Monday, October 27, 2014

Easy, Flawless Skincare Routine

Ever since I started getting acne in jr. high, I have been obsessed with skincare.  I research things, I try everything, and sometimes I go a bit overboard.  I am lucky enough to have a Licensed Esthetician on my Perfectly Posh team.  She is super patient with us when we have questions and gives great advice! 

I have always wanted a regimen to take care of my face (wash, masks, scrubs, etc.) but have not been able to really figure it out on my own.  I either get too excited with my exfoliation and do it too many days, or else I don't do it enough, or I try to adjust my routine according to my skin, but as I decrease my exfoliation days or mask days, I end up forgetting to do that part altogether. So I asked her what would be a good schedule.  

Well here is what she said: Cleanse and Moisturize twice a day, Exfoliate 2-3 x's a week and Mask 1-2 x's a week for a more aggressive mask (clay or mud) or 2-4 x's a week for a gentle, moisturizing mask.  Listen to your skin, make sure you don't dry out your skin, dry skin=wrinkles.  If your skin starts to get dry, back off on the masks and hydrate for a few days. Also, exfoliation doesn't have to be scrubby there are chemical exfoliants too (alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids).  Masks will penetrate 50% more if you do an exfoliant first.  Ideally you'd cleanse 2x, exfoliate, mask, moisturize.

I then altered it just a teensy tiny bit to work for me.  So here's what I have been trying to do:

  • Cleanse and Moisturize in the morning (if your skin is dry/not oily, you don't have to wash in the morning, but you may still want to moisturize)
  • Cleanse and Moisturize every night
  • 2 x's a week (2 days apart from each other at least)
    • Cleanse x's 2, Exfoliate, Mask, Moisturize

I am using my Perfectly Posh Complexion Perfection cleanser, Moisturize 911 caffeine infused moisturizer, Shine Bright Like a Diamond microdermabrasion scrub with diamond dust, and the Stripper Detox Body Mud.

If you already have a cleanser and moisturizer that you love, you can buy Jojoba beads to add to your current cleanser to use it as an exfoliant 2 x's a week.  Hopefully you already have a cleanser and moisturizer that you like and you can add a scrub and a mask easily.

Thanks for reading!! I hope this is useful information :)
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Faves: Warren Miller Ski Movie and The Stripper

This week has been pretty fun and good. It is amazing that I can say that, because this week has also been very stressful and challenging. We are remodeling our new house and not making the progress that we want to on it. It seems we work on it a ton and make some progress and then we have a huge mess at the house we live in. It has been so stressful. Also this last week Jackson has not been sleeping well at all (he finally slept good last night!) and it is hard to be motivated to do anything when you feel like a zombie and you have a whiny (because he's exhausted too) little guy clinging to you. why was it a good week then? Because Steve and I finally went and did something relaxing and not house related, and I finally have devoted some time to something not house related. We went to the Warren Miller Ski Movie at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden. That place is amazing! 

We went straight after I got off work, so I was in my "professional dress" clothes. Not good ski movie attire at all! I was afraid I would feel awkward around everyone in their fun beanies and sporty clothes, but there was such a fun atmosphere there and it was obvious that nobody cared what you were wearing. We got passes to Snowbird, Powder, and Steam Boat with our tickets too, so I'm super excited about that. 

The movie itself was awesome! If you love traveling, scenery, snow, mountains, the outdoors, or watching snow sports, I highly recommend you go see one of these movies. I loved it! I have never been skiing and have only been snowboarding a handful of times, but the movie was more than just skiing and snowboarding footage. There was awe inspiring footage, history, information about all of the areas they showed (Alaska; Japan; the Swiss, French and Italian Alps; Greece; Norway; Switzerland; and Vale Colorado), and some amazing skiers and snowboarders sharing laughs and their experiences with you. I really, really want to go to Greece now! The towns that they trekked through to get to Mount Olympus were set in beautiful mountains with so few people and architecture and bridges 1000's of years old.

If you're curious about The Stripper, she was making my life better on Monday and Thurday with a little mini spa night. You see, The Stripper is a face mask, a deep cleaning, detoxifying, purpley muddy face mask. My skin has been struggling a bit in the acne department the last few weeks, but after using The Stripper this week, it is so much better. Plus I feel much better after coating my face in mud that smells like vanilla and laying in bed for a few minutes.

Makeup wise I am absolutely loving my Under Wonder Primer with my Acne fighting foundation. I can fake glowing healthy skin with these two and my Maybelline Dream Lumi and some blush. It comes in handy when you've got a breakout and only a few hours of very interrupted sleep. I use the primer after my moisturizer, then the foundation, then the Lumi on my dark under eye shallows and then hit my cheeks with blush and apply just a bit of blush to my nose, above my brows and above my upper lip.  :)  Now that I have lighter, reddish blonde hair, I have been playing around with different lip and eyeshadow colors. So far I really love this Maybelline Coral Gleam lipstick I picked up a while ago.

Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to make your jeans and boots get along!

Last fall and winter I had not a single pair of skinny jeans to my name.  But I had a beautiful pair of boots.  I stuffed my jeans into my boots every way imaginable with some success and a lot of failure.

This winter I have a few pairs of skinny jeans, (thank goodness!) but still a ton of regular boot cut or flare jeans that I would also like to wear.  Here's my tips on what worked and didn't work for me.

First, you want to choose jeans that have a moderate to minimal flare.  I have one pair that flares out quite a bit and I don't even care to try to make that not look like a bunchy mess under my boots.

Second, choose your method.  You can fold and cuff your jeans like the picture below (I, for the life of me cannot get this one figured out.) or you can take a big loose rubber band or an elastic headband wrapped twice (this is what I do) and cuff your jeans and then fold all of the excess over and rubber band it.  See photos below.  Either way, it is best to secure your jeans with a nice, long sock. 

I love these boot socks with the lace or knit that pops out the top.  Good luck!  If you can plan your outfits to wear your boots with your skinnies, that is so much easier and faster.  :)

Get these here
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

D.I.Y. Peplum Top

Jackson and I are going to go pick apples at our new house later today.  I was thinking about how I needed to take some pictures of him and then I realized today is the first day of the fall fashion challenge from Still Being Molly.  
Each day of October she has a theme to help inspire your outfit, today's theme is plaid.  At first I was just going to not participate today, because I don't really have many good plaid options and I already had a shirt on, but then I had this crazy idea to wear my hubby's plaid shirt (that I don't really like) over my tee as kind of a jacket.  
I threw it on and went to the mirror and was thinking it over, analyzing it, and I put my hands on my hips.  Suddenly the shirt had shape, it looked really good, it made me look like I had the perfect hourglass figure.  Light bulb!  I could use my old purple belt from the D.I. (thriftstore) to hold it that way.  

After looking all over through the house I found the belt and put it on a bit above my belly button and gently tugged at the bottom of the shirt until there weren't pleats in the front.  It made the bottom fan out and look amazing in the front and the back.  I love it!  What do you think?

Now it's your turn to rummage through the closet, find a dress shirt that's a bit too big for you and a belt and make your own.  It's easy and super flattering on all figures!
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