My night time skincare routine has changed slightly due to the winter months, and it has kept my oily/combination skin quite hydrated without contributing to the oiliness.
1. I start my routine with my Philosophy Purity cleanser. This has been a staple in my routine for a year now. It is great at removing my makeup, dirt, and oily residue on my skin. I purchased the 16 fl.oz. bottle last year using my VIB 20% off coupon from sephora, and I’ve only used half of the bottle. So a great investment for my skin.
My skin is oily and it can look rather dull and congested if I do not include an exfoliant in my routine 1-2 times a week. After experimenting with both chemical and physical exfoliant, my exfoliant of choice is usually 2% salicyclic acid. However, I have not found a good drugstore product that is formulated without menthol, which I have found to be quite irritating to my skin.
2. Thereafter, I use my Lush Herbalism kaolin clay based cleanser as a mask. This product does take a little work because you have to mix the product with water in order to create a paste to apply to your skin. But it makes an excellent mask that I leave on my skin for 10 minutes almost everyday. The clay really works to absorb the excess oils on my skin and to extract my clogged pores, while the glycerin in the product works to hydrate my skin.
3. After the removal of the clay mask, I use my Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel as a toner to remove any remaining soap and/or clay residue in preparation for my moisturizer. Point of interest, I leave my skin damp almost wet when I apply my moisturizer in order for the humectant in my moisturizer to retain the water needed to hydrate my skin. Humectants work to draw H2O molecules from the atmosphere and retain them onto your skin; thus moisturizing your skin.
4. I moisturize with my CeraVe Facial Moisturizer PM that I found at the drugstore, and its great at keeping my skin hydrated. It claims that the ceramindes function to replenish the lipids in the cells, thus re-inforcing the skin barrier to environmental assault. I don’t know about all of that, but after using it for almost a month, my skin has not broken out and it remains hydrated when I wake in the morning. So working great for me.
I find that both drugstore and non-drug store products are equally beneficial for your skin if you keep the purpose of each step in mind. Speaking for myself, I would not spend hundreds of dollars on a cleanser that stays on my skin less for less than a minute prior to its final destination -down the drain. And I apply this same mentality to shampoos, but that is an entirely different post. Find what works for you based on the needs of your skin at the time of the year and pair it to products that accomplish the job without the excessive claims of grandeur. Happy Saturday, and let me know your night time skincare routine.
After doing so well in controlling my urge to shop endlessly during this holiday, I caved. I blame this all on the email updates from Bath and Body Works. The deal of the day is $8 for 3 wick candles, which is a great sale given that they usually go for $20 a pop. How do you beat that? And with the endless coupons that they have sent me, I spent no more than $6 a candle. I don’t care too much for the Holiday food scents and there is nothing more nauseating to me than artificial cinnamon scents, so I choose the new city inspired candles with scents of citrus and vanilla. Go check out the sale today, and take your coupons with you.
I took full advantage of the holiday sales this Thanksgiving to stock up on some essentials. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good deal but I am not the one to be standing in the cold, in line at 7pm the night before Black Friday. I like to shop online in the comfort of my couch, without the crowds, the lines, or the crazy traffic. This year, I budgeted my shopping by:
1. stocking up on essential items that are a staple in my beauty routine
2. utlizing websites that offer free shipping
Thanks to all the great twitter feeds, I got a heads up on the sale at sasa.com. Sasa had items up to 70% off and free shipping on orders over $19 USD. So I stocked up on my holy grail mascara Fairy Drops, which retails for $24 at Sephora but only $15.70 on Sasa.com. I think the sale is still ongoing, so check it out if you are interested.
I also snagged another staple in my beauty routine: face brushes from coastalscents.com at 50% of their retail price. Everything on coastalscents.com is 50% off right now, and this sale is also ongoing. I picked up the Classic Angled Kabuki Brush, Large Classic Buffer brush, Classic Tapered Kabuki, and Bionic Flat Top Buffer brush.
And lastly, my non-beauty essential - washer (Model # MVWX700XL) and dryer (Model # MEDX700XL) from Maytag Bravo X series. This purchase took me days of research. Who knew that washers and dryers are so sophisticated now-a-days. But I couldn’t be happier with this set.
This wraps up my goodies for this holiday. I hope everyone had a great turkey day and/or a great weekend. Let me know what you guys purchased over the holidays.
~Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication~ Leonardo da Vinci
I came across this quote today, and it struck a cord with me. Many times I read entirely too much into what someone says or meant to say or what someone does or meant to do. This habit becomes enormously exhausting and unproductive because it requires too much mental energy.
There’s something to be said for taking things at face-value. For instance, I cannot be offended by someone’s backhanded compliments if I choose not to invest time thinking too much about it. Thank the person and move on. This relinquishes the power of the insult, and for me, maintains a simplicity in thought that allows me to invest my mental energy wisely. Always remember, you are not defined by the opinion of others. You have the power to choose what you take away from your daily interactions with people, and keeping it simple is a sophistication that I am learning each and everyday.
This season has been absolutely brutal to my sinuses and allergies. The air here is thick with pollen clouds intermingled with the oxygen that I desperately need.
My car is completely coated with the stuff. I have tried my hardest to avoid the onslaught of allergies and sinus pain associated with nature’s assault with pollen. But nope, I’ve lost that battle and I have been bedridden for the past several days with a sinus infection. A sinus infection occurs “when the sinuses and nasal passages become inflamed,” and it can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and/or allergies . Symptoms of a sinus infection include headaches, nasal congestion, sore throat, fever, cough, and fatigue . So today, I thought that I would share some tips that have helped me weather my sinus infection: (WARNING: This is not medical advice, so please seek medical attention from a medical expert for symptoms related to your ailment.) Having stated that, let us proceed…
1. Drink lots of hot liquids (tea, hot water with honey and lemon) -helps to soothe the inflamed nasal cavities
2. Steam showers (with peppermint oil) – also works to soothe the nasal cavities
3. Stay indoors – away from pollen, allergens which irritates your nasal passage
4. Sleep - lots of rest helps your immune system fight off the infection
I hope this helps for those suffering from sinus infections, and I hope you get better soon.
(Source: Another Sick Day http)
A stickler for cost friendly, practical products, it took a lot of convincing from my trusted youtube beauty community to lure me into Lush. After hearing numerous reviews and raves, I ventured into Lush for my very first purchase, the SexBomb– yeah, real practical right?!? Lush bath bombs are luxuriously fragrant spheres with skin softening and moisturizing properties that you drop into your bath water. I was excited to go home to try out my very first bath bomb only to discover that I am not a bath person. SexBomb did give my bath water a pretty pink color, and made my skin feel really soft at least initially. But the pruned skinned that followed and the boredom of sitting in water that admittedly smelled AMAZING (jasmine, clary sage and ylang ylang) was just not for me. I realize that some people like to read and drink wine in the bath, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to read without getting everything wet- including my book. So no, I have not mastered the art of baths and thus have not found them to be an enjoyable pastime. But let me add, although Sexbomb did not quite work out for me as a bathbomb, it functions great as a car-freshener. It left my car smelling AMAZING! And I would repurchase just for that reason – See, PRACTICAL.