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Those of you out there with dry skin just know the struggle— i.e. putting makeup on and watching it flake off, waking up with patches of dry skin on your face, and getting out of the shower and having your skin just suck all the moisture from your body surface. Believe me, I know how it is… and after browsing the aisles of Sephora in a back-to-school beauty shopping trip, I think I’ve finally found the miracle cure.

Yes, you heard me right. It’s a freaking m-i-r-a-c-l-e.

Let me introduce you to Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Hydrating Boost gel moisturizer.

It’s not just any moisturizer, it’s a cool moisturizer (as in, yes, your face literally feels refreshed from the moment you lift the gel to your skin). Beyond that, this gel moisturizer really is a solution to those plagued by dry-skin everywhere.

Click my read more to see my full review.

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Funny story… I had been meaning to do this post since, well, September 1st actually, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I guess, life just gets in the way and I mostly like to blog when it’s convenient for me. I also firmly believe that blogging should be a stress relief rather than a stressor in itself.

Before I start showing you all around, I will disclaim that 100% of the containers you see were found at the Container Store, the desk decorations and file storage were found at TJMaxx (home goods section), and last but never least, the bedding and pillows were found on Amazon.

I would also like to say that dorm room decorating does not need to be expensive. Nobody needs to have all Ikea furniture or hundred thread count cotton sheets… just a vision and a desire to decorate!

Without further ado, let’s jump in and have a look!

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f» Inspired by the changing of seasons and the orange leaves falling, this is a playlist to listen to when the light dims and the trees die and the Earth sheds its former self. This is a playlist of warmth, of solicitude, and of growth. This is a playlist to listen to while nestling close a warm cup of joe or the hand of a lover. They say that days pass more slowly and there’s less light that streams through. This is a playlist for aging and the reluctance of doing so. This is a playlist to close your eyes and dive into a blanket listening to.

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After traveling around Europe for a better half of the month of August and moving back to DC for another wonderful (yet whirlwind) year of school, I’ve hardly had any time at all to post. You know how it is– always school, friends, boyfriend, family first… not always in that order.

Blogging, for me, is a form of therapy. It’s not something I do because I have to, or because I want to make money from it, or because it’s cool. It’s simply a fun way for me to keep track of my day to day. Seeing as I haven’t had much time to keep track of my day to day as it happens, much less blog about it, I thought I’d share my most helpful apps for blogging on the go.

My last blog post was written, created, and edited solely on my iPad, and it has been my new baby as of early August. The iPad really does simplify my social media inundated life, and it’s just an added bonus that it’s so easy to carry around. Below I’ve detailed some apps that are useful for iPad blogging.

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2016-08-07-10-43-26-hdr-3I know, I know… I’ve been a little absent as of late, but I promise it’s for a good reason! I’ve been having the time of my life, gallivanting around Europe (Germany mostly, but we’re headed to France in a couple days), and making little stops along the away. It’s been go-go-go since the night I got here two weeks ago, and I only just stumbled upon a free moment to sit down and write out my thoughts.

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