Week in Review, Vol. VIII

Let’s just jump right in, shall we? These last couple weeks have been ROUGH. I’ve been rather aloof, and struggling with a few aspects of my personal and professional life. Whenever this happens, my health and creativity get the brunt of it and hit a low. I’ve been really good about eating well and working out all year, but for whatever reason, I really dropped the ball these last two weeks. It’s so easy to beat ourselves up on our shortcomings and allow it to consume us. I’m beyond guilty of this, and I realize that the only way to get out of those “funks” are to propel myself out of them. I’ve taken a step back from those things that are overwhelming me, and am focusing on things that I’m passionate about and make my heart soar. So here, I am sharing my latest beauty haul and some incredible music that I currently have on repeat. Enjoy!

Quick Reads:

What I’m Reading: “The Age of Light” by Whitney Scharer

What I’m Watching: The Bachelor and Manifest

What I’m Listening To:

I’ve Been Waiting // Lil Peep, ILoveMakonnen, Fall Out Boy

Apologize // grandson

Chrysalis // Empire of the Sun

bury a friend // Billie Eilish

Who Do You Love // The Chainsmokers, 5 Seconds of Summer

Genius // Sia, Diplo, Labrinth, LSD, Lil Wayne

It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) // The 1975

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Ulta Haul:

With my dry, sensitive skin, it’s hard for me to rock a full face of makeup without feeling like I look “cake-y”. For a while now, I’ve been debating whether to invest in an “all-over concealer, foundation, or a BB cream, and finally decided to head over to Ulta to consult a professional. Naturally, I walked out with the items I needed — BB cream, cotton rounds, and dry shampoo — but I also picked up some extras.

First order of business, the BB cream. I ended up going with the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35. I loved how it applied so smoothly, and it could be layered for more coverage — personally I prefer light coverage. It’s also hydrating and has SPF to help shield your beautiful skin from the sun.

While on my Ulta trip, I also picked up Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer 24H Concealer + Hydra Prep in the shade 1N, and YOU GUYS, I think I’ve found my new holy grail concealer! Bold statement, I know, but lately I’ve been rocking some nasty bags under my eyes (s/o to my lack of sleep) and this concealer works legit miracles. I love the way it hydrates and brightens up my eyes all day long.

With my upcoming trip to France, I’ve been searching for the perfect red lipstick. I used to love wearing lipstick when I was [fake] tan in college, but since I quit the tanning bed, I can’t help but feel like a clown with bright red lips and my pale skin. It turns out that I’ve simply been wearing the wrong shade of red for my skin tone! With the help of another consultant,  I discovered Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red (ultra matte). It’s bright and bold without making me feel like I’m waiting for my shift at the circus.

Latest Fashion Picks:

If you have yet to see J. Crew’s new spring items they released this week, you need to go check it out — gingham, pink and navy for days!!! It took a whole lot of self control to not buy everything; however, I will be picking up a few items for my France trip in a few months!

Looking Ahead:  

Things are starting to look up and I’ve been feeling more motivated than ever before! It certainly helps that the sun is shining and spring is on the horizon; though, I shouldn’t jinx myself because you never know with Michigan weather. The next few months are about to be a whirlwind with lots of change, but I could not be more ready for it!

-K.

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Skin Care Routine

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For years I’ve struggled with finding the right skincare routine. Having eczema and dry, sensitive skin since I was just six days old is something that prevents me from using the vast majority of products out there. On top of this, nasty winter weather can wreak havoc on my skin. However, I’ve finally found a regiment that works for me and my extremely dry skin.

My process works as follows:

One // One thing I did not do enough in high school and college was wash off all of my makeup before bed. Usually because I believed I  was actually taking it off in the shower. Boy was I wrong! I did use Neutrogena products back then, but I found that while they did reduce oil, they dried out my skin terribly. Lately, I’ve been using Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water for waterproof makeup and I LOVE it! Just shake and drip a bit on a cotton round to take off your makeup. It does leave your skin a tad oily, but remember that this is just the first step. Sometimes (namely, when I fail to go through the rest of my routine when I get home late) if I just go to bed only using this step, my skin is softer when I wake up. You can find miceller water at CVS for only $8.99, and my latest bottle has lasted me a few months so it’s great for your wallet.

NOTE: If I’m traveling or stuck in a bind, I still carry my Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes. They’re the perfect quick fix, and they don’t dry out your skin.

Two // Recently I discovered Clinique’s 3-Step Process upon a trip to Ulta, and I must admit that I’m in love. This stuff actually WORKS! There are different levels for different skin types; I picked up the level 2 for dry combination skin.This is when I actually cleanse my skin with the first step of the program using the mild liquid facial soap. I wet my face and gently scrub my face and neck following up with a clean towel to dry before the next step. The 3-Step System trial package that I started out with is $19.50 at Ulta.

Three // Next I tone using the clarifying lotion, which acts and looks like a toner. This is where the exfoliation comes in. I apply it with a cotton ball all over my face and neck to sweep away dead skin cells. I take extra care to go over the particularly dry areas of my face a number of times during this step.

Four // The final step in Clinique’s process is the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. You guys, this lotion has worked WONDERS for me! I can’t rave about it enough. My skin is smooth, bright and radiant in the mornings after I put it on at night. I highly highly recommend this for anyone whose skin is as dry as mine.

Five // Finally, I apply Vaseline or my go-to Burt’s Bees to my lips, and the corners of my mouth which tend to crack in the winter over night.

So there you have it! What are some of your favorite skin care products?

-K.