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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Skincare Update...

If you follow me on Instagram (and you should if you're not lol), then you know that I have been battling some hyperpigmentation issues.  Although, treating my hyperpigmentation was a huge battle for me, an even bigger battle was minimizing my acne.  The hyperpigmentation was a result of scarring from the acne so as you see it was a vicious cycle that needed to come to an end.  Nobody cares to have acne or scarring from acne at the age of 30.  Finally, I've been able to get control of my acne prone skin with a few new products and lot of consistency.

Battling Hyperpigmenation
Skinceuticals LHA Cleansing Gel:  This product is a God send!  Along with my Clarisonic, it gently exfoliates my skin daily.  It also prevents Acne breakouts (as best it can) and helps control my oil.  I use this cleanser morning and night but I'm currently looking for something to replace it for the morning now that my acne is under control.  I do suggest using this twice a day until your acne is under control and perhaps a bit longer after that even.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads:  I believe I've spoken about this product before and I am still hooked.  I've been wondering when my skin did a complete 360 and I have come to the conclusion that it was when I started using this product!  I went from not being able to keep breakouts from happening on my chin area to barely getting a pimple ever... even during that time of the month.  I am almost on my third jar of this product and I don't plan on switching this product out of my line up any time soon.

Lush Vanishing Cream:  I am beyond surprised by this moisturizer.  I have never been able to find a moisturizer that did not clog my pores eventually and cause breakouts.  This moisturizer has been the exception to all of that!  Not only does it actually help in keeping my skin clear and acne free but it visibly reduced my hyperpigmentation.  Obsessed isn't even the word to explain my love for this product.  It is a bit pricier than any moisturizer I've purchased but it's worth every penny.  Plus, a little goes a very long way.  I purchased this back in June (I believe) and it looks like I've barely made a dent!

Super Goop 30+ City Sunscreen Serum:  This is another skincare product that I went out on a limb for.  Sunscreen is another product that I have never had a good history with due to it clogging my pores.  Fortunately, this product has not caused any skin problems for me at all.  In fact, I do believe it improves my skin when worn!  Crazy!

Acne free and Hyperpigmentation is just about gone

I went from having problematic skin to normal skin (besides it being oily which doesn't bother me as much now that I don't have an issue with acne).  Consistency and finding the right products was key.  Having the best products and not using them consistently is just a waste of money when you have acne prone skin.  Every product that I have in my lineup (including foundation) combats acne breakouts which helps out a ton.  This also means that nothing that goes onto my face will clog pores which is a main culprit in acne.  I will continue to post updates on my skin and skincare regimen to help anybody else out there who may be struggling with the same issues.  These products are working wonders for me but more than anything, I believe the consistency in which I use them has contributed the most to my success.

Do you have any suggestions for my morning cleanser?  What products do you have in your arsenal that are miracle workers?  Please share the wealth below.  XOXO
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Finding Cold Weather Staples (on a budget)

The fall chill is here which means it's time to start pulling out our cold weather accessories.  I'll be honest, I started pulling mine out at the beginning of September.  LOL.  I don't know about you but I don't do major shopping every season.  I may pick up a few basic items but if I need larger staple items then I don't shop for them until the end of the season when they go on major sale.  The "need" to have these items immediately isn't usually a concern of mine because I have a nice wardrobe to hold me over.  I want to just share a couple of tips I've picked up on to help build a solid cold weather wardrobe on a budget.

Staples are going to be the most expensive items in your closet more than likely.  Even if you purchased them on major discount, they will still likely cost more and that's okay because these items should be able to last for years!  I start shopping for my staples during the season... this is what I consider window shopping.  Look for solid, well made items that are timeless.  Staples are not in style this year... those aren't staples.  Staple items will be items that will be in style this year, next year, even 5 years from now.  When you find those staple items during the season, they will likely be full price.  They may go on promo (40% off) but hold out unless the promo price is right up your alley.  Personally, when I find staple items even the promo price is not low enough for me to purchase.  The next step I do is take a picture and write the item number down.  This will save you a lot of time when you come back in a few months to find the item(s) on sale/clearance.  Many times, you can even call the store ahead of time with the item number and have them tell you the current price to save you a million trips back to the store.  Decide what's the highest price you will pay and try to stick to that.  This step requires you to be reasonable and to take into consideration the popularity of the item you are interested in.  Lastly, attempt to make your purchase during a time where it's on sale AND there is an additional promotion happening (such as 30% off clearance items).  This is where you are going to get the most bang for your buck.

Ann Taylor is a great place to find some great items on a great deal.  The items pictured were all purchased from Ann Taylor at a fraction of what they originally cost.  Fur, Leather Boots, a Classic Tote, Booties and heavy fabric Dresses are all staples for me.  I have a few other items that I consider staples but I will list them in another post.  The faux fur vest was originally over $200 and is the only item that I did not purchase on clearance.  Ann Taylor had a random offer of 75% off the original price for one day only  and I immediately scooped it up on that day.  This is what I was referring to when I said sometimes the promo price is right up your alley! LOL.

Take your time building the staples in your closet.  You may have a bad season or two while you patiently wait for certain items but it will all be worth it.  I can't think of one item that I feel I actually "need" this winter because my wardrobe is pretty solid right now.  It may have taken me a minute to build it up but that's the thing about staples... Once you have them, they should last a very long time.  Stay tuned for a future post on other stores to catch a great deal on solid wardrobe pieces.  XOXO

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