Friday, October 17, 2014


I told myself when I started Life Is This that it would never be a beauty/fashion blog. For multiple reasons, but the main one being I wanted a space to really spill my thoughts, fearlessly. I wanted a space that represented a deeper level of thinking. I wanted my words to truly help people.

Often, I find myself trying a new product and either loving it or hating it, and wishing to share it with all of you. But then I think back to the promise I made myself, "this space will not be a beauty/fashion blog."

And then this morning, as I had my favorite face mask applied, I thought, my blog is whatever I want it to be. There doesn't have to be restrictions, posting about fashion once in a while doesn't make my written truth any less truthful. It doesn't mean that I am posting without substance. And it certainly doesn't mean I am not helping people.

I enjoy getting ready, trying new trends, testing out products, I love it all.

Today, I'm going to talk about it, because, well, I want to.



I have never had that flawless, I don't see a pore on my face, sort of skin. There has always been some zits, scarring, and letting my friends convince me covering your face in toothpaste would heal everything. (Seriously, don't do this.)

Now, my skin is good, but it owes thanks to many things.

1. Proactiv- If you have acne, or even really bad breakouts once in a while, this is your friend. I love the new system, and it's way less harsh than their last one. Because my skin is temperamental, at night I apply a vitamin c cream instead of their hydrating cream, and that seems to really work for me. The vitamin c also lightens past acne scars, and give my skin a nice glow.

2. Eating less sugar- I was the girl that would eat 15 Oreos in one sitting. I learned that just because they but 15 Oreos in a row, doesn't mean that was their intended serving size. I try to not eat more than 30 grams of sugar a day. For adults, we are only supposed to have 25 grams anyways, so this is an attainable goal even if you are just looking to keep your body healthier.

3. Water- Water with lemon, water with cucumbers, fruit-infused water, I drink it all. day. long. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. Also, for every cup of coffee means two cups of water to rehydrate. AKA having six cups of coffee a day is probably seriously dehydrating you, and causing you that weird eye twitch you've been worried about.

4. LUSH face masks- These were sent from the Gods. Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic is good for combination skin, and if you have a super oily t-zone, I found that it really absorbs oils and leaves your skin soft and clean. It has blueberries. chamomile, Irish moss, and calamine. I use this when my skin is off-balanced, or if I have redness.
Lush Cosmetic Warrior- Hellllloooo, this is wonderful. This mask is great for temperamental skin, nasty breakouts, or if you have had a long week with little sleep, and too much foundation and blush for your skin to handle. After wearing makeup all day, I'll use this mask at night to really deep clean my skin. It has garlic, tea tree, and kaolin, which is a clay that absorbs oils and tightens pores. I use the Eau Roma Water before applying moisturizers sometimes. It smells super nice, and I think it helps my skin absorb the moisturizer, but honestly, this is not a necessity.

5. Sleep, diet, put down the sharp tools- Sleeping enough is so important for good skin but I typically get 6-7 hours a night, so I make sure I drink plenty of water and eat right. Foods rich in alkaline, like spinach, apples, bananas, broccoli, and more. This keeps your body's ph levels in balance and releases toxins. Foods with omega 3-fatty acids like walnuts, flaxseeds, and soy beans. The last tip, stop picking, poking, squeezing zits until your skin turns dark purple. This really does damage to you skin, preventing it from healing properly and leaving scars.

If you do have a major breakout- put ice on the affected area, crush up an aspirin with a little water and put it on the skin like a paste to reduce redness and swelling. Once the zit goes down slightly, use a spot treatment with sulfur, or benzoyl peroxide.

I hope this helps someone as much as it has me! What are your favorite skin-care secrets? Any tips past down from generation to generation?

Happy (clear skin) Friday, lovelies!!


  1. Great post, Katie! I have a difficult time posting style/beauty things, too. Mostly because I'm fearful that certain people will find me shallow or vain. But, I've come to the conclusion that I'm a girl who just really enjoys beauty and beautiful things and I enjoy writing about them. SO I'M DOING IT! :D Oh, and I am definitely going to try one of the LUSH face masks now! :)

  2. Drinking more water seriously makes SUCH a difference!


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