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!


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.



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!


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.


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!


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!



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!


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!


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.


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.




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!




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!




My experience with a Clarisonic and why you NEED a one in your life!

Let me start by saying, hello all! I have missed you all so much. My blogging hiatus is OVER. This school year has been crazy busy, but I have so many exciting posts coming up soon starting with this post about my new obsession, the Clarisonic Deep Pore Mia 2. 


I started using this 60 second gentle face massager two weeks ago, and my skin already feels so much more smooth. I’ve been joking with people that I have been using an electronic toothbrush for my face, haha!

I haven’t struggled a ton with skin issues while in college, *knock on wood I don’t start now,* but I do have larger pores on my cheeks and I can already notice a difference after using this product for two weeks, I cannot wait to see what my skin looks like after a month of using this product. It really cleanses deep into your pores.


Before using the brush on my face, I make sure to use a makeup wipe for my eyes and then use the brush as it explains in the user guide. I was honestly a little worried when I first received the brush because I have sensitive skin and was worried about breaking out because the brush would be harsh, but it is so nice because the brush has two speeds and I make sure I am using the gentle, low speed!

Look how not cute the face I make when I use this is :


I usually wash my face in the morning and then use a cleansing makeup wipe at night to take off my makeup, but the brush is gentle enough to use twice a day, so I decided to try it one night to see if my skin could handle it. So, I used the makeup wipe and I felt like all of my makeup was off, but I continued to use the Clarisonic after and oh my goodness, you have no idea how much makeup was still on my face!

The picture above was taken after going out for Halloween on Saturday in Kent.

I went as the butterfly Snapchat filter, which gives you that perfect glow to your face on Snapchat, so of course I covered my face in highlighter. When I got home at the end of the night it felt amazing to know that I was getting deep into my pores to clean it all out to ensure my skin could breathe.


If you’re thinking about how this could be something you want for yourself, or know someone else who would love this, I have great news for you! From now until Nov. 20, if you use the code: HERCAMPUS, you can receive 15% off your purchase if you visit: Here!

A Clarisonic would make an amazing holiday gift, yes I know Halloween just passed but the holiday season is coming up!

I cannot wait to see how much my skin continues to better itself by using the Clarisonic Deep Pore Mia 2

Have you ever used one? I would love to hear about your experience!

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @Danieminor13 <3


This post is sponsored by Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Defining Danie possible!


BYOB- Build Your Own Birchbox! + A Giveaway!

Birchbox is the queen of all monthly boxes! We all know how popular these monthly boxes have become over the past year, and there is no stopping them.

I am fascinated how Birchbox continuously revolutionizes the monthly boxes and how customers try new products. I know so many who subscribe to their boxes, and now I am one of those people after visiting their store in Soho. In the last week, I have visited the store THREE times…you could say I am addicted.

This past time, I went with my two new friends, Morgan  of and Lara of! We went and created our own, customized Birchboxes.


Me, Morgan (Middle) and Lara (Right)! 

Let me just start off by saying how adorable the Birchbox store is! Take a look at these pictures:



Can you see all of the yellow? You all know I am in LOVE with the interior of the store, I mean how could I not be? It is YELLOW and MAKEUP!

After Morgan, Lara and I wondered around the store for a little bit, we decided to get to cracking and build our own boxes. Let’s take a look at the process~


First, you choose one of the extremely cute box to put all of your items in, I chose the one in the middle!


Second, look through all of the products and choose one from each other their sections: makeup, hair, fragrance, skincare and body.


If you ever get the experience to go to the store, you will need at least 30 minutes to build a box because they have so many great products, it’s insane.

Here is a preview of the boxes that are full of sample size products for you to choose from!


Birchbox has so many amazing options to choose from, especially things that you would be too nervous to buy a large bottle of, like a bee venom face mask.

We had a blast making each of our boxes. It was difficult to choose from each area of products. The only area that was not difficult for me was the hair section, because as most of you know, I get my hair washed once a week, so I do not need my own shampoo and conditioner etc., but I got this amazing hair tie made by L. Erickson.

At the end of a really fun hour and a half in the store, we had three amazing completed boxes! Lara’s boyfriend joined us and even made his own customized box in the Birchbox Men section of the store!

My box included: a Banana Hand Milk cream, a Stila liquid lipstick in the shade Fiore, a Ceramidin liquid skin moisturizer, which I used this morning and it is AMAZING, my L. Erickson hair tie and a Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot perfume.

our bircbox all finished

We love our boxes so much that we have decided to gift one to our amazing followers because we love you all so much! <3

We are gifting one of the Radiant Finish Kits. The picture below describes all of the products inside of the box. The summer is the perfect time to have that dewy, luminous skin that we all want! It even has a full-size beauty blender!

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To enter to win the Radiant Finish Kit all you have to do is enter down below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will start today at 6 p.m. and go until July 13 until 6 p.m.!

We are so excited about this giveaway and we hope you all are as well. I will announce the winner on July 13 on my Instagram: @Danieminor13.

After our trip to Birchbox, we had an amazing afternoon full of yummy food and photoshoots! I am so glad that this summer I met these two amazing women! I cannot see where the future takes our friendship.

Cannot wait to announce the winner of our giveaway!


Beautycon Monthly Subscription Box Unveiling!

So, I have written about Beautycon before, but to refresh your memory it is a convention that combines social media and beauty into one! There is a panel of social media influencers who speak about various topics throughout the entire day and you can also buy products with brands who attend and have a booth.

It is always a GREAT day. I have been to one in London and one in NYC! Well…They created a monthly subscription box that is curated each month by famous social media influencers with some of their favorite products and I wanted to share my box that I received with you. 🙂

Let me know what you think of this video! If you want to see more like this, please comment below. I had a lot of fun making this video. I hope you have a great week ahead of you.



Quit Tanning Before You Even Begin!

As we are gearing up for the last few weeks of the semester, we are getting ready for some summer fun! During the past few weeks of school, I had so many friends talking about a very common topic that comes about during this time of the year…tanning. I know I have talked about this before, but I really felt the need to again.

When my friends talk about tanning multiple times per week (or even at all) it honestly terrifies me because I know that my friends and so many young adults know the harm that tanning can cause them, but they continue to do it every week.

I wanted to share some facts with you all:

Tanning infographic

Other than skin cancer, tanning leads to so many other harmful side effects. If you look at many people who have tanned for a long time, you can usually tell that they have been effected by it based off how their skin appears. They have spots and more wrinkles at their age than they probably wouldn’t have had if they did not always strive to be tanner than the rest.

If you are currently someone who tans, do NOT think that skin cancer and melanoma are something that cannot affect you now. On my last post about skin cancer, I talked about how I have never tanned before but I had surgery on my back because I had a mole that was “pre-melanoma,” also known as an atypical nevi.

During my surgery I was not put asleep and they just numbed my back. When I asked how many stitches I had, my doctor estimated somewhere around 250, so it was not just as simple as removing the mole and then I was done.

While skin cancer is the most treatable of all of the cancers, it is also one that spreads very fast if not caught early enough. I am so grateful for the doctor who saw the mole on my back and realized that it was not a healthy mole.

I know that for a lot of people they “don’t care” what happens to them as long as they are tan, but I just wanted to point out some facts for you incase you did not actually know some of the harmful side effects!

Also, one last thing…in my opinion fake tanning does not look good, people are either orange or they look burned.

I would love to hear your opinions of tanning in a tanning bed!



My Guilty Pleasure… Getting my hair washed and blow dried each week

Want to know my guilty pleasure?

It’s most definitely getting my hair washed and blow dried once a week. I really hate washing my own hair for it just look awful after I attempt to blow dry it and then straighten it.

Before you think I am a diva (well TOO much of a diva), it is not as costly as you might be thinking it is! I have found Rush salon in Kent, Ohio that is honestly just PERFECT.

Guilty pleausre

I used to go and get my hair washed and blow dried before a big event, but this school year I started doing this on the first day of the school year. I called two weeks before school started and told them I needed their first appointment that day because I didn’t want to stress about my hair the first day of school, plus I wanted to look great after coming back from the summer!


So now you may be asking yourself…”Does Danie only wash her hair once a week?” and to answer this question, yes I do only wash it once a week unless there is a reason that I MUST wash it. I have truly “trained” my hair to not get oily.

I started only washing it once a week when I had red in my hair because each time I would wash it, the red dye would come out and I was getting more annoyed each time I washed my hair. After researching what I would do to slow down the red washing out of my hair, I found out how awful washing your hair too often is actually for you. So even before getting it washed, I only washed it once a week. If learning how to get down to washing your hair once-twice a week, check out my previous post: here.


But to get back to my guilty pleasure… I know it sounds ridiculous, but I honestly crave that hour on Tuesdays (the day I get my hair done!). That time I take for myself and I don’t check my phone or think about anything else that I have going on during that time. I focus on myself, which I do not do a lot. It is a stress reliever for me.

I get a lot of criticism from people who do not agree with my choices about me getting my hair done once a week- and what I want to say to those people is: How I spend my money is my choice, and I appreciate you looking out for my budget, but I will continue to get my hair washed each week.

Trust me…if I could make my hair the way that my favorite stylists, Skye and Allison, make it look, I would do it myself! 

To maintain my hair looking good the rest of the week, I wear a shower cap while I shower and I do not put any extra products in my hair the rest of the week.

The only time I really touch my hair is when I straighten a few pieces that may have gotten curly throughout the week and when I pull my hair in my favorite hairstyle, the half up half down style!


I know all of you divas out there will feel my pain out there! I know that not everyone’s budget each week can fit $18 for you to get your hair washed, but definitely think about cutting down on how many times a week you wash your hair!

Let me know what you think of this idea!