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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Current Skincare Routine

I could definitely declare some of the items in my current skincare routine Holy Grail Items. And I with the repurchase of some old favorites that I can't believe I let myself run out of now that I'm back to using them, I decided a blog post blathering on about it was in order.

For reference I suffer from cystic acne and I do take medication prescribed by my dermatologist. However this routine is one that my dermatologist recommends for people that do suffer from severe acne, and even without medication my skin benefits greatly from using some of these products.

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For makeup removal I adore Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I feel like this is a good start to any routine and it gets every bit of my makeup off my face, including the most stubborn water proof eye makeup. Which is important for healthy skin. I tend to alternate between using this and a cleansing oil, but this is a favorite.

The next step is Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. This is a scrub but it is one that really is gentle enough to use every day and I do. This is definitely a holy grail item for me, and I can't believe I ever let myself run out of this and I definitely will not be making that mistake again. Exfoliating is super important when you have severe acne, because acne occurs when sebum gets trapped beneath dead skin cells. You could get away with just the hot cloth cleanser, but if your skin is really stubborn like mine I really recommend this.

After a very light exfoliation I use an acne wash. Currently I am using Murad's Clarifying Cleanser, which if I'm honest I don't love. I much prefer Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel cleanser which I will be going back to as soon as I run out of this. But for now this does work.

Usually I would be using a toner, but currently I'm out of my favorite and just haven't picked it up again, which is the Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic. I also really like their Ultra Facial Toner.

Once or twice a week I use the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. This mask is absolutely lovely and my skin feels super clean after I use it. If I do have a current outbreak it is drastically reduced the next day, which makes this a miracle worker and a holy grail item for me. Another mask that's just as lovely but twice the price for half the product is Fresh's Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask

Then I follow up with First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream for my moisturizer. I haven't ever found a moisturizer I absolutely adore but this one does the job well enough and the price isn't horrible. I'll probably repurchase it when I'm done but for now I definitely plan on at least finishing this container.

I can easily say that Kiehl's is my favorite skincare brand, their products are amazing and their prices won't make your wallet want to throw rocks at you. What's your favorite Skincare?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stylish Sundays: The 1975

I'm not exactly sure when The 1975 became one of my favorite bands, but She Way Out, and Girls are easily my most played Spotify tracks right now, possibly rivaled only by Jackie and Wilson by Hozier.

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Tee: Hot Topic, Jeans: Aeropostale, Shoes: H&M

I must have worn this tee a billion time already, it's super soft and really flattering. Paired with my current favorite jeans, these ones with the knees torn out from Aeropostale, it's easily my favorite outfit right now.

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Necklace: H&M, Nails: Zoya Robin, Bandaid: Avengers,  Hair: Color Ion Sky Blue, Color Ion Cyan

On My Face: Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Urban Decay Mascara, NYX Liquid Eyeliner, Hourglass Rose Liquid Lipstick

I am super surprised by this Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer, and I definitely need to do a fully review on it because it definitely deserves it. I will be on my second bottle of it very soon and it's more than worth the $10 it costs.

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Still in love with these ankle boots from H&M, and I love wearing them with cuffed jeans. They're a little worse for wear here because I had worn them traipsing through the grass, but the more I wear them in, the more I never want to take them off.

What's your current favorite band??

 

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jo Malone Nectarine and Honey Blossom

For Mothers Day my husband and son splurged massively and not only did they get my a few of my favorite skin care bits (to appear in next weeks post) but also a small bottle of the Jo Malone Nectarine and Honey Blossom Fragrance that I had absolutely fallen in love with the week before when we were in Nordstrom.

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Not only was it beautifully packaged, but the design and feeling of the bottle is absolutely lovely. The fragrance itself is absolutely lovely. Light and citrusy with the warmth of the honey blossom scent underneath. I can smell it on my skin still hours after spraying it and I noticed it yesterday when I tossed a dress I had worn when wearing the fragrance a few days ago, so the staying power is absolutely lovely. It's sophisticated, but youthful at the same time. It's definitely my absolute favorite fragrance right now, a place that was formerly held by Burberry Brit. And definitely one that I could see wearing all year long.

I can't tell you how long I've lusted after Jo Malone London Fragrances.  They're absolutely worth every penny they cost. Definitely a decadent gift, but one I am over the moon at having.

Since fragrances do best kept in the dark, I keep it in the box it came in, in this little box that has a few of my other favorite things right now.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stylish Sundays: Avant Garde

I absolutely love that the 90's is back. The other day I found Lisa Frank Bandaids at the grocery store, so naturally I bought 3 boxes. One I plan to send to my friend Katy in Australia, but clearly I still needed two boxes of bandaids with unicorns and rainbow panda's on them.

I've noticed that 90's trends being back has had a major effect on my style and I'm clearly leaning more towards grunge than anything else.

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Top: PacSun, Shorts: H&M Tights: HUE, Socks: Target, Shoes: H&M

I wore this while June Gloom was still in full force. It was comfortable and I will definitely be breaking this look out again come fall. When I put the tights on that morning there was only a teeny tiny hole, however by the time the rain cleared enough to take these photos outside Howl had managed to trash my tights with his claws. Lesson learned: Make sure the Howl Monster has freshly trimmed claws before wearing tights around him.

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Necklace: Old, Nails: Zoya's Muse

Hair: Color Ion Cyan and Color Ion Sky Blue

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On My Face: Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer, Nars Blush, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadows, NYX Liquid Eyeliner, NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Playdate.

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I bought these ankle boots to wear with my outfit on Valentines day, and I still adore them. The only issue is if they're not worn with either socks that come out the tops or tights, they give me blisters where the tops rub against my legs.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Haul: Colour Pop

I've seen Colour Pop lipstick swatches making the rounds on youtube lately and I just had to see what the big deal was all about. So I checked out the website and discovered that the lipsticks were only $5 ea, so I placed an order.


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I ordered 3 Lippie Stix's and they were having a promotion for a free eyeshadow with every order.


The eyeshadow is called Birthday Girl and it's super sparkly and super lovely to use.


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The Lippie Stix's I picked up were Wifey, Raw and Feminist, I'll let the lip swatches speak for themselves.


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The Lippie Stix are smooth and creamy to apply, they last most of the day requiring little touch up and they remove easy with little staining. They don't pass the kiss test, but you can't get everything out of a lipstick now can you? I adore these colors and I plan on picking up more.


The only one of the three I haven't given an all day test yet is Feminist, which is really more of a fall color to me, it's not quite black and reminds me of Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI. However I absolutely adore Raw and have worn it a few times already.


Colour Pop has some truly amazing colors and they also have blush and highlighters that I plan on trying out very soon.


 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OOTD: Grey Midi

 

I'm starting to realize I wear a lot of grey clothing. I like grey it's one of my favorite colors. My cousin bought me this grey midi skirt and I originally planned on wearing it with a graphic tee and a messy bun, but I was having a fashion meltdown one day and just started pairing random things together and came up with this outfit.

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Top: American Eagle, Skirt: H&M, Shoes: White Converse

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On My Face: Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer, Sonja Kashuk concealer, Nars Blush, Maybelline The Nudes Palette,NYX Liquid Liner, Makeup Forever Mascara, The Balm Highlighter, Nars Matte Lip Pencil, YSL Gloss Volupte,

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Hair: Color Ion Neon Brights Cyan, Color Ion Brilliance Brights Sky Blue. The color is much bluer in real life, the vaguely grey undertone is a trick of the light but I still really like how my hair looks in these photos.

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Necklace: ancient, Nails: OPI Chiffon My Mind

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Converse are definitely one of my all time favorite brands of shoes, I tend not to buy to many repeats of brands or styles, but I have three pairs of converse and I definitely have my eye on a couple more pairs in different colors.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Outfit Of the Day: Grey Triangle

Since the weather has warmed up I've been loving pairing easy baby doll style dresses with converse for day to day running around. I'm pretty sure I was just running random errands this day, but it was an absolutely lovely day and I was so comfortable in this outfit.

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Grey Triangle Dress: Target, Shoes: Converse, Necklace: it's very old, I don't know anymore

 

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On My Face: Sonja Kashuk tinted moisturizer, Sonja Kashuk concealer, Nars Blush, Maybelline The Nudes Palette, NYX Summer Romance Matte Lipstick, Nyx Eyeliner, Makeup Forever Mascara

Hair: Color Ion Neon Brights Cyan mixed with Color Ion Brights Skye Blue

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Earrings: Bar and Triangle: Baublebar, Infinity: Hot Topic

I've wanted tiny dainty earrings for a really long time and I saw these on sale on baublebar.com a couple of months ago and knew that these would be the perfect everyday earrings for me.

But I've had trouble with that top piercing the whole time I've had it, normal earrings weren't ever comfortable and would stab me in the side of the head while I was on the phone and hoops didn't sit right. For the longest time I had a curved bar in, but I wanted something that would go better with my dainty studs. I found a set of Labret studs in Hot Topic and decided to try them since the bar was shorter and the back is flat.

Nails: Zoya Robin

I bought this polish because Aria wore it on Pretty Little Liars and I thought it was gorgeous. I'm on my second or third bottle of this color because it's so fun for summer.

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These are probably the oldest shoes I have in my closet, and they are definitely still a favorite. They're perfectly broken in and just the right amount of banged up and worn in.