Starting Fresh + New Beginnings

I know I usually do not post on Thursdays, let alone back to back to another post but I can’t wait another week. I need to have a little chat with my loyal readers…

I have made a big decision in my life. A decision that I have been wanting to make for while. A decision to follow my dreams and pursue my new beginning in something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember.

I know most of you are probably going to hate me and unfollow me on my socials… but that’s okay.

I have officially decided to stop blogging and pursue my passion in starting my own Arizona based photography business, Danielle Ruppert Photography.

I am not going to sit around and say I am sorry because in the end… I am happy with my decision and I feel like this is the right path for me. I want to be happy in what I do so, in this case, I have to be a bit selfish.

I hope you sincerely understand and respect my decision to go down this path and pursue my dream of becoming an Arizona based photographer.1

Sure I am going to miss everyone of my readers but I am ready to focus on myself and follow my passion.

I will always have a place in my heart for my readers♥

If you love the beauty of photography or even possibly just want to still support me… It would mean the world to me for you to stick around and support me♥

You can check out my Facebook page for Danielle Ruppert Photography here.

As well as check out my new Instagram page for Danielle Ruppert Photography here.

I am also still going to be continuing my Youtube Channel if you are subscribed to me so do not worry 🙂 I just be mostly vlogging instead of making videos that are corresponding to my blog posts… since I am not going to be blogging anymore. But I will still be posting other videos too on my channel here and there because I actually just became a partner with Banish to become a Banish Warrior! So if you loved watching my weekend vlogs as well as my other lifestyle videos, I will be continuing that still and hope you stick around!

By the end of writing this, I am a little bit teary eyed as I say goodbye to this blog.

Thanks again for all the love and support♥  I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me in life and hope you decide to follow along!

Love ALWAYS,

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Weekend Morning Routine

Weekend Morning RoutineMy weekend morning are very different from my week day mornings.

The weekend is my time to not only relax but work most on my blog, video editing, and now my newly established photography business (you can visit my Facebook page for my photography here)!

I have struggled over the years to find a good morning routine that will benefit me and I finally think I have found it!

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When I wake up on the weekends I usually have my hubby by my side but sometimes he will go out to go shooting with his friends and since we live in Arizona and it is bloody hot out during the day — he usually likes to go in the early morning to avoid the heat so some weekend mornings I will wake up with just me and the puppies.

(Which I am not complaining about because that just means more snuggles for me! ha!)

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I honestly take a while to get out of bed because I tend to get all the puppy snuggles I can get… I mean how can you not snuggle these faces?! It’s so hard to resist!

Once I am done getting some puppy love, I will usually make my way to the door and let the pups out of the bedroom so that they can head to the doggy door to do their business.

 

Then I will head over to the bathroom and, even though I am not going to be going anywhere usually, I still put myself together a bit so that I feel refreshed and ready for what ever the day has planned for me (which, to be honest, is usually staying at home, working on my blog, and lounging).

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First, we start with skincare — My absolute favorite part of the day because I love how refreshed and awake I feel with a cleansed face. I currently use the Tea Tree line from The Body Shop because it works wonders on my acne and leaves my skin feeling refreshed. I then pick up my tooth brush and cleanse my teeth because dental hygiene is super important!

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After I am all cleansed and refreshed, I go feed the pups their breakfast as well as make my own (and John’s, if he is home in the morning) breakfast which typically is a bowl of cereal because I am not like those YouTubers who cook themselves a full course breakfast in the morning… Let’s be real here!

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While I eat my breakfast, I will usually sit on the couch (aka. my home office haha) and work on any blog or YouTube work I have for the weekend. I like to plan out what I have to do for the weekend which is usually finishing up a blog post, editing pictures and videos 🙂

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The weekend is also my time to clean up the house that I didn’t feel like cleaning up during the week, so I will usually spend sometime cleaning up my bedroom and making my bed in the morning so that I get it over with and have the rest of the day to do what ever I want.

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I know… pretty fun morning routine right?! Well, the pug cuddles part is for sure! haha

No, but I really do enjoy my morning routine during the weekend because it feels pretty relaxing and I get to do what I love most, which is write for my lovely followers, take pictures, and film videos♥

I honestly wish this could be my everyday morning routine but for now… it doesn’t pay the bills soooo that is that!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading about my morning routine. Feel free to watch my video on how my weekend mornings usually go:

How do you spend your weekend mornings? Do you have a routine you somewhat follow? Leave me a comment!

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Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

It has been so dang hot out lately! Especially over here in Arizona… where the weather is in the 100s.

With the weather being so dreadful and brutal with the heat, it is soo important to take extra good care of our skin during this season.

So today, I thought I would share with you my Summer skincare essentials that help me get ready for those hot summer months!

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Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Wash & Scrub*

For the longest time, I thought I hated exfoliants and scrubs because they can spread acne to other areas if exfoliated to harshly.

I can tell you now… I WAS WRONG!

The Shea Moisture African Black Soap Wash and Scrub for problem skin actually helped my acne clear up. With Tea Tree oil and and Tamarind extract being the two main ingredients, it really does a great job of combating the active pimples.

Having clear skin is my first step to getting a summer glow because this is the season where I like to go natural and show my bare skin so I like to make sure my skin is clear of blemishes.

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Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask*

I have been obsessed with using masks almost every other night so I have been trying some different ones out but I always come back to this Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask.

Just like the Wash and Scrub, it also has Tamarind extract and Tea Tree oil, so it really helps to get rid of those pesky pimples for a blemish free complexion.

This mud mask along with the wash and scrub work so well together at giving me clear skin so I can go for a more natural + glowy look during the summer.

Because who wants to cake on a bunch of makeup during the hot summer days…. Not me! I’d rather have my skin looking natural and clear of acne and Shea Moisture has some of the best cruelty-free skincare that does just the trick for that.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner

The Body Shop Tea Tree range has always been a staple in my skincare routine so I just find it fitting to talk about it in my summer skincare essentials.

My skin gets really oily and, to be honest, it is just not cute at all. With the hot summer weather my oil spins out of control. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying toner not only helps with blemishes but also helps keep my oil at bay throughout the day without getting rid of all the glow in my skin.

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Art Naturals Vitamin C Serum*

I have never really been into serums until I tried this Art Natural Vitamin C Serum. Now I’m hooked!

This serum is the definition of summer glow as it really brightens the skin within just a couple uses! Not only does it brighten, but it fades scars and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I use just a couple drops and apply all over my face but only use this product at night time. It is not advised to use vitamin c and then go out in direct sunlight as it can be damaging to the skin so I like to add it to my night skincare routine to avoid any sun.

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Olay Complete Lotion All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Sensitive Skin*

Moisturizer is super important to get a natural summer glow and keep the skin hydrated from the hot weather.

I have tried so many moisturizers but the Olay Complete Lotion All Day Moisturizer has all of them beat! It is lightweight, non greasy and really hydrates the skin. Not only does it help keep the skin moisturized, but also has SPF 15 to protect the skin from the harsh sun rays.

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Glam Roller Derma-Roller

Derma-rolling is becoming more and more popular within skincare routines lately and I can now say that I am one of those people who are in the craze!

After just one use of the Glam Roller derma-roller, I could tell a difference in my skin.

Derma-rollers puncture tiny holes into the skin so that the skin goes into repair mode. It then repairs all the holes along with repairing scars and other blemishes on the skin.

I have seen a huge reduction of acne after I started using a my derma-roller and an overall improvement in my skin’s appearance!

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All of these skincare products really help me make sure my skin looks its best during the harsh Summer months and really give my skin that summer glow that everyone strives for!

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Have you tried any of these skincare products? How do you keep your skin healthy and glowy during the Summer? Leave me a comment below!

Love Always,

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Stand up for yourself and your morals…

Today’s post is going to be a bit more on the serious side.

Stand up for yourself and your morals...

This post was originally supposed to be a post about our trip up to Canyon Lake for my hubby’s birthday on June 23rd but things kind of turned upside down and we ended up leaving the lake early.

What lead me to write this post:

The weekend of the 23rd was supposed to be a fun birthday weekend for my husband and we had been waiting for this weekend for a while. But things turned to crap and we unfortunately ended up  not having the fun weekend we planned on having.

We drove up to Canyon Lake, Arizona June 23rd, Friday evening after work, which was John’s 23rd birthday! WOO GOLDEN BIRTHDAY! Right?! We were so ready to party up the weekend with a couple of friends and just relax by the lake.

We arrived around 7:30pm that night and immediately threw on our bathing suits (because if you don’t know this already… Arizona is a killer heat state)! John grabbed his beers and we were ready to get this weekend started.

WRONG!

Don’t get me wrong the night was pretty fun all before it turned the wrong direction. I was tired but I was still having a good time and was looking forward to the next two days at the lake… but I got a tad frustrated with one of our friends who was getting a little out of control for her age… and by that I mean riskayy with her actions — if you know what I mean.

Let me mind you, she had been drinking since the middle of the day so she was already wasted by the time we arrived to our camping spot at the lake… so I could already sense something to go wrong but I was trying to focus on the fun of the weekend.

I am not going to get into details but I will say that, with her being drunk and acting a little riskayy… she was acting a little too friendly with my John and I was not taking a liking to it.

I know she was drunk and that is fine if you want to be a little raunchy… that is YOUR CHOICE. But when it comes to acting that way towards my husband I will not tolerate it.

Now… I didn’t feel like confronting her to her face about her inappropriate actions towards John because again… she was completely drunk. I already knew how it would go down if I told an intoxicated girl to stop being provocative towards my husband… she would throw a hissy fit!

I don’t need that, john doesn’t need on his birthday. So I decided to tell John that I did not like how she was coming across to him and asked him to stop her if she continued.

I hold my standards and morals high… even being 21 years old I do not agree with girls and especially women who are 31 being — and this might be a little blunt but — slutty. But again that is your choice. Just don’t bring it on to my husband.

Anyway…

I guess she had heard us talking about her because our tent happened to be by the cooler that she was getting her beer out of.

Long story short, we all got into a huge fight because she did not like hearing that (word for word) “her name was in someone else’s mouth”. Real mature for a 31 year old right?

She didn’t like the fact that someone was calling her out for being a drunk and for being a little too riskayyy. And that’s understandable, but it also needs to be understood that you should not be coming across like to other people’s husbands.

To be honest, she didn’t think she was coming across that way and it was probably because she had lots to drink, but that is also why I did not tell her to her face. Again, I knew how she would react if I told her how I thought she was coming across… that is why I chose to talk to John about it instead of confronting her.

It might have been the alcohol.. but it still is not an excuse to act that way and then not understand where I am coming from.

So pretty much… our friendship ended that night and we decided to go home at 4 in the morning that Friday night.

So much for a Golden Birthday!

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After experiencing that event, I came to realize that more people should stand up for themselves and their morals. Don’t let someone think that you are being crazy for believing in something or not being as out there *wink wink* as others.

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You do not have to be accepted by everyone and you definitely do not have to be friends with people who do things that you do not approve of. Just be yourself and surround yourself with people who follow your morals or at least respect them.

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I know this was quite deep this week but I just felt like sharing that insight with you loves♥ Plus, I had to write about something this week with the Canyon Lake post out the window… haha

On a good note… 🙂

I did have a fun video go up on the YouTube channel yesterday of my friend Sierra and I trying out lots of Mexican candy! It was super fun and hilarious! Feel free to check it out:

Have you ever been in a sticky situation where someone didn’t respect you? What is your opinion on good morals? Leave me a comment!

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Stay Beautiful♥

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What Your Acne Is Really Telling You│Face Mapping

What Your Acne Is Really Telling You

ACNE SUCKS!

We all know it… we all get it…

Unless you are one of those lucky and rare people who are blessed enough not to have experienced acne and breakouts… acne affects almost everyone!

There are so many different contributions to acne that could be caused by your lifestyle choices or (if you are extra lucky… jk) genetics.

Each area of your face can actually tell you why you are getting breakouts in that specific area. Depending on where your acne arises, it can really speaking to you about what you are doing in your daily routine to cause your breakouts or what problems your body has that is contributing to these breakouts.

Today we are going to talk about what your acne is really telling you!

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Forehead

Acne on the forehead is usually caused by poor or weak digestion.

If you think about it, you digestion system is where we absorb our nutrients that promote healthy skin, so if the digestion system is not working smoothly, our skin will suffer with breakouts!

Staying away from overly processed foods and drinks are a great way to keep digestion running smoothly. Also, drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins from within the body.

T-Zone Face Map

T-Zone

Breakouts in this area are related to problems occurring in the liver.

We all love to go out and have some greasy fast food or even go out and have a some drinks with our friends, but if you are breaking out in this area, it is probably because you are doing these things.

Try to reduce your intake of alcohol, greasy foods, dairy, and processed foods. This will help your liver function better so that it doesn’t turn to your skin and produce acne.

Pimples in this area can also be a sign of an allergy or allergic reaction, so make sure you are checking the ingredients in not only the foods you are consuming but the products you are using on your skin.

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Around The Eyes

This area is connected to the kidneys so kidney malfunction and kidney problems could be causing this type of acne.

Again, this is where water comes in to save the day!

Kidney problems are a sign of dehydration so drinking lots of water should help combat any of those concerns; therefore, reducing amounts of breakouts.

I cannot stress this enough… water = clear skin!

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Upper Cheeks

The upper cheeks area is linked to our lungs.

Toxins such as air pollution and smoking (whether it be from self-use or even secondhand) are leading factors for acne in this area.

Bacteria from cell phones, dirty makeup brushes, and even pillows are also contributions to acne in this area.

That is why it is always good to make sure your makeup brushes are clean, pillows are washed every so often, pillow cases washed every or every other weekend, and cell phones are wiped clean of bacteria.

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Lower Cheeks

Acne in the lower cheek area is usually a sign of poor dental hygiene.

Flossing, brushing, and rinsing mouth with fluoride is not just a way to have good dental hygiene, but also helps prevent blemishes.

Staying away from sugary foods and drinks also is a great way to promote good dental hygiene and keep those pimples from popping up.

Nose Face Map

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The nose is connected to the heart so problems with the heart such as high blood pressure could be causing acne in this are of the face.

Staying away from energy drinks and caffeine as well as consuming more fruits and veggies are the best way to aid in not only maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your heart but helping with reducing acne in the nose area.

Also, it is important to go see a doctor if the heart problems are getting worse or are not getting better as it could be a health concern of other problems as well.

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Ears 

The ears are also connected to the kidneys just like around the eyes.

I’m not going to lecture you over and over about this, but… WATER IS KEY FOR CLEAR SKIN!

If you don’t drink enough water for your body weight, then your kidney will show it through your skin.

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This is where the hormones come in to play. Chin acne is a sign hormonal imbalances due to stress and menstruation.

Hormone levels should be checked out by a doctor to see what you could do to balance them out.

A little tip for this type of acne is to drink mint tea to soothe the mind and provide antioxidants for the skin’s health. Also, get lots of omega 3’s because they are really great fats that can help with inflammation.

So as you can see, our external health really depends on our internal health and how we take of our body.

Next time you have a stubborn breakout, think back to this face map because your skin just might be telling you what you is causing it.

Of course, I am not a doctor so if your acne continues to stay the same or get worse after trying to change up your lifestyle according to this face map, then please go see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. There could be something deeper than just a lifestyle problem that is causing this reaction of acne.

But… It also doesn’t hurt to follow and maintain a healthy lifestyle as it really does have an affect on your skin.

Have you struggled with acne in just specific areas? What areas do you usually breakout in? Do you notice any lifestyle things that you do that could be causing your acne? Leave me a comment♥

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Glowy + Natural Peachy Summer Makeup Look

SUMMER IS HERE!

It is super hot over here in Arizona (no surprise obviously) as the temps are in the 100s already!

But we aren’t talking about the weather today…

Today I am going to show you how to get this glowy, natural, and peachy summer makeup look!

Glowy + Natural Peachy Summer Makeup Look

With summer being as hot as it is, it’s the perfect time to go a bit more natural with the makeup — or even not wear any makeup at all! Even though I do not wear makeup on the daily, when I do wear makeup, I like keep it on the natural side.

Everyone wants to look glowy during summer all while still looking natural so I am here to show you how to achieve that!

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I start off by using my favorite primer which is the e.l.f Poreless Face Primer, which helps make all the pores disappear and gives you a flawless finish which is what we want since we are going a bit more natural today.

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Since we do not want to  have our face melt off in the hot sun and we want a more natural finish, I used the Purlisse BB Tinted Moist Creme with SPF 30. It is lightweight and moisturizing as well as evens out skin tone. Who wants to wear a thick and heavy foundation during the Summer when it is like 100 degrees outside…. at least if you live in Arizona haha 🙂

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Next, I set my face with my Rimmel London Stay Matte Translucent Powder because I am one oily girl! (Okay just my face is oily… I am not a grease ball haha). Setting my face is soo important for me if I am going to wear any face makeup, especially during the summer,  because I have oily skin so this just helps keep everything together and the oil at bay.

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During summer we all want to have that bronze look, so I took my Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche and just bronzed up the outer areas of my face the brown shade. Then took the lighter shade and just lightened it up under my eyes.

NO CONTOURING GIRLS! This is supposed to be natural, remember?

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Blush is next! I love a light peachy blush to give a natural flush to the cheeks which is why I went with my trusty, all time favorite Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. It is a peachy pink color that is perfect for those Summer months for a subtle natural pink glow.

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On to the eyes! I started by blending that same Milani Bake Blush in Luminoso in my crease. Then taking the Milani Bella Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Sand and putting it all over the center of my eye.

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And who can go with out mascara? It is a must! I coated my lashes in my Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara. It gives my lashes length without making them clumpy and makes them look a bit more natural — even though we know a blonde like me does not have naturally black lashes haha.

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Let’s get those eyebrows on point! I have been completely obsessed with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Blonde. It is the perfect shade for me to get a natural brow that is not too harsh. I don’t really tend to go for the sharp carved out brows so this product is perfect for me.

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Now for the best part! Time to shine! I used the Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin and highlighted all the high points of my face including swiping a bit on the center of my eyelid for some extra shimmer.

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Time to set the face! Even though we are trying to go for a glowy look, I set my face with my Nyx Matte Setting Spray so that I can keep my face from getting oily, but you can use the Nyx Dewy Setting Spray if you would prefer.

Glowy + Natural Peachy Summer Look

Final step… Lips! The Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Creamiest Caramel. It is a nude colored lip balm so not only is it moisturizing but it give a subtle pop of color to the lips.

To see how the look comes together step by step, you can watch my tutorial:

This is one of my favorite makeup looks that I even wear year round because it is super natural and very simple!

What products do you like use to get a Summer glow? Do you like more natural looks or the edgy ones? Leave me a comment below♥

Love Always,

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Q&A Relationship + Marriage Advice

We have been soooo busy this past week and a half with moving into our new house and just getting back from our honeymoon trip. I have never been so exhausted in my life especially since it is like over 100 degrees here in Arizona… so it is like the worst time to be moving.

SEND HELP!!!…….. jk, I’ll survive. But seriously it is dead hot over here!

Anyways, on to today’s post.

Since we have been so busy, I thought I would just do a Q&A with my hubby for you loves. I asked you all on Twitter and Instagram to ask us any questions your heart desires and answered all of them in a video!

If you aren’t already following me, then you definitely should because it would make my day! My Twitter and Instagram name is @druppertblog. Drop by and say hi♥

Most questions were about our relationship and the married life. And even some questions about the best day of our life: Our Wedding♥

Here is our video answering all the questions we got:

I hope you get some good advice out of our video – whether it be about relationships, marriage, or even planning a wedding.

Sorry this post is soo short this week… but I thought it was time for you all to get to know us a little bit more and it was the perfect time with us moving and all.

I want to thank you all for the constant support and love♥ I can’t even describe how much love I have for all my readers and supporters!

If you have any other questions for us please leave them in the comments below and I would be happy to answer them!

Love Always,

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