Skin Care Routine
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Since I haven't done an update it was has almost been a month, I figured I should post SOMETHING, since my nails haven't been too hot (aka smudging them, sheet marks, chipping from work, etc).

I have the same ritual, morning and night. My skin is moderately oily and I do get pimples. Often times deep ones that hurt and take months to finally absorb back into my body, along with the occasional white head (man those really are a joke compared to the cystic kind). Here is what I do to keep my acne at bay. I don't get zits much anymore and I think this is why...



I start off my routine with a good cleansing. I normally use this Burt's Bees cleanser for acne-prone skin. It contains natural salicylic acid from willow bark extract that helps remove the thinnest top layer of skin, but not so much that it irritates your face or causes redness. I believe this to be the main factor in my acne. My dead skin cells clog my pores. After using this, I have seen a magnificent improvement!



After washing my face, I then use Paula's Choice Redness Relief Treatment as a toner on a cotton pad and gently smooth over my whole face. This contains aspirin, which helps calm down any irritation or redness I may have from say picking or over excessive sun (which doesn't happen too often anymore). It's nice and cool when applied. It does smell like vinegar, but that doesn't bother me. It also feels a bit greasy when applied, but it hasn't seemed to clog my skin in any way. :)



Onto the next step, I then apply Paula's Choice Extra Strength Benzyl Peroxide Gel to kill any of the existing bacteria on my skin. I normally let this sit for about five to ten minutes to sink in.




After those three steps have been completed, I finish my routine off with two different moisturizers. I use Burt's Bee's Radiance eye cream around (guess where!) my eye area, and I apply Paula's Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator onto the remainder of my face. The eye cream isn't to thick or too thin. It smells a bit odd, but I don't mind it. It also contains royal jelly, which they have claimed is an excellent way to prevent aging, but I haven't read anything significant about it. Hell, I just like it! As for the Paula's Choice moisturizer, I adore it. It leaves my skin soft, and it kills two birds with one stone. It doesn't upset my skin, and I figure why not start early on the anti-aging regimen? I know I'm only 22, but I don't think it's ever too early to be concerned! (Boy, how vain of me!)

Antyways, that be my routine. :)

045 - Revlon Popular & Sinful Colors What's Your Name?
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Two coats of Revlon's Popular. Chunky silver glitter and smaller micro glitter in a baby pink base. Very pretty.



Two coats of Sinful's What's Your Name and one coat on top of Pure Ice's Oh Baby. I thought I'd add the Pure Ice to amp up the multi-chrome flecks in the polish. The colors were identical in fleckies. :)

044 - Avon Sequined Turquoise
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So beautiful. I had to buy it on ebay because it was a limited edition polish that came out some time around Christmas 2011. I instantly fell in love when I saw Steph's Closet's swatch of it. This is three thin coats and no top coat! :)

043 - Revlon Colorstay Rain Forest
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There are no words. It is so beautiful! And application is so great. I love the dark green/lime green/yellow flash to it. It dries decently as well. :)

042 - OPI Hussy
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Horrible paint job, horribly chewed fingers, absolutely beautiful polish. It's like Dorothy's red heels! This was two coats and two coats of top coat because it dries to a matte finish.

041 - Revlon Whimsical, Sally Hansen Greige Gardens
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Ohhhh goodness. I used to hate glitter until I met this polish. It's so dainty and it looks like cotton candy! :D I absolutely love it! This is three coats on top of a sheer white polish.



Quite possibly my new favorite neutral is Sally Hansen's Greige Gardens. It's kind of a purpley, grey taupe. I love it. I have no other color like it. Two coats on da toez.

040 - Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect in Sea and Sorbet
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Top is Sorbet, bottom is Sea. I also purchased the color Whisper, which is a pale lilac color. All of the polishes from this line have fine gold shimmer. I've used three coats for both of the colors above. I really like the colors from this line, but I do have a problem with the wear. They are soft, even after drying, and if I accidentally push something or try to open something too hard they will smudge. I find this disappointing because I work around food wells and a register, so my nails are constantly being banged and bumped, blegh! Anyway, if you don't work at a food place, I think you may be alright! Hahaha.

Edit: Actually, in the picture of Sorbet, I did only use one coat on my pointer finger just so you could see the sheerness of the polish. They all build up nicely though at about three coats! :)

039 - Revlon Mysterious
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Sorry if the pictures aren't of the best quality. I tried taking a picture of my right hand with my left and the camera was a bit shaky. This is just another Revlon polish I picked up at k-mart while I was getting my Calgon bath pearls called Mysterious. I was actually meaning to buy a peach Sally Hansen polish that I'd had my eye on for a couple of weeks now, but I totally forgot about it when I saw this one. I'm trying to make myself like shimmery shiny polishes because I haven't been too fond of them in the past. This one is a nice cobalt blue with blue shimmer. Very mesmerizing. Two coats did the trick. It does tend to drag though if you use too thick of a coat and you paint your nails very slowly, so work quickly!

P.S. - Sorry about my terrible fingers. I've been undergoing a lot of stress lately. And might I add that this is after one day of wear, so you know that I'm not THAT bad at painting my nails hahaha.

038 - Pure Ice Oh Baby
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This was kind of hard to capture. Though it appears to be a blue shimmer, it actually has a duo-chromey effect that reflects purple and teal as well. It looks absolutely gorgeous layered over black or darker colors, and it retails for only a dollar or two I believe. If you're a sparkly, flaky fan, then you'll definitely want to pick one of these up! :) In the picture I have on four coats, but I'm sure with some color under it you'd only need about one or two.

037 - Fingernails ATM & Toenail Layering Combonation
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First, I'll talk about my toenails. This is the first time that I have sandwiched multiple polishes and it has actually turned out beautifully. I used two coats on Nyx Ink for the base, one coat of Shine of the Times by Essie, and last but not least, one coat of Sinful Color's sparkling purple name Daddy's Girl to top it all off. I quite like the outcome. Very glowy. It was hard to capture on my camera indoors without a flash (where it seems to glow) so the best I could do was take a picture outside.





As for my fingernails, like I said, I've been keeping them very simple. I'm actually wearing a basecoat as a sheer. I find it doesn't chip as much as a regular sheer polish. The one I currently have on is Sinful Color's base coat with one coat of out the door on top of it for some shine.


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