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Pretty Face: Make-up optional skin

I hesitated to do a post about skin. It’s like the ultimate jinx. Right? “Hey look at my wonderful skin and here’s how I maintain it” …and the next day my face will be a hot mess!

But I’ll push past my own issues to share what an everyday girl with sensitive skin uses.

As I’ve aged, I’ve had to be more diligent in how I care for my skin. I know women are always looking for the next new thing in skin care or the “old staple” that really works…so I thought I’d share.

A few years ago I was a totally Philosophy girl, but now I’ve diversified. What got me to try Philosophy was their slogan about their skincare creating make-up optional skin. To me, that’s really important. I am a self admitted minimalist when it comes to make up, but even if you like to wear makeup, having the option not to wear it is something that I find super appealing. So here’s what I use:

Pretty Face: Skin Care Regimen

1.Cetaphil is great and economical. I now use it for me and my daughter. It’s similar to Philosophy’s purity face wash–that I like as well.

2. Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash is gentle and still re-surfaces the dead skin quickly. Nothing like looking grey in the winter.

3. Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple wipes. At first it took me some time to get used to them, but they are so perfect for the night I had tonight. I am utterly exhausted. After a day of work, I’ve put up Christmas decorations with a “helpful” 4 year old. (’nuff said.) Washed a load of laundry and I even folded it and put it away. (The t-shirts were actually warm when I put them back in the drawer.) I used to use baby wipes (and when I am being frugal I still do) but seriously the purity wipes are great. Keep them by your bedside.

4. I use the Aveeno Daily lotion, but truth be told I am looking for another, especially for the winter. I’m not a fan of the illuminating sparkles they put in the lotion…

5. Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar with spf was my go-to day time lotion before I switched to aveeno.

6. For a girl with sensitive skin, Eucerin is my go-to lotion for fall and winter and heck early spring. In the summer I can get away with lighter stuff–in that case I use Baby Grace by Philosophy.

7. I have nothing but good things to say about Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel. I try to do it once a week. When I am looking grey and splotchy, especially in the winter, the peel is my do-over. Also the two step process is fun.

8. When I use the peel and then use my L’oreal night cream (it’s for maturing skin like 40+, but I am proactive!) I look like I’ve been on vacation–well rested. But even if I don’t use the peel, the night cream is my newest staple.

So with lots of water, avocado, salmon, and other good fats I’ve been able to maintain make-up optional skin. My skin isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me. And again, I’ll admit–when I don’t eat right no peel, cream, or cleanser helps.

I’m curious about your skin-care tips.

stay inspired and enjoy the journey,

~A. G.

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Gifts for Her

In honor of Black Friday–the official start of the holiday shopping season,  I’ve decided to spend this week (now that I’m back!) helping you find gifts for those you love (or like)…

Day 1: gifts for her.  This could be mom, sister, wife, grandmother, teacher, or co-worker.

Gifts for Her (2012)

1.   Crystal Vivian Necklace ($42)

Faceted Cut Black Diamond Crystal set in a Victorian Crystal encrusted Pendant, suspended from layered Leather.

2. Chevron Note Cards ($48)

These boldly colored notecards are sure to get the attention – and win the admiration – of their recipients. Each boxed set includes 50 notecards with colored trim and chevron printed backs along with envelopes boasting chevron printed interiors.

3. Wallets ($26,$49)

These super cute wallets will make anyone feel better during the dreary winter.

4. Philosophy’s  Home for the Holiday Set ($38).

The eight-piece collection of festively scented formulas is great for hair, skin, and lips.  It may be hard to part with this, so perhaps you should get two so you can keep one.

5.Graphics Metallic Votives ($8).

These delightful glass votives add lustrous shimmer to any household surface — whether they’re illuminated or not. Mix and match them on an empty mantle, on a table for a dinner party or place them near the tub before you hop in for a long, luxurious soak.

6. Pave Initial Letter Cuff ($48)

This dazzling bracelet is a cute personalized pieces with a glittering pave-encrusted initial. Just right for layering with chunky cuffs and delicate bangles alike, you’ll love the way this letter-perfect piece catches the light.

7.Pave and Pearl Drop Earrings ($38)

The updated pearl earring exudes sophisticated style. It was smart to add a touch of glittering pave stones for a dose of modern glamour. I love love these!

Pajamas for the holidays. ($25 and $30)

At home, it’s ok to have ratty tatty pjs. But when you go home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday’s it’s good to have “presentable” pjs when you are around family. Here’s a few nice ones for  you to choose from, I’m sure the women in your life will be appreciative.

Gifts for Her (2012)
For tomorrow, host/hostess gifts for the home (all under $20!!!)
Stay inspired, enjoy the journey!
A. Genise XO