This is what I wore to work today.
It’s cold again, which I didn’t mind too much because it meant I could continue wearing my HOPP boots again. Sadly they will be discontinued so I’m glad I bought a pair when I did. I slathered a layer of leather conditioning lotion on them before heading out in the rain on Monday. It was pouring out there and I didn’t feel like wearing my clunky Ariat winter boots because I knew the rain would clear up by the afternoon so I took a risk wearing these boots, but they held up fine. I avoided the big puddles but still there was a lot of rain that I had to walk through, and these boots didn’t get soaked through probably because the soles are made of rubber. Did anyone else in NYC get like 10 emergency flash flood warnings on their phones? It was insane. I don’t understand why they sent so many.
Not much to say about this outfit here except that I felt comfortable in it. It’s a little funny how my coat matches the pants. Maybe it’s all a little too green. But outside my commute, I’m just wearing a black mock neck with straight cut chinos, which just barely meets the dress code for a business casual work environment.
It’s now April and I have a few skin care ’empties’ to talk about. Around New Year’s as you might recall, I bought a few products from the Ordinary (the Buffet serum, rosehip oil, and natural moisturizing factors) and from CeraVe (the hydrating cleanser, the PM moisturizer, and body cream) and decided I would be more consistent about my skincare regimen.
After two months, I noticed a few blemishes crop up every couple of weeks. Then decided I’d cut back on the number of products and minimized it to just the Cerave PM moisturizer at night, chosen for it’s combination of ceramides and niacinamides. I used the cerave hydrating cleanser in the shower and the Cerave body cream on the body after showers as well. In the AM I used Japanese sunscreen on my face. I just finished up the entire bottle of Anessa sensitive skin sunscreen that comes in a white bottle. It’s near impossible to find nowadays. I think maybe they discontinued it which is sad because it had the largest combination of Japanese UVA blocking ingredients of them all. Now I’m using the Japanese Biore UV sunscreen which is also really nice.
So in total, I’m only using 3 things on my face: gentle cleanser, PM moisturizer, and sunscreen in the AM. I’ve been doing this for 2 months and I think I have fewer blemishes now than I did before. Still will get the occasional blemish, so I’m going to replace my now empty cerave hydrating cleanser with the salicylic acid cleanser from the same brand and see if that makes a difference.
So what did I do with the Ordinary buffet serum and rose hip oil that I bought? Now I use them solely for my neck area and hands and probably won’t repurchase when they are empty. I also use a few drops of cheap generic cold pressed argan oil in my towel dried hair after the shower and that has done wonders for me. The BF uses it in his beard as well and he likes it. He learned that from watching Queer Eye with me! haha. The BF also bought the cerave AM moisturizer that has SPF 30 in it because I didn’t want him using up my precious Japanese sunscreen. It’s nice but probably would pill if you slathered on too much or if you wear a lot of make up but it works very nice for people who wear no make up, which is me on most days.
In all these products there are no essential oils, other fragrances, or exotic ingredients that companies charge a premium for but for which there is no evidence to back up their ‘anti aging’ claims. Most of skincare is a big scam, ie. any cream made specifically for the neck or eyes. No, that’s just stupid. I’m sorry but no one needs a specific cream for those areas. Ya might as well flush your money down the toilet. I feel the same way about toners, Clairisonic brushes, and many other products. Don’t get me started. What about you? What does your skincare regimen consist of? And are there any skincare products you’ve now realized are total scams?
[outfit: everlane long puffer, steve jobs halloween costume mockneck, *madewell straight chinos, HOPP zip up boots, *dagne dover midi tote]