Yes, yes, I realize it’s June 10th which means this post is more than a week late. No, it is not pregnant. (And neither am I.) If you demand an explanation for my tardiness (à la my 5th period high school algebra teacher), you can check out my Facebook page for a mathematical equation detailing the specifics.
I’ve been washing my face with Noxema every night for the past 20 years but over the last several months my skin has gone from being smooth and even to bumpy and blotchy. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that it’s time to ditch my cleanser from junior high and start using “big girl” products. I really hate shopping around so I decided to go straight to the Clinique counter after having such a good experience there back in January when I bought my very first Clinique product. I purchased their Liquid Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion (a mild daily exfoliator), and Turnaround Concentrate (an exfoliating serum), and my skin was so dramatically improved after just 10 days that I went back and added the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion to my arsenal.
I’ve been using these four products twice a day for the past month and I cannot get over how fantastic my skin looks again! The bumpy breakouts on my cheeks have completely disappeared and the fine lines around my eyes and across my forehead are barely noticeable to me now! But here’s the biggest shock of all – I developed this strange little red splotch on my cheek when I was pregnant with Kate, and to my dismay it didn’t magically disappear after she was born. About a year later I tried laser treatments to have it removed but the damn thing didn’t improve one bit. Well, I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes when I noticed – after only one week of using my new Clinique skincare products – the red splotch is fading!
My skin feels incredible and looks years younger – I’ve even stopped wearing foundation!
I’m telling you, I love this stuff.
No, I’m not a Clinique saleswoman or spokesperson. I’m just hooked. And ridiculously brand loyal – once I’m hooked, I’m hooked for life. Or at least 20 years (sorry Noxema). Shortly after I bought my first Clinique product they had their Bonus Days where you purchase any Clinique product and get a gift bag filled with samples of other Clinique products. One of their samples was a tube of mascara that I liked and when I returned to purchase the full size (See?! This is how they hook you!) they suggested I also buy the primer. (And by “they” I mean this stunning woman with the skin of a 5 year old and the lashes of a Disney cartoon princess.)
I bought it and now I have Little Mermaid lashes.
They go great with my seashell bra.
3. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait.
So yeah, I was on a total makeup kick in May. Another new product I tried was Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Butter. The only reason I tried it is because I saw this ad of Emma Stone (love her) in my Glamour magazine and thought, “Meh. I have auburn hair and vampire pale skin…maybe that color will look good on me, too.”
I made a New Year’s resolution a few years ago to start wearing lipstick and/or lip gloss on a regular basis (because I think it looks awesome) but I never saw it through. I don’t like the stickiness of lip gloss or the boldness of a full-on lipstick. This Lip Butter, however, seems to be the best of both worlds. It has the staying power of a lipstick, but it’s light and glossy like a lip gloss – without the stickiness! Plus – despite the fact that it in real life it looks very little like this Emma Stone ad – I love the Peach Parfait color. It’s a pretty shade for summer and goes great with my summer wardrobe. I may finally fulfill that New Year’s resolution after all!
4. Goody’s detangling comb.
This little $3 comb from Target may not seem very Things Loved list-worthy, but I’ve discovered it’s alarmingly difficult to find a good detangling comb! This is the first one I’ve bought in probably a decade with teeth that don’t break off in my hair. That’s really all I ask for in a detangling comb, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find it. I’m so shocked, in fact, that I’m convinced my Target is going to stop selling them so I’ve already purchased three. I’m stockpiling.
Ever since discovering heel pads earlier this spring, I’ve been a flats convert. With the weather warming up I’ve been looking for an open-toed flats option that isn’t flip flops and for $15 I decided to give these sandals a try. They’re super cute, incredibly comfortable, and needed zero “break in” before wearing. I got them in white, but they come in several colors. I love them so much I think I’m going to go back and get another pair!
I’m sorry for the delay, lovely readers – but I hope my May list was worth the wait! What were some of your things loved last month?