Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Last week after I posted this photo I had a few people ask me to share my "skin secrets" and I do aim to please, so here they all are for your viewing pleasure!
Secret # 1: Good Genes. I know that's not going to help you at all, but I think that's a big part of why I have nice skin. I'm very lucky and I never really had a problem with acne growing up, I get the occasional pimple but it's never an unmanageable situation. My skin type is pretty combination, it get's a little dry on my cheeks and nose and a little oily on my forehead.
Secret #2: Proper Pimple Popping Procedure. I use this technique from The Beauty Department to get rid of the pimples that I do get. It works every time.
Secret #3: Products. Above are all the products I use on my face. Normally I wash my face with Spectro brand cleanser for combination skin, but I couldn't find any when I moved here so I switched to Cetaphil which I find works just as well, but I really don't like the way it smells. Spectro is scentless, so it's my preferred brand of face wash.
For moisturizer on an average day I use The Body Shop's Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion with SPF 15. It smells amazing and is really light weight which is great for my combination skin. If I'm going to be out in the sun for a long time instead of moisturizer I use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. I'm not picky about the brand but I choose one that's oil free so that it doesn't clog my pores too much. The climate in LA has really been drying out my skin, so at night I like to use coconut oil which is a bit heavier. I put it on while my face is still a little damp and I use a very small amount because too much can make my skin break out.
I use polysporin after I "pop" pimples in order to reduce scarring.
Secret #4: Diet. What you eat makes such a huge difference to the way your skin looks and feels. I drink a lot of water and eat mainly fruits, vegetables and whole grains, I never drink pop and I try to stay clear from any packaged items and focus on eating whole foods. I do indulge in chips and chocolate every now and then, but everything in moderation, right?
Secret #5: The Pill. I know that there are certain kinds that you can get that are specifically designed to help with acne problems, I'm not on that kind but there might be a possibility that being on the pill has helped keep blemishes away. This is just speculation though.
Secret #6: No Make-up. I haven't worn face make-up on a regular basis in about five years. I stopped wearing make up when I was working at American Apparel because they wanted their employees to have a more natural look, so I got used to not wearing it and I prefer the way I look without it. I don't wear foundation, concealer, blush, or anything else that covers up my face. On an average day I do my eyebrows, mascara, and lip stick. Occasionally if I'm going out I'll put a little bit of bronzer on just because I like playing with make-up, but that's maybe once every 6 months. I think this is the biggest reason why my skin is so healthy. When I don't put shit on my face, my face doesn't get shitty.
Secret #7: Photoshop. I'm pretty sure in the picture that I posted last week I had a pimple on my chin and I photoshopped it out. Things aren't always what they seem (especially on the internet.)
Since this is the internet I feel that I should clarify that I'm not advocating that you go on the pill just to clear your skin or stop using products that you love and are working for you, or stop wearing make up because make up is really fun. Although I am advocating that you eat healthy. Because, obviously. I'm just saying that this is what works for me and my skin type, and if you want to give it a try it might work for you too!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Tank Top: Young Fabulous & Broke, Flannel: The Bearded Bee, Pants: Urban Planet, Toque: 99 cent store, Booties: Sam Edelman, Necklaces: Aldo and Gift
I mentioned The Bearded Bee in this post a couple weeks ago but I want to talk about them again because I have so much love for their shop and I now have a Bearded Bee piece to call my own! My mom very sneakily ordered me a mystery flannel from their shop for my birthday. I was so surprised that I actually thought that I had ordered it for myself and forgotten about it.
In case you didn't read about The Bearded Bee when I first talked about them, it is an Etsy shop that sells great vintage sweaters, flannels, cardigans, tee shirts, and other apparel and accessories. They are also the home of the "mystery" sweaters and flannels. For a fixed price they will send you a sweater or flannel that you won't actually see until it arrives on your doorstep. First off, easily the best surprise I've ever received in the mail. And secondly, I'm completely blown away by how perfect this mystery flannel is. I love the colour, and the fit is over-sized just the way I like it. I'm thinking they must be psychic over there at The Bearded Bee. If you love great sweaters and flannels like I do, be sure to head over here and check them out!
Friday, December 6, 2013
I think every time I make a new outfit post lately I say something along the lines of "it's finally cold enough to wear..." but that's how crazy the weather is here! On Tuesday I was wearing shorts and now I'm freezing. Every time the weather turns cold again I wonder if fall has finally arrived. So since it's been cold for the past couple of days, I can finally wear a leather jacket. Yay! Normally I think the cold is something to run away from, but I guess it's one of those grass is always greener things, when it's too hot you want it to be colder and vise versa. I went into my art history class the other day and said to my (also Canadian) friend "It's so cold today!" and she said "I know! I'm so happy, I got to wear a vest today!" We're excited for winter.
I got this jacket from Blonde last year after many years of searching for the perfect faux leather jacket. They're not as easy to come by as you would think! And for some reason they're always really small on me. Not this one though. It fits comfortably on its own, and with a sweatshirt underneath for extra cozy goodness. It's so easy to style in diverse ways, it adds a little edge to a girly floral outfit and is fun to pair with light fabrics like chiffon to get some good contrast.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Jacket: 96, T-shirt: H&M, Leggings: Love Culture, Bag: Aldo, Boots: Sam Edelman, Glasses: Blonde
I never thought I would own anything leopard print, but recently I got an urge to have some leopard print leggings in my life, and it was an urge that could not be ignored. For The Style Files this week I shared some of my thoughts on leopard print, whether it's just a passing trend of if it's here to stay. Head over here to read the article!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Earlier last week my mom very politely informed me that my hair was "looking a little dry." And I'm not being sarcastic, she was very polite about it. I've recently learned that my mom is always right, at least when it comes to my hair, so I thought I should do something about it. The climate in LA has been really damaging to my hair, and my skin for that matter. I decided to colour my hair to try to smooth it out a little bit. Cover up the dead ends and such.
My hair dresser has always warned me never to use box dyes, so whenever I'm dying my hair at home I always go to a beauty supply store and pick up a salon quality hair dye. Unfortunately I couldn't find a supplier in Westwood, and I'm the kind of person that when I decide I want to change something about my appearance, I want to do it NOW. And I just so happened to be at Target and decided that a box dye probably isn't thaaat bad, right?
I scoured the hair dye aisle looking for some kind of sign that one brand of box dye might be better than all the rest and I came upon the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour. I'd been told by a hair dresser friend that John Freida was one of the better store brand shampoos and conditioners, so I decided to give their dye a shot.
I was a little worried at first because I've never used the foam hair dye before. And when you mix the developer with the foam, it really doesn't look like you've got a tonne of product in there. I was panicking that there wasn't going to be enough dye and I was going to come out with weird chunks of coloured hair. But a little goes a long way! I actually had dye left over, which was surprising because I have a lot of hair.
I really loved how easy this hair dye was to use. Instead of brushing it on, you simply pump the dye directly onto your gloved hands and apply it to your hair. It didn't really get as foamy and moussy as it does in the commercials or in the picture on the instruction packet, but I got perfect coverage from a very easy to use product. My hair feels a lot softer and doesn't get quite so frizzy on the ends. It is definitely a product that I would use again. And of course I love the added bonus that hair smells amazing after it's dyed!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
8 am - Opening presents from my family.
9 am - A birthday gift from my cat.
10 am - A chocolate chai latte. Yum!
11 am - This is what I look like at 23.
12 pm - A page from my "diary" or "journal" or whatever you want to call it. Every day I write a list of things I need to do, and a list of things I'm thankful for. And on this day I planned out my paintings for my final critique.
1 pm - I went to Santa Monica to do some shopping and enjoy the sunshine.
2 pm - On a hunt for leopard print leggings.
3 pm - I think this was the first time in my life that I was able to go to the beach on my birthday.
4 pm - McDonalds fries are heaven.
5 pm - Diddy Riese makes fresh baked cookies that get filled with your choice of ice cream to make the most delicious ice cream sandwich that is basically impossible to eat like a sandwich.
6 pm - Testing out the nail polish I got for my birthday.
7 pm - Can you tell I like chocolate?
8 pm - Finished up the novel I was reading.
9 pm - Getting ready to go out on the town!
Monday, December 2, 2013
T-shirt: American Apparel, Shawl: Blonde, Jeans: Thrifted, Belt: American Apparel, Glasses: Blonde
For some reason I can't seem to master how to distress jeans. I have read so many tutorials and tried so many different methods, and they all just end up looking a little silly. Which I guess I'm okay with. Distressed, boyfriend jeans are perfect for the Californian climate. I originally bought these to be my painting pants, but they've quickly become my favorite pair of jeans. Which is unfortunate because now I don't really want to get paint on them...