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No-Fuss Skin Care Routine for 2017

I’m about to let you in on a little secret about me. I have had the most terrible, rough time with my skin. Seriously. All throughout my teenage years, I was constantly battling with acne-prone, oily skin.

I’ve tried almost every skin care system and treatment on the market. I’ve visited dermatologists, taken oral antibacterial pills, tried Proactiv…the list goes on. My skin is extremely finicky and breaks out with no warning and is hard to clear up. Enter in BioClarity, a new naturally derived skincare 3-step system I’ve been trying out. Below you will find my BioClarity review!

BioClarity Acne Review

BioClarity harnesses all of the amazing nutrients that are out in nature and packs them into simple skin care products. The products are also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Yay for protecting animals!

One thing I love most about my new BioClarity skincare is the fact that I am confident that it is actually good for my skin because it is naturally derived. It doesn’t have harsh chemicals in it that could potentially dry out my skin and mess with my oily/combo skin.

The Skin Care Routine + System

My BioClarity skin care routine consists of three simple steps:

  • Step 1 – Cleanser (main ingredients: Green Tea, Chamomile, Cucumber)
  • Step 2 – Treatment (main ingredients: Oat Kernel, Salicylic Acid)
  • Step 3 – Restore Gel (main ingredients: Floralux, Licorice Root)

BioClarity Floralux Skincare Review

I love the restore gel because it comes out of the tube a dark green color (which makes applying it fun!) It makes my face feel super refreshed and soothed.

The Benefits of BioClarity

BioClarity is clinically proven to fight acne, soothe skin, reduce pore size, minimize redness, and even out the skin tone. That’s music to my ears, especially because I struggle a lot with large pores on my T-zone, and frequently experience breakouts.

BioClarity Cleanser

BioClarity products combine the power of prescription-grade salicylic acid and regenerative and restorative Floralux – a new and unique naturally-derived ingredient from chlorophyll (the green stuff in plants) rather than using benzoyl peroxide to target breakouts (which is known to cause redness, dryness, and irritation.)

My BioClarity Review

Personally, I really liked the skincare system and did not find that the products irritated my combo/oily skin. My skin has not broken out since using BioClarity, and I really like the 3-step regimen. The products do smell a little too earthy for my liking, but I guess that’s the price you pay when you get naturally-derived products! The awesome ingredients is worth the smell to me.

Interested in trying out BioClarity for yourself? Use the code EMMALEN for 50% your order!


Have you ever tried BioClarity before? What is your BioClarity review?

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I consider myself to be a sort of hair-bleaching expert. Self-taught through trial and error, of course. However, I have bleached my hair at home for a few years now and have pretty much mastered the art of how to bleach hair safely.

Opinion Outpost BannerBelieve it or not, I naturally have medium to dark brown hair. I decided I wanted to bleach my hair in high school, and not thinking that I could do it myself, I went to the hair salon. One thing that frustrated me about going to the salon was that they wanted to gradually lighten my hair, so they put in highlights all over. I would then go back to the salon weeks later for the next round of highlights, continuing the process. Not only was this annoying, but it was also very, very expensive.

So…I decided to teach myself how to bleach hair at home. I have tried a ton of different products and bleaches and finally, have landed on a process that gets me the white-blonde look that I love. Keep in mind that I usually have someone help me with this process (my mom :)) so that I make sure to get all of my roots and the back of my head.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional! This is simply what works for me and my hair and how to bleach hair that works the best for me. Don’t sue me if all of your hair falls out.

How to Bleach Hair at Home

How to Bleach Hair at Home

Supplies Needed


Step 1: Preparing for Bleach

I like to bleach my hair on the second day after washing it. Not really sure why, but I find that dirty hair works better for bleaching and coloring. Always bleach hair when it is dry! Section off your hair into more manageable parts. Bleach will work faster and lighten quicker on your roots, because of the heat that comes off of your scalp.

Make sure to brush out your hair and get all of the knots and tangles out of your hair before bleaching your hair.

Step 2: Mix It Up

Mixing up your bleach is a crucial step to making sure your hair turns out right. I like to use Volume 20 developer, which I get from Amazon. It’s not too expensive (usually about $10-15), and works well with the powder bleach.

How to Bleach Hair Mixing Bowl

After you find your favorite developer, you are ready to start measuring out your mixture. For every 1 part of powder bleach, use 2 parts developer. My favorite bleach to use is L’Oreal’s Quick Blue. It comes in a huge tub and lasts forever. This method is so much more economical than buying pre-packaged bleach box kits at the drugstore. Trust me! I used to use those.

L’Oreal Quick Blue can be bought on Amazon and is pretty powerful stuff. Make sure you are wearing gloves throughout the whole process (including mixing), so your hands don’t get burned. I like to mix my bleach up with the developer in a hair coloring bowl for easy application.

Step 3: Applying the Bleach

Once you’re ready to apply the bleach, make sure you wear a baggy T-Shirt that can get dirty, or lay down some towels around you. Anything the bleach lands on will most likely be ruined. Trust me…I’ve learned this the hard way.

How to Bleach Hair with L'Oreal Quick BlueApply the bleach from your mixing bowl with a hair coloring brush. Start painting your hair in small sections, starting at the tips of your hair and working the bleach upwards. Remember, your roots will lighten faster than any other part of your hair. Leave your roots for last if you can.

Tip: Make sure to get EVERY inch of your hair. If you miss even a small section, it will be incredibly noticeable. Focus on the nape of your neck and hairline to make sure no strand gets left behind.

The Waiting Game

I like to leave my bleach on for about 30-35 minutes. It honestly depends on how dark your hair is to begin with, but you will know it’s time to rinse the bleach out when your hair appears to be a pale yellow color. Check to make sure that your hair is all relatively the same color (roots vs. ends.)

Step 4: Rinse (and Possibly Repeat)

After waiting for your bleach to fully lighten, hop in the shower and rinse out the bleach from your head. I like to use a color-safe shampoo during this step. After rinsing out, let your hair air dry and check to see if it is the desired pale-yellow color. If not, you may need to repeat the bleaching process and do it all over again. Usually, people starting with dark brown or black hair will have to repeat the bleaching process at least 2 times.

Step 5: Tone Your Hair

How to Bleach Hair with Manic Panic Toner

After reaching a pale yellow color, your hair is ready to be toned. Toning is the crucial and most important step in getting white-blonde hair. The process of toning your hair helps to counteract the yellow and gold tones that the bleach brought out, and instead make them a more bright white color.

My favorite toner to use is actually a semi-permanent dye from Manic Panic. Don’t worry; it works well and is the perfect color to cancel out any golden colors. Mix your toner up using the same 1:2 ratio of dye to developer as described before. Apply the toner all over your hair and roots.

You won’t need to leave the toner on for as long as the bleach because it is, well, purple. Bleached hair takes very easily to dye because it has essentially just been stripped of all natural color in the bleaching process. I like to leave my toner on for 15-20 minutes.

Rinse out your toner and let your hair air dry again. Voila! You now have perfectly toned, white-blonde hair.


Have you ever learned how to bleach hair at home?

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It’s the best time of the year when finals are finally over + it’s about time to go home for the holidays. However, traveling home can be stressful when you attend school that is far away from your hometown. Luckily, you can still travel lightweight and carry-on only when going home to see your family.

How to Travel Carry-on Only

The Carry-On Suitcase

In order to travel carry-on only, you’ll need to have a trusty suitcase to lug around with you. Below are some of my favorite picks for carry-on bags. A silver suitcase? Yes, please.

I also love this carry-on suitcase from Delsey. It’s originally $320, but Amazon has it listed for $70 (and free shipping with Prime!) The suitcase also has a 4.5 star rating, which is pretty awesome if you ask me.

How to Travel Carry-On Only With a Capsule Wardrobe

Traveling with just a carry-on may seem impossible when going from campus to home, but it can be done! I’ve selected my essential pieces for packing. A capsule wardrobe like this allows you to easily mix and match separate pieces to create endless outfits. This way, you won’t have to re-wear the same outfit over and over again, but can still pack light.

Things to Remember:

  • Pick a color theme or scheme. Obviously, from what you can see in the photo below, I love dark colors and wearing black a lot. However, I totally understand that not everybody enjoys wearing all-black, every day! When packing your carry-on, try and keep the articles of clothing in a similar color theme. This way, you can easily intermix tops and bottoms without much thought.
  • Roll your clothing to save space. Learning this packing tip seriously changed my travel-life. Rolling all of your tops, jeans, and undergarments will save a ton of space when compared to just simply folding.
  • Don’t forget to bring a personal item. I like to bring a purse or my Herschel backpack as my personal item when traveling carry-on only. I also put all of my chargers and electronic devices in here so I can get some work done while on the plane!
  • Wear your winter jacket on the plane. Big, puffy winter jackets can take up a lot of space. This is why I always wear mine while at the airport. Plus, it’s nice and snuggly to use as a blanket in chilly airplanes.

Carry-on Only Capsule Wardrobe

The Packing List

Chunky Sweater

Packing a great chunky sweater will be a lifesaver over winter break. Sweaters are perfect for layering under your winter coat and add some cozy comfort to any outfit. My favorite sweater at the moment is this one. It’s only $16 and I love the dark grey color.

V-Neck Tee

I have to admit, I always consider comfort when getting dressed in the morning. V-neck shirts are my favorite because they aren’t too tight and always super soft.

Graphic Tee

If you know me, you know that I absolutely love graphic tees. I feel like a girl can never have too many! The sayings on them are honestly just too funny! My current favorite is this pack that includes 3 shirts: Black, White, and Warm Grey.

Striped Top

I love a striped top for the winter season because it can be easily dressed up or down. Pair it with some leggings for a cozy night in, or with a pair of black skinny jeans and flats for dinner out with the family.

Black Leggings

My current favorite leggings are from Lululemon because they aren’t see-through, and super durable. However, I do have tons of leggings from places like Target, LOFT, and more. Leggings are a go to when lounging around the house and a must-have for winter break.

Black Jeans

Black jeans are a staple because they can double-up as your “fancy pants” if you need an outfit for a holiday party, etc. Topshop jeans are my absolute favorite jeans of all time because they tailor their jeans to fit Petite and Tall women perfectly.

Blue Jeans

You can’t leave your favorite pair of blue jeans back at your dorm! Throw these in your carry-on for creating easy go-to outfits. My favorite way to pair blue jeans is with a graphic tee and some fuzzy socks like these.

Knit Dress

I normally bring home a knit dress for the holidays in case I will be attending any events or parties. If you don’t have anything like that to attend, think about whether you will need “church clothes” or a Christmas Eve outfit. The knit dress is a staple and will keep you warm and cozy while looking cute 😉

Chelsea Boots

Oh, how I love Chelsea boots. These boots are a staple for winter and can withstand the slush and snow of the season. Plus, there are tons of inexpensive brands that offer great Chelsea boot styles. My favorite pick right now are these boots from Sam Edelman.

Sneakers

I’m the type of girl that lives in sneakers. Adidas, Converse, Vans…I love ’em all. My go-to pair for the winter months are these white Adidas. They pair effortlessly with black/blue jeans and are great for running errands/shopping for holiday presents!

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Flats

Flats are great to pack in a carry-on because they easily fold up and take up almost no precious suitcase space. Plus, they are perfect for a night-out with friends or anything that you may need to look a little more dressed-up for.

Scarf

What’s winter without a great scarf? I love scarves because they are inexpensive, come in a million prints, and layer perfectly to keep me warm in the cold Cleveland weather.

Reversible Purse

A reversible purse is a great option to bring with you on the plane as your one personal item. The bag itself will hold all of your little personal belongings (headphones, phone charger, books) while it can double as a purse when you finally make it back home. This one is only $40!

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Online shopping has become a real problem in my life. Or rather, for my bank account. I love online shopping and browsing the best online shopping websites so much more than shopping in person these days. It seems so much less stressful, I can take my time browsing the website, and it arrives at my house in a pretty package just days later. Kinda like Christmas morning 😉





But really. Online shopping is the best, and we all know it. I usually order from places like Forever 21/ASOS, but there are so many shops out there that are both inexpensive and trendy that I have yet to discover.

So today, I’m sharing the best online shopping sites that you may have not already heard about. If you like stores like Morning Lavender, H&M, and more…you’re in the right place! These stores are my tried and true, so get your debit cards ready.

Best Inexpensive Online Stores for Girls

P.S. If you want to earn some extra cash to use to shop online, check out Opinion Outpost! It’s my favorite way to earn fast money, and you can get paid directly through your PayPal account. Earn points and rewards for giving your opinion about companies and products!

Looking for the best online shopping websites for college girls? Find sites similar to Forever21 and ASOS on the Emma Lenhart blog, perfect for the college girl on a budget.

Best Online Shopping for College-Aged Girls

1. Lulus

Lulu’s has THE CUTEST clothes and is a true testament you don’t have to spend a ton of money to dress well. I especially love their shoes + dresses.

Online Shopping Sites for College Girls Inexpensive

I would describe Lulu’s as being perfect for the everyday college girl who wants to have an awesome wardrobe. Lulu’s has items that are great to wear with just jeans and sneakers or dress up for a night out on the town with your girls. If you are looking for somewhere to shop online that will never let you down, Lulu’s is the place to hit up. They are constantly releasing new pieces into their stock, which I love.

Looking for the best online shopping websites for college girls? Find sites similar to Forever21 and ASOS on the Emma Lenhart blog, perfect for the college girl on a budget.

2. Boohoo

Boohoo is my most favorite online store to order from. It’s a UK based brand, but they ship to the US also.

I order from Boohoo all of the time because their styles are honestly just too cute. I love shopping Boohoo for their bodysuits and shoes especially. Plus, they are always having good sales/discount codes that are sometimes up to 50% off your whole order.

*Helpful hint: follow your favorite shops on Instagram/Twitter to never miss a flash sale again!*

3. SheIn

This is another staple in my online shopping escapades. SheIn is a diamond in the rough, and I was introduced to it randomly back in high school.

Looking for the best online shopping websites for college girls? Find sites similar to Forever21 and ASOS on the Emma Lenhart blog, perfect for the college girl on a budget.

SheIn is based and orders are fulfilled out of China, so there are a couple things to keep in mind. First of all, shipping takes a little bit longer than other brands. I’ve ordered 5-10 pieces from SheIn before and had the pieces come shipped separately, one piece at a time before. Don’t be alarmed! The rest of your package will get there.

Another thing about SheIn is that the sizing chart is a little bit different than stores in America. Because of this, I’ve found that SheIn‘s clothes run to be pretty small. My favorite things to order from SheIn are flowy dresses and graphic tees.

*Bonus Store*: Go Jane

This is another great find for more party/going out clothes. Whether you need a dress for a sorority formal, or just romping around your city, Go Jane is the perfect destination. Go Jane also has amazing co-ord sets for reasonable prices.

The website is frequently updated with new styles, and shipping is usually free for the US on orders over $50. There are few things in this world I love more than free shipping.


Where are your favorite places to shop online? 

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