Five Time-Saving Hacks Perfect for Every Millennial

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After five years of working in the marketing and advertising field, in New York City no less, you'll know that life moves pretty fast on my end. There's always something to do in a city that stops for no one. Add in blogging, workouts + training runs, and outings to keep my social life alive, and my schedule gets jam packed. Literally, every minute gets taken up which makes every second count. 

On mornings when coffee just won't do the trick to ease away your grogginess, these time-saving hacks (in Collaboration with Centrum® MultiGummies®) will help you move faster:
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1. Shower the Night Before
Easily shave off a good 20-40 minutes in the morning by rinsing the day away the night before. Of course, this might be harder to do in summer (cause you know... heat) but it's definitely one of my top time-saving hacks. Not only that, but you can relax and not rush through your shower routine if you have one. PLUS, you get more time to sleep in.

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2. Pick Your Outfit the Night Before
I actually take this a bit further and assemble all my looks on a Sunday prior to my week and take into account the weather, important meetings, and blogger breakfasts/cocktail hours. But, not everyone is as insane as me so I suggest looking at the weather and taking note of anything happening the next day and pulling together an outfit. It's pretty easy to lay one out (think: shoes, pants, tops, and a few accessories) and you can try it on the night before to see how you're feeling. 9 times out of 10, I'm pretty content with my chosen look.

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3. The Night Before Check Your Schedule and Pack Accordingly
Got a doctor's appointment? Pack your insurance cards. Got a blog shoot for a few outfit looks? Finalize and pack your looks and props needed. Got a fitness class in the morning? Pack your gym gear and water bottle. Are you seeing the pattern yet? And no need to fret if you don't own an organizer, the easiest (and free) way to keep track of all of your engagements is on Google Calendar. Mine is updated frequently and is the backbone of my busy life.

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4. Shorten Your Makeup Routine
I love makeup as much as the next beauty junkie but there is a place and a time for the extended contouring routine. During the work week, I keep my routine down to a science. Instead of foundation, concealer, contouring, and eyeshadow - I use a CC cream. Add in a swipe of bronzer and blush and brow gel and I'm ready to get my tush out the door. Add in mascara if you like, but I abstain from layering it on until I leave work for an event (or before an important meeting). It takes less than 10 minutes and has me looking fresh-faced for the rest of my day.

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5. Simplify Your Vitamins with A Yummy Multivitamin
There's a vitamin for literally everything nowadays but I like to keep it simple and easy as I cover my vita-essentials. Centrum® MultiGummies® is a great-tasting, easy-to-take multivitamin supplement. Another reason I prefer them is that Centrum® MultiGummies® contain three natural flavors: Berry, Cherry, and Orange. In case you wondering, these multi-benefit multivitamins include 100% or more of essential nutrients, Vitamins B12, D, and E.

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Next time you're at Walmart make sure you pick up Centrum® MultiGummies® with this coupon along with a few different CC creams and put these tips to the test! Let me know how it goes and let me know down below if you have any time-saving hacks as well!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Masking Mondays: The Neutrogena Update

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Alright, as promised here's my update on lighting my way to clear skin with Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask. And if you haven't read that post, I recommend checking it out here.
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Let's backtrack a little bit first. Neutrogena recently launched a hands-free plastic mask that has been all the range on Instagram. The mask powerfully treats acne with light therapy. It kills off acne-fighting bacteria while allowing skin to heal itself all within ten minutes a day!

I've been loving the results and the ten minutes of zen the mask forces me to take. Busy bees shouldn't be alarmed since there are eye holes for those on the go. It's also harmless to your vision. For instance, there are times I lean back and meditate or it's my accessory for washing dishes. It never once felt uncomfortable and since the activator is attached, I simply slip it into a pocket for the ease of movement.

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A few benefits I discovered after my month-long use of the blue and red light therapy was that my skin had less inflammation and zits were appearing less and less. And when they did appear, they weren't the ginormous monsters they once were. In their clinical trials, most participants saw results in as little as one week, but for best results it's recommended to wear for 12-weeks (i.e. daily).

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For those of you curious about my full routine (since we all know how I love a great layering routine), here it is in its full glory:

- Use Clean & Clear® makeup dissolving wipes for freshly, cleansed skin for optimal results
- one session of Neutrogena's Light Therapy Mask
- your favorite face oil (great way to beat winter's drying air)
- your favorite face moisturizer (huge fan of Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel)

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After a month of use, I definitely recommend incorporating the Neurtogena Light Therapy Acne Mask into your full nightly (or morning) routine. The price tag is insanely affordable compared to the one's seen in dermatologist offices and on celebrity Instagrams (aka $39.99 compared to $500+). The activator is even less ($14.97) and comes equipped to provide 30 get-gorgeous-skin sessions. For the best deal, I'd advise on getting yours at Walmart. If you rather hint at this for your Christmas wishlist feel free to send over my blog posts (wink).
Pssst... here are my before and after shots from one month of using. Insane right?!

Pssst... here are my before and after shots from one month of using. Insane right?!

Meet NYC Designer: CHOCHENG

This past weekend I spent some time categorizing my blog – it’s honestly a never-ending process thanks to the eight years I’ve spent writing in this corner of the Internet. It’s not all bad since it does feel like a stroll down memory lane, but I did notice how I haven’t mentioned any Made in NYC designers or businesses.

Figured today would be a great day to break the ice with Chocheng Char’s line, CHOCHENG.

Char got his start at Parsons School of Design and shortly after launched his womenswear label in 2005. Throughout the years he’s been known for his luxurious signature tailored jackets in heritage fabrics. If this peaks your interest make sure to stop by his flagship shop on 838 Madison Avenue in New York City.

He recently presented his AW16 collection which features dresses, pant suits, and jackets in his trademark tweed style. The garments are bespoke following traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques (which basically means you’ll be getting a piece so fitted since there isn’t a use of standardized patterns). If that isn’t your steez, there are also ready-to-wear pieces.

Char’s close attention to detail and fabrics provides a modern, fresh aesthetic that will appeal to the most discerning clientele. Below are my favorites from the recent collection.

Learn more about CHOCHENG:
www.chocheng.com