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Morning Skincare Routine || Drugstore Week

Having an affordable skin care routine is the college girl dream, today I share mine with you...

For today Drugstore Week post I'm gonna share my skincare routine that is exclusively from the drugstore. It's basically composed by five different products. I use a face wash, a toner, a lotion, an oil and a liquid solution. It might seem a lot for some and little for others, but it's my routine and it works well for me. 
But before I start getting into the products I really have to talk about my skin. I have dealt with acne in the past and I have taken medication for it. I've consulted various dermatologist but none had the effect/ efficiency that I hoped for so I basically gave up and started following my own path and getting more and more into what I put in my skin and its ingredients. it might not be the perfect 100% clear at the moment but I think I am on the right path. I decided to share this post but I first need to state that I am no skin expert, however, I've been more and more interested in what works for me personally and what doesn't. I really hope you like this post and if you have any questions or anything feel free to leave them in the comments and I am going to get back to everyone. 

So the first step after I wake up is to get my face wet with stone cold water to wake myself up (absolutely needed in a morning skincare routine). Then I've been using the L'óreal Pure Clay Detox Foaming Wash. I've been loving this face wash. It really makes my skin feel super cleaned and glowy. I think this is a great product, especially when you consider that it costs so little. If you check the ingredients you would find things like Moroccan Lava Clay (which has a lot of benefits to the skin like improving circulation or treating acne and it also has a lot of exfoliating particles), Salicylic Acid (which not only helps to treat acne but also helps to fade acne scars) and Citric Acid (which helps to treat uneven skin tone and to unclog the pores).

Step number two is a skin toner. Toners are a very important step in my skincare routine because they can help clean our skin from residues and also help us balancing the pH of the skin. My go to toner at the moment is the Cien toner from Lidl. I've been using it for a while now but since I started looking more into skin care and the ingredients that are in the products (something I should have started doing a long time ago) I really have been wanting to get a new one, so if you have any recommendations please let me know in the comment section.

Following the toner I use Tea Tree Oil, but only if I'm dealing with breakouts. Tea Tree Oil has been a skin care hero since I can remember. It helps me treat acne but it's also the only product I can use that helps with my mosquito bite allergy, whenever I get a mosquito bite I always clean it with Tea Tree Oil and it helps reduce the infection. If there is a skin product that I really recommend this one has to be it due to its many uses and benefits to my skin. 

Then I apply the Oriflame Optimals Balance Day Fluid for oily skins. It's very important to keep in mind that regardless of how oily your skin is it needs to be hydrated. One of the core ingredients of this product is Salicylic Acid (see above). I really like how my skin feels after applying it. If your skin is on a dryer side or if it's very sensitive I would really recommend the use of a face cream after applying the lotion, once I have a combination to oily skin I tend to use creams on my night skin care and leave the creams to use in the night time. 

The last product that I use in my morning (and night) routine is from The Ordinary and it's the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. This is the first product of this kind that I've ever tried and it's also the first product from the brand. This is an eye cream/ serum that reduces puffiness and the darkness of the dark circles. I really have a fresh and awakanning feeling when I use this product, I feel like i just passed a ice cube under my eye baisicly. I think this is a really good brand to try from the drugstore and I couldn't recomend this specific product more. Also their website has a lot of information and it's great if you are starting (like me) to be more interested in skin care and it's compunentes.  

Et voilà! This is what I do every morning in order to keep my skin clean and taken care of! I really hope you guys liked this post. I hope you are enjoying drugstore week so far and as you know we will have a new post tomorrow at 6PM!

L'óreal First Impressions || Drugstore Week

The best way to kick start a week full of blog posts is a haul and first impressions post, isn't it?

The other day I went to the drugstore because I needed a new foundation and once I haven't gotten my favorite cushion in a long time I decided that a drugstore visit was due. When I got there L'óreal was buy one get one free. There were a few products from the brand that I really wanted to try and I end up getting the four products for only 35€ (instead of the 75€ that I would have normally paid).
Also, I promise that this was the first time I used the products, I just forgot to photograph them first, I hope you don't mind!

Infallible Total Converged Concealer Pallet: I've been on the market for a concealer pallet for a long time now, and this one has always been the one I had in mind. It comes with 5 creamy concealers/ correctors, a green, a purple, and three concealing shades. So far I've been liking this pallet a lot. I used the green to conceal blemishes and the purple to conceal marks and tone down my dark circles, then I applied the darkest concealer shade, also to tone down the under eyes and then after foundation I applied the lightest concealer shade as concealer. I normally would use a liquid concealer (which I still prefer) but I think that this one has done the job right.

Nude Magic Cushion Foundation: Ok! This is not a first impression, but I haven't worn this foundation in over a year and I got it on the buy 1 get one free deal. The Nude Magic is the only cushion foundation I've ever tried after my queen and guru Anna (from The Anna Edit) talked about it over and over again. I love this foundation for the Summer time due to is dueniess and light coverage. It lasts all day on my skin and I personally really like the combo of this foundation and the concealer pallet.  

Lip Paint Matte in 212 Nude-Ist: I had heard so many great things about these lipstick formulas that I knew I had to try them. I love the concept of liquid lipsticks but I hate the formula 99% of the time. I find it too drying on my already dry lips so this kind of lip mouse products are my favorite way to achieve a matte look.
I really love this formula even tho it didn't last ages on my lips I felt like it did a good 4hours without touching up. I really want to get my hands on a few more shades, especially because there are a few more nude shades on the market.

Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara: This is another product that I've been wanting to try since it first came out. This mascara promises Mega Volume (because you couldn't read the name in the first place).  At first, I didn't like this mascara because I felt that my eyelashes were super clumpy (and your girl here loves her separated and defined lashes). But then when I used it a second time after letting the formula dry for a week I didn't feel the same. My lashes were separated but had more volume than ever. It really gives the Baby Doll effect, also it locks when closed so I feel like it's really sealed and air won't get into the formula which is an amazing thing if you are in the market for a new mascara from the drugstore I really have been enjoying this one.

And this is the final look I created with this products. I tried to keep everything else about the look minimal with only a tiny bit of bronzer in my eyelids, brows, and blush on my cheeks. I really hope you guys are excited about Drugstore Week and I also hope that you liked this post! I think I made great choices when buying this product from L'óreal and if you want an updated review follow me on Instagram or Twitter (@annesperks). 

5 things to keep in mind for the upcoming school year || Advice

 We associate certain month with certain things, for example, December is a synonym of Christmas and March of Spring. Following that logic, we should also associate September with Back to School... 

As I sit by my laptop writing this I try to ignore that in less than a month I will be sitting in a classroom, drowning in papers and things to study. However, this post isn't about the things that I hate related to back to school but the exact opposite. 
Going into my second year of University I think I've learned enough during my educational path to give you some advice to keep in mind regarding school and university.

1. It's okay to like school: I've loved school since I was a little girl, I love reading and writing and buying stationary, taking notes and learning new things, however, I felt ashamed of sharing this with other people (I know, I know, it's stupid). We all know that the cool kids don't give a sh*t about school and if you want to be one of the cool kids you must not care as well. I literally have no words to tell you how wrong this is. Think about people like Malala who literally risk their lives every single day for a chance to learn and you are embarrassed to say that you love doing that? Don't be. This year I had to change courses and I freaked out with the possibility of not being able to go back to University, it was something that really put things in perspective for me and made me realize how lucky I am to be able to learn every day. 

2. Always say yes to a challenge, you are investing in your future: We see school too often as something mandatory, but we forget that school (especially University) is an investment for our future.
We are learning skills every day that will help us get a job, regardless of the kind of job we get. Once school is mandatory and we often feel like we are only there because we are obliged to be we often don't take opportunities ending up losing a set of soft skills. 
When I was in my senior year of High School I was vice president of the student association and with that, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I love planning events and being on top of things, I love doing business and managing people and it also gave me the #GIRLBOSS mentality that I have today. My best advice to you is that if you feel like you can earn something from it, embrace it without thinking twice.

3. The first person you see doesn't need to be your best friend: When starting a new semester in school we always feel the pressure to make new friends, I think we've all been there. I'm here to tell you that you don't need to become friends with the first person sitting beside you in your first class. I'm not saying that there is something wrong with becoming friends with that person but I can tell you from personal experience that I felt a lot of pressure to meet people during my first semester of Uni and I ended up not liking the people I've met and feeling behind when it comes to friendships. Now looking at the two or three colleagues that became amazing friends I feel stupid for being that way. When it comes to this topic my best tip is DON'T BE AFRAID TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE. It's easy for us to think bad things about ourselves or that no one will like us but I guarantee you that everyone feels like that sometimes and that you will find your people just don't put pressure on yourself to do it, human relationships don't have deadlines.

4. Don't be afraid of failing (the glass can be half full as well):  On the words of Winston Churchill "Sucess is not final,  failure is not fatal: is the courage to continue that counts.". During your academic life, you will experience failure. You won't get the mark you wanted on a paper or you will fail a test and you have to know how to deal with that. 
Last semester I got a 13 out of 20 on a subject I was sure I was going to get a 16 at least and it really made me sad at first, but then I thought about how much I had learned in those classes. How hard I worked for everything and instead of becoming sadder I realized. I did it, it was done! And God, did that subject change me as a person. It did, I feel like I grown so much in those classes and that it opened my eyes to a new perspective of seeing things. Also, I met one of my best friends in that same subject, which makes me wonder now, did I really fail at something? Or did I win something I wasn't expecting?

5. YOU GOT THIS!: Sometimes we all feel like we are not capable of doing better than what we did before. I'm here to tell you that you can do it! You got this! Sit down with an empty page in front of you and dream big, what are your goals for this school year? Be more organized? Get better grades? Get more involved in the school projects? Regardless of what it is, you should be looking at those goals as things that are absolutely going to happen. Stick them on a wall near your desk so that you can see them when you are studying late at night and always remind yourself that you can do better than you did in the past simply by working harder. I believe that the harder we work the greater will our opportunities be. Sucess attracts success and to create your own success is in your hands.

I hope you all like this post and I personally want to know what is your best back to school tip for the School Year that is about to begin. 

TRY-DAY FRIDAY - Stepping out of your comfort zone and feeling happy about it

  I was challenged by  Dia & Co to step out of my comfort zone and to share with you an outfit that was out of my comfort zone. It could be whatever I wanted to as long as it was challenging for me and my personal style... 

Dia&Co is a plus size clothing brand that created this project called Try-Day Friday. I love the message behind this project because I personally feel like women tend to limit themselves. to certain color pallets or styles of clothing that fit in a certain style that they have. 
I often ask myself, what will others think if I go out in pink? What if I bought those glitter shoes, would anyone like them, but me? WOULD I BE JUDGE? I believe that you ask this same questions to yourself a lot too. 

When I saw this pair of pastel pink mom jeans all this questions popped in my mind. But the philosophy  behind this post made me get them. Even though this is completely out of my comfort zone I feel so happy when  I use them. Maybe it's because it's so different from everything else that I own, or maybe it's because I decided to embrace a style I love without worrying about what anyone else is thinking. 

Basically the message I want to put out there with this post is that no matter what your "style" is or what color pallet goes with your closet. If you love something, get it and rock it girl!
If you stop carrying so much about what everyone else is thinking you will feel so much better and happier about yourself and a lot more comfortable in your own skin, which is all that matters.
Also no one really cares about your outfit as much as you think they do.
To finish this I just want to challenge every single one of you to go out in something that is out of YOUR comfort zone and then send me a picture on Instagram or just tweet me telling me your experience. I'm just @annesperks on every social media. Anyone can be part of this amazing project by Dia & Co! If you decide to embrace it please share the links with me!

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water A Review || Skincare

We finally have Simple here in Portugal, and that is the reason why I cheated on my Garnier Micellar water:

I feel like the beauty market here in Portugal, is lacking a lot of skincare brands that are cruelty free. Specially when it comes to the drugstore. I was really excited when Simple finally started selling here. I had tried a few of their products in the past and loved them, but I couldn't get hold of them, until now.
Getting the Micellar Water was a easy choice to replace my Garnier one, which (unfortunately) isn't cruelty free.
They retail for the exact same price and have the exact same amount of product (700mL).

This product soon became a favourite (so much that I already own the smaller size as well for when I'm traveling). This product isn't artificially perfumed and it's smell bothered me a little bit.
Besides that I can say that this removes everything. I just put a little bit in a cotton pad and I use it all over my face to remove makeup. 
Most days I use it as the first step in my double cleansing routine, but when I'm feeling extra lazy this is the only product I use to remove my makeup and it works out fine.
This also removes my eye makeup like a dream. Even tough I really want to try their oil infused eye makeup remover.

All I can say is that this product is a really great cruelty free option from the drugstore, and that everyone should give it a try when it comes to removing makeup because it works wonders! 

What other products from simple should I try, now that I can get them from my local drugstore?