Spring Skin Care Routine

My skin is currently throwing it’s standard change of season hissy fit, and I am struggling. On top of this living nightmare, I’ve also come down with a random bout of dermatitis. Nice. I’ve gone back to basics in a lot of areas of my skin care, and stopped using my standard routine until I can figure out the culprit (so far I’ve narrowed it down to two possible products that could be causing the issue). Here are the products I’m currently using in an attempt to keep my skin in check –

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Because I wasn’t sure which of my skincare products was causing the dermatitis, I stripped everything back to basics. I’ve used Cetaphil for many years as an all over cleanser, and it’s what I return to anytime I need to use something that I know won’t have any negative effects on my skin. I’ve been loving using this lately, it’s gentle on my skin and is a nice break from my standard cleansing routine.

Kora Balancing Rose Mist – In my old faithful Paula’s Choice Hydralight toner’s place I decided to use this rose mist that I had forgotten I owned. I really love this, the only down side for me is the spray is hard and doesn’t feel pleasant on the face. Having said that, I don’t remember that happening with previous bottles of this I’ve owned, so I think I might have just got a dud one this time around.

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is one of my holy grail moisturisers, and the one I turn to whenever I’m not using the Paula’s Choice Hydralight moisturiser. This is the perfect balance of moisturising and lightweight, and is something I love using around this time of year.

Egyptian Magic – I wasn’t sure what to think of this when I purchased it, and to be honest I only bought it because Jessie Baylin noted it as one of her holy grail beauty products. As it turns out, this really is a magic product. I’ve been using this on the areas of my face suffering from Dermatitis, and some how it’s miraculously cleared up dry skin that literally nothing else I have tried has managed to do.

MD Skin Care Alpha/Beta Peel Original Formula – I’m noting this as part of my Spring routine, but really these are part of my ALL THE TIME routine, because I love them so much. I use these wipes once a week as a chemical exfoliant. They’re surpisingly gentle, and work really well with my sensitive skin. If you’re afraid to give alpha/beta hydroxy products a go due to sensitive skin, I’d recommend trying these.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – I bought this in the hopes it would save my dehydrated skin while we were away in Adelaide earlier in the year, and it did. If I ever have the luxury of a nap, I like to slather my face with this before hand, I always seem to wake up looking hydrated and fresh afterwards.

November TBR

I was pleased with how many books I managed to complete last month, and I think the Spookathon definitely helped get my number of books read up a bit higher than usual. This month I’m planning to participate in #AroundTheWorldAThon, so I’ve included a couple of Oceanic books in this month’s mix to read during that week. I’ll be sure to keep you posted with how I go with the readathon, which by the way is hosted by two of my favourite Aussie Booktubers – Kirstie and April. Here’s what I’m planning to read this month –

October Empties

LUSH Honey I Washed The Kids Shower Gel – I picked this up earlier in the year when we were on holiday in Adelaide buying a couple of bath bombs to use in our hotel bathtub. We were standing in line and Sebastian caught a whiff of this and loved it, so of course it came home with us. If you love the smell of honey this is definitely one to pick up.

Palmolive Naturals Milk & Honey Shower Milk – Are you sensing a theme with shower products here? Sebastian uses shower gel on a daily basis, so we go through bottles regularly. He prefers sweet ‘gourmand’ type scents, so this fit the bill. I didn’t use this so I can’t give much of a rating on it, but he seemed to like it well enough and it’s reasonably priced which is always a good thing.

Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbene Antiperspirant Deodorant – This is my favourite deodorant, and I use it daily so I go through about a bottle a month. The smell of this is amazing, it’s probably the best smelling drug store deodorant I’ve ever found. I don’t sweat that much, but I think this works well to keep my perspiration at bay.

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner – I was so sad to finish this up, because I don’t have a back up in my beauty cupboard and I’m trying to use up all of the stuff I own before purchasing anything new. This had all of the wonderful elements of the regular 3 minute miracle treatment, but with the added benefit of being light enough to use daily. It also smells 2000% better than the regular treatment, IMO.

Luminessence Candle in French Pear – I’ve had this candle for YEARS, so it was a relief to finally burn through it. I can’t remember where I got this from because it’s been such a long time, but if you stumble across this brand it’s worth checking out. This smelled amazing, and the throw of the candle was really impressive.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – Can you believe I used up a full tube of this, my beloved holy grail mascara, and did not have a back up to use straight after? If you haven’t heard me rave about this mascara until I become blue in the face, consider yourself lucky. This is the best mascara I’ve ever used, and I’m so sad that this tube finished up.

sample: Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel – It’s always hard to judge the quality of a product based on a sample, but sometimes I come across something that works well enough for me to want to immediately purchase the full-sized version. This is one of those products. However the full-sized version of this is $128 AUD, so it’s on hold for now.

sample: RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup remover Wipe – I was skeptical about this when I first started using it to remove my makeup, but honestly once I was finished I was a convert. This wipe does a great job of removing makeup while still feeling really gentle on the skin. I also love the feeling of the coconut oil that remains on the skin, it feels like a little bit of luxury.

October Reading Wrap Up

Books Read: 7
Audiobooks Read: 1
Pages Read: 1745
Hours Listened: 4hrs 57minutes
TBR Books Read: 6
Favourite Book: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I’m pretty happy with how things went with my reading this month, and I think the Spookathon certainly helped move things along and helped motivate me to read a bit more than I usually would have. Now I’m looking forward to taking a step back from spooky books and thrillers and moving towards more fun and lighthearted stories as we head into Summer.

November Goals

First up, let’s take a look at how I went with last month’s goals

Work as much overtime as possibleAs it turned out there was only one weekend in the month of November that I didn’t work overtime, and that was because I booked a few days of leave and wanted to make the most of the break. At this stage, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to take any time off for a few months (due to workload), so I didn’t want to have anything disturb my ‘last hurrah’ of relaxation.
Work on the garden to make it “summer BBQ” friendlyI started tackling the weeds in the back yard, and removed a few plants that had not survived the winter. I still have quite a way to go, but baby steps is the plan at this stage.
Participate in the SpookathonYou can read my Spookathon Wrap Up here
Watch the movies on my Halloween ‘to-watch’ listI only managed to cross 2 movies off my to watch list, as Sebastian went away for the weekend and I was in too much of a spook to watch anything remotely scary
Go to Adelaide for a mini holidayThis didn’t eventuate for me purely due to financial reasons. I have a lofty savings goal that I’m trying to reach by the end of the year, and I couldn’t justify the cost of flights for a three day holiday
Make a summer-y music playlist to listen to while driving
Cook something from the Donna Hay ‘seasons’ cookbook

As you can see I didn’t do too badly for my first month returning to monthly goal setting. Here are my goals for this month… Wish me luck!

– Participate in the #aroundtheworldathon
– Write my Christmas planning timeline
– Continue working on the garden to make it “summer BBQ” friendly
– Clean out the pantry/fridge/freezer
– Go to the Wanneroo Show
– Sort out my Spring/Summer wardrobe