Monthly Archives: July 2017

Night Time Skin Care Routine

I’ve been blessed, throughout my life, with good skin. I experienced some acne as a teenager, but nothing that caused scarring or such.

However, I’m now 35 years old and feel like I should put a bit of care into my skin to ensure it stays good!


For a few years I’ve been using the Oil-Free Acne Wash from Neutrogena (yes, even thought I’m not acne prone) and find it’s a very nice cleanser.


But a couple of years ago, I started to use the Sublime Radiance Cleansing Oil from L’Oreal Paris. I used this product first … you apply it to your dry face, massage it lightly, then add a smidge of water and massage further. This product really helped lift mascara, foundation, and other make-up from my skin prior to using the Neutrogena cleanser.

I would use this, then use a small amount of Neutrogena cleanser, then a second small amount of Neutrogena cleanser. Not that the first round didn’t cleanse my skin, but I liked how my face felt after the second round of cleansing.


However, the last time I went to buy the L’Oreal “face oil”, as I call it, I couldn’t find it anywhere!!! So searching through the shelves, I came upon the Cleansing Oil from Burt’s Bees. It’s the same concept … oil, massage, bit of water, massage, rince, cleanse …

I’ve been using the Burt’s Bees now for about a month and find my skin is great. I didn’t notice any changes going from the L’Oreal product to the Burt’s Bees product (thank goodness)!


So in the shower, I use the Burt’s Bees face oil, then 2 small rounds of Neutrogena cleanser. Nice and spiffy clean!

Out of the shower, I had previously used Tea Tree Toner from The Body Shop.


And it was great, but I wanted to see if there was something a little less tea-tree-smelling! I ventured into Lush and was directed to the Breath of Fresh Air Toner. It has a nice light, maybe rose smell. I find it refreshing and light.


Ok so now that I’ve used Toner, I had previously used the simple/basic Daily Moisturizing Lotion from Aveeno (like, Jennifer Aniston uses it and looks amazing … so it must be great, right!?) But I wanted something a bit more substantial. Something like a night cream, but I wasn’t willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a coin-sized bottle.


So again while I was in Lush, I was directed towards the Celestial Facial Moisturizer. This cream is thick, but light. You don’t have to use much as it goes on thin and absorbs very well. But it leaves you feeling moisturized … even using a small amount!


And there you have it! A slightly conveluted description of my nightly skin care routine! But just to keep things clear as to my current selection:

  1. Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil, then
  2. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, then
  3. Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner, then
  4. Lush Celestial Facial Moisturizer



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Life Update

March 12, 2017 … that was the last blog post I made?! Holy heck where have the past almost-4 months gone!?

I’m now just shy of two months from the start of my schooling, Holistic Nutrition! I have received all but one of my 1st semester books and I have begun reading … but my mindset isn’t quite there.

Work is good. Life is good. That about sums it up!

Ok, bye!


Just kidding! But yeah, work is good – there have been some changes to personnel, but luckily I’m still an employee! Life is good – summer is finally here (with a vengeance!) and I am NOT complaining!!

I took a weekend in March to visit a high school friend in Kelowna. Then I took a weekend in April to visit my best friend, also in Kelowna. And I took a second long weekend in May, but just stayed home and relaxed. Otherwise I haven’t had any time (or money – thanks tuition!) for a vacation.

I’m heading home, to Penticton, next weekend to visit my folks and a couple of friends, but it’ll also be a quick trip. I even decided to pay the high cost to fly instead of taking the bus – since it’s such a quick trip, I didn’t want to spend 10 total hours on a bus when I could pony up a bit more cash and fly for 45 minutes each way!

I have made the August-, October-, and November long weekends into 4-day weekends, and I have a week booked off at the end of August when my folks are coming for a visit, and to attend a couple of concerts at the PNE!

June 1st I started a 30-day program with Isagenix. The program is to do “shake days” and 4 “cleanse days”. On the shake days, you ideally replace 2 meals with Isagenix shakes, have one 400-600 calorie meal, and a couple of small snacks. On the cleanse days, you consume 4 servings of Isagenix’s Cleanse for Life product at regular intervals.

Now, I will admit that I was NOT diligent when it came to having 2 shakes a day. Probably 25%-35% of the time was on par … but the rest, well … I wanted a meal.

I lost a total of 7 pounds during this 30-day program, and I’ll reiterate … I DIDN’T FOLLOW THE PLAN 100%!

So I decided to compress the cleanse days into a 12 day program to be completed right before I head home for the visit. This is not abnormal as Isagenix offers a 9-day program, too.

I’ve completed 2 cleanse days already and tomorrow is # 3. As of this morning, I’m down about 3 pounds in 8 days … again, not being 100% on the shake days.

It’s a huge help getting and keeping me motivated on my health journey! Every little bit helps!!!

Other things that have happened is Baunzai turned 11 in June, and Waszabi turned 17 at the beginning of July.

Seventeen. Holy heck! I love that girl so flipping much!

Baunzai’s birthday collage:


Waszabi’s birthday collage:


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