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Dear Internet,

I’m not a terribly vain person except when it comes to two things: My skin and my hair. I pride myself looking roughly 10 years younger than I am and that (mostly) has to do with taking my vitamins, drinking loads of water, and taking good care of my skin religiously. (Mostly.)

My hair, despite the years of bleaching, coloring, and other misdeeds, has not been destroyed and still retains its lustre and gorgeousness no matter its length. Even when when it’s binded up, it still looks brilliant.

I love my hair. I love my skin. But the last year of stress, lack of cash, bad haircuts and dye jobs coupled with the general malaise has compounded into dull skin, crazy hair with far too much grey. I have not felt comely in months.

With my general moping about such things, TheExHusband thought it was a good idea for me to take a half-spa day to get some rejuvenation. I booked the appointment for an hour long facial, eye brow waxing, and finishing with a hair color and cut. (GTFO grey.)

The thing about skin care is I’m a cleanser and moisturizer kind of girl. No eye serum, no night cream, maybe BB cream if I’m feeling extra girly before going out. If I do makeup, it’s usually primer, thick eyeliner, and mascara. When I’m rolling in the cash, I do microdermabrasion and get the ‘stache lasered, but the day to day is pretty minimal.

One of the downsides of spas is they want to upsell you their specially formulated, organic, free range, paraben and SLS free products with the cost ranging from outrageous to ridiculous. Imagine my surprise when my aesthetician stated I had some age spots and sun damage (!?!) and suggested over the counter products to purchase rather than the spa’s concoctions. After she gave me a few brands to check out, most of which could be purchased at Target, with specific directions on how to (better) take care of my face. I hied thee to Target to stock up, leaving with a day cream with SPF, eye serum, night cream, and a good cleanser.

Feeling so much better about my physical appearance, I came home and decided to clean out my make-up container which came with interesting results. If you’re curious, that’s 20 shades of eyeshadow, liquid liner, and color pencils; four mascaras, four lipsticks, liquid blush, and highlighter.

Good thing orange eyeshadow is making a comeback.


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Get a really good exfoliator. She used the Clairsonic Mia 2. (Don't buy it from Amazon as apparently those are just knock offs. ULTA, Macy's and the big box stores also carry them).
Find SPF 30 day cream. (I could not find SPF30 anywhere so I went with Boots Botonics, which can be found at Target and other places. I also got their eye cream. I like organics but I would have chipped in for the No 7 line if I had the extra cash.)

For my night moisturizer, I'm using Benefit's Total Moisturizer which I was using for a day cream but swapped to the night since it's so dreamy. (See what I did there?)

I would also recommend most of what anything Benefit does.

Another product line she reocmmends is Alba, which is another organic line. They can be found (supposedly) at Target, but definitely at Whole Foods and other hippie stores.

If you can swing it, I would recommend getting microdermabrasion. I've had this done several times over the last decade and I absolutely love it. Your skin feels amazing. Make sure you go to a doctor owned/certified place as the equipment will be medical grade.

And lastly, drink loads and loads of water. :)


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