Skincare Routine

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Something that I take very seriously is taking care of my skin and it’s something that everyone should take seriously.  I thought it would be something different for my blog to do a skincare routine, considering a lot of my posts lately have been bookish related.

I have oily/dry/sensitive skin.  Some areas of my skin are more oily than others, such as my forehead, while my cheeks are more dry.  My skin gets irritated from products that contain Argan Oil and Rosemary essential oil.

Here is what I do in the morning:

I use my Mary Kay cleansing brush with some warm water on it.  I read somewhere that you don’t need to use cleanser in the morning if you just used night cream or a sleeping mask the night before.

Here is the list of products I use in the order that I apply them:

Body Shop Aloe Toner-(I love how soothing and refreshing this toner is)

Body Shop Oils of Life Essence Lotion

Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate

Boscia Tsubaki Oil (this is the only oil I will put on my face)

Body Shop Aloe Vera Soothing Moisture Lotion with SPF 15

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream– (I apply this all throughout the day)

For sunscreen I use the Color Science Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Brush with SPF 30.

I also take Hum Nutrition Red Carpet Supplement

And you may be wondering why I use oil, if I have oily areas of my skin.  Oil is good for oily skin because it adds extra hydration, and when oily skin gets dehydrated it will actually end up producing more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration.

Once a week I’ll use the Boscia Exfoliating Gel Peel and the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask.

Nighttime routine:

1.) Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil– this really helps break up all product that is on my face.

2.) I use my Mary Kay Cleansing Brush with the Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cleanser, this cleanser is gentle enough for my sensitive skin and doesn’t contain any synthetic surfactants.

3.) Body Shop Aloe Toner

4.) I’ll either use night cream or a sleeping mask.  For night cream I use the Body Shop Aloe night cream and I absolutely love it.  It’s really moisturizing.  For sleeping masks I use either the Sephora Collection Green Tea Sleeping Mask or the Sephora Algae Sleeping Mask.

I try to keep my skincare routine as simple as possible and not use too much heavy products.  This routine has been working really well for me and I don’t intend on drastically changing it anytime soon.

Every single one of the products were purchased with my own money, these opinions are my own, and I am not sponsored by anybody nor will I ever accept being sponsored.  Links are not affiliate.

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Wrap-Up

I really enjoyed doing this challenge, and it really was a challenge.  The most challenging thing about this was figuring out what to write for each letter.  Some letters were easier, while others required some more thought. Another challenge was commenting on other posts.  I tried to comment on posts that I could easily relate to.  I decided not to do a theme for this challenge, I thought it would be more fun to just do posts on somewhat random things.

My favorite part of the challenge was finding new blogs to follow.  It’s always fun finding new blogs where you love the content and can relate to most of it.  I found a lot of blogs using the pinned Facebook posts where bloggers commented the links to blogs for the corresponding letter.  I felt that this was a really good way to find other blogs.  My other favorite thing about the challenge was creating mini conversations when commenting on other blogs.

My only wish, is that more people commented on my posts along with liking them.  I really appreciated getting likes on my posts, however it would have been more helpful if people commented what they liked about my posts.  I’m definitely considering doing this challenge again next year, it was something fun and different.

Zodiac

The Zodiac series has to be my new favorite book series. The books are written by Romina Russell. I have read and reviewed the first two, and I am impatiently waiting for the third book which will be published later in the year in December. The thing that I love about the books, is the world that Russell created. The books are set in outer space, and the world that Russell built is a world that I was able to put myself in. Romina Russell is definitely my new favorite author, and I can’t wait to read the third book.

Yellow

Yellow is one of my favorite colors. It’s both bright and mellow. Sometimes just seeing the color yellow can make my mood a little better, if I’m in a bad mood. It’s one of those colors that has a calming effect. My favorite shades of yellow are lemon yellow, which is bright, and pale yellow, which is more mellow.  I don’t know what it is about yellow, but I just love it.

Xenophilius Lovegood

Xenophilius Lovegood is the eccentric father of the equally eccentric Luna Lovegood. He and Luna were very supportive of Harry when no one else was. It was at the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur DeLacour, where Harry recognized the symbol of The Deathly Hallows. Xenophilius was wearing the symbol as a necklace.  While Xenophilius may be eccentric and out there, he played an important role in Harry’s realization that he did in fact posses two of the Hallows.

Whomping Willow

The Whomping Willow is a tree from Harry Potter, and its name doesn’t lie either. The tree actually whomps people or objects that go anywhere near it. The tree has a secret, and it’s a really good one too. There is an opening at the bottom of the tree that is revealed when the knot at the base of the trunk is poked. The tree’s opening leads to the Shrieking Shack in the village of Hogsmeade. Readers of the books and those who have seen the movies, will remember that Harry and Ron flew Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia into it in The Chamber of Secrets. The Whomping Willow is one of my favorite magical things in the world of Harry Potter.

Villains

Almost all great stories have villains. With Cinderella, it was the step mother and step sisters. The Little Mermaid had Ursula, The Lion King had Scar and the hyenas, and Sleeping Beauty had Maleficent. I could go on with Disney Villains, however there are many.  The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter had more than one villain. While villains aren’t good, they definitely add more to the movies and stories in many different ways. Movies and stories would be boring without the villains.

Professor Dolores Jane (Umbridge)

Professor Dolores Umbridge,  the Hogwarts teacher that most everyone hates, yet understands that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix would not be the same without her. She’s extremely harsh with her punishments, and pretty much taught the students nothing about the Defense Against the Dark Arts. She has an obnoxious obsession with cats and the color pink. She also has a lack of respect for other Hogwarts professors and for Dumbledore.  The lack of respect for Dumbledore was evident at the start of the term feast when she so rudely interrupted his speech.  I couldn’t stand her when I read the books, and then when I saw the fifth movie, I couldn’t stand her even more. She’s the one teacher that many have a love/hate relationship with when reading the books and watching the movies.

Tea

Something that I drink everyday is tea, and usually it’s always iced. I even drink iced tea in the winter, it’s kind of a New England thing. If you’re ever in Boston, or anywhere in New England during the winter months, chances are you’ll come across someone drinking Dunkin iced. Dunkin iced, for those on the west coast, refers to both coffee and tea. I mostly make my own tea, however, I do love a double brewed iced green tea from Dunkins once in a while.

My favorite types of teas are green, white and herbal. I love a nice chai in the fall and winter, but when it comes to the spring and summer I love the fruity teas. There is one black tea I have found that I absolutely love. I don’t do too much to my tea to sweeten it either, every once in a while I’ll put a little bit of local honey or a tiny bit of raw organic turbinado sugar in my tea. The tiniest bit of sugar or honey adds just the right amount of sweetness.

There are types of teas that I don’t drink. I don’t drink those detox teas that celebrities are posing with all over Instagram and the Internet, and I don’t drink teas with high amounts of caffeine either. Those detox teas are so bad for you and I don’t believe any of the claims they make either. I only buy my tea from Teavana, David’s Tea and locally. I know I can trust those retailers when it comes to quality and quality of ingredients.