07.16.2014

Half Year Resolutions

Venice Beach
No, today we are not going to talk about beach vacations, which I hope you are enjoying or will be enjoying pretty soon, but about something else. Today I’m sharing my half year resolutions. Do you remember how you create one of these lists sometime in January and you check them at the end of the year to see how it went? Well, I have never been the kind of person who sits down and does this.
But I guess I am getting older and for some reason I wrote my New Year’s Resolutions in 2013 and in 2014. I clearly remember because when I wrote one this past January I found the one from 2013 and got very excited. Truth is, I have no recollection of what I wrote, seriously, no idea. For that reason, the other day I decided to look for those resolutions in my computer. Guess what I found? Nothing. I have no idea of what happened to the lists. They just vanished!

Now what? Let’s not panic.In line with me getting older and more a little bit mature, I decided to come up with my half year resolutions and see what happens (you should do it too). I know it is summer and we should just be thinking about the resolution of making it to the beach as often as possible. Unfortunately for me, in San Francisco, summer, beach and warm weather don’t go together.

  1. Start a blog. Fine, that’s cheating, but I’m sure I wrote this down because I’ve always been intrigued by the whole blogging thing. How about, keeping the blog for at least a year? I hear blogging is hard, but it is fun too.
  2. Improve my photography. Well, let’s start by saying that I’m awful at taking photos. I understand the basics aperture, shutter speed, etc. but the problem is that I don’t take my camera out, and when I do, I don’t take pictures.
  3. Shop less. Just because it is on sale it doesn’t mean that I have to have it. When am I going to learn that? Mind you, I’m in marketing and I’ve worked in retail for a while. I should know better by now.
  4. Exercise regularly. Sometimes I’m lazy but when I workout I feel so much better after a workout…
  5. Get out of town at least once every two months, even if it is to our regular spot, but preferably to other places.
  6. Cook more. I LOVE to cook but after a long day at work, I just don’t feel like it.
  7. Have more time for hubby and I without our little pumpkin. We love her, but it is nice to have a conversation where random princesses or imaginary friends don’t come up.
  8. Be more organized. I have several notebooks to write things down and several calendars. I don’t know why I can’t just use one. I should be able to have everything in one place. For some reason, I don’t like to use the phone for this.

How about you? Do you follow up on your list?

07.11.2014

Skin Care Routine

Skin care routine
I have to say that I’m  the worst at following skin care routines, but today I decided to show you what I do, or at least what I attempt to do, every day. I know that everybody is different, but this is my 2 cents.

I only use a couple of products because I think that sometimes less is more, plus in my case, I forget I have all those extra creams, masks, etc, and end up throwing them out two years after I first opened. Unless I wear makeup, I pretty much wash my face with water and I’m good to go. I’ve done it my entire life and never had a problem. Obviously, everybody’s skin is different and we all need to do what’s best for us, but I really don’t believe in over cleansing, or using masks or exfoliating your skin every day, unless you really must do so. I need to add that I have combination skin, and probably the less sensitive skin you can come across. I can use pretty much anything on my face and it will stay the same, except for when I get one of those big pimples, but that’s for another post…

Skin care routine

Morning Skin Care Routine

Unless I go out for a jog or any other kind of workout, I just wash my face with water. It has always worked for me. As I said before, sometimes less is more. I’ve also heard that all that good stuff that happens to your skin overnight can go away if you use a cleanser in the morning. So there, that reinforces my ultra researched-state-of-the-art morning skin care routine. Ok, seriously, I am lazy and I figure that I can’t get my face that dirty just by sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night! After this I just use a moisturizer with SPF. Now I’m using Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer and a lip balm, whatever brand I have around.

Skin care routine

Night Skin Care Routine

If I don’t wear makeup, which happens way too often, I probably just use Bioderma for combination skin. It’s easy ;I just need to use a cotton pad, wipe my face off, and voilà clean skin. It is a micellar solution, so I don’t need to add the toner. Score! If I am wearing makeup that day, then I’ll use Bioderma and Philosophy. Both of them work to remove eye makeup too, especially the Philosophy cleanser. I just alternate which one I use first, unless I use my Clarisonic, which in this case it will first use Bioderma and then Philosophy with the Clarisonic. Speaking of Clarisonic, how do you like it? I have been having a love and hate relationship with it. I barely use it mainly because I forget about its existence, but the problem is that I charge it and when I start using it, maybe 4 days later, it stops working 10 seconds later. In any case, you can also use a washcloth as an exfoliator kind of thing.

Skin care routine

Sometimes I will use Lush Lip Scrub, which is yummy by the way. After this whole cleansing situation it is time for toner Murad. I don’t really have acne, just a pimple every once in a while on my chin, but I feel that this toner works to keep blemishes at bay. Then I finish with a night cream. I just ran out of my beloved Clarins, so for now I’m using a sample of L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream. As for eye cream, I don’t tend to use any, although I know I should get one soon.

Besides these two cleansers, there is another one that I really love but I haven’t bought in a while. It is the Cleanse Off Oil from Mac. This one is a little bit tricky to use. Usually you’ll wet your face and then cleanse your skin, but not with this one. You need to apply it on dry skin and with dry hands. Then, you have to work it all over your face to make sure it lifts up all the make up. I like to do my eyes at the end because I don’t want to end up with eye makeup all over my face. Once you are done with this step you need put a little bit of water on your hands and massage your face with it. The oil will turn into a white lotion-type liquid. This cleanser removes everything. That’s why I love it. Do you sense a theme here? Moisturizer with SPF, cleansers that cleanse, remove makeup and eye makeup, and a cleanser that works as a toner too? Yup, I just like to reduce the number of steps, especially at night. But that doesn’t mean that every here and there I like to add something extra.

What do you like to use?

 

Disclaimer: I have purchased all of these products with my own money, with the exception of the L’Occitane Cream that was a gift from a friend. This is not a paid post.