skin care

Some Sunday Selections

I normally (er… used to normally?) hook up links to my blog during my www. Wednesday feature, but since I’m SO far behind, I figured I’d roll ’em all out here on this lazy Sunday. Or, if you’re like me, you’ve already been up for three hours listening to the Arctic Monkeys and planning blog entries.

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+ I LOVE short stories. There is something about them that is so special; here’s a list compiled by Refinery29 of 30 you need to read… bookmarked and ready to go over here!

+ My friend S posted or sent this McSweeney’s article to me forever ago, and it just knocked me off my feet. It’s a perfect picture of our mental health care system right now, as written by a lady writer whose been through it all. She’s also witty as hell, so read it if you like charming-as-hell writing.

+ Not that I know anyone like this (cough… me), but I’ll just leave this here for anyone who might understand the 11 struggles of being a highly sexual being.

+ Through pure chance, I am apparently a combination of two of my lady heroes’ body-type wise: KimK (hourglass) and Angelina (carrot), and I could not be happier. I also adore how many body types they address in this article. #Refinery29JunkieForLife

+ I will never tire of this highly paid teachers salary math problem floating around on the Internet. Spoiler alert: teachers are so, so, SO underpaid.

+ BLESS THIS POST: 15 things you don’t owe ANYONE.

+ Just sayin’, this dude ain’t a marriage counselor for nothing. He understands why women (or men) leave and/or cheat on the ones they love: lack of attention/gratitude/listening.

+ Because I miss it every day, here’s a compilation of 26 Office quotes that will make you laugh. There are thousands more if you just WATCH THE SHOW!

+ I was appalled to find that the Neutrogena products I’d been using for YEARS were exposed as being horrible for you/NOT WORKING this year, especially since I’m (for the most part) vigilant about sun exposure. EWG has an extensive list of sunscreens that actual work, while also being good for your body.

+ God, I hope this scientifically-proven method of decreasing procrastination works on my concrete-stubborn procrastination tendencies.

+ This beauty article makes me feel so validated about my brow tendencies. Here’s how to keep your brows on FLEEK… and get ’em there if you don’t feel satisfied yet 🙂

+ Please enjoy this puppy photo to brighten your day, or you know, make it brighter.

via jjae

via jjae

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Hopefully I’ve caught up enough to jump back into the www. Wednesday pattern later this week! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, lovies ❤


Lust List: For the Face

I’ve been really into beauty products lately as the winter months finally delve into their most frigid temps. Here’s what I’m truly lusting after for my visage this month!

1. Brazened Honey Mask // Lush

2. Supermud Mask // Glamglow

3. Liquid Lipstick // Anastasia Beverly Hills {ANY/ALL SHADES!}

4. Foaming Skin Polish Cleanser // Yu-Be

5. Facial Massage Brush // Shiseido

6. SkinCool Ice Roller // Hansderma

7. Soothe Night Cream // Colbert MD

8. Skin Cream // Egyptian Magic


Reyonce’s Makeup 101 {No-Makeup Look}

I never used to be a daily make-up wearer. Most of this came from some stubborn determination that I could go without, that perhaps I’d be less awesome if I had to slather my face in makeup. This, of course, is the most absurd notion a person could have, as you should put whatever the hell you want on your face to make you feel like a boss-ass bitch.

When I segued into finally wearing makeup everyday, which took finding good products and a job to motivate me to slap it on, I quickly found that what I want everyday is much more minimal that what I want on, say, a femme fatale photo shoot.

I like to go with an easy contour, dark lashes, bright eyes, and a moisturized pout. Of course, to look like I barely have anything on, it takes all of these products:



As per usual, I try to keep things natural or at least beneficial to my face, which is why you’ll see more skin-friendly and/or natural and/or expensive brands on my shelf. The investment means not having to dump out 34 foundations that sort of worked, but made me break out in the middle of my forehead like an 11-year-old. The cheapest thing pictured is my $1 neutral palette I’ve since replaced with the bangin’ NAKED2 palette.

Steps to this look:
1. Moisturize. As you know from this entry, I normally use an oil or a cream.
2. Spot treat. Cover up any super obvi imperfections with my salicylic acid foundation to tag-team the situation, and occasionally zap the circles under my eyes, too.
3. LIGHT overall powder coverage.
4. Somewhat intense contouring with my bronzer. Depending on the look, I’ll add more or less, or leave it blended or unblended. It’s all subjective, baby.
5. HEAVY overall finishing powder.
6. Highlight with my highlighter stick. If I can’t find it, I use the lightest color in my neutral palette, normally a white!
7. Set the hell out of that shit with the world’s best makeup setter on the planet!


At this point, your face will be done. It’ll look like the above photo, only probably more put together since I just did this for y’all on a whim. I know, you’re moved. I feel the tears, too.

8. Line lip with extremely close-to-lip-color lipstick.
9. Line eyes with gray liner to keep them shiners poppin’.
10. Mascara all the lashes! Well, except the bottom ones. Don’t ever touch those unless you’re doing something the MOST hardcore.
11. Finish with a light glossing of salve on the lips and VOILA!


www. Wednesday

WOW, how long has it been since I’ve gotten to spread the love for the links I’ve been reading lately?! If you said forever, you’d be incorrect… but close.

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+ First things first: I’VE NEVER READ AN ARTICLE THAT SO DESCRIBED WHAT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE FOR YEARS! An article for people with outgoing characteristics who are INTROVERTS TO THE CORE!! Yes, I tend to be the leader, but I am secretly vomiting inside because I am such an introvert.

+ I know I’m late to the party here because I’ve been absent from the blogosphere lately, but here’s a nice collection of articles explaining why the photo-hacking scandal involving Jennifer Lawrence is literally the worst and also an insanely blatant sex crime.

+ If you love a man in a suit, this article at thesaltcollective is simultaneously suit porn AND the greatest piece of satire ever written. (I’m only peeved Tom Hiddleston didn’t make the photo spread. Mmm, Tom.)

+ As super pro-sunscreen as I am, it made me so, so happy to see this video on Upworthy of people on an ultraviolet camera with and without sunscreen. LOTION UP, SON!

+ It’s really important not to be an offensive douche, so please read this guide to proper head covering titles before you throw around vocabulary you don’t understand.

+ I adore this two-year-old article about how Japan has eliminated deaths by shooting because of their gun law process. It’s about mid-article if you want to read, and seriously reasonable. Check it out no matter where you stand on the issue; it’s nice to see others’ procedures!

+ IMPORTANT FUNDRAISING ANNOUNCEMENT: One of my beautiful friends, S, is in the process of creating a documentary about mental illness in America. This is something those of us who suffer from invisible, yet horrific illnesses, really need. Please donate if you can:

+ Oh, and if you get a chance, check out my new business, Stylistic Theorem. This one is here to stay!

Reyonce’s Skin Care 101

I wash my face with soap about twice a month.

You heard me. TWICE A MONTH!

The rest of my day-in, day-out skin care is based around two things: oils and creams. On a daily basis, I remove my makeup and wash my face with one or the other.

For years, I avoided over saturating my face with moisture because I was terrified of acne due to my oily skin. After I actually suffered from intense adult acne, I became even more terrified of anything where it felt like more moisture was being layered on my face over the natural shine of already very present oil.

As the years paced on, however, I started striving for more natural regimens to incorporate into my beauty and health routines so I could cleanse my system of any toxins that may have been blocking my pores (and organs) from the inside-out. Along the way, I did some experimenting with my face routine for the first time since high school, and I have to say: Mother Nature didn’t disappoint.

I first tried olive oil, because, well, I had it in my kitchen. Nothing much to report there, so I’ll keep it on my stove.

After that, I dove straight in to Vitamin E oil after reading about a model using it as her facial cleanser. It worked well most of the time, especially at healing acne scars and other discoloration, but it could still load down on my pores and cause breakouts. I knew I wanted to fully segue to oil for my cleanser after seeing what Vitamin E could do on a good day, but didn’t know what to do. I actually just sort of happened upon my now go-to when I was grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s: jojoba oil.



It was more expensive than Vitamin E oil, but still below $10 by far. To boot, it said–right on the bottle–that it could be used to remove makeup! I threw it in my cart and from then on, it’s been history. A beautiful, glowy history.

Like with the Vitamin E oil, there was a slight adjustment period with my face, but nothing like I had dealt with before. Now, I only break out hormonally, and the oil doesn’t add to the break-out. In fact, and maybe this is just the placebo effect, I think it helps curb those breakouts.

When I need something especially heavy duty, I use the throwback of all throwbacks: cold cream pre-shower. I then remove it with a cotton round or tissue and jump in the shower to use the steam to help any residue gently melt in or off.

At night, other than my jojoba oil, I use an anti-aging retinoid cream every few nights, and eye cream when the occasion calls for it. Other than that, I may throw in an organic, oil-free moisturizer here and there.

I keep my face protected in between by using SPF-packed mineral (BareMinerals) and/or salicylic acid-based makeup (like Neutrogena’s carries), as well as actual sunscreen (and I’m talking, like, SPF 70+).

As for my makeup routine? Well, that’s a whole other post now… isn’t it?