• Clean Beauty

    Acne-Fighting, Clean Skincare Routine

    OK – let me start out by saying that I do not suffer from chronic or widespread acne, nor have I visited a skincare professional, nor am I a skincare expert.  Over the past several months, my dry, non-acne prone skin has gone through an uncharacteristic period of oiliness and acne flareups, and I want to share my latest routine for those of you who may be going through the same thing and want to gently resolve these issues with clean skincare. For the record, my skin does present as more combination during the humid summer months, but I would definitely say that the blemishes I’ve been experiencing since earlier…

  • Clean Beauty

    The Double Cleanse

    Double cleansing for makeup removal/skin cleansing is a pretty popular concept. In fact, I think I was probably doing this technique before I even know it had a name. First it was makeup wipe + cleanser, then cleansing balm + cleanser and now…well, I’m so happy to share the latest and greatest clean combo. I can’t take full credit for this find, I had a phone conversation with a Follain Dallas associate about which cleansing balm would be best for me. She mentioned a few, based on my skin type and needs, and then offered to send me some samples. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s…

  • Beauty

    Nighttime Skincare Routine

    Back in February, I posted my morning skincare routine with all intentions of following right up with the nighttime version. However, things didn’t quite work out that way (clearly 😛 ) Between finishing up products (yay!), the change of seasons, and trying to break bad habits (makeup wipes!!), my PM routine was in some sort of limbo. I didn’t want to share my process without having a consistent one for at least 6 weeks, and I’m happy to report, three months later, I got one! Products may change here and there, but the steps remain the same. For the sake of time and filming, I only included my current routine…

  • Beauty

    Morning Skincare Routine

    This post has been a long time coming, both because I have been planning on writing this for a while and also because it took me a long time to develop a skincare routine. Up until my late twenties, my routine, if you could call it one, consisted of two items: an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15 and a jar of cleanser. While there is nothing wrong with either of these items, they stopped addressing my skincare needs long before I stopped using them. In my previous skincare post, I mentioned that I have dry skin. I had just about gotten used to the tight, stretched out feeling that comes…

  • Beauty,  Makeup,  Shopping

    My Trick or Treats – Ulta Haul

    How was everyone’s Halloween? Score any good loot? With beauty sales and gift sets galore, how could I not share my latest haul with you? As you probably can already tell, I am no stranger to Ulta. I shop there frequently, promotion or not, and often just for the sweet satisfaction of a beauty acquisition (#addict, I know!) However, anytime there is a special beauty sale (like Ulta’s Platinum Point Perks 20% off sale that just passed), I inventory and create a tactical strategy to get not only the best bang for my buck when it comes to my tried and trues, but to also take this opportunity as an incentive…