Today, I just have to wish my favorite man a very Happy 27th Birthday!
B's birthday is actually tomorrow, and we will be celebrating with family then, but I thought I would go ahead and do a little shout-out to him today...
Happy Birthday, honey! I am so glad that we are together for yet another birthday. The last six birthdays together have been amazing, and I am looking forward to celebrating many more with you. I just know that this year will be your best year yet. After all, this year you become an official MD. Woohoo! And what makes this year even more special? Caleb is here to celebrate with us!
I recently purchased a Clarisonic Mia 2. I was hesitant to spend the money on this product, as $150 is definitely an investment for me. However, I did my research, read the glowing reviews, and knew that it was something I would definitely use. So, after receiving a gift card for Christmas, I decided to go for the splurge. And am so happy that I did. The sensitive brush head on the Clarisonic is gentle enough to keep my skin from feeling raw and scratched, like it someones does after I use other exfoliating products. And I love how smooth my face feels after I wash with it. I typically use my Clarisonic and Olay Foaming Face Wash 4 to 5 nights a week and just wash with the face wash by itself on the other nights.
2. Lotion (Nighttime)
Every night before bed, I apply a nighttime serum or lotion. I go back and forth between 2 different brands right now - Boots No 7 Lift and Luminate Night Cream and Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum. I like them both for different reasons. The Boots cream is thick and luxuriant and really makes my skin feel nourished, while the Olay serum makes my skin feel smooth and rejuvenated. For now, I plan on continuing to using them both on alternating nights.
3. Lotion (Daytime)
I wear a moisturizing lotion with SPF under my makeup every day. After rinsing my face every morning, I apply the Olay Regenerist Superstructure Cream. Even on days where I don't wear makeup, I still find time to slap some lotion on. I love this Olay one because it's thick and rich, but never makes me break out. It is SPF 30, so I feel confident that my skin is protected all day long. And the price is modest compared to some of the lotions out there. My dermatologist always tells me that my skin looks great, so I guess I'm doing something right!
4. Water Rinses
In the mornings, I avoid washing my face with any kind of washes or soaps. Washing too much can strip much-needed oils from your skin and leave you even dryer. Especially during the cold winter months when heaters are blowing constantly, and the air is dry and cold. Every morning, I simply rinse my face with warm water, and then follow it up with a splash of cold water to wake myself up and make my skin feel fresh and primed for my lotion and makeup routine.
5. Extreme Moisture
Lately, due to the colder-than-normal temperatures we've been experiencing, I've been taking my moisture routine to the next level. I use Aquaphor on both Caleb and I (he seems to have dry skin too, from what we can tell). I used to use Vaseline, but the Aquaphor seems to work better and doesn't clog my pores like the Vaseline has a tendency to do. I don't put it all over my face, instead I confine it to the areas in which I seem to struggle the most. Which is usually right around my nose and chin during the winter months. I also put it right around my eyes if I feel like they need a deep 'quench'. I even put it inside my nose when I start feeling really dried out there too - especially when I've been congested and had to blow my nose a lot. It's super inexpensive. And it works great!
As usual, today I am linking up with Natasha and the rest of the sweet girls listed below for the fave 5 on Friday link-up. Be sure to link up and join in to share your Friday five this week!
And don't forget that I will be doing a little Q&A post next week, and will be answering any and all questions from you lovely ladies. Be sure to leave any questions that you may have in my comments section today so that I can have answers for you next week. Now's your chance to get to know me a little better, so please feel free to take advantage of it:)
Now, I am off to make a birthday cake for my sweetheart.