Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Absolute Best Face Wash Ever!!!

Today I am going to share with you, my absolute favorite face wash. It's highly possible that I've shared it with you before, but I'm okay with that. It's THAT good that it deserves a 2nd mention...

Anyhow, first up, a little about my skin. I have Senaitive, Combination and Acne Prone skin. As a teen I suffered with very bad acne to the point that I actually went on prescription Acutane. This may have been one of the absolute best decisions my parents and I could have made because it was really challenging. Now, while some people (something like 80% they say...) who go on Acutane will never get another outbreak, I will be the first to admit that sadly I was NOT one of those people. However, my skim greatly improved over the years and I typically now only get the occasional outbreak and it is almost always hormonally related. 

However, last winter I had some SERIOUSLY problematic skin. My akin was just super greasy and I suffered with severe, painful breakouts for like 2 months straight. It was really getting out of hand and I couldn't deal any longer. I was using super gentle products that sadly, just weren't cutting it and I needed something stronger. So off I went to <a href="">Sephora</a> in search of a product I had used years before.

While they no longer carried the Acne-specific wash I wanted, I spoke to a few staffers who suggested I try the one that had replaced it.... It was an "Anti-Aging" one and pretty expensive so needless to say I was not impressed... Until I tried it out!! 

<a href="">Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel</a> 

Within a couple days, my breakouts had cleared up entirely! It's been almost a year now and it is now an integral part of my skin care routine and I'm happy to report that my skin is probably in the best shape it's ever been, since my childhood! 

Since it's chock full of anti-aging and acne ingredients like salycylic and glycolic acid, it can be a little drying on my skin so I usually try and only use it once a day, or every second day and alternate with using another mild liquid cleanser or even just makeup wipes on days where I don't wear much makeup. But I have used it twice a day for a week at a time and it hasn't been too harsh. 

So if you are suffering from breakouts or troubled skin, I HIGHLY recommend this one!! As far as the anti-aging effects, I can't speak too much on that as I happen to have very young looking skin without much sign of wrinkles or anything. However, in knowing what the ingredients have done in keeping my skin clear and obviously exfoliated, I can attest to the fact that it does make me look so much younger in that my skin looks GREAT!! 

Have you used this before? What are your thoughts or skin care secrets? 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Indigo: Fall 2015 Picks

As always, one of my absolute favorite places to check out each new season is Indigo.  They always have great home décor, accessories and odds and ends.

So, without further ado, here are a few new items on my Indigo Wish List:

Antler Pillow Cover

Everything about this pillow is ME!!  The color scheme is absolutely perfect.  It is also the perfect mix of feminine and masculine.  I love the kitschy-ness of antlers.  I always have a thing for the pillows at Indigo, however they`re a little pricey, so I don`t often buy many, despite my desires.  However, they have recently switched to a separate cover and insert so I am kinda bummed about that.  But I have a few inserts kicking around that I can substitute since I always find the Indigo feather ones stab me.
Brass Acorn
Okay, so last year I got a little out of hand with pumpkins and gourds, so...... I think an acorn is the perfect piece for fall.  Plus, it would still look in that in-between stage from New Years to Valentine`s, when you don`t know how to seasonally decorate, but you don`t want anything to cluttered so something traditional is perfect.  They also have a feather and antlers which I always love.
Daniel Wellington Classic Collection Winchester Watch

This is not my regular style, but I find I can dress a little preppier in the fall, with a lot of jeans, tees and cardis, so this pretty watch is perfect for those days where I want something cute but not quite as flashy as a Kors.  I love the pink and navy strap on this one which still keeps it cute and girly enough for me as an everyday piece!
Feather Scarf

Feathers are my jam, so I was a little surprised when I realized I didn`t have a scarf with a feather pattern.  I love the colors in this one, everything from pinks and reds, purples and some blues.  Absolutely perfect.  Plus I just generally like the quality of scarf they sell.  There are a couple other color options and I really would wear any of them.
Frends with Benefits Taylor Headphones

Okay, so I might be the only person who does not own any over the ear headphones.  I really need to get on this bandwagon.  I absolutely LOVE the styling of these - they are super simple, with just a little touch off something (rose gold) to make them special.  I really need these!
Pablo Foldover Clutch
How perfect would this be for a Girl`s Night!!  The dark moody color scheme with the floral is absolute perfection!!   I like the fold over clutch style as well.  I`ve had my eye on a few clutches in the past and never bought them, but this one is definitely worth checking out in person!

I do have an upcoming Birthday, so for anyone who was looking for gift ideas, any or all of the above are right up my alley! Do you have your eye on anything at Indigo?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Mark for Avon: Debunking the Myth and a few of my Fave Finds

Hey All!  It's officially September which means cooler weather and shorter days are here.  :(

But I refuse to completely convert to fall until absolutely necessary. While I didn't post a lot this summer, since I was busy living my life, I did so sporting a lot of Avon and Mark for Avon piece . And yes, while I technically am a "Demonstrator" I don't actually really even sell it, just buy stuff at a discount for myself, so this post isn't about me trying to get sales (although if you're local and want something, I definitely CAN help with that). I simply just wanted to bring awareness to a company that people either don't seem to know about or have a pre-conceived (and wrong) idea about what they have to offer. Everytime I get a compliment on something I've purchased through Avon or Mark, people are always so shocked to hear where it's from- and believe me, latelyy mark stuff has been getting a ridiculous amount of comments. 

Here are some of the pieces that I've been wearing non-stop:

Bright & Breezy Scarf in Turquoise 

This scarf comes in both turquoise and coral. Firstly, it's ombré which is hard to tell in the picture, plus those tassels are to die for and so on-trend. It's also a very large size - you could totally use this as a sarong. It's nice and soft and since it's lightweight it's perfect for summer or layering up all year long. Also, I think the coral color is on sale. Here's me sporting it to work earlier this week: 

From the Top Fedora
I actually own two of these... The first one got a bit crushed after a music festival long weekend that may have involved drinking... So I have one in better condition for when I go out and one for beach days and working in the yard. This actually comes with three different colored hat bands (floral, black and turquoise) which I think is ingenious! This way you can coordinate to match your outfits, so smart! Super lightweight and comfy (sometimes straw hats can be scratchy but I've had no issues with this one). I wore this pretty much every weekend since I bought it, perfect for lazy weekends where u don't wash your hair and it saved my face from sunburn during aforementioned music festival! 
Here's a peek at me wearing it and you can see both other Band colors. 


Looking Sharp Bracelet 

Okay, so I actually own both the gold and silver and purchased the rose gold as a gift for my bestie. I like that each of these are slightly different so you could even wear them together and they wouldn't be too "samesies". I also like that they the hinge on them for easy on/off. They are kind edgy but oh so pretty. Love these, especially with an arm party stack! 

Charm Necklaces 
Alright, so technically just the horseshoe and the unicorn in this photo and I don't actually see them any longer on the site, but I have been getting so many comments when I wear this collaboration of necklaces that I had to feature these. I got these as a bundle with the fedora and a bronzer, so you can see the kind of packages that Avon puts together. This would have been the perfect gift set for any gal in your life (or just to keep for yourself).

Amazing Shoes/Sandals/Boots
I just snapped this now, on my lunch. Once again, these are old, from last summer and no longer available. However I wanted to show them cause the footwear from mark gets crazy compliments. I have maybe about 7 or so different pairs and have even re-bought a pair my dog ate cause I loved them that much! The sizing is true to sizing, they are always on trend and the quality has been great. 

So that's just a sneak peek at some of the accessories I've been sporting that have been getting a lot of positive feedback. But of course, that's just a small sampling of what they have to offer. All these pieces are their mark branded, which is geared towards a younger (teen-twenties?) audience - however I'm in my 30s and can't get enough. I like the makeup, apparel, footwear, accessories, body care and hair care. I am constantly singing their praises and gladly let all my gfs and random people know about this brand. Often I hear that people think Avon is for older ladies and I just wanted to throw it out there that it is definitely NOT the case.