how i self-care | my self-care routine 2018

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With the new year in effect and the winter semester on the horizon, it’s hard to remember to take care of yourself. Though your new year’s resolution may be to self-care more, finding the time to do so will go out the window once you get your first major project back at college. (Speaking of the new year, click here if you need some winter outfit inspiration!) My self-care routine has evolved from just washing my hair and painting my nails to now a full-on skincare routine! If you’ve read my tweets within the last week, you will know that I scored some Mario Badescu Rose Water, and I am addicted. Not only does it smell heavenly, I’ve ACTUALLY noticed a difference in my skin. But before I get ahead of myself fangirling over Mario, see below how I self-care:

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My routine first starts off with washing my hair. I use the Aveda Brilliant Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve been using this for over a month, and I refuse to switch back to my old shampoo and conditioner. There’s a cooling–almost medicated–sensation that coming with these products, but I feel like I’ve just left the hair salon after using them. My hair (while very short) doesn’t feel heavy or weighed down after using these. This shampoo and conditioner both cleanses, hydrates, and leaves my hair smelling like eucalyptus.

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Next, I paint my nails with these super pretty red color from OPI called So Hot it Berns. (The name reminds me of Bernie Sanders, who I love dearly.)  I am impressed with how well the color applies. Yet, if you use your hands a lot and decide to clean your house like I did, the color easily chips off at the end of your nail. That’s the only problem I have with this, though! I usually suck at painting my nails, but with So Hot it Berns, I feel like I had full control with the brush and I barely got any on my cuticles. (You may recognize this color from my what i got for christmas 2017 post last week!)

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If I wear makeup that day, whatever doesn’t washed away in the shower, gets melted away with this Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Towelette. I used this for the first time last night, and I am more than amazed. This is the first makeup wipe that doesn’t excruciatingly burn, make my skin feel like sandpaper, and leave it red. I actually felt as if my skin was more hydrated after using it! My skin was left soft and smooth. 10/10 makeup wipe that can be found at Ulta. (Also the packaging is so cute!)

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetAfter my makeup has been removed, I like to go an extra step by cleansing and toning my face. I’ve been using Clean & Clear since high school, and it’s something I swear by. It clears up my acne overnight and it’s super inexpensive. I love using these two products as a duo. Both are aimed to wash away dirt and prevent pimples, but it’s gentle enough to use every night! (These can be found anywhere for under $10!)

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Mario. Mario. Mario. Is there anything you can’t do? I first heard about Mario Badescu after watching Jess Andrea’s beauty favorites video  from August. I knew that I had to get some because Jess Andrea is one of my favorite vloggers (she also is a singer-songwriter and recently went on tour!). Her skin always looks so beautiful and glowy, so I had to try it out for myself. I dashed over to Ulta–I originally was going to get this on Amazon because it came with a green tea spray as well, but I was too impatient to wait for the two-day shipping. This one was also a lot bigger than the Amazon one and I was happy because I plan to use this every night.

I wasn’t nervous at all to try this out, because of the high reviews people had been giving it. I sprayed sort of a lot on my face, then let it dry. I’m not even kidding, within a few minutes, my skin felt hydrated! I went to sleep with this sprayed on my face, and woke up amazed! Usually when I wake up in the morning, my eyelids are flaky and dry. My face feels tight. I have more dry patches than the Sahara Desert. But Mario came through for me and my face was actually SOFT when I woke up. 20/10. Would recommend Mario all the way. Plus, the smell makes me so happy. It smells like flowers, and sugar, and remind me of Hawaii!

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To end my routine, I curl up with a good book, my new reading light, and my new bookmark. (Thank you, Mom!) I’m currently reading Every Day by David Levithan (there’s a movie coming out soon!) and it’s a book that I really appreciate. I won’t spoil anything, but the basic premise of the story is that the main character switches bodies every single day, living a new life every day. When I first heard of this book, years ago, I thought it was going to be cheesy. I’m not going to lie. But after reading it in 2017, I realize that the story goes deeper than surface level, and it makes you think about your actions, how they affect others. As well as, you ask yourself, am I living my best life today?

I hope that you enjoyed this post!

Comment down below your self-care routine or if there’s something you’ve changed about your self-care routine for 2018!

Once again, thank you all for the wonderful support. From the tweets to the comments, you all shower me with so much love. I only hope that I shower you with love, as well.

Here’s to 2018!

stay who you are.

-hello ninety-seven







32 thoughts on “how i self-care | my self-care routine 2018

  1. I use the same face wash, and I absolutely love how it smells and makes my skin feel clean. I also use a Milk cooling water stick on my eye bags to wake my eyes up when they feel tired and B&BW hand cream in sea spray works wonders on my dry hands and smells sooo good. I’ve been meaning to read Every Day! I saw that the movie’s coming out, and the trailer looks good.

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    1. Omg 2018 is the year I really want to start using Milk Products! Ah, how are you liking them? Every Day is sooo good. I’m so close to finishing, but for some reason, I keep stalling lol I’m OBSESSED with the trailer! Thank you so much for commenting!

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      1. Well, I really love the cooking water! I also use the matcha toner, and while it doesn’t have any really noticeable effects minimizing my pores, it hydrates my skin pretty well. They look like little sticks, but I’ve been using them for months daily, and it looks like I’ve barely touched them too. I do have to warn you that they can feel a little sticky and weird on your skin sometimes, but if I apply them after washing my face, it’s fine.

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  2. OPI brushes are great, it’s crazy how the brush itself makes such a difference but it really does help the color go on the nail more smoothly. I have found that the Sally Hansen brushes (slightly cheaper brand, too) are nice as well because they’re squared off – it’s the little things!

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    1. It’s a true dream!!! I couldn’t believe how awesome my skin felt after using it. I had a giant pimple on my face for like three days and I kept using rose water and it cleared right up, like magic. Thanks for commenting!


    1. Ooh girl no. Oil based wipes the worst!! Try the micellar water ones are gentle and have a ton of hydration! Thanks for stopping by and knitting sounds so much fun!


  3. This is a great read outline! I love it! I’ve never taken that good of care of my skin, but I may try some I fr these past products! Cause I suffer from dry skin and it is NOT cute!

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  4. Good books and a relaxing skincare routine are the best to unwind!
    Especially my nails usually get neglected – so it feels all the more luxurious and special whenever I get to sit down and paint them! Such simple things, but they really make a difference.

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