As Promised… My Skin Care Routine!

Good Evening, Sweeties!  Thought I would post the sweet deets on my skin care routine just in time for bedtime.

Disclaimer: Some of the products and tips I mention in this post are geared towards those with oily skin (like me), but there is definitely something for everyone!  Keep reading.

Okay, now that’s out of the way, lets talk what I have found helps me before washing and throughout the day.  Oily face + glasses = I can’t even… keep my glasses properly situated on my face.  The solution?  I always keep those little alcohol wipes on me and use them to clean the glasses’ arms and the parts of the frames that touch my brow area and nose at least once a day.  On hot days I might even do this twice a day.  I haven’t found this to harm my frames at all, but if you’re worried you could always substitute apple cider vinegar!

Speaking of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) it plays the biggest role in my skin care routine.  I found some great recipes on Pinterest for an ACV toner, but gave them my own little spin.  The best part is you really on need 3 ingredients to make it (or five if you’re feeling adventurous).  ACV has tons of health benefits which make it a great natural toner for the face.  It can help balance the pH of the skin, break up bonds between dead skin cells (exfoliate), lighten sun and age spots, improve acne and scars, remove excess oil and is very affordable.  All of this makes it a winner in my opinion!

So, the toner.  First, grab yourself a mason jar and some cotton rounds (cotton balls will work too). If your skin is not really sensitive at all and oily like mine, the recipe is this: one part apple cider vinegar (with the “mother” in it), one part water and 3 drops lavender essential oil.  If you have sensitive skin the recipe is this: two parts water, one part apple cider vinegar (with the “mother” in it) and 3 drops essential oil.  For the adventurous you can add two drops of vitamin E oil and two drops of tea tree oil for extra skin nourishment.  Throw all that in the mason jar and give it a good shake.

You’re all ready to go!  I like to dip half the cotton round in the jar, then fold it down the middle and gently press the side together to disperse the ACV toner through the whole cotton round.  I then gently swipe it over my face starting with my cheeks, moving to my forehead and then making sure I give the area between my eyebrows and nose extra attention as those are the areas my glasses like to mess with.

However!  Before using this awesome toner you are going to want to wash your face.  I like to use a silicone pad or my new Luna FOREO Fofo (see my review in my last post).  Honestly though, if you don’t need all the bells and whistles the FOREO Fofo has to offer a silicone pad like the one I bought here, will do.  Plus, it’s great for travel.  I love silicone pads with bristles for washing my face, because they are super hygienic and really exfoliate my skin without being too harsh.

Now the soap.  I love to use Dr. Bronner’s soap.  It’s the best multi-purpose soap that money can buy.  I love the citrus scent, but any scent of your choosing should produce the same results.  The soap is pretty concentrated and a little will take you a long way, so I recommend filling an empty bottle a little more than half way and adding some water to dilute it.

Lastly, after all this magic has happened I moisturize.  My new favorite is this absolutely awesome Tea Tree Oil Face Cream that I found on Amazon.  This stuff is amazing!  It’s made for oily acne prone skin and does a great job of reducing redness, getting rid of blackheads and of course, moisturizing.   The one thing here I will say that it can be a little heavy in the summer at times.  If you find this to be true I would mix it with a light natural moisturizer.  This isn’t to say it feels heavy or sticky on the skin though; after using it my skin feels smooth to the touch and ultra moisturized.   If you have been known to get your sweat on, mixing it with a lighter moisturizer might be the way to go for warmer weather.

Let’s recap, here is a quick run through of my morning and evening skin routine:

  1. Either rub a little Dr Bronner’s and water on your face or throw the diluted mix right on the silicone brush.  Take your time to hit all the zones on your face with special attention to those problem areas.  Rinse and pat dry.
  2. Let your skin fully dry before dipping the cotton pad in the ACV toner and swiping over your face.  Once again paying attention to the problem areas.
  3. Let your skin dry fully and then take a pea sized amount of the Tea Tree Oil Moisturizer and rub into your face.
  4. Repeat these steps day and night and you are well on your way to better skin!

Give this a try and let me know what you think, Sweeties!  Comments are sweet and follows are sweeter.  Until next time… Stay sweet!

I Signed Up for a #FabFitFun Annual Membership

Anyone else drowning in advertisements on the socials for FabFitFun or do they just know their demo? I was only two flashy reviews in and they had me. What is FabFitFun you ask? Well, it’s just as it sounds. A quarterly subscription box to fabulous items for beauty, home, general fun and fitness! All for $49.99/quarter or $179.99/year. Since it’s quarterly the items are all full size. See the box below! Summer fun!

If I’m bias? This is the reason 😂 #🍓

But did it live up to the hype? I think so! The major draw with the (sold out) summer box was the Luna FOREO Fofo that bragged it used tiny sensors to sense your skin type and give you personalized skin tips (including skin age) through connection to the FOREO app. I was pretty excited about this, because I already use a silicone pad with bristles to wash my face. Highly recommend, btw, but more on my skin routine later. 🙈

So there it is! The coveted Luna FOREO Fofo (what a name!). You can see it’s about palm size. On one side you have the silicone bristles that you see there in the photos and on the other side is the power button and two little silver sensors for awkwardly touching to your face. Fun!

Right out of the box I was eager to give it a try, especially since it was mid-day and my face was no doubt at its oiliest. Hello, combination skin. Who knew a person could have both dry and oily skin all at once?!? Anyways. I took it out of the package and installed the FOREO app on my iPhone. Once installed you set up an account, tell it your age, how your skin reacts to the sun and your skin type. That was the part that made me wary. If I’m telling you I have combination skin, are the sensors really doing anything?

Anyways, then you follow the steps in the app that lead you through pairing the device and then moving the sensors on the back of the device from one cheek to the other then your forehead and finally your nose. I found the nose to be a bit awkward. There’s not a whole lot of flat space there to reach both sensors at once. After some adjusting, so it sat sideways on my nose, I got the confirmation the data was recorded.

It was interesting to see my skin age; it matched my real age. I again, found this suspicious as I had told the app that information… But I’ll take it. At least it didn’t say I had skin of a ninety year old at my young age. What a relief!

Next it says it saved your info and is ready for you to wash your face. I got my hands wet and rubbed on some soap (I highly recommend Dr. Bronners, but again more on my skin care routine later.) Then you hold the power button on until the device begins to vibrate. On screen, in the app, there is a visual that shows you the order to wash your face zones and the device changes vibrations to signal you to move to the next area. Awesome!

All and all I thought it was a great experience and I’ll definitely integrate the little guy into my skin care routine; though I’m not sure if it was not included in the box if I would have forked up the dough myself. However, if it really is doing all it says, I’d argue it’s a pretty great value in the box or purchased separately.

The verdict? Luna FOREO Fofo: 8/10

Okay! Next up and I promise the remainder of this review of the FabFitFun box won’t be so detailed.

Coola Sport Classic Suncreen – SPF 50. Full disclosure I have yet to use this in the sun. 🙈 Never been much to use sunscreen with my skin tone and if I do it’s usually a lower SPF. However, as far as value for the price ($34 on Amazon – almost the cost of the whole box), size and skin feel goes: I vote 9/10

Next up. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. Smells awesome! Not too overpowering and has a light feel on the skin too. I’m currently using some as I write this review. As far as a value rating I give Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel a 10/10. Feels great on the skin and can be bought on Amazon for around $15. So I’m not mad at it. 😉

Next. The Aromatherapy Associates Muscle Gel. Gonna be honest. Used this right out the box. I had just come home from work and my shoulder was tense. This bad boy both smells so good (essential oils, is that you?) and had my shoulder feeling ten times better within a few minutes. Definitely a 10/10 for the Muscle Gel. Currently selling for a whopping $40 on Amazon. Once again, I ain’t mad.

Now, the Pier One display plate (what do you call this). Anyways. It’s super cute. Love the gold accents. Seems well made and is totally versatile. A place to set your jewelry, a bar of soap and maybe even a glass. The possibilities are many! Pier 1 display plate: 10/10. Oh, time for a shameless self endorsement. I will have a similar item that you can get customized with your name in my Etsy shop this July. Prepare yourselves. 🍓

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow. Not a lot to say here. Super great quality. Has not one, but two mirrors when you flip open the flaps and the colors inside are perfect for contouring my skin tone. Could even do some neutral eyeshadow. Tarteist Pro Glo? 10/10

Maji Sports Resistance Band: 10/10 It would be hard to go wrong with this one, honestly. It’s well made and would be great for a little resistance work while sitting at your desk.

YumiKim Cosmetic Bag: 10/10. I love this cosmetic bag. The print is cute and vibrant. It’s a great size. And there’s a lot of pockets. A big space at the bottom and a second opening at the top for makeup brushes and things. There was even a promo card for future shopping (though you have to spend $200. Yikes, but it’s something, so not too much complaint there).

Last. But not least (sort of). An eco-friendly WCS Straw. Can’t say this one didn’t pull at my Millennial-environmentally-contentious heart strings. NPR has me feeling that guilt early this week. So, I thought it was a cool little include. The straw (single-use?): 10/10.

In conclusion, if you have the money and want a fun quarterly subscription box with stuff you can actually use? Go for it! I’m excited to use all the products!

And of course you can use my link for a discount. For everyone I refer I get $15 and they get $10 off.

Enjoy, Sweeties!

FabFitFun $10 Off