Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm back?

Blogger now has an app for iPhone. Where was this app last year?! I'm way too excited that someone finally decided to hop on this bandwagon because... convenience! Duh.

Anyway, blogging has been on my mind a lot lately because I've recently started a new skin care regimen with Tretinoin(Retinol).  I've been documenting the process on Facebook, but I've been feeling like posting pictures of my destroyed face isn't the most appealing thing to most viewers, though my friends have been pretty supportive. So, why not do it here?

I've got a laundry list of life updates to write about, but I will save that for another post. For now, I will leave you with some skin pictures and the products I'm currently using.

Before/1 week of use.
As you can see, my skin is going through the awful purging stage and my acne is getting progressively worse. I expect this to go on for some weeks, then eventually start to clear up and I will see really great results. I've already seen some slight improvements in the texture of my skin. It looks a bit smoother in the areas that haven't been compromised by acne. I've also noticed that the reduction of blackheads around my nose is pretty significant. Can't complain about that. I'm trying to see as many positives as I can through the purging stage because let's be honest, I look scary and make up just isn't cutting it anymore. It's hard to get through if you can't see the positive side of things. 

As of right now I'm using mostly Dermalogica products.
-UltraCalming Cleanser in the morning
-Active Moist 
-Solar Defense Booster SPF50
-Special Cleansing Gel at night
-Tretinoin gel 0.025%
I was also trying out a 3% Erythromycin/5% Benzoyl peroxide as a day time treatment, but I had a pretty nasty reaction to it so I had to stop using it. Sad day. I was really hoping it would work out since I can't use any other acne medications while using Tretinoin(ie: Salicylic acid or Sulfur). 

-Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel
-Ole Henriksen Blue/Blackberry Enzyme Mask
-Clinique Moisture Surge Intense
I add these products in very sparingly, as I need them. The enzyme cleanser is okay once or twice a week to help munch away at the dry skin and superficial peeling. The enzyme mask is for the same thing, but also added hydration. Now that I think about it, I could probably go without the cleanser, but using an excess of products has known to be an occupational hazard. The Moisture Surge is obviously for the days that my active moist just isn't cutting it. I usually put that on at night when I'm feeling overly dry and dehydrated. 

I'll have another skin update next Monday, and hopefully have another post up before that. Thanks for reading! xo


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

everyday make-up essentials

here is a complete break down of my everyday make-up must haves and routine. very basic(for me)and quick!

Monday, May 7, 2012

lust list

i don't know about everyone else, but one of my favorite things to do when i have some extra time is hunt around on high-end websites. i've found a couple outrageously priced items that i hope to own one day and i thought it'd be fun to share them! i doubt i will ever have either of these any time soon, but maaaaaybe when i get a "grown up" job :p

yves saint laurent 'tribtoo' platform pump - $795
(these can be found here)

Monday, April 2, 2012

zoya spring 2012 promo haul

just thought i'd share the polishes i got from my zoya spring promo!

rica, tanzy, pippa, bevin, yara and charla

Thursday, March 15, 2012

8-bit grayscale is hosting a give away!

brand rave: maybelline new york

okay, so is it just me or has anyone else noticed how awesome drugstore make-up has gotten recently? i've noticed so many companies really stepping their game up with new products and better quality standards, left and right. one brand in particular that has really been impressing is maybelline. i've found myself purchasing so many of their products and i've yet to be disappointed!

love & beauty polish by forever21

love & beauty polish, forever21 - $2.80

it seems my blog has taken a turn towards nail polish lately, but i've stumbled upon so many good finds!