Goals To-Do List
1. Drink *at least* 8 glasses of water a day.
2. Study a new subject.
3. Travel to one of the following places:
Iceland (the blue lagoon), Bora Bora, Alaska, Peru (Machu Picchu), New Zealand, Australia, Utah (Bryce Canyon), Brazil, Wyoming (Yellowstone National Park), the South of France, Greece (Santorini), Fiji, Georgia, New Orleans
4. Go to more concerts.
6. Treat myself to a spa weekend, with my mom.
7. Re-organize my closet and get rid of everything I don’t wear (aka 80% of my closet).
8. Volunteer at least once a month.
9. Pick up a new hobby.
Ideas: painting, scrapbooking, gardening,
10. Read more books.
11. Take more baths.
12. Go on more walks.
13. Go to the Farmers Market more often.
14. Stop picking my eyelashes.
Whether you’re 3 or 30, your mom will forever give the best advice. The great thing about mom advice is that they are always on your side. I tell my mom EVERYTHING and she’s ALWAYS my go-to for advice. So, twenty years of mom gems later, here’s what stuck:
- Drink lots of water.
- Don’t pick at your lips.
- Arguing gets your nowhere 50% of the time.
- Don’t rat out your brother (or sister), unless absolutely necessary, he (or she) needs to be able to trust you.
- Don’t react to bullies, they’re looking for a reaction!
- Always practice good manners.
- Always make time for family.
- Creativity is never a bad thing.
- Work hard.
- Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.
- Sit up straight.
- Always look out for yourself.
- Give more than you take.
- Friends are family.
- Be a girl’s girl.
- Always have a little emergency cash.
- Keep a positive attitude.
- Be kind.
- Your mood can change everyone else’s mood around you.
- Be patient.
- Get your flowers from the farmers market.
- Never apologize for an emotion.
- Always wash your fruit.
- If you think you’re being followed, drive straight to a police station.
- Always have a jacket with you.
- Pick your battles.
- Don’t do anything you don’t want to do.
- Be honest.
Films to Watch //
Netflix and chill is my hobby, but spending 10 minutes to an hour scrolling through alllll the shows and movies is not.
Since age 3, Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been my all-time FAVORITE movie. And since age 3, I’ve been a sucker for great films. Now, through my years and years of research (aka watching movies), I’m prepared to share a few of my favorites that never get old and can be watched at any time (not in any specific order).
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Name one person who isn’t obsessed with Audrey Hepburn.
- The Wizard of Oz
Another favorite since age 3. Classic. Everybody must see.
- A Cinderella Story
Now you know I’m being 100% honest.
- The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock is one of, if not my favorite favorite, director.
- Rear Window
- Top Gun
Tony Scott, you are missed more and more every single day.
- Star Wars
ANY and ALL of them. (+ I’ve read all the books..)
- The Holiday
The best feel good movie out there. I’ve watched it about 100,000 times.
- Star Trek
Yes, I’m 100% a Trekkie.
Any of them really.
- Midnight in Paris
Who doesn’t love a film that’s set in Paris?
- The Notebook
Be prepared for a good cry, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
I never watch the end.
- Mr. and Mrs. Smith
I can’t stand this hashtag but it’s completely necessary.. #GOALS
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Can’t not love a Kate Hudson movie. Especially when her characters name is Andie.
The one with Audrey Hepburn.
And here’s a list of movies that I haven’t seen but want to see in between watching all of these movies I’ve seen 100+ times.
- The Godfather
Crazy that I haven’t seen it yet, but sitting down for this one takes serious commitment.
- The Exterminating Angel
When asked what the most vital makeup product is, I always think mascara. However, it’s those LASHES behind the mascara that matter most, and that is why we MUST give them extra extra TLC.
Eyelash maintenance is not something you hear about everyday.. Nowadays, it’s all about eyelash extensions and false lashes, but what happens when you’re over all that?
I have the WORST habit of picking my mascara off my eyelashes. I have no idea how or why I developed this habit, but it’s awful, because most of the time, my eyelashes come off with the mascara. Now, because of this nasty nervous tick, I have figured out some of the best tricks for keeping my lashes healthy.
TAKE YOUR MASCARA OFF EVERY NIGHT.
(With makeup remover, not your fingers).
If you feel your eyelashes thinning, rub castor oil on them before you go to bed and gently wash it off in the morning.
Remember to wipe your eyelash curler clean each and every night. If there is leftover mascara on your curler, it can pull your lashes out.
P.S. One of my best kept secrets is that I am LOYAL to Covergirl Lash Blast waterproof mascara. I’ve tried everything, and this one is by far my favorite.
Talking about the weather is a riot, but let’s try something new.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been caught in a situation where I’m racking my brain for something, ANYTHING to talk about. So, I’m going to help us all out and post the latest news stories (both serious and funny), weekly.
In the meantime, here are the basics:
- How are you? (DUH)
- What’s new?
- What are you working on?
- Have you seen any good movies lately?
- How’s your family?
- A story about the last time you saw the person.
- THIS WEATHER THOUGH.
Finding the perfect skincare routine may seem next to impossible. Remember when we were in middle school and would splash some hot water on our face and call it a day? Now, it’s all about figuring out how to get that mineral water from that pharmacy in Paris, without actually going to Paris. So, after years of trials and tribulations, I have compiled a few tips and tricks that have proven thus far to be very effective.
Beauty and health secrets are a girl’s best kept and most dear.
— Retinol —
Two to three times a week, retinol should be your best friend (my favorite is the surface retinol reform creme by Shani Darden). Here’s why: If you lather your face in retinol creme on Tuesday, on Wednesday morning, you will look in the mirror and find that your face has been completely brightened (including all those little dark spots you’ve been working on for weeks).
Much like any product, and especially retinol, it’s important that it’s applied correctly. Here’s how it’s done. First, wash and tone your face. It’s crucial that your face is completely clean. Second, apply a layer of your retinol creme. After you’ve applied the retinol, grab your phone, scroll through Instagram or andiejane.com 😉 and let the retinol dry completely. Third, apply a light oil or moisturizer so your skin doesn’t get too dry. I like to use Rodin face oil. Plug your phone into the charger, put on your lip balm and sleep tight! What’s even more important than applying the retinol correctly at night is taking care of your skin the next day. DO NOT FORGET TO WEAR SUNSCREEN.
— Oil —
Putting oil on my face as moisturizer is something it took me a while to come to terms with. Why? Because everywhere I go, I see oil free this and oil free that. So, why would I intentionally put oil all over my face? Because it works. As mentioned above, my personal favorites are the Rodin and Sisley face oils. Every night after I wash my face, I smother my face in oil and wake up perfectly moisturized.
The beauty of using oil on your face is not only that it works as a perfect moisturizer, but it also helps reduce the appearance of spots and scars.
— Vitamin E —
Speaking of scars, they suck. Luckily, when I was fourteen, I found a trick. If you have a scar that you’re trying to get rid of, here’s what to do. Get Vitamin E pills (the kind that are filled with Vitamin E oil), cut one open, put a bit of the Vitamin E on your finger and massage it onto your scar. Voila! That’s it.
— Eye Creme —
Does it really work? I have no idea, but I use it.
— Sunscreen —
SUNSCREEN. This is the BEST and MOST IMPORTANT thing you can put on your face daily (I LOVE my Tatcha sunscreen). Why do vampires in movies and TV shows always have the best skin? Cinematography? Maybe. But no, it’s because they stay out of the sun.
— Foundation —
The French prefer to nix foundation all together and use concealer where it’s needed. Unfortunately, though I may think I’m French, I’m not. I’m a big fan of foundation. Not a lot of it, but nonetheless, a fan. The trick is (obviously) finding the right one. The best foundations to use (and also, of course, the hardest to find), are the ones WITHOUT sunscreen or moisturizer blended in. My personal favorite is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.
First, I apply my Tatcha sunscreen, and then a thin layer of foundation for a smooth finish and perfect glow. Then I dab a small amount of La Mer eye cream under my eyes and use my Beauty Blender sponge to blend Cle de Peau concealer under my eyes and over whichever blemishes need extra coverage. Next, I accentuate my cheekbones with Tom Ford’s highlight and illuminate creme duo. Lastly, I lightly brush over my cheekbones again with Charlotte Tilbury’s bronze and highlight duo. Voila! A finished face.
— Remover —
The most most most important thing to do before you go to bed is to make sure ALL of your makeup is washed clean. I swear by Bioderma to remove my face makeup, and Neutrogena facial wipes to remove my eye makeup.
— Cleanser —
Cleanser and I have a very hot and cold relationship. I have yet to find one cleanser that I can be completely loyal to. I switch cleansers every time I run out. Last month I was using Tata Harper’s refreshing cleanser (big fan because it smells like fruit loops), this month I’m using the classic, Cetaphil.
— Moisturize —
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— Sleep —
The most fun and most important part of any skincare routine. Sweet dreams!
xx andie jane