February Favorite Five 2020

Is it just me, or did February fly by? I cannot believe we are already at the end of the month. However, I can’t complain. The further from this month we are, the closer we are to spring, sunshine, and warmer weather.

Although this month flew by, it definitely had its highlights. In today’s post, I’m once again listing some of my monthly favorites. February featured food, fitness, and a couple of new products I’ve discovered along the way. So without further ado…

Here are my February Favorite Five:

1.Primo’s Little Italy Pizza: On Valentine’s Day, a local restaurant, Primo Pizza, had a heart-shaped pizza special. My mother and I stopped in for lunch and tried out their new “Little Italy” pizza, which features eggplant, ricotta, and thinly sliced meatballs. In addition to the adorable heart-shape, this pizza was amazing. Perfect for any fans of eggplant, like me.

Primo’s “Little Italy” pizza; Dracut, MA.

2. Colourpop Lux Liquid Lipstick in “Flynn”: I’m always excited when Colourpop adds new products to their Disney Designer Collection. This lipstick, inspired by Disney’s Tangled, was a Christmas gift to me from my sister. It has been my go-to shade whenever I need a natural-looking pop of color. The best part is, it doesn’t dry on your lips and feels very lightweight, almost like a tinted lip bomb or gloss.

Colourpop Disney Designer Collection Lux Liquid Lipstick in “Flynn”

3. Orange Theory Fitness: I follow a pretty regular at home workout, two to four days a week, but sometimes I need a challenge. My sister heard about Orange Theory, a fitness studio for all experience levels, and asked if I would try out a class with her. (Your first ever class is free!). The workout classes change each time you go, but the class I went to was for endurance. We met with the fitness coach, who leads the class, a half hour before class began, and she told us about the workout and asked us about our fitness goals. We were given a heart monitor to wear around our arm that will track our heart rate throughout our workout. The goal of Orange Theory is to challenge each of their members out of their comfort zone, in a safe, effective way. I can say that I took the class two days ago, and I am still sore, but I left with energy and felt good that I challenged myself, without feeling forced to do anything outside of my own ability.

My results from my first class. Maureen said the pyramid shape my results formed is the goal for each of their members.

4. Donut Shack Donuts: Speaking of working out, how good are donuts? (haha). My dad kept raving about this local bakery that sells very rich, soft donuts. I finally tried one the other day, and have to admit it is worth the hype. The creme-filled I tried was very soft and more doughy than sugary. The inside filling was the perfect balance between sweet and light. I will definitely be trying more.

Marshmallow Donut; The Donut Shack, Lowell, MA.

5. The Curly Hair Method: In the past few months, I have fallen victim to heat styling. A YouTuber I watch, Kathleen Lights, who also has naturally wavy to curly hair that she heat styles, has been speaking a lot about getting her curls back by following the curly hair method. I was inspired and researched the method myself and have decided that I will be getting a healthy cut and color this week and then following this method, with some exceptions, to wear my hair natural more often. Heat causes a lot of damage and breakage on my hair, and I’d like to keep my hair healthy and make sure I’m using the right products. I’ve purchased some new products (see below) and will be testing them out and will be blogging about my experience with the curly hair method. Stay tuned!

(Left to Right) Kristin Ess Clarifying Shampoo, Air Dry Creme, Curl Co-Wash, and Curl Conditioner

March is going to be an exciting month for me as I start a new job, get further into rehearsals for my show that opens in April, and start a new journey with meal prepping. What does your March look like?

As always, thanks for reading!

Forward March!

Hayley

5 Skincare Products to Beat Winter Dry Skin

The winter brings the cold and, with the cold, comes dry skin. I have normal to combination skin, but I very often find myself seeking out some extra moisture during the winter months. This past month I’ve been using some new and holy grail products to keep my skin hydrated through the bitter cold. If you’re suffering from dry skin, look no further.

Here are 5 skincare products to beat winter dry skin:

Garnier SkinActive Rose Water Milk Cleanser: I’ve tried out quite a few products from Garnier SkinActive’s vegan line and have been loving them. After using the rose water day and night cream from this line, I decided to try out the cleanser. I heard mixed reviews about the thickness of the formula, but I find it to be very moisturizing without leaving any residue or greasiness. It cleans well and leaves my face feeling very soft. This product works best when applied to dry skin, so do not wet your face before. It is also not great at removing makeup, so I recommend using a makeup remover beforehand, like the Garnier SkinActive Rose Micellar Water.

Garnier SkinActive Glow Scrub/Mask: You might be wondering what a scrub has to do with dry skin, but trust me on this one. Often times, when your skin is dry, you need a gentle exfoliator to remove some of the dead or dry skin. I’ve been using this glow scrub since the summer months and I find that it is very gentle, even on sensitive skin, and it leave my face glowing after each use.

Garnier SkinActive Rose Water Moisturizing Day/Night Cream: I promise that this post is not sponsored. I truly have had great luck with Garnier SkinActive’s line of products and I try to stick to one brand of skincare products, if I can. As someone with normal to combination skin, I get oily in my t-zone, which made me very picky about face moisturizers. I didn’t want anything that would make my skin feel or look greasy. I often skipped moisturizers altogether, which left my skin seeking hydration. I was drawn to this products pink packaging and the rose water scent, so I decided to give it a try. I was surprised that such a thick, creamy formula left no greasy residue. I apply a small amount to my skin and it easily absorbs, leaving my face soft and hydrated.

ColourPop Pretty Fresh Tinted Moisturizer: I had heard so many good reviews about this line of skincare products from Colourpop, featuring hyaluronic acid. I am not one to love foundations. I often feel like they are too heavy on my face, so instead, I opt for tinted moisturizers. This one features not only the hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid, but also the natural hydration of coconut water. It is a very lightweight formula, with buildable coverage for every day use. The only thing I wish this product featured is sunscreen, so I recommend finding applying one beforehand.

Bath and BodyWorks Into the Night Moisturizer: My holy grail body moisturizers will always be Bath and Bodyworks. They are hydrating, easy to apply, smell great, and last all day. Their newest formula features shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E. This particular scent “Into the Night” features notes of raspberry noir, amber crystals, velvety rose petals, creamy patchouli, and mocha musk. You can smell amazing and feel moisturized all day long!

I hope some of these products can help you defeat the winter dryness. Leave in the comments below some of your holy grail skincare products.

Stay hydrated,

Hayley

January Favorite Five

I can’t believe how quickly January flew by! I had planned to drop a new blog post each week this month, but am realizing now this is only my second post of 2020. I dedicated the month of January to planning and organizing my year at a glance. I’ve spent a lot of time setting short term and long term goals and mapping out how to achieve these goals. During this time, I came up with some future blog post ideas and am very excited to have a routine posting schedule!

In the past, I would make these favorites posts of five things that made my month, whether it be an event, food, product, tv show, etc. I always enjoy reflecting on my month and decided to continue this series on my blog. With that said, here are some of my favorites from January 2020.

My January Favorite Five:

  1. My Goal Planner: Before every school year, I purchase a planner and use it maybe the first few months before abandoning it in the bottom of my bag. Since graduating in December, it felt weird to not be going back to school in January. I decided to purchase this goals planner from Michaels to keep me motivated towards my goals. I’ve been making daily to-do lists and keeping an organized schedule for each week.

2. Garnier SkinActive Rose Water Day/Night Cream: With the winter comes dry skin. I have always struggled with finding a good face moisturizer. I prefer a glowy, natural look, but want to avoid looking greasy. However, the moisturizers I used in the past would leave my skin feeling dry. This moisturizer is a thick formula, but leaves my skin feeling hydrated, without the greasy finish. Added bonus: the rose water scent is very light, and fresh!

3. Seeing the sunrise: Okay, I can’t lie. With no classes to wake for, I have been catching my Z’s. However, when a bestie asked if I’d wake up early and see the sunrise at the beach one morning, I could not say no. Despite the lack of sleep, I felt energized throughout the day from starting my morning on such a beautiful note. 10/10 recommend.

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Rise and shine ☀️

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4. Frobie’s Matcha Latte: If you’ve been keeping up with this series, you might remember my love for Pressed Cafe’s Matcha Latte. Well Pressed, you MAY have met your match-a (haha puns). This latte was added to the menu recently and I had to try. It’s delicious hot or cold. I get mine with almond milk and agave.

5. My Pearl Bag: This bag was gifted to me by a friend for Christmas and I haven’t put it down since. Anyone who knows me, knows my love for pearls. This bag pairs well with every outfit and is such a fun accessory.

I hope some of my favorites can provide you with some inspiration or product recommendations. I look forward to see what I’ll be featuring next month in my February favorites!

What were some of your favorites this month? Comment below or on this post on my Facebook page.

Best,

Hayley

Summer Skincare Series: Body Care

Last month, I wrote about my favorite face skin care products in Summer Skincare Series: Face Care. This month, I’m highlighting some of my favorite body care products for the summer months. As the weather gets warmer and the sun gets hotter, my skin is in need of hydration and protection. These products help keep my skin soft, smooth, and soothed after having fun in the sun.

Top 3 Summer Bath and Bodyworks Body Care Products:

1. Bath and Bodyworks Coconut Shimmer Body Oil: I typically shy away from body oils or shimmery body care products for fear of looking tacky. However, in the summer, a subtle glow looks nice on the skin. This shimmer oil from Bath and Bodyworks leaves your skin shining (in the non-sweaty way), soft, and has a very subtle shimmer. It lasts throughout the day and does not leave you feeling greasy. The scent is Waikiki Beach Coconut, which is a subdued coconut scent that is fragrant, but not overbearing.

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2.  Bath and Bodyworks Lovely Dreamer Moisturizer: I’ve always been a fan of Bath and Bodyworks moisturizers. They’re fragrant and last on your skin throughout the day. However, recently they’ve changed their formula. Instead of a thicker, creamy consistency, these moisturizers are light and fluffy, formulated with shea, cocoa butters, coconut oil, and soothing aloe. The aloe makes it perfect after sun exposure. This one, in Lovely Dreamer, features notes of musk, cleanwoods, white iris, and fresh bergamot.

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3. Bath and Bodyworks Sand&Sea Salt Body Scrub: This has become a holy grail product for me. I typically find body scrubs to be abrasive and harsh on the skin. This one uses coconut oil, dead sea salt, and Polynesian sand to gently exfoliate the skin. The sand and salt scrubs away dead skin while the coconut oil conditions. The end result is very smooth and soft skin that smells incredible! This “On the Waves” scent features notes of clear blue waters, sparkling mandarin, water lily, and ocean driftwood.

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This post is not sponsored by Bath and Bodyworks.

I hope these products are helpful for anyone looking to maintain healthy skin this summer.

Happy July,

Hayley

French Fashion Recreations

Bonjour! As I mentioned in a past post, I’m currently enrolled in a summer class about French Fashion. Although it does not specifically pertain to my major, fashion has always been a passion of mine. I have background in French and have taken many French classes in college, my favorite being a French New Wave Cinema class. I fell in love with the films we watched and found myself looking to some of the New Wave actresses for style inspiration.

When I was presented the opportunity to come up with a midterm project for French Fashion that would explore my own interests in the field, I took the excuse to shoot photos and videos recreating some of the outfits of French New Wave actresses, as well as some haute couture ads. All of the outfits I put together were pulled from my own wardrobe. I thought it would be fun to share the shoot on my blog to share with you all my love for fashion. All of the photos were taken by my talented friend Amanda. Shout out to you!

  1. Brigitte Bardot

2. Corinne Marchand in Cleo from 5 to 7

3. Catherine Deneuve

4. Dior 

5. Chanel

All original images were found off of Pinterest.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into French Fashion!

Happy Monday,

Hayley

Summer Skincare Series: Face Care

It’s the time of year where I try to let my skin breathe and soak in the Vitamin D (safe from harmful UV rays, of course). This week, my family leaves for Florida. For anyone familiar with Florida at this time of year, the weather is hot and humid. Most makeup will drip from your face. In preparation for the warmer temps, I’ve found some gems in the skincare department that I’d like to share with anyone who’s always looking to update their skincare regiment.

Here are some of my summer skincare lifesavers:

  1. Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Cleansing Gel: This is not a new find for me. I’ve been using this cleanser for over a year now, and I am in love. Not only does it leave my face feeling soft and hydrated, it also is an AMAZING makeup remover. It even cleans waterproof mascara.IMG_0385
  2. Garnier SkinActive Glow Boost Moisturizer: Moisturizer has been something I’ve struggled with over the years. I have combination skin, so I want something that makes my skin glow, without looking oily. This is a recent addition to my skincare routine and I love it. This moisturizer is a vegan formula that hydrates your skin while also illuminating it. You’ll be glowing!IMG_0384
  3. Neutrogena healthy skin enhancerI’m not a huge fan of foundations. I find many of them very heavy on my skin. I typically opt for tinted moisturizers or bb creams. Of all the one’s I’ve used so far, this product is my favorite. It has a very light, sheer coverage and has SPF 20, so it keeps your face safe from harmful UV rays. IMG_0386
  4. Milani “Make It Dewy” Setting SprayAs I mentioned before, I prefer my face to appear glowy. I like the look of a fresh face. I used Milani’s “Make It Last” setting spray for a long time, so when I saw this in stores, I immediately gave it a try. I find that it makes my makeup last longer and maintains that fresh, dewy skin look I love. Sweaty or glowy? No one will ever know. IMG_0387
  5. Garnier SkinActive Glow Boost Facial Mask+Scrub: Long name aside, this is another vegan product by Garnier that has become a favorite of mine. For so long, I opted out of exfoliating my face. I always found facial scrubs harsh on the skin. However, this product has little apricot seeds that gently exfoliate, leaving my face soft and glowing. (Someone count how many times I say glow in this post). IMG_0383
  6. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil MaskMy bottle of this product is almost completely used. This is my favorite face mask. Once applied, you feel a slight tingle on your face, which is when you know that it’s working. Tea tree oil gently clears out your pores and leaves your skin feeling clean. I try to use it once a week, or I switch off with the Glow Boost scrub as a mask. IMG_0391

These are just six of my favorite products that help keep my skin clear and healthy during the summer, and year round! Stay tuned for the next post in this series where I recommend some of my favorite body care products I’ve found at Bath and Bodyworks and other places.

Also, I just want to stress the importance of keeping your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water, especially in the heat. It’s one of the best ways to maintain healthy skin.

Happy Monday!

Hayley

My Favorite Five: March

I can’t believe it’s already April. I’m already dreaming of warm weather and May flowers. Anyone else in the Northeast sick of the cold? March had many chilly days but it also brought a lot of new things that made the temps more bearable (I guess).

Here are five of my favorite things from this month:

1. Fezziwig’s Food and Fountain: This place was featured in my Girl’s Trip post from March, and there’s no surprise it made my monthly favorites. This cute restaurant has walls of tea cups, seasonal decor, and a menu full of items ranging from tea to scones to poutine. It’s a must-visit.

2. The Body Shop Mandarin Energizing Face Mist: When I discovered this on the shelf at a local TJMaxx, I decided to give it a whirl because of the success of my Body Shop Setting Spray. This did not disappoint! Like the bottle says, it hydrates and energizes your skin with mandarin, vitamin E, and some caffeine to give you a refreshing wake up call.

TJMaxx Stores $4.99, The Body Shop $10.00

3. Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy Pints: Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE ice cream. Last summer, I discovered that my body cannot tolerate a lot of dairy. Discovering these non-dairy pints, made with almond milk, has saved my sweet tooth. I’ve tried Chocolate Fudge Brownie, PB&Cookies, and Chocolate Caramel Cluster and they’re all delicious. 10/10 recommend.

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4. Hulu’s The Act: For a while, I’ve been trying to find a series to replace The People vs O.J. Simpson, which was the first season of American Crime Story that my sister and I Netflix binged a couple years back. True story dramatizations are either hit or miss, in my opinion. So when I stumbled across the trailer for The Act, starring Joey King, I was very curious. My sister and I have not been disappointing. Every episode is creepy and the storyline follows the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard’s murder. Here is the trailer for anyone interested. I definitely recommend.

5. DailyBible.app: This app popped up in my Pinterest recommended feed. For a little spiritual motivation, you can schedule a time in the day to be sent daily bible quotes. When you open the app, it asks you what time of the day you need a little motivation. Just select a time, and expect to receive 3 quotes from the Bible at this time every day. I scheduled mine for 10 AM everyday and it’s been a great pick-me-up during my mornings.

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Let’s hope this month brings warmer weather and new favorites to share come May.

Happy spring!

Hayley

 

 

 

February Favorite Five

February flew by! It was definitely a very busy month for me. This is where the semester starts to pick up. In this post, I’m highlight five things that definitely stood out to me this month.

Here were this past month’s favorite five:

  1. The Body Shop Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream: This was a recommendation from my mother. I came across this at my local TJMaxx and wanted to try it out. The smell is very fresh and almost woodsy, but the scent does not last on your skin. It leaves my skin feeling very moisturized and I do feel as though it firms it as well.

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TJMaxx, $9.99 ; The Body Shop, $36 

2. The Aspiring Screenwriter’s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune by Andy Rose: This is actually my textbook for my Screenwriting class I am currently taking. Of all of the texts I’ve had to read these past three years, this is one of my favorites. The tone is so casual and funny it keeps me engaged through every chapter. It’s not overly-wordy and it breaks down screenwriting in a very simple way.

3. The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose Shower Gel: This shower gel smells AMAZING. It smells like a high brand perfume and the scent lasts on my skin all day.

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TJMaxx stores, $4.99; The Body Shop, $15

4. myHomework App: Scrolling through Pinterest, I came across a Tumblr post recommending this app to any college student. I downloaded it at the start of the semester and after every syllabus day during the first week of classes, I wrote down every assignment on my syllabus into this app. It organizes each assignment by class and will send you reminders days before the assignment is due. It keeps me on task and when every assignment is done, I check it off.

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Free on the App Store

5. The Imaginary Invalid: A Play By Moliére: I was fortunate enough to go support one of my best friends in her university’s production of The Imaginary Invalid. I went into the theatre blind; I had no idea what to expect of the play and had never heard of it before. After sitting through, this show is in my top ten list. It was hilarious, heart-warming, and has a very relatable theme about living in the moment. Totally recommend!

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Alexandra Burke in UNH’s The Imaginary Invalid; pc: Susan Cutelis

Those are some highlights I will be carrying with me throughout the months to come. Let’s see what this month brings.

Happy March,

Hayley

My Hair Transformation

When I get bored or want a fresh start, I change my hair. It’s never anything drastic. I’ve never had the courage to dye my hair pink or chop it all off, although I think it’s AWESOME when people do. But my hair has definitely changed through the years and I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and talk a little about my hair transformations.

  • Toddler years: When I was really little, my hair was a dirty blonde color and never went longer than my shoulder. I had bangs (and a horrible cowlick).

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  • Beginning of High School : As I got older, my hair darkened and I let my bangs grow out.
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  • Mid- High School: I chopped my brunette hair into a bob.IMG_2604
  • Senior Year: I got blonde highlights and kept going lighter and shorter.img_1143
  • 1st Years of College: My hair became blonder and never reached past my shoulder.

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  • 2nd Year of College: I let my hair grow out and dyed it an ashier blonde. I even tried out extensions for my role as a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast.

  • Now: I went a more warmer/neutral golden blonde and added curtain bangs (never thought the bangs would be back). I’m very happy with how this new hair looks and I don’t plan on changing it up for a while (for now).

Thank you to anyone who joined me on my trip down memory lane. What do you think of evolution/transformation posts like this? Should I post more like this?

My Favorite Five: January 2019

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away I made a post called My Favorite Five where I posted five of my favorite books, products, hobbies, etc. from the month. I really enjoyed writing this post because it helped me remember some of my favorite things and it inspired some of my readers to try out something new! Because of this, I’ve decided my last post of every month will be part of a series called “My Favorite Five”.

Here’s my favorite five of January:

  1. Book Lovers’ Soy Candle: My sister, Ashley, gifted me this candle for Christmas called “Sherlock’s Study.” I’m a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes’ stories and this candle is inspired by the famous detective’s study. It smells like cherrywood, tobacco, and rain and is the perfect scent for a cozy, winter read. These candles are sold by Frostbeard Studio on Etsy.

  2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote: Speaking of cozy, winter reads, I’d been dying to read the short story that one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn films is based off of and it did NOT disappoint. Turns out the film is very accurate to the story, aside from a few changes here or there. 10/10 recommend for fans of the film.

  3. The Body Shop Makeup Setting Spray: For people who want their makeup to last from morning to evening, a setting spray is what you need. This one by The Body Shop was gifted to me and it might just beat my go-to Milani Make It Last Setting Spray. It’s a refreshing, light, all-over mist and my makeup stays all day. I definitely recommend!!

  4. Room Essential Oil Diffuser: I had heard and seen so many people using these, that I wanted to see what all the rage was about. I was not disappointed. Diffusers make my room smell great and certain oil combinations can aid sleep, digestion, and improve your overall mood. The wonderful work of aromatherapy! (Hint: 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Lemongrass, and 2 drops Eucalyptus help you breathe when you have a cold 🤧).

  5. Pressed Cafe Matcha Latte: I love green tea, but had a hard time with green tea lattes. I found most of them bitter and Starbuck’s matcha latte was too strong. Then I decided to try Pressed Cafe’s (a little cafe in Nashua and Burlington with a large menu) and my mind changed forever. I don’t know what it is, but their latte is just the right amount of matcha and is blended so smoothly with vanilla almond milk. Warning: Once you have one, there’s no going back. (Oh, and their avocado toast is to DIE for). img_2461

These are just five of my favorite things from January. Stay tuned for next month’s favorites.

February, here we come!

Hayley