Wedding and More Wedding

Yowza, last week really got away from me. I don’t know what happened but it felt like it was about 10 minutes long. I meant to write a post several times and then by the time I got around to it I was like ehhh. Bed. I’m trying to be in bed by 9:30, asleep by 10-10:30 these days since I’m getting up at 6am (5am if I’m going to Orangetheory before work), so by the time I get home, have dinner and do the typical evening errands and then any wedding stuff I need to look at, I don’t have a lot of time for blog stuff. I’d like to say I’m going to be more consistent with posting but I think this is going to be an April theme, unfortunately. It’s busy times. The wedding is really coming up now and things are happening!!!

Speaking of, I said I’d pop in for a wedding update so here we are! The biggest news on the wedding front is we now have a wedding planner for the Toronto wedding! We initially did not hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator because it’s a very small wedding and the entire thing is hosted at a restaurant so we didn’t think it was necessary. Plus it’s a low key brunch and we’re not having a dance so there’s no DJ or anything. So, minimal vendors, minimal details. I figured we’d be okay to do it ourselves (our Cuba wedding package does come with a coordinator, thankfully).

However, my friend Tracey recently left her job as an event planner at the Royal York (a fancy hotel downtown Toronto) to go off on her own as an event planner, which is amazing for her. Tracey and I met when I was planning some events for work at the Royal York and she was my contact for all things event-related. She was so amazingly helpful and I could not have done those events without her. She is incredibly organized, on-the-ball, and just overall fantastic. We totally hit it off and had many “planning” lunches (which also included wine and giant cheese platters — maybe another reason why she was my favourite event planner of all time) when we were working together. When I found out she started her own event planning business I recommended her as a day-of coordinator to two of my friends who are also getting married this year, and they are both now using her (and love her). She reached out to me recently and told me she was so appreciative of that business that she would love to help us out with our wedding, which was so awesome of her! So, short story long, here we are. We got a planner!

I need to watch Father of the Bride again, it’s been too long.

When I first told Evan about Tracey wanting to step in he was all “but we’ve pretty much already done everything, is she going to be bored?” I was concerned about this as well, as I felt like I had done a lot (even had my own day-of rundown complete!), so I mentioned it and her response was basically “you’re funny, there is going to be so much to do!”

Then we had her over one night (the same night as Bonnie’s poop explosion —  luckily she has cats and understands), and by the time she left Evan was all “What would we do without Tracey?! Why were we trying to do all of this ourselves???” I don’t know! She brought up a lot of stuff we hadn’t thought about. She helped us source a photo permit for our first look location (it’s a private park so it’s necessary — I didn’t even think of this!), she is now the point of contact for the restaurant and all our vendors (photographer, hair/makeup, officiant, etc.), and she’s even driving me to the first look location. Her revised day-of runsheet is the most detailed thing I’ve ever seen. She lists absolutely every single detail we’ll need to know on the day of the wedding, it’s wonderful.

Also, she’s a bit pushier than I am (I mean that in the best way possible) so she is better dealing with the venue than I am. If they tell me we can’t do something I’m all “oh okay,” but Tracey’s all “THE BRIDE GETS WHAT THE BRIDE WANTS.” so that’s working out well. Basically she’s already been invaluable and the wedding hasn’t even happened yet. I’m so, so glad we have her. She’s just getting her website up and running so once she does I’ll link to that in case any GTA brides are looking for some help. Everyone needs a Tracey!

In other wedding news, I had my final dress fitting on Wednesday evening and it went swimmingly! I didn’t need a lot of alterations, basically just adding a bustle to my Cuba wedding dress and bringing the length up on both dresses. I also got my seamstress to add cups to the Cuba dress as my nungas were just doing their own thing in there. As they do. They’re like freakin’ liquid, if there’s even a tiny nook or cranny for them to squeeze into, they’re going there. They like to throw a wrench into my plans. I also think it’s because I’ve lost a bit of weight/rearranged some things due to Orangetheory and my chest went first. That’s always how it goes — chest is first to gain, first to lose. Everything fit great though, I wish I could show you a picture! But ya gotta wait.

A few weekends ago I got together with most of my bridesmaids (minus Lisa, my MOH, who lives in Calgary, and Dawn who had the flu) and we had a DIY Cuba hair and makeup night. We’ll be doing our own down there so we figured we should practice to make sure we know what we’re doing. It was also a good excuse to get together and drink and hang out.

It was an all hands on deck sort of situation when it came to hair.

Sherrie did mine and she nailed it.

Look at that updo! That looks profesh! I’m so happy with it!!! (I’ll use brown bobby pins the day of, not black)

The only thing I’m getting her to change is the hairspray she used on the teased part of my hair on the top — my hair is so fine that if I use hairspray that is too stiff you can see every single stringy strand. I need a hairspray that allows a bit more movement up there. Otherwise, I loved.

I also did my own makeup for a trial.

I had a few glasses of wine by that point but I feel like I made myself look pretty decent. I think I’ll go less black eyeliner on the top though, Cuba might require more of a natural look.

We had such a fun night! Emily hosted and she got us all little gift bags filled with fun things and afterwards we played Girl Talk, which was a total blast from the past. I’ve definitely detailed one of my Girl Talk stories on the blog before…

The other update is I found an AMAZING jeweller downtown at Yonge and College — Aram from Strada Jewellery.

I needed to get my ring taken down a size. When I first wore it in Cuba my ring fit perfectly but I think my fingers must have been more sausage-like than usual due to the heat/humidity because it’s been annoyingly loose all winter. It spins around a lot and I feel like it’s going to fall off. I’ve been putting off taking it in to get resized because I thought it would need to be sent away, but Aram did it in about 20 minutes and he let me watch the entire process which was super interesting.

He also cleaned my ring so well it looked better than I can ever remember it looking, even when it was new.

So sparkly. Of course this was a couple weeks ago and it’s dirty again already.

Anyway, if you are ever looking for a jeweller in Toronto go see Aram! It was the best experience.

There are some other things going on but this is getting quite lengthy so, ’til next time!

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Friday Wrap Up

In exactly one month we’ll be officially married!!!

And in exactly one month and one day we’ll be flying to Cuba with all our friends to do it all again! I have some wedding-related things to talk about so I’m gonna pop in next week with an update.

I’ve been at my new job for officially two weeks now and I am loving it. It just feels like a good fit. My last few roles have left me feeling like maybe it was time to get out of the communications field altogether, but I think this one is rejuvenating me. It feels good to be excited about work again! Something that I’m really loving about the office in general is the autonomy — everyone is trusted to be an expert in their field and to go forth and do their thing. That is important, motivating, and I find it refreshing.

In cat news, we’ve had a big breakthrough with Bonnie over the last three weeks or so.

She’s a muffin.

For Bonnie’s first two months here she lived in the guest room — even after we opened the door and removed the barrier, she still preferred to just chill in there. Tilly would go in and harass her (because Tilly’s a bully), but she would stay put. Even when we brought her out to the living room where we were, she would just slink back to the guest room.

One day a few weeks ago I was sitting at our kitchen table eating sausages for lunch and Bonnie just randomly came out of the guest room, jumped up on the kitchen table, stole half a sausage off my plate and ran away with it. I was shocked! I was so surprised that it took me a minute to process what had happened so by the time I found her she had pretty much eaten the entire sausage. She can do a lot of damage with that one tooth of hers!

This was when we discovered how much Bonnie likes human food. She is OBSESSED. That night she went after Evan’s ice cream.

She wants to eat everything. Which is funny because Tilly doesn’t like anything other than cat food and cat treats, but Bonnie does not even look at dry cat food like its food (she only eats wet because of the one tooth).

Anyway, since that day Bonnie lives out in our main living area, mainly on the back of the couch. I’m thinking the human food was a big motivator. Tilly still harasses her, 0f course. It’s like she has lost interest in all her toys and just wants to watch Bonnie all day. She just cannot let Bonnie simply EXIST. It’s annoying but it’s slowly getting better. Everyone was right when they commented saying that the cats will learn to coexist, you just have to give them time. Here they are together helping me put away groceries.

What a big bully face in that bag.

And then there was Tuesday.

Tuesday I came home from work and I don’t know WTF happened but Bonnie had a poopsplosion at some point during the day. There was cat crap everywhere — all over the floor, all over the couch, on a living room chair, on the office chair, all over our bed, all over our guest bed, even in the bathtub!!! It was a literal shitshow. It was like she had an explosive poop situation and Tilly chased her all over the house while it was happening and she was trying to jump on every surface to get away from her. That’s my theory. Spending two hours cleaning up cat shit was not exactly my ideal night but what can ya do. The joys of pet ownership. It’s not my first time cleaning up a cat poop explosion (Winnie had some issues right before she was diagnosed with her kidney disease) and I’m sure it won’t be the last. She seems to be back to normal now, thankfully.

So, because of the poop situation we had a professional come clean our couch last night — Mario’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, if you are in the GTA and need a couch or carpet cleaner. He is THE BEST. We’ve used him before and he cleaned our couch so well it was like it was new, And he’s super reasonably priced. I can’t recommend him enough. Evan actually found him a few years ago the day I moved into the condo — Evan was driving with my couch (which needed cleaning badly) in the back of his truck when he happened to pull up behind Mario on the highway, who had his number and info on his van. Evan called him right there and Mario followed him to the condo and cleaned the couch as soon as we unloaded it into the living room. Pretty handy. Anyway, the poop is gone, the couch is like new, and we found about 30 cat toys under it when we moved it to clean it so Tilly is excited about that. Wins all around.

And that’s pretty much what’s been going on this week. Have a great weekend!

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Black History Month Reading

I mentioned in my last books post that in honour of Black History Month in February I was reading books written by a POC or about the black experience. It took a while for my holds from the library to be available (and I still have a bunch of holds so I’ll be reading more of these types of books for a while — I don’t mind!) so I only ended up getting through three in February. All were fantastic. Here they are.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Synopsis:

The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

This book was incredible, but also horrific. I have obviously read about slavery in the past but every time it hits me anew how horribly these people were treated. It is deeply saddening and disgusting. It makes me so angry that white people thought it was okay to discriminate against people who looked different than them. It’s beyond words awful and, being of British descent (somewhere over on my mother’s side), it makes me feel ashamed.

This book really drove home the point of how slavery and oppression and segregation has affected black people for hundreds of years, and how it still is. It will stay with me for a long time to come. And it was so well written — everyone needs to read it!

My only complaint is that you don’t get to spend a lot of time with each character. Every chapter is about someone new, a descendent of Effia, then a descendent of Esi, repeat, and I got so attached to some of the earlier characters that I could have read an entire book about just them! It moves on quickly, but it’s also pretty long, so I don’t think the author could have fit anymore in. I also enjoyed how the author made the characters imperfect, as they would be, for example in the more recent years the novel spanned, the addict who abandoned his children. People aren’t perfect. They weren’t all necessarily good people, they were absolutely flawed, but they didn’t deserve their circumstances.

It’s a stunning novel and I absolutely loved it. It was a perfect Black History Month read.

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father’s authority. The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways.

This was the next book that became available on my library holds list and it wasn’t the first book I wanted to read by Chimamanda, but it was her first so I guess it worked out. I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. I loved Kambili and was so heartbroken for her. Her father was an abusive POS and I wanted to reach into the book and slap him across his smug face. I cannot imagine what it must have been like for Kambili and her brother (and her mother) living under his rule, for pleasing him to be their only goal in life. Awful.

I don’t think the synopsis does it justice at all — it’s beautifully written and an incredibly moving and intriguing story with a lot of depth. I loved it.

I also loved learning a bit about the Nigerian culture — the Igbo language, politics, religion and cuisine. One of my former coworkers turned friends (and the woman who is making our wedding cake!) is from Uganda and she would always bring in these dishes for lunch that had a savoury sauce made from groundnuts — usually over plantains or chicken. She explained to me that groundnuts were sort of like peanuts, but had a bit of a different taste. I loved it so much that a couple of times she actually made me a dish to bring home for dinner! In both this book and the next book I read (by the same author) those groundnuts were prominent. I didn’t realize how much of a staple they were in African cuisine. It also made me wish there were more African restaurants in Toronto, beyond the trendy Ethiopian and Eritrean ones.

Anyway, I highly recommend. I couldn’t put it down.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Another absolutely incredible read. I don’t know how I can even begin to review it because there is so much depth to this novel and there is a large cast of memorable characters. I loved Ifemelu and Obinze, together and apart, and I loved Ifemelu’s blog posts that would pop up from time to time. I could fully picture Ifemelu, she had so much substance and her character development was one of the strongest I’ve ever read in a book. She was a real person to me and I feel like I want to know her in real life!

What I found the most interesting was Ifemelu’s thoughts about race after she moved to America, specifically that she had never really thought about it, she never had to. She never thought of herself as “black” until she moved to America, because that was the label Americans gave her.

It’s an amazing read and I highly recommend.

I loved reading books written by people who have had much different life experiences than I did, growing up sheltered in a bubble in the middle of nowhere. I cringe when I think of the person I was before college, and before I moved to the city, when I met people who were different than me. I think it’s important to hear and learn about the various experiences of other people, so that we can try to understand them. This really inspired me to branch out from my usual, and I want to keep that up in the future!

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Music Monday

I’ve got some new tunes on my playlist! Also, I noticed I forgot some songs on my last Music Monday that I meant to add. So, here’s what I’ve been listening to lately.

If you click on any of the links they’ll take you to the song’s YouTube in a new window.

Alaska – Maggie Rogers (you may remember Maggie Rogers and this song from this video with Pharrell last year! She is killing it.)

Believer – Imagine Dragons

Cleopatra – The Lumineers

Cocoon – Milky Chance

Cruel World – Phantogram

Good Grief – Bastille

Green Light – Lorde

Help Me Out – The Wild Feathers

High Enough – K.Flay

Hoping – X Ambassadors (I also really love the message behind this song)

Love Is Mystical – Cold War Kids

Ophelia – The Lumineers (this was SO GOOD LIVE)

Picturing Love – July Talk

Reverend – Kings Of Leon

Silvertongue – Young The Giant

Who’s With Me – USS

Enjoy!

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New Job, Bob

So I have some big news… I got a new job! I officially accepted the offer last week and I started on Monday, so it was a pretty quick turnaround. And hence the no blogging this week, it’s been a bit crazy going from my life of leisure back to working full time. But good crazy! I am now a Senior Communications Specialist for a local hospital foundation (so I’m part of the hospital but the fundraising branch).

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you probably know that a few short months ago I was just raving on about how I was excited to be off from a 9-5 after my contract ended at Girl Guides. I mentioned that I was looking forward to freelancing and getting my own thing going, and how the last time I tried this out I didn’t give myself enough time to really give it a go before accepting a full-time position. A full time position that I didn’t even feel excited about.

Welp, I still don’t think I gave myself enough time to really write for myself and do all the things I wanted (stilllll haven’t started a podcast) to see if that could pan out. I also told myself that I wasn’t going to seriously look for anything until after the wedding. But then this position came up and it was such a good opportunity that I had to go for it. And this time feels different. I knew going into my last position that the role probably wasn’t going to be for me. I felt it when I applied, I felt it when I accepted, and I felt it on my first day all the way through to my last day. But I squashed those feelings and carried on anyway. THIS TIME I feel really excited and like I’ve found something that’s challenging and interesting, and also a great opportunity moving forward. It’s honestly the most excited I’ve been about a job in about, oh, five years.

The position is a one year contract covering a maternity leave — I know I have a lot of non-Canadian readers so I’d better explain — we get a full year (PAID!) maternity leave in Canada and you’re guaranteed your job when you come back. (Canada is awesome, I’ve never had a child but I can’t imagine only having a three month mat leave! That seems so crazy to me.) I’m assuming the woman I’m covering for (who is an old work friend of mine, I used to work in the same building as her when I worked at OFSAA!) is going to be coming back for her job and it’s possible I will be back to freelancing or whatever after this year is over. BUT you never know what can happen in a year. There could be room to move around within the organization, but even if not, it’s a senior role for a great company, so just the experience is great and who knows what doors it can open.

My first week has been really good so far but let me tell ya it’s a big change going from my leisurely schedule back to working full-time. When I was off I still tried to wake up every day between 7-7:30am, and I imposed a no-Netflix-before-4pm rule on myself so I could at least pretend to be productive. But still, the day was mine and I could do what I wanted. Usually I would go to the gym in the morning and then spend most of the rest of the day writing, usually on my couch in my leisure wear. Now I try to be at work by 7:30am, and I’m trying to fit Orangetheory in also (tomorrow I’m going to see if I can make myself take a 5:30am class). It’s a pretty big shift after weeks of doing my own thing. I felt exhausted by Tuesday. It is nice to be back into a routine again though. Which I am still figuring out, so bear with me!

So yep, new job! Just wanted to give you guys an update on that.

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My Updated Skincare Routine

I’ve had a couple of questions about my skincare routine since I mentioned it in my wedding makeup post. I’ve actually been meaning to do an update for about a year since my last post about skincare was almost two years ago!

Things have changed a bit product-wise, but actual routine wise things are pretty much the same.

In the AM: wash with water -> tone -> chemical exfoliation (Stridex, a BHA, every other day) -> moisturize -> sunscreen (even if I use a moisturizer with sunscreen I still add sunscreen if I’m going to be outside, just a moisturizer isn’t enough).

In the PM: remove makeup with baby oil (if wearing) -> wash with cleanser -> face oil -> eye cream if I remember -> lactic acid (I’ve been using Good Genes by Sunday Riley, an AHA – see below) -> moisturize.

Other than that I might throw in a sheet mask or something once a week.

Also, if you’re new to chemical exfoliation you can read more about it here. I find it’s more gentle for my skin than a scrub.

Okay, so, products.

The only one I still use that was in my last post is the baby oil if I do an oil cleanse (read about that here). I’ve switched my face wash and moisturizer to CereVe, the foaming facewash and the moisturizing cream (the one in the big tub). Both available at any drugstore. I felt indifferent to the Olay face wash and moisturizer so I thought I would switch them up. The people on Reddit Skincare Addiction rave about CereVe, it’s inexpensive, and it seems to work well for my skin. Plus they both last forever! I’mma likin’.

I got rid of the specific brand of vitamin C serum that I was using because I didn’t really notice a difference in my skin. I might try another one sometime, we’ll see.

For chemical exfoliation I switched to Stridex from St. Ives Exfoliating pads (not to be confused with the apricot scrub, don’t use that it’s bad for your skin!).

I find them to be fairly similar and interchangeable but St. Ives is discontinued so the Stridex is just easier to get. You can also find it at any drugstore. I’ve found using every other day works best for me, and I sometimes will cut one pad in half — one pad has a lot of product.

I’m using Thayer’s rose petal witch hazel toner, usually just in the morning, and I looooove it.

It’s alcohol-free and it makes my skin feel so smoothy-smooth. Honestly, I don’t even know what toner does but I enjoy using it so much I keep it up.

I’m not married to this sunscreen but I’ve been going for the Clinique Super City Block tinted sunscreen which I switched to last summer and use on top of my moisturizer.

I like it okay, but it’s not quite matte enough to be my favourite. If you have any face sunscreen recommendations I will take them!

I’m still not sold on eye cream. I think just moisturizer might be enough. But my friend sent me the Rodan + Fields Redefine eye cream a while ago so I’ve been using that when I remember to and I’ve been liking it well enough.

I don’t think I’ve noticed a HUGE difference but I guess I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I have a stubborn bag under just ONE eye (which honestly may be just how my eye is meant to be, I don’t know) and I’ve seen maybe a little improvement on that but nothing crazy. And as I said I haven’t been using it religiously. I did recently order it again though just to see if it’ll make a difference if I step it up (I think you’re supposed to use it daily both morning and night but that seems a little much to me).

Two new products that I have discovered and am absolutely loving are both from Sunday Riley — Luna Oil and Good Genes. They’re expensive so I don’t know if I’m going to be using them forever, but they come in a combo pack at Sephora for like $110 and they’re decently sized and both last a good few months (the Luna Oil a bit longer). I LOVE them both and feel like my face is just basking in luxury when I use them. I imagine it’s like putting the blood of baby unicorns on your face. I noticed a difference with both the very first night I tried them.

Luna I was wary of because it’s an oil and I thought it might make me more shiny (which I DO NOT NEED), but it didn’t at all. I use a couple of drops every night after I cleanse my face and it feels so good on my skin. It absorbs quickly, and in the morning my skin is brighter, more evenly toned and honestly my pores seem smaller. Also I should mention that it has a retinol complex in it so hurrah for anti-aging.

Good Genes I might use every other night as it’s a lactic acid (so I don’t use it on the same nights I use Stridex as it’s also a chemical exfoliator, an AHA while Stridex is a BHA). I noticed a difference right away on my skin’s texture with this. I think it makes my skin look smoother and plumper. I do experience a slight tingle when I use it but nothing irritating. I put this on about five minutes after the Luna Oil and I use a very small amount, maybe 1-1.5 pumps.

Luna Oil and good genes work really well together but if I had to pick a favourite of those two I think I’d say Luna Oil.

I have also heard really good things about Drunk Elephant products but haven’t tried any of those yet. I probably won’t switch up anything before the wedding in case my face turns into a giant hive or something, but I might experiment after that’s over.

If I’m feeling lazy at night (it happens) the least I will do is wash my face and moisturize.

Products that I’ve tried and didn’t like: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser. I just didn’t see a noticeable difference and it’s expensive so for me it’s not worth it, although it has great reviews. Also the Sunday Riley moisturizer called Tidal. It’s supposed to be a brightening cream but eh. I think it made me break out. I was good with just the Good Genes and the Luna until I introduced that. I had samples of both the Ceramic Slip and Tidal and now that I’ve tried them I don’t think I would buy them.

I’ve also heard people rave on about rosehip oil and how much they love it for their skin but I hated it. It just did not work for me. It made my face shiny again, and it made me break out. So that was a big no. It’s weird because I don’t even have breakouts often, and my skin is okay with other oils (like the Luna oil) but my skin just did not like the rosehip. And the Neutrogena Dry Touch sunscreen that I wrote about in my last post — I got it in my eyes and felt like I was going to go blind so I stopped using it after that. I didn’t really love it to begin with but thought it was okay.

I recently ordered the mineral peptides from Rodan + Fields — it hasn’t come yet so I’ll have to update you on that. But my friend who is a rep raves about it and I figure it’s a bit similar to the powder I use from Physician’s Formula (only the R+F peptides have sunscreen) so I might like it. We shall see! And speaking of R+F I really like their Essentials line of body sunscreen, best sunscreen I’ve ever used!

So that’s it! It sounds like a lot but honestly I’m pretty lazy when it comes to skin maintenance and neither routine takes very long. But if you’re looking for somewhere to start I think just cleanse -> moisturize -> sunscreen is a good place!

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