Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

I would KILL for this dress!!!! It is sooooooooooo amazing it makes me cry! Its just perfect in every way...




~Sigh~

Even I weren't completely broke I wouldn't be able to buy it. At $425 its just way too pricey.

It sure is pretty though!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Skincare Routine

This was requested of me a long time ago and I am just now getting to it! Sorry for the delay!

When it comes to skincare I am a drug store girl all the way. My last real job was for a high end skincare company, so for 2 years I used only their products. I thought that because they were so pricey that they must be good. I was wrong. My skin looked so bad! I had horrible breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, bumps and wrinkles that didn't go away until I stopped using their products completely. After that experience I have sworn off high end beauty products in favor of drug store brands. They work better for me and they don't break the bank! Also, if I buy one that I don't like I won't be too upset because I didn't spend an entire paycheck on it!

So here is my list of beauty products that I use everyday. Since setting this routine my skin looks better than it has in ages! I haven't had a single breakout in about 6 months, no black/white heads, and the wrinkles I do have around my eyes have been drastically diminished. Needless to say, I'm pretty happy!

Face Wash
I have two face washes that I alternate. I sue this one by Neutrogena in the shower and it is really great at preventing acne. I used to get cystic acne on my forehead that was impossible to get rid of! The last time I had one was in December and it went away really fast. This stuff is great!



My other cleanser is this one by St Ives. I've reviewed it before and I still love it just as much. I use this one at the end of the day to wash off my makeup. It works really well at getting my face really clean. It helps prevent acne and reduces redness, without drying out my skin. My skin used to be really dry but as I've gotten older I've noticed that I now have more of a T zone; meaning my forehead and nose get oily, while the rest of my face is normal/dry. Thats why I like acne cleansers that don't dry out my skin.



Exfoliate
Everyone needs to exfoliate, even people with really oily skin. I use this cleanser about 3 times a week and I usually mix it in with my Neutrogena face wash. I initially bought this by accident. I meant to buy the masque of the same name. I was gonna return it but decided to give it a try instead. I'm glad I did because it really works!!


Toner
Even though I wash my face diligently every day, there will always be some residue left over. I have been using a toner for about 15 years now to make sure I get my face really clean. For a while I was using witch hazel, and I may again, but for now I am using this one by Biore that I really like. It keeps my pores really clean and drys up any acne I may get. Again, since I set this routine I have had no breakouts, but every now and then I will get one pimple. This stuff gets rid of it fast!


Prep
I have reviewed this stuff before too. It is a staple in my medicine cabinet. I swear by this stuff! When I was using Osmotics (the devil company's products) I started noticing some serious wrinkles forming around my eyes. I actually believe that their products made me age faster! I started using Bio Oil and my crows feet have been greatly diminished. I only use it around my eyes, twice daily, letting it soak in before applying moisturizer. Along with the comments I got from my coworkers, I have noticed visibly smoother skin around my eyes. For that reason, I will never stop using this stuff!!

$9.59

Now onto the newest brand of skincare products that have stolen my heart: Oil of Olay. I decided to give it a try after my Osmotics fiasco, based solely on reviews I had read. I wanted to start on a beauty regimen that was good, but wouldnt cost an arm and a leg. I was using Origins, which worked great, but at $30-$70 a product, I could no longer afford it. I got all of my Oil of Olay products for around $50, buying a value set and using coupons from the newspaper. Not bad!

The first product I use is the Regenerist Serum. I apply it to my face first, avoiding the eyes where I put the Bio Oil, and let it soak in for a few minutes. Serums are a great way to get more concentrated nutrients into the skin, so its important to let them properly penetrate into the skin.

Moisturize
For my eyes I use the Lifting Serum. I like it because its light. I already get moisture from the Bio Oil so I don't need a heavy cream on top of that. I like these two together as they seem to compliment each other well.


Day
Its important to use a different moisturizer for day and night, especially if the day one has an SPF in it. Sleeping in an SPF can irritate your skin, as I found out once the hard way. My day moisturizer by Olay does not have an SPF in it, so I will add one on top of it when I am going outside. The next time I need to stock up I am going to get one with and SPF already in it. For now though this hydrating cream works really well. It moisturizes my skin without being too heavy, leaving my skin really soft.

Night
My night cream is an anti wrinkle one. Its never too early to battle wrinkles, and the best time to do it is at night. Its good to use a heavier cream at night, so that it can penetrate into the skin while you sleep. This one is really good because my skin still feels hydrated when I wake up.


So there you have it! That is my daily skincare routine that I swear by. I have no plans to deviate from it too much (aside from adding an SPF) because I havent been this happy with my skin in years. I learned a real lesson working at my former company: just because the products are expensive does not mean that they work! All the products I use can be bought for around $100 at any drugstore and they work better than any department store product I have ever used.

So ladies...what skincare products do you swear by? Are you a drugstore girl like me or do you prefer the high end route? I'd love to hear your opinions on this matter!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

San Diego Randomness

Well I have been in San Diego now for a few weeks. I am currently searching for a job, which is never fun. Once I get a job then we get to search for a new place to live. Currently we are a bit further out  than I'd prefer. Everything we do is in the city so once we have some income coming in on my part we are going to look for a little cottage somewhere.  San Diego is cool because a lot of rentals are little cottage complexes, so you live in a mini house with no shared walls. They're really cute too!

In case you are wondering who the "we" is that I am referring to...


This is Fernando. I have known him for about 10 years. He's the drummer for Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio, who I have mentioned before here. Thats all I will say about him for now ;-) I am happy though, and that is all that matters!

So here are some random pics:



Dancing at a Roy Rapid show.

Wearing one of my all time favorite dresses.

At a barber shop benefit show.


At Comic Con with my bestie Tara. We got free tickets to preview night.

With some Princess Leia's

With my baby before a show :-)

I am still trying to get back into the blogging mood, so bare with me!!
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