easy everyday skincare routine + the BEST eye masks.

ladies (& gents if you are reading, hello!), i’m pretty sure i have found THE BEST & THE SIMPLEST skincare routine, and it uses only FIVE products. can you tell i’m excited?
just to preface, i’ve never had super acne-prone skin. i do tend to get pesky breakouts around that time of the month (go hormones!!) but nothing too bad. my skin can get very dry very quickly (except my dang t-zone), so i always have to remember to moisturize like crazy. this goes for you too my oily skin babes. my trouble spot has always been my under eye area…bags, dark circles, dry skin you name it. i blame it on my night owl nature, aka me just staying up way too late bingeing on netflix.
alright let’s jump into this routine.
1. makeup remover & cleanser
i finally decided to give this micellar water trend a try, and boy am i glad i did! it removes makeup and cleanses your skin all in one. give the garnier skinactive micellar cleansing water a try.
2. wash / acne treatment
my doctor told me about the panoxyl wash when i told her about my breakouts. she swears by it and said that she recommends it to all her patients, so i decided to give it a try at the beginning of this year. typically, my skin will become immune, for lack of a better word, to whatever face wash i’m using, causing me to switch every month or so. but i’ve been using this product for six months now, and i don’t think i’ll ever go back.
3. moisturize
i almost always use two moisturizers at night. a more concentrated one for my under eyes & neck and another for my whole face. my basic go-to moisturizer is the neutrogena oil free lotion. i don’t personally like using a moisturizer with spf because they tend to be way more oily.
for my under eyes, i’m currently burning through a mini jar of l’occitane “immortelle” precious cream, but my drugstore fav that i stupidly left in stillwater is the olay active botanicals. it’s soooo moisturizing.
4. masks
alright, i saved the best for last. i started using the oxygen eye masks from VII Code only a couple weeks ago and i can already tell a difference. let me give you a little run down about this product. unlike most masks, this is an 8-hr overnight eye mask. i put them on after moisturizing right before i go to bed and fall asleep with them on no problem. they are designed to allow oxygen to flow through to your skin, which promotes healthy cell growth in that stubborn under eye area.
my absolute favorite part about these masks is the gel like material that sits on your skin. it is so cooling and refreshing! you know when you flip your pillow over to the cold side? it’s like that! lol
i use these bad boys 2-3 times a week, & i better get another box because i’m about out!
(VII Code suggests using three boxes for a full treatment.)
well there you have it! my secrets are out..but what fun are secrets anyways? sharing is caring, am i right, ladies?
before i sign off, a huge thanks to VII Code for sponsoring today’s post!
and because they are so great, they gave me a discount code to share with you all so you can save some moneyyy!
use code: N6SS936Z (valid through june 20)
try out the products from this routine and let me know what you think! it’s great because almost all of them are drugstore products (ya girl’s ballin on a budget over here), but they are still fantastic!
alright, it’s way past my bedtime…talk to you later, lovebugs!
 

 

today’s look..date night + meet my boy!

girlfriend, you’re gonna have to share this post with the fellas today.
but still be super excited about this post because it is just as much for you as it is for them.
i’ve had several men ask me if i’d ever do a menswear post. to which i usually answered something about how i have a mostly female audience and that i don’t have a guy to dress up. well, come to find out i have more guy readers than i thought (sup dudes?), and now i have quite the handsome fella to play dress up with!! so i figured that this would be the perfect time to formally introduce you to the infamous “boyfriend” i constantly talk about, hang around, and drag with me everywhere.
everyone meet bud!
( yes, bud is his real name. not a nickname. and i love it. )
we’ll leave the last name out of it for personal privacy, so feel free to refer to him as bud, B, “your boyfriend,” or even “your dude” would suffice. but leave the babe, beebus, and mister to me. 😉
if you didn’t know, we’ve been dating for 5 months now (holy cow has the time flown by!), but we’ve actually known each other since college freshman orientation. ya girl has been crushin’ for along time. i mean, look at him! seriously the most handsome man.
okay, enough of him, because i could literally talk about him/us for hours, let’s get onto the real purpose of this post: DATE NIGHT!
[ okay, funny story real quick. so we borrowed these outfits, right? well, B loved his suit so much that he went to EveryMan and bought it about a week after. and then a few days ago we were talking about how i also loved my Jo & Co dress, but i probably wouldn’t ever go buy it because i have no occasion to wear it for. get this. this fantastic man of mine went and bought it to surprise me for no reason!!! ugh, i knew i loved him. ]the Atherton Hotel, our shoot location, makes for a great date night place. (they just finished a huge remodel last year; isn’t it gorgeous?!) grab a couple drinks at the bar, have a 5 star meal at Rancher’s Club and a walk around theta pond to end it all. so perfect!
but let’s get real, we’re college kids, so a $50 meal isn’t always an option.
honestly, we love going to local restaurants, a nice sushi place, Chili’s (our favorite fallback restaurant for any time lol), or even cooking together at home. 🙂
we got to partner with two local stillwater stores, Jo & Co and EveryMan, to share these looks with y’all! i adore Jo & Co just as much as B loves EveryMan. y’all he’s in there at least once a week, i swear. but so am i because this local haberdashery not only has apparel and a barbershop but also a coffee bar!
a win win for the gal that loves to shop with her man! *this gal*
this everleigh dress from Jo & Co fits like a dream, has pockets and is made of the prettiest cream tweed. even though it’s a tent dress, i love that it’s still fitted up top, and you can’t miss the gorgeous beading around the neckline.
i paired it with my strappy, nude block heels to keep the look neutral. threw on a few simple pieces of jewelry, added my current go to rebecca minkoff bag and called it good.
– shop Jo & Co on their facebook, instagram & in store of course! –
for B, he’s wearing a giorgio fiorelli suit from EveryMan. i love that it’s navy. it keeps it more casual than a standard black suit. i mean it’s just date night…not a black tie event. let me just tell you that it was his idea to mix the pinstripe button down with the polka dot tie (both nick graham).
so proud of him! get you a man with a sense of style, ladies.
“’cause every girl’s crazy bout a sharp dressed man.” amiright? 😉
– shop EveryMan online and in store (especially if you’re in the market for a suit) –
[ and bud ]
HUGE shoutout to Jo & Co. and EveryMan for working with Love Emmarie on this post. Several garments in this post were provided by the retailers, but all reviews/opinions are our own. Y’all know I’d never share something I didn’t love. Shop local, y’all.