Instead of organizing this by am/pm I am going to go by type and then mention when I use it! I am NOT an expert and actually have a hard time knowing what is “helping” and go by how it feels! Not the best method but hey, it works! My main issue is clogged, enlarged pores so a lot of the products I use target that and overall skin texture.
BR Lait U: My favorite cleanser everrrrrr, it removes all my makeup (eyes included) and leaves my skin feeling very soft. Rub a dollop (of daisy haha) of the creamy cleanser all over your dry skin, massaging it in. You will begin to see your makeup melting away. Then I get one of these cloths ( I am obsessed!) wet (not dripping wet) and wipe everything off your face. Then rinse with water and pat dry. This product is one of the more affordable items from BR and the bottle is big and will last you a while!
Dr.Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Gel: I thought I had talked about this before but I cannot find the post – damn! Okay, it is made of similar ingredients to my favorite Alpha Beta Peel Wipes so it gets a lot of work done! I use it in the morning because it does not make my skin feel stripped just clean!
Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleaner: I am pretty neutral on this guy and use it if I am feeling extra dirty because it gets very sudsy. Because of that you cannot get it around your eyes, but it does remove face makeup.
Tata Harper: I love a lot of their cleansers (and masks) because they feel CLEAN, well honestly they are the only “clean beauty” thing in my bathroom. So I probably use this when I am feeling like I need to be “better”. But honestly, I have used a handful of their products and they are all amazing, I just have not repurchased because other items are still full.
Serums/ Ode to Toska:
I use two serums from BR (Iribol and Dermpore) and like them fine! Out of all the products I have a hard time seeing results from or understanding it is serums. I have never found one I am obsessed with. So I am going to use this section as an ode to Toska Spa in Charlotte. This is where I order all of my BR products from – the owner (and manager of their IG account – which you should follow because she shares a ton of tips) is not only a celebrity facialist but her and her team are incredibly kind! Their customer service is out of this world, they ship quickly, they answer silly questions and they are equally as nice in person!
I switch between BR p50 PIGM and Dr.Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels. There are a ton of different versions of p50 which are broken down here and here. Both of these products work amazingly at keeping my skin even toned and free of breakouts!
BR Creme Placenta: Yes, yes you read that right, placenta! I fell in love with this thanks to a sample and am not turning back. I use it in the evening and wake up with plump, soft skin! This is what the website says “By elevating the level of antioxidants, encouraging the production of collagen and increasing the blood supply to the affected area, the cream will diminish the appearance of skin imperfections.” Sign me up!
Drunk Elephant Protini: Honestly, I got this for free from my old job and think of it as a neutral. I have been using it more because my beloved Magic Cream is running low. It works great under makeup + sunscreen and never feels too heavy. Honestly, I would spend the extra what $20 for Magic Cream if you are debating it!
Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream: Before I got Creme Placenta this was my go-to night cream and I still love it! It truly does leave my skin dewy and clam. The only reason I was searching for something new was because my skin does not absorb it very quickly….so if I go straight to bed my face feels sticky on the pillow. Now I use it on nights where I am back to the couch post skin care routine.
Have been living in SuperGoop Glow Sunscreen! It reminds me of Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter – dewy, lightweight with good coverage for summer. That plus, Glossier eye under and CT Blush (in LoveGlow) and I’m out.
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Okay, in full honesty I just started wearing sunscreen daily maybe last year? I understood that I “should” and it’s the “holy grail of not aging” blah blah blah, but I am lazy and it takes me a minute to really get into a routine (for more than a week) with something. BUT, now that I am passed the phrase of only putting it on if I’ll be outside, I have found a few favorites.
The first is the setting spray from SuperGoop. It is setting spray with SPF….I mean talk about a 2 in 1! I used to carry the mini bottle around in my purse so I never had the excuse of “I forgot”! Plus it would be great to carry around to re-apply throughout the day!
Next up is from EltaMD – their “UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 for Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin, Oil-free….”. I use this on top of moisturizer and have loved it for the main reason of I never noticed it. It didn’t break me out or make my makeup lay funky.
Most recently, I have been using Glow from SuperGoop and love love love it! It reminds me a little of Flawless Filter from Charlotte Tilbury which you know I love. It is not as dense at FF but in a good way, it gives minimal coverage that is perfect for little to no makeup days!
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My favorite pair of go-to, easiest to style jeans are from H&M – not any of my “designer” jeans. They are 99% cotton and 1% elastane so they keep their shape and FEEL like denim not leggings. I got them maybe 5 years ago and continue to get compliments, wear after wear! I had the idea to order a bunch of pairs, photograph them and give reviews on fit, but I worry that with all of the shipping delays it will be months before I am able to share. SO, I have gone through and found the pairs that feel most similar to the pair I own. Sadly H&M does not list the rise but mine are 11″ for reference and I have a size 6.
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So this is a series that took a little big of a hiatus….LOL I have only done it 3 times and just stopped….well posting here for the most part – but I’m back! Ok sarcasm and jokes over, let’s get to the goods
– I have a weird thing against most sandals. Truly, the only shoes I wear in the summer are criss-cross sandals (doesn’t feel as “here are my toes”), closed toed slides and sneakers! So when I saw these and didn’t keep scrolling, I figured I should throw them in my “hearts”.
– My obsession with Etsy is very real right now! This is probably because I have been doing a lot of work around the house, including a few DIY’s (more on that to come) and they have become my number one resource.
– This top is me, white, structured and with a puffy sleeve! Nothing more needed on that. BUT, the sales going on tend to be getting better and better. I heard a girl on Tik Tok (yes, you read that right) talking about how the later this goes on the steeper the discounts will get as retailers are getting in new inventory…hoping she is on to something!
– Speaking of sales, I finally got a pair of new white jeans. My current options have been, ill fitting & old J.crew, LOW rise Current Elliott’s, or my wide leg’s that seem to have gone missing. Really needing these to look good!
– A few months ago I finally splurged on the Oribe Royal Blowout spray, and I am glad I did! I only use it on the days with higher humidity because my hair will need the extra help. HA, I wish I was that on it – I use it when I remember.
I have spent this quarantine time really trying to get the house together and work on projects I kept putting off. One of them was the office, new desks (for myself and Mike), shifting things around and making a moldboard for above my computer. Between needing an activity and being cheap I made this linen covered board for I wanna say around $30? You need following items:
I ordered all of the supplies from Michael’s and Joann’s curbside pick up, so easy! For fabric I used a off white or cream linen, you’ll need about 1 yard. From there simply cut, pull and staple in the back, it was so easy and truly took about 20 minutes!