Life & Where’s it’s been going

Well, hello. I’ll apologize for my absence and the fact that my 30 days of skin care posts did not get finished to start us off, and then I’ll fill you in on what’s been going on since my last update.

So, we covered that I went to Oahu (which I will definitely have some vacation posts up for you soon), flew back home sick, got a little better, then got sick again, right?

Right.

Well what I didn’t tell you guys was that my grandma had gone into the hospital while we were gone on vacation and stayed for nearly a month before she passed away at the beginning of April. She didn’t want the whole funereal she-bang, so we had a simple memorial service-like event at my parents house for her the following week. Then work was crazy, because my parents went out of town and I was running the office, which meant a lot of back and forth between my office and their offices getting things ready to ship and all that fun jazz. Then when they got back, it was straight into closing out the month of April.

Just before finishing all that, my mom had a test scheduled to check her heart function. And three days later, she underwent quadruple bypass surgery. She came through wonderfully and is already at home recovering there, so that basically catches us up to now!

So, again, I apologize for not finishing my 30 Days: Skin Care posts (I’ll restart them, if there is interest!) and for being quite absent, but know that I’ll be back soon with some great post for you!

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Workout Recap: March 25th-31st

Back again with workout recaps!

After yogaing all the yoga there was to yoga for January, I attempted a run streak in February, but only made it about halfway through before weather, illness, maple syruping, and vacation planning caught up with me and running fell to the way side. Then, right before we left for vacation, I was cleaning up the house and moved my Garmin *somewhere* and still to this day nearly four weeks later, can not find it to save my life. So I spent the two weeks after vacation being sick and recovering from that all while searching high and low for my watch. Now that I’m finally better, I’m ready to start working out and running and such again. So here’s what I did last week:

Monday- Rested and started scheduling runs (and made one last attempt at Garmin searching)

Tuesday- 1.5 mile run

I’m following Hal Higdon’s Novice 5k Program, just to start working my mileage back up after such a long break. Since I didn’t have my watch, I relied on the Strava app to track my mileage and running time. According to it I managed to average 14:25/mile for pace, and I took a one minute walk break at about 1.25 miles. I felt shockingly good on this run, especially for not running in so long, but we did walk a lot on vacation so maybe that helped?

Strava Data

 

Wednesday-Nothing

Thursday- 1.5 mile run

Run number two for the training plan. I still didn’t have a watch at this point so for this run I used both the Runtastic app and the Strava app. Runtastic is nice because it gives you two decimal places while Strava only gave me one, making it a little more difficult to gauge when I needed to turn around. I ran at a new to me park, which was super pretty even though it was rainy out. It was also a little more hilly than I am used to, but according to Runtastic, I managed a 14:43/mile pace with a one minute walk break just after the first mile. I could definitely feel those little hills at the end of the run!

Runtastic Data

 

Friday- official rest day

Saturday-nothing, moved my run to Sunday as we had all day birthday plans with my dad.

Sunday-1.5 mile run

Sunday morning Matt and I ran around and did some errands. One of those errands was stopping at Fleet Feet and getting myself a new Garmin! I still had some money left over from vacation, so I was able to use that to purchase a new watch. I got the Forerunner 645 music, although I probably won’t be using the music feature on it. So after we got home on Sunday, I took it out for it’s maiden voyage. I was definitely feeling a little fatigued and I was having a caffeine withdrawal headache (my bad!) so I was for sure a little on the slower side. I average a pace of 15:22/mile, so not too awful, but a full minute slower than with the other two apps.

Garmin Data

 

It was definitely interesting to compare all three modes of activity tracking, and I would be curious to see what they would say if I used all three perfectly in sync for a run. But that would be crazy hard to do, considering I’d never be able to start all three things at the exact same time!

30 Day Challenge: Skin Care pt 2

You know what that title means! Another round of awkward selfies coming at your courtesy of moi!

First things first, I’m not going to lie and say I was perfect with my skin care routine. I’ve been sick since coming back from Oahu, and just finally have been feeling human again since Monday. So there were several nights were it was just a quick wipe with a face wipe and then a little moisturizer because I just was not up to the whole wash, rinse, moisturize, and eye cream nonsense.

That being said, I have noticed a little difference in my skin. Here are this weeks pictures, which I took in my office facing at work facing my windows.

You can see in the close-ups, that I still have some clogged pores, but that it looks like there is a lot of gunk that is working its way up to the surface and out, probably from the combination of using the cleanser and the peel pads. Especially along my chin area and on my cheeks near my nose, which is where I have some of the worst congestion in my skin. I haven’t noticed a huge decrease in blackheads along my nose and for head yet, but if I had been 100% on point with my regime, I would probably be seeing a bigger dent there.

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Now for the comparison shots! When I look at my entire face, I can see that my complexion is definitely not as dull as it was a week ago. I can see that some of my acne scarring is lifting a tiny bit and my under eye area isn’t *quite* as bad. I have been trying to get back on my water drinking train, but it’s been difficult to get myself back to drinking water, which I think would help with the under eye baggage quite a bit.

Day 1 on the left, Day 7 on the right

 

I’m not seeing much of a difference in my “wrinkles” yet, maybe a little tiny bit? It’s hard to say. From here on out, I will probably take my photos by a window for natural light, since I think that makes for a better picture. I think my pores look a tiny bit smaller in the top photos as well…I’m looking forward to checking out the results after 14 days!

Day 1 on the bottom, Day 7 on the top

Again-this post isn’t sponsored by anyone. Just giving it a whirl to see how it will all shake out. Also, sorry I didn’t get this posted up right at the 1 week mark, I kind of got distracted with some photo sessions I needed to edit!

30 Day Challenge: Skin Care

Quick Note: This post contains some links that ARE NOT affiliate links. I purchased all product shown with my own money and am receiving no compensation from Sephora or any of the brands mentioned here. I just wanted to make it easier for you to get more info on a product if you wanted it!

Hey hey!

So, like I mentioned in my last post, doing the 30 day yoga challenge at my studio really showed me that I shockingly have some willpower and motivation hidden somewhere inside my body and can actually do something when I put my mind to it.

Amazing, right?

So, one thing that I have always been bad about is skin care. Like, I know that washing my face and all that jazz is super important, but I’ll admit I can definitely be lazy. I’ve noticed recently though, that when I’m looking at pictures of people close to my age or even younger, that I’m constantly worrying about looking older than I really am. And since I’m turning 35 this year, I decided that it’s time to get serious about a skin care regime.

Cue awkward selfies-

Sorry for my awkward selfie face! I need more practice, lol! The only editing on this photo is a slight increase to the exposure.
Skin close ups-Sun damage, smile lines, and clogged pores!

A couple of notes on these photos. As you can see, I have uneven skin tone, hormonal acne breakouts on top of regular old acne, super clogged pores, emerging lines and wrinkles, and of course, bags under my eyes that rival the size of  my suitcase. Also, this is the face that has endured 18-ish hours on planes and in airports, sun, sand, and salt water, and a 7 hour puke-a-thon during deep-sea fishing so I’m dehydrated AF.

I’ve tried several different cleansers, with and without my Clarisonic the past couple of years and just haven’t felt wow’d with any of them. Plus, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m kind of on the lazy side most days. So a forty step cleansing plan is not in the cards for me. That being said, while on vacation, we were strolling down Waikiki strip and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop in the massive Sephora located there. SO MUCH MAKEUP!!! A helpful associate kindly listened to my concerns and suggested a few products to try out. I put them into rotation yesterday and I’m excited to see how well they work over the next 30 days.

THE NEW LINE UP

The stuff that I already used and loved are the Trader Joe’s Rose Facial Oil, the FAB Coconut Moisturizer, and the Sephora Coconut Cleansing wipes. I recently added the Murad moisturizer and the two newest additions are the FAB Facial Radiance Pads and the PTR Cleansing gel.

Morning Routine

I am generally really slow-moving in the mornings before work. I’d love to be someone who pops out of bed and gets right to it, but I haven’t been able to master that one yet! So I need something simple and quick to make sure that I will actually clean my face in the morning versus just rolling out with whatever I put on my face the night before.

I’ve also read/heard that if you wash your face at night, you don’t really need to go through all the same steps in the morning, especially if all you did was go to sleep. So I opted for these face wipes from the Sephora Brand Collection. They aren’t super scrubby, they don’t have an overpowering scent, and they are super affordable. All wins in my book. I also use these to remove my makeup before washing with a cleanser, if I chose to wear makeup that day.

Sephora brand Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Overall, due to my thyroid condition, I have very dry skin on my body. Which causes my face to go into super oil production mode at times. That can make wearing foundation tricky, because as the day goes on, even with primer & blotting papers, my foundation breaks apart. A) that’s frustrating as hell and b) it’s never a good look to have patchy foundation especially when you have a complexion that turns red very easily.

All that said, I like to opt for a light moisturizer for the day time. And this one from First Aid Beauty is top-notch. It works as a primer too, although I don’t use it for that purpose. The only thing I wished that it had was an SPF, but I generally either mix this with a small bit of my favorite sunscreen brand or use foundation that has a SPF in it. This one is nice and light, while providing a good amount of moisture for the skin.

I love the light scent of this moisturizer/primer

Night Time Routine

Since I keep my morning routine so simple, I step it up a little bit in the evenings. Since my face goes into oil production overload, I get massively clogged pores. So I needed something that would really get down in there and get the junk out of my pores. The associate told me that this product, since it has glycolic and salicylic acid in it would do the trick. I’ve been using it in the evenings with my Clarisonic. It does say that it’s suitable for all skin types except for sensitive skin, and so far my face has been liking it! The price did seem a little high at first, but with that big bottle, I probably won’t have to be buying another bottle any time soon.

This cleanser has a light, citrus scent

Another product that she recommended, because skin aging is also a concern of mine, were these facial pads by First Aid Beauty. Basically like little peels that you can use every day. I haven’t noticed any stinging or burning with them, but my face will turn a little pink when I use these after washing. So far I’ve used them every day on my face, neck, and upper chest area with no excessive drying or other adverse effects.

No burning sensation, but my face does get a little pink with these

I grabbed this moisturizer by Murad back in December. So far I’ve been loving the fact that it is light and cooling on my skin, especially when I mix it with my facial oil for a little added moisture. Not a huge fan of the price tag, but I can really feel a difference between this moisturizer and the brand that I was using before. And in case you were wondering how I could tell, I did half my face with the old brand and half with this new one to test it out!

So cooling!

Finally, my facial oil! After reading about the benefits of adding a facial oil to your routine and that it wouldn’t make your face super greasy, I picked this one up at Trader Joe’s. It is one of their seasonal items, and I may switch brands when I run out of this one, but I have really been liking the addition to my regimen and the extra softness and bounce I feel my skin getting.

Not super heavy like I was worried a facial oil would be

And of course, my trusty Clarisonic brush equipped with the cashmere brush head. Now this model is one of the first brushes that Clarisonic came out with, but since it hasn’t failed me yet, I haven’t felt the need to replace it. But they have several different types of brushes and brush heads now, so it you are interested head to your local Sephora, Ulta, or major department store and check them out!

I switched from the sensitive skin brush head to this cashmere luxe one because it felt like no matter how little pressure I used, it felt like the brush head was sanding off the top layer of skin. I’m happy to report that it doesn’t feel that way with the new brush, and we will see in the weeks to come how effect it is when cleaning my skin.

In a true testament in product longevity-pretty sure this is one of the original Clarisonics! I’ve had this for probably 10+ years

Extra Extra

Of course, those products listed above aren’t the only things that I am trying out! I do have some other things that I am using but either haven’t nailed down a brand I like or just didn’t want to add to the list. I did get a silk pillow case for Christmas, so I’ve been sleeping on that and can tell a difference with my hair at the very least. I’m also trying to cut back on my processed sugar (again! I wish I would have never fell off that wagon!) and drink a shit load more water. I was doing pretty good at getting in at least a gallon a day before we left for vacation, but definitely slacked while we were away and haven’t managed to get back into the swing of it since being back home.

First things first though, eye treatments! The Fresh and Caudalie are both samples that I got with Beauty Insider points. I’m thinking of getting the Fresh in full size, but not 100% sold on it just yet. The First Aid Beauty eye balm is good, but I’ve had that container for a while and don’t really see too much difference when I use it regularly.

Face masks and eye masks are a total guilty pleasure of mine that I love to wear at least once a week. Those Sephora brand pomegranate eye masks are so refreshing and the smell is not over powering at all. I also love those Peace Out acne dots for healing stubborn cystic acne that I sometimes get.

Then we have my favorite brand of sunscreen, Sun Bum! I’ve been using them for a couple of summers now and I love that I can put it on if I start to burn a little and it doesn’t accelerate the burn! I’ve been trying to be more proactive about my sun care since really notice my sun damage on my face and worrying about skin cancer, and this one is light and non-greasy. Also in there is a little bottle of First Aid Beauty Cannabis and Oat facial oil. It came in a sampler set and I’m looking forward to trying it out. I also got a sample from the lovely associate at Sephora. Then I also have the mattifying gel, which I forget about all the time in my drawer. It really helps with oil production and I like to use it under my makeup sometimes.


And lastly, lip care. I love those sugar lip scrubs from Lush! They aren’t to harsh and you don’t have to worry about getting any in your mouth since they use good ingredients. Their Lip Service lip balm is nice because it doesn’t have a strong taste to it, so you aren’t compelled to lick it off your lips and make your dry lips worse. I also like the Burt’s Bees silver topped lip balm in a pinch too. However, my favorite lip balm of all time is Smith’s Rosebud Salve. This tropical one is nice and thick without being goopy and the original one is hands down the best lip balm I’ve tried. I’ve been able to find them at Sephora and Ulta stores.

 

So there you have it! A little on the long side for a post from me, but I’ll be checking back in next week with some more awkward selfies for you to see how this program is working out for me. I hope you like this post and find something helpful in all this mumbo jumbo!

And We’re Back

In more ways than one!

I’ve had the last 11 days (including weekends) off from work while we went on vacation to Oahu! I don’t know if it’s something that I talked about at all on here, for which I apologize for being such a suck-ass blogger. But there’s been a lot going on lately, and most of it has all wrapped up, so I’m ready to tackle blogging again (for the eleventy-millionth time!).

I’ve got a new posting schedule set up, and hopefully I’ll be able to stick with it! I’ve been trying to think of stuff that I’m interested in, which to be honest is a little bit of everything, as well as things that you, my readers, might also be interested in. Also, I got a lot of inspiration from the 30 day yoga challenge that I did at my local studio. So I’m very excited to get back to blogging regularly here.

Just wanted to pop in with a quick little update on where the heck I’ve been and what the hell I’ve been doing, which if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve been seeing little bits of my life here and there. Check back tomorrow for a new post!

Sunday Solitude

Spider web on a misty morning

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