In general, my skin is fine. While, I did spend a lot of my teens and early twenties fighting suborn breakouts, at this point in my life I’d say my skin and I have called a truce. We’ve learned to live nicely with one another. My skin isn’t perfect, but it’s also not embarrassing. And, I might go as far as to say, on certain days, it looks great. Which is why I never investigated or bought a Clarisonic. However, late last year I started working at L’Oreal. They own Claisonic… so, I got one. And, then I got another one. Which seems excessive and it is, for sure. But, Amiram drank the juice too and then he wanted one, and I didn’t like the idea of sharing and well… now we’re a Clarisonic family. Just. Like. That. I know… barf.
Anyway, all that aside, the real question is does the Clarisonic skincare system really give you better skin. (more…)
There’s a thin line in skincare between trying to hard, which usually leads to breakouts because you are piling on products morning and night, and straight up lazy, which usually leads to breakouts because you don’t wash your makeup off before bed. This is gross… unless of course you’re really really tired and then it’s completely acceptable. I’d like to imagine somewhere in between is perfection which leads to a gorgeous natural glow. But, I don’t have time for that so I usually ride along the line of lazy and goal for the best I can. I’m happiest there.
As I am sure you’ve seen for a while now, “natural glow” is a thing. I am also pretty sure this is the by-product of #IWokeUpLikeThis which I fully supported as long as it meant I could go out the way I woke up because I do it every Saturday and having it be on trend was a dream come true. However, I was skeptical of glow. Natural glow seems like if it isn’t managed properly it can turn to regular ole greasy and I am already prone to that. (more…)
There is a reason why it is called a beauty routine. It’s because like with most routines beauty works best if done everyday. People take comfort in routine. It’s relaxing to know what events await us during our day. Things seem easier when you know the outcome.
You are never going to believe this… Shortly after I posted 5 easy ways to always be prepared, I was walking to Soho and it started to rain. I DID NOT have an umbrella. URG! Realizing quickly there was nothing I could do, I continued my walk in the rain only to enjoy it. It was only lightly sprinkling. I have a friend who lives in California. An ex-pat from the east coast. She lives there with her wife and enjoys all the things Cali offers. Her biggest complaint about California is the seasons never change. She claims to miss the rain, miss the snow, and the wind, and the cold. I understood this on my walk. While I was lost in routine, the rain served as a simple reminder that no two days are the same, whether they feel monotonous and repetitious. (more…)
Let me tell you a story about coconut oil. It’s pretty gross… It is also a pretty good way to moisturize. It’s clumpy, greasy, and annoying to get out of the jar. You also need a spoon. Soap never feels like it quite washes the coconut oil off, but somehow that seems reassuring because you’ve managed to finally lock in the moisture.
For the last week I’ve been using coconut oil each morning to moisturize my skin after the shower. To say that my skin is soft seems like an understatement. But, there aren’t so many words for extreme softness so I’ve chosen baby soft. My skin feels baby soft. (more…)
One of my favorite weekend activities is taking a bath. Every year around this time I start to get back into my yoga routine. The weather is a bit nicer and it becomes painfully obvious that bathing suit season is right around the corner. But, getting back into the swing of things is tough. And so, I like to take it slow and spend part of my Saturday afternoons rewarding myself for getting my ass to some sort of exercise with a long relaxing bath.
I was recently reading these bath rituals and I thought to myself, “I want to take a bath like that!” Baths have always made me feel a bit like British royalty in a way. Mostly, because that is what I imagine them doing with their free time. I think that is mainly based on some Downton Abby episodes and most likely not so true for the current monarchy.
Growing up there was always bar soap in the shower. I wasn’t a fan. For several reasons. The first being I hate to do laundry and all the wash cloths over and over again add up. The second being that it just didn’t lather up as nicely as a body wash did. In retrospect, my mother always bought Irish Spring, which smelled amazing. I’ve never asked why she bought the bar soap, but some highly respected ladies of beauty use bar soaps. So, I decided to give bar soaps another try. However, I am nothing if not thorough so I gathered up quite a large collection and got to work. A lot of years have gone by since I last used bar soap, and I expected things had changed quite a bit. The thing with bar soaps are they work just as nicely with a loofa as a body wash does. That took care of ‘not being a fan’ reason number one and reason number two. And, it only took me about 2 seconds to figure that out. (more…)