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Oh BB

Oh BB

A few months ago I posted about my new Clinique BB Cream.  You may remember my review was not great.  Like I really wanted to take it back I was not pleased.  So now I’m here to say that maybe my first review was a bit harsh.  I don’t think I really gave it a chance.  I had an idea of what I thought it should be and when it turned out to be different I automatically didn’t like it.

*Hanging my head in shame as I’m sitting here wearing said BB cream*

Seriously I’ve worn it for the past few days and it’s starting to grow on me.  It does offer a little more natural coverage.  It is a little thicker than the Olay CC cream but not as heavy as a normal foundation.  I do find it seems to “shine” a little more than I’m used to but I by no means feel like an oil slick.  A healthy glow maybe?

Anyway I’m here to say my first review was a little uncalled for.  I should have given it a few days before judging so quickly.  So if you are looking for a BB cream the Clinique is not bad, though I will hold to my earlier statement that I would NOT pay full price.  I don’t think it’s the best thing out there especially for the price.

~k

Daily Routine – Skin Care

Daily Routine – Skin Care

Right now my skin is actually looking pretty good.  I just switched to a new face wash and I think it is working well.  A few weeks ago I was all about Mario Badescu but after a frustrating trip to Ulta I ended up with some Aveeno cleansing pads.  After the first use I realized they were much bigger than I needed so I cut them in half.  This was a great idea and now I get 2 months worth for the price of 1.

The problem I run into is I find a skin care regime that works and then I start to get adventurous and I change it up.  When that doesn’t work, I don’t go back to my old regime, I change it up again and then I spend a few months going “ugh my skin looks gross” until I find something else that works.  Hopefully this will help me keep up with what I’m doing currently. 😉

In the mornings I shower and use my Cerave hydrating cleanser.  When I get out I apply Finacea which was prescribed by my dermatologist a few years ago.  It’s kind of pricey but the tube will last me about a year so even at the top end of my rx copay it’s worth it.  (Just a side note but while I don’t feel the Finacea has really “cleared” up my skin.  I do feel as though it keeps it under control.  With that said I still feel it’s worth the money if you have adult acne.) Then I apply a nice thick coat of Cerave moisturizing lotion  along with whatever eye cream I have on hand.  I am currently using an Estee Lauder bottle my mom gave me but when this is out I will switch back to Roc.  I’m not crazy about the Roc and I think I will switch to Olay when I’m out of the next tube.  I let this all sit for 10 mins or so before I apply my makeup.  I am still loving the Clinique even better foundation mixed with my Olay total effects 7 signs of aging.  This gives me a nice coverage without being too heavy.

In the evenings, I am now using the rest of the oil from my OCM phase (it didn’t last long 😉 to remove my eye makeup.  It does a great job while being gentle on my eyes.  I just apply some oil to a cotton ball and wet the cotton ball a bit to keep the cotton from getting stuck in my lashes.  Then I use the Aveeno cleansing pads to remove my makeup.  These have a soft side and rough side.  I tend to use both sides even though I probably don’t really need to exfoliate every night.  Some nights I will apply Finacea, but this is only if I remember, then I slather, literally slather, my face with St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen lotion. (Had someone told me in my pre-teen and teen years I would apply moisturizer like a crazy person I would have laughed and said, umm No! I’ve had oily skin all my life so I have fought the urge to add moisture and tried to suck as much oil as possible from my skin.  Now that I’m older, my face isn’t as oily and I find I need the moisture but I also want to keep the wrinkles away and apparently people with oily skin wrinkle less.  Oy!)  Anyway, once my face is nice and slathered I add more eye cream and go to bed.

As you can see my skin routine isn’t anything crazy, at least I don’t think so.  My skin looks remarkably well since switching to the Aveeno honestly so hopefully I will stick with this for awhile and see even more results.

Happy Friday!

~k

P.S. One week till someone’s (pointing to me) birthday!

 

 

DYI Face Scrub

DYI Face Scrub

I found this on Pinterest last night.  A DIY scrub that would make your face feel amazing.  Since it only required 3 ingredients, all of which I had, I decided to try it out.  Let me just say I was a little skeptical at first.  I’ve been known to try the occasional random dyi on my skin and most of the time I only feel lack luster about the results, but not this one.  No sirree bob.  When I was finished my skin felt as smooth as a baby’s bottom. No joke!

The recipe I found online called for tablespoons but I thought that seemed like a lot so I used teaspoons instead.  Here you go:

1/2 teaspoon sugar (white sugar)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon of water

Obviously you could use more if needed, just double the recipe.  At first I thought this was too much water but you need the water.  I ended up adding a little more water to my hands and adding it to my face.  It’s a little grainy so I wouldn’t rub too hard but you want to make sure you get it on good.  Once I covered my face, avoiding my eyes, I let it sit for just a minute.  I don’t think this is something you really want to leave on for 5 -10+ minutes.  Next rinse.  I immediately could feel the difference on my skin.  It was so soft I was almost in shock.  I couldn’t tell you the last time my face felt like that.  I will say it was a little red for about a minute but the redness quickly went away.

I am definitely adding this to my skin care routine as a weekly thing.  Honestly this scrub made my skin much softer than my Olay brush.  I’m still using my Olay brush a few times a week but I don’t see the results I thought I would, I might be a smidge disappointed.  I find the bristles are kind of rough.  I think this might actually be better for my back and chest but I haven’t made the switch at this point.  I am kind of in the process of changing my skin care routine so we’ll see how that turns out.

I also wanted to add that a few months ago I mentioned I was taking Cod Liver Oil.  Well over the holidays I stopped taking them because life was so crazy.  We hadn’t been home much and worrying about vitamins was really last on my list of things to do.  Then one day at work I noticed my skin looked kind of dull and lifeless again.  Hmmm.  The Cod Liver Oil really was making a difference.  Much more than I realized at first.  Of course I have now added it back to my daily routine and I’ve found my skin is already started to look glowier and dewier.  Add this to your skin care routine!  So quick and easy, and it totally works!

~k

 

 

Product Review – Twistband

Product Review – Twistband

A few weeks ago I saw this cool product called Twistbands in an email from my salon. At the time I was sleeping with my hair pulled up almost every night. My hair was longer and driving me crazy being down while I was trying to sleep. I’d been sleeping with my hair up for a couple of months when I started to see a lot of fly aways on the top of my head. At first I thought it was just new growth but the more I saw the more I started to think it was from the regular hair bands I was using.

When I got the email from my salon I looked up Twistbands to see what all the hype was about. Once I read the site I knew I had to have some. I love new products. The day I went to the salon I grabbed a 3 pack and cut my hair. 😉 Now I am no longer sleeping with my hair up because it’s shorter but I am still using the Twistband. So here’s my review:

To be perfectly honest, I think they are a waste of money. I paid $5.00 for 3. I could have gone to Joann’s and and bought this elastic for less I’m sure. (I haven’t been to Joann’s to look yet but I promise I will do this and report back.) Here are the problems I have with this product. First and foremost, I think they are over priced. Yes I know you have a make a profit but come on…..My second complaint is the quality. I paid 5.00 for 3 and they have raveled like nobodies business. This was something I easily solved with a lighter. And if we are being honest here, had the ends been seared and they hadn’t raveled I’d probably be a little happier overall. Basically this is a want product. Sure it does okay for my hair but I have short thin hair. Maybe I would think they were better if I had longer thicker hair.

I always wear the black one. See all the raveling?
Packaging and the 2 I haven’t used yet next to the one I always use.