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    My Secrets to a Great Complexion (+ Skincare Routine)

    My Secrets to a Great Complexion | The products I use and rituals I follow | College with Caitlyn

    One of the compliments that has followed me for years is, “You have such a nice complexion!

    Some people think it’s a genetic thing, that it all came easy and I was born with great skin and never gets a blemish. Yeah no. You’d just have to take a look at me in middle school and early high school to see that isn’t true.

    However, over the years, I learned what helped keep my skin clear and fresh and today I’m going to share those tips with you along with all the products I use regularly!

    Products

    up and up morning facial moisturizing lotion and boscia cactus water hydrating cream

    Face Lotion

    My ride or die face lotion is the one from Simple with SPF. It’s a bit pricey, so I didn’t buy it the last time I ran out because at the time I was balling on a tiny budget. Instead, I got the Up & Up morning facial moisturizing lotion with sunscreen for normal to dry skin. Which is basically a knockoff of the Simple one. I like it just the same, however, this one smells more like sunscreen than the Simple one. But you also need to use less of the Up and Up one to cover your entire face than you do with the Simple brand.

    I’m also a fan of the Bosica cactus water hydrating cream (*I received this product from Influenster to review back in June*). I tried that out this summer and my only complaint was that it didn’t have SPF in it. It also has a very different texture and smell than other lotions. It’s literally made out of cacti so if you don’t like the smell of plants, I wouldn’t recommend it, but that also means it’s super gentle and good for sensitive skin. Read more…

    What Attending the Grace Hopper Celebration Taught Me

    skyscrapers in Houston

    I had no idea the Grace Hopper Celebration existed until I saw Abigail talk about it last year on her blog. And I had no idea the scope of it until I showed up to the keynote at the Toyota Center in Houston and they said there were over 20,000 attendees.

    Since I am in tech, and I didn’t know what GHC is, I’ll break it down a bit just in case you aren’t sure what it is either!

    What is Grace Hopper?

    Grace Hopper is a yearly conference put on by AnitaB.org to celebrate women in technology and provide them with more resources to succeed and get careers. Over the course of three days, thousands of women, and men, attend sessions, hear inspiring people speak about their stories in tech, explore the massive company expo, and go to events sponsored by large companies like Google, Twitter, and Snapchat.

    I thought it was just a career expo and sessions, so I was pleasantly surprised and empowered to see how scaled up the conference was.

    The only reason I was able to attend GHC was because I got a scholarship through AnitaB. I applied back in January and found out in May that I was awarded one! The scholarship paid for my flights, hotel, food, and transportation which was legit. If you want to attend GHC, but don’t have the means to, please apply for a scholarship! I didn’t think I would get one, and neither did a lot of the other scholars I talked to, so you never know! Read more…

    October Mood Board | Spooky Vibes

    OCTOBER IS HERE AND I AM READY TO THRIVE.

    Like for real though, yo girl is so ready to thrive because the last week has been real rough. I only went to class on Monday last week because I was in Houston for the Grace Hopper Celebration all from Tuesday to Saturday (look out for a post about this soon!) so I’m a little behind. On Monday I realized I’m not as behind as I thought, I just really need to learn how to prioritize homework and my capstone workload. Especially since I got a new job!!! Right before I left for Houston I got offered another job at a library! I’m going to be a librarian again and 5-year-old me is living again.

    So yes, that the little life update before we get into my October mood board!

    october mood baord

    My intentions for October are to really embrace fall aesthetics, take plenty of photos, and reevaluate my relationships with people and activities. 

    Since October is the month all things spooky, I knew I had to go all out with the dark moody vibes, and because I’ve been pretty dark and moody lately. Lol oops. We love mood swings and periods, right? Basically, I vibe with the creepy shiz. Read more…

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