Skincare Saturday: Tarteguard Sunscreen

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Trying a new look with my images! Well, not entirely new. But I figured I'd branch out with the design of my photos a bit so we don't all snore ourselves to death. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

I picked up the Tarteguard sunscreen a while back when Sephora was offering it for 100 points. I've been using it on and off since then, so I figured it was high time I write a review!

The problem is, I wasn't particularly impressed by it? Like, I'm glad I got it as a point perk and didn't spend money on a full-sized one because then I'd be pretty disappointed. It smells like coconut- good news for those of you that like it, but bad news for me, who doesn't.

The bottle itself is pretty nice- it has an interesting, almost rubbery feeling to it? And the great thing about the sample size is that I could cart it around in my purse without it taking up too much space. The full-sized one is flipping huge and I couldn't imaging carting it around with me all day. 

It supposedly has a bunch of things in it- antioxidants, and such- that help with the skin but I didn't notice too much of a difference in mine. It also left a bit of a sheen on me, so if that's the kind of thing you care about, take that into consideration.

Overall, I'm going to use this up but I don't think I'll buy it in the full size.


Almost done with the novel revision and it feels like I've been gestating this one for such an incredibly long time... also am spending this weekend working on my Secret Interior Design Project which will probably be many months in the making but still, I can't wait to show you guys when it's done! It's gonna be amazing, I swear. 

Skincare Tips: 3 Tips For the Office

Thursday, July 16, 2015

We all know the drill: wash your face morning and night, take of your makeup, don't touch your face or else our new overlords p. acnes will take this as a sign of weakness and mount an attack in the night, etc. We have morning routines and evening routines...but what about an office routine?

I have to stay hyper-vigilant about my skin, because it's always looking for ways to outsmart me, so I can wake up on the day of personal importance to find several blemishes thrilled about their moment of glory. And I've noticed that when I don't do certain things for my skin daily- including at work- then I fall behind.

Here are 3 tips I always follow when I'm at work:

1) Wipe down phones.

I'm on the phone a lot for my job, and I've noticed that if I'm not careful to wipe down the phones at least twice a day, I... well, I can show you, but I warn you, it's graphic. 

DO YOU SEE THAT. Would you believe that there's actually a WHOLE RING OF THOSE THINGS  along my temples and jaw that I'm too embarrassed to show you??? Because it's true. I have a semi-circle of pimples on my face around where I cradle the phone to my ear and it's the Satanic toadstool party I never wanted to be invited to. Thus, anti-microbial wipes are my greatest ally; I deploy them mercilessly and without fear.

2) Sunscreen.

Now you're supposed to apply this at the end of your morning routine, but guess what? Pretty much all sunscreens are like, "Yeah, we break down after about an hour and are no longer good" and then they just peace out like a Girl Scout. Because of this, I'm always certain to keep a small bottle of sunscreen with me to reapply throughout the day. Do you sit near a window? Then be very certain to reapply every 80 minutes or so.

3) Water.

This seems like such a cop-out tip, I know, but once I started carrying my Brita water bottle around with me it was like a breathtaking new vista opened in front of me, like the Grand Canyon but with fewer craters. I can tell when I'm getting thirsty because my lips dry up like the Southwestern US in summer and I'll try and stop the Arizona metaphors now. But seriously, my lips are almost never chapped and I swear my skin holds onto moisture better. 

What tips do you use to keep your skin in top shape during the day? Please share! I'd love to collect more!

Skincare Saturday: Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream

Saturday, July 11, 2015

I HAVE RETURNED! I decided to take the week off last week because of the holiday, and so forth. I like y'all but, no offense, I kinda want to spend time with my family more than the internet? But fear not, I'm back with another Skincare Saturday post.

Continuing my review of the Caudalie favorites kit (here and here), we now have their hand cream. I was looking forward to this because 1) I wash my hands a lot at work so hand creams are a must, and 2) there's nothing like having a French hand cream in my purse to make me feel real fancy.

This is gonna be so awesome, I thought. I will keep this in my purse and when I need it I can pull it out and be like "Look at my hand cream, I am an adult and also a lady of refined taste." I could lord my fine taste over everyone else here in the Panera, and pretend like I'm pretty chic or whatever.

Now, as a hand cream this is pretty light. Not a bad thing! That makes it great for summer and it doesn't sit on your hands and leave them too slippery to open jars. 

The problem is that this doesn't smell nice and floral and vaguely chic.

It smells like flippin Fruit Loops.

3 fancies out of 10, would not recommend.