Fresh-Faced for February

I’ve been kicking a cold the last couple of days. A cold that would’ve been much worse had I not gone crazy with the Airborne and Emergen-C. Off of work and with no plans other than loafing around the house watching The Super Bowl with my family, I took advantage of the downtime to give myself a little pampering.

After a day of no makeup, I followed up some plucking and waxing with a mini facial. I finally put to use some fantastic products I had received from my monthly beauty subscriptions after cleansing with my Clinique Facial Soap.


I used my Renu Exfoliating Gel by Sesha Skin Therapy. Applied to dry skin a circular motions, this gel “removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores with papaya enzymes.” It promises to cleanse, tone and exfoliate and I believe it kept that promise. As I worked the gel all around my face, I was collecting little clumps of dead skin to be rinsed away. After rinsing, my skin felt so smooth and appeared brighter, more “alive”. My skin is super sensitive and this gel didn’t aggregate my face at all. So gentle and so effective. I am really loving this face polish. I have some similar products to put to the test too but I just may end up buying the full size bottle!

Next, I applied Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels from Skyn Iceland. After some late nights followed by early mornings and a boatload of stress, my under eyes definitely looked a little sad; kind of dark and just tired. Once I removed these pads after only 10 minutes, my eyes looked much brighter and refreshed! Not only is this an effective product, it’s 100% vegetarian, cruelty-free, as well as free of any parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and dyes! Another amazing face product!

Although still feeling a bit crummy from this cold, my skin and face looks and feels a whole lot healthier!

Thanks for reading!!!
Love, GK


Daily Face Care :: Clinique



My mother is a longtime worshiper in the church of Clinique. Although she’s not one for more makeup than some liner and mascara, she’s always preached the word of healthy skin care. Currently using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, I grew up watching and learning from my Mom’s use of Clinique’s previous moisturizers and face washes so I should come as no surprise that I continue to depend on Clinique’s products to keep my face a healthy and clean one.




AM :: At the start of my day and beauty routine, I use the Clinique mild Liquid Facial Soap. My face doesn’t get too dirty throughout the night and I don’t want to begin the day drying it out and this soap is the best for light cleansing. I follow up my wash by using the Clarifying Lotion 2, it’s the perfect gentle exfoliant and finish up with the moisturizing cream de jour. (I’m currently playing the field of daily moisturizers and deciding where I’ll lay my loyalty for a while. It is, after all, a very important decision.)

PM :: When it’s time to strip off the grime for the day, I remove my makeup with towelettes and then deep clean with Clinique’s Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser. Skipping the pre-wash makeup removing isn’t n issue with this cleanser either; It’s pretty powerful and can easily remove makeup or other coating like sunscreen. Just like in the morning, my wash is followed by a cotton ball of the Clarifying Lotion 2. Before bed I apply a very light weight nighttime moisturizer (again, currently unattached to one.)





While I’m singing their praises, I’d like to mention another fantastic Clinique cleanser. Their Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent works like a charm. It’s gentle and effective!

If you’re in need of a good daily face routine and new to the concept, first of all: shame on you for waiting so long to begin a healthy skin care regime and secondly: congratulations on embarking into a brighter world face first!

If you are a face care newbie, a great place to start is with one of Clinique’s 3 Step Skin Care Systems. You can easily determine your skin type by visiting your local Clinique counter or by visiting their site and taking their skin diagnostic test. Whether you have Very Dry, Cry Combination, Combination Oily or Oily skin, there’s a 3 Step System for you. Each contains your ideal Liquid Facial Soap, your best suited Clarifying Lotion and the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ or Gel. It’s an easy way to get in the habit of practicing good skin care habits and they’re some of the best products you can find!

Hope this post helped some of you make the decision to give Clinique’s face care a try or even just inspire you to take good care of your face no matter what products you select.

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Love, GK


PS: To keep the skin on the rest of my body clean, fresh and healthy, I like to use Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit Body Clear Body Wash daily and an Apricot Scrub a few times a week. (The one pictured below is by equate, Wal-Mart’s brand, but it’s just as good as St. Ive’s and about $1 cheaper.)




There you have a it, a peek inside my bathroom and shower to see what keeps my skin healthy and vibrant. Thanks again for reading!



With A Bow On Top

It’s been too long since I’ve posted my Daily Threads and even then, I wasn’t very good at consistently posting them. I’d like to try and get better at this… I guess we’ll see how that goes. If nothing else, I want to at least feature non-workday ensembles and there’s no better time than the present!

Here’s what I wore today:

I love my new floral tank that I picked up at Ross for $8.99. Paired with my Billabong jean shorts, you can barely tell I have shorts on at all (that’s why I included the second picture). It should be no surprise that I wore my brown Sanuk flip flops… I live in those things.

I actually wore less bracelets than usual. I wore a plain silver chain, an earth-tone beaded bracelet and my Alex & Ani Star of Venus bangle.

Rings: my claddagh, heart turned out, and one of my newest acquisitions, a costume piece, that’ll probably turn real quick. I got it from one of the guests at the hotel who practically forced each of us to take a few pieces. I thought this one was pretty awesome though and so do my guy friends for some reason. The first time I wore this ring, each of the guys, at different times without knowing each other also asked, asked to wear this ring… it was strange.

I wore one of my favorite headbands too! I ordered it from ASOS, I forget how much it was.

I wore, simply, a shamrock on a short silver chain around my neck and spritzed myself with Clinique Happy Heart (one of my absolute favorite perfumes!)

Well that’s it. A casual, summer outfit to sit poolside with the family.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK