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My Pre-Wedding Skincare Routine

About a year ago, I discovered the magic of skincare. It was never something I thought much about, but once I began experimenting, I was hooked. What better way to feel (and look!) like a magical, glowy goddess than to indulge in a daily pamper session?

I’ve used a number of products in the past—both good and bad. But with my wedding a little over a month a way (Wait, what?!) I wanted to be extra kind to my skin. I’ve been using these products over the past several weeks, and my skin has never looked better. I know I can count on them to leave me looking my best for my big day.

So Long, Plastic Microbeads!

Credit: MCPA Photos/Flickr Creative Commons

Credit: MCPA Photos/Flickr Creative Commons

If you didn’t already know, I love the ocean. (After all, “sea” is half of this blog’s title.) In my day job, I work for an environmental nonprofit, which aims to protect the ocean. It can sometimes feel overwhelming—especially when there are so many problems facing the ocean, and seemingly so few solutions. Earlier this week, however, the ocean community had a major victory, and one which coincides nicely with the content on my blog: the United States Congress passed a ban on plastic microbeads in soaps, body wash, and other personal care products.

November Favorites

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Is it December already? The final months of the year just keep flying by… At any rate, I kicked off the beginning of November with a “Wine in the Woods” trip with some friends. We rented a treehouse in Western Maryland and drove around to a bunch of vineyards. It was so much fun, and I came away with plenty of great wine! Thanksgiving was spent with Dave and my family in Wisconsin. We definitely appreciated the time off from work! Now time to crack down on grad school applications…

In terms of favorites, November was a  really fun month for beauty! I did a fair amount of experimenting and I enjoyed just about everything I tried. Here are a few of the standouts!

June and July Favorites

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Favorites” post, but it feels good to be back in business. These picks were a tough, as I’ve been wearing very little makeup the past few months. My beauty routine has been pretty minimal (I blame it on the God-awful DC humidity, but it’s mostly just laziness) but there are the handful of products I wanted to talk about.

Creating a Skincare Routine

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I’m not dead– I swear! I’m just buried under loads of boxes (still waiting to be unpacked), lots of houseguests and a busy work schedule. Things have been a bit more chaotic in my day to day life than I typically like them, and so I haven’t had much time for blogging. I miss it, and I know I keep saying it, but I hope to be back soon, but until then I wanted to share some thoughts on some new skincare products.

I’m blessed with pretty decent skin, and so I’ve always been a little indifferent to skincare. My skin is combination-oily and I get the occasional hormonal breakout, but I’ve never had any major gripes about it. Back in February, however, I started noticing that my skin was getting dry and flaky in places it had never been before, and I had fine red bumps all over my cheeks. I decided that it was finally time to start taking care of my skin and invest in products that suited my skin type. I made an appointment at my local Sephora and came away with lots of great products.

I’ve been using these products for about six weeks now, and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts. This is probably the fourth or fifth time I’ve sat down to write this post… There’s so much I want to talk about I can’t possibly include it all. For the sake of keeping things as brief as possible, I’m going to do my best to keep my descriptions short, but feel free to ask questions and add feedback in the comments below.

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