My New Piercing | Forward Helix

My New Piercing | Forward Helix

I shared with y’all on IG stories that I recently got my forward helix pierced and I had so many questions about it so I figured I would share all the details on here. I have been wanting a new piercing for a while and was trying to decide between getting my rook or my forward helix. Obviously I went with the forward helix because I felt like it was less noticeable, very delicate and a unique piercing that would complete my right ear. I’m really happy I went with the forward helix instead of the rook, I love it so much!

Where I Got it Pierced?

I got mine pierced at the Rose Gold Tattoo Parlor in Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. This is my go-to place for all things tattoos and piercings. I would highly recommend them if you live in the area or if you are visiting San Francisco. The facility is so clean, provides incredible service and they have a beautiful selection of BVLA jewelry. You can check out their reviews here and Instagram.

The Process & Pain Level

So for the piercing itself, it was super quick and very easy! My piercer Allana, was so quick with the actual piercing of the ear to putting in the piece of jewelry. The entire process was over in less than 30 seconds! I did feel a slight pinch to the ear but I wouldn’t say it hurt. Honestly, I would give it a 1 out of 10 in terms of pain. I’ve stubbed my toe and that’s hurts more than getting this piercing lol but really, it didn’t hurt. If you have your earlobes or cartilage pierced, this didn’t feel any different. However with that being said, I do believe I have a high pain tolerance and I have been told that many times before. Pain level is such a personal experience so what could be a 1 for me, could be a 10 for you. This is also my 12th piercing so your girl has some experience lol

Jewelry Info

The piece of jewelry I picked is from BVLA. One of my favorite things about Rose Gold is that you can get pierced with high quality jewelry that you actually love instead of an ugly silver barbell post. Mine is 14k gold with a small diamond in the center of it. I love how dainty it is and it matches perfectly with my other earrings.

Forward Helix | Rings | First Earlobe | Second Earlobe | Third Earlobe | Cartilage

Healing Process

I’ve had this piercing for almost a full month now so I can only speak on what it has been like so far. The first 36 hours I did have a horrible headache on the right side of my head which I do believe was a side effect to the piercing because I am not prone to headaches. This was super annoying and was more painful than the piercing itself. I have been very cautious about sleeping on it since Allana recommended to stay off of it for a couple weeks. This is probably the hardest because I am a side sleeper. I do notice if sleep on it, sometimes I wake up and it is a little bit swollen and red. The third week, I did notice a little bit of white puss coming out of it but after a few sea salt soaks, that went away within 24 hours. So far the healing has been really easy considering this is a cartilage piercing and my ears are incredibly sensitive.

I will update this post once the piercing is fully healed but that can take anywhere from 4-6 months so stay tuned. If you are interested in what cleaning solution I am using, it’s this one. The studio recommends this, it’s available on Amazon for re-purchase and so far it has been working really well for me. I love how big the bottle is so it lasts quite a while. All in all, I love this piercing and would totally recommend it! xoxo

5 Used and 5 New – Skincare Products

5 Used and 5 New – Skincare Products

I often get a lot of questions about my skincare routine and what products I would recommend. Over the past 2 years, I have put a lot of focus and energy into really nailing down a skincare routine that works for me and I have finally found that but I love testing skincare products and finding new hidden gems. So today I am sharing with y’all 5 products I have used up (aka #empties YAY!) and 5 new products I plan on testing out over the next month or so. Personally, I like to take about one month before sharing my review on a new skincare item because I think that is a reasonable amount of time to see how it blends in with my current routine, if any changes happen with my skin or possible irritations so stay tuned for my final thoughts on those. For now, lets get into the empties!

Tatcha Dewy Skin Moisturizer – WOW. Honestly, this has become a staple within my skincare routine. I’ve been using it since the beginning of Fall 2019 and I truly think it is one of the best moisturizers I have ever tried. If you have dry skin I would really recommend this and if you have oily skin, I’ve heard this one is great. I use this cream morning and night and it gives the most beautiful glow to my skin. I also love to use this as a primer before my foundation because it smooths out the skin a bit and provides a beautiful canvas for the face products to glide onto. This product lasted me about 6 months and I will definitely be repurchasing it.

Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Oil – I have been using this product for about 2 years now and can not live without it. I actually have 2 backups of this because I’m that obsessed with it. For someone like myself who wears makeup everyday and sometimes wears a lot of makeup, this is a must. I double-cleanse with this oil as my first step, gently applied to dry skin with a full face of makeup on, followed up by the Dermalogica Cleanser. These products are pricey but I swear by them. For travel, I use the balm so it is TSA friendly.

Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic Cleanser – Speaking of cleansers, this is my favorite drugstore cleanser. I will be honest, it does not beat my Dermalogica cleanser however this is a nice drugstore option. I like this one because it cleans my skin well, brightens my skin tone and does not leave my skin feeling drying or stripped of essential oils. I find it to be hydrating and would recommend it to anyone who has dry skin and is price conscious.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue – Another WOW. This product has changed my under eye situation. I always notice when I forget to use it because my makeup does not look the same. It is incredible! This hydrates and plumps the under eye area like no other. It lasted me about 8 months and I will definitely repurchase this. I’m currently using this eye cream but can’t live without my CT one!

Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Cream – I can’t believe how quickly I have gone through this product and how little I have left. It’s shocking because I didn’t have high hopes for it but boy did this product pleasantly surprise me. I am slowly but surely becoming more of a Ole Henriksen skincare fan and this is one of the products that has really made me want to try more from the skincare line. I like it because it is refreshing. I use this in the morning after washing my skin and it just feels amazing. The scent is incredible(kinda smells like oranges) and I love the way this cream moisturizes my skin but doesn’t make me look oily. My boyfriend who has extremely oily skin also loves this product and is always stealing it from me! I think this will work for anyone and I will be repurchasing it in the future.

Those are all of the skincare products I have recently used up. Now let’s move onto 5 new products I am excited to test out!

Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Lotion – I have not used this yet but I have heard multiple people rave about the Milky Collection from Pixi. I have never tried anything from the line but I’m excited to see what this is like.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask – I saw Tati use this in a video she had filmed with Charlotte and it has been on my mind ever since so yet again, here I am with another Tati recommendation!

Dermalogica Biolumin – C Eye Serum – Ever since I tried the CT Magic Eye Rescue Eye Cream I have been obsessed with testing all eye creams so I can’t wait to see what this is like. My skin seems to love Dermalogica products and with this hefty price tag, I expect nothing but amazingness.

Good Molecules Squalane Oil – Recently through one of my favorite podcasts, Breaking in Beauty, I learned about the benefits of Squalane Oil and how this is going to be the next big ingredient in the beauty industry. I love facial oils so this is very intriguing to me. I’ve been using the same one for over 4 years now but I am going to give this a try! Some of the benefits of Squalane Oil is it provides moisture to the skin, helps keep the skin clear and has anti-inflammatory benefits that can help with eczema and acne.

Naturally Serious Cold Pressed Peel Pads – These peel pads naturally exfoliate the skin and brighten the skin tone. I have already used a few and so far so good. I haven’t noticed any changes or improvements yet but they don’t break me out so that’s a good sign. I will report back!

That is it for my 5 used and 5 new skincare products. If you are interested in my follow ups for these new skincare products, stay tuned. I will update you guys via a speed reviews video on my YouTube channel or a future blog post. Give me about a month to test out the new products and I will be sure to let y’all know. Until then, I hope you have a great start to your week!

If you are interested in my full skincare routine check out this blog post or the video listed below.

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Persona Cosmetics SuperBlush Launch

Persona Cosmetics SuperBlush Launch

The time has finally come, Persona Cosmetics has released blushes!! If you know me, you already know my love for blush and my love for this brand so once I found out that the two were coming together, I was pretty excited to say the least!

I wanted to share my thoughts on these immediately since they released today. I have been using the blushes for about the past week as I was sent them early in PR by Persona Cosmetics to test out. I have to say that these SuperBlushes do not disappoint.

Persona Cosmetics released two colors, Georgia and Carmel. Georgia is a beautiful peach warm toned blush while Carmel is a mauve pink cooler toned blush. I love that they started with these two shades because they are personally the ones I use the most.

The SuperBlush formula is amazing. These are pigmented blushes that can pack a punch of color on the cheeks but my favorite thing about them is that they are a matte blush with dimension. These don’t have any glitter or sparkle to them but the natural finish of the blush is a little luminous. Nothing crazy intense but just the right amount. I find that these are very long lasting, comparable to the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes which I believe to be one of the longest wearing blushes on the market.

Here I am wearing the shade Georgia on my cheeks.

Here I am wearing the shade Carmel on my cheeks.

These blushes retail for $22 and are available on PersonaCosmetics.co & will be available soon at UltaBeauty.com. If you decide to purchase from PersonaCosmetics.co I do have an affiliate code that will save you 10% off of your purchase(exclusions may apply). You can use the code “Nicole10” at checkout. You can also purchase these in a bundle for only $39.

Thank you to the Persona Cosmetics Team for sending these blushes my way.

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First Spring 2020 Try on Haul!🌻

First Spring 2020 Try on Haul!🌻

SWEATER | DENIM | PURSE | GLASSES | PHONE CASE

TOP | DENIM | SHOES | PURSE | WATCH | PHONE CASE | GLASSES

TOP | BELT | DENIM | SHOES | PURSE

SWEATER | DENIM | WATCH(watch band) | PURSE | SHOES

TOP(not exact but similar) | DENIM | PURSE | WATCH | SHOES | GLASSES

TOP | WATCH | DENIM | SHOES | PURSE | GLASSES

BLAZER | TOP | DENIM | SHOES | GLASSES

CARDIGAN | TOP | DENIM | SHOES | PURSE | GLASSES

I recently did some shopping for spring and a new job position(that is VERY casual, thank the lord!) but wanted to share some of the finds with a completed outfit! I hope you enjoy! xoxo

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Jewelry Under $50 – Brands I Love!

Jewelry Under $50 – Brands I Love!

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Y’all know I love jewelry of all sorts but I wanted to share pieces and brands I love that sell beautiful quality jewelry at more of an affordable price. Whether these are for yourself or for a gift, I guarantee you will love them. I do also have this gift guide of some of my most worn and daily jewelry pieces if you are interested in reading!

Some of my favorites brands in general that are always offering jewelry under $50 is BaubleBar, Nordstrom Rack, Argento Vivo, Kendra Scott, Gorjana, Halogen, JCrew, Anthropology, H&M and Target!

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Amazon Prime Gift Guide

Amazon Prime Gift Guide
  1. Louis Vuitton Neverfull Dupe: This is a great price for a LV purse dupe! I would recommend also getting the Purse Organizer listed below (#6) because it is designed for that bag and helps keep you organized!
  2. Mens’ Whiskey Set: For the man in your life who loves some whiskey!
  3. Yeti Travel Mug: We have many of these little travel mug cups and love them!
  4. Wrangler Quarter Zip Pullover: Thought this would be a great gift idea! I just bought my dad something like it for Christmas( this jacket here)!
  5. Coffee Warmer: I thought this was an awesome idea, thinking of getting it for my boyfriend. He could keep it at his office! Love it.
  6. Purse Organizer: Like I stated above, these are designed for big tote bags and they are awesome. They store so much and keep your purse neat and tidy!
  7. Mens Watch Box: I bought this for my boyfriend years ago to store his watches.
  8. Wine Opener: This is the best wine opener! Great gift for parents!
  9. Initial Tote Bag: Great gift idea! My boyfriend got one for my mom last year!
  10. Travel Jewelry Case: for the jewelry lover!
  11. Makeup Mirror: Love the leopard!
  12. Star Wars Collectors Blueprint Book: I got this just last night for my boyfriends dad. I saw this in a little boutique in Waco for over $100 before we moved and figured I could find it cheaper. Sure enough, Amazon has it. It is super cool and I think would make a really unique gift for anyone Star Wars lover!
  13. Slippers: Perfect for the homebody!
  14. iPhone Charging Station: This is super cool. Charges your iPhone, Apple Watch & Airpods!
  15. Mens Braun Shaver: My boyfriends favorite brand of shaver!

Today I am sharing with y’all some of my Amazon Prime gift ideas! I hope this is helpful and provides some unique ideas! I will continue to create more gift guides leading up until Christmas so make sure to check back for more gift ideas and holiday inspo! I hope you are all having a great weekend and and had a Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo

Also if you are interested in Black Friday Beauty sales, check out this post here. I also have this post that covers all of the clothing Black Friday sales with discount codes and recommendations! 

Here are some of my holiday gift guides and amazon favorites videos from my YouTube channel if you need more ideas!

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The Best Gifts I’ve Received – Holiday Gift Guide

The Best Gifts I’ve Received – Holiday Gift Guide
  1. Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace: This was a gift from my boyfriend for my birthday last year! I wear it every single day.
  2. Apple TV: A gift I got in college and now, I can’t imagine watching TV without it lol it offers all streaming services and would be a great gift for anyone!
  3. Harry Potter Scarf: This was a gift from my boyfriends mom and I love it. It is so unique!
  4. Barefoot Dreams Poncho:(ON SALE!) – My boyfriends mom got this for me as well 2 years ago and it has been a must have for me recently due to the cold weather we have been having in SF. I also got one for my mom the same year!
  5. Dana Rebecca Huggies: Another gift from my boyfriend, he always gets me jewelry because it is my favorite hahah but I wear these every day in my second ear lobe piercings.
  6. Kendra Scott Jewelry Box:(25% OFF!) One of the best gifts I’ve ever received. I store all of my jewelry and I will have it forever!
  7. Soludos White Sneakers: So kinda cheating on this one because I bought these for myself but hey, self love is important LOL I got these this past summer for a trip to Portugal and these are the best white sneakers for walking. I even own Adidas sneakers and think these are better!
  8. Gorjana Mosaic Pendant Necklace:I love this necklace and it goes with everything!
  9. Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote Bag: I bought this again for myself when I just had moved to SF because I wanted a “city bag.” Something extremely functional, nothing flashy and waterproof. This is one of the best bags I own, even over my luxury bags!
  10. Sam Edelman White Linnie Mules: Another gift from my boyfriends mom but these were my most worn shoes for 2019 next to my white sneakers! I will forever own these shoes and they are great dupes for the Gucci loafers!
  11. Spanx Faux Leather Motto Leggings: (20% OFF!) Ok slowly realizing this is also a “best gifts I’ve bought myself” list but had to mention these. Faux Leather leggings are a must and these are currently on sale. I bought mine last year and they hold up perfectly!
  12. Crate and Barrel Wine Glasses:(ON SALE!) From one wino, to another, these are the same wine glasses Olivia Pope had in Scandal!
  13. Tech Gloves:(ON SALE!) I can’t remember who gifted these to me but I love them! They are amazing for the cold days and actually work!
  14. Halogen Trench Coat: Last but not least, my trench coat. Again, I bought this for myself when I found out I was moving to SF. I wanted a good everyday trench and this is perfect. Water repellent and also can be dressed up or down. I love it. Worth every penny!

Happy Black Friday! A few weeks ago I asked on Instagram gift guides you wanted to see and this was one I saw a few requets for! I loved the idea & with Black Friday here, many of these items are on sale!

I also did some holiday shopping last night as well and I wanted to share with y’all what I bought for some of the people in my life!

I bought these leggings for my mom, this cardigan for my boyfriends mom, this flannel for my boyfriend and this jacket for my brother!

Also if you are interested in Black Friday Beauty sales, check out this post here. I also have this post that covers all of the clothing Black Friday sales with discount codes and recommendations!

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Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and I am not being paid to mention any brand(s) and/or product(s). Also, the codes mentioned are affiliate code and some of these links are affiliate links!