Skin Troubles? Go Au Naturale


If you constantly have issues with your skin, then it is most likely a problem with your body reacting to substances that you put on your face, or in the atmosphere or that you are consuming on a daily basis. You might think that if you have bad skin, you’re just unlucky, but that’s not usually true. While some people do have medical issues that affect the look and feel of their skin, other people can correct their issues by changing their lifestyle. Let’s look at some examples of this and explore the changes you can make to vanquish skin issues for good.

Natural beauty

Admittedly, this is a daunting possibility and one that many people will certainly shy away from. However, saying goodbye to makeup could be the best choice for your skin. Makeup is often filled with chemicals and substances that are not natural. As such, they can be dangerous to your skin causing reactions. Makeup is also filled with oils that diminish the natural oils on your skin that gives you a beautiful complexion. Most people find that when they start to stop using makeup after a long period of time, their skin looks like a disaster zone. That’s just because you’ve damaged it over the years of using makeup repeatedly. Particularly, if you are one of those individuals who doesn’t bother to wash it off at the end of the day.

If you don’t want to stop using makeup completely, try using natural makeup products. These don’t contain chemicals or manmade materials and as such are better for your skin. Or try and reduce the level of makeup you use. Concealer and foundation should be avoided as much as possible as it clogs up your pores and doesn’t give your skin room to breathe.

A Natural Diet

You might think that you have genetically inherited your issues with acne and it’s true, you may well have. But, you could also be making it worse due to a bad diet. For instance, you could love your soda pops. As you know, these are filled with sugar and sugar causes your body to produce the hormone that makes your pores fill up with that white substance that results in spots. As such, by cutting back on levels of sugar, you can definitely improve the look and feel of your skin. You might also want to try drinking more water. This can help you clear out your skin and get rid of the dirt and grease in your pores.

You may also want to explore the possibility of an allergic reaction or intolerance to certain foods. An unknown allergy or intolerance can certainly cause skin issues like acne. Common culprits are milk, chocolate, and nuts. The best way to find out whether food is playing a part is with a food elimination test. That way, you can remove all the food you think might be causing the issue from your diet and add it back in gradually. By doing this, you might discover the real cause behind your bad skin. If in any doubt, cut processed food out and stick to an all natural diet. You should definitely see an improvement.

Natural Cleaning

You might also want to look at the cleaning products you use on your face and skin. For instance, you may be using one of the most soap brands. However, again this could be a mistake because it is, like makeup, often filled with chemicals. They’re great for keeping your skin clean, but they often have unwanted side effects such as causing dry skin. Instead, you should use cleaning products made of natural materials like goat milk soap. Exactly as it sounds, this product is made of goat milk, and it’s far better for your skin. You’ll find that it retains the moisture while getting rid of the dirt and grease. Of course, it’s not just about how you wash your face.

You need to think about your hair too. If you don’t have the long thick locks of a movie star, you’re probably using some form of shampoo to give your hair a volume boost and perhaps a conditioner. The problem is that these are often thick substances that quickly clog up your pores, giving you problems with your skin around your hairline. This can quickly spread to your forehead because obviously your hair falls across your head or rests on it when you sleep. It’s one of the reasons why some people go to sleep with clear skin and wake up with a full blown breakout. If you want to avoid this issue, try using vegetable oil in your hair instead. This really does work, and it’s far better for your skin.


I hope you enjoyed the post and that you found some of these tips helpful! Fight your acne breakouts and dry skin issues by keeping things totally natural 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae


August 31, 2017

High Student Debt? Try These Tips!


Are approaching a mental crisis point because your college debt is becoming too large to manage? There are many in your position, so don’t feel as if you’re the odd one out because you’re not. Student debts have never been as high as they are now because universities feel they can charge more and more in the modern culture. Financial aid is readily available as education is a business to the government as it is also a source of income for the population as a whole. Therefore, you need to think like a business person too. College debt shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with your studies because after all, your grades are the most important thing at the end of the day.

Get your bearings

You need to calculate how much you owe overall. Many debts are different because as universities might have their own payment scheme with regards to how much you’ll need to pay per semester or perhaps annually. Students will normally graduate with a number of loans on their shoulders, which are a mix of federally sponsored loan companies, and private companies who work independently. You should arrange and calculate how much you owe in total, and then how much you owe to each company. Only by knowing how much debt you’re truly in, can you get a clear picture of what you need to do. With these calculations, you can then form a plan a delegate your priorities.  

Bunch them together

It’s to your advantage to wrap the debt around your life, rather than have the debt control you. It’s much harder to pay off each loan in both practical and mental terms because each company you have a loan with has a different interest rate. Sometimes the plans can change after a set period of time, so you may have to increase payments or enlarge them, while also, keeping track of other payments. It can be a really harmful experience, to be chasing up multiple sources of money to pay back the ever-increasing demands. You should seriously consider visiting, where you can learn all about the types of schemes that can amalgamate all your loans into one payment plan. Your interest rates will also go down, making each payment you make, well within your ability, and allow you to keep your living standards high as possible.

Find the priority

To put a stop to the avalanche of debt, you need to make a plan to target the highest loans first. Any debt relief strategy needs to have a plan that gives you breathing room in the first place. One common tactic is to budget in such a fashion that you have enough leftover, to then allocate that money to the biggest interest loan, you have taken out. Once you have got the largest obstacle out of the way, you can then focus on the smaller debt packages. The first months will take a bit getting used to, but the key is to get the big fish, out of the way, as the increased weight can make the small debt looks larger than is.


There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, but you need to be seated at the table if you want to play the game. Think as a business would, and make sure your debts don’t pile up so much that you’re buried underneath them. Make concise plans and prepare for some financial belt tightening.

I hope you enjoyed the post! How are you planning on tackling your student debt? 

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 30, 2017

HASK Biotin Boost Thickening Collection Review *


Hey my loves! So as you can tell by the title, I’ll be reviewing another collection from Hask. I love their products, which if you’ve been here a while, you already know that. They’re cruelty-free, affordable and paraben free + more. This collection is exclusive to Ulta, so make sure that the next time you stop there that you grab this collection!

This is a new collection called Biotin Boost and it’s supposed to thicken your hair without leaving it weighed down or greasy! This kind of reminded me of their Volumizing collection, but this one is a bit different since it’s all about thickening (and trust me, I NEED my hair to start looking thicker!)

So the shampoo doesn’t have the best smell in the world, but it is something I can live with, especially if it gives me the results I want (the scent doesn’t cling to your hair, so once your rinse it out you’re in the clear). I’m always pleased with Hask products, so I knew this one wouldn’t disappoint.

The conditioner smells better than the shampoo and left my hair so soft! One thing I hate about some conditioners is that they don’t condition enough, so my hair still feels dry after rinsing but that didn’t happen which I’m so happy about.

The thickening cream is something you would apply to towel dried hair and blow dry it or let it air dry. This adds volume without making your strands feel sticky or heavy, which I’m sure we all hate when that happens! The trio of biotin, collagen and coffee enhance the appearance of your hair and make it appear thicker.

The results were pretty quick after my hair air dried. I could tell that there was a lot of lift towards my roots, which is something I need otherwise my hair just lays flat on my head. The overall texture of my hair was better too, the conditioner really seemed to smooth out my locks and my hair did look pretty fabulous if I do say so myself.

Overall, another Hask collection that knocks it out of the park! I’ve never been disappointed with a Hask product and I’ve really been dying to try their dry shampoo which comes in a GINORMOUS can, so I’m deco adding that to my wishlist!

Have you tried Hask before? Let me know 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Yes, this product was sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in anyway. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.
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August 30, 2017

5 Steps to Studying Abroad


Travelling to another country to go to college or university is a big step. It’s easy to let the initial planning and application process put you off your dreams of travelling abroad, as it can be fairly stressful and complicated. Here’s a guide to help you overcome this hurdle and get started on your educational adventure afar.

Decide why you want to study abroad

There can be lots of positives to studying abroad. You may be able to better learn a language if that’s what you’re studying. You may be able to save costs on tuition fees. It may even be useful to future career plans that look highly upon studying abroad. Make sure that you’re doing it for a valid reason and that it’s not a brash decision. Consider doing some travelling first if you simply want to satisfy your travel bug. You may even be able to find a course with a year abroad if studying abroad is something you want to do but you’re not sure you can commit to a full course.

Research universities

Give yourself lots of research time when looking for a course. Attending open days around the world is unlikely to be possible but there are sites such as You Visit that can offer virtual tours of campuses. Read course reviews and check university rankings across the board. If you can get in touch with someone at the university and have a conversation via email or Skype, it could also be beneficial for getting the answers you need.

Understand the application process

You should be able to find a study abroad advisor with the help of staff at your school or online. You may also be able to find an advisor in the country you’re applying such as a service like UK Uni Admission. Be aware of application deadlines to avoid having to defer a year. Universities may require documentation before you start your application.

Obtain the right documentation

You’ll need a passport in order to apply to a course abroad. You’ll also likely need to fill out a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form which an advisor can supply you with. Student visas may be required, but you don’t need to worry about these until nearer the date – in fact, you may be able to wait until you’ve got your results before you apply.

Meet other students

Your university may offer a service for meeting other fellow students who are about to start. There may also be forums in which you can talk to established students at that university. If you’ve been accepted to a university but haven’t been able to get into their halls of residence, you may need to sign up to a househunting scheme. This can be tricky to do from abroad and you may find it easier to visit your country early and look for accommodation there. You may be able to meet someone already in the country willing to share a property with you who can do all the searching.  

I hope you enjoyed the post! If you could study abroad, where would you go? Let me know 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always!

Xoxo, Rae

August 24, 2017

My Dream Dressing Room


Hey loves! Today’s post is about what my dream dressing room would look like! I have a feeling that I’ll never get something like this, but a girl can dream, right?

Here is a mood board of some bigger items that I would love to have! I’ll go through each number with you.

1.) Bingham Upholstered Chair

I’m a sucker for grey anything which is why I chose this chair! I also love how classy it looks and it looks like it would be comfy. This chair would be perfect to sit back and relax in my dressing room, while searching for outfit inspiration – or a friend could sit there while I tried on clothes! The chair could also be a clothes holder, which I feel like most chairs end up becoming haha.

2.) Maire Natural Fiber Rug

I love the colors on this rug and the ombre effect it has. I think rugs can bring a room together which is why I added it in there. It also would add a pop of color to the room and a bit more of a “homey” feeling, if you feel me.

3.) Reese Mirrored Console Table

It may seem odd to have a console table in the middle of a dressing room, but I thought it would be perfect to hold jewelry and other accessories on. The mirrored effect matches the silver mirror, so it ties those two pieces together.

4.) Hemisphere Geode Chandelier

Lighting is really important and I think this gorgeous chandelier is perfect for my dream dressing room. I love the color and shape of it and I think it will add a classy vibe to the room, without being too over the top. Check out more lighting options here.

5.) Evelyn Cheval Mirror

I have always, always, always wanted a huge mirror like this to take outfit pictures in. I love the shape of this mirror and just overall the way it looks. It also comes in different colors, so you can match it to any room!

6 & 7.) Coastal Ombre Pillow & Ruched Linen Throw

I chose these two items to go on the chair for some subtle decorations. I think blankets draped over chairs are incredibly cute but also useful because like I mentioned, this chair would probably be a hangout nook for me in dream dressing room.

So, that’s the main things I would want in my dream dressing room! How about you? What’s one thing you would NEED in your dream dressing room? Let me know!

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 21, 2017