Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekend Wind Down

It's Sunday and the weekend is coming to an end... I hope everyone has had an amazing weekend! For me, this weekend was very relaxing, and we didn't really do much around here. I'm glad it was a chill weekend, because tomorrow I start working again for the semester! I'll miss being able to do whatever I want basically all day, but I definitely missed working and got a LITTLE bored without anything to do. At least I still get another week to sleep in before school starts (AH!). Here's what went on this weekend...
Weekly date with my mom and sister at our favorite cafe in BR, Magpie Cafe! They have, hands down, the best coffee in town, and amazing pastries. We look forward to this all week!
Trolli gummy eggs are seriously SO addicting, and they just so happen to go perfectly with popcorn, so that's what I ate Friday night to accompany my Netflix binge watching Scrubs...
Yep...
My setup to get ready for church Sunday morning... I'm probably going to take this mirror back to my apartment with me and put it on top of my new makeup storage in my room! I think it's really cute! And of course, my morning coffee in my Cinderella mug. I was going to do a quick OOTD after church, because I ended up really liking what I wore. When we left it was sprinkling so we made a run for it and on our way to the car it started to pour.. Just to paint the picture a little better... I was running in wedges (almost fell twice) and had a white shirt on that was starting to get soaked...roughhh, so the OOTD didn't quite work out. Maybe next time.


What'd you do this weekend?

Tori

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Current Wish List

Each month I put aside a little money to buy a few beauty products...okay or a lot of beauty products... but so my spending doesn't get over ridiculous I make a wish list and wait to buy a few things off of it each month. I just check off what I've bought and add others as I go. These are a few of the things currently on my wish list...
1. MAC Lipstick in the shade "Créme in Your Coffee". It's a beautiful nude color and hello it has coffee in the name... I'm sold. I still want to swatch this in store and make sure it looks good on my skin tone, and if it does you better believe this will be added to my collection soon.

2. Makeup Geek Eyeshadows. These are just beautiful and I have seen tons of videos where people swatch them and sing their praises. This beginner palette just came back in stock and I want to get my hands on it ASAP. 

3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I have heard many good things about this product and I am a sucker for a good concealer. I have yet to find one that doesn't settle in the fine lines under my eyes, and I am excited to give this one a try!

4. Bareminerals 5 in 1 BB Cream Eyeshadow. I got one of these in my ipsy bag last month and I love it! I got sort of a taupey color and I want to get a real neutral color to use as a base for my eyeshadow. When I used the one I have, the colors didn't budge all day. I am already a fan of this!

5. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Confession time: I don't own a primer, and have never used one before. I'm still not sure if one is really necessary. I'm still not 100% sold on them. But, I have super oily skin and have heard that this one helps to combat oil, so I would like to give it a try. This thing is so dang expensive, so if I decide to try it out, I will buy the smaller size. 

So there you have it, all of the things I am currently waiting to buy! I am super excited to try these products out. What are some things on your wish list?

In other news, I have been searching for a new camera. I think I've found one that I really like that is reasonably priced. I can't wait to get it so I can have WAY better picture quality and hopefully be able to make some videos soon!

Tori



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dermatologists Orders!

Skincare Update! This post may be a little all over the place, but I have a lot to talk about so just bear with me! As you know if you've read my last post, I recently visited my dermatologist and an aesthetician for my acne. Before I went to see her, I was doing an all natural skincare, which I liked, but I think at this point with all of this acne, I needed something a little stronger. I read a few blogs, researched a little bit and found a few things that worked for people with similar skin type and problems as me, so I went out and bought a few of those products. They weren't too expensive, so if I didn't like it, it wasn't a huge deal. This routine has worked for others with my skin type, but I didn't see major results just yet. I could have given it a little more time but more on that in a second. This is what I was doing...I take my makeup off with coconut oil, or the body shop chamomile cleansing butter, both of which I love, then I WAS using my Treskin RX cleanser ( still love it), toning with Thayers Cucumber Witchhazel toner, and moisturizing with either my Treskin RX moisturizer during the day or grapeseed oil at night. If I was breaking out bad I would use tea tree oil. I recently bought the toner, and grapeseed oil so I didn't really have enough time to decide if I liked the routine as a whole or not, but I made this appointment way ahead of time, so whatever. Throughout the day if my face needed refreshing, I would use the body shop vitamin E spray or a little more toner. (When doing this routine it didn't feel like much, but now that I'm listing all the products it sounds like a lot!) If I felt I was having a huge major breakout, I would use some of the Mario Badescu drying products (drying lotion, or drying cream). These are good products that I like, they aren't all natural but thats not a huge deal, and I was desperate. This routine wasn't clearing up my acne, but don't think it was causing the breakouts. I like this routine and may go back to it once the acne is taken care of (plus or minus a few things), because I think the problem is deeper than just what I put on my skin. I will see if I like this new routine the doctor gave me and may or may not go back to this routine (plus prescription). I am going to just take it step by step. I still LOVE my Treskin RX and it pains me to stop using it for a little while, but I am listening to what the dermatologist told me to do because this acne NEEDS TO GO. Now after all of that, back to the dermatologist visit... First of all, I absolutely love this dermatologist and would definitely recommend her! When I saw her she told me, like all the others, that my acne is hormonal, which I knew already. What she gave me is different than any of the others I've seen. I've tried benzoyl peroxide, retin-a, and many other topical products that just dried me out while the acne remained. I know about some other options such as accutane and birth control, but I really didn't want to put my body through all of that and wanted to keep it as natural as possible, while still getting the job done. I told her all of this and she completely understood so, she prescribed something different... She gave me a prescription pill of spironolactone to take once a day for 3 months, and a lotion to use in the morning which is supposed to be moisturizing as well, not just dry out my skin. She also gave me of a gentle foaming face wash to use with the lotion morning and night. After my appointment with her she sent me to the aestheticians upstairs and I got a salicylic acid peel (we'll see how that worked out within the week) and extractions. I know that this is harsh on the skin, but I feel like I really needed all of that junk pulled out. If my skin responds well, I will start to schedule this once a month. I am supposed to wait 4-6 weeks to see results and then see the dermatologist again, so in about 4 weeks I will update you all again!
 I hope you like me posting about my skincare. I really wanted to share this experience with ya'll and my feelings on the new things I am trying to find out what really works and what doesn't. It's something that is so important to me, and I like reading what worked for other people with my skin type. I know it's hard to find something that works, so hopefully what I'm going through will help someone with similar skin problems in the future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tori

Monday, August 4, 2014

Makeup Storage & Organization

I've just recently updated my makeup storage situation and I am really happy with how it turned out! I had bought these little drawers from Wal-Mart a while back just as a temporary storage, because I knew my stuff would outgrow it soon. These drawers are super small and short so you can't fit much in each of them. A lot of my products were too tall to fit in these drawers and it only fit 2 foundations in the bottom drawer and it just became a mess. I have products of all shapes and sizes and these drawers were just not cutting it. I had to start putting things in makeup bags and then I didn't know what was where and it was just really unorganized. I started looking at some better storage online, but didn't want to spend a fortune on it, I am still in college after all.
I found this 3 drawer piece for $60 at target and I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. They are plastic and have a wooden looking top. It doesn't look super cheap (it doesn't look expensive either), it's easy to clean, and fits in the spot I wanted it perfectly. You can put the small wheels on it for convenience, which I like, but I didn't put them on (laziness takes over). I may eventually put them on so it will be easier to use. I don't expect this storage to last me forever either, but it should last me a while and it does the job nicely. I bought some smaller organization baskets for inside the drawers at the dollar store and spent about $10 on all of the pieces (11 pieces).
Excuse the shadows in these pictures, I just snapped them on my phone right before I left.

Before:
(plus the stuff in my messy makeup bags)

 After:
 I tried to do all face products in one drawer and eyes in another. I've only filled up two so far.
Top Drawer: 
setting sprays, foundations, concealers, bronzers, highlighters, and powders
  Bottom drawer:
eyeshadows... my palettes will go in that space next to my individuals & duos, eyeliners, eyebrow pencils, mascaras, blushes, & random lip products that didn't fit in my lipstick holder.
Finished Product: 
I will also add my brushes on top!


On another note...I went to the dermatologist this morning and this time I went to different one to get a second opinion on what to do about my crazy hormonal acne. Although it is much better than it was, it still isn't clear and it is one of the most frustrating things in the world. I have dealt with it for so long and I'm just tired of it. This doctor was FANTASTIC. She was sweet, personable, and very knowledgeable. She told me some different things than the last doctor and gave me a couple prescriptions (nothing crazy) and right after, she sent me to an aesthetician. More details on these two visits coming soon in my next skincare post!

How do you organize your makeup? Any organization tips?

Tori