Ah skincare! Something I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with. 😄 Since this may be my last post before starting Accutane (not entirely sure, but my next dermatologist appointment is around the corner!), I thought I would do the Best of Skincare TAG that’s been going around the blogging / YouTube world in recent days! It’s a really great tag (if you’re unaware what a “tag” is, it’s really just a bunch of set questions that people answer and ask others to do as well…you know, like the game of tag! 😉) that I believe was created by ttsandra and MakeupTIA on YouTube. These have been so wonderfully interesting to watch lately, so I figured why not take the opportunity to go over some of my favorite skincare products pre-Accutane! 😀 Lord knows I’ve tried a lot of different skincare over the years. So instead of rambling on, let’s just get to the question and answer portion of the post, shall we? 😜
July has come and gone which means it is time for another Monthly Favorites post! It’s been a really hot and humid July and I’m guessing that August will bring even more of the sweat-drenched sunny days. 😀 I’m all for the sunshine, but I could do without the humid. 😉 Anyway, July’s been a decent month. I can’t say that I’ve really done much, but no complaints from this corner. I haven’t been wearing a ton of makeup, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some stand outs that I keep reaching for over and over and over again! Without further ado, I bring you my July Favorites for 2016!!!
I think I tried doing a few posts that looked back at my favorite items from prior years sometime last year, but I went back so far that most things I kind of ditched for something newer and shinier. I thought I would dust off the concept and try again with April (I actually wrote a post for March, but never managed to post it so if you’d like to see that, let me know!). Instead of going back to the beginning of my favorites posts, I thought I would just go back to 2015 and stay a bit more relevant. So without further ado, let’s see what I loved in April of 2015 and how I feel about those things today (and check out the 2015 post here)! 🙂
This is really starting to become a trend to the point that I’m wondering if I can ever do another favorites without one of these suckers! If you haven’t guessed what it is, it is yet another Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick. This month’s go-to shade is “Streak.” Definitely my favorite color for Spring…so far! It’s a lovely coral that is not too in-your-face thanks to the sheer formula, which makes it wearable for pretty much any occasion. It’s so beautiful! I actually have the original Revolution Lipstick in “Streak” as well, but I never reach for it because I feel like it’s toopigmented. Not so with the “Sheer” version. Clearly I am obsessed with these lipsticks. They’re just so comfortable, easy to wear and can be worn for pretty much any occasion. They’re definitely my go-to these days! J
|Swan Street, Whitehall & White Horse Street|
|One of my favorite signs of Spring!|
|Another favorite Springtime treat 🙂|
Let’s start with the basics – my skin type, texture, issues, etc. Most recently (since stopping dermatologist recommended “treatments” – that alone improved things, but I plan to discuss that more in a different post) my skin has been pretty normal or even normal to dry, but congested, blotchy and with a lot of residual redness from past acne and the above “treatments” (yes, the quotes are necessary!). Oh, and who can forget the giant pores mainly on my cheeks (not to mention the new scarring from the aesthetician)? Hoping to cure these ills myself, mainly for lack of time to seek out a new dermatologist, plus a bit of fear in their methods, I have been trying some new products on my own. The following are the things with which I have found the most success!
|Didn’t wanna include this, but I think it shows the difference. Look at the pore size!|
My skin is by no means perfect (who’s is?), but I feel like it’s greatly improved.
So depressing finding these photos!
I’m going to start with nails. I am seriously surprised by this one! I know that I mentioned them in another favorites…probably last month, but I have really been lovingthe new Wild Shine Polishes from Wet n Wild! I love the colors that I have, the formula is great and opaque in one to two coats – even the baby pink shade currently on my nails! – and it seems to be pretty durable. Best of all, they’re only 99¢!!! I did something that I rarely do with the shade Be More Pacific. I took it off when it chipped and immediately repainted it! It’s just a gorgeous ocean-y green kind of shade. I am just truly impressed with Wet n Wild’s new formula…and you can’t beat the price. J