Best of the Boxes – September 2016

This month I am including something from my August Birchbox. I had not used it enough in August to include it in Best of the Boxes in August. I will include items that were not immediately a candidate for Best of the Boxes in the month they were received.Sometimes I already have the same kind of… Continue reading Best of the Boxes – September 2016

September Empties

Fall is here so this is the last of my summer items. Next month will have heavier, creamier products to protect skin in cooler weather. I like fall but I hate that it reminds me that winter is coming. Brrrr. September was about the bath and body products and that is the bulk of my… Continue reading September Empties

Boxycharm September 2016

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription service that sends 4-5 full or deluxe sample sized products each month. The cost is $21 per month or $19.25 per month if you prepay for a year. If you are interested in subscribing this is my referral link: I do earn charms that can be redeemed for products… Continue reading Boxycharm September 2016

5 Faves in September

Although fall starts this month, none of my choices have a fall vibe. Here in Virginia, it is still hot and humid in September so I am squeezing out every last bit of summer! Next month should feature items that do have that cool weather vibe as we start the true transition toward cold weather.… Continue reading 5 Faves in September

Vacation Beauty Buys

I went on vacation to South Carolina in July. They have an amazing Tanger Outlet Mall in Charleston that has a Cosmetics Company Outlet and a Designer Fragrance and Cosmetic Company. I love both of these because you can pick up high-end cosmetics at outlet prices. I made other purchases at a TJ Maxx and Walmart… Continue reading Vacation Beauty Buys

Ipsy Bag – September 2016

Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that is $10 per month. Each month you get 5 samples that range from small samples to deluxe samples to the occasional full-size product. You get makeup, skincare, hair care, beauty tools, and bath and body products packed inside a different makeup bag each month. I generally enjoy this… Continue reading Ipsy Bag – September 2016

Restarting Tretinoin after Vacation: First Month

This is updated with photos to show the flaking.

Makeup and Skin Care for Mature Skin

I went to the beach in South Carolina the week of July 16th. It was hot, humid, and the sun was hot! The sun and Tretinoin do not mix at all and based on my research I stopped using it 1 week before I left and the week I was there. This was to reduce my skin’s sensitivity to sunburn and photoaging. Tretinoin exfoliates old, dead skin to reveal fresh, new skin that burns and ages more quickly with even minimal sun exposure. I do not need any more dark spots on my face.

I followed my normal skin routine while there except for adding in a BHA exfoliating lotion and using an AHA mask that week. BHA and AHA are hydroxy acids which help break the bonds that hold skin cells together to reveal fresh skin. Some people are able to use them once their skin is totally adjusted…

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