Skin Care Extras

A few posts ago I posted about my daily skin care routine.  I want to share a few other skin care favorites that aren’t used daily.

1.  Mary Kay Microdermabrasion Step 1 Refine:  This is a great exfoliant that uses alumina oxide crystals to buff out pores and slough off dead skin.  The crystals are perfectly round.  Be careful with scrubs made of fruit pits because they can scratch the skin with jagged edges.


2.  Philosophy Oxygen Peel Mask:  This is a 2 step mask that leaves my skin feeling really refreshed and clean.  You first empty the catalase enzyme capsule into warm water and shake it to create a gel like mask.  Put it on the cover it with the oxygen foam.  Wait a few minutes then use the spatula to remove the foam (if you have sensitive skin rinse with soft cloth).  It helps to detox the skin and clear up clogged pores.  I like it because you only leave it on for a few minutes versus a standard mask you leave on for about 10.  I can do this one in the morning while getting ready for work.

oxygen peel

3.  Cellular Laboratories De-Aging Eye Cream:  This is a new product I have had for a few weeks.  I have already noticed a difference in the dark circles under my eyes!  It’s very hydrating but light weight.


4.  Lumiere De Vie Volcanic Exfoliating Mask:  This clay mask has an AHA complex to helps exfoliate the top layer of skin and it’s great for oil control.  My skin feels softer and looks brighter after rinsing this mask off.  You do have to rinse very well as the pumice particles like to stick to the skin.


5.  Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protection:  I really like that this sunscreen is very lightweight and my skin doesn’t react to it.  It’s broad spectrum and great for daily use.  It is a little difficult to rub in, leaving a slightly pasty look and you have to wait awhile between applying this and putting on foundation primer.  In all honesty, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it.  Some primers will interact with the sunscreen and cause it to pill but I have used Motives Perfecting Face Primer and that seems to work well.   I am open to sunscreen recommendations!






The Daily Cleanse

I’m back!  I know I have neglected this blog for a few months now.  I could go into a long list of all the things that kept me away, but really it just comes down to not making the time to keep up with consistent posts.  Over the next few months a lot of changes will be coming to the blog in small pieces.  The most immediate will be a transition from being a makeup blog to being a general lifestyle blog.  While I LOVE makeup, I have so many other passions and things that I am interested in exploring and what better place to do it than this blog?!  So, follow along, share your thoughts and enjoy! 


What better way to kick off a new beginning than to share my daily skin care routine?  My skin has always been a challenge.  It’s super oily and blemish prone.  When I was in California I had a great routine using Mary Kay products.  Their TimeWise line is seriously fantastic!  It’s a gentle anti-aging line that is made for your skin type.  When I moved to Hawaii last year, my skin went haywire, to put it mildly.  It took me almost 9 months to find a routine that worked for me!  In the meantime my face took a nostalgic turn down memory lane through high school where I was plagued by deep, cystic type breakouts.  Not fun at my age, or any age for that matter!

I start with Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser.  I like this because it is a basic cleanser that doesn’t leave any residue, you can find it at Target for around $8.  In all honesty, there are a ton of cleansers out there that claim to do a million and one things but a cleanser only stays on your skin for a small amount of time.  Typically this small amount of time does not allow for these claims to take any effect so I don’t bother spending my money on it.

Second, I take off any eye makeup residue.  I use my cleanser to get the majority of my makeup off but there is still sometimes leftover residue.  My favorite removers are Mary Kay Oil Free Makeup Remover and Lancome BI-FACIL Double Action Eye Makeup Remover.

Ole Henriksen has become a favorite over the past few months.  I use two of their serums along with their moisturizer.  In the morning I use Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster.  Vitamin C is great for collagen which keeps your skin nice and young looking.  Its’s full of antioxidants and nourishing to your skin as well.  In the evening I use Invigorating Night Treatment.  It’s a gel serum that helps with natural cell turnover to keep skin nourished and bright.  The AHA Complex also helps keep my skin nice and smooth.  Sheer Transformation is the moisturizer I use.  It’s oil free, light weight, and has licorice and vitamin C to help even skin tone.

Overall my skin is smooth with very few breakouts now.  You might have noticed that there isn’t a sunscreen in my list.  I haven’t found a daily sunscreen that doesn’t break me out.  I have a small amount of sunscreen in my foundation and I am inside a lot.  However, when I know I am going to be out in the sun at the beach or wherever, I use CeraVe SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Lotion.  It’s zinc oxide based and does a great job at protecting my skin but when I try to wear it daily I break out in baby acne everywhere.  I am on the hunt for a good daily protectant and will share when I find one!

What are some of your favorite skin care products?!


Fall Trend Event

Have you ever been to a Nordstrom Trend event?!  If not, follow your local Nordstrom on Facebook, or chosen form of social media, to keep in the loop.  On Saturday, I attended my second of said events and it did not disappoint.  Specialists from each cosmetic counter fly in to share the latest and greatest in their product line.  Tickets are only $20 and they come in the form of a gift card to use anywhere in the store!  See what $20 can get you?!  HAHA…I wish!  Each counter could really use it’s own post but I’ll give you the readers digest version here.


Cosmetic counter items-not including all of the sample sized/gift with purchase items I got too!


So at 8am they start a showcase which I unfortunately was not able to make. The national trainers and others that travel in for the event share what’s on trend, new technology and information about their product line.  I promise that I will make the next one to share more details with you! I arrived about 10am and here’s how my day went:

I started walking around and just taking it all in.  It gets pretty crowded but thins out as the day goes on.  I checked in and received my swag bag that had some deluxe samples and information on the show itself.


One aisle taken over by the event-between cosmetics and shoes


My first stop was the Lancome counter.  I have been eyeing La Base Pro Pore Eraser and Le Correction Pro Concealor Kit.  After talking to Mari (who was awesome) I decided to get the Vissionnaire Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector, the Le Corrector Pro Concealer Kit, and of course the gift with purchase (which had a Juicy Tube in it-awesome!)  BTW, I tried to recreate the effect of this with regular concealer and powder…not the same.  This is very lightweight and doesn’t settle into the fine lines.

I had some time to kill before my friend Tahnee got there and my first counter appointment.  So what else is a girl to do but go shopping!  I took advantage of the sale they had and got a few things for my upcoming trip to CA. PS-this Kate Spade purse in the mauve and burgundy is at the top of my Christmas list after seeing in store.

Philosophy has become a new favorite of mine and Saturdays experience has forever created a soft spot on my heart for the culture of this company.  I am still trying to decide whether it’s a good or bad thing that the counter manager knows me by name!  I had barely started to walk up and I hear, “Hi Amanda!”  This counter definitely deserves their own post, which is on it’s way, but here’s a sneak peek:


I’ll tell you all about this in a post coming soon!

I have been searching for a foundation that won’t melt off my face here in the tropics.  I learned that Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is the best selling foundation 14 years running.  So, after my facial I headed over to the Armani counter to see what the hype was about.  With my oily skin, we decided to put their new Maestro Fusion Foundation to work.  I think the shade was a bit dark and put on with a bit of a heavy hand but it looked good!  I got a sample so I will try it over the next week or so and have a full review in the not too distant future.  I also fell in love with the Flash Lip Lacquer in 527 so I splurged.  Who knew a purple gloss would look and feel so great?!


Makeup by Nicole from Armani


Last but not least I had a brow consultation with the girls for Anastasia Beverly Hills.  She showed me how to trim my lengthy brow hairs to keep them clean between threading appointments.

It was a long day at the store but it was a blast and I can’t wait until the next one!  Have you been to a Nordstrom event?  Share your experience!