Winter Skincare Routine

I turned 25 yesterday. I feel old. I am officially in my mid-twenties, not that my skin is aware because currently I am fighting a breakout that should have happened a solid ten years ago. So while my skin is misbehaving, I decided to show you all my winter skincare routine, which, turns out, is exactly like my summer, spring, and fall skincare routine, because I am lazy.

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Morning

I don’t shower in the morning, wrangling my post-shower/humid bathroom hair would add a whole half hour to my already rushed morning, so I wash my face with Clinique’s Acne Solutions cleanser bar. It costs just as much as the liquid, but lasts so much longer, and since it’s a solid bar, I don’t have to decant anything into a smaller container when I travel.

I follow the cleanser with Pacifica’s Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic. This gets any remaining oil and gunk off my face, and is so super gentle that I can even use it around my eyes. It smells wonderful, and as a bonus, it’s cruelty free.

Then I moisturize. I don’t like feeling oily or like I have anything heavy on my face, so in the mornings I use a dab of Garnier’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream. It sinks into my skin pretty fast, and is so light. It’s also kinda cold, no matter where I store it, so it de-puffs my skin.

Around my eyes I use Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye Cream. It’s very hydrating without being heavy, but one thing I will say is that it makes my eye area feel a little delicate after I put it on, so I do all this before I’m out of my pajamas so by the time I need to put makeup on, it’s worn off.

Finally, I put on Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, which is SPF 25. I like it because it dries matte, and isn’t overwhelmingly flavored or scented. I guess that’s because it’s marketed towards men and heaven forbid a macho manly man has glossy lips.

Also, throughout the day I use various hand lotions, my current favorite for dryer weather is this Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream. It’s not overly scented, and a little bit goes a long way.

Night

I shower in the evening, about an hour before bed, because it helps me relax and unwind, and I don’t like taking all the dirt and grossness of the day to bed with me. When I get out of the shower, while my hair is still wrapped up and out of the way, I put on Bliss’s grapefruit and aloe body butter. It’s super thick and smells so nice. I put it on first so by the time I’m ready for bed it’s absorbed into my skin.

Once my hair is brushed and put up in a big giant bun, I wipe off my face (that I washed in the shower) with the Pacifica micellar cleansing tonic again, and let it air dry. When that’s happened, I use a bit of Mario Badescu’s Seaweed Night Cream. This absorbs into my skin really nicely, and doesn’t feel greasy at all.

My eyes get Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless eye cream, I put it in my under-eye area, on my eyelids, and between my eyebrows, because I’m already noticing that vertical wrinkle (maybe I scowl too much?), and crepey eyelids run in my mom’s family. So that’s what I’m trying to avoid.

Finally, I slap on a lip balm, my current favorite is this Brambleberry Rose lip balm by the Rosebud Perfume Co., which are the same people that make the cult worshipped Smith’s Rosebud Salve. It’s basically the same thing, but I like this smell better. And it lasts for years.

I know I haven’t been posting much, but y’know. Grad school. I’m going to try to stick to a reasonable schedule now. As always, you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, or by email, thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com.

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Winter Skin Blues

With Winter Storm Jonas wreaking havoc on the east coast and the air getting all dry and sharp, I figured I would make a really quick post about keeping your skin healthy and hydrated when it’s cold out.

It doesn’t snow much in Texas, which is a good thing, because last year the two inches we got in February shut down the city for a week. I had to laugh, because I grew up in Ohio and didn’t get a snow day unless there was three feet of snow and a windchill of -15. Even so, it gets cold and windy here, and I recently discovered that I am really prone to windburn. Which sucks. You’d think spending three years in Oklahoma would make me less susceptible to wind, but it didn’t. Curses. So I’ve accumulated a small arsenal of things to protect my already sensitive and delicate skin from any more stingy pain.

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First things first, I put on this Bliss Grapefruit+Aloe Body Butter. It’s so thick and moisturizing, but not greasy in the least, which is super important for me. I got this one at Nordstrom Rack last winter, and I’m not even halfway through the tube. It’s giant.

Then on my face I use Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream. It’s a super light gel that absorbs really quickly, so if I need to put makeup over it, it doesn’t make me all sticky and greasy. And the best part is that it soothes existing windburn.

On my lips I use my favorite lip balm, by Love & Toast. It tastes like gin and lime, and it’s made with all natural ingredients like olive oil. I like it so much that I bought one for Desiree in Vanilla Chai and drove five hours to give it to her. Okay, I was heading up there anyway, but still.

Next to that in the green tube is a Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller. It helps get rid of under eye bags, which happen when I rub my face because my skin hurts.

My hands get pretty dry in the winter too, because I don’t like wearing gloves. So I picked up this Pacifica Hand Cream in Tuscan Blood Orange. It smells fresh, but not overwhelmingly citrusy.

And finally, I make myself drink lots of water to keep my skin hydrated from the inside. This water bottle is made by Apana, which is a company that makes yoga related things, I guess. It’s called the Sweety Water Bottle. It’s glass with a silicone sleeve, and fits in my purse. Also the hearts are super cute.

As always, you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, or by email, thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com.

Stay warm!

Urban Decay | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette: First Thoughts

Yesterday was my birthday (holy shit I’m 24) and as is our little tradition, my mom took me shopping, since I am notoriously difficult to shop for. We went straight to Ulta, and I made a beeline for the Urban Decay shelves, because I had my eye on the palette that Gwen Stefani had created for them.

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And it’s so pretty! I’ve been going through a phase where I love anything that’s black, white, and gold, and that’s Gwen Stefani’s favorite color theme, so this palette is just wonderful.

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Inside, there are fifteen shades, most of them neutral, which is great because I don’t really use wildly colorful eyeshadows anyway. I like keeping makeup simple and natural. And unlike Urban Decay’s Naked palette series, a decent proportion of these shades are matte, which is great for people who don’t do a lot of glitter.

GS Palette texture closeup

And look at those textures! All of the eyeshadows are so incredibly smooth and pigmented, even the glittery ones. I was going to do swatches, but had to run to work so use your imagination. But I will say, my skintone is an awkward caramel-tan so I have a hard time finding good colors for it, and all of these look great.

GS Palette open palette

And look at that giant mirror! This palette is very solid. An issue I had with my Naked 2 palette was that the casing felt flimsy and I was afraid that the shadow trays would pop out of the plastic.

Overall, I really like this palette. A lot. I’ll update in a few days when I’ve used it for a while.