Sunday, September 04, 2005

Avoidence therapy

I think like most of us, I've been distracted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina for the last few days. I've been working with CNN on, and I realized last night that I've been watching about 16 hours of solid news a day for the last five days. It took some effort to just turn off the TV and sit there and actually think about what was going on.

Best Buy will match your donation, and they were one of the few companies I could find that would match any public donation and were available in Canada. My boyfriend works for EnCana, and they are also matching donations, so if you're an EnCana employee, this is also a good idea. I'd assume that most large corporations are doing this, but if you work for a smaller company or your company isn't matching donations, there should be a Best Buy near you.

At the same time, though, this is a fashion blog. It has no sponsorship, and I'm not computer savvy enough to know how to put donation buttons on here. But I also don't think that people particularly want every aspect of their lives to be overrun by Katrina. I had to turn off the TV because I realized that by that point it was all just washing over me, since I had been watching the same things in and out and everything had lost its realness. It was a very weird feeling.

But my reaction for that isn't for this blog. Point being, this blog was made for frivolity. It was made because I happen to appreciate skincare and fashion and beauty, and while those don't exist in a bubble outside of anything else, I should probably stick to what this was made for. That, and I'm a little sick of constantly talking about Katrina. I want to talk about something that doesn't make my stomach drop.

Regarding my earlier post, I tried the papaya scrub. It's pretty good. I like scrubs that are more... scrubby. I am the only person I know who actually really likes the St. Ives apricot scrub, simply because I appreciate all the beads in it. It actually feels like it's scrubbing (this is also why I don't like chemical exfoiliating peels, they don't feel like they're doing anything). The papaya scrub has a few beads in it, and some small chunks of pineapple. The scrub itself isn't anything to write home about. Basically I've decided to do it once or twice a week after my nightly shower. I leave my face damp, then rub a small amount of it over my face for one or two minutes. I then just leave the mix there for two minutes afterwards, and it kind of melts away the dead skin. I used it on Friday night after getting home from the bar (and I looked like a hot mess when I got home. It was pretty gross), and my skin looked much better after just one use.

I combined that with the Ultra Moisterizer SPF 15, which is now my dream product. I guess that part of my problem with my skin earlier was that the blue herbal was just too drying for me, and it was exacerbating my problems. My skin is lovely and soft and smooth and the dry areas around my nose and mouth are completely gone, and this is a miracle considering that my allergies are acting up and so I've spent the week blowing my nose every ten minutes. This stuff is great.

So now my skincare regime consists of:

Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser
Kiehl's Whintening Toner (no link, oddly)
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisterizer SPF 15

Origins Never a Dull Moment cleanser
Kiehl's Whintening Toner
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisterizer SPF 15 (should I go back and get the Ultra Moisterizer without SPF? Or is SPF harmless to my skin?)

Weekly treatments:
Benefit Hi Neighbor! mask
Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub

I just realized looking at this list that this is the most pared down my skincare regime has been since I was 14. No wonder my skin was going haywire.


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Kiehl's Whintening Toner
Is this toner good for skin care for dry skin?

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