My 7 Must-have Beauty and Skin Care Products of the Moment!

Happy weekend! I hope your Saturday is off to a great start. I love the weekend because it’s the best time for running errands and self care! Does anyone else LOVE running errands or is it just me?

While running errands, I always end up finding some great products that I have to try out! Recently, I’ve picked up six products that I know you also NEED!

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It’s truly crazy to me how much one product can change your life (or in this case– seven products!). These six products are a part of my everyday routine.

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Makeup

The first product is the Defense Refresh (makeup) Setting Mist. What makes this setting spray different from others is this product has 50 SPF! What’s also amazing about this product is a great refresher for you to use throughout the day, especially around the late afternoon when you’re starting to feel tired; spritz this on your face and it will help wake you up!

We all know to use a makeup primer, but we a lot of us forget to use SPF, which is what actually is going to save our skin in the long-run! Supergoop also refrains from using sulfates and parabens in its products, so this product is good for your skin!

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The next product that I am loving right now is Too Faced’s PB & Honey palette! I think this palette is a perfect everyday palette, but could also be used for a fun night time look, especially with that yellow! I purchased mine new from Poshmark, for less than at a Sephora/Ulta, and it had never been used! I found this great one discounted on Poshmark for you if you’re interested!

I love this palette because I think it complements my green eyes and blonde hair, but I think it would look great on any eye color.

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For this look, I started with Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair makeup primer. This has CHANGED how my makeup looks and I will never not use it from here on out. I usually hate makeup primers because of the gross feeling they would leave during the day, but with this one I can’t even tell that I am wearing anything, which I LOVE!

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I think I am late to the game on the It Cosmetics CC cream, but let me tell you, I am SO happy I have finally arrived with everyone else. This CC cream is light on the skin, but still provides full coverage. In addition to the beautiful coverage, it also has 50 SPF! No wrinkles for me! 😉

I am in their second shade, Light. I do recommend wearing a powder with this because of the SPF, it can leave a slight shine.

Skin Care

After your long day, it is finally time to take all of your makeup off, and the best way to do it is with Neutrogena’s Ultra Light cleansing oil. What’s also amazing is this greatness is less than $10! I originally got this in my seasonal BeautyCon box!

It removes all of your makeup and also cleans your skin. My skin feels so fresh each morning and night.

Three to four days a week, I make sure to use my new scrub from The Body Deli. I use their Blueberry Fusion Scrub. A friend of mine commented that she thinks my skin looks like it’s glowing, and I know it’s because of this scrub! It added the radiance that I longed for.

I also tend to get clogged pores, which makes them look so large. When I got a facial about five weeks ago, I asked why my pores get so large, and she told me it was because I wasn’t using a scrub! The week after, I stopped by Blush Med Spa in Bethesda and they recommended I try this, and I am forever thankful!

Pro-tip: If you want to try this scrub, keep it in the fridge because the products used are organic, and it will last longer!

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Perfume

And last, but definitely not least, my perfume must-have product is this new Apricot Bloom from Target! This is from Target’s new Good Chemistry line. I love the description for the perfume from Target’s website.

“Good Chemistry is know-how meets nature; a just-right composition of instinct and identity that lets your true beauty bloom from the inside. Fragrance notes of apricot, neroli and amber make our Apricot Bloom perfume thoughtful + true with a free spirit.”

I’ve worn this perfume every day for the past two weeks, and have received compliments every day! It’s the perfect spring perfume.

What are a few of your must-haves of the moment? Share them with me on social media @danieminor13. <3 Also, please let me know if you love any of these products as well!

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Paper Source’s Galentine’s Day Mixer + Why Creativity Helps your Mental Health

If you follow me on Instagram (@Danieminor13 ;)), you saw that I spent my Valentine’s Day at Paper Source in Annapolis. They hosted a Galentine’s Day Mixer, which was a blast! I learned a few new crafting tricks- hello heat embossing?! How have I never learned about you before?

While I had a blast last night, I learned something more than that. If you’ve followed Defining Danie for a while, you may know that I struggle with anxiety. But, something you may not know, because I haven’t talked about it is that I have been struggling with the job hunt. Recently, because of the job search, I have felt extremely anxious and have had a few panic attacks because of it.

So you may be wondering why am I talking about this while writing about my fabulous time at Paper Source? Well, last night was the first night in a week that I haven’t felt a panic attack come on, and I really think it’s because of how awesome the Galentine’s Day mixer was! Crafting, photo booth pictures, and a scavenger hunt? It was the perfect, stress-reliever that I have been searching for! While a couple of girls who work there and I talked about my job search, it still did not bring me down, because we talked about it in a positive manner.

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The night was full of laughter and life goals!

My new life goal may be to become a professional heat embosser? Who knows?!

What I do know is that I will be making some frequent stops to Paper Source’s next workshops! While I was there I had a blast, and I really think craft nights should be required for every adult in the world.

A “craft night” may sound childish, but not everyone gets to have a creative element in their day-to-day lives, so it will give you two hours of creativity that you may not even know you needed. Allowing myself those two hours last night helped my anxiety a ton and if you struggle with anxiety, it may help with yours, too! While I 100% know that crafting will not cure my anxiety, I am always looking for new ways to lower those anxious feelings.

Also, I bought a few really cute items. I will link them down below!

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Banana Mitt/Pitholder

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Sugarfina Margarita Gummies

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Never Stop Growing Mug

Shout out to the lovely ladies who hosted the Galentine’s Day Mixer last night, Dani, Ashley and Jacie- thank you for celebrating Valentine’s Day with me!

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How I re-created my room to be my favorite space in the house!

When I moved home in May, I felt like my room was not actually “my room.” When I originally went to college, my mom got rid of my furniture because it was so old, and honestly, it needed to go. When I would come home from breaks from college, I would stay in our guest room or our extremely comfy couch in the living room.

I felt out of place and really wanted a place of my own because I knew I would be at home for at least another year.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the guest room, but I knew to keep costs down, I would have to keep the bedroom furniture, but could add fun pieces to make it feel like my own space!

After looking at various Instagram pages, talking with my best friend Erin (a TON) about styles we liked and seeing one of my favorite YouTuber, Sarah Belle’s new room…I decided the Boho Chic style was the way I wanted to go!

Similarly to Sarah, I LOVE color and texture! I knew I wanted to do warmer tones, such as, corals, yellows and pinks (which are also my favorite colors). I LOVE pillows, and am not lying when I tell you I bought 20 pillows before finding the five I wanted to keep!

The decoration of my room didn’t happen over one night- it’s been four months of finding various pieces that I just wanted needed for my room! During the beginning when I was figuring out what Boho Chic meant for me, and I knew it had to include a macrame wall hanging, so that’s where I began! My friend Erin happened to be designing her room at her new townhouse, and was in HomeGoods one day and saw the most magical one for me!

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Literally knew I had to have this! Especially because it was only $24! It’s from HomeGoods, so I wasn’t able to find the exact one, but I found ones with similar colors that you might like: here, here, here and  here.

All of the pillows except the white fluffy one are from TJ Maxx,(I am definitely a Maxxinista!) and the white one is from Bed Bath and Beyond.

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So, I went all over looking for the perfect pillows! I knew I wanted the Southwestern look, but it was actually a lot harder to find than I thought it would be to find all different pattern pillows that fit together.

The latest addition to my room is the coral bench, which also lifts up to be extra storage!

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This laundry hamper was given to me by my sister who just moved out and didnt’ want it anymore. I loved the wicker, but wanted to jazz it up a bit, so I learned a DIY to make the pom poms! Later this week, I will be posting how I made them, but for a cheap update, I think it added a nice spunk!

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Last week on my Instagram, I shared how much I LOVE my wallpaper!  This removable wallpaper is from a company called WallsNeedLove in the print called Merry Prankster.

The fun wall hanging in this photo is also a DIY! I bought the supplies from Michael’s, and I used the same yarn for this wall hanging and the pom poms.

As soon as I started re-doing my room, Target came out with its new Project 62 line, which gave me the glam/chicness that I wanted to include. This similar chair and ottoman are SO comfortable. The chair that I got had a small rip on the bottom, so I was able to get a pretty good discount. I got the chair for $75, and it was on sale at the time for $125, so I was pretty happy! I think the ottoman complements the wallpaper and the rug in front of the duo so nicely!

Pro tip:Before you purchase this chair, measure the width of your doorways because it BARELY made it into my room. I sit in this space a lot to write my blog posts and watch my fave YouTube videos!

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Target’s newer collection for their Project 62 line featured these ADORABLE book ends, and I HAD to have them. I did not care that they were $20, they had to be mine. I think they added a really nice touch to my dresser.

Hair hacks to keep your hair beautiful year-round!

Hi! I hope everyone is having a great start to their new year so far. I really feel like 2018 is going to be a great year for all of us, I can just feel it!

For it to be a great year, it has to include having great hair. So, today, I am going to share some advice with you on how to have great hair, even during these dry winter months!

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My hair is really one of those things that I obsess over- the color, the cut, the texture! I don’t know why, but it’s something of mine that I just love (even though sometimes it can be a frizzy mess)! I naturally very wavy hair, but I wear it straight.

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Tip #1)  Minimize use of heat 

Heat can be pretty brutal for your hair if you are using it too often. We all know this, but I think we choose to not listen/care. I try to only use heat on my hair 3 times per week, at max. I also do not blow-dry my hair. I’ll let it air-dry if I have time!

Tip #2) Use a heat protectant, if you do use heat!

When I do choose to use heat, I always make sure I use a heat protectant so I don’t ruin my hair. By using heat protectant, you can help preserve the health of your hair. My favorite one is the Hot Toddy by Dry Bar. Some products feel like they weigh my hair down, but this one leaves my hair feeling normal!

Tip #3) Do not over wash your hair 

I am not sure who ever thought it would be a good idea to tell us that we need to wash our hair every day, but they were wrong! It does not matter how thin your hair is, you do not need to wash it every day unless you were working out or swimming, etc. Our hair produces natural oils that are actually good for our hair, and every time you wash your hair you are stripping your natural nourishment for your hair!

A few years ago, I “trained” my hair to not need to be washed as often. In this blog post, you can read how I did that!

Tip #4) After using heat, find an oil that you love and apply it to the ends of your hair 

After applying any type of heat, I make sure to add an oil to the ends to put back that moisture that they crave! This one by R+Co. is my favorite! My hairstylist used this on me when I used to go for my weekly blowouts, and I couldn’t get enough, so I bought some for home! In addition to helping keep my ends beautiful, it also helps any frizziness I may have.

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These are my four hair tips, but my friends over at eSalon sent me some cool cards with some hair tips for you to follow so you can have great hair year-round!

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My favorite hair hack that I want to try from eSalon’s tips is the “Kitchen’s Key” hair mask on card one! A warm coconut oil hair mask? Yes, please!!

What are you favorite hair tips for keeping your hair all-year round? Share them with me @Danieminor13!

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Hold Your Holiday Party Using Paperless Post!

This post is sponsored by Paperless Post.  All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Defining Danie possible!

With the holidays in full-swing now, we are all a little stressed! Even under all of this stress, we still want to have a good time though, right, ladies?!

A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to host my first Friendsgiving! I knew what I needed was cute plates, utensils, etc., but I needed to figure out an easy way to get all of my friends here without just a basic text message.

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I decided I would use Paperless Post! Paperless Post is a beautiful electronic customizable invitation. The reason I admire Paperless Post is because they actually send an email that looks like an actual card that you would receive in the mail! It was so easy to use and let me keep track of my friends who were able to attend and those who were not all in one place!

I cannot get over how CUTE the invitation was! There were so many options for which card to use, but here is the one I ended up choosing:

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Now, that I sent my invites, I had to plan the meal! We decided that my mom would get the turkey for me, I would make the sweet potato casserole and the green beans and my friends would bring their favorite side dishes!

After the planning, I made sure to pick up the cutest plates and gold plasticware from Target (because where else would I go!?).

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Although Friendsgiving time is over, we still have so many holidays coming up! Make your life easier by using Paperless Post. I swear it will save you so much time, and it is so much more personal than a Facebook invite or a basic text.

My friends and I have our annual Wine and Onesie party coming up, and I already know that I will be using Paperless Post to coordinate! I hope you enjoy this picture from a few years ago!

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Let me know if you’ve used Paperless Post before and if you like it! To find the best invitation for your holiday party, click here!

You know where you can find me- @Danieminor13!

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My Black Friday Finds!

Can we talk about the great sales that hit stores this weekend? One store in particular had the best sales in my opinion… One of my favorites had daily sales leading up to Black Friday, and then the whole store was 50 percent off on Black Friday!

Do you know what store I’m talking about?

…OLD NAVY! 

For the past three years, my mom and I always make sure to hit Old navy on Black Friday and for the past two years, we’ve gone after Thanksgiving dinner- it has become one of my favorite traditions!

I also purchased some online that I have not received yet, but I will post screen shots below of the items! I purchased everything in an XXL in store.

Here’s what I got (make sure you check them out on Cyber Monday too, because I know they are continuing to do 40 percent off.).

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Shirt / Jeans/ Scarf

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Scarf/ Vest/ Shirt

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Dress (I am wearing as a shirt) 

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Because I did this photoshoot in the middle of D.C., I could not change into this beautiful jumpsuit I got, but here is a photo from Old Navy’s website:

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I purchased this in an XXL, and it fits me PERFECTLY! It actually is a little longer on me than on the model because I have short legs!

 

What I purchased online and still waiting to receive: 

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My mom got me this scarf in store, but it’s for Hannukah 😉

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I know everyone is asking, how much was all of that?! After adding up everything and I got everything for LESS than $200!! I got it for $199.20 😉

I am so happy with all of my purchases! I hope you love everything too and check out Old Navy’s Cyber Monday deals.

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7 Pieces of Advice for Staying Cool While Out of your Comfort Zone

I know we all know those moments where we get nervous and uneasy when it comes to a new situation or place. No one likes that feeling of your heart racing so fast, you can see it pumping outside of your chest, so I wanted to share some tips for how to go about staying cool outside of your comfort zone!

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It’s so important to get out of your comfort zone, especially during this time of our lives– we get invited to parties where we might only know the hosts, are on the job hunt or maybe might move to a new city where we might not know anyone!

Getting out of your comfort zone is so important because if we don’t do it now, we may never do it!

I wanted to see what my friends had to say about this because I know I am not the only one who has advice on this. It’s also helpful to surround yourself with people and brands that embody the same mission and goals as you. Companies like Tommy John, who promote wellness, balance, support and comfort are great ways to align what’s important and deserves focus in your life. To learn more about Tommy John, be sure to check out their popular men’s underwear selection here.

Our tips: 

1. Always do your research 

It helps to know what you might be getting yourself into, so knowing what you are getting yourself into can help calm those nerves! This can come in handy when you are moving, going on an interview or even are going to an event.

2. Mentally prepare ahead of time 

The way you mentally prepare is going to be different for everyone, but mentally preparing can be done by also doing your research! My friend Megan says this is what she does before a job interview. Thinking of the questions that she might be asked is what helps her not be as nervous when they start asking her questions about her experiences and what she knows about the company!

3. Bring a friend with you, if possible! 

So, when I asked my friends what they do when they are going into a new situation, a few of them said this!

I am a huge extrovert, but still get nervous sometimes at networking events, so I like bringing a friend to an event like that. I like to bring someone who knows a lot about the work I’ve done and vice versa, so we can vouch for each other when networking with someone we might not know!

Of course you cannot bring your friend or mom with you to a job interview, no matter how much we want to, but if it’s a Friendsgiving where you only know the host, but still want to join in on the fun, ask if you can bring a friend!

4. Knowing you have nothing to lose when trying something new! 

This was the advice from my friend, Brenna! I love this advice. She recently moved to D.C. from Ohio and started a new job at a really cool campaign, and is living her best life right now, so I would listen to her!

If you are thinking of trying something new, moving to a new city or thinking about asking that guy out that you’ve been crushing on, Brenna and I agree- JUST DO IT! You’ve got nothing to lose!

5. Remind yourself WHY you wanted to do a particular thing in the first place as your motivation! 

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This can be applied to so many aspects of your life, not only if you are getting out of your comfort zone! I can definitely apply this to my life right now- I recently joined a new gym and instead of thinking that people would judge me because I am out of shape, I thought about it as I am doing this for ME and so I can better my health!

6. Act with confidence 

This is combining two of my friends advice! Even if you are nervous, pretend you are not! My friend Mara says that even if she is really nervous about going into a social situation where she can’t bring a friend, she says she “channels” the energy of the bravest person she knows and does what she thinks they would do in that situation!

I have actually done this before! I often think “what would my mom do right now”? My mom never is afraid to speak her mind or go up to someone and start chatting with them- so this is what I do if I am ever nervous at one of the networking events I was speaking about earlier!

7. Remind yourself that good will come from trying new things! 

Even though it might be scary in the moment, it will all be worth it! You never know, walking up to someone you don’t know at a networking event or even a Friendsgiving could bring a whole new experience into your life!

 

I hope these tips help! Remember, you can always reach out to me for advice on social media @Danieminor13!

 

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