Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Updated Skincare Routine

I've had quite a few questions about my skincare routine. I posted my previous one here and since that time I have changed it quite a bit. Its not that I was unhappy with what I was using, but working in cosmetics again has allowed me to try some new products. Plus, I think it is important to update it every now and then depending on  your skins needs.

My Skin

I have combination skin. It is dry with an oily T-zone (forehead mostly). My skincare concerns are mostly dryness and aging (I am 34). I also battle slightly with acne, mostly on my forehead, and clogged pores on my nose. The skincare products I use have to balance all of my concerns so I sometimes alternate certain ones. I try to steer clear of chemical rich anti aging products, because of the bad experience I had with Osmotics. I try to seek out more natural methods first, with maybe 1 or 2 anti aging products thrown in. I am also trying to get better at using a daily SPF on my face and body.

My Regimen

I want to state here how important I believe a skincare regimen is. I do not ever go to sleep in my makeup. Ever! I always make sure to wash my face and do my regimen, morning and night, taking that extra time to focus on me. The products may change slightly but my routine does not. I feel that is an important part to having nice, long lasting skin. 

Washing My Face
The biggest change came here. I won Macy's money at work which allowed me to splurge on something I have wanted for years: a Clarisonic.


I have heard great things about it but could never afford it. With the money I won, plus my discount, I think I paid $50 dollars for it. It comes with a Sensitive brush head but I also bought a Deep Pore one.

I use my Clarisonic about 3 times a week. I love it! I know some people use it every day but for me I feel like that would be too much. I am also of the opinion that you do not want to over exfoliate your skin so I try to give it a break. I mostly use the Sensitive brush head, but will sometimes use the Deep Pore one when I really want to get in deep. Using the Deep Pore head pulls out everything so I don't use it often. It is like getting a facial, pulling out all the impurities in your skin.

What I love about the Clarisonic is that it clears out my clogged pores. I no longer have to use the Biore Pore Strips that I used to use once a week, or the exfoliating scrub. I also feel like when I do get acne this helps clear it faster. All in all I love my Clarisonic!!

I also bought a new cleanser:



Shiseido has been around since 1897 and IMO, is the best skincare out there. Its quite pricey though, so even with a discount I don't buy it often. I used this cleanser years ago and really loved it so I decided to buy it again. It is really creamy and works great with my Clarisonic, and I also use it alone in between exfoliating. Basically, it cleans my skin without drying it, which is one of my biggest concerns.  

When I want a really deep clean, or am having some acne issues, I still use this:


Its a cream wash so it works well with the Clarisonic. I use it about once a week to combat any acne that may be forming on my skin. This is my favorite acne wash.

Toner/Makeup Remover

I still like the Biore toner I was using, but I have been using a less drying one lately:



I've actually used this toner for years, but alternate with the Biore depending on my skins needs. I like this one because it is all natural and non-drying. I always tone my skin after washing it to clean off any residue that may be left over. This is especially important when I don't use my Clarisonic, as I don't get as much makeup off without it.

Next I use an eye makeup remover:



I have literally used this since I was a teenager. It is for waterproof makeup so it is an oil based eye makeup remover, which is the only thing that will get off my Benefit They're Real mascara. That stuff does not come off otherwise!

Prep

I am a firm believer in serums and prepping the skin, especially as we get older. I am not 100% set on a facial serum right now though. I have lots of little samples that I have been testing out but have not settled on one in particular. I will probably repurchase the Olay Regenerating Serum I was using in my previous skincare post, mostly because I have not noticed any difference with the more expensive ones. Either way, I always use a serum! They deliver vitamins and minerals deeper into the skin and it is one of the only anti aging products I use.


Yes people, I still use BioOil


When I am really tired I use this on my eyes. It has caffeine in it which helps with puffiness and dark circles. I use it as a serum, putting an eye cream on top. I used this a lot in Vegas and even used it on Fernando. I really love FAB products because they don't contain parabens, harsh chemicals or colorants. They are also reasonably priced and I use quite a few of their products now. Huge fan!

Moisturize

It is so important to have good moisturizers. A day cream with an SPF, an ultra rich night cream, an eye cream. Do not sleep in an SPF as it can sometimes irritate the skin.

Day cream:


I love Dior products! If I could afford it I would probably own half the stuff they make. I am not rich though, so I could only splurge on one thing so far. This cream is thick and luxurious and really moisturizes my skin. It absorbs nicely and has an SPF 15 so I only use this as a day cream. It is my favorite but I use it sparingly because it is expensive. 

Night cream:



This is another FAB product that I use and love. First off, let me point out that you get 6oz for $28. To put that in perspective, my Dior Hydra cream is 1.7oz for $56. So with FAB products you really get a lot for the price! This cream is really rich and creamy. The consistency reminds me of Noxzema (remember that stuff???), without the smell. I love the way this stuff makes my skin feel, as it really battles dryness. It also does not have any harsh chemicals in it, which I love.


This is another great FAB product I have been using. I use it day and night. It has some anti aging benefits to it, but is basically just an all over good eye cream. It moisturizes and brightens and absorbs well.

Well thats it! That is my skincare routine. It might be slightly complicated but in the end I feel it is worth it. I still believe that you can get good skincare products from the drugstore, and will go back to some of them when money is tight. 

If you guys have any questions regarding my routine, or any of the products I use or don't use, feel free to ask!!

All comments are much appreciated!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mad Music Monday-Jackie Wilson vs MUSE

When Fernando bought that pile of 45's from the Thrift Trader a few weeks back, one of them was by Jackie Wilson. He is one of my all time favorite soul singers so I was excited to hear it.

Night by Jackie Wilson



I had never heard the song before, but I HAD heard a version of it somewhere. It bugged me and bugged me as I lay in bed trying to think of where I heard it. A movie maybe? No.

And then it hit me: Ice Dancing!!! I had seen someone skate to this song( I'm a figure skating freak btw), but of course it wasn't sung by Jackie.

It was sung by MUSE.

MUSE "I Belong To You"



Forward to 2:20 to hear the "Night" part. I am a HUGE MUSE fan so I was pretty excited to find the connection to Jackie Wilson. I enjoy the way they interpreted it too. And it was all connected in my brain by figure skating. Of course!

PS-If you are interested to see the ice dance here is the link.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NYX Haul

I stumbled upon a 50% off sale the other day at the mall. It was an accessories store that also sold NYX cosmetics. I am a fan of NYX because it is inexpensive, yet still really good. Just thought I'd show you guys what I got.



Two eye shadow palettes. I went for the more natural shades.


10 Color Eyeshadow Palette/The Runway Collection
04/Catwalk

3 Color Eyeshadow Palette
TS 15 Aloha/Mink Brown/Deep Bronze
They are all really silky and pigmented.



A bunch of nail polishes. I only paint my toes because I am a horrible nail biter, and these are actually really good. I painted my toes a week ago and they still look perfect!


Two lip pencils, Tweezerman tweezers, and a mineral eye shadow.

I got everything for around $30.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Birchbox

I had read about these sites that send you cosmetics samples and was curious about them. I signed up for Birchbox because it is only $10 a month and no membership. I finally got it today and thought I would review it here for you guys.




This is what the packaging looks like. It was a lot smaller than I thought it would be.


The interior. The cards are all Gossip Girl themed.


A Fresh Sugar sample.


Its like a lip treatment. I already have this though, as I got it as my free birthday gift from Sephora. Its nice but it melts easily.


A sample of Dr Jart BB cream. I really wanted to try this, however the sample is so small that I doubt it will cover my whole face. The size of the packaging led me to believe it to be a deluxe sized sample, however its almost empty.

A mini nail polish. The color is nice.

A fragrance sample. The scent is pretty light, but not one I think I'd wear.

I have to admit that I'm pretty disappointed with Birchbox. The samples are tiny and some of them almost empty. I feel that a trip through Nordstroms would get me better samples. And for free!! I guess I thought that there would be deluxe sized samples, and maybe even some full sized products (the picture on the website shows that anyways)  and I didn't get that. Its only $10, but a waste IMO.

Do you guys have any experience with Birchbox or any other sites like it? What are your opinions?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mad Music Monday-The Bellfuries vs JD McPherson

Your Love (All I'm Missing)
Originally done by The Bellfuries, one of my all time favorites btw!



Now the same song done by one of my new favorites, JD McPherson:



Both versions are so good! I got to see both bands play at VLV 15 and they were both amazing. I will admit though, that The Bellfuries were extra special for me. I have listened to their album, Just Plain Lonesome, more times than I can count. Them and Go Cat Go will always be two of my favorite 90s era Rockabilly bands.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Todays Thrifting Finds

Fernando and I found a group of small thrift stores out near his work in Poway today. These are the things I managed to find before they closed (at 4!!).

Modern Hawaiian sun dress. I like the print and its a rayon blend.

I think it will look cute with a big white belt. Or maybe even a brown braided one and my brown ankle tie flat sandals. Fun!!

$4.00

I also found this brand new Bebe dress. Its cute and has a nice cut to it. 

$4.00

Fernando would like you all to know that HE found the one and only vintage item I bought today. He made me promise that I would not take the credit for its discovery and I am a woman of my word.

Here it is:

Super pretty pink 60s(?) pullover! Its perfect too. No flaws at all!

I love the tie details and little cutouts. So cute!


Its acrylic, which is good because wool is hot and I live in San Diego. The older cashier ladies were marveling over how small a size Large was back then. They are right, but I am guessing its a junior size large because it fits like a small.

This gem was also $4.00

Not bad for some surprise thrifting finds!!

Dear Anthropologie...

I have a love/hate relationship with you.

I love your clothes...

$158

$168

$158

$158


But I hate your prices!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What Do You Want From Me????

!!!!!HELP!!!!!

Hey guys! So I've had my blog for about 2 years now and I've been thinking lately about things I can do to make it better. I figured the best way to figure that out would be to ask you guys. So, please take a moment to leave me a comment or two with some blog advice.

1-What do I currently blog about about that you like? Dislike?

2-What do you guys think I can do to make it better?

3-What kind of posts do you want to see from me? You can be specific. I'm making a list!!

Any advice is welcome but, of course, do be constructive. I think most bloggers hit a wall eventually and don't know how to continue. We all fall back on outfit and shopping posts, which I like, but a blog should have more substance, right? Should I be more personal? Do more product reviews? I know I've gotten lazy with my picture taking and am trying to get back into that. I want my blog to gain more readers and be successful. But I don't want it become cookie cutter or be afraid to speak my mind. If anything I want to speak my mind more! Lol!

Thank you in advance for any comments left :-)

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Night at the Hollywood Roosevelt

Fernando had a show last night with Almon Loos and the Hoop'n'Hollers at the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Built in 1927, it was a favorite of the early Hollywood elite, including Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. Rumor has it that their ghosts still wander the halls of this gorgeous hotel (I should do a detailed post for my October Spookfest series, which I promise to bring back for 2012). They were slated to perform in The Spare Room bar, and I was told it was a "fancy affair", so I decided to dust off one of my all time favorite dresses:

Its an animal print halter dress with a full circle skirt and rhinestone bodice. The construction on this dress is amazing, with hidden pockets and zipper and a full lining. No label though :-(


My hair and makeup.



My new bangle from my previous post. Its definitely resin and oh so pretty!

The Hollywood Roosevelt.

Me and Fernando posing on the mezanine.

The gorgeous ceiling in the lobby along with some interesting orbs. Every picture Emily and I took at the Roosevelt is filled with orbs!! Are they the ghosts of old Hollywood?

The boys playing in The Spare Room bar. 

The crowd was bit weird for me. Lots of wannabe Hollywood actor types. Very hipster and very annoying. I definitely prefer the dead Hollywood wannabes over the living ones. 
The Spare Room is really beautiful, and I mistakingly thought it to be an original part of the hotel. Turns out it was designed and opened about 2 years ago. I'd say the designers did a really amazing job!

The 2 lane bowling alley at The Spare Room. It'll cost you a $100 a game to play.


Me and Emily inside the Blossom room. She's an old movie afficianado and she informed me that the very first Academy Awards were held in this very room.

While the band took a break we headed outside to tour the Walk of Fame.



Wonder if we'll ever find out the truth behind her death???

YES!!! David Hasselhoff!!! My childhood crush from Knight Rider :-)

Do you ever just stop in the middle of the day and think to yourself, "Patrick Swayze is dead". I do, and it always makes me sad.

All in all it was a really fun night and I enjoyed looking around the old hotel. I did not see any ghosts and did not see Marilyn's famous mirror, but plan on going back in the future to check it out more. If you are ever in Hollywood you should definitely go see it. 

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