March 2016 Favorites


March 2016 FavoritesMarch 2016 Favorites
Milani Luminoso
, $9 \ bareMinerals Prime Time eye primer, $18
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, $8.50 \ St Ives Nourish & Soothe, $5

Despite March possibly being more hectic than February, my March 2016 Favorites are less boring than last month’s. Ch-check it out.

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Bonus Monday Post: Live Radiantly with St Ives

St Ives & Influenster - Live Radiantly

Back in the day I was a St Ives devotee. Long-discontinued Whipped Silk body lotion, the incredible Aroma Steam bodywashes, the wonderful Eye Stress Gel…and of course, the Apricot Scrub.  I loved that Apricot scrub so damn much. (I ultimately had to stop using it because it was too harsh on my skin, and the sharp bits of walnut shells were compromising my skin.) This post, however, isn’t about any of that.

I’ve been happy with my Eucerin body lotion, but as warm weather approaches I need help in the body exfoliation department to prepare for self-tanner usage. Conveniently enough, I made it into the St Ives Live Radiantly Influenster campaign ultimately received my Voxbox containing St Ives Nourished and Smooth body scrub and Nourish and Soothe body lotion.

Disclosure: I did receive free product from Influenster to try and review. I was not otherwise compensated, and this post was not compulsory.

Live Radiantly with St Ives - Nourished and Smooth Body ScrubSt Ives Nourished and Smooth Body Scrub

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Skincare Basics

Splash Rinsing. No one actually does this.

I wish there was a study or survey with data regarding average budgets or amounts allocated to beauty expenses. Unfortunately, it would never be accurate because we, as people, do not want to admit our own vanity. Or perhaps you’re willing to admit to it, but not to its extent.

Many people dole out for cosmetics to cover up and hide what they perceive to be imperfections. I would be willing to bet, however, that most spend more money on things to hide what they feel they need to rather than improve it. Skincare is neglected because, unlike slapping concealer on your face when you feel you need it, taking care of your skin is a daily effort. No amount of makeup is going to, “fix,” poorly cared-for skin – not even high end ones, don’t let the girl at the counter suggest that (be a skeptic!). Clean, well-cared for skin looks and feels better, ages better (who can argue with that?) and takes less effort to, “dress up,” if you will. I have also found that there is this thought that taking care of your skin = huge expense – not so. You don’t need to go drop cash at the Clinique counter or on Murad. My entire routine is readily available online, in various drugstores, and in mass merchants.

After the jump is a peek into my skincare basics and current routine. It isn’t costly, it isn’t very time consuming once you establish a routine. For reference, my skin is normal/combination T-Zone/non-sensitive.

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