Just High Beauty

August 30, 2018

After losing over 40 pounds over the last year and change, I was in desperate need of an entirely new wardrobe. My closet was a shell of its former self as I had to give most of my clothes away. No point in keeping things that I don’t plan on wearing again. And if I do plan on wearing them again, I hope that it’s far enough in the future that it would all look very, very dated.

I love wearing clothes that are on trend. I love wearing new clothes. I love rotating my wardrobe for different seasons. I also like maintaining the comfortable cushion in my bank account and the thought of having to drop several hundred, if not thousands, on new clothes. I’m cheap, ok. I know it. It partly stems from having been so poor for so long that I’m still getting used to the idea that I can afford these things. That I deserve to have clothes that fit and aren’t torn.

Once I got over the whole spending money thing, I had to rethink where I wanted to shop for my clothes. My go-to places used to be fast fashion spots like forever 21, and H&M, and the like. Even though I really love the look of the clothes at stores like that (and, let’s be honest the price), the quality is terrible. Good luck…

November 20, 2017

I remember the first time I saw my mom wearing a mud mask around the house when I was a kid.

“Can I try it too?”

And a love of pampering was born. Mud masks have become a staple in my skincare routine, especially for my oily t zone. So I was thrilled when I was asked to participate in Influenster and L’Oreal’s campaign. I received L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser and the Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask for free in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

I love using this cleanser when I have a breakout or can feel a breakout coming on, but it’s definitely too drying for my skin (combo if you were wondering), to use every day. It absolutely makes a difference for those little spots that pop up and helps dry them out in no time. I saw a visible improvement the next day. It does make my skin feel soft and clean, albeit a little tight and dry.

I use the mask about once a week. And as a spot treatment for breakouts. This helps so much as well as making my skin feel so soft and smooth. It is not as drying as the cleanser, but you wouldn’t use this every day anyway. Also, can we talk about the color of this mask? I mean, it’s kind of horrifying yet at the…

September 7, 2017

If you're anything like me, you've probably struggled at one point or another to find a skin care routine that works with your skin, rather than against it. I mean, who hasn't? 

This year, particularly, has been full of issues when it comes to my skin. Between moving to a much drier climate last November and my own self-imposed decision to find a "better" skin care routine (which included over using certain products), my skin decided it had had enough. 

I learned that my skin is dehydrated. Which means it feels dry and tight when I get out of the shower but is still very oily at the end of the day. 

That's where the GinZing Gel Moisturizer has become a life saver. It seemed like every moisturizer I tried prior was ultimately making the oil problem (and subsequently acne) worse. My skin would feel super soft but looked like absolute shit after a few weeks. Not the case with Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer, at all. It smells amazing and just disappears into your skin. It's lightweight and makes your skin feel hydrated. I've already purchased a second jar and I'm only about half way through the first. 

I also tried Origins eye cream and facial scrub cleanser from the GinZing…

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