College Senior Shares Skin Care Regimen

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Entering her senior year in college, my daughter, Christy, has a lot on her mind.  After successfully completing a 10-week internship in New York (which gave her the opportunity to develop useful skills and get some much-needed experience to put on her resume), she needs to meet the rest of her degree requirements and prepare to enter the workforce.


As her four years at college come to a close, many changes are just around the corner. One thing that will remain is her skin care and fitness routine. Christy is really good about taking care of her body and skin. In today’s post, she shares her skin care regimen that has helped her keep her complexion clear despite late nights and increased stress levels.

Skin Care Tips From A College Senior

Hi, Christy here. I can’t believe I’m in my final year of college. Everyone says it, but wow, it truly does feel like just yesterday I was a freshman and moved into my college dorm. Let me tell you, the college years are very interesting, indeed: You will feel on top of the world and utterly defeated (sometimes in the same day).


My first day as a college freshman.

College is, for most of us, the first time we all truly venture out on our own and begin the work of deciding who we will become. It is a beautiful time of discovery and one that you won’t get to repeat.  Your grades are important, and parties are fun, but make sure you take some time for yourself. Taking a little bit of time each day to care for your skin and body is worth the benefits of having glowing skin and a lots of energy. For me, it has made all the difference.

When teens go to college, a large part of their beauty routine is forced to change. Is it that the amount of coffee you consume has increased while your water consumption has decreased? Or maybe, you ran out of your favorite cleanser and scrub? Either way, your skin is changing. Stress, lack of sleep, a change in diet, can make you breakout more than you ever did going through puberty.


In my first year of college I experienced some untimely breakouts. However, after doing some research and trying various methods, I found a skin care routine that has worked for me for  the past three years.

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Wash Your Face

I know this sounds like the biggest no-brainer, but I am consistently surprised at how many of my friends don’t wash their faces every morning and night. If you’re wearing makeup, remove it. Sleeping in makeup can result in clogged pores, styes, and even premature aging. This is no joke, ladies. Honestly, if you do nothing else, do this, no matter how late the party runs.

I have been using Neutrogena® products since middle school and I really like the Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser. It’s oil-free and helps prevent breakouts. It contains naturally derived grapefruit extract which smells so good.


For occasional back breakouts, Neutrogena® offers the Neutrogena® Body Clear® Body Wash – Pink Grapefruit.  Its oil-blasting MicroClear® Technology is specially developed to treat body breakouts such as back, shoulders and chest. This, too, has a lovely citrus scent, which feels refreshing after a good run.


Twice a week, I exfoliate my face. This is an absolute must for me. My mom and I picked up the Clean & Clear® Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub at Target.  It helps invigorate my skin by cleansing pores deep down and gently exfoliating surface skin. Exfoliating weekly has made a huge difference for me. My skin feels refreshed and smooth. All three products get the job done and I’m happy with how my skin looks and feels.

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Drink Water

I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but I’ll say it again: Drinking water does wonders to your body and skin. On campus, you will never see me without my water bottle. I keep it on my desk when I am in my room, in my bag when I am walking around and by my bed while I am sleeping.  Once you work water into your schedule you will see a dramatic difference in your skin. You will see improvement in texture, complexion, and color. Not only will your skin look better, but you will feel better.


Eat Avocados

I love avocados and kale. Do you? What a lot of college kids don’t realize is that your skin is dependent on what you put in your body. Don’t get me wrong, pizza at 11 pm is ok… occasionally. Sometimes  a hot, fresh slice of pizza is the best cure to your college problems. But avocados are one of the best foods for your skin. Eating avocados is also great for your waistline, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Try Green Tea

Green tea is something I started drinking my junior year. My mom introduced me to green tea, which is now a regular on my grocery list.  Try to drink a cup of decaf green tea at night before you go to bed. If you have time, make a green tea face steam.  It soothes irritated skin and helps detoxify pores.


Exercise Daily

I can’t stress this one enough: Find time to exercise. The rewards of exercise extend far beyond slimming down or adding muscle tone. I run daily which helps me release stress (especially during finals) and work up a good sweat, which is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial.  When you exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients to repair damage. If you don’t like the gym or running, then walk. I don’t have a car so I walk to all my classes and meetings.


Stock Up And Be Prepared

Skin care doesn’t have to be extensive or expensive. Trust me, my budget and time are very limited.  Being prepared and organized will mean you always have the products that you need on hand. For anyone starting college or heading back, Target has everything you need. If you don’t have it yet on your phone, make sure to download the Target CARTWHEEL app. I use it every time I shop there. This helps me save even more and every little bit helps with my tight budget.


During August, Thursday – Sunday, you can save 20% on any Neutrogena®  cosmetics product. If you buy three Neutrogena® facial skincare products, you get a $5 gift card. And when you buy one Clean & Clear® product, you get one 25% off.

You can also purchase the products on by hovering over the picture below.

This post is sponsored by CLEAN & CLEAR® and NEUTROGENA®. I only recommend products I use personally and believe my followers will also enjoy! Some of the products mentioned were provided by CLEAN & CLEAR® and NEUTROGENA® for this review

Are You A Perennial?


Move over millennials, there’s a new kid on the block : perennials – a new term to describe people with a no-age mindset.

The term was coined by US internet entrepreneur Gina Pell, 49, who explains, ‘Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers.’

Perennials, unlike millennials, is an ideal that ignores the notion that same age equals same interests… and companies should take notice.

As a 47-year-old mom of three (two adults, one teen), I like much of the same fashion and beauty products as my daughters. I wear skinny jeans with sneakers or flip-flops, jeans shorts, and even tank tops. I’m still the same size I was as a 20-year-old. Sometimes, we even borrow each other’s clothes.

That said, I’m under no illusion that I’m 21 and I don’t try to look like my college aged daughters. I’m very comfortable in my own skin. But I know I live very differently from the way my grandmother did at my age.  I also don’t feel middle-aged. In fact, I feel as young and vibrant as I ever have. I’m full of energy with a quest for fresh experiences. My friends range from age 24 to 75. I can have a meaningful conversation with any age group.

What has changed is that women (and men) my age and older no longer accept  being told what things “should” look like… and how we “should” act. We look and act the way we feel. We want to defy generational stereotypes.

In today’s landscape, classifying groups of people based on their year of birth is so limiting since people will age differently. Some may want to slow down at 40, others start a new career at age 50.

My daughters who are big fans of Electronic Dance Music festivals urge me to attend. They don’t care that I’m 20+ years older than most attendees. While I’m not a fan of electronic dance music, I think my kids are so cool for letting me into their world.


The definition of perennial is something lasting or existing for a long  time; enduring or regenerating. But Gina Pell, founder of “The What,” wants to extend that definition to a new generation of consumers, one that surpasses the boundaries of age and continues to explore and learn.

Companies that only pay attention to millennials, create missed opportunities.  Instead of focusing all their marketing efforts on one age group, they should concentrate on others who may share the same interests, despite being outside the age-range.

Amazon and Netflix use algorithms to suggest new products based on past buying history and viewing habits versus customers’ age. Companies can benefit by measuring attitudes and interests instead of age and income.  It’s not always about how old people are or how much money they make: Companies should be more interested in how consumers think and feel.

As Gina Pell puts it, ‘Defining people by their birth year is so antiquated.’

Samsung Galaxy S8 – Snapshots from Twitty City

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Like most people, my phone has become almost an extension of myself. I use it to keep track of upcoming events, keep in contact with friends and family, blog, tweet, pin, share, stumble … and I’ll occasionally make a phone call with it too.

However, the thing that is used the most on my phone is the camera. My kids’ high school and college graduations, birthdays, music performances, sporting events, proms, travels … I have to photograph everything.  I love taking photos … they’re priceless memories I can never recapture. I like to photograph to remember it all.  I have to preserve it all.

So, when the opportunity to test the new Samsung Galaxy S8 came up, I was ecstatic, particularly so I could try out the camera function.

The camera quality is superb. I wish I had this phone when my kids were little. Oh, the photos I could have taken!

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Although I’m not very tech-savvy, I was impressed by what the Samsung Galaxy S8 offers:

  • The world’s first Infinity Screen. This is amazing as the screen stretches from edge to edge, giving you the most amount of screen in the least amount of space.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is even more expansive. This is Samsung’s biggest screen yet.
  • Water Resistance- A phone that can handle a splash or accidental dunk.
  • Fast Wireless Charging-  You can power up without having to plug in. Charger sold separately.
  • Micro SD Card- You can expand your storage up to 256GB with a microSD card. MicroSD card sold separately.

It’s a beautiful design (available in several colors) with sleek lines and fits in the hand reasonably easily.

One of my favorite places to visit in Nashville is Twitty City. This place is beautiful in the summer and pure magic during the Christmas season. Here’s  where I put the camera to test. This time I was in front of the camera and my son was the photographer.


The camera quality is a dream come true for anyone who enjoys taking pictures of places or loved ones.  As an amateur photographer, I like to be able to point and shoot at something within a moment, without having to spend a lot of time messing around with different settings; and this camera allowed me to do just that.


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samsung galaxy s8


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The camera captures colors beautifully. The colors are vibrant and crisp, no editing necessary.

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Of course, I had to take selfies. The camera softens and brightens your skin, making you look almost airbrushed in the best way possible.

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Here, I wanted to see how well the camera captures motion. Really sharp, I do say so myself.

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Do you see how well the camera captures the tree leaves on the right? You can see every detail.



What I also love about this camera is that it is incredible at creating a shallow depth of field (with an aperture of 1.7,), which gives almost a professional SLR quality to the images.

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The images it takes are sharp, the colors are beautiful, and each photo comes out Instagram-ready, little editing necessary. Even though it was a cloudy day, the colors are rich and balanced and the camera focused precisely.

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samsung galaxy s8


I’m impressed with the camera’s macro capabilities. The rose in the foreground is crisp and in focus, while the rest is blurred.

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Sometimes kids (especially teenagers) get annoyed with their parents for taking so many pictures.  It kind of grates on their nerves. Let me tell you, someday, they’ll be extremely happy to have piles and piles of gorgeous, carefully considered photos of their childhood, through the lens of their parent’s eye. My two grown children look at some of the old photos and cry. Those photographs capture everything that was beautiful about their childhood, and they give permanence to their past.

My kids are the best thing I have in this world, and moms get to be a little nutty about it all sometimes.  Someday your kids will thank you for all the pictures you’ve snapped, for the beauty you saw in their every gesture, and for preserving those ordinary, extraordinary moments of their childhoods.

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