March 20, 2019

Budget-Friendly Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

This post is sponsored by Bioré but all content and opinions expressed here are my own and that of The Caro Diaries.
One of the hardest things about having combination skin is finding the right products that work for you. I've tried just about everything – both drugstore and high-end – and it still feels like it's impossible to find the balance that's needed to treat both the oily and dry patches of my face. Some products dry me out even more, while others don't even begin to treat the oiliness, and it's a serious problem.

I've been a fan of Bioré's products for a really long time, as you know, so when I heard about their new line of Blue Agave & Baking Soda products, made especially for those with combo skin, I was dying to try it! I picked up the line's Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask and the Balancing Pore Cleanser, and it's safe to say I've added it into my regular routine pretty quickly!
I wasn't sure exactly why the combination works perfectly on combo skin, but if you're smack dab in the middle of oily and dry, this is your skin's secret weapon! Baking soda is known to deep clean and get into your pores to remove all the guck, and it can be very harsh on your skin, so the Blue Agave, which is known for it's conditioning benefits, helps to soothe and nourish the skin! The combo makes it possible to target both the oily and dry patches, which is a very hard balance.

And even though the products are perfect for those with combo skin, they also have tons of benefits for those who don't consider themselves to have combination skin – which means that these are the perfect addition to basically everyone's skincare routine! Each product is priced at under $7, which makes it affordable and attainable for just about every budget – who says skincare should be expensive?
I tried the Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask, and it's the best for feeling like you got deep down in your pores and cleaned everything! The mask has menthol in it, which gives you that intense, pore-tingly sensation that feels amazing (and makes your skin look it too!). It's a whipped texture that applies so smoothly onto a wet face, and in only 3 minutes, my skin felt drastically cleaner! (Instructions say keep them on for 3-5 minutes, and no longer!) I will say, if you have sensitive skin or you're sensitive to menthol, this product may not be right for you as it might cause short-term flushing of your skin. But to be honest, my skin is fairly sensitive, and I had no reaction to it!

The Balancing Pore Cleanser is definitely the newest addition to my every day routine because it was a great face wash that exfoliated (it has jojoba beads!), deep cleans and leaves my skin feeling smooth, refreshed and just all-round clean! I used it in place of my regular face wash at night, and really felt like it removed all the guck and impurities from my pores and took off the remnants of makeup trapped in my skin. I can definitely see how using this product long-term can make my skin softer, brighter and healthier! 
I ordered these online through Walmart, but they're available in stores all over (check here to see where it's available), online through Walmart, Target or even Amazon!

While it's no secret that I'm a fan of Bioré and especially this new line, I feel like anyone with combo skin will be too!

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March 11, 2019

March Goals

So, Carnival has come and gone, and now March is in full swing, which means it's time to share my goals. February brought a lot of consistency, a virus and tons of Carnival prep – I even shared more about Trinidad Carnival on my Instagram Stories, and it's all saved in my Highlights, so if you missed it, go check it out!

Now that Carnival is finished, life is a little slower in some ways and definitely more hectic in others. I won't be hitting fete after fete anymore, but I'll be working a ton more trying to get my April issue out on time, as well as helping with three other publications coming out in the next two months. So it's going to be crazy - but fun - as always!

Now let's get into this month's goals and last month's recap!

Check out last month's goals and recap post HERE


1. READ SIX BOOKS // I really wasn't sure I'd be able to do this one, because February was so hectic, but I'm happy to say I managed to read 6 books in time! I knew the first week or two of March would be Carnival and recovery so I wanted to make sure I was ahead of my reading schedule (link to goodreads challenge) and i'm proud to say I did it!  

2. EXERCISE 5 DAYS A WEEK // I definitely exercised way more in February, and even days that I missed training, I'd make the effort to go to the gym and do an hour, wake up early in the morning, or go to a lunch-time yoga class. However, two weeks before Carnival, I got super sick with a virus and I was out for three days straight, making it that much harder to workout 5x that week. Besides that week though, I met this goal, so I'm giving myself partial credit here!  

3. FINALIZE MY CARNIVAL ACCESSORIES // Of course, this happened super last minute – but I somehow managed to get it all together in time: my Monday Wear, boots, tights, accessories and even glitter spray to make sure I was looking extra sparkly on the road! 

4. GET TO SLEEP EARLIER // I feel like this is always going to be a yes and no for me, because it was really dependent on the night. Sometimes, I stayed up til 3 am, and others I was passed out by 11:30 pm. I've accepted this is just who I am, although I'm always trying to get to bed earlier regularly!

5. TRY SOMETHING NEW // This is super tiny, but was something so totally new for me. If you know me, you'll know I'm so boring with my manicures: they're always gel polish, either in a bright red, a pale pink or trusty nude, and sometimes if I'm feeling exciting I'll do a deeper red. That's it. Four shades! Lame, right? So, last month I tried both white nail polish AND rose gold chrome nail polish, which I did to complement my Carnival costume. I shared them both under the NAILS highlight on my Instagram, so if you're looking for nail inspo, I gotchu! 

TOTAL: 4/5: Overall a great month, considering I hit most of my goals! 


1. GET BACK ON TRACK WITH EATING HEALTHY // Carnival was last week Monday and Tuesday, and after months of being super strict and eating super clean, I gave myself the rest of the week to 'cheat', and eat all of the cravings I had while I was hardcore. Now that the last few days have passed, I need to re-commit to the healthy lifestyle I'd been following and it's a massive goal for my month to get back on track. I've seen in the past how easy it is to continue 'cheating' after Carnival (especially because there's no huge goal in sight: Carnival you're literally half-naked on the street so you're super motivated!). 

2. SCHEDULE MORE BLOG CONTENT // Now that I'll have a littleee more free time, I want to commit to blogging more often than just twice a month. Really trying to become more regular, especially as I approach my 6-year blogging anniversary at the end of the month! I'm trying to work on creating more content for TCD. 

3. BOOK MY FLIGHTS FOR E'S WEDDING // One of my besties from my sorority is getting married in the Fall! I know that I don't want to miss seeing her walk down the aisle to the love of her life, and so I've planned a quick little trip for her wedding, and to visit some friends in Boston and Connecticut. This month, I want to book flights while they're still affordable, book my hotels and finalize the details so I can officially RSVP YES to Erica and Matt!  

4. WAKE UP EARLIER // In the last few months, I've been making an effort to be up earlier, and at the start of the year, I was up consistently by 6 am. But obviously, as time passed and as I've gotten less and less sleep, I've found myself hitting the snooze button more and more. I live 5 minutes away from my office, and I definitely take advantage of that sometimes, so I want to get back to waking up early and enjoying my slow mornings before the work rush begins!

5. START BACK POSTING ON INSTAGRAM // Instagram has definitely been the platform I've been the most hesitant to jump back into since returning to TCD, and I've been really slow starting back. In the last few months, I've started to post more on Instagram Stories, even creating a few highlights and showcasing some things that are important to me! But I want to find the motivation to post more photos to my feed. So, if you have any advice or suggestions on content you'd like to see, let me know!

So, that's it! My goals for March! They're a mix of personal and blog goals, and I think that they're gonna be hard to accomplish! Let's do it! 

What are your goals for this month? 

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