The Arsenal

Staples, updated February 2017:


Micellar Water – So far, I’ve liked how this Garnier one I reviewed is treating me. It is gentle and thorough.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser – As of December 2016, this slightly-acidic cleanser is helping me keep my skin as in check as it can be.

Stridex 2% Salicylic Acid Pads red box – This simple, BHA chemical exfoliant is inexpensive and readily-available at the drugstore. It’s alcohol-free and gently exfoliates evenly.

Foreo Luna Mini – I’ve only recently purchased this, but I’m currently 4-5x weekly, this little thing is gentle but invigorating. I will use a Stridex pad after this.

Clarisonic Mia2 – For a more-intense, scrubby-clean for my face 2-3x weekly. I do NOT use a Stridex pad immediately after cleansing with this. I have a Mia2, but I recommend saving the money and going with a regular Mia. I’m using this a lot on my decollete now.

Clinique Dramatically Different Gel – This lightweight moisturizer is fantastic. I typically use 2-3 pumps on my face. I’ve been buying mine at the CCO when I’m at the Outlets; otherwise Nordstrom because free shipping.

Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil – This replaced Josie Maran’s Argan Oil which I was buying at Sephora. It is every bit as good, but a fraction of the cost!

Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++++ – Still my holy grail sunscreen. Feels great, doesn’t have that god-awful sunscreen scent, doesn’t make me look ashen. Japan really nailed it here. I will literally cry if they discontinue this.


Aussie 3-minute miracle – Unbelievably awesome deep conditioner, very accessible. I highly recommend to everyone.

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum – Pricey, but lasts at least three-fifths of forever. Expedites a blow-dry, smells kind of like watermelon candy, makes your hair shiny. A bottle lasts me three years (but I don’t blow dry at every shampoo).

Batiste Dry Shampoo – The tropical scent is the best.

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