winter beauty favorites

As I write this, I'm in bed recovering from the flu - apparently God heard and answered my prayers of "please let my little sister get better and just give me her flu" so ironically I haven't touched many of my beauty products in a week and my skin is a mess. Once I'm better, I'll definitely be coating my face with these favorites, which all served me well this winter when my skin was a bit less crusty and sensitive from constant nose-blowing. These beauty favorites also aren't winter-specific so I'll be using them year-round but I did acquire them and/or use them a lot in the past few months. Hopefully winter isn't going to last much longer (despite what the groundhog said) because I'm tired of getting sick and would love to go out without covering my face (and makeup) with a scarf. I hope you enjoy this deep dive into my recent favorite makeup and skincare products!

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valentine's day gift guide 2018

Excuse this super late 'first post of 2018,' but I've had a pretty lackluster start to 2018. While I had a lovely holiday season with my family, 2018 has been pretty meh so far. I think the high point so far this year was my 4th anniversary with Gerome (love you babe) but other than that, work has been super stressful, my sister currently has the flu, and adulting has just been feeling overwhelming all around. Of course, one thing that always cheers me up is online shopping (or just browsing lol)! Gerome and I aren't doing gifts for this Valentine's Day but through all my online browsing, I've come up with a couple of ideas for gifts you can give your special someone this Valentine's Day - whether they're your significant other or just someone you want to make feel loved. As with all my gift guides, you can also use this as a way to #treatyoself - you deserve it girl, especially if you've had a blah start to the year like I have. Happy Valentine's shopping! 💘

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wooden watches by jord

There’s nothing more timeless than a watch. These days, we’re always grasping for our phones to check the time, when it could be as simple as checking a beautiful and practical accessory on your wrist. Personally, I’m a watch person and don’t really switch watches ever - I find comfort in wearing the same pieces of jewelry every day. However, I did add a new watch to my collection recently - and it's a wooden watch - from the brand Jord. Keep reading to find out more about Jord and what I think about their wooden watches.

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holiday gift guide 2017 | black friday edition

If you haven't already started shopping for holiday gifts (or shopping for yourself, I won't judge), now's the week to do it. There are so many sales happening right now for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so I thought I'd let you know about all the best sales as well as some of my favorite items from those sales. I'll let you know if you need a code or if the sales I mention are sitewide sales as well as when the sales end, so this is definitely the post to bookmark if you're going to cozy up in bed after Thanksgiving to start doing some intense online shopping. I hope you find this post helpful for all your holiday shopping!

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purpose jewelry

If you know me, you know I’m very into social justice - especially organizations and movements that empower women all over the world. When the brand PURPOSE Jewelry reached out to me to partner on some posts featuring their pieces, I knew I had to share their brand with you. PURPOSE Jewelry is a brand that works with victims of human trafficking to empower them and give them employable skills to help improve their quality of life after being rescued. When you make a purchase from PURPOSE Jewelry, proceeds go to International Sanctuary, a charity that works for the empowerment of human trafficking victims. Keep reading to see what I think about their jewelry and to learn more about their mission (there's also a discount code at the end if you're interested in the collection)!

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holiday gift guide 2017 | beauty edition

HEY GUYS! It's already well into November, which means it's basically Christmas! I LOVE Christmas with a fiery and slightly scary passion - I started listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween and my Christmas lights will be going up any day now. One of my favorite things to do every year to prep for Christmas is to put together a series of gift guides leading up to Christmas. I love the thrill of shopping around for the best gifts that will make my loved ones and yours smile, and sometimes I end up picking out a few things to gift to myself (oops). If you're ready to start shopping for presents, keep on reading and come back every week until Christmas for more gift guides with different themes. This week on the This Is Yna holiday gift guides, we're talking beauty! It's perfect timing since we're in the middle of the Sephora fall sale so if you want to snag these items at a discount, now's the time! I personally either have and love or badly want all of the items in this gift guide, so trust that they're going to make the beauty-lovers in your life very happy.

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