My Favorite Things

Hi Beanzies! 

I’m doing my March post because I can’t be trusted to post anymore.

Here are some of my favorite things!


This was my delicious hipster/hippy/trendy? Idk which, breakfast this morning! I need more antioxidants and omegas in my diet and this has both! It’s a banana, strawberry, mango, blueberry acai bowl with raw walnuts and hemp seeds on top. It’s very delicious and filling! I wish I had a better blender (I use my food processor) but it will do for now! 


Kitties lounging in the sunshine. A forever favorite. 

Banana for scale


This post wouldn’t exist without my new washing machine. It holds… so much stuff. We would normally need to do two or three loads to do all of our towels in our old washer. WE CAN DO THEM ALL AT ONCE. We could barely fit our quilt in our old washer and WE CAN WASH THAT AND A SET OF SHEETS AND HAVE ROOM TO SPARE – MY LIFE IS GOOD. 


These two perscription medications have changed my face. For the past two+ weeks of using these together, my face has done a 180. I have better skin right now than I think I’ve ever had before. I’ve had two spots since using these to products whereas before, I was getting a new spot daily. I’m so so happy and grateful and I keep thinking to myself “Is this my life? Is this my skin?” Eep!


Lastly, my adorable kimono (I hate that they’re called that. They’re not a Kimono, they’re thin cardigans). It’s so cute and I love the siloette it gives me 🙂 

LASTLY for real, there a two things I couldn’t get pictures of. One is Beauty and the Beast. That movie was FREAKING AMAZING! And also my bidet. My bidet is life altering and everyone who doesn’t have one is a peasant scum. My butt is sparkling. 

1/28/17

Hi Beans! 

I had no idea what to post today so I decided to show you what I did today 🙂 it was relaxing and just what I needed.


Every good morning starts with a cup of tea in a Disneyland mug. I also fed the two fattest cats in the world, and our friend Chris overheard the yelling match between myself and Derpy, the fattest of them all. 



Then I made my bed, which I immediately regretted because I knocked over a full glass of water on my bedside table. But, cleaning the table warmed me up and I hadn’t cleaned it since we bought it so POSITIVE THINKING.


I realized that the blog hasn’t seen my sushi family. From top to bottom, Ginger, Tom, Tuna, and Wasabi. Wasabi may be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.


After tidying up the house, I decided to work out. I’ve worked out five days this week! I’m incredibly proud of myself. 

Then I went to Walgreens and bought Andrew some pedialyte and distilled water because he got THE TINY CHICKENS. I say this in all caps because when he was smootching me when I had the tiny chickens and I told him he shouldn’t, he DENIED THE POSSIBILITY HE COULD GET SICK BECAUSE OF HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM OF STEEL!!! Immune system of cat poop more like.


Then I took a shower and used this stuff on my hair (and body).


And then I used skincare stuff. This is my morning (top) and night (bottom) routine. Faaannncy.


This is what my face looks like now thanks to wonderful products from my amazing dermatologist. I’m very pleased. Also, please ignore the hives on my neck. I’m dying of something slowly. 


I got two packages today. One was a scale from Amazon. Second was a City Chic purchase. They were having a freaking ridiculous sale, where nearly everything was either $10 or $20. I spent $40.00 on these amazing pieces, one of which cost around $100 on its own! I love that sweater, the kimono and shirt! 


Then I spent the rest of the night starting this guy! Which is a special present for a beautiful new bride! 

I plan on going to bed very soon. 

Best day! 

Skin Inc. Serum Review

Hi Keddahbean and Cheese.

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The three serums I purchased in the bundle are Vitamin C (Rebalance and Tackle Pores – but also Vitamin C boosts the effects of all products applied after Vitamin C. This is especially important for SPF!), Licorice (Calm Irritated Skin), and French Pine Bark (Antioxidant Protection – which helps to prevent aging from free radical and UV damage). The three serums in the sample were Vitamin A (Even Tone and Reduce Dark Circles), Hyaluronic Acid (Long Lasting Hydration) and Chlorella (Brighten and Tackle Spots). 

First I will let Sephora describe the product to you:

Patented Japanese seaweed encapsulation technology allows for an effective delivery of pure, potent ingredients, while the humectant-rich base delivers lasting hydration. Layer individually or blend with up to two additional Skin Inc. customizable serums to provide optimal results and create a powerful, multipurpose product.

Now, I want to talk to you about Skin Inc and their Custom Serums. But I feel like to talk about the good, I need to start here:

The Bad: I purchased the My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum Set from Sephora on 7/7. This kit allows you to get 3 full size Custom Serums and a Serum Bottle for $90.00. You essentially get one Serum and the Serum Bottle for free. I think this is a spectacular deal. But I’ll be done with the product by the end of this month if not sooner. And I stopped using it day and night about a week ago. $90.00 for a product that lasts less than 45 days – I don’t know how I feel about that. It could be 100% my fault but I am having a hard time recommending the product or deciding if I will repurchase simply because of this. But, knowing that, let me get into the MANY positives of this product.

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The Good: There are so many I need to break them down.

Customer Service: I contacted their customer service to find out if this is a cruelty free brand. I sent this email on 7/7 at 10:03am.

Hello. Do you test on animals, at any point during the production of your products? Are your ingredients tested on animals by your suppliers? Do you test on animals when required by law? Are you owned by another company? Thank you!

They responded with this email on 7/7 at 10:57am.

Hello Stephanie,
Thank you for your inquiry.  I am happy to share that Skin Inc is a cruelty-free brand, and that we do not currently sell into China, or any other countries which require animal testing.  Skin Inc does not acquire ingredients from third parties who conduct animal testing.  Our company is privately held so we are not affiliated with any other brands which conduct different practices than what I have outlined here.
I hope that you find this information helpful; please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions.
Cheers to awesome skin!
Kind regards,
Brie
  1. Fast and amazing customer service.
  2. Kind and detailed response
  3. Cruelty free line!
This is the kind of company I want to support!
The Product: This is a really incredible product. First, it’s a fun product. It had a very apothecary feel and I love that. I loved mixing the three bottles into one – I loved the bottle itself – the whole thing. I loved the targeted aspect of this product. It’s awesome that you can use balancing serums where you need it, cell turnover serums on dark spots or healing breakouts, and vitamin C for balancing all over.

Also, it’s an educational product. The three serums I purchased plus the three I received as samples from Sephora informed me about my skin in ways I wasn’t expecting. I have dry skin? Well of course I do. I live in the hottest state in the nation, I use acne products, and I don’t drink nearly enough water. OF COURSE I need moisturizing products. So when I started using the Hyaluronic Acid all over, my skin perked up and my breakouts lessened.

Lastly, I truly feel that this product has changed my skin.

Overall: I think I would recommend this product to people who are very interested in skincare. I also think that I will repurchase the kit – but I think I will change the serums. I think I can drop the Vitamin C and replace it with a Vitamin C serum by another company (I’m looking at you, Drunk Elephant). I will keep the French Pine Bark for sure because duh. And, I think I will keep my products separate so that I can do more area correcting vs all over correcting.

I think this was my most educational skincare post so far. I hope you liked learning about my little apothecary bottles as much as I loved using and learning about them.
HAVE THE VERY BESTEST DAY KARA & FRIENDS.
((And you better, Kara, because I’m at your house RIGHT NOW))

New Skincare

Hi Bean! 

I got a couple new skincare things because I had a 10% coupon at Sephora for spending too much money there. Sounds right. Here’s what I got!

I repurchase a full size of the Luna Night Oil by Sunday Riley and picked up their new Tidal cream to replace Artemis. Turns out, Artemis wasn’t really my thing. I also purchased Dr. Dennis Gross’s mineral sun spray and a Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. 

I feel like I can talk to you about three of these items, but the Tidal review is going to need to wait. I like it a lot – but it takes about 30 days to know if a product is working its magic. I can say I like it a lot though after 4 days of use (morning and night. 

The Luna Oil is a must for me. This is my third .oz since I bought it for the first time in December. It’s a lovely oil and I hope you give it another shot!

The spray sun screen by Dr. Dennis Gross is really nice. I spray two squirts (I dislike the word squirt) into my hand and rub it on my face. It’s slippy in consistency and it’s a physical sunscreen so I’m liking it a lot! No breakouts and I don’t feel gross when I use it.

The Hourglass power is a repurchase but in a more yellow color. I stopped wearing foundation so I just put this all over after I’ve concealed and I like it a lot. Hourglass is one of my favorite cruelty free brands!


Lastly, this monstrosity. The waterproof Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. You and I both hated the regular version because it swam down our face by the end of the day. Well this one does it too. Usually waterproof formulas don’t do this so I was very excited. Too excited. My dreams were dashed.

PS you’re currently sitting on my couch, talking to your dogs and husband (mostly your dogs). We had such a nice day today, going to Sephora and Ulta and seeing Ariel(!!) and getting Dutch Bros and in a few hours we’re going to leave to go to the midnight release of HP! Yay! Yay for good days ❤

Sephora Haul

Hi Bean! 

I bought some new skincare things! 

I’ll probably go more in depth once I’ve used these products for a bit (I’ve had them for less than two weeks) but I can tell that the Skin Inc products are ones that have a new home with me.

Total order!


First Aid Beauty – peel-off clay mask


Skin Inc – three pack custom serums


100 pts perks: Cover FX mattefying primer, FAB bouncy mask. 500pt perk Skin Inc trio


Skin Inc family


❤ have a good weekend bean!

Updated Skincare Routine AM/PM

Hi Keddahbbien and Cheese,

I haven’t done an updated skincare routine in a long time and I’m feeling very proud of my new setup so let us begin! First: a Key!

No star: The brand is cruelty free!

*: Brand is not cruelty free and will be replaced by a cruelty free option once the product is used up!

**: Prescription – which most certainly is not cruelty free – which I will not replace because prescription.

***: I’m unsure if the company is or is not cruelty free because I’ve heard contradicting reports. I will either do more research when the time comes to replace the product or buy something I know is cruelty free.

  
Night:

  • Remove any makeup with Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover* or Sephora Collection Tripple Action Cleansing Water*
  • Cleanse with CeraVe***
  • Tone with Pixi Glow Tonic
  • Treat with Aczone Gel 5%**
  • Moisturize with Sunday Riley Luna Night Oil
  • Moisturize my eye area with Ole Henriksen Ultimate Eye Lift Creme***
  • Exfoliate with Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

Day:

  • Cleanse with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser*
  • Tone with Pixi Glow Tonic
  • Treat with Aczone Gel 5%**
  • Moisturize with Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
  • Moisturize eye area with Ole Henriksen Ultimate Eye Lift Creme***
  • Protect with Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++* (Sadly, this company was just bought by Unilever, making it no longer cruelty free)
  • Protect eye area with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30*

I’m really loving this set up. I feel so pampered and I can tell it’s making a difference to my skin. 

Maybe I’ll try and make a skincare video to show you how I use them all! 

Ps current reading A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness pg 15 

Pps my new day is Saturday! 

Skin Care

Hello Karibbean,

I’m going to talk your ear off a bit about skincare. This post comes to you in a few excessively worded parts.

After buying the Luna Night Oil by Sunday Riley (post here), and seeing such a huge difference in what a quality/expensive product can do for my skin, I’ve really become more interested in taking care of my skin and choosing products that are both good for me and good for our little furry friends.

Sunday Riley’s products are made in the USA, they don’t have a parent company, and are 100% cruelty free (and some products are vegan, I believe). I say they don’t have a parent company for reasons: NYX is a “cruelty free” brand, but they’re owned by Loreal, which is a shitty company that likes testing on bunnies. When you purchase anything from NYX, a portion of those profits are going to benefit Loreal. And that sucks.

I really like this website for checking to see if a brand is cruelty free: Cruelty Free Kitty. I just found out, because of them, that REN – a well known prestige, cruelty free skin care brand – was just bought out by a bad parent company. NOT COOL.

I just bought Sunday Riley’s Artemis Oil as a day moisturizer and I’m planning on purchasing Dr. Dennis Gross’s (another cruelty free brand!) mineral SPF spray to layer on top of that. I’m excited for this new skincare journey I’m about to embark on!

Here’s to looking a subtle 30 when I’m 63!

Part two: A review.

 

yes, that’s a harvey butt

 
I bought a cleansing oil at TJ Maxx not too long ago called Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil – Grapefruit and Geranium. This product is kind of what spurred on my interest in buying better skincare because this product is 1) cheap and 2) sucky. It does the job of getting off my makeup but it made me break out in these little surface bumps – some of which had nothing inside them. I wouldn’t suggest this product and it is going to find a home in my trash.

Part three: I know I’m late to post this, but I had a really weird day yesterday. I will explain why in a private post to you. I’m going to do it as a private post because 1) it’s personal 2) I want to keep this blog as an honest account of what’s going on in my life but I’m not super comfortable sharing the negatives with the world yet because 3) I’m really bad at doing what Margaret Atwood describes as telling the truth slant. I have a very hard time talking about things in a kind way if they make me upset. But hopefully, the more I try – the better  I will become.

That’s it for me! To the furthest star and back,

PS halfway through this post, derpy decided he wanted to sit between me and the computer and I tried to get a Photo Booth picture but IT DIDN’T WORK AND NOW I’M SAD.

PPS books! I finished Voyage of the Basilisk, the third book in the Lady Trent series and it was SO GOOD. I don’t know what book I will move onto next, but if I don’t start one by next week, give me a mini punishment. Which is something I think we should do.