Happy 2018!

So Much for Goals…

If you’ll kindly recall, in the glowy warmth of Auld Lang Syne a month and a half ago, I pledged to absolutely write here more often. As with most things in life, the motivation fizzled a bit.

But, here I am. I’ve decreased my writing load other places online and I’m hopeful to have more headspace to write here again. I’m not sure exactly what direction I’ll go with this blog but I did want to update you on a very important development.

When I was trying to cut corners and dropped my Rodan and Fields membership, I found myself really missing some of the products. But I just didn’t have space in my budget to warrant the extra money to spend on skincare. I’ve recently revisited my old-standby facial cleanser and I’m finding that my skin hasn’t looked better. Here’s what I use:

Equal parts coconut oil and castor oil

Yep…that’s it. And yes, I’m “washing” my face with oil. Sounds gross, right? Well, from what I understand, if your skin trends more oily, you should increase the castor oil and decrease the coconut oil in this concoction. And, alternatively, if you’re dry, you need more coconut oil and less castor oil. For me, 50/50 works great. I use this mixture at night. I slather it on then wipe it off with a warm, damp washcloth. My skin feels “fresh-from-a-facial” plump and hydrated after and never greasy. It also melts away makeup like a champ. If I’ve worked out or feel like my face is grimy, I’ll use a conventional facial cleanser, otherwise, I reach for the coconut oil stuff.

Then, after cleansing, I apply Teddie Organics Rosehip Seed Essential Oil (per Big Mama and Boo Mama’s glowing recommendations). You can’t beat the price or the convenience of Amazon and I’m happy with the results. I use it all over my face, neck and chest before bed and if there’s any left over, I rub it into my hands.

But the one R+F product that I concede defeat on and miss desperately is the Lash Boost. I milked my tube until the bitter end. Then, I set out to research more cost-effective alternatives. I thought I’d found a gem at Ulta. I read reviews of Lash Food and diligently applied the $20 product every night without fail for a couple of months and never saw a difference. In fact–if anything–I think my lashes look worse. (Sad trumpet sound) So, if you have the extra money in your budget, I’m here to tell you that Lash Boost is where it’s at.

So, there you have it: My triumphant return to blogging. I’ll be back though. I’m marinating on ideas and brainstorming topics. It’s happening…it’s really happening this time. Promise.

 

 

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Happy 2018!

Keeping my head above water

Gosh, y’all. I have a really whole lot to talk about but my brain is mush. It’s a combination of other writing deadlines and the summer doldrums that have got me like…

 

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But, I had to pop in to tell you some big news. REAL big news!

I have found cute wedges that I can wear….ON MY FEET and not die of foot pain. It’s a miracle indeed.

Behold:

I love a good nude sandal, but wedges are typically not do-able for me for more than the journey from the car to the restaurant (and then I have to pray that our table is ready and there’s no standing required). So, when I tried these on recently and planned for the worse, I was amazed that they were actually more comfortable than the Converse that I wore into the store. They’re crazy comfy and I’ve been wearing them with everything and everywhere.

A good nude shoe is my love language and when you add in comfort, I’m over-the-moon about these things.

Amazon has about the best price around for them (affiliate link below)…

Clarks Women’s Annadel Eirwyn Wedge Sandal, Sand

I’m tempted to buy them in another color, but I can’t imagine another color that I’d wear as much as the nude. But these coral ones sure make me want them:

 

So, what about you? Any comfy, cute summer shoes that you’re enjoying? 

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