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1. Can we talk about motivation and mental clarity, please? Why is it that it’ll sometimes take me an hour to write a few uninspired sentences, while other times I’ll get hit with something and manage to whip out 4 brilliant (if I do say so myself) posts in 1.5. What’s the deal, Brain?! Hmmmm?! Can we be a little more dependable please? Not take so many unannounced vacation days? K thx bai.
2. Speaking of brain activity (or lack thereof), check out my shopping list from the other day…
Apparently I was in need of some good old fashioned eyeball liquid. And before your brains go there (because mine just did), what I actually needed was plain old contact solution… only I couldn’t think of what the heck it was called while I was writing my list, and “eyeball liquid” was the first thing that came to mind. See #1 ^^
3. So I was stoked to see that so many of you were as skeeved out as I was by the crazy chemicals they put in our makeup… and silently glad to hear that I’m not the only one who struggles with cleaning up her beauty products and switching to more natural ones. It’s hard guys… it’s real hard. I do okay with skin, hair, and body stuff, but it’s the face makeup that gets me… mostly because it’s a pretty big challenge to find natural products that perform the way that the chemically-laden ones do. Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve really committed myself to testing out more natural makeup, so maybe things have improved since then. I dunno. BUT! I’ll definitely share any fabulous discoveries if I happen to come across them.
4. In other makeup news, Revlon went ahead and did the unthinkable – they changed the formulation of my ride-or-die foundation. I’ve been a huge fan of their Colorstay liquid foundation for years now, but when I went in to restock, I noticed that it now comes in a new bottle (with a pump feature – that’s nice) and includes an SPF 15. Uhm, no. Not okay. Not only does SPF foundation look horrible in pictures (it reflects light and makes your face look super white), but it’s more chemicals that I don’t want on my face. I know it’s super important to protect our skin from the sun, but sunscreen is another thing I’m a stickler about, and I try to avoid the ones with titanium dioxide. Sigh. Time to start shopping for new foundation…
5. Actually, I’ve had my eye on the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation for a while now, so I suppose this would be a good time to give it a go. Has anyone tried it? I’ve been hearing pretty good things about it in the beauty community, and my skin seems to like other Clinique products so I’m going to assume that it’ll like this one too. Let me know if you’ve used it! Or if there are any other good liquid foundations I should check out. I’ve also got my eyes on the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation Concentrate, so I’m kind of trying to decide between those two second skins.
6. And we’re going to end things here with some long-winded real talk. I know I’ve briefly mentioned my struggles with eczema here and there, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone into any real detail or shown you exactly what it is that I’ve been dealing with… partially because it didn’t make a pretty picture, and partially because I’ve never really had an opportunity to. BUT! after receiving some e-mails following the improvements I mentioned in Tuesday’s chocolate hemp smoothie post, I figured it was time to share some deets.
So I’ve struggled with eczema on and off for basically as long as I can remember, and it’s made a habit of concentrating itself on different parts of my body. I went through phases where the patches would be on my legs, then on my face, then on my arms, and most recently, on my hands…
That was what they looked like towards the end of last year during one of their worse phases – really dry, swollen, inflamed, and itchy, with constant flare-ups that felt like there was a fire under my skin that I just couldn’t put out. And the worst part was that I couldn’t figure out what my triggers were. Eggs and dairy were pretty big ones – and cutting back on those really helped reduce the frequency of the flare-ups – but the skin still didn’t want to fully heal, no matter what kind of topical creams, ointments, oils, etc. I used.
And then about a month ago, I randomly stumbled across some articles talking about the important role that omega-3s play in reducing inflammation in the body and how they’ve been effectively used to treat things like allergies and skin conditions. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I upped the omegas in my diet (lots of hemp, flax, and chia), and this is what my hands look like after about 3 weeks.
Pretty crazy, eh? Obviously I can’t say it’ll work for everyone since eczema is caused by so many different factors, but upping the essential fatty acids in your diet is definitely something to consider if you’ve exhausted all your other options with only minimal success.
7. And that was far too long-winded for a random thought post, but I wanted to get it out there just in case it would be helpful to someone. Happy Thursday, friendly faces! ?
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