The skinny on (my) skincare

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I recently had a wayyyy too flattering request to blog about skincare products I use after posting a photo on Instagram. So, here it is:

I’ve used Proactiv since I was 17 years old. So, for 20 years. I’ve strayed a few times but I’ve always come back because I have an oily t-zone and find Proactiv works best to keep it at bay. I use the simple three-step system and LOVE the toner. I will warn you, though - if you don’t already know, Proactiv’s active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, so…use only white bed sheets/pillow cases or you will have bleach spots on them. Unless you’re into that look.

I also swear by No7 products. The Restore & Renew Face & Neck Serum is the B-E-S-T. It truly makes your skin softer, more supple (I gasped after using it for just a day) and smoother. I also use the Restore & Review eye cream. Speaking of eye cream…

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I’ve tried a TON of different eye creams. I’m a bit obsessed, I think. I personally need a hydrating eye cream that can help somewhat with anti-aging I guess. I’ve tried expensive eye creams like CHANEL Le Lift, which I liked, but the price tag sucks, quite frankly. No7 is the clear winner thus far.

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I don’t really use a daily moisturizer, and from living in SoCal, I know I should be wearing one with SPF, but…I don’t. Unless my skin is dry. When that happens, I have been faithful to Neutrogena Oil-Free with SPF 15 since I was…probably 15.

OH. HANDS. Seriously, I cannot stand dry hands, and my recent move has my hands begging for help. Cardboard boxes, packing tape and cold weather do not mix. I am obsessed with Kopari’s Coconut Melt and use that as an all-over body lotion as well as for my hands. But, when I’m on the go, I keep a tube of Aquaphor or Neutrogena Hand Cream, (Norwegian Formula, because I’m fancy like that) in my bag.

That’s really it. I once read somewhere that your daily skincare regimen should take no more than 5 minutes, and I try to live by that because who has time for anything more?!

Just get married already!

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Did you hear?! Bachelor Nation’s darlings — Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth have called off their three year engagement. I was really rooting for them, but I can’t stop myself from thinking things might have been different if they had gotten married.

An engagement is technically a promise of marriage. You can only talk about promises for so long before you actually DO something about it. I believe the standard length of engagement is around a year or so. Given the way Shawn and Kaitlyn met (when she was the Bachelorette), and how quickly they got engaged, I can even understand two years. But, it’s been three. And, for me — it started to feel like they were milking being part of the Bachelor franchise — sponsoring products on Instagram, starting side projects, Shawn opened a gym and they even doled out relationship advice to other Bachelors/Bachelorettes on the show. This past January, Kaitlyn was even on an episode of Hayley Ever After, in which she selected a wedding gown by designer Hayley Paige. So, I thought mayyyyybe they’re getting closer and will perhaps even air (for a price, no doubt) their wedding on a Bachelor special.

Now, I suppose you could say, well, good thing they DIDN’T get married, because they’d be going through divorce! But — my response would be: Not necessarily. When you’re married, I think you’re more likely to work on issues and less likely to give up — because breaking up isn’t as easy to do when you’ve committed yourselves before friends, family and oh, yeah — legally.

I just think three years is a long time to be in marriage’s waiting room with alllll of the components of a wedding and married life hanging over your heads. That had to have been a stressor, don’t you think?

Anyway — since they’re saying they are committed to “remaining friends and supporting each other” — may I propose (pun intended) a joint season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette in which they both seek out future partners at the same time. Maybe they’d wind up back together, who knows!

You're not early - you're annoying

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I am a perpetually late person. I’m talking 5-10 minutes late. Grabbing coffee at 3? See you at 3:08. Dinner reservations at 7? More like 7:11 and can we have that table by the window?

It’s not my fault. I was born late. Three weeks late, to be exact.

And, as I’ve paid more attention to whether my fashionable lateness is truly a problem in life — I’ve realized that it’s not. You know who is the problem, though? Early birds. Yeah. It’s true. I’ve sat in my hair stylist’s chair when her next appointment comes in 25 minutes early and is all, “Ohhh, I know I’m early — I just came from getting my oil changed…” and my hair stylist is like W T F. Because, now that person will sit there in the lounge and stare and will be asked by everyone who works there what stylist she’s waiting for. Same in doctor’s offices. I’ve worked for many and we couldn’t stand when patients came super early and clogged the waiting room, chatting with other patients about things like how their surgery wasn’t successful but they hope it goes better for them. Plus, HIPAA.

Of course, there are times I make sure I’m on time and even early if I’m asked to be early. I’m not purposely disrespectful, jeeze. I just don’t think many things are worth driving like a maniac to get to, or rushing out the door while freaking out, for just a few minutes difference.

This line of thinking was fully embraced in California, btw — where everyone was like, ‘no worries, s’all chill, glad you’re here’ and I intend to keep that piece of Cali with me wherever I go…

…where I will arrive an average of 7 minutes “late.”