Sephora Spring VIB Sale: Shopping List

Sephora has a store-wide sale exactly two times a year; once a bit after Black Friday, and once … SOON! (They haven’t released the dates yet, but rumor is Rouge sale starts the 18th and other tiers will follow). They roll out the sale in a hierarchy fashion, offering the sale prices first to their high rollers in their loyalty program, and then to their mid-tier, and finally to everyone. Given the higher prices of everything they sell, these two sale periods are excellent times to pick up staples you know you will be repurchasing, and can be a good opportunity to try out a higher-priced item you otherwise may not have budgeted for. If you’re a junkie like me, you likely have been writing and re-working your wish list for the sale almost since the end of the last sale. So here it is, my personal spring VIB sale shopping list (which is still … a work in progress. I CAN’T DECIDE!). Continue reading “Sephora Spring VIB Sale: Shopping List”

Sports Skincare: Part Three, Getting Your Face Clean and Shiny Again

Don’t be sad, but today we’re wrapping up my three-part series on sports skincare. If you missed them, I covered smart sun protection in the first installment and looking like a beauty while training like a beast in the second. Today … today is the last cog in the wheel, the last essential: how to properly clean your face after all of your sweaty pursuits. All the sunscreen, any cosmetics you may have applied, layers of sweat, salt, mud, sand, sandwiched on by more layers of sunblock … your skin was a battlefield out there, yo, and now it’s time to take care of it. Continue reading “Sports Skincare: Part Three, Getting Your Face Clean and Shiny Again”

Sports Skincare, Part Two: Looking Amazing While Kicking Ass

Yes, hold onto your hats; today is part two of my three part series on sports skincare. If you missed it, check out part one, which covered smart skin protection for outdoor athletes. This post though, is the most frivolous (and arguably the most fun) part of the series, or, how to look good while sweating your ass off. Continue reading “Sports Skincare, Part Two: Looking Amazing While Kicking Ass”

Sports Skincare, Part One: Protecting Your Skin

I am a very fair person–a ginger, the fairest of them all (ha!) … as in, if I spend more than about a half hour outdoors, even with sunblock, my skin can start feeling about a half size too small. While this is unfortunate in and of itself, I enjoy being outdoors as much as the next person, and I also enjoy outdoor sports. Specifically, endurance sports and water sports–which are pretty much the antichrist for ginger nuts like me. Being a person that is also quite vain and likes not looking like grandpa’s busted old leather suitcase, I have learned a lot over the years on sports skincare: how to balance, as best as possible anyway, having an active life outdoors with not looking like Magda.

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Meet Magda. This makes me want to watch There’s Something About Mary Again

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Collagen: The Effective Beauty Supplement Japan Has Known About For Years Is Finally Hitting It Big In the West

Outside of Japan, particularly in the paleo and clean eating crowds, people have started going crazy over collagen. Moving beyond the uber-hipster bone broth, people are getting serious about their collagen supplementation, stirring collagen powder into their coffee, smoothies, and pretty much anything edible. Japan though, being the ultimate hipster, supplemented with collagen long before it was cool to supplement with collagen. Women here have known for years the kindness that collagen can show your skin, and a zillion and one forms of it are available pretty much everywhere.

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