My Skincare Rescue Remedies

There are times where I am militant with my skincare. I follow every step and never forget to take off my makeup. Then there are some times where I am just not willing to put in the effort. When my lazy moments happen, I have an arsenal of skincare products to right my wrongs. I'm going to share my favorites that will help anyone rescue their skin.

When you want to start with a fresh face

Ko Gen Do's Soft Gommage Spa Gel is part gross and part fascinating. This gel is an exfoliator that removes all your dead skin off your face. The dead skin basically beads up, it's gross but so satisfying because once you dry off your skin is baby smooth. It will also allow the rest of your regime to sink into your face and really absorb. I will say it is a bit on the expensive side, but all you need is a little dime size and it will go a long way. Find it here at Sephora.

When you need a bit of moisture

This mask is amazing and affordable! I save this mask for special occasions because it really provides the moisture you need for your makeup to glide right over and really allow your face to glow without looking greasy. It's also super affordable. I got mine from Amazon, but Ulta has them for $2.00/mask and that's a steal!

When you need to control the oil

When my face looks like an oil slick, I venture over to my beauty bin and pull out this First Aid Beauty purifying mask. This sucks up all the oil and leaves your face feeling squeaky clean. I will say this it does hurt just a smidge when taking it off your face if it latches onto any hair. Also, watch out for your eyebrows!

When you need to minimize pimples

This product is an Amazon gem. I think I learned about this from another beauty blog, forgive me I don't remember which one but I will say the minute I heard this was a tried and true product from many acne sufferers, I just had to try it. It's made with tea tree which is a favorite spot treatment of mine. When I realized this stuff was worth keeping in my cabinet I had a zit surfacing right under my nose aka the worst kind to get because they hurt so much! Anyways, I put some on the problem area and overnight the zit greatly decreased and was less painful. It's definitely worth a shot especially if you get hormonal acne.

And finally, a product that heals your lips

The winter months do a number on my skin. Normally, I have combination skin on the oily side. However, in the winter my skin gets extremely dry, including my lips. Every night I put this ultra repair lip balm on and my lips are plump, moisturized and smooth by the next morning. Honestly, if you like wearing lipstick and find your application patchy and uncomfortable, this will help you get back on track. Promise. Now go buy it here.

Real Housewives of Shade

I'm currently watching a Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon and it made me think of how much shade these ladies throw in a 45-minute episode. Not only do these moments of shade provide comedy, they also produce the best memes. I'm going to share my top five, I could share so much more but ain't nobody got time for that.

The shade is real. Enjoy!


Something I Read

Usually, when you read something it leaves you with a feeling. It may not be a good feeling BUT you feel something. I read an article in the New York Times that I saw being shared and tweeted about. It's beautifully written but by the end, I didn't know how to feel.

To give you a little background, Amy Krouse Rosenthal is an author who is battling ovarian cancer and is blessed with an amazing husband. Unfortunately, her cancer is aggressive and her fate is sealed. This article was an elegant Tinder profile for her darling husband Jason. By the end of the story, I'm not sure anyone would disagree with her, her husband is a catch. However, the circumstance of his impending singledom is what I fixated on. Maybe it was the gallows humor that left me feeling nothing. I'm not entirely sure. Of course, this is a snapshot into their life and not the entire story.

I guess what was missing to me was how was he handling this, I'm sure he is not planning his first date post wife's death but the story felt incomplete. I understand her desire to see her husband off and ensure that he is taken care of. I get that, I just, it's hard for me to think about having that particular conversation when there is just so much more that could be said before your time is up. Maybe I'm totally off-base.

Have you read this? What did you think? -C


Pod Save My Commute

I don't know about you but reading books are low on my list of things to do. I know- it's shameful. After a long day at work, all I want to do is sit on my couch and catch up on my DVR - I mean I must know whether or not Lisa Vanderpump adopts another dog or if Jax is going to get another girl pregnant in Vegas.

Just because I don't read a ton, doesn't mean I don't like to read. In fact, I really enjoy it. Grab a cup of tea, get a blanket and read until is 3 am is one of my favorite past times. Thanks to technology there are podcasts and audiobooks to keep me "well read" during my longish commute (and when I'm cooking or putting on makeup). I'm here to share my favorite podcasts and hopefully, you'll subscribe, listen and tell me what you think!

  1. Serial - I think this was my first podcast I ever binged on. I heard about it and had a road trip in my future, so I downloaded all the episodes and after one episode I could not stop. The story of Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee was just so interesting. When I first heard the story, I immediately thought he did it. THEN, the episode that discusses the Best Buy parking lot, I just started to second guess my original thought. There are so many holes in the story and Sarah Koenig does a great job of reporting both sides and really allows the listener to decide for themselves.
  2. The Bitch Bible by Jackie Schimmel - This girl is not for everyone, but she's my kind of gal. She's funny, sarcastic and loves reality tv. I started listening to this podcast because Jackie was a guest on another podcast I listened to. She has a ton of reality star guests on but what I really enjoy is her one-woman reality tv recaps. No one is safe from her commentary and I appreciate that. 
  3. The Great Love Debate with Brian Howie - I also stumbled upon this gem from another podcast I listened to. If you asked me to suggest only one podcast, it'd be this one. The host Brian Howie always starts off the show by welcoming listeners and reminding them that this show is "where each week we try and answer the question 'why is everyone still single'." I don't care if you're single, dating, or married this podcast is for everyone. Brian has great guests on from dating coaches to comedians to reality tv stars and other podcasters. Guests share their dating stories, advice and just general insight into dating in the modern world. It's like a weekly version of Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance.
  4. Happier with Gretchen Rubin - Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft have a great podcast where they discuss good habits and happiness. They talk about ways to be happier in life with helpful tips that can be done on a small scale every day. I enjoy this one because the tips don't involve you throwing out anything that may not bring you joy, but simple things like how to stop apologizing or what to do if you can't remember a name.
  5. Pod Save America/Pod Save the World - Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor are former Obama staffers who came together to form Crooked Media. With the creation of their media company, they created the podcasts Pod Save America and Pod Save the World. Now I don't necessarily agree with these guys on all things politics, but I do enjoy their banter and hearing their take on the current state of politics in America. It doesn't hurt to hear another person's opinion, even if you don't agree. Now if you're like "ew politics, nope, no thank you," then I do encourage you to take a listen to Pod Save the World. It's a great podcast that dives in deep on foreign policy. Tommy Vietor is the host of this one and he has some great guests who have been behind the scenes traveling abroad with the former President and/or have been in the White House situation room meetings. If you want to learn more about what's happening in the world and why then these two podcasts should be added to your list.

I could probably go on but I'll save that rambling for another time. Let me know if you've listened to any of these podcasts or if you plan to, and if you plan to make sure to tell me what you think after you've taken a listen to one or all of them! -C

First Post!

Hey. What's up, hello. This is going to be my first blog post in my latest experiment to write more about life, liberty, and the pursuit of great skin (and everything in between). As an almost 30-something I think I have learned some things, I enjoy writing and I also love to share what I know!

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Normally you give something up or you strive to do something that will enrich your life and maybe others, for 40 days and 40 nights. I decided to try something different. I am going to write for 40 days about whatever I want. This in an attempt to find my creative side again. I also will not be buying any new makeup, because I buy a lot of makeup, and it wouldn't hurt to chill out and save some cash.

This was inspired by my physical therapist (I broke my ankle this past September), who I talk with about makeup, skin care, life, and tons more. She suggested I try writing a blog. So here I go. -C