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X 002X 003Weird in-between weather and I am seeing that I am doing okay for bottoms but am a bit lacking for tops for work. My drawer seems to be full of tanks and peasant tops that are fine for a weekend but a tad too casual for Monday through Thursday.

Black cotton tank and tissue-weight merino deep v-neck sweater from Banana Republic, black trousers from Limited – same style as the gray ones I wear. I found them in the attic; I think I bought them in 2002 back when I worked in Pentagon City Mall in Virginia right near a super big Limited. I would bag my lunch and spend my break in that store, I swear that year every single item The Limited made fit me perfectly. It's nice that some of the clothes from then are still stylish to wear now! Long gold chain from Express, leopard peep-toe heels from BCBGirls.

Hair is washed with Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo and the last clump of conditioner from my Kiwi ColorReflect bottle. A bit of Shine On! from Sexy Straight hair applied while damp, then dried semi-straight using a round brush. Some BioSilk added to the ends.

Makeup is L'Oreal Bare Naturale in True Beige, Smashbox Soft Lights in Tint with Nars blush in Orgasm over it. Eyes is Maybelline ExpertWear shadow quad in Mocha Motion – the silver and the mauve shades blended and applied from inner corners to over the lid. Lashes curled and Cover Girl Lash Exact in Black applied twice. On lips is Revlon ColorGlide Sheer in Sheer Burgundy. After the photo I added a bit of Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in Pink Afterglow for more shine.

Lately I have felt my skin is looking old – creases showing up between the brows, dryness, small breakouts and all over lackluster. Then I remembered I have occasionally been going to bed without washing my face. I started washing my face nightly with a gentle soap-free cleanser (The Body Shop's Moisture White Cleansing Powder) and then applying The Body Shop's Vitamin C Intensive Night Repair (this stuff is AMAZING for clearing and brightening the skin) and then night cream (drugstore's generic brand version of Olay Regenerist night cream). Just three days of regular cleansing and prepping and my skin was again transformed. So when you are at the point of considering major spa or dermatological treatments or a shopping spree at Sephora, recheck your regular routines. Possibly all you need to do is change your routine to get what you really need!

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  1. I have two, one is a traditional like 1.5″ barrel cheap one from somewhere like Vidal Sassoon… my mom gave it to me because it automatically shuts itself off and I have a habit of forgetting to turn it off before work. The other is from Target, probably Conair or some other popular brand. It’s ceramic and is a large barreled round iron, and also works as a straightening iron (can unclamp the barrel to flat area inside). Nothing fancy or expensive. Same with the dryer, it’s purple, ionic, three levels of speed and three levels of warmth and a cool button… just the basics.

  2. I so agree. I’ve been breaking out lately, but know I’ve gone to bed without washing my face or without doing the whole routine – I might remove my makeup and wipe the rest of my face, but not do a full wash-tone-treatment.

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