Posts Tagged: face

Why Taking Half an Hour to Wash My Face is a Form of Self-care

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I believe I’ve spent some time carping about my nightly ablutionsĀ here on the blog. I have very, VERY sensitive, fussy, breakout-prone skin and over time I’ve learned that if I don’t take meticulous care of it, it will punish me. With large, painful zits. And for years, I resented the time it took me to prepare my face for sleeping. I resented my Clairsonic and the system of washcloths and the fancy cleansers and lotions I need to use to keep the infuriatingly delicate balance necessary to prevent breakouts. I dreaded the whole rigamarole. read more

Fascinating and Fashionable: Amy the Makeup Artist

Amy Presson is one of the sweetest, warmest, friendliest women I’ve ever met. She is also my polar opposite because she knows just about everything there is to know about makeup. Founder and owner of local makeup studio Jett Makeup, Amy does everything from eyelash extensions to airbrush makeup, hires out for special events and weddings, and even gives the occasional makeup lesson! (A smoky eye tutorial from her is on my holiday wishlist.)

Since we work in adjacent worlds but I know so little about hers, I thought it would be fun and fascinating to talk with her about her career trajectory and love for cosmetics and beauty. Let’s hear from Amy! read more

This Week I Love …

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… grapeseed oil.

It’s been nearly two years since I started using the oil cleansing method, and I’m still so glad I made the change. My skin is softer and clearer than it’s been in ages, and I have fewer oily/dry patches than I used to. I’ve made some adjustments to my routine, mainly through adding the Clairsonic – which I use AFTER I’ve applied oil, wiped it away to remove my makeup, and then added another thin layer of oil for the brush. But I also changed up my blend a little. When I got started, I was using olive oil and castor oil in a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio, and although it worked better than any other cleanser I’d ever tried, I still had loads of clogged pores. I chatted with Sarah Von about her blend, and she sang the praises of grapeseed oil. So I did some nosing around and came upon this article over at Crunchy Betty – where I first learned about this method to begin with – which sealed the deal. I cut down my olive oil to just a dash, and swapped in grapeseed oil. read more