My new skin care routine

I have been blessed with genetics that have required me to be on acne medicine from 11 years old. (Note the sarcasm) I’ve tried everything from proactive to DIY remedies to prescription medicines that required monthly blood tests because they were so intense. Now that I’m closer to 30, my skin finally seems to have settled down and I now know what works for me. To be completely honest, I was worried what would happen to my skin once I became pregnant since I could not longer take my prescriptions meds, and hormones have a nasty reputation to make your face break out. I wouldn’t claim that I now have a Victoria’s Secret model glow, but I’ve discovered products that keep my skin fresh and moisturized.

Once you become pregnant, every person and book tries to scare you about what skin care products you can use. Am I the only one who got freaked out and obsessively checks ingredients in every skin care product? Now that I’m 5 months along, I finally have an idea of what works for me and what is safe for the little jelly bean that is actively kicking away inside me.



Every morning I use When Hope is Not Enough mixed with the Vitamin C booster powder. The serum is so moisturizing without being greasy and has even shrunken my pores. (I never thought I’d say that!) The booster powder (below) brightens my skin tone and has even lightened previous scars from the lovely reminders of my teenage acne.



At night I use Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. I always thought because I had breakout prone skin that I shouldn’t moisturize but that is the biggest misconception. Once I started using this moisturizing serum my skin has transformed. Even though Ryan complains about how expensive it is, I often see him trying to sneakily use my serum’s. :)


The other day I was shopping in the city with a client and walked past Deja Vu, an Israeli skin care store with products from the Dead Sea. I got suckered into buying this body scrub and am so glad I did! I’ve been exfoliating my hands every night and it makes my hands SO SOFT and really moisturizes my cuticles. (I’ve since realized it’s way cheaper on amazon.) Fresh-Foaming-Cleanser-lg

I used to use regular face soap to remove my makeup at night, but my new white sheets were a nice reminder that it wasn’t doing it’s job. I recently switched to Neutrogena’s Foaming Cleanser that removes my makeup and makes my face feel clean.


Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion. For obvious reasons. Protecting_650x650_tcm1598-427243

Simple Light Moisturizing Lotion for these colder days that need more than my serums. It’s not greasy but does the trick.

let’s be blunt

I’ve had bangs for the majority of my life and I definitely feel naked without them. There was maybe 2 years after high school where I thought it would be a good idea to grow them out but ended up just looking like a hippie. Right now I have side bangs (which I love) but lately I’ve been thinking about cutting my bangs to be more blunt. I’ve had the same hairstyle for years and I think it’s time to switch it up! What do you think?!

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presentation is everything

When I was little, my father (who is a graphic designer) would always say “Presentation is everything”. Even the way he cut up a cantaloupe was thoughtful and beautiful. Maybe it was his philosophy on design or my innate love for beautiful things, but I’ve always gotten more excited by packaging than the gift inside. As a child, I think there’s a photo of me every year on Christmas laying inside the boxes, rather than playing with the toys.

Some things never change, and last week I came home to this beautiful package after a busy day in the office. My wedding photographer, and now good friend, mailed me an additional copy of our wedding photos on DVD.  I didn’t lay inside the box this time, but was so touched that he went through all this trouble to make my afternoon a little bit more special. A huge thank you to John DeFiora for this thoughtful gift!

John Defiora Photography DVD box

John Defiora Photography DVD

John Defiora Photography DVD case

p.s. Check out his website for this interesting cinematography that he shot. Can you spot the mermaid from the Geico commercial? :)

winter beauty products

This past month I decided that I was going to get out of my beauty rut and put my skin through a detox. Before, I was lazy and would fall asleep with my makeup on (gasp!) or use rubbing alcohol to take it off quickly. I was tired of complaining about how my skin was breaking out, or how my hair looked dull. (I recently read Anna’s post about her skincare regimine and decided to take this questionaire which made me fall in love this face mask.) Instead of falling asleep with my makeup on, I was going to wash my face and take the time to moisturize. Simple. Kid stuff.

Below is a list of newish beauty products that have revived my skin, hair and overall beauty routine –

1. when hope is not enough. I found reviews of this product and was hesitant to try it because I’m only 26 it’s for “aging” skin. The reviews said it was great for moisturizing oily skin, or for restoring skin that has suffered from acne in the past. After trying this, I will never live without it. Within on day, it has completely revived my skin and has been the only product to shrink my pores.
2. ahava mineral hand cream. My best friend brought this back from Israel years ago, and I literally buy it in bulk now. It is moisturizing without being oily and helps my knuckles from cracking in the winter. (Helpful tip: check ebay for bulk orders. It’s more than half price!)
3. blistex mint chapstick. Simple, inexpensive product. I always have at least one on me.
4. biore steam acitivating cleanser. I was suckered into trying this product after I got a sample of it with another product. You’ll noticed a lot of my products have menthol/mint in them, and this product is no different. The cooling effect really soothes my skin and removed any redness.
5. st. ives apricot face scrub. The best inexpensive scrub to remove dry winter skin.
6. ahava time line eye cream. With my love for ahava products, I needed to try this eye cream to prevent any wrinkles. After trying many eye moisturizers, this is by far my favorite. It really soothes and does not burn like many other products on the market.
7. pssst dry shampoo. I started using this dry shampoo for camping trips, but I sometimes use this on my bangs to prevent them from getting greasy throughout the day.
8. essie nail color “wicked”. One of my favorite winter nail colors, but I don’t think they sell it anymore!
9. aveeno skin relief. I get awful dry, itchy winter skin. It’s probably from the hot showers I take, but I’m not willing to give them up. This is the only cream that soothes my skin and stops the itching.
10. rosemary and mint shampoo/conditioner. Again, I’m a lover of mint in my beauty products. This shampoo is so inespenxive but is more luxurious than salon brands I’ve tried! It leaves my hair SO soft.
11. opi nailcolor “metro chic”. Another one of my favorite nail colors. It’s my go-to cold weather staple color.
12. johnson’s bedtime bath. After a long day, I love a long bubble bath in this lavender scented gentle soak.