Beauty

Sephora Beauty Haul and Review

About 2 weeks ago I shared my updated Fall Skincare Routine on here and I shared a ton of new products. Now that I’ve actually used the products for a few weeks, I wanted to share my honest review of them with you too. I hadn’t changed my skincare routine in about a year, so this was definitely interesting to me to have to figure out what to try. I try to keep my skincare routine simple, because I feel that simple usually gets you the best results. Keep on reading to see how I like the new products I got!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask

This is a limited edition version of the original Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Mask that is made with honey which is a super moisturizing ingredient for your hair. It’s also not skincare, but it’s the only one I have that’s not, so I figured I should share first. It comes in a cute little teddy bear bottle, which I like better than the original tub version because it’s just easier to squeeze the product out and see how much you’re using. I like the smell sort of, it’s a little too sweet for me but it’s still nice. It smells sort of like synthetic/plastic sugar cookie so do with that what you will. The scent lasts after you get out of the shower and smells much better once your hair is dry. As far as moisture goes, I do find it more moisturizing than the original which is the point so it’s definitely worth looking into!

Summer Fridays CC Me Vitamin C Serum

I love to use a Vitamin C serum for brightening and I had used the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum for a year and just felt like I needed a change. I had never used any Summer Fridays products before, but had always heard good things about the brand. I’ve also been a huge fan of Marianna Hewitt for a few years so when I saw this product, I figured why not? The texture is very light and reminds me of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. It’s got like a silicon texture once it’s applied on your face, which I actually like a lot. The texture feels really light and it’s got a very light scent. I don’t see a huge difference in brightness, but it’s only been 2 weeks so I wouldn’t mind giving this a little bit longer to work it’s magic.

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask

I love this eye mask so far! I think it’s done a great job of brightening and depuffing my eyes. With my new work schedule and commuting an hour and a half every day (versus my previous 5 minute commute), I’m definitely lacking sleep so this helps me pretend like I’m not. The texture is really heavy and creamy which personally, I love for night time. I like to use it in the morning too, because it works very quickly to help depuff. There’s really not a distinctive scent which is nice since it’s an eye cream and sometimes fragrance can be irritating. I would definitely recommend this product if you’re on the market for a new eye cream.

THE ORDINARY Lactic Acid 10% + HA

This is a product that I’ve used for the last year, but only in the 5% version. Sephora doesn’t sell that one and frankly, I didn’t want to put in a separate order for a $6 product so I just stepped it up to the 10% version. It’s definitely stronger, so I don’t recommend using it if you have sensitive skin. I like this because my skin really feels smooth, soft and brighter after using this product. I use it once or twice a week depending on what my skin has been doing that week. I love this product and I like that there’s the option to get the less strong version also! Plus the price is nice too!

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

This is a product that I got as a sample with my order and I really like it actually. It keeps my skin really soft and healthy looking. It’s an oil but it’s really light and so far I would definitely consider buying the full size version. It’s a little pricey for a serum, but I think it does a good job at repairing my skin so I would probably purchase when I run out of this sample size!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This is another product that I got as a sample and I am definitely going to buy a full size of this. I love to use a super moisturizing heavy moisturizer/cream at night and this is not that. It’s super moisturizing, but not heavy at all. It feels really light, almost cooling, but it is so moisturizing. If you have dry skin, I would highly recommend this product but it’s also great for oily skin too. It’s so good and I think I’m going to look into a few more Laneige products.

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How To Deal With Stress and Burn Out

I have to be honest, I have not done my best job at self-care lately. The last 2-3 weeks, I have been feeling really stressed, over tired and definitely burnt out. I’ve been trying to manage it as best I can, and while I’m still struggling to handle it, I have at least recognized some of the causes so I thought I would share my process of recognizing burn out and how to stop it. Keep on reading!

My first step in dealing with burn out is, of course, recognizing that you’re burnt out in the first place. For me burn out comes in the form of crying over small things, feeling REALLY tired to the point where I could cry, and lashing out in anger among a few other symptoms. It usually starts with being tired, and then the crying and then the lashing out for me personally but it will look different for everyone. Once I start seeing those symptoms, I immediately know that it’s getting to be time for a break. But with all the crazy things we tend to have going on in our lives, we can’t just drop everything to take a break because we’re feeling stressed.

So my next step, is planning ahead and prioritizing. For me, my blog is a hobby that I treat like another job which means that everything I do for it, is super important and has a deadline. Aside from going to my real job, that’s usually my next priority as far as tasks go, not to mention spending quality time with my boyfriend/family/friends, working out, sleeping and eating. Because I have so many things to prioritize, that alone can feel overwhelming for me. Lately, one thing that has been making me stressed is actually that I’m a little behind on my blogs (shhhh)! I usually plan posts, and shoot them at least a week in advance if not 2-3 weeks and right now that is not what I’ve been doing. For me prioritizing means looking at my whole month, picking out what’s most important (blogs, spending time with Andrew/friends/family, and working out) and making sure those get scheduled in first before anything else. Then I can go week by week and plan out what needs to get done by when. Of course, I also need to schedule in my time to relax so I A) have something to look forward to and B) actually get to relax!

Along with prioritizing comes setting boundaries. Deciding when I can go and enjoy something and when I have to put my foot down and say “no”. Recently, I’ve definitely had a ton of trouble saying “no” to things. I’ve been busy every weekend since mid August because I can’t bring myself to say “no” to plans! One thing I really need to learn is that sometimes I have to force myself to turn down the plans and relax at home or focus on getting my work done. It’s probably the hardest, but definitely most important step!

Last but not least, when I do finally relax, I have to make sure I’m doing stuff that makes me feel good and relaxed. For me, that usually means making myself a big breakfast with a giant cup of coffee on a Saturday morning and then laying on the couch watching TV for the rest of the day. But it can come in many forms depending on what’s most important to you! For some people, that means getting a good workout in and for others that means spending time with friends or family and catching up. You have to figure out what makes you feel your best and set aside time to actually do that, uninterrupted for as long as you need.

I hope this was helpful and also helped you see that you’re not alone when you feel stressed and tired and completely burnt out. It happens to the best of us, but make sure you take care of yourself first! xx

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Fashion

How I Style My Favorite Sweater 4 Ways

I’ve found my new favorite sweater for the season and I decided to style it 4 ways to show you how versatile these kinds of pieces can be! In the winter, a sweater is the equivalent of a plain white t-shirt. It can be paired so many different ways, dressed up or down. I chose to style this olive green sweater from Something Navy x Nordstrom and you can shop it, right here. Keep reading to see how I styled this sweater four different ways!

Outfit 1

This one is my favorite because it’s probably the most common way I’d style this. I paired it with my new favorite dad jeans from Topshop and a pair of cream heels. Super simple and really cute! I can wear this for a night out or I can switch out the heels for sneakers and go run errands.

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie

Outfit 2

This one is more fun and dressy than the previous outfit. While the weather is not too chilly, I paired it with these black leather pants and some mid calf slouchy black boots. I love the look of leather and suede boots, and I thought it was a perfect way to style the sweater. A balanced mix of dressy and casual.

Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC

Outfit 3

Because the sweater is just a little over size, I thought it would look nice thrown over a button down top and paired with some leather leggings. It’s a casual outfit when paired with sneakers, but I decided to go with the same mid calf suede boots! Perfect for a dinner date when it starts getting chillier.

Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC

Outfit 4

This is my work wear way to style this sweater. I love these cream trousers and thought they would look so pretty with the green sweater. Since it’s fall, I was inspired with the leaves and paired the outfit with these orange heels, but you can really take this anywhere you want. You can do nude heels or black, ankle boots, flats or sneakers to make this outfit versatile for any occasion.

Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David
Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David
Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David

This blog post contains an affiliate link from Nordstrom.com.

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Beauty

My Updated Fall Skincare Routine

It’s been about a year since I last shared my skincare routine, so I thought I would jump on here and share some new products I’ve incorporated into my skincare routine! I will do a full review of these products in a few weeks once I have a better idea of the effects they’ve had on my skin, but for now, here’s what I changed. My old skincare routine is linked here for reference!

Cleanser + Toners

For my cleanser, nothing has changed here and honestly nothing ever will. I will always always use my Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. It’s been a life saver for me and the only cleanser that I feel really gets my skin clean without too much drying. I have acne prone skin, so this really helps when I get breakouts to get rid of them quickly!

For toners, right now, I’m using the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner in the morning after I shower to make sure my pores are closed up nice and tight. I work in NYC, so there’s tons of air pollution, smog, dirt, etc EVERYWHERE so I find this necessary to keep my skin looking oil free and clean throughout the day. At night, I use the Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Toner from Neutrogena to help dry up any breakouts and deep clean my skin from all the gross stuff that got on it during the day. Once or twice a week, I’ll use the Glycolic Acid Solution Toner by The Ordinary to exfoliate my skin after scrubbing with a brush to get smooth and fresh skin. I usually use this on a Thursday or Friday to prepare for the weekend and again on Sunday night to prepare for the coming week!

Serums, Acids, Oils

If I used my glycolic acid toner, then I’ll usually use my Lactic Acid 10% + HA from The Ordinary on top to get an even deeper chemical exfoliation. I don’t have sensitive skin, so using both products doesn’t have a major effect but if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend using one or the other because they can be very harsh.

If I used my Pore Refining Toner in the morning, I’ll then go in with my Summer Fridays CC Me Vitamin C Serum to help with brightening my skin and lightening up some of my acne scars. I like this product so far, it’s very light and leaves a smooth finish on my skin.

If I used my acne toner at night, I’ll use my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concertrate oil sample first to help with repairing my skin while I sleep. Not sure if I like this yet so we’ll see when I finish the sample! After that, because I have acne scarring and a real scar on my forehead from falling on the escalator a few months ago, I also use Bio Oil on my cheeks and my forehead. I honestly feel like this has helped a ton for my acne scarring, but I can only use it at night because it makes my skin REALLY oily. After that I’ll use some rosehip oil on my skin. This is supposed to be good for acne, as well as lightening up scarring and adding moisture. At night is when I go crazy with oils because night time is when your skin gets the chance to recover from the day and replenish all the moisture it’s missing.

Moisturizer + Eye Cream

I recently rediscovered Ponds moisturizers. I used to use it in college, because it was great for keeping my skin moisturized during the brutal Buffalo winters. I saw a new one in Target the other day, so I decided to try it out! It’s the Ponds Rejuveness Moisturizer, with the red cap which is good for anti-aging because it’s never too early. So far, I like it a lot and my skin feels moisturized, maybe a little oily, but good. For eye cream, I used to use the Origins GinZing brightening eye cream, but it just never gave me the brightening and depuffing that I was looking for. I recently switched to the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask which I saw another blogger using, so I was influenced and purchased it. I like how creamy and thick this is and so far, I do think it helps with depuffing and brightening but definitely want to keep using it for a few more weeks to see how effective it is. So far so good!

I hope you liked this one and let me know if you decide to try any of these products out!

This blog post contains affiliate links from Target.com.

P.S. Keep up with me on instagram: @karenmauritzenn

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Get To Know Me: 10 Random Facts

Hello everyone!! It’s been about a year, or a little over since I shared some personal information about myself on here. I got so caught up in creating interesting content, that I forgot to re-introduce myself to my new readers! So, today I thought I would share 10 facts about myself, some random and other more necessary for you to get to know me. Feel free to share something about yourself in the comments!

1. I’m 24 years old

I turned 24 in January 2019 and I graduated from the University at Buffalo back in 2017! I was also in a sorority there, Delta Phi Epsilon!

2. I work as a Meeting Planner in New York City

Despite popular belief (just kidding), I actually do have a job that I go to every day. I work as a meeting planner for a company based in Manhattan. If you follow me on Instagram, you’d get to see my daily outfit posts on my story and also my coffee order every day before work!

3. I’m originally from Long Island, though!

Born and raised, but hoping to move sometime next year!

4. My favorite easy dinner to make is grilled cheese and tomato soup

This is always my go-to dinner when I don’t really feel like making dinner but don’t want to eat out! I usually use 2-3 kinds of cheese if I have it, whole or multi grain bread, and Progresso tomato basil soup. It’s SO GOOD.

5. Josh Cellars is my favorite brand of wine

I love their original cabernet sauvignon, but I also love the Pasa Robles one. I like the rosé and the pinot noir also!

6. I take all my photos on my iPhone X

Mainly out of convenience, but the photo quality is still excellent!

7. My favorite app is Instagram, and my second is Pinterest

I get ALL of my outfit inspiration from these two apps, so I spend a scary amount of time scrolling and trying to find new people to follow and interact with. It’s been so helpful when prepping content for fall. My Pinterest is linked here and my Instagram is linked here.

8. I don’t usually like to eat dessert

I do however, have a soft spot for brownies and dark chocolate! I eat one or two pieces of dark chocolate basically everyday.

9. I workout three times a week, usually

Right now, I’m using the tone and sculpt app by Krissy Cela because I have such a long day due to work so working out at home is easier right now. But, I started working out in 2016 and learned to lift heavy weights, and that was my favorite kind of work out up until about May or June 2019! I would go to the gym 5-6 days a week because I loved it so much.

10. My biggest inspiration is Arielle Charnas

As far as bloggers go, I really think she’s the ultimate. I’ve been following her and her blog since 2014 and she’s been a huge inspiration for my overall style. She makes me feel like there’s so much room for success in this industry if you’re just true to yourself.

P.S. Keep up with me on instagram: @karenmauritzenn

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Target Haul: My New Favorite Fall Pieces

I recently shared a Target Haul on my Instagram Stories and I figured I would also officially style those pieces on here too! I really love these pieces and they are great additions to my fall wardrobe. Each piece is great for multiple occasions, which is why I chose them in the first place. They are also fairly classic styles that could definitely transcend more than a few seasons. Keep on reading to see how I styled each piece and follow me on Instagram to see the try on in my highlights @karenmauritzenn. Everything is linked!

Outfit 1

The first piece is this super cute dress. I initially love the shape of it and the sleeves, but once I got it in the mail I also loved the material and the fit. The material is a thick denim material so it’s great to transition into the fall. I really love a shift style dress so the fit was great and the puff sleeve detail really sold me! I paired it with these old polka dot mules from Something Navy x Nordstrom and I promise this outfit will be on repeat all season!

Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy
Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy
Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy

Outfit 2

I got this feminine black top because it was versatile and stylish enough to wear for work but also going out with friends or on a date with my handsome man. It’s got a wrap style detail in the front which creates the illusion of a smaller waist, so it’s super flattering on all body types! It would look great with black trousers for work or with jeans for date night. I’d throw on a leather jacket for an evening out and be all set. I paired it with some medium wash raw hem jeans from Topshop and these strappy sandals, but you can do a lot more with this top.

Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy
Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy

Outfit 3

I saw this little puff sleeve t-shirt in stores one day and couldn’t stop thinking about it so I went online and ordered it about a week later! I think this is a perfect casual top to pair with jeans to go out with friends or a casual date night, but when paired with trousers would be great for work also. I’ve shared my love for these orange trousers a bunch of times also so I decided they would look so fun with this top and a simple pair of suede heels. These tan suede heels are on clearance for less than $10! This whole outfit is from Target, actually!

Entire outfit is from Target
Entire outfit is from Target
Entire outfit is from Target

Outfit 4

I was in desperate need for plain long sleeve tees so I, of course, looked at Target. They have the best quality basics for the best price. These tees are only $10! I got this top is this pretty orange and an oatmeal color. I also already had it in black and white from last year. I decided to keep this outfit casual with a pair of light wash straight leg jeans from topshop and a pair of sneakers from Target also. These never go out of style and are also $10!

Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Target
Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Target
Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Target

Outfit 5

I have been scouring the earth for the perfect tan cardigan and I finally found it. The material is high quality and super soft so I was very impressed with the quality. I kept this really casual because this is definitely the most common way that I’d style this cardigan. I just threw on a simple white tank and my favorite leggings and white sneakers and now we have a LOOK. Cute for grabbing coffee or heading to the pumpkin patch!

Cardigan: Target / Top: Old Navy / Leggings: Target / Shoes: Target
Cardigan: Target / Top: Old Navy / Leggings: Target / Shoes: Target
Cardigan: Target / Top: Old Navy / Leggings: Target / Shoes: Target

Please note: this blog post contains affiliate links from Target.com.

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The Best Neutral Work Outfits For Fall

As you know, I love a good neutral outfit so I was inspired to share some of my favorites for work in the fall. Honestly the fall colors are really what got me, so these are a pleasant balance of fall and neutral colors. I’m REALLY looking forward to wearing these over the next few months! Keep on reading to see some of my fall outfit ideas for the office.

Outfit #1

I raved about these pants in my last post and guess what, they’re back. I’m head over heels for these pants, they are so dang cute. If you buy anything this fall, please buy these!! I paired them with a taupe sweater I got from Old Navy a few years ago and some nude heels and now we have my favorite ~lewk~ for fall.

Sweater: Old Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Sweater: Old Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Sweater: Old Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #2

Guess what! These are the same pants, but in orange because they are the best, linked here. If this is unclear, please see paragraph above. In the fall, orange is a neutral and I don’t care what you say. I paired these with this leopard print sweater (that is also a neutral, don’t @ me) and some white heels for a perfectly put together fall inspired look.

Sweater: XLE / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Sweater: XLE / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Sweater: XLE / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

I have a feeling, I’m going to be very into all black outfits this season, so here’s my fall inspiration for it. I love this outfit, because if you switch out the shoes for heels or mules or booties, it can easily go from day to night without being too scandalous for the office.

Top: Something Navy / Pants: Old Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Something Navy / Pants: Old Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Something Navy / Pants: Old Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

A sweater dress is a great way to stay cozy, but put together for fall. Plus these are SO easy to come back now a days. I remember a few years ago struggling to find them in stores! This one is from Target last year and I’ve gotten a ton of use out of it. Plus the gray color is super easy to style with any type of shoes or jacket.

Dress: Target / Boots: Public Desire
Dress: Target / Boots: Public Desire
Dress: Target / Boots: Public Desire

Outfit #5

For casual Friday, I went with a super casual look, jeans with a button down and sweater over. Groundbreaking. It’s such a simple outfit, but you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I like it but you can always remove one layer and get a totally different cute outfit out of this look. And both are work appropriate!

Shirt: Old Navy / Sweater: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Shirt: Old Navy / Sweater: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Shirt: Old Navy / Sweater: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

This post contains affiliate links for Target.com.

P.S. Keep up with me on instagram: @karenmauritzenn

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