Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love (to Put on My Face) SokoGlam is Having a Sale Edition

PSA, Soko Glam* is having a sale (use code “SGBOKB18” for %15 off) on their Best of K Beauty Award winners. Wouldn’t you know it, two of my favorite products are featured.

Son and Park’s Beauty Water is my favorite gentle exfoliant/toner/cleanser/magic bottle of water. It makes my skin look radiant and perfect.

Neogen’s Daylight Protection is my absolute favorite sunscreen. It’s moisturizing as hell, it smells nice, and it protects my damn face.

Go forth and enjoy

 

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Things I Love to Put in My Home

Things I Love (to Put in My Home) So You’re Living By Yourself Again Edition

Today marks 1 whole year in my current apartment. This is the longest I’ve lived in one apartment since I left New York almost 4 years ago, and the biggest apartment I’ve lived in without roommates or a significant other. Decorating an entire one bedroom by yourself is amazing. Here is what I’ve bought for this place in the year that I’ve been here.

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This set of dining chairs from GreenForest was the first major purchase I made for my apartment (PS, I did not spend $174 on them, if you’re interested you should keep an eye out for price drops or just look at any of the other very similar listings). They come in a set of 4 and are chic as hell. They are incredibly comfortable (more comfortable than similar, more expensive, styles at West Elm and the like) and hold up to the daily beatings my cats give them. I’ve styled them with some vintage needlepoint pillows and an antique dining table.

This Roomba knockoff changed my life. I have two cats, two litter boxes, and a whole bunch of litter that gets tracked everywhere. Fair warning, it barely picks up a thing on my rugs but it’s amazing at picking up the tumbleweeds of cat hair and S’wheat Scoop litter that are slowly plotting to take over my apartment.

These 10 Strawberry Street Cooler Glasses are the perfect water glasses. They’re sturdy and weighty but still simple and elegant. They also look a hell of a lot more expensive than they actually are.

 

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One day I got a bug up my butt and I absolutely needed a pink felt letter board. Letter boards, particularly pink ones, are definitely more pinteresty than my usual taste but I love it. For a while a cycled through Frank O’Hara poems. Now I just have a delightful reminder. Don’t buy one from Ban.do or Urban Outfitters or whatever other trendy Millenial focused retailer has one at an insane markup. You can get an incredibly affordable one from any office supply retailer.

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These animal coasters are no longer available on West Elm’s website, but I bought them in store yesterday. I am surprisingly picky about coasters and it took me a  year almost exactly to find a set that I liked enough to put in my home. Maybe my table will forgive me. Here’s a different set from West Elm that I also really like, maybe I’ll get them for my living room.

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Monthly Empties

September 2018 Empties

I’m a big believer in using the things that you have. Vast makeup/skincare collections filled with crap that gets used once or twice before it expires are upsetting and dark in a multitude of ways. This is my corner of the internet where I celebrate what I finished each month.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray used to be my absolute favorite thing in the world. I stopped buying it when I stopped wearing foundation and doing a full face every day, but this summer in New Orleans I thought I might as well give it a go again. I’m a little sad to say, but not really because fuck spending money on a god damn spray for your face, that it doesn’t hold up to that Louisiana humidity. I saw 0 difference between the days I wore it and the days I didn’t. Ooops.

Would I buy it again? I mean, I’m a moron so yeah. I’ll probably buy a mini bottle to use when I visit my family in the North East. Consumerism is my vice!

I bought It’s a 10 MIracle Leave In after working as a receptionist at a fancy barbershop where everyone recommended it. I used it in a multitude of ways. It did nothing for me.

Would I buy it again? No.

This isn’t the first time I’ve finished Glossier’s Hydrating Face Moisturizer. There’s plenty of other moisturizers I like more, but this baby does the job.

Would I buy it again? I mean, I only ever buy it when I’m buying something else from Glossier* and I’m also out of my daytime moisturizer. Yeah, I’ll probably buy it again.

Every few years I rebuy FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream, luckily this time I got it as a deluxe sample. It’s a great basic moisturizer, although it might break me out. For that price point, I say go with something else. It’s a drugstore moisturizer with fun branding.

Would I buy it again? Hopefully not!!!

Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet has ingredients that are a little similar to resveratrol in it so every time I use it I think of Brooks and Vicki’s cancer scam on Real Housewives of OC. What more could one want from a moisturizer? In all seriousness, this has become my new go-to daytime moisturizer. It’s light as air and sinks it beautifully all while leaving my skin moisturized and glowing. Love you Caudalie.

Would I buy it again? Girl, I already started using my replacement.

Obviously, I got a Caudalie sample set, which is why I also finished their Premier Cru Eye Cream. Unfortunately, the eye cream was a major disappointment. I’m pretty sure it made my bags worse and did about 0% moisturizing (don’t worry, I apply eye cream the correct way, around my orbital bone and before I apply any serums).

Would I buy it again? No.

La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60 is my favorite drugstore sunscreen. Neogen’s Daylight sunscreen is my #1, but I always grab Anthelios when I’m in a pinch and need some sunscreen. It’s very light and watery but not drying. I have no issues with a white cast (I opt for the non tinted version), but I know that some people do. I also get an insane amount of rewards dollars every time I buy it at CVS. Get those coupons!

Would I buy it again? Forever and always.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love to Put on My Face (VIB Sale Edition)

Sephora is seriously one of the worlds greatest evils. Once upon a time, I was VIB Rouge. I WAS SO POOR. Why did I allow this store to take so much of my money?

Anyways, I’m out of a couple of very important key components of my skincare routine, so I took the VIB Sale as an opportunity to try out some fancy products. Normally I use this blessed time of year to restock on the expensive products that I love, but it’s been a long summer and I’m keeping my wallet extra tight.

Here’s what I bought. But you should get whatever you want. Or don’t get anything.

Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo $23

I’m out of Vitamin C serum. I’ve been hunting for a perfect Vitamin C serum (my favorite is no longer sold at CVS and TBH I’m not buying one tiny ass bottle of vitamin C from Hylamide, especially since Deciem is going through some drama). I used Drunk Elephant’s a million years ago and I think I like it! But I don’t remember. I also constantly need moisturizer. Even after moving to swampy ass New Orleans I still had dry skin.

Sunday Riley Flash Fix Kit $28

I’ve had a year+ long love affair with Differin but it has come to a bitter end. I started getting acne again last month and started supplementing my Differin with some lactic acid from The Ordinary. Differin and I are over, lactic acid and I are hot and freaking heavy. Why not try the world’s favorite lactic acid? Also, I’m almost of my face wash and clay is fun!

That’s it! I’ve toned down my skincare routine a lot and, honestly, my skin does not look worse. Soon I’ll be making a big ol post about my favorite budget skincare, but for now I just have this for you.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love (to Put on my Face) Beach Vacay Skincare Edition

I’m going to the Jersey Shore tomorrow! But not that Jersey Shore. The Bruce Springsteen Asbury Park/gay clubs/my grandmother’s nursing home Jersey Shore. I love using samples and foils on vacations, it’s a great opportunity to try new products and keep my bag light. I’m really lucky and my skin isn’t super sensitive so I can try things out with little fear. Here’s what I’m bringing.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is the only full-size item I’m bringing. I should decant it into a smaller bottle but, hey, I’m lazy. It’s the best micellar water I’ve used. It doesn’t leave a film like some American drugstore alternatives and it’s incredibly gentle and effective at removing makeup.

I brought two cleansers, Philosphy’s Purity Made Simple and Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser I’ve used and loved the EradiKate, even though it says it’s a daily cleanser I don’t recommend using it daily. I’m bringing it just in case I encounter a breakout or just need an extra physical exfoliating boost. I haven’t used the Philosophy cleanser, but I’m game to try anything. I haven’t had a lot of luck with Philosophy’s products but I’m willing to give them a second chance (and, honestly, cleansers are one of those products that, as long as it’s not too stripping, I can make work regardless of efficacy).

Differin Gel is a god damn game changer for me. I’ve been using it for a little over a week and I (think) my acne purge has finally ended (side note, from my research it normally takes a lot longer for people to finish purging).

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum isn’t my favorite vitamin c serum, but it’s not my least favorite either. Some people, really, really, love it but I’ve had similar (better?) results from more affordable vitamin c serums. This is the OG of prestige vitamin c serums though, so let’s give respect when it’s due. Anyways, bring some vitamin c on a beach vacation! Get those antioxidants on your damn face!

I’m a moisturizer monster and need three, Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, and IT Cosmetics’ Confidence in a CreamI’ve used the IT Cosmetics once already and it is a god damn moisturizer y’all. I’m very excited to slather that thick shit on my weather beaten salt fried face before rolling into bed after the beach. I haven’t used the Fresh moisturizer before but I love their other products I’ve used and I’m ready to preserve this youthful 26-year-old face. My dear friend Christian gives me all the samples that come with his Kiehl’s orders. I love Kiehl’s and have probably used this moisturizer a million years ago when I lived near the Kiehls store on the LES but I honestly do not remember! What an adventure.

Sunscreen is probably the most important thing to bring to the beach, so I’m bringing three: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream WetForce for face SPF50Clarins Sunscreen MultiProtection SPF 50and Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30I’ve used all three of these before and I love them all. The Shiseido is super thick and leaves a white-cast, but it’s water resistant so I’m going to wear that shit when I’m swimming (it also smells nice). The Clarins used to be my holy grail sunscreen, I’ve since moved on to NeoGen but it still holds a place in my heart. I’ve talked about the Murad in this post.

I got Shea Moisture’s Foaming Milk & Body Wash for free from Influenster and have been terrible and haven’t used it yet. I am (sort of) avoiding plastic and buy bar soap as my body soap and I love Shea Moisture’s bar soaps so I have really high hopes for this body soap.

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Things I Love to Wear

Things I Love (to Wear) Gurl, You Fake Edition

Normally with my personal style I’m aiming for goth Manson girl meets Molly Ringwald’s boss in Pretty in Pink but lately (and by lately I mean the last 24 hours) I’ve been really into wearing plastic. Let’s explore this until it’s too much. If you don’t squeak when you walk then you’re not living life right!

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These platform jelly wedges I found on Amazon are stupid enough that I want to wear them every day. Also, whenever I question why some people think I’m a teenager please reference this post. The reviews on these are all over the place but they will not stop me from buying them! I am moving to Louisiana! I need a new summer shoe! Seriously though, the customer pictures are a little much. But for $19.99 I am down to gamble.

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This high waisted vinyl skirt from ASOS is a God damned dream. I almost broke my rule about buying bottoms online to buy this skirt (I have a big ass…). Will someone with a less confusing body buy this and tell me how it fits? Live the dream.

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I have so many thoughts about this halter top from COCKROACHvtg and literally all of them are good. She also has a PVC halter covered in stickers. PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS GEM OF AN ETSY SHOP. I am honestly shocked that I haven’t seen anyone wearing one of these at The Crown.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love (to Put on my Face) Just Some Crap I’ve Recently Bought Edition

Cool Cool. It’s been a minute. Life is an emotional roller coaster! Here’s a low effort post of things that I’ve bought recently to make myself feel better.

I re-upped on Boy Brow and Perfecting Skin Tint. Boy brow is the best brow product I’ve ever used (I still love my ABH brow pencil but, like, I hate actually filling in my brows). Someone on reddit described Skin Tint as “homeopathic,” which is a lie. It’s very, very subtle, but it does even out my skin tone!

I got Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer and Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Chimere when I ran out of my Maybelline lumi concealer (it’s a good concealer but it did not last long at all, I might as well shell out for high-end concealer if I’m gonna finish it in a month). I got the Nars in Chantilly, but it’s actually a little too light for my skin tone, but the darker shades don’t have the correct undertones. I refuse to return makeup so I’m wearing this ish until it’s done. The formula is great and it stays all day. I’m obsessed with the Dior eyeshadow and have worn it nearly every day since I bought it. It’s great as an all over shadow or an inner corner highlight.

My quest to stop buying as much crap online has led me to CVS and Skinfix Hydrating Lotion I typically use Embryolisse for my AM moisturizer but it’s basically impossible to get in person in Maryland and I didn’t need anything else from Beautylish (I don’t trust the ones on Amazon!). I grabbed this Skinfix stuff because the ingredient list seems great. It’s a very, very light moisturizer, which is perfect for humid summer days. I’m big on light moisturizing layers during the summer. I’ve used this for a couple of days now and I’m into it. It’s much thinner and waterier than embryolisse, they’re essentially completely different products. Since this is so light I recommend this lotion for people who are moisturizer adverse. It doesn’t play super nice with my Neogen sunscreen, I’ve noticed some slight pilling if I don’t wait long enough between applications. I’m definitely going to go back to embryolisse when I need to reorder some bioderma or TO facial oils but this is a great drugstore option.

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