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My Nighttime Routine

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During high school, I earned the nickname stinky from friends who wished I’d shower more. I kept up the hippie routine through college until I realized I needed to just take better care of my body. As a person who loves routine, I follow my nighttime routine each evening and it’s only after that, I can relax in bed or on the couch with James.
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First up, hair. I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week. If I work out more than three times a week, I find an extra hair wash is necessary. The sweat in my damaged hair makes it disturbingly similar to Harry from Dumb and Dumber. I draw the line there. I go between several shampoos like Ouidad’s cleansing oil that makes my hair feel clean and soft and now Kevin Murphy’s detox shampoo, since it was sent to me last week. And I was not disappointed. This instantly soothed my scalp, which is usually irritated at some level and dry. Next, I add conditioner, sometimes a deep conditioning treatment and then apply some sort of leave-in conditioner, serum or curl cream and gel. Then I let my hair air dry. The Kevin Murphy Killer Curls curl cream made my hair feel like I didn’t wash my conditioner out completely and I don’t like that feeling, but the curls were more defined and softer. I think when I use it next, I’ll use less gel to get the right product mix in my hair. I like to use a curl cream when the air is more dry and my hair more likely to go limp and flatten the curls. Once it starts getting more humid, I turn my focus to smoothing out the inevitable frizz.
I prefer showering at night so I have less to do in the morning. I’m not someone who requires a shower to wake up. I’d rather sleep in 15 more minutes. Plus, it takes my hair an eternity to air dry and I can sleep with it half wet and wake up ready to go. I love Dove’s body wash and body bars. I don’t usually do any sort of body exfoliation unless I’m planning a spray tan. I’m just lazy.
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My nighttime skin routine starts in the shower with my newly purchased Clarisonic Mia. I was on the fence with it for years because I was too cheap to buy it. This version was $100 and sounded more doable (naturally, they announce some promotion for $20 off, damn it all. I regress…) My face was never fully clean after washing in the shower and thought that would be a good step to add in. I’ve been using for two weeks now and my skin feels soft after each use. Time will tell if it helps control my acne break outs. I have several cleansers I love including Mullien and Sparrow’s oil cleanser. I would use that first and then a secondary cleanser like Neutrogena with the Clarisonic. I started using lip sugar polish by Fresh since I constantly have dry, flaky lips (thanks, Accutane). 
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Once I’m out of the shower, I use a water-based toner first followed by Mullein and Sparrow’s facial serum. My face has been surprisingly dry so I sometimes add a moisturizer on after that like Neutrogena’s hydro boost gel or Glossier’s moisturizer (which I generally use just in the morning now). Next, I apply a rose and cucumber eye cream by KTO and dab around my eyes. I’ll then spray some rose spray on my face followed by a spritz of a minty perfume that I finding soothing and calming. And lastly, Burt’s Bee’s lip balm. I love going to bed after I follow my routine that I find relaxing and calming!

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Beauty

Acne-Prone Skincare Routine

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Since the teenage years, I’ve been cursed with acne. T-zone breakouts through high school and college and more intense in my early 20’s. I even went on Accutane when I was 24. It seemed worth  the reclusive months of me staying at home, staying single with my dry, flaky and blemished skin. But the acne returned a few months later and it was back downhill from there. I’m days away from 30 and I FINALLY figured out a system that works for me. Here are some tips for how I solved some skin issues and how I care for my skin now.

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Birth control. My acne was definitely hormonal in my cheek and jaw line areas, areas I never once experienced acne before. I spoke with my gynecologist about it and she put me on a new birth control with a lower dose of progesterone. It took a couple months, but my skin has significantly improved. It’s something to talk to your your gyno about if you notice hormonal acne.

Topical medication. I’ve tried probably close to 10 or more of topicals and pills and find that Clindamycin has actually been working with consistent use. I apply this to problem areas of my skin each night and let dry, and then apply moisturizer.

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De-stress. I get stressed out easily and am pretty anxious. The only way to combat this is for me to schedule time EACH night for me to unwind. I don’t care how hermit-like it seems, I don’t stay out longer than an hour or two out after work and I try really hard to not make plans after work so I can go home and unwind because I usually have grad school work or a blog post to work on and I have to find a balance that works for me and reduces stress.
Spend more time actually washing my face. I realized I never quite washed my face long enough. I would rub it all over my face quick and rinse. My make up was never completed washed off so I spend more time washing my face using Beauty Counter’s charcoal cleansing bar or Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Boosters cleanser. The charcoal cleansing bar is a new addition to cleansers I like, but I’ve been trying to keep it simple and find something that truly washes away EVERYTHING, but doesn’t dry me out. Breakouts AND dry patches of skin? Been there, done that. No thanks.
Exfoliate and tone. I also exfoliate 2-3 times a week using Dr. Brandt’s PoreDermabrasion. It loosens up all the dead skin and gross shit hanging out on my face and I feel like I have a fresh new face after. I use Simple’s cleansing water as a toner daily. It’s gentle and removes everything (if anything was missed from my face wash)!

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Moisturize. I’ve always skipped this part in the past because my skin is naturally on the oily side. Big. Mistake. Some I’ve tried were too heavy or simply didn’t jive with my skin, but Glossier’s priming moisturizer has been amazing. My face can be normally more red and this helps calm my skin. I use this in the morning and at night.

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Mask it! I have a couple masks that I really love that address different skin issues on different parts of my face. I use Peter Thomas Roth’s sulfer mask on my t-zone while using Mario Badescu’s super collagen mask on my cheeks. I’ve also started addressing aging skin issues now that I’m not dealing with constant acne break-outs. I have wrinkles forming around my mouth and I’ve been using Dr. Brandt’s 3D filler mask. I can notice it working almost immediately and the few subtle lines I had around my mouth  and between my brows were significantly less noticeable.

What’s your skincare routine like and what products do you use?

Beauty

Beauty/Skincare Round Up + a GIVEAWAY!

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As my skin slowly improves (thanks chemical peels and a different birth control), I’ve been venturing outside my normal make up routine to try new things. Essence sent me this palette (I picked it out) and love the rosy color of the blush. I do love me some blush and still use the holiday palette by.. for the most part, but love the compact that I can easily toss in my bag for work.
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I haven’t tried the brightening mask yet, but the hydrating mask by Nerd Skincare is just what my skin needs, especially a couple days after a chemical peel. Want to win a package of masks (including six, almost a $200 value!)? Just comment with your email and for a second entry, share on Twitter or Facebook, and comment here again! Must be 18 and older and in the U.S. to enter!
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Simple’s oil balancing wipes is my go-to cleansing wipes, especially post work-out. It doesn’t bug my skin and I love the price. Between skin peels, I like to exfoliate my face with Dr. Brandt’s PoreDermabrasion. I love how smooth my skin feels after using it. Also, Aesop’s hand lotion is really the shit. I love the scent and how soft my calloused, man hands feel after. It really softens them.
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I was on the hunt for a super vampy lip color and the man at Sephora suggested Bite lip crayon in aubergine. I have Bite lipsticks in a few other colors and this was exactly the deep tone I was looking for. Goes on nice and is easy for someone like me, who has no patience to take my time and make it perfect–it makes it easy for ya. Milani’s nude lip pencil in very natural and Essence’s nude lip color are also staples for me when I want some low maintenance color.

Again, don’t forget to comment with your email to enter to win the Nerd Skincare masks!

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Fall Beauty Haul with Meijer

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Fall beauty classics like a deep red lip and smokey eyes are my favorite each year. My version usually involves a more subtle eyeshadow or a burgundy lip while keeping everything else simple and appearing make up-less. Milani lipsticks are magical and wonderful. I absolutely love the tones and this season, I bought lipliner in bordeaux and lipstick in cabaret blend. Which fall beauty trend are you most excited about?

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Meijer sent me Versace’s Bright Crystal, which is perfect timing as I’ve been tired of my two go-to fragrances. I usually like a signature scent, but I’d like to switch it up from weekday to weekends.
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One of my biggest obstacles, forever and ever, is skincare. My skin still suffers from acne (thank you hormones) and I’ve just started to do the double cleansing method, using the Burt’s Bee’s cleansing oil first to remove the make up and dirt and then either Simple’s facial cleanser or some light exfoliator second. I’ve been using the oil for a week now and think it’s going to become a permanent part of my skincare routine.
Thank you for supporting collaborations such as this with Meijer!
Beauty

Skincare + Beauty Favorites

Somehow in the last year I became a beauty and skincare junkie, testing out new products for my skin and scouring the internet for more beauty bloggers to follow for their recommendations. Since I have problem skin and I prefer a more natural look with make up, I’m sharing my favorites that enhance natural features, are easy to use and aren’t crazy expensive. I’m still on the hunt for a great cleanser that fights acne, so always open for suggestions!
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1. Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Gold, $11.99. Since I’m no expert in applying blush, I usually reach for this one since it’s easy to blend and builds easily.
2. Buxom Lash Mascara, $19. I recently tried a sample size of this and it became an instant favorite. My lashes appear thicker and longer. It also strikes the balance of being buildable, but one coat looks great too.
3. NYX Eyebrow Marker, $9.69. Merl of Clyde’s Rebirth had this at her apartment last time I visited and it’s revolutionized my make up application. I hate when eyebrows look too drawn on and this one looks so natural and easy to apply.
4. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, $4.39. I’ve had an issue with over-drying my skin, which I didn’t think was possibly with my oily skin. I shower sometimes twice a day because of my workouts and I was over washing my face. I’ve found that using this between workouts works well for me.
5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free, $43. Since my skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts, I prefer a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and this product has worked the best. Nothing too heavy, but provides decent coverage without that caked on look. There are so many shades it’s easy to match up too.
6. Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Light, $48. I always thought I didn’t need a moisturizer because my skin is oily, but I need it especially during the winter and between my chemical peel visits.
7. Maybelline Baby Lips Medicated, $2.99. My lips are so dry this time of the year, I’m constantly applying this in the non-tinted version and I’d like to scoop a couple tinted versions up now.
8. Buxom Full On Lip Cream, $19. I also got this sample a month ago and I love a lip plumper in this soft hue.
9. elf Studio Tone Correcting Powder, $3.00. My skin looks anything but dull after this powder. I’ve bought pricy powders in the past, but this one works better than those and $3 isn’t a bad price either.

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