My love for fancy beauty products has been growing, and I’ve recently acquired some perfume- something I haven’t bought in years and years. Unfortunately dalas hates every scent, but whatever- I’ll just use them when he isn’t around, haha. I understand what it’s like to be sensitive to perfume/aromas, so it’s a fair complaint. ANYWAY, I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I use, even though I’m far from being an expert. In terms of skin, the most important thing a person can do is eat well, drink water and moisturize. For me, my ultimate skin enemy is sugar. I was a major sugar fiend when I was younger, and I’ve slowly gotten away from it. I’m not super crazy about avoiding it, I just know that I can’t have it a lot, and if I consume a bit too much in a day then I am guaranteed a nice ol’ zit or two the next day. That’s just how it works! It’s annoying, but it’s good to pinpoint cause and effect like this. A weird health trick I do is to drink a bit of apple cider vinegar in water every morning, because it’s a major cure-all. It tastes bad, like super super super strong kombucha, but it only takes a few seconds and I know it isn’t doing any harm. It’s great for improving digestion, you can put it on your skin (did you see this skincare tutorial?), you can put it on your hair to quit shampoo, etc. I like it!
My buddy Vanessa actually just posted another great skincare tutorial featuring clay, which I love! Clay is a really strong and awesome cleanser, but I wouldn’t recommend using straight clay every day because it is drying, it is more of a once-a-week kind of thing. It sucks all the junk out of your skin and leaves it fresh & ready for some good, balancing moisture. The one pictured above is a fancy French rose clay from Evan Healy, who makes my favorite skincare products. The rose clay also contains Moroccan rhassoul clay and it smells so nice. I use a lot of their products, actually, and my skin loves them. They are all natural, and they really aware of what skin ACTUALLY needs- like oil! Oil is the best kind of moisturizer and cleanser, because it keeps your natural oils from getting all confused. I use oil & toner on my face at night before bed and in the morning my skin is super soft. I feel like such a dummy for getting tricked by skincare companies for most of my life, thinking that oil is bad. Embrace that dang oil and balance it out!
Man, look at all these fancy scents! A recent acquisition is Lightning Paw by OLO Fragrance, an awesome Portland company that makes really unique scents. Lightning Paw’s notes are bergamot, vanilla, jasmine, patchouli and wood. I’m really interested in seeing what the Violet/Leather is like too. I picked mine up at Palace, where I discovered that they stock Evan Healy stuff too so I can stop ordering online! I searched all over etsy for a honey-scented perfume and came away with Honeybee from Long Winter Farm, and it’s definitely an accurate honey smell. I love it. Better than holding a beeswax candle to my nose all day. In the back is a solid perfume made by Tokyo Milk, it’s rose-scented (called Scarlett) and I bought it last year at Flutter during my major rose obsession. I also just received a sample pack of the scents offered by Portland General Store, which are really interesting. They’re all quite masculine and woodsy, and I love the little sample size vials. Perfume scientist.
Dry shampoo is a new thing for me too, I ended up buying a small size of the Lulul Organics hair powder, which has a great herbal lavender smell. I use it on my fringe (haha, first time I’ve said “fringe”) and if I’m home, will accompany that will a blast of herbal toner on my forehead to freshen it up. Fun beauty fact: those paper toiler seat covers are exactly the same as oil blotting papers, so remember that if you’re out somewhere and wish you could blot!
Do you have any cool product recommendations for me? I would really love to find a non-gross, non-greasy, non-full of chemicals sunscreen for daily use. I’ve been using one from La Roche-Posay, but it has sort of a bad rating on the harmful products scale, so I’d consider trying something else. I’m pale, so it’s an SPF 30. I need to find something good because there’s no way I am taking the Julianne Moore approach and never walking on the sunny side of the street. I read some quote from her saying that she’s always in the shade… that’s wild. If you live in a place that is gray for so many months, when the sun comes out you gotta get in it!