GLOSSIER FOLLOW-UP

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As promised, I am following up on the two Glossier masks mentioned in my FACE MASKS post from January. I was seeking out a detox mask to address my self-diagnosed, hormonal congestion, and with dry, winter skin staring me in the face every day I jumped on the Glossier bandwagon purchasing the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack and, it’s companion, the Moisturizing Moon Mask.

Here’s what Glossier says about this duo:

Our bestselling masks are designed to work in harmony to hit the reset button on your skin. One detoxifies, while the other hydrates. The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack goes on first. Made with a gentle white kaolin clay base, plus vitamin-rich beauty foods—think of it as a juice cleanse for your face. Rinse, and follow with the Moisturizing Moon Mask. It’s formulated with honey, aloe, and plant-based squalane to plump skin up with moisture and restore elasticity. Meanwhile, licorice root and lemon extracts gently brighten…

Glossier sells these masks separately for $22 each, or as a duo for $40. (I’m not that good at math, but I know a $4 savings when I see one.) Considering what I’ve spent on skincare in the past, these bargains were a no-brainer.

So, did they work?

Yes. I definitely felt smoother, softer skin after using the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. My skin felt refreshed and clean. Was I “wowed” after one use? No. But my skin did not react with a breakout, so that’s a win. My chin seems to be clearing a bit and I do attribute some of that to using this mask a couple of times per week. The Moon Mask was most definitely hydrating. I do not have severely dry skin, but it can feel tight in the winter. This did the trick to keep it supple. Plus, it has ingredients to brighten hyperpigmentation. (Double duty in my book, folks.)

I’ve tried A LOT of different masks over the years. I’m trying to simplify my skincare routine and this is a no-nonsense mask duo that I always look forward to using. I will definitely be repurchasing.

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TRYING TUMERIC*

*a BEAUTY BIOGRAPHY appendix

When it comes to any trend I am usually late to the party. Apparently, turmeric was listed as a “Rising Star” in the 2016 Google Food Trends Report. (So, if you are like me, check out what was cool last year and get on the caboose before we get any further into 2017.) I’ve seen a lot going around about the benefits of turmeric: it’s an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, improves brain function, lowers the risk of heart disease, AND, due to it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helps reduce acne. I’m listening, Turmeric.
img_8061Enter the Turmeric Latte, aka Golden Milk. A delicate concoction of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and milk (dairy or non). After some bleary-eyed, late-night web searching (none of which can be found again or referenced) I found out that drinking this magic elixir can help with breakouts. Experiencing what I call “hormonal acne” (self-diagnosed, mind you), I decided to give this sure to be tasty treat a try.

So far I’ve tried two different recipes: Creamy Turmeric Latte and 5 Minute Turmeric Tea Recipe. I like chai tea. I like curry. I like Golden Milk. I won’t lie…it’s kind of a messy hassle to make. It’s easy, but the stain power of turmeric means that precision pouring must prevail, or be ready with some washcloths if you want to save your countertops. To achieve the fancy, frothy, Portland-esque coffee bar appeal use an immersion blender.

It’s too early to know if my self-diagnosed hormonal acne will be eradicated by the enamored turmeric, but I’m willing to continue juggling a preschooler, baby and immersion blender each afternoon to find out. Stay tuned.

Have you ever tried a Turmeric Latte?

JILL & SHERI

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Today’s Beauty Biography features Sheri & Jill, mother & daughter.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
SHERI: High school and blue eye shadow with lots of mascara.
JILL: I remember my mom putting pink foam curlers in my long straight hair before bed so I would wake up with curls.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
SHERI: I wear less makeup, and I am more conscious of using moisturizer.
JILL: For years I used the Proactiv 3 step system which worked beautifully if I consistently cleansed morning and night. Over time I think it became too drying for my face and may have contributed to melasma on my forehead. I switched to a Clarisonic and a less drying cleansing wash.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
SHERI: Reading a lot on the internet.
JILL: I don’t search much for makeup, but I have done internet searches to find skincare information.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
SHERI: Brilliance Skin Care. Noxema for cleansing.
JILL: My Clarisonic and Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Cream. Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment. Clinique Turnaround Daytime moisturizer; as well as, Clinique Turnaround Overnight– when I get around to actually washing my face before I go to bed!

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
SHERI: Full makeup and dressed up.
JILL: I feel most confident when I am just done getting ready and leaving the house to go out on a date with my husband. I love it when I have a nice outfit and my hair is doing what I want it to do.

Jill is a thirtysomething newlywed and dental hygienist. Sheri is a sexagenarian that loves nature, gardening, knitting, sewing…well, anything with a needle. 😉

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CINDY


WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
My first memory is probably my mom and her lipstick. My mom always wears makeup (she even recently got purple eyeliner tattooed, which she loves), but most importantly would not get out of the car without a fresh coat of lipstick. I remember thinking how silly it was or annoyed at having to wait to get out of the car. I have always been more of a tomboy, never really wearing makeup until my late teens and even then very rarely. In fact, my husband didn’t see me in makeup until a year into our relationship! I remember my mom being excited when I wanted to go and buy jeans in high school – up to that point, it was all about the sweatpants. Luckily I have evolved since then! Though now I do enjoy the occasional (like once a month or so) getting dressed up and putting full makeup on, it is definitely not a daily thing for me.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
I never really had a beauty routine in the classic sense. I have been lucky with fairly good skin, so just using a facial cleanser (Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub) was all I really did. I am now trying the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser instead (trying to get away from the plastic microbeads that are in many cleansers and are really bad for the environment, oceans in particular). As a marine mammalogist in Florida/Bahamas for over 10 years, my routine did involve a lot of sunscreen (SPF 50+ as I am very pale, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch). I will also use hand/body lotion on occasion when needed (particularly on my hands during cold weather). As I have gotten older I have become more interested in other types of beauty care, due to just curiosity and some necessity. I recently began having redness issues from Rosacea, and when the prescription lotion was way too much $$$$, I searched for other options. My doctor said that Retinol A was an ingredient to look for in over the counter items. So after a few tries, I found Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer for day (with sunscreen) and night (both with accelerated Retinol A). They have worked great and I haven’t been this happy with my skin in years. Due to talking with my friends about this type of stuff, and recently getting a mini facial on vacation, I recently decided to try a face mask (first time!) – the Studio 35 Beauty Peel-Off Cucumber Mask. I think it, or something like it, might become a routine, my skin felt refreshed and I felt a little pampered, even for just 15 minutes, which is hard to come by as a busy mom.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
Well, I suppose that would mean I had to look?? I guess since I haven’t had a lot of interest in the past. I have asked friends sometimes, but other than that I just look around the store, read the labels and try to decipher what would be the best choice, try and repeat until something works. It can be pretty daunting with so many options available, I suppose the internet would be my next option, though what good sites to go to are a mystery to me!

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
My main love is the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizers that have cleared up my Rosacea issues. The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen has been a favorite for years, especially for someone with oily skin. For my make-up (the occasional time I wear it!) I found Almay Intense i-Color products (shadow, liner and mascara). These are great because they tell you which colors to buy based on your eye color, and the shadow is in a little container that easily shows you which color goes where (lid, crease, highlight) – for people like me with very little experience with make-up it makes it easy to do a decent job.

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
When I can find a little time to myself – taking a shower without rushing, blow-drying my hair, getting in a run, doing a 15-minute face mask, or those occasional dress-up times. It is amazing what a few minutes focusing on yourself can do to your confidence, and how hard it is to find those minutes in the busy days of working and being a mom!

Cindy is a married, thirtysomething marine mammalogist and mother of one. She loves nature, animals and anything geeky (see replica lightsaber on her mantle). Oh, and also anything that involves peanut butter.

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WINTER HANDS*

*a BEAUTY BIOGRAPHY appendix

Ah, winter. First snowfalls. Hot chocolate. Cozy nights. Cracked, dry hands.
The cold, dry air really wreaks havoc on my hands. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of applying hand lotion throughout the day. I’m constantly washing my hands or dishes, so the process of applying hand lotion seems pretty futile. Plus, I haven’t found one that sinks in quickly and still feels like it’s providing some healing relief.

Enter my night-time hand lotion routine. (Is it a little much to have a hand lotion “routine?”) I needed to do something, and since I can’t be bothered with lotion during the day, I thought I’d give it a go at night.

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First Step: Aveda hand relief™ Night Renewal Serum. Not necessarily a major player in the hydration department; instead, a “restorative serum [that] visibly  improves the texture and tone of your hands while you sleep.” Sign me up! It has that Aveda pure-fume scent and feels really nice. 

Step Two: Weleda Skin Food is a very thick cream that provides intense hydration. Not just a hand cream, it can be used on any rough skin. It’s a bit oily and takes a while to sink in, so it’s perfect for me at night. It has a herbaceous scent, so it pairs well with the Aveda serum.

I’ve been doing this for about a month and I really think my skin has improved. If I remember, I’ll apply some cuticle oil before bed as well. As much as I enjoy this routine every night, I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures and the end of dry hands!

What are your favorite hand creams and lotions to combat winter skin?