I've come to the conclusion that I wash my face more precisely in front of a mirror so that is where boujee me begins my nighttime skincare routine. I've always used Neutrogena cleansers and my go-to at the moment is the Fresh Foaming. It gets a really good clean without drying out my skin and it is pretty impressive when it comes to removing makeup. The only warning: PLEASE do not get it in your eyes. It burns, just trust me on that one.

I exfoliate daily. The trick? Do it lightly. I use the Vivitar Facial Brush which is really inexpensive and works great. It helps ensure there is no residue left and keeps dead skin away.

Next up I hop into the shower and slowly rinse off excess cleanser then proceed with showering.

Now towel dried and in pajamas, I sit at my vanity and put a few drops of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair into my moisturizer, which is listed in the next step. I've honestly watched my skin balance out so much since using this. By that I just mean I haven't been dry or oily, and haven't had a breakout in a long minute. My complexion has also been really even, too. I feel like it's a preventative for anything that could be an annoyance with skin. Technically it's an anti-aging preventative and my trick is to start before you age, so you never age. Makes sense?

Last, but certainly not least, the key to the radiance, the glow. Currently I have been using Mama Nature Allure Cellular Renewal Gold Infused Rejuvenating Night Cream - say that five times fast. There's nothing more extra than a 24 karat gold moisturizer before you catch some beauty sleep. A MOOD. It has alpha hydroxyl acids which smoothens the skin along with a ton of other proteins, antioxidants, and so on.

HELLO. IT'S ME. This post has been way, way, way overdue but I am here from my long return. The where have I been recap is on ze wayOver the past six months I found myself more than ever and I began my year in the city I always talked about traveling to. Now that we have that settled, I am here writing underneath the glow of the moon because that's the only time words can clearly formulate in my never relaxing mind, but this post is going to be more pictures than words because that's really the only way I can explain Paris without rambling.

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and to you europe, je t'aime, you have my heart, & i'll see you soon. thank you for enlightenment, city of lights.

in new york i hustle, in paris i reflected. in new york i dread rain, in paris i found appreciation. in new york i learn survival of the fittest, in paris i just learned. in new york neighborhoods separate cultures, in paris arrondissements unified the city. in new york one is engrossed in what the city has to offer them, in paris one seeks the light and ascertains what they have to offer back to the world.

the light stays fueled. curiosity harvests. and carries you anywhere else you desire.

de la tour eiffel au monde.
from the eiffel tower to the world.

2018. PAGE 2 OF 365.
Majority of New Year Resolution's are self-improvement based and usually follow the look good, feel good concept. eShakti has been a favorite custom clothing brand of mine and they totally understand how good someone feels having a piece that fits them like a glove. To me new clothes are an automatic happiness booster, but it's not like I need a new calendar year for me to shop more. Who am I kidding. 

I had a calm NYE here in New York, but the picture now is throwing clothes around my closet and dusting off my suitcase because tomorrow I will be traveling to the land of croissants, haute couture, and berets. As Audrey Hepburn would say, Paris is always a good idea.

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by eShakti and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
I told myself I am only bringing the things (& people) I really like into 2018 with me. Doucce gave me this set and it is one of those things that I will be bringing. As much as I love makeup, I'm not really one to aim for eye makeup involving color, BUT I am trying. My comfort zone lies in smokey eyes and golden hues, but 2018 is for getting fancy. I absolutely love the colors and pigment in this set. Besides the shadow & blush compact, the mascara (volumizing? yes please.), eyeliner, and lip stain + gloss is included.

Not gonna lie, but this has to be the best hair line that I've used at a drugstore cost. In the past I have paid $50 for shampoo + the coinciding conditioner and pretty much gotten the same results except this one is around $16 combined. 

Their PR team introduced me to some of their products and impressed is an understatement. The Grow Long line promotes hair growth and it doesn't leave any residue, just vitamin E.

I am a proud Happy Planner and if you are not familiar it is a popular line of planners and basically a lifestyle. Happy Planning revolves around using an stickers to make unenjoyable events (i.e. laundry day) or unforgettable memories 10x better. It's a planner and the person planning has the ability to get really creative with their book. Anywho, I have many of the Happy Planner sticker books, but when Stickerapp introduces me to their company I decided to make my own. 

Basically I picked images off Google that I liked and Stickerapp prints them out for you on heavy sticker paper. It's made my planner so much more personal now that I have OMNIVOGUES and cutesy fashion stickers.

You know when you haven't seen someone in a bit and they just drop a bunch of news on you. Good, because that's pretty much the situation at hand. If you are following me @raquelringgold which I hope you are, I am sure you saw that I was recently crowned International Junior Miss New York Teen 2018. I have a crazy journey ahead of me this upcoming year, but I wanna save all that talk for an upcoming YouTube video.

Also, while on the subject of YouTube, I am doing VLOGMAS. Yaaaaay. Make sure you subscribe to my channel to see all of my videos leading up to Christmas, and I will of course still be making consistent content following. I finally got the whole editing thing down and I think it's gonna be a great extension of OMNIVOGUES. 

The sweater weather mood is real and I am all about cozy vibes at the moment. It is finals week and then voila, it will officially be the finale of my first semester of college. That was ridiculously quick. Back to this SheIn coffee sweater, I absolutely love wearing one heavy piece that is warm enough to then just throw a jacket on over it. We had a little bit of snow the other day in NYC and sweaters like this are absolutely wonderful because they are casual enough to lounge in, but presentable enough for the real world in case I decide to stop hibernating.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Shein and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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