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?”

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.

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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”

New Body Spray: Summer in a Bottle

I’m not a big perfume person (luckily I suppose, as Japan is a bit scent averse on the whole). There are a few scents though, that I am a sucker for: much of the Philosophy line of perfumes (so light! So fresh! So clean!), the scent of the beach (well, let’s clarify and say the Okinawa beach in summer, not the fishy-briny Alaska beach), and peaches. Imagine my happiness when I saw Philosophy launched their limited edition summer fragrance this year and it was a beach version of their regular Pure Grace perfume. Β And even better, for me anyway, is that they had a body spray version as well (they’re usually even lighter in scent than regular perfumes).

I’ve also really been on a tropical scent kick, perhaps at least partly becauseΒ we’re still waiting for summer to reach Okinawa. Seriously, we should be sweating our balls off by now but instead, we’re trying not to drown on the walk to the car. After using a sample of Brazilian Bum Bum body cream a while back (yes, that really is the ridiculous name of that product) and loving the scent, I looked at the product on Sephora to buy. Aaaaand it was $45 for a tub … that was a hard pass. That was a while ago, but this year, they launched the same fragrance in a body spray. OMG, get in my cart!

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