Thursday, October 20, 2016

My Clarisonic

I'm beyond excited to be working with Clarisonic today on the blog! I've always wanted to try a Clarisonic cleansing device, but as someone with extremely sensitive skin I was hesitant. However, after a week of testing, I am so glad I didn't allow my hesitations to get the best of me! It only takes 60 seconds to see more radiant skin.

"Beautiful art begins with a perfectly clean canvas" -Clarisonic Facebook 

I tested out the Clarisonic Deep Pore Mia 2 set for seven days, and can honestly say it's a skin game changer. I used it twice-a-day and never experienced discomfort with my sensitive skin! I used the Mia 2 and Deep Pore Daily Cleanser in the morning to wash my face, and then again at night to remove my makeup. 

The deep pore set includes everything you need for clear skin: Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask, and a Deep Pore Brush Head. All perfect for removing impurities and excess oils. The brush also includes two speeds (delicate and universal) that cleanse 6x better than hands alone. I use the delicate setting on my forehead, chin, and cheeks and universal on my nose to get rid of those pesky blackheads.

The Mia 2 with travel case

Since I began college, my everyday routine has changed drastically. I didn't think it was possible to be so busy! There are not enough hours in the day. This is the perfect time in my life to be introduced to the Clarisonic Mia 2. No matter how exhausted I am, I only have to follow a few short and easy steps before climbing into bed with clean skin.

I won't bore you with the medical details, but my skin has always been out of my control. I can try and tame breakouts, but it's more or less just a waiting game to see when my body will cooperate. Prior to Clarisonic, I've tried multiple products and never had any results. But the first time I used my new Clarisonic, I could see and feel a difference. My face instantly felt smoother and my complexion was brighter. There was also an obvious difference in my makeup application. My makeup glided on flawlessly and stayed matte longer!

And guess what? All Clarisonic devices are waterproof!

Considering adding a Clarisonic device to your skincare routine, or purchasing one as a gift for a friend? Use code HERCAMPUS at checkout for 15% off your order until October 31. (

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What I've Learn From My Parents About Love

With my parent's 27th anniversary just around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to publish this post. It has been on my list of possible blogging topics for about a month now!

What does the word "love" mean to you?
 Is it something that scares you? Or is it a word that puts a smile on your face? 
Who is the first person that pops into your head when you hear the word?
 A best friend?
 A sibling?
 A family member?
 A significant other? 

Greenwich, Connecticut
 Spring 2016 

When I think of the word love, I think of my amazing parents. They are two of the most supportive people in the world. They push me to pursue my dreams, and raised me to believe I can achieve anything in the world.

On a romantic note, I can't remember the first time I realized how in love my parents are with each other. Their love was always just something I just found as normal part of life. When I was younger I found their PDA one of the most embarrassing things in the world! Until about the age of 14, every time they would kiss in front of me I would cover me eyes and go, "Gross, PG-13." (Mature, right?) However, as I've gotten older, I've come to appreciate the love they share together. I no longer see their PDA as embarrassing, but rather look for characteristics I hope to share with my future partner; my person.

My parents met their freshman year of college. It is crazy because they were both younger than I am now when they first met. I think it is incredible how they've gotten to grow alongside each other for the past 27 years. Watching them for the past 19 of the 27 years of marriage, I've learned so many valuable lessons about love.

1. Don't settle for anything less than what you deserve

Growing up with such loving parents, I set unrealistically high expectations of what I want in a life partner. I want marry my best friend, my rock, my protector; someone who sees hardships as an opportunity to grow together. I want someone who can see my dreams and passions, and can dream right alongside me with the same excitement for life. Life is the ultimate adventure.

"If you can dream it, you can achieve it." -Walt Disney 

2. Compromise and work together 

Relationships are work. Love starts as a feeling, and grows into a choice you have to make every day. Some days are harder than others, but at the end of the day, you still choose each other. No argument is too big, no distance is too far, and no challenge is unsolvable.

3.  Never go to bed angry 

This is one of the lessons I have taken to heart the most. If I go to bed upset, I will more than likely wake up upset. I hate uncertainty, and if I have too much time to think on things, I'll overthink things negatively. Being able to talk through things calmly, and compromise with your partner is an important skill. It saves a lot of painful time of thinking and wondering.

4. Find your love language 

I think I was in middle school the first time my mom every mentioned the "love languages." Knowing how you interpret acts of love is such a powerful tool to use in any relationship. The five languages are acts of service, words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, and receiving gifts.

My love language has been the same since about sophomore year of high school: words of affirmation and quality time together. So much has changed in my life since I was 16, but this part of me has remained constant.

Wishing Momma and Papa Sully a very happy anniversary next week <3 

Friday, September 23, 2016

College Update: September

So much has changed since beginning college a little over a month ago! I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true. Juggling friends, activities, blogging, and academics is really difficult when there are so many things I want to do and experience! Even as I sat down to write this post, the fire alarm went off. There are so many obstacles constantly getting in the way of productivity.

With that being said, I absolutely love it here at Virginia Tech. I don't think you'd be able to find a tighter sense of community, in such a large university, anywhere else. VT is truly one of a kind! I never thought it was possible to be a part of such an awesome community. I truly do feel at home here. I think it took me all of two days to get adjusted and comfortable on campus. I'm sure it helps that my brother is on campus as well, so I get to see him regularly. That being said, I definitely miss my family and my puppy dog back home!

These girls are my everything! Claire is to the right, and is the best roomie in the world. I got super lucky! We always joke that we actually don't like each other at all, and it's all just an act. Meaghan is to the left, and is the biggest extrovert I've ever met. She always knows how to make me feel better! She's definitely the mom of the group, and keeps all of us in line and out of trouble.

Claire and I went to the farmer's market downtown on Wednesday after classes. She bought these gorgeous flowers that are now brightening up our dorm! 

Stay tuned for a post on the Hunter Hayes concert!