Evening Ablutions

This started as a post about stress buying nail polish. Then this monstrosity of a post happened.  So nail polish talk tomorrow.


Last night as I was doing my evening routine I was thinking about my favorite products and how I should share. I’ve recently gotten us Quip brushes and holy crap, nothing shows just how not-long-enough you’ve been brushing your teeth like a brush that goes on a 2 minute timer.  That isn’t to say I don’t LOVE this brush though, because I do, it is sleek and their packaging is among my favorite. I have a link if you want to give one a try. You get your first replacement brush head for free and I get my next replacement brush head for free. It’s a win win. And yay clean teeth!



I’m trying to use up products before I buy new ones so I’m not SUPER in love with my eye makeup remover but I have some friends who swear by it- it is doing the job- I just prefer the Neutrogena version.  But currently I’m using Target’s Up and Up oil free eye makeup remover. The thing about it is, it works, and I go through less of it than I would with the Neutrogena, so it’s actually an excellent buy. (I say rolling my eyes admitting that… fine, it’s good… I guess.) But I’m still looking forward to going back to Neutrogena and I’m not sorry!


I’ve got 5000 different facial cleansers, or 11, but it feels like a lot. So the method of washing my face varies, sometimes I use Neutrogena’s Hydro-Boost exfoliating cleanser which is a recent addition to my cleanser collection, and I love it, everything from the Hydro Boost line is magical. MAGICAL.  Sometimes I use Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm – speaking of a magical product. Remember when Laura Linney was doing the Masterpiece Theater intro? I was OBSESSED with her perfect skin and discovered that Omorovicza was the line that she uses. It is hella expensive and smells like 4711- the cologne from Cologne, Germany.  My awesome friend Leslee reps for Rodan & Fields and I have TWO of their lines, and love both but for evening I tend to go with the Redefine Cleansing Mask because I don’t have time for a Mask in the morning. And speaking of Rodan &  Fields I LOVE following up a clean face with a little microdermabrasion – my skin feels instantly smoother and less congested after.

When I’ve got a clean face I either serum or moisturize or both. Or neither, because I’m still learning how to adult where my skin is concerned, and that is one of the many reasons I will never have Laura Linney’s skin.  Also, would things work better if I were super consistent about them? Yes, of course, but we live in an imperfect world and I can be pretty damn lazy.

My favorite serum right now is Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, I use it morning and night and it smells AMAZING (like oranges!) and the texture is awesome, very silky and light. I follow that with a Neutrogena night moisturizer. I alternate between Rapid Tone Repair and Rapid Wrinkle Repair.  They both work really well and come at a very reasonable price point. ($17. each)

Finally finally finally, if I’m not passed out I slap some Treat Beauty Marshmallow Moisture Stick on my lips and elbows, and in the wintertime I also use it on my knuckles. It smells delicious and works really well. I go to bed smelling like a unicorn. I also moisturize my hands with The Body Shop Shea whipped lotion that I got for Christmas last year and liked enough to buy one to keep on my desk at work, and I JUST started using O’Keeffe’s Foot Creme, I like it so far, I can put it on and go to bed and not feel like my feet are getting covered in sheet lint. (my sheets aren’t linty but you know…)


Y’all. I got SO TIRED OF HEARING MYSELF TALK about 10 minutes into writing this. But I’d gone too far so had to finish. So there it is. The things I use at night, sometimes. When I’m giving a crap.

So- what do you use? Because clearly I love product and am always up for more!


6 thoughts on “Evening Ablutions

  1. I’m a new convert to Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost because — well, I adored Clinique Moisture On-Call and then liked their Moisture Surge when they got rid of my favorite, but I hated the price tag and the fact that I compensated for the expense by waiting until Bonus Time but then ended up with a bunch of color cosmetics that weren’t really “me” and just added clutter to my life. Neutrogena gives my skin the same sensation as Clinique at a price that doesn’t induce feelings of guilt. 🙄

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    1. oh definitely! during my morning routine no product competes with my Hydro Boost Water Gel with SPF. I actually have 2 backups, I’m so tired of having things I love get discontinued!


  2. Oh oh a skincare post! Oh I love skincare!

    My skin is only but dry and has visible fine lines and is prone to breakouts and is super sensitive and really just overall sucks.

    I haven’t had much luck with the Hydroboost line but I’m addicted to The Ordinary. I basically threw up my hands in frustration, sent customer support a bunch of close-up photos of my skin (horrifying) and asked what the hell I should do. They recommended a few things for moisture and clear pores and smooth skin tone and I’ve been delighted with all of them.

    My newest love is a scrub I noticed while visiting my folks a few weeks ago. My mom had it in her shower and I tried it and it’s amazing. I guess she got it at Whole Foods? I bought mine on Amazon though. Have you heard of this line? ACURE Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub, All Skin Types, 4 Fluid Ounce (Packaging May Vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003Z4OD24/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_83UABbEA00B94

    (Unrelated: I bought a few dresses from Amazon for my upcoming trip and thought of you because they seem very you somehow. Links below)

    Tom’s Ware Womens Casual Fit and Flare Floral Sleeveless Dress TWCWD054-WHITENAVY-US S https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MG339VC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_n6UABb5B2C434

    MOLERANI Women’s Casual Plain Short Sleeve Simple T-Shirt Loose Dress (S, Short Sleeve-Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCXP1D0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_96UABbA0C0F84

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    1. I am HERE for these suggestions! I’ve already ordered the scrub and the t-shirt dress! (the only reason I haven’t ordered the fit and flare yet is that I have to decide on a pattern…) ❤

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      1. Looking forward to hearing what you think of your new purchases!

        OMG I love the red peel. It was my intro to the line! I have the caffeine serum but I haven’t quite figured out how/when I’m supposed to use it? Suggestions?


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