Stress and Acne: Can Stress Cause, Trigger or Worsen It?

Stresssssssssssssss. Some lifestyles are more susceptible to stress, as are some personalities. My personality is very prone to stress. My type-A tendencies, among other things, make me stress over shit that probably doesn’t need stressing over.

Why is stress such an issue? For many, it lights a fire under us (hello, fellow procrastinators) so it can’t be all negative. But, what stress does to your body can be quite damaging. Not counting all of the other stuff it does internally, my skin breaks out like nobody’s business when I’m under a lot of stress. Like, a pepperoni pizza just transplanted onto my chin-type acne.

Which is actually an indicator of what’s going on inside … where you get breakouts (if you do) can give you some ideas on the cause. If you get chin disasters like I do, pay attention to when you get them. If you are prone to acne only around your period, you likely get spots on your chin. If you are breaking out with seemingly nothing to do with your monthly menstrual cycle, and it’s also on your chin, it could be triggered by stress.

These breakouts can be viewed as your body’s way of telling you that you need to make some changes … but I’m not a lifestyle guru (or any kind of guru for that matter), so you do you on that front. What I might be able to help you with is dealing with them. Continue reading “Stress and Acne: Can Stress Cause, Trigger or Worsen It?”

Biore ROSE Scented Watery Essence & Gel Sunblock!!!

It’s here! Start checking your local stores, if you’re in Okinawa. Biore’s limited edition rose scented version of its cult classic sunscreens, Watery Essence and Watery Gel, have arrived!

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Available in both the watery essence and watery gel formulas!

If you’re new to Japan, you may not know that limited edition is everything here. From sakura-themed, well, everything during cherry blossom season to the endless new flavors of Kit Kats to regional versions of mainstream products like the Okinawa edition of Lululun sheet masks, Japan is a master at producing regional and limited edition versions of products. It makes each trip to the konbini (convenience store) a bit of a treasure hunt.

If you have use (or use) Biore watery essence or gel sunblock, you are familiar with the very light, vaguely citrus fragrance. The scent fades very fast, just about as fast as it absorbs in your skin (which is pretty damn fast). This new one’s scent is a bit more noticeable, and lingers a little bit longer.

Let’s adjust that and remember this is a product sold in Japan, so the scent is still quite light. But, if you like rose scents in the slightest, I think you will like this. It smells very realistic, like real roses (again, very typical of Japanese products for the snozzberries to taste like snozzberries).

If however, you are not a fan of rose scents, you may find that it smells of old ladies, as my friend did. So … buyer beware.

This all being said, if you’re a diehard Biore sunscreen user, it might be fun to try and find a tube of this to mix up your SPF’ing this summer, or to give as a fun gift.

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NSale: Anastasia Brow Gel, or, OMG How Did I Miss This?

Dude, I swear this wasn’t in the pre-sale for cardholders but the Nordstrom Nsale (anniversary sale) has a ridiculous deal right now on the clear Anastasia brow gel. Get two tubes for $29 (and free shipping! And free return shipping if you hate it!).


For serious, dude … first, this brow gel is the most amazing thing ever … it will keep your brows in check all day, no matter how much sweating or whatever that you do. My brows sway a bit on the curly side and even they are locked down. This brow gel also makes your brows appear a bit fuller (I swear, it does!) BUT it’s totally clear, so it looks totally natural and it works for every brow color.

I used to have a ghetto old tube of clear Maybelline Great Lash mascara I would use on an odd occasion on my brows. I always wondered what the fuss was with brow gel because the Great Lash was massively underwhelming. I got a sample tube of Anastasia clear brow gel a while back from Sephora in a brow set and now I can’t live without it. (Well played, Sephora).

Anyway, back to the Nsale … this miraculous tube of brow-wow normally costs $22 (it lasts for-ev-er though, I promise) … or around $20 if you shop at the Okinawa exchanges. BUT Nordstrom has a two pack of it (like a 2-year supply, yo) for $29.

If you decide to pick it up, it would be rad if you used my little affiliate link here. Support my tiny blog! Feed my kids! Thank you!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel Duo – No Color

Did you shop the anniversary sale? If so, what did you buy? Comment below!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: the best of the Beauty sale

It’s here, it’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I grew up in Alaska, and in Anchorage, Nordstrom is the only higher end department store in town. And the state. When it was Nordstrom sale time, people were waiting outside the doors before they opened … and the anniversary sale, their best sale of the year, was insane. Like Black Friday, except (usually) nobody was wearing pajamas. So for me, getting excited over this sale is ingrained. I can’t help it …

You can do early access right now if you’re a Nordstrom card holder; everyone can see what’s on sale, but if you’re like me and don’t have a Nordstrom card, you have to wait until July 21 to order.

There are a few intriguing items in the beauty department this year. Nordstrom often gets in special bundle deals and limited editions for their sales. If you want to see my top picks from the beauty exclusives, keep reading!

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NARS Concealer Showdown: Soft Matte Complete vs. Radiant Creamy

If you have watched even one YouTube makeup guru’s video, you have likely seen NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in action. This concealer is insanely popular, particularly amongst the highlight-and-contour set. Why? For many, it offers full coverage for even the darkest under eye circles, and doesn’t crease when you set it with powder. It also comes in 16 shades, meaning pretty much everyone can find a match. This year though, this NARS concealer met some competition from the same company in the form of NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. Want to see how they compare? Keep reading!Β  Continue reading “NARS Concealer Showdown: Soft Matte Complete vs. Radiant Creamy”