I recently ran out of my beloved Pixi Beauty Retinol Tonic and decided that since I liked the low dose of retinol it had, it was time to up the game. The Ordinary seemed like a good place to start for a more potent formula. Their products often focus on one ingredient or active so it is easy to insert into an already existing routine, and the price point means you haven’t given up your dreams of a nice retirement if it doesn’t work out. Because I was really ready to dive into this ingredient I went for the highest strength that The Ordinary has available. Granactive Retinoid is a retinol derivative that claims to have less irritation than a traditional retinol despite its high strength, and I haven’t experienced any dryness or flaking since starting with this. I started applying it every other night, and built up to every night after a few weeks. It’s squalane based, so I put it on like a face oil, after all my other serums, but before moisturiser. My skin has been looking brighter and smoother, and any fine lines seem even finer.
I’ve already talked about this on the Instagram, but it is definitely a favourite now, so it seemed wrong not to include it. It is the first foundation or base product that I have really loved. It feels cool and soothing when you apply it and gives a glowing, sheer tint to the skin. I don’t feel like I am wearing anything heavy, but my skin feels radiant and perfected in a way that makes me feel done.
All I wanted was a straight leg, high-waisted pair of off-black jeans that hit just above the ankle so I could wear them with boots, and that make my butt look good. It shouldn’t be too much to ask for, but as anyone who has ever jean shopped knows, I might as well have been asking for The X-Files to bring the overriding conspiracy theory story to some sort of logical and understandable conclusion. Unlike Mulder and Scully, I finally found it with the Nudie Jeans Breezy fit jean. A great classic fit, with angled pockets for that maybe-I-do-squats-butt (I don’t). The only problem is they didn’t make them short enough, but Nudie jeans offer free hemming and repairs (for life y’all!) so it wasn’t a problem for long.
It has been a life long dream of mine to have an endless supply of fizzy water. I don’t know why, but sparkling water always feels more refreshing and thirst quenching to me. I also hated that I kept buying bottles of water for the house, even though I make a point of always having a reusable one on me when I go out. I decided that getting a Sodastream would be a good, if unattractive solution to both problems. But then I found the Aarke water carbonator and realised that I could really and truly live the dream. The dream of course being fizzy water on tap without uglying up the kitchen. Cheers Guys!
This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Phillips
There is something I have always liked about Busy Phillips, even when she is playing bullies like Kim Kelly, she has always seemed like someone who could totally hang with the girls at brunch. This book is honest and sometimes difficult to read, because you don’t want her to have to go through the things she does. But she writes it all as if she is talking to her best friend over margaritas. She is smart enough to write about her past with perspective, but brave enough to not gloss over anything. I would recommend this book to any girl who ever felt out of place or behind, but never quite knew why.