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EYES

I’ve been seeing various eye prints all over the place for ages now, but it seems like the trend is still going strong. Just the other day, I saw a woman with a rad beaded eye coin purse. I wish I had had the sense to ask her where it was from because I can’t find anything online that closely resembles it. Oh well. Once I started realizing that I loved so many of the weird/eerie/cute eye-themed things I was seeing online, I started bookmarking them, and I’m finally getting around to sharing them with you.

  1. Nali Eye Print Acrylic Clutch Bag
  2. Zara Plain Knit Uneven Hem Sweater with Eye Embroidery
  3. Kenzo New Eyes Scarf
  4. Urban Outfitters Magical Thinking Open Eye Mirror
  5. Fine Little Day Eye Eye Poster
Skincare

Tretinoin 12-week update

If you’re not interested in reading detailed accounts of skincare routines or seeing really unflattering pictures of me and my acne, this post probably isn’t for you!

I’ve now been using Tretinoin .025% for about 12 weeks. I tried to take progress pictures with some regularity, but it ended up being kind of sporadic/whenever I remembered/whenever I could recreate the lighting of the first picture (majorly failed on that point). I also didn’t take down notes or anything, but I made plenty of mental notes along the way.

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First four weeks: This is probably when I saw the most “action”. My skin was very dry, and flaking a lot around my nose, mouth, and chin. From all the accounts I read elsewhere online, this was completely normal and to be expected. Sometime during the first few weeks, the top and sides of my nose became extremely oily. It still remains this way today. I’m not sure if this is because of the Tretinoin or simply because it’s summer, and this summer in New York has been hot and humid as hell. My skin typically gets oily throughout the day in summer, but I can’t remember it being this bad before, so it’s probably mostly the Tret. As far as acne and the overall appearance of my skin I did start to see improvement during this time. The pores on my nose started to clear out within the first week or two, and I started to see a decrease in new clogged pores and closed comedones. In general, the skin on my cheeks started to look tighter and less bumpy.

Four to eight weeks: I saw the most improvement during this time period. The closed comedones along my jaw line started to heal and go away, and for a few weeks I had absolutely no new ones showing up! The breakouts on my cheeks basically stopped as well. Other than being very oily, my skin was pretty stable. During this time, I switched from using a combination of CeraVe PM + CeraVe Sunscreen in the morning, to only using CeraVe AM, which was the original recommendation from the dermatologist. I’m pretty sure this had a negative effect on my skin in the following weeks.

Eight weeks to today: Nothing catastrophic has happened within the past few weeks, but I haven’t seen much improvement either. I’ve had a couple of cystic breakouts along my jaw line, and a couple small breakouts on my cheeks and near my temples, which has been pretty disheartening. Strangely, I feel like the pores on my nose look worse. I keep telling myself that it’s because it’s been so freaking hot the past month, that my skin has gotten overly oily, leading to clogged pores. I hope I’m right and that I see improvement again soon. Also, the skin around my eyes has been inexplicably dry the past few days. It’s actually been flaking off around my inner eyelid area, and in the area right underneath my lower lash line where I have a wrinkle/eye bag thing. I have no idea what that’s about, but I’ve been trying to clear it up with extra CeraVe PM and Vaseline. The lack of improvement during this time period may have something to do with me being sick for over a week in the beginning of July and AGAIN the last week of July (I’m STILL battling it). My nose definitely looks a lot more red and veiny, I’m guessing because I’ve been blowing my nose literally 20 times a day for two weeks now. Ugh. Being sick in summer is the actual worst thing ever.

Overall: The two biggest things I’ve noticed are the very noticeable decrease in closed comedones along my jaw line and the speed with which any new breakouts heal. Before Tretinoin, my breakouts would usually cause me trouble for a week-10 days before they would reach the scabby/healing phase. Now it’s down to maybe four days. Everything seems to heal so much faster, I love it. I’m curious if anyone else has had sort of a “plateau” phase at around 9-12 weeks. A lot of people see the most improvement at 12 weeks, but I would say mine was at 6 weeks. I’m definitely going to stick with it for the foreseeable future, and hopefully I’ll see improvement when I’m not sick and when the weather isn’t so hellish!

Travel

Copenhagen

These are the last pictures from our honeymoon in April. We didn’t take quite as many pictures in Copenhagen as in the other cities because it rained two out of the three days we were there. But, we did manage to get a few nice ones from around town and in Tivoli, an adorable amusement park I highly recommend visiting!

Here we go, enjoy!

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Travel

Rome

Finally, after only seven weeks, I’m done going through all our pictures from Rome. In my defense, we took over 500 photos in Rome alone, and about 1200 in total. Also in my defense, what I thought was dust on our lens turned out to be dust on our camera’s sensor, so no matter how much we cleaned the lens, every single picture had about 30 dust specks scattered throughout, and painstakingly ‘shopping them out was, well, awful and very time consuming.

Enough about that, though. I definitely recommend visiting Rome if you get the chance. If we had stayed for a month, I’m sure we still wouldn’t have seen half of all there is to see in the city. Highlights for me were climbing to the very tip top of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Musei Capitolini, and the Colosseum (we actually stayed four blocks from the Colosseum, it was amazing!) I hope you enjoy these photos!

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Beauty, Makeup, Reviews

Two makeup looks featuring Colourpop

It’s been two weeks since getting my Colourpop products in the mail, and I’m still excited about them! I promised to share some looks and opinions on them, so let me get it out of the way and say that overall, I’m impressed. Surprisingly, the blushes are my favorite. Hot damn are they pigmented. I struggle to find a way to apply them that isn’t “too much”. They may not look over-the-top in these pictures, but unlike most blushes I use, they actually show up in photographs, which is something I’ve complained about before. Let it be noted that I did pick out two of the absolute brightest shades they offer, so I’m sure a more natural look can be achieved with colors that aren’t neon magenta or tangerine.

The Super Shock shadows are also really, really nice. I’m only using one of the shadows (in the first look), but both of the ones I have are lovely. They are easy to apply, blend, and sheer out, but you can also easily pack on more color for more intensity. The colors I picked out have almost a duo-chrome effect, which I like since I don’t have many other shadows that offer something similar.

The Lippie Stix are where I have mixed feelings. They’re very pigmented and easy to apply, and the scent is pleasant. Staying power and wear are where I was a little let down. I do find that they settle into lip lines and fade sort of quickly. They are also a bit drying, and leave my lips flaky by the end of the day. I will say that these are things I struggle with when it comes to most lipsticks, so YMMV. For $5 each, I really can’t complain that much as they’re cheaper than most lip products at the drugstore are these days.

Keep scrolling for my two makeup looks. In the first look, I used a bit of green shadow on the lower lash line to emphasize the green sparkle in the Colourpop shadow on top. I really like how it turned out paired with the deep berry color of the Lippie Stix in LBB. In the second look, I did something warmer and springier, AND I USED FALSE LASHES FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER OMG. Seriously though, the application is not perfect, as you can probably see, but it was sooo much less scary than people make it out to be. I was so excited that I actually did it without getting the lash stuck to my eyebrow that I forgot to tightline, but anyway, I really like how fresh and dewy the second look is.

Products used (first look):

Face: L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer, Covergirl 3-in-1 Foundation in Classic Ivory, Maybelline Fit Me concealer, NYX Blush in Taupe to contour, Colourpop blush in Homie, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion, Colourpop shadow in Patridge, Smashbox shadows in Totally Nude, Cream, and Zoom (lower lash line), The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer, Stila Stay All Day liquid Liner, Starlooks Obsidian eye pencil to tightline, Benefit Roller Lash

Lips: Colourpop Lippie Stix in LBB

Products used (second look):

Face: L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer, tiny bit of Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer around nose, Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation in Porcelain, Maybelline Master Conceal concealer in Light, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach, Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle concealer, Colourpop Blush in Tonic, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, tiny bit of The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer on cupid’s bow

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion, Smashbox shadows in Totally Nude, Sable, and Snow, The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, Maybelline The Rocket waterproof mascara, Ardell lashes in 120 Demi Black

Lips: Colourpop Lippie Stix in Frida

I’d love to know your thoughts on Colourpop! Let me know if you’ve tried any of their products, and *HIGH FIVE* for false lashes!