Why You Should Switch to Micellar Water

When I first tried out micellar water, I had no clue how it would work on my skin.

Would the micellar water be better than the tap water I normally used to wash my face with?

How much rubbing would I need to do on my skin in order to get off my makeup?

The results were surprising to me. In just a few quick easy motions I am able to dissolve a day's worth of makeup on my face. The Garnier Micellar Water even takes off waterproof mascara!

The Original Micellar Water All-In-One Cleanser has tiny micelles that go to work to pick up loose dirt and makeup on the skin.

You don't need to do any harsh rubbing at all. Simply take out a cotton pad and squirt a tiny amount of the water onto the cotton pad. Begin gently rubbing the pad all over your forehead working your way down to your chin for an all-over cleanse.

Available at Ulta, the Micellar Water retails for under $10 at $8.99. It's a cheap alternative to pricey facial cleansers.

There is no need to rise your skin whatsoever once you use the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water. Your face will be completely clean after you start using this product on a regular basis.

There are a few different types of micellar water for your skin, too.

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You can choose the SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover for oily skin. The Waterproof Micellar Water is great if you frequently wear heavy eye makeup and thick layers of waterproof mascara. I've put both of these micellar waters to the test and I love to use either of them, morning and night!

I also use the micellar water as a second round of makeup removal during my nighttime routine.

Sometimes my regular facial cleanser will leave behind some foundation, so I like to go back in and use a cotton pad full of micellar water to get rid of the remainder.

The gentle micellar water soaks up every last bit of foundation that it left behind on my face! It's a magical product that I keep in my bathroom cabinet. I also like to travel with a smaller bottle of micellar water in my makeup bag when I am on vacation.

There is nothing worse than getting to your destination and forgetting makeup removal favorites, especially for someone like me who wears makeup 24/7!

Another amazing product from the SkinActive line by Garnier is the Soothing Facial Mist. 

I am pleased with the performance of this facial mist. It works instantly to hydrate my face without leaving me feeling sticky.

I carry it in my tote bag and find myself spraying it on my makeup every few hours for a nice refreshing punch of hydration. The mist itself has rose water and is free of parabens, dyes, and silicones!

My skin is dry and oily, so I am always looking for products to hydrate my skin when the weather changes outside. The rose scent is not overwhelming, either. The rose facial mist is also affordable at just $8.99 and its available at Ulta.com or in your local Ulta storefront.

*FTC: Thank you to Her Campus Media + Garnier for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

City Travel Guide To Austin, Texas

Looking for ideas to spend your weekend in Austin? 

I've got some great ones here for you!

I recently spent the weekend in Austin, Texas visiting my best friend.

She attends the University of Texas and is in their master's program for Social Work. I was able to stay with her for the duration of my trip. Her apartment is centrally located and has a lot of nearby activities to enjoy for the weekend, which all worked out amazing.

We had a jam-packed weekend -- full of fun, food, and shopping!

These are some highlights that I need to share from my latest visit in October.

Make sure you spend your weekend in Austin wisely and make a memorable visit.

1. Shop at The Domain 

Shopping is my favorite activity, naturally.

Of course, my best friend and I love to spend time shopping together. We bond over shopping and finding great deals. As soon as I claimed my luggage at the Austin airport, I jumped into Nicole's SUV and we were off to the Domain.

The Domain not only has cute stores, but it has great lunch options, too. The Domain shopping center has a huge Nordstrom which is where we first stopped once we parked in one of their many parking garages.

Nicole ended up finding a great pair of Vans canvas sneakers from the shoe department at Nordstrom that morning. The Nordstrom there also has a coffee bar for a nice morning treat.

A few more of my personal favorite shops to visit at The Domain are Free People, H&M, Francesca's, Anthropologie, and Kendra Scott.

As for food, the restaurants found at The Domain give you quite a long list of options! We've eaten at Yard House and I can't stop raving about their iconic drink menu.

2. Eat at Torchy's Tacos

A must-have on your restaurant list?

Torchy's Tacos!

From a signature taco of the month to classic tacos, you'll need to stop over at one of the many convenient Torchy's Tacos locations in the city.

Your trip is not complete without a taste of Texas tacos. This fan favorite continues to be a reason why so many people return back to Austin. Tex-Mex is just done right here in Austin.

Breakfast tacos and the best chips around are what Torchy's is noted for. Nicole also loves their green chile queso! For me, it's a bit too spicy, but I do recommend trying it out just because you can.

3. Drink on Rainey Street 

The nightlife in Austin is great. If you are looking for a night out in Austin, you have plenty of exciting places to look forward to. Order yourself an Uber and take your friends out to Rainey Street. 

One of the coolest places to visit for a taste of the Austin nightlife is Icenhaur's. 

This bar is found on Rainey Street, your go-to destination for live music, drinks, and good times. 

Icenhaur's also has great drink specials. Try The Allison which is their housemade sangria served in mason jars. This drink is only $8.00! Last time I visited Austin we stopped at Icenhaur's for their sangria. 

The rest of Rainey Street has plenty of old homes that have been converted into chic and trendy bars. You can easily walk up and down this street all night long exploring the different bars and ordering unique drinks served in Austin. 

4. Visit Iconic Murals

Your weekend trip to Austin also should include a few mural stops along the way.  

A few important murals include the "I Love You So Much" sign on the side of Jo's.

This wall sign usually has a line forming at all times, so just be patient and wait your turn to take your photo. 

The street art is famous in Austin. Down South Congress, you will find the "I Love You So Much" sign and a "Smile Even If You Don't Want To" sign. 

Another great spot to visit is Austin Graffiti Park. The park is constantly changing day by day with new art added to it by local artists. 

When visiting the park, be sure to wear comfortable shoes! There are hills to climb up to get to the top. Once at the top of the park, you'll be treated to a gorgeous view of Austin. This park is filled with pop opportunities. 

The graffiti park is a great way for the artists to display their talents without defacing buildings.  It's also FREE to check it out, so if you find yourself on a tight budget, why not explore this iconic gallery of spray-painted artwork?

5. Enjoy a Cup of Jo's 

Coffee is huge in Austin, too! After enjoying some tacos from Torchy's, head down to South Congress to try a cup of Jo's. 

Jo's Coffee has everything you need to wake up after a long night out on Rainey Street. Located on South Congress, you can easily pick up a hot coffee while walking around this part of town. Jo's has been around since 1999. 

Sip on Jo's while walking through South Congress on Sunday. There is live music to enjoy here on the patio, too. 

We stopped by Jo's to take some snaps in front of the mural. I also ordered myself an iced chai tea latte with almond milk, and it was tasty. South Congress also has a TOMS shoe store where Alicia, a friend of Nicole's, picked up a pair of shoes for a great price.

South Congress has an outside indie market where you pick up some trinkets for loved ones back home. We also stumbled into a few unique Austin boutiques where locals sell their crafts.

I found my sister a necklace that has a cut-out moon shape with the words "You Can and You Will" written into it.

Enjoy Your Weekend in Austin!

Overall, there is plenty to do with your weekend in Austin.

From shopping to food, this article covers it all.

These are just some of the activities I would recommend.

If you have a few days to spend in the city, be sure to wake up early and explore South Congress with a cup of Jo's in hand. You'll feel like a seasoned local in minutes!

Have you been to Austin, TX yet? 
I would add it to your bucket list if you haven't visited this amazing city!