“Girl, Wash Your Face” Review

Rachel Hollis is my spirit animal (not an animal though), maybe my soul sister? Not too sure. I do know that she has a mind very similar to mine and her book confronted every insecurity or struggle that I’ve encountered in my 23 years of life.

Who does that? Who confronts that stuff and makes people feel confident after? But also makes you feel like your their best friend.

Rachel Hollis does y’all. She puts all the things we ALL need to hear right now into words that resonate with readers.

This book has transformed me in the weirdest way. Spiritually and emotionally. After reading this book, I felt refreshed. Reading her book almost made me feel like I just left a therapy session. CRAZY, right?

She mixes faith, unfiltered thoughts, and real life into the perfect words. She begins each chapter with a lie that we often will ourselves because the devil pushes these fears on us. The chapters are short and sweet, but nothing less than powerful. And, she ends each chapter with some tips on how she dealt with that lie. She makes it a point in the book that it is critical that these lies are confronted and fixed. We need to live in truth, loving others and loving ourselves.

Rachel Hollis shares so many real life trials: her traumatic childhood, her struggle with loving people, her struggle with loving herself, living life instead of just getting by, and overall becoming a better woman.

Her willingness to open up to readers with hopes of helping someone through similar trials is remarkable and brave.

I’ve gained a better perspective on issues and I feel like my faith is a bit stronger. I now know that I am in control of my thoughts and I can take my life in whatever direction I choose. I can be the person I strive to be if I believe in myself. And most importantly, by the grace of God.

I’m recommending this book because the spectrum of lessons and humbling experiences Rachel Hollis shares with us leaves the reader with various platforms to connect to. Like truly connect and leave you saying, Hey I think like that, I’ve been through the exact same experience, I struggle with that too. And no it isn’t just about struggle and flaws, it’s about how we can grow from it in an honest way.

You will laugh out loud and you will shed a tear (or sob).

I can read this book over and over again.

I am having a difficult time explaining this book to you without giving it away because I can go on and on about what Rachel Hollis talks about and how it makes me feel. But- I want you to read it. Take my word, this book is phenomenal.

If you haven’t read it yet, get your hands on it quick!

If you have read it, let me know what your take on the book was.

Cheers!

My Favorite Skincare Products

Skincare is sooo important to everyone at every age. It’s even better to start with a good routine before the age of 25. Even if you don’t suffer from acne or any type of skin issue, it is still important to take care of your skin. I do not have the best skin, I am still working to figure out what will get my skin where I want it to be, but I have come a long way. My skincare routine is nothing extraordinary by any means, but I’ve been posting a lot of content on my Instagram stories (@champagneandacarryon) regarding my skincare and I have received a lot of positive feedback. Through Instagram I have been able to interpret what content you like seeing me post about, that’s why I’m sharing this routine with you!

*I am not an esthetician, but my sister is if you truly have concerns about your skin I can relay the questions to her!

A little bit about my skin – I don’t have perfect skin but I don’t have severe acne prone skin either. I have some redness and discoloration on my face with a few zits here and there throughout the month (2 max.) I do have combination skin which means some days my skin is very oily and other days it’s crying for more moisturizer. I’m usually oily throughout the day and makeup plays a big factor in that oil. At night I have noticed that it’s more dry. It’s easier to gage what your skin needs or what it doesn’t need once you focus on religiously taking care of it for a good period of time. Here is what I have found works best for me and what I am loving right now.

CLEANSERS- I have recently tried a few cleansers that I totally stand by and would recommend to people. BUT, everyone has different skin with different concerns. The cleansers I use aren’t targeted to treat and prevent acne particularly. The cleaners I tend to gravitate to are just to wash the day away or prep it for my night routine and doesn’t make my oily skin any worse. My favorite cleansers are thePurity Face Wash by Philosphy – I had such a hard time switching from this one, even though I didn’t need to. I was getting more into skin care and wanted to broaden my horizons (aka fill my cabinets with more products!) Love Love Love the Philosphy face wash. Once I switched from Purity I tried the Enzyme Cleansing Gel by Mario Badescu and that one was a great cleanser as well and left my skin drier so when I combined it with a good moisturizer I was ready to roll without any unnecessary oil. The only thing I didn’t quite enjoy about the Mario Badescu one was the scent of the cleanser, I can’t compare the smell to anything at the moment but it wasn’t a fragrant scent at all. Recently I was given the Clinique Pep Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser by a friend and I’m living for it. It makes my skin feel brand new because it has gentle exfoliating beads in it and I feel like my skin is REALLY clean after. Unfortunately, when I moved to Virginia I forgot it in my shower in California so I had to run to Sephora the other day to pick up a new face wash. I will probably get my Clinique one shipped to me soon so I thought I’d try another cleanser (for the blog 😜!) I picked upOrigins Checks and Balancescleanser and I am so obsessed with washing my face because of it. If it’s a frothy face wash and it smells like spearmint! Ugh, I can’t get enough of it. It’s perfect for my skin and leaves it feeling so clean. The best part is that it wasn’t very expensive and a tiny bit of it goes a very long way, so I know this product will be in my routine for a couple of months before I can even consider trying something new and as of right now I plan on sticking with this one. My skin already looks so much better after using it.

EXFOLIATER- Trader Joe’s is the way to go y’all- for food and skincare. Trader Joe’s Blueberry & açaí facial scrub. This exfoliating scrub is cheap and it is amazing! I found it at Trader Joe’s one day and decided to give it a go since everything from that store is remarkable (big fan of the place, can ya tell?) It smells like blueberry yogurt! I exfoliate a few days a week, but def not everyday because it is bad for your skin if you over do it. Exfoliating is necessary in any skincare routine and it steps up your skincare game a bunch. It totally cleans the slate and is one thing I definitely do before I apply makeup for any type of special event because it takes off all that excess dead skin that may be built up. If you haven’t tried exfoliating with a scrub yet, I would suggest to use this one because like I said before, it’s cheap and it works great.

TONERS- If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am newly fond of the Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray. I bought it on a whim when I was in Ulta because I’ve heard a lot about it and I wanted to see what the hype was. Man, I wish I would have jumped on this bandwagon years ago. This spray is such an essential part of my skincare routine now. I spray it on my face every morning and every night. My skin loves this stuff. The only thing I don’t like is the scent, I’m not a big rose scent gal, reminds me of an old woman. BUT, it gets the job done and they have other scents that I am going to try as soon as this one runs out. I use it to hydrate my skin and I use it in place of a toner since I haven’t used a real toner in years. It really has helped my redness disappear. If you haven’t tried this one, you need to and you’ll thank me later!

MOISTURIZERS- My combination skin always always always needs moisturizer whether it’s having a dry day or an oily day. It’s always important to keep your skin moisturized. I trade off between two moisturizers at the moment because they’re both remarkable. For the majority of the time I use the Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Moisturizing Creme. It has the amazing scent to it, almost like a starburst. Super hydrating and such a good product that feels luxury and thick. Some days when I need to really focus on my dehydrated skin I use the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. You can either leave this product on over night as an overnight mask, or you can apply it and leave it on your skin for 10 minutes then rinse. I prefer to leave it on over night two times a week. When I wake up my skin feels extremely hydrated and plump. I don’t think these two will ever be taken out of my skincare routine either.

FACIAL OILS- A newer product to me that I don’t think I can live without anymore even though it is so expensive- Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. I apply this every morning and night after I cleanse my face, right before my moisturizer. It hydrates and nourishes my skin. It leaves a healthy glow and my skin feels firm after. I was very hesitant to try this oil because my face is highly sensitive to oil, but the girl at Sephora said that I shouldn’t be concerned because the maker of the brand made these products with sensitive skin in mind so it wouldn’t make me break out. IT DIDN’T. I was shook. Like I said, it’s expensive, but totally worth the money. I’m personally trying to invest in my skin more than anything else these days.

If you have any recommendations or want me to test out more products, send your referrals my way. I have a few products I’m still in the process of testing out, like Drunk Elephant products that I have just been able to try! I will post another blog about my updated skincare routine if it changes and if anything I’m trying out makes the cut!