9 Pretty Pieces for Fall

Now that temperatures are cooling, I’m thinking about updating my fall wardrobe and it’s perfect timing since Shopbop’s Fall Sale is upon us! I put together a round up some of my favorite fall pieces from their site that will be a welcome addition to my closet. I’ve actually found myself shopping Shopbop’s site more, now that they have Prime shipping perks for anyone who is also an Amazon Prime member. I bought myself a new jacket  and a couple of dresses from this sale…you’ll see them soon.

This sale is a great way to stock up this time of the year since full price + sale items are all discounted. If you’re a Madewell fan like me, now is a great time to get items at a discounted price — or if you’ve been eyeing my Ulla Johnson dress that’s on sale (seen here) or my Charlotte Olympia velvet kitty flats, now is the time to snag them! You get 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off orders of $500 or more. Use the promo code: STOCKUP18

PS – The dress I’ve been wearing all summer long is included in the sale. Get it!

PPS – Don’t know where to start? Their under $200 section is a good place to start narrowing down (or the sale section!).

The sale starts today and runs Sept 26-29. This is the perfect time to stock up as you get 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off orders of $500 or more! Use the promo code: STOCKUP18

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The CoolSculpting Process Explained

This post was made in collaboration with CoolSculpting.

After writing about my CoolSculpting experience (read here), I got a ton of messages and texts about it. I got a lot of public questions, but the amount of private ones made me realize how many people were quietly interested. I totally get it. We’re expected to love our bodies as is, except we’re also expected to be naturally, effortlessly flawless. Isn’t that contradictory? There’s a lot of pressure on both sides, quite frankly. Though most of the comments were refreshingly positive and encouraging, I had a scarce few who were disappointed in me. I find that strange. My wanting to change my upper arms does not affect anyone but me, and I did it for no one but me. We treat acne, we straighten our teeth, color our hair, swap glasses for contacts, put on red lipstick, and barely anyone bats an eye. But anything beyond that will inevitably get pushback. But privately, I’ve never received more inquiries. Everyone wanted to know if my CoolSculpting treatment worked, where they should go, what it was like. And it made me realize that we don’t share these little things we do as much, because we’re afraid of judgment. But as the girl who loves a chemical peel and a laser, it only seems natural that I would be open about this. I want to share this with you not just because it’s a partnership, but because I want to open up the conversation and let you know it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You do not have to change anything about yourself. Whether you want to or not, just remember this: it’s your body and your rules. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it, either way.

I only knew about CoolSculpting because a friend of mine was open about her own [positive] experience, and I immediately went home and did some more research. Before I knew it, I booked my own appointment. People always ask me if it was worth it, and I always say the same thing: 100%. It was worth it because it made me like my upper arms more. But the results were not just in my head, because my mom and I measured before and after. I lost over an inch from the largest part of my upper arms, which made all the difference, and friends and family have commented on my upper arms looking slimmer. 

For my second and third treatments, I went to Laura Dyer at Dr. Amy Wechsler Dermatology. She is the best of the best and made me feel so comfortable. My first appointment was in Florida with the old machine, one arm at a time for an hour each. The new machines, however, take almost half the time and are a lot more gentle. Since their office has multiple machines, I was able to do both sides at the same time. Holly came with me and couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was. Watch the video to see the process.

First, she marked the treatment area with a white pencil (easily removed after treatment!) and then applied a cool gel pad to the area. Next, she positions the cooling device and it sucks the area in and then there’s a sensation of pressure (kind of like when you put your hand against a vacuum hose) and cold. The area got numb pretty quickly, and I spent the short time answering emails or chatting with my friend, who was so fascinated by it all. Once the procedure is over — and it will be over in the blink of an eye! — the cooling device is removed and they massage the treated area. That’s the most unpleasant part, because massaging and warming a frozen body part is a little uncomfortable, but it’s quick and bearable. Once my upper arms warmed back up, I felt totally fine. Holly and I went to lunch and walked around the city like any other day. Beyond the quick and easy procedure, here are some things you should know:

How CoolSculpting works: once the treated fat cells are frozen, they die and are eliminated from the body. 

CoolSculpting won’t affect your skin; it’s focused on fat cells below the skin’s surface.

It is not a weight loss solution. It’s specifically meant to treat targeted “problem” areas. In fact, I would recommend this to people who maintain a pretty steady weight but want to target an exercise resistant area, because once the fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. So if you typically gain weight in one area, it will have to go somewhere else. My upper arms have been large even at my very smallest, so I had no worries about that.

From the site: In the US, it is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm.

Manage your expectations. I would love to have ballerina arms, but that’s just not my body. CoolSculpting got me way closer to my goals in a way that exercise and diet could not do alone. Now I can focus on toning them more, and actually see results!

Be patient. You can start to see changes about 3 weeks after your treatment, but the most dramatic results take 2-3 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment. For me, I saw the most dramatic results at around the 3 month mark. It was initially discouraging even though I was told it would take awhile. We always want instant gratification! But after a couple of months, it was really noticeable. And like I said, totally worth it!

Make sure you watch the video to see the procedure in action with the lovely and ever-so-knowledgable Laura Dyer. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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That Girl

modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit

modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit

modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit
modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit

modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit  modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit  modcloth fall outfit ideas: B.A.I.T. footwear red glitter heels

Outfit Details:

Bonlook “Keiko” glasses (use code COLLAB15 for $15 off my glasses, as well as Elsie & Emma’s “Jack and Norma” glasses!)

red beret

navy and red polka dot coat

vintage knit top

polka dot a-line knit skirt

red glitter B.A.I.T. heels

p.s. Get 30% Off $150+ ModCloth orders with Code BFF30 (most of my outfit is from there)

 

Well, I still haven’t completely moved out of my studio. And by “haven’t completely moved out,” I mean that I haven’t moved a single thing since my mom and stepdad were visiting. I’m procrastinating because it’s depressing, but I think my being in limbo is the worst part. There’s not much left to move; most of the big stuff has been moved and I’ve kept my lighting there so I can still shoot while I have the space. But it’s just figuring out what to do with the small stuff — and selling or donating what’s left of the furniture. Anyone in need of a large, pink industrial cart or a shabby chic desk?

Anyway, life goes on. Call me basic, but I love Fall, so I’m looking forward to focusing on all of its offerings. I’m not much of a pumpkin spice latte person, but I love apple cider donuts, pumpkin pie, changing leaves, and Halloween! You’d better believe I already started my Halloween looks (although I’m not sure how I’ll top last year’s Haunted Mansion stretching portraits), and I jumped at the opportunity to wear some layers. You know I love that jacket/sweater with bare legs kind of weather! Bobby and I went uptown and got some lunch/took some photos before my appointment at KUR (for a PCA chemical peel — read more about them here). Since I was going for a slightly more aggressive retinol peel, I wanted to make sure I got in some social time (and some photos for upcoming projects!) before my skin started peeling. I’m currently on day 2 and am only peeling minimally, so it doesn’t look like I’ll need any downtime at all. I still see great results — I swear by peels — but is it weird that sometimes I miss the satisfaction of seeing my skin shed like a snake?

How did I go from moving out, to Fall, to chemical peels? Just a real talent for having absolutely no direction, I suppose. But let’s bring it back to this outfit: will I ever get over my love of vintage inspired dressing? I think not. It seems to be a lifelong commitment.

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moving in and out

Mom’s dress is Mara Hoffman, mine is vintage

I moved into my studio on my birthday. I think it was 5 years ago, when I was 29. Or maybe it was 6, when I was 28? I have a horrible memory. What I do remember was feeling so elated to have a commercial space of my own — albeit shared with my dear friend Helena, at first — where I could work and create and build out my dreams. It was the best birthday gift I could ever give myself. It felt like I was really moving up in my career and I had big plans for both the studio and my life, in general. I did a lot in that studio: hosted workshops, sales, benefits for charity, social gatherings, volunteer meetings, conferences, craft sessions, and so many dog photo shoots I was starting to wonder if that was my new calling. But in all honesty, I fell short of my goals to make it more of a creative community space and less of a personal one. It mostly hosted my own projects and I rented it out to others, despite my grand ideas to have so much more happening. It was too much for me to take on by myself — or at least, I felt that way. Since it was my side gig, I was hesitant to let it take up too much of my time, and each event was a labor of love, energy, and money. Lots of money. And I only have so much to give. Honestly, it’s hard for me to write about this. It makes me feel like a bit of a failure.

After awhile, I decided it was too much space and way too much overhead for just one person. Rentals (which helped me keep costs lower) required having a manager, and when said manager took a great job opportunity (I miss her every day!), it became harder and harder to keep things running smoothly and justify keeping Brooklyn Brigade open. It’s going to be harder to build new sets and do fun photo shoots without the space, but luckily my new apartment has quite a bit of space and storage for my equipment, sets, and props. I think I’ll be able to make do.

Moving into my studio on my birthday felt like the best way to celebrate being another year older and more successful. What I didn’t think about was how much it would suck to have to move out on my birthday, and what that would represent for me. I’m not moving upward, I’m just moving out. It’s so silly, but I had to excuse myself a few times [on my birthday] because I started crying at the thought of moving out. Luckily, my landlord very kindly offered me some extra time to move out; he didn’t want me to leave and even though it somehow made it a little harder, it also made me feel happy that I’ve been a good and appreciated tenant. Even better? My mom and stepdad came up to help me and celebrate my birthday. When I’m down, there’s no better therapist than mom. Thanks for always being there for me when I’m feeling vulnerable and a little lost — and for giving me a reason to use one of my favorite sets one last time.

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The gateway top

Outfit Details:

vintage off the shoulder polka dot top (love this similar, $15 option — see below for lots of other new options)

vintage denim skort

Adidas campus sneakers

heart sunglasses

red bandana

Kate Spade heart crossbody

I bought this vintage off the shoulder polka dot top (also seen here, here, here, here, here) a couple years ago on our Wanderful New England road trip. I remember seeing it, loving it, and almost leaving it in a Portland vintage shop. It reminded me of Minnie Mouse in the best way (because let’s be real, she’s one of my style icons) and though it instantly spoke to me, I was concerned about the amount of arm and torso that would show. It’s cropped and the ruffle provides minimal arm coverage. I’ve always been a little weird about my arms in particular — although that’s greatly improved in the past year! — but since I just couldn’t leave this one behind, I gave it a whirl and I’m so glad I did. It didn’t hurt that it was under $20. Fast forward to two years later and I still wear it all. the. time. It was probably the gateway top to most of the other off the shoulder, arm baring tops and dresses I have. Being that I spent a pretty penny on my tattoos that I admittedly love showing off, I’m pretty glad it opened the floodgates.

I talk a lot about buying pieces you’ll want to wear over and over, and I want to make it clear that while I believe in investing a little more in special pieces you’ll love for a long time, you do not have to spend a lot of money to find a piece you love. Some 0f my most loved and worn clothing items were bought at a thrift store, vintage shop, or were a lucky sale rack find at your run of the mill mall store. For me, it’s not about filling my closet with investment pieces (although, wouldn’t that be nice?) or even with wear it with everything basics — it’s about filling it with pieces I’ll reach for over and over again. Sometimes that’s a pair of Madewell jeans that I love so much I buy them in every wash. Sometimes it’s a slightly less practical piece of clothing that makes me feel special every time I wear it. Either way, they’re being put to good use.

p.s. See my space buns hair tutorial (or maybe Minnie Mouse ears hair tutorial?) here.

p.p.s. Please excuse my wrinkled skort. Yes, skort. Look, a girl’s gotta sit and I can’t be carrying a steamer with me all over the place.

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Diptyque City Candles

Diptyque City Candle Review. Special edition candles created for select cities New York City, Miami, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo. You can typically only find them in each city boutique but for a limited-time they are offering them online!

Paula’s Choice: Are Natural & Organic Ingredients Better for Your Skin?

Paula’s Choice offers some of the best products on the market (many can be found on Amazon.com if you need to order some) – we’d know, we use them on the daily :), so we decided to share this wonderful article of theirs answering an age old question… are “natural” and “organic” ingredients really better for your skin?

Source: https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/natural-skincare/are-natural-and-organic-ingredients-better-for-your-skin.html

Many people believe passionately that natural, organic ingredients are better for the skin but the truth is this belief has no factual basis or scientific legitimacy. The surprising fact: There are lots of natural, organic ingredients that are bad for skin! Many of them are lurking in products claiming to be better or safer because they’re natural or organic. Sad but true.

Whether due to blissful denial or because they don’t know the research, lots of cosmetic companies sell products with ingredients that aren’t really natural or contain natural ingredients that are a problem for skin. Conversely, just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t make it a problem for skin. Let’s set the record straight!

Natural Is as Natural Does

Please know we’re not saying there isn’t a large range of natural ingredients that are exceptional for skin, because there are—lots and lots of them! But the idea that they’re the “best” or only option for skin is not good advice. When formulating products for Paula’s Choice Skincare, Paula and her team only select natural ingredients with a proven track record of being beneficial for skin. We avoid using problematic ones because these aren’t doing your skin any favors. Now that’s natural done right that the best cosmetics companies follow!

We’re not the only ones concerned about the misguided notion that natural = better: Dr. Linda M. Katz, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors stated that “Consumers should not necessarily assume that an ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredient or product would possess greater inherent safety than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient. In fact, ‘natural’ ingredients may be harder to preserve against… contamination and growth than synthetic versions” (Source: New York Times, November 1, 2007).

Joan Shaffer, USDA spokeswoman stated that “…people should not interpret even the USDA Organic seal or any organic seal of approval on cosmetics as proof of health benefits or of efficacy. The National Organic Program is a marketing program, not a safety program. [Chocolate cake] may be [natural and/or organic] but that has no bearing on whether it is safe or nutritious to eat (Source: www.ams.usda.gov/nop/FactSheets/Backgrounder.html).

Natural Ingredients: The Bad

Many natural, organic ingredients used in skincare products can cause significant skin sensitivities that build up over time. Some of them can also be harsh and abrasive on skin. None of that is good, so it’s important you know what to avoid so you can take the best possible care of your skin.

Skin-aggravating ingredients of any kind (natural or synthetic) cause all aspects of skin to breakdown and fall apart. It interrupts skin’s ability to renew and reawaken its natural shape and significantly diminishes its ability to defend itself from environmental damage. This is especially true of fragrance ingredients that often go under the misleading category of essential oils.

All fragrance, whether synthetic or natural, causes trouble for skin. Essential oils may be good for your nose, but they’re a serious problem for your skin. We’re often shocked and dismayed at how many natural products are little more than eau de cologne dressed up as a moisturizer, lotion, serum, or toner.

What’s particularly troubling is the fact that your skin is very good at hiding that it’s appearing to be sensitized. Just because you’re using a product with problematic ingredients but not seeing any signs of surface aggravation doesn’t mean it’s not taking place where you can’t see it.

All of the following common natural ingredients can be a problem for skin in one way or the other. For example, many citrus ingredients can enhance the sun’s negative impact on skin. One other point, many of these ingredients do have beneficial properties (like antioxidant compounds) but they also come with negative ones. There are plenty of natural ingredients that give your skin only the positives and none of the negatives. Those are the only ones that should be in your skincare products!

These ingredients shouldn’t ever be in your skincare products.

  • Alcohol
  • Allspice
  • Almond extract
  • Angelica
  • Arnica
  • Balm mint oil
  • Balsam
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus juices or oils
  • Clove
  • Clover blossom
  • Coriander oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Fir needle
  • Geranium oil
  • Grapefruit
  • Ground up nuts
  • Horsetail
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemon
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Marjoram
  • Oak bark
  • Papaya
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Witch hazel
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang ylang

 

Natural Ingredients: The Good

Since the list of problematic natural ingredients is so long, you may be wondering what are the best natural ingredients for skin. There are many! Here are the top ones that have only beneficial properties and none of the bad:

  • Clays
  • Chamomile
  • Bisabolol
  • Seaweed
  • Kaolin
  • Amino acids
  • Ceramides
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Grapes
  • Green tea
  • Chocolate
  • Licorice
  • Oats
  • Soy
  • Willow Herb
  • Coconut oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Canola oil
  • Shea butter
  • Honey
  • Mica
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Argan oil
  • Carnauba wax
  • Meadowfoam
  • Rice Bran oil
  • Turmeric
  • Rosa canina Fruit oil
  • Palm oil
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Corn oil
  • Glycerin
  • Lecithin
  • Aloe vera
  • Jojoba oil
  • Pomegranate
  • Algae extracts
  • Sea whip extract
  • Feverfew extract
  • Bearberry
  • Mulberry
  • White tea
  • Cocoa butter
  • Sesame oil
  • Borage oil
  • Ubiquinone
  • Acai oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B3
  • Goji Berry
  • Coffeeberry extract
  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Tamanu Oil
  • Curcumins
  • Silybum marianum extract

 

Packaging Matters!

Lastly, keep in mind that with natural ingredients, packaging really, really matters! Think of how long a head of lettuce lasts in your refrigerator and you’ll get an idea of how the wrong type of packaging (such as jars or clear bottles) will cause natural ingredients to break down. This occurs from repeated exposure to light and air and contamination from repeatedly scooping out the product with your fingers. Be sure to look for opaque, non-jar packaging that minimizes exposure to these elements. Then you’ll be getting the most benefit from the natural, organic ingredients that can truly help you get (and keep) the skin you want.

References for this information:
Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, October 16, volume 80, pages 226-32
Contact Dermatitis, September 2016, issue 3, pages 129-143; October 2013, issue 4, pages 196-230; and February 2014, issue 2, pages 90-97
Acta-Demato Venerology, June 2016, issue 5, pages 679-683
Annals of Emergency Medicine, April 2016, issue 4, pages 554-556
Cutis, October 2015, issue 4, pages 269-274
Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, December 11, issue 1, pages 199-206
Food Chemistry and Toxicology, February 2011, issue 2, pages 324-341

 

Maple Tree Blog: Asian Beauty Skincare Routine for Beginners

We thought this blog post was fantastically written and included more than enough visuals for any beginner to get started. We’ve only just discovered the Maple Tree Blog but we’re already huge fans!

Source: http://mapletreeblog.com/2017/02/21/asian-skincare-routine-beginners/

Starting out on a skincare journey can be rough. There are so many different products, adverts, brands and shiny new things. But putting everything that’s shiny and new on your face at once can be counter productive. So I’ve put together this simple guide for getting started on your Asian Beauty skincare journey.

If you’re interested in understanding in more depth the Asian Beauty Ten Steps skincare routine check out my guide from last year “Asian Beauty Guide – The What, the Why and the When”. There are also more suggestions for all the different steps, than my basic packs below.

Check back out the next steps with the “Advanced Asian Beauty Routine” once you’ve got the below nailed.

The Different Skin Types

First things first, identifying your skin type.
There are 4 main basic types:

  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Combination

The easiest and best way to start is with a clean face, and checking yourself out 3-4 hours later in the mirror.

I’ve super simplified it into the below.

  • No sign of oil or flakes = Normal
  • Shiny all over = Oily
  • Skin feels tight and/or flaky? Dry
  • All of the above. Particularly oily on the T Zone and dry on the cheeks = Combination

Skin Concerns

There will be some other terms you hear as well, I call these skin concerns. The below can happen in conjunction with the above base line skin types.

  • Sensitive – This is when skin is more easily irritable, important for those with this skin type to be even more cautious over what they put on their skin.
  • Dehydrated – This is a skin condition and can happen when your skin doesn’t have enough hydration. Often happens when people over-exfoliate or use drying cleansers. Skin can feel tight and irritated, but be flaky and somehow oily at the same time.
  • Acne Prone/Hormonal Acne – Some of the less fortunate, including myself, are just more prone to break outs.
  • Aging – Pretty much as the name describes. Older skin has different needs to younger skin. Usually requires more pampering.
  • Redness/Uneven Skintone – Patchy red areas of the face, usually around the nose or cheeks.

The above terms are the general terms you’ll come across. There’s plenty more out there but these cover most bases.

Asian Beauty Skincare Routine

Here’s a basic infograph to help you remember the order and the steps! Feel free to share with other skincare routine beginners, just ensure you give credit to MapleTreeBlog

 

For a complete beginner to a skincare routine I always recommend starting out with four or five products. Don’t run before you can walk after all!

Patch testing and introducing new products to your skin gradually is always a must, 2 weeks is recommended for introducing products.

I’d recommend introducing in this order: Suncream -> Second Cleanser -> First Cleanser -> Moisturiser.

Alternatively, if you’re concerned about clogged pores caused by the suncream in the month before you introduce the oil cleanser: Moisturiser -> Second Cleanser -> First Cleanser -> Suncream

My Recommendations for Your First Haul!

Pick one from each category.

Keep the below information in mind when making your choices.

Normal Skin Type

Lucky folks with normal skin types can focus on just the basics and ensuring their skin is clean, protected and moisturised

Oily Skin

With oily skin you’re looking for something more lightweight. Don’t be afraid of oil cleansers either, they’re not going to make your skin more oily, that’s a common misconception

Dry Skin

You’re looking for more soothing, creamy and rich for your skin

Combination Skin

Just like your skintype you want a bit of all of the above

Oil Cleanser

First Cleansers

DHC Cleansing Oil – Olive oil based cleanser which is my personal HG for getting all my make up off, and not being drying or oily.Reviewed Here.
Kose Speedy Cleansing Oil – Affordable mineral based cleanser which is a popular Japanese choice.
Banila Co Clean it Zero Purity – Balm cleanser which is great at getting off even stubborn mascara, and great for travelling

Foam CleanserFoam Cleansers

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser – Low pH, readily available and affordable
Hada Labo Gokujyun Foam Cleanser – Personal favourite. Low pH, not stripping and the pump action is perfect for my lazy soul.Reviewed Here.

Asian Beauty Toners

Toners

Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion – Thicker than most toners, and packed full of hydrating Hyaluronic Acid. Reviewed Here.
Kikumasamune Sake High Moist Lotion – Thinner than the Hada Labo, quickly absorbs and can be decanted into a mist bottle

Missha Sun Cream, Biore SuncreamSuncreams

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ – This is a lightweight cosmetic suncream which doesn’t leave a white cast
Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof SUN SPF50 PA+++ – Physical suncream, leaves a whitecast but offers top protection
Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ – A favourite of one of the dry skinned bloggers I follow

Asian Beauty CreamsMoisturisers

Mizon Snail Recovery Gel – Lightweight gel which also soothes and is super affordable
Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream – If you’re looking for a heavier option than a gel. Soothing and hydrating
CosRx Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap –  This is a thin lotion, which also moisturises. Perfect as a day moisturiser for those who feel their skin is suffocated by thicker creams
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream – Ceramides are great for dry skin and this is a fan favourite
ELIZAVECCA Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream – Cream that turns into water. Lightweight moisturiser

Basic Tool Suggestions

Blotting Papers to keep the oil at bay during the day.
Cotton Wool for applying toners, micellar water, cream cleansers. I love the Muji square ones.
Hydrocolloid Patches for pimples – Cosrx Master Pimple Patch is my favourite
I hope that’s helped with getting started on your skincare journey! Share any of your suggestions in the comment box below.

Always love to hear from my readers.

Don’t forget to come back later this week for the next stage in your skincare routine! Where Acids, Masks and more are introduced to the routine.