After fish and chips last night, I asked El Hub to drive me to Sephora, because the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when you’re playing the proximity Irish card is to 1) eat fried food, 2) drink a pint of beer (I highly recommend the Unfiltered Wheat at Moylan’s next time you’re in Novato) and 3) do a wee bit o’ beauty hauling.
Last night was a skin care night. I love makeup, but there’s something about the prospects of a new skin care holy grail that always fills me with hope (LOL!). The gal who rang me up last night at Sephora said it best, “New makeup is always fun, but new skin care feels like a fresh start.” Here, here, girlfriend! Preaching to the choir.
I picked up a few things for my face and body that I hope will help me with a few issues I’ve been having.
A new crop of hormone-fueled pimples just popped up around the edge of my chin — the kind where you can feel the hard bumps just beneath the surface. It’s like, when I hit my mid-30s, all hell broke loose on my chin, ugh!
My skin usually responds well to beta hydroxy and benzoyl peroxide acne products, so I’m trying bottles of Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash ($35) and Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion ($39). The Kate Somerville one contains 5.3% benzoyl peroxide. Hopefully that’s enough to take care of those zits.
I’m curious — when you break out, what usually works for you? Do you prefer benzoyl peroxide, beta hydroxy acid or something else?
I’m also trying a couple of body care products from Caudalie, my latest skin care crush. You may have seen the line at Sephora. They’re a French brand that uses grape seed polyphenol anti-oxidants in their products, and their stuff is on the more natural side, with lots of plant-based ingredients, no parabens/phthalates, and it’s not tested on animals.
I got hooked on their Hand and Nail Cream a few weeks ago (I hope you try it; it’s so great!), and that got me interested in checking out more of their products, like their Fleur De Vigne Shower Gel ($12) and Vine Body Butter ($28).
I gave the Shower Gel a try today after my run, and eh, it’s a’ight. I love the fresh, grassy scent (it’s like their hand cream), but it barely builds any lather or foam.
Probably won’t be rushing out to get a second bottle…
But the Vine Body Butter? — ooh-la-la! Same fresh fragrance, and my dry skin just soaks it up. It’s a little greasier than the hand cream is, but not so greasy that it feels heavy. So far, so good.
Anywho, that’s the latest beauty news in my life.
If you had a chance to do any beauty shopping or browsing this weekend, I’d love to hear about it.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. It’s not too late to enter this weekend’s giveaway for a $50 eGift card to Sephora. All it takes is a comment. Good luck!