How are you, friends? It was a busy day for me, and I’m in a mood for random so I hope you won’t mind Random Smiles & Lovely Finds!
Smiles from Pets
I ran into the cutest Scotties in tartan sweaters today so I have to share more canine cuties with you.
Random Smiles & Lovely Finds
Fun Customized Socks!
Would you, could you, put your pet’s face or your partner’s face on socks?
Custom Socks from DivvyUp…Aren’t they darling!?!
So many pretty spaces shared lately! Dig into my archives to catch up if you missed ’em.
Feel Good Favorite Christmas Movies
See clips from the first seven favorite movies I previously shared HERE.
8. POLAR EXPRESS
9. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
10. HOME ALONE
11. The Bishop’s Wife
12. The Santa Clause
Whimsical Quote & Doormat!
I saw this quote on a notebook today while shopping:
HGTV’s Flip or Flop Atlanta is on as I type these words, and I just spotted a welcome mat like the one below at a fabulous flip they did (and they painted the front door a lovely pale pink like this one I snapped in London).
Isn’t this fun as a housewarming gift or for your own front door?
Make Winter Skin Smile
If you have the kind of skin that glows without babying it, lucky you! The skin on my 50something face has seen better days! While it may look acceptable after makeup application, I saw the dermatologist this week for a couple of issues including rosacea. It has been years since my rosacea has flared like this, and there are so many possible triggers that it’s hard to sort out the culprit. Stress? Not enough sleep? GI issues? Temperature changes and cold weather are triggers as well, and as a result, I got to thinking about the importance of soothing the skin we’re in a little extra in winter.
We all know skin is an organ which needs more hydration in winter so it is important to moisturize day and night and drink plenty of water. Here are some excellent goodies to keep skin hydrated:
For the Face
High quality, friendly priced alternative:
Mid-priced at the salon (and what I use):
My mom swears by this one (I like it too for a splurge), and she has minimal lines and wrinkles:
Expurtise Eye Serum is a healthy smart way to address delicate skin around your eyes. It’s also one of those delicious products that smells yummy enough to eat.
More Skin Care Products in My Arsenal
Exfoliating is important when you want to glow. Here are some skin care finds I use everyday which work well for my sensitive skin.
I keep Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner in the shower and use a tiny amount to exfoliate my face. Since I use a retinol product (you’ll find it below), exfoliating removes dry flaky skin to reveal the glow underneath.
To Stimulate New Skin Cells & Treat Discoloration
While I cannot use it right now since my rosacea is flaring, SkinCeuticals makes the formulation of Retinol 1.0 I have used for years. THIS PRODUCT HAS DONE EVERYTHING IT PROMISES FOR MY SKIN, and I can’t say enough about how powerfully it does the job. The tricky thing about using a retinol product is giving your skin time to get used to it. Temporary irritation (feels like windburn), some pinky redness, and excessive dryness can happen. And you have to be cautious about sun exposure for good reason! The fresh skin this product uncovers is tender and baby-like!
When You Want to Wear Turtlenecks Everyday
This is a cool newish wand created by beloved Hollywood makeup artist Spencer Barnes (think Julianne Hough, Meghan Markle…). If you have a crepey neck like mine, here’s a fun way to address it. Did I just use the word ‘fun’ in a sentence with ‘crepey neck?’ 🙂 The product delivery (a roller ball on top works in the product on chin, jawline, and neck) is sort of genius, and one pump delivers an optimal amount of yum.
For the Body
This is such a spa-like creme with a natural, complex fragrance that calms me. I keep it in my nightstand and massage it into my hands and feet at bedtime.
Supplements for Skin
Do you take vitamins especially for hair, skin, and nails? I started making these a daily ritual after my surgical menopause when my hair thinned big time.
It wasn’t until my diagnosis with BRCA2 genetic mutation almost 6 years ago that I became more mindful about reading product labels. I never really thought about what I was massaging into my skin and how it could influence this anti-cancer journey.
As far as makeup, I have always loved it! I was an adolescent with problem skin so I appreciated having options to improve the look of my complexion.
Omg, what would I do without this foundation right now with my problem skin flaring as it is!?! I can go leave the house with more confidence since this stuff covers the red, bumpy areas I need to conceal. Bonus? Moisture, full coverage and SPF from one product!
Dark under-eye circles get a velvety smooth kiss and lightened with this beautiful coverage.
So luxurious and the prettiest colors…
A gorgeous mineral based bronzer:
These palettes are so fun and last forever. See the dark brown? I wet a liner brush and use it to line my eyes.
The best mascara I have tried:
A trusty eyeliner with staying power:
Thanks for playing along, friends!
Peace to you right where you are.
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