My skin is one of my biggest insecurities. Being in my late thirties, every time I break out, I want to hide until my skin is clear. Acne chips away at my confidence at times. It makes me look down and avoid looking people in the eye when they talk to me or shy away from loved ones when they try to touch my face. I can handle bad hair days, that’s easy to hide, but what I hate is bad skin days. You can’t hide that quite as easily.
Because of this, I turned to prescription medication. I’ve visited a handful of dermatologists in the last few years but I didn’t feel like I was actually heard. I walked away with a prescription for spironolactone but no real advice in terms of skincare. I’ve been on spironolactone for a few years now and I’ve seen some improvement in my skin but not as much as I hoped for. I wanted more progress but the dermatologists I saw didn’t offer any other alternatives.
A few weeks ago I began researching a few other prescription medications that I hoped would put an end to my bouts of painful cystic acne. Right when I was considering visiting a new dermatologist to explore this, I received an offer to try a consultation with a dermatologist from YoDerm.com. The timing was perfect so I couldn’t say no, I was eager to try this service and see what would happen.
I started Product Girl almost 11 years ago because I was passionate about beauty products. Back then I didn’t have much going for me, I was a sad and lonely person for a very long time. Buying a new lipstick or perfume made me feel better about myself so I filled a void by sharing my passion with others on the internet. When I had nothing else going for me, I would come home from a long day at work and write about lipstick. I quickly discovered that I really enjoyed blogging about my passion and it began to consume me. This blog led to so many great things and experiences. I’ve been fortunate to meet so many amazing people over the years and I’ve learned so much along the way.
Almost five years ago I was forced to give up this blog in exchange for the promise of my dream job. I agreed to this because the alternative was giving up said dream job. I put someone else in charge and let her lead the way, she was someone I trusted and who’s voice I admired greatly. When the dream job crashed and burned, I’ve touched on this a little bit in the past, I tried to take the lead again but I was in such a deep depression that I could barely get out of bed. When the person I trusted decided to go out on her own, that was a blow that took me awhile to recover from. Because of all of this, this blog represented what was wrong in my life for the last few years. I couldn’t make this work and I was very hard on myself about it so I let it die.
If you are in the Seattle/Bellevue area and have never had a facial, you are in luck. Skoah is now in two locations in Seattle and one in Bellevue and to celebrate their three locations, Skoah is offering free facials. There is no catch to this offer, just glowing healthy skin with their 45-minute fitskin facial.
You can reserve your spot here and Skoah will be in touch with you to set up your appointment. I’ll be taking advantage of this offer myself! Let me know how your #skoahfirstfacial goes!
There are some things in life that just make you feel good about yourself. Getting my makeup done by someone is one of those things, I leave the artist’s chair feeling more confident and put together, even having learned a few new tricks. Whenever I have the chance to do this, I clear my calendar and jump at the opportunity. There’s bound to be a few good selfies in it! 😉
This Saturday the Bellevue Nordstrom is one of those opportunities. Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch will be on site giving private one on one makeup consultations as well as introducing the new Dolce Matte Lipstick and Summer Shine makeup collections. If you haven’t had the chance to play with these collections yet, Saturday is the perfect time to up your red lipstick game and plan your summer makeup wardrobe.
Keep reading for information on how to make your appointment for Saturday!
I’ve been obsessing over Jin Soon’s latest collection for a little while though, those shades are completely on point for this season and I’m hardcore coveting all of them. Just in time for the unofficial start of the summer season, Jin Soon’s created a great look for your digits for this Memorial Day using shades from her recent collaboration with Gweneth Paltrow’s Goop. The best thing about this design? Even the most novice nail artist can totally achieve this look with no problem at all.
Step 3: Using a striping brush, create slight waves with JINsoon Cool Blue diagonally from the left to the right side of the nail. Vary the thickness so one side is thicker than the other. You can do this by slightly applying more pressure with the brush as you draw the line.
The Dolce & Gabbana spring makeup collection has landed on counters and it is serving up the perfect spring look on a pretty platter. This collection is overflowing with vivid color to play with for nails, lips, eyes and cheeks. Even if bright colors are out of your comfort zone, this collection’s palette of color has options to ease your way into that bright light.
If you are in the Seattle area, Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch will be here this weekend to give personal consultations so it is the perfect time to visit the counter and play with the spring collection. Keep reading for more information on booking your consultation and which product from the spring collection is a must-have! Continue reading →
Lips can get cracked and dry and when that happens, lipstick and gloss just don’t look as good. This is why it’s important to use a hydrating lip product that will help your lips look their best. LipSmart is one such product It’s the best hydrating lip plumper that will provide moisture dry lips need to provide the natural lips you desire.
Created by Briana Kay Brumer, LipSmart was thought up after lip plumpers became popular. Because Brumer didn’t like how many of them burned and irritated her lips, she realized she wasn’t alone and wanted to do something about it. Growing up under the tutelage of her dad, respected inventor and chemist Julius Kay, Brumer learned early on how to crate products that offer solutions. So she began to research solutions for lip ingredients that would not only volumize and plump lips, but also moisturize and nurture on a daily basis to deliver silky, soft and voluptuous lips that weren’t irritated by the product. Thus LipSmart was born and the solution has caught on in the industry and is a notable product in the Cos Bar chain of stores. Continue reading →
When I want something, I will go anywhere I need to go in order to get it. Patience is not one of my virtues. I wouldn’t admit this to just anyone but since we have bonded over beauty products, I’ll tell you. After going to two other stores, I once drove 49 miles each way for an Armani foundation. I hunted down Valentina’s Home Brewed Pure Body Care Perfume Oil in True Love in much the same way over the course of the last few months.
Every time I would try to buy this perfume, every other fragrance would be in stock but True Love. It eluded me for months, and apparently a lot of other gals. It wasn’t until a random stop at Whole Foods on Christmas Eve for a centerpiece that I finally found it. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Isn’t that how it always goes? You find what you want when you least expect it. What I didn’t expect was how much I’d love the whole Valentina’s Home Brewed Pure Body Care line.
When you take three of the world’s top hairstylists and put them together to create a forward thinking, innovative haircare line, you get the new R+Co line. R+Co has Howard McLaren, the Garren and Thom Priano at the helm and what you get is a fun, stylish line of hair products with attitude. Another interesting fact about this new line? The Oribe product line is part of the same parent company… need I say more? When Seattle’s Gene Juarez Salon invited me in to sit down with a senior stylist and try the line for myself with a blowout, I was excited and ready for some hair play.
The minute I read about this line and the brains behind it, I was intrigued. R+Co is a unique line and it keeps the health of your hair and scalp as its top priority with all of their products being treatment oriented. Every detail was thought of; from the stylish packaging, the different fragrances each product features to the ingredients at the very core of the line. All of their products were formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and petrolatum. They are also vegan, gluten free, cruelty free and color safe.
Last year I resolved to use up all of the skincare and makeup I had been hoarding during the last few years. Some of it went in the garbage but most of it was used up to the point where my stash got pretty lean, something the old Carla would have hated. The current Carla is pretty happy with the size of her stash, there is plenty of room for new green additions.
I worked my way through quite a few cleansers, exfoliators and moisturizers. Along the way, I developed an interest in oil cleansing. I was reading everything I could on essential oils and carrier oils until I finally started using my own blends to remove my makeup and moisturize my skin. There was a period of adjustment but I found that I really preferred oil cleansing to how I use to cleanse my skin, it was relaxing and left my skin feeling better than ever. I was hooked but more on that later…
As for makeup, there are two things I have not purchased recently: foundation and concealer. I know a lot of you can relate to this, I had so many bottles of foundation and tubes of concealer that I forbid myself from buying any more. For the most part, I stayed the course. Small samples don’t count, right? I still have some foundation to work through but I’m almost at a point where I’m ready to scoop up some products I’ve been dying to try. I’m looking at you, Gressa and Kjaer Weis!
Do you know that feeling when you’ve gone for a long walk and you realize the end is in sight? That’s how I feel about this foundation/concealer “no buy” of mine, I’m glad it’s nearly over!