare products that work for me instead of against me. Often harsh products help my breakouts but cause my skin to get red, irritated, and extra sensitive. I found the perfect balance between keeping my skin clear and away from harsh chemicals when I started using the Acnedote™ line.

How I Keep My Skin Clear with Acnedote™
I've found that this line is effective but gentle. Because it's botanically-based, the Clearing Gel Peel has Willow Bark Extract to remove bacteria that often causes breakouts. The plant-based ingredients such as active fruit acids dry up blemishes and brighten my skin as well. By using the peel once a week, I can definitely tell that my skin feels clearer, brighter, and smoother. The Face & Body Scrub is seriously one of my all time favorite products. It exfoliates by using ground walnut shell and buffs away dirt and oil. My skin tends to breakout more in the winter, so I'm so glad to be heading into these chiller months with this exfoliating scrub that makes my skin feel extra fresh and clean. 

 photos by Hannah Rexinger 

When it comes to choosing the right skincare products for my skin, I trust in Alba Botanica®. They create 100% vegetarian and botanically-based products that do beautiful for you, others, animals and our earth. 
This post is brought to you by Alba Botanica® and Her Campus Media.

Top 10 Sephora Favorites


photo by Lauren Kim 

Today I'm so excited to be sharing my go to beauty products from Sephora. This post has been long in the works! I am a long time lover of Sephora. I have childhood memories of wandering the aisles looking for sparkly eye liner, teen memories of buying my first real beauty products with my mom, and recent memories of getting ready for the MTV Movie & TV Awards with the 13 Reasons Why cast. I've spent years trying new products thanks to their amazing samples and rewards. And now, I've finally been able to narrow down my ten favorite products!

Sephora Cucumber Cleansing Wipes 
I traveled alot this past summer and went of lots of flights. This product makes my skin feel so clean on to go, which is really difficult to do if you don't have soap and water. My go-to when I'm on the road or on a flight! One side of these wipes is smooth, which is so fresh on my skin. The other side is a rougher, exfoliating texture that I use on oily areas like my t-zone and chin.

Tarte Twinkle Stick Highlighter 
No a joke, I feel like an actual mermaid whenever I put this on. This product is all about making your skin light and bright. I apply it to my cheek bones and it adds a great natural glow. A little also goes a long way and all you really need is a swipe on each cheek bone. I’m all about products that don't require too much work to make you feel and look amazing.

Alterna Haircare Hydra-Gelee 
Let me tell you, it has taken me my entire life to find a hair product that I am absoltuely in love with. I stumbled across this one because there was a mini set as one of the Sephora beauty rewards. After I bought an expensive, high heat curling iron my ends were just destroyed. I had to trim so much off the bottom and do some major healing to get back smooth and healhy hair. This is the only product I have ever used since I damanged my hair that makes me feel like im actually healing it instead of just adding chemicals and product that doesnt imporve anything. It completly detangles my hair and I have noticed visibly less split ends.

Living Proof Night Cap
Again, I purchased this out of desperation as I was tring to heal my fried hair. While I'm in the shower, I let this deep conditoning hair mask sit on my head and work its magic! Sidenote: I only apply it on the ends of my hair because I dont want to make my roots greasy!

Living Proof Dry Shampoo
Most other dry shampoos make my hair feel really dirty and powdery, but this product doesn't do that. It gives me so much volume. I have hair that naturally lays pretty flat, and regardless if my hair actually needs a wash, this prodcut just adds so much volume to my hair.

Pericone Face Finishing Moisturizer 
At this point, I’ve struggled with acne for about half my life believe it or not. Its defintiely an area that I am willing to invest in in order to clear up my skin and make it the healthiest it can be. This product is a little on the pricier side, but it is by far the best and most effective moisterizer I have ever used. Basically, I used an acne medication years ago that caused me to peal like crazy, I felt like a was a snake shedding it’s skin! Out of desperation, my mom picked up this moisterizer. I put it on at night and when I woke up the next morning, the flakes and the pealing had completely stopped and my skin felt so much better. Its great in general but especially if you are using harsh prescription products on your skin. It is a great way to counterbalance the chemicals and restore your skin.

Anastasia Brow Definer (Dark Brown)
This is a great product because it does two jobs in one. On one side is a slanted pencil, so it goes on really easily and has a natural look. The other side of the pencil is a brush and I do one swipe on each brow to blend in my brows. It's really quick and simple to use.

My favorite shade of this is Coril Fauve. My mom is my Sephora buddy, and we picked this up in Venice, Itally a few years ago when we had lost our makeup and were in desperate need. This grogeous, striking Italian woman working at the Sephora counter reccommend it to us, and now five years later, we are still dedicated users.

Tarte Setting Powder
I love this product use this its the last thing I put on when Im doing my makeup, and it mattifys and locks my makeup in place, and really gives a photo finish. It blends in any blemishes or harsh lines I might have. Also it has a faint scent of vanilla whcih I love so that is another plus!

I have used so many different mascarsa throughout the years, and never felt like I could avoid being clumpy or too heavy. This mascara is more about getting full lashes and adding length, which I love! I actually first started usuing this when I got it as a free sample, but fell in love and ended up going to buy it!

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