Neutrogena

Old Stand-bys & New Favs

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Last night, I successfully spent less than $100 in Target!!! This is kind of an occasion for me because I always over spend when I go in there. I go in for something simple like cotton balls and walk out with 3 bathing suits, a new living room set, vintage Ts and several nail polishes. Tonight, I managed to stick to my list which consisted mainly of my favorite go-to beauty products. I wanted to share some of that favorites list even though this isn’t the first time I’ve featured any of these products.

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I’ve used many razors in my time and I’ve spent various amounts of money on them, Bic’s Soleil razors have come out on top for me! Recently, I’ve been buying the Soleil Bella razors which contain 4 blades. They come in packages of 3 (some Soleils come in packages of 4), they’re disposable and they’re cheap. I paid $5.79 for this 3 pack. A three pack will last me about 6 weeks: 2 weeks per razor (dried after each use!) using each on my underarms daily and legs and delicate areas about twice a week.

The only daily body wash I use is Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit Body Clear Body Wash. I just don’t see any point in using any other body wash; this one has it all. I have very sensitive skin and after a particularly sweaty day or something, I can get bumps and blemishes on my body. This wash keeps all that funk and break-out under control. It smells great and helps wake me up. It’s safe to say that this product is my number 1 favorite bath/hygiene product ever! (Weekly, I also use St Ives Apricot Scrub to exfoliate.)

You guys know, I’m a makeup junkie. I’ve tried and tested many bronzers, powders and cremes and everything else. My favorite bronzer to use daily is Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer. I choose #021 Sun Light and use this waterproof powder all over my face, neck and décolletage every day. (For contouring I use a darker bronzer powder. Right now it’s Nars’ Laguna). For about $3.99, this bronzer will last all day (or night) and when used daily, will take you about 2-3 months to run out.

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I’ve been a HUGE fan of YesTo products for years now. Before I saw these products on just about every store’s shelves, I was singing their praises right here on Ginger Kate. Very early on, YesTo’s Soothing Cucumber Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes became another daily go-to product for me. Last night, when picking up my usual supply, I came across YesTo’s Correct & Repair Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes and wanted to give them a try. Target had a promo on most of the YesTo products that included a travel 10 pack of the cucumber wipes so I opted to grab the grapefruits. I really like them. I think these will be best used upon waking up because when I gave them a test run immediately after washing my face, the grapefruit wipes stung a bit. They’re meant to cleanse, brighten and exfoliate and from what I can tell so far, they do just that. Another fabulous YesTo product. I will definitely continue to buy the grapefruit wipes in the future but will also need my usual steady stock of cucumber wipes for nighttime use.

While Target-ing it up last night, I also picked up some new self-tanning products for my milky-white ass and I’ll be sure to post soon about how they work out. I’ll be trying out L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion and Jergen’s Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer and Sunscreen. The game plan is to apply the L’Oreal as needed (I anticipate once or twice a week) and the Jergens daily.) I’ve had some fantastic and some horrible experiences with self tanners in my life but I’m optimistic about these new products. I guess we shall see!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you guys like the new layout as much as I do. I needed to get back to a much more minimalist site; it just didn’t feel like my blog anymore.

Love, GK

Daily Face Care :: Clinique

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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.

 

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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.)

 

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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.)

 

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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!

 

 

Sweet Summer Sweat

On a recent trip to Ulta, my goal was to pick up some products I could sweat in. Call me vain, call me insecure, call me whatever, I HATE not being able to wear makeup when working out. I don’t need the whole sha-bang, but I hate going completely barefaced for sweat sessions. Yes, I know how absolutely ridiculous this sounds but the reason why I was in search of sweat resistant makeup is really the same reason why I dropped a few hundred on a new workout wardrobe.

I’m new to working out. I’ve always been a bit chubbier than I should be and recently the weight has seemed to just fall off on it’s own. I’m really quite the super duper late bloomer and kind of grew into myself now that I’ve reached my mid-twenties. Over the last couple of years, I been receiving more and more attention for my appearance. I don’t hate this, but it some how worked itself backwards and now I worry about when I don’t look as good as a could. I place more time into my appearance now that I am prouder of it. Back in the day, I wouldve been happy to be overlooked; now, I’m happy to stand out. So why can’t I go to the gym makeup-less? I’m getting there.

Being new to working out, I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know “all the moves”. It’s really no surprise that like anyone else treading unfamiliar waters, I’m uneasy and thus, self conscious. I may not be in control of whether or not I know what I’m doing yet but I can control whether or not I look good. I went on a Marshall’s/TJMaxx work-out apparel shopping spree and picked myself up a new wardrobe to sweat in (and I look pretty adorable in the workout gear btw). The only problem left to solve would be my makeup dilemma.

I have a very low-set brow. I look like I’m scowling about 90% of the time. My eyes, tucked below this shelf of a brow, are quite small. Tiny. My daily makeup allows me to open up my eyes; looking brighter and friendlier. But I can’t be rocking a smokey eye and liquid lined look at the gym! That’s just ridiculous. Even if its all waterproof, simply having the full-faced makeup look is silly. What can I get away with at the gym? A-ha! Here it is, my gym makeup:

I go with a light brown, very neutral shade of a waterproof eye pencil. I picked up this dual sided duo of pencils by Urban Decay. No mascara. Just a soft liner.

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On my face, I don’t require a lot of coverage but to even out my tone, I use this BB tinted treatment by Tarte (one of my favorite brands) or an even lighter coverage tinted moisturizer. Both are oil-free and SPF 30. Both are very sheer. The BB can be built upon so it’s perfect for your gym bag as you can apply a couple of coats after your workout if youve got other places to be and errands to run.

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While at Ulta purchasing my gym supplies, they were having a sale on Loreal products, so I picked up these two 24hr infallible eye shadows:  #997 Eternal Sunshine and #335 Golden Emerald.

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I also picked up the Lorac TANtalizer Glow to Go Value Set. Check back tomorrow to find out more about that!!

I know many of you who read this will think its very shallow and silly of me to not feel secure enough to spend time around others without any makeup on. I recognize this too about myself. It makes me feel better and if I feel better about it (working out that is), I will continue to do it and I owe it to myself to follow a workout schedule. I owe it to myself to feel better about my appearance and take more pride in it. If slapping on a little eye pencil and tinted moisturizer makes me feel comfortable enough to go for it, I don’t see what so wrong with that.

Thank you so much for reading! I owe you guys a “What have I been up to for the last 6 months” post. A LOT has happened. Some really amazing things and some really shitty things. The last half of a year have flown by and dragged on in exuberant elation and nagging pain. My circle of friends, job and state of being have all changed and for the better. I find myself in a beautiful and content place in my life and I haven’t lost hope for a brighter tomorrow. One day soon, this limbo I’ve been balancing in for nearly two years will settle and I will settle safely where I am destined to.

Thanks, as always, for reading!

Love, GK

Funshine State Saturday

I love my outfits most on days I have off of work. I woke up super early today (6:30am!) and I set out to capture the sunrise with my canon. Later, I spent the beautiful afternoon with friends and conned one of them, my former personal photographer, to snap some pics for my post today.

My favorite thing about this dress are the bubble sleeves. They actually extend all the way down to an elastic wrist but I pulled them up to my elbow for the day. I accessorized with my purple nine west leather purse, various bracelets, my long owl necklace and several silver rings.

I always feel better when someone else takes the pics for me. Not only do I feel less like a lame-ass but I get to play around a bit more.

While out and about, I had to pick up some of my absolute must-have beauty products that I had run out of. (I hate when I run out of a crap-load my products all at once.)

  • ic inner cellular hair polish
  • Garnier Sleak and Shine Anti-Humidity smoothing milk
  • new toothbrush
  • new loufa
  • yes to Cucumber soothing makeup remover wipes
  • Apricot Scrub (just as good as the St Ives equivalent)
  • Neutrogena pink grapefruit Body Clear Body Wash
  • Rimmel white eye shadow

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

GK Favs :: Skin Products

Yesterday, I shared with my readers some of my favorite hair products that I am currently using. Today, I wanted to share with you my current face cleansing favorites!

Each morning, I use Clean&Clear’s Morning Burst face wash.

At night, I remove my make-up and all the grime from the day with Neutrogena’s Fresh Foaming Cleanser.

Once a week, I exfoliate with St. Ives Naturally Clean Apricot Scrub. I ALWAYS have this in my shower. Always. It’s great for exfoliating more than just my face and it’s never too harsh for my sensitive skin.

I definitely notice when I slack-off and break my good skin habits and generally break-out on my chin 😦 One (good) facial cleanser, used twice a day and my apricot scrub would be sufficient and I don’t always have separate AM and PM products but I like trying new products to see if there’s something even better out there for me and ended up using two different daily washes. Clean&Clear’s Morning Burst and Neutrogena’s Foaming Facial Cleanser both work great and treat my sensitive skin with gentle care. I highly recommed both products but I have to insist that if you don’t already, you use St Ives Apricot Scrub. It really is as amazing as I say.

As always, Thanks so much for reading!