Sometime last January I started something that I should have tackled years before: a legitimate skincare routine. As a teen I used the old standbys containing plenty of benzoyl peroxide, and in my 20s I relied on face wash and Oil of Olay. Hardly a regiment that was prepping my face for the years to come or protecting it against the elements encountered on a daily basis. But with the uncertainties looming in 2017 (R.I.P.) I needed to feel control over something, and that something turned out to be my face. According this article in the New Yorker I wasn’t alone either, scores of you turned to skincare as a coping mechanism. My biggest takeaways? That just because your skin may feel oily you still need to moisturize and that serums are worth their weight in gold. Nearly twelve months in and I’m feeling much better about my complexion and continue to search out products to add to my routine. What are your go-tos?
1/ Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask 2/ Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil 3/ One Love Organics Brand new Day Microderma Scrub + Masque 4/ Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate 5/ DR JART+ Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel 6/ Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel 7/ Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer 8/ First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm 9/ Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb 10/ Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
11/ Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask 12/ Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask 13/ Disco Kitten I Dew Care Mask 14/ ILIA Cucumber Water Stick 15/ Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil 16/ Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 17/ Lapcos Clear Toner 18/ Lovely Day Hyaluron & Bloom Pink Clay Mask 19/ Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment Nighttime 20/ Herbivore Mini Facial Oil Set
21/ Milk Makeup x UO Charcoal Cleanser 22/ Herbivore Brighten Instant Glow Mask 23/ Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich 24/ Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil 25/ Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil 26/ Rose Clay Facial Mask 27/ Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Facial Oil 28/ Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask 29/ This Works Stress Check Face Oil 30/ Glossier The Super PackPosted In beauty bag, behind the scenes, my life, round up, series, style
Homemade gifts are so thoughtful, and they’re also great to have on hand for some other reasons. Unexpected guests, coworkers, and stockings to name a few! I’ve pulled together twelve simple DIY projects and twelve recipes that would make for great give, I’ve also shared what to pair them with to create and extra sweet and thoughtful gift!
PAIR WITH a bottle of wine or new book
PAIR WITH a set of vintage candleholders
PAIR WITH a bottle of lavender pillow spray (see below)
PAIR WITH a simple soap dish
PAIR WITH a pair of linen pillowcases
PAIR WITH a package of your favorite pasta and a jar of sauce
PAIR WITH a nice box of matches
PAIR WITH a bouquet of fresh eucalyptus
PAIR WITH a pretty candlesnuffer
PAIR WITH a tray to arrange them in
PAIR WITH a pottery dish to set it in
PAIR WITH a few tiny baskets to set them in drawers, closets, etc
PAIR WITH toothpicks and a large bowl
PAIR WITH a loaf of fresh local bread
PAIR WITH the recipe!
PAIR WITH quality hot chocolate mix
PAIR WITH a pair of small glass tumblers
PAIR WITH a wooden cutting board
PAIR WITH a nice candy dish
PAIR WITH a linen dish towel – tie them up in a bundle
PAIR WITH a small dish or cake stand that can be used year-round
PAIR WITH a recipe for English muffins or crumpets and a spreader
PAIR WITH a pair of new mugs and tea strainer
PAIR WITH an air-tight tin that can be reused again and again for storagePosted In accessories, beauty bag, food, holidays, house and home, kitchen, living, recipes, round up, series, style
1/ Burt’s Bees Natural Throat Drops Honey and Lemon
Seems like everyone has already suffered their first cold of the season, and I’m no exception. Mine lasted about a week and a half and I swear these throat drops saved me from losing my mind from coughing. They’re all natural, which made them more palatable too.
2/ Fifty Type Specimens: From the Collection of Tobias Frere-Jones
These postcards from Frere-Jones’ personal collection will be loved by any type nerd. I’m looking forward to sending some out in the mail soon to brighten the day of some graphic designer friends!
3/ Gretchen Christine Vegan Leather Embroidered Convertible Tote
A sizable bag that’s perfect for toting along a ton of stuff – including my laptop some days – this bag is on point with the embroidery trend this autumn. It’s really well made and will make a great piece all winter.
4/ Honeycrisp Apples
These have been my favorite apple variety for a few years now. If you’ve never ha done before they’re super crisp and fragrant with a sweet-tart taste that varies depending on how ripe the fruit is.
5/ It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
I will never tire of watching holiday specials from my childhood. I’ve watched this one twice in October and will probably squeeze in one more viewing tonight after trick or treating wraps up. (Please, remember never to jump in a pile of leaves with a wet sucker!)
6/ Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation
After running out of my go-to MAC foundation a few months ago I picked up a tube of this on a Target run and was pleasantly surprised! The whipped gel formula gives my skin a soft matte finish while also hydrating – basically unheard of.
7/ Orange Clove Signature Soy Jar Candle
While this candle smells more like a bonfire to me, I still really like it. The fragrance permeates most of the first floor and even manages to make its way upstairs.
8/ Record Storage Cube
I have one of these birch cubes with a plexiglas garage front in my living room, it acts as a sweet little stand for my portable Crosby turntable and favorite vinyl. The plexiglas is available in 13 colors as well as a wood option.
9/ Google Home
Yeah, I’m a little late to the party but I’m here. So far I love telling it to play music at any given moment as well as the phone functionality.