UAE Travel Diary: Liwa (part 2)

posted on: June 7, 2016

liwa, abu dhabi, UAE, empty quarter desertLiwa-7

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UAE Travel Diary: Liwa

posted on: June 6, 2016

liwa, the empty quarter desert, abu dhabi, uae

My dad joined a biker gang. Well, sort of. To clarify he joined an off-roading club. In my opinion, they’re just as hardcore as any biker gang. Probably more so since they have to map their own way in the desert, ride down 40 foot slip faces, and shit in the desert. I’m pretty sure shitting in the desert is more hardcore than a bar fight since there aren’t even shrubs for you to hid behind. You just find yourself a nice sand dune, make like a cat, and hope to God that no one from your group is taking a walk in your direction. I was going to suggest jackets, but apparently they have that covered already. So they’re pretty much a biker gang but with cars.

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My Skincare Essentials

posted on: May 23, 2016

Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant, Pixi Glow Tonic, Sunday Riley Good Genes, Mario Badescu Acne Free Cleanser, Aztec Secret Clay Mask

Day to day, I don’t use too many products. I have a standard cleanse, tone, and moisturize routine in the morning and at night. It’s taken me some time to realize this, but amazing skin is worth every penny. That being said, it’s a fine line between spending all your hard earned cash on facial treatments and spending very little on useless products.

Mostly, I save money when it comes to cleansers. Mario Badescu Acne Free Facial Cleanser is great, but my favorite is actually Cetaphil. I use it day and night; typically, I double cleanse at night to remove all my makeup. Another place I save money is moisturizers. I either use Mimosa Blossom Dream Cream or Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. Mimosa Blossom is great for every day and night, but if my skin needs extra moisture, I use Embryolisse.

In the past year, I added acid toning to my routine, and my skin has never been better! Biologique Recherche P50 is the best, but pricey. The more affordable, and still great, option is Pixi Glow Tonic. Pixi Glow is also a lot more gentle, so it’s best to start with this one and then work your way up to P50. Generally, I use Pixi Glow in the morning and P50 at night.

As far as masks, I have two favorites. The Aztec Secret Healing Clay is just bentonite clay, which is amazing for cleaning out your pores. I mix it with some apple cider vinegar for what is possibly the world’s most effective and cheapest face mask. My other favorite mask is more expensive, but a little goes a long way. Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant is the perfect skin pick me up. I mix a little with some baking soda and water, and my skin glows after. I do the bentonite clay mask once a week and the Masque Vivant whenever needed (but never more than once a week).

Finally, my most recent skin acquisition is Sunday Riley Good Genes. I love it, but I don’t need it and P50 in my life simultaneously. (A statement my wallet completely agrees with.) Good Genes is very similar to an acid toner, and it works wonders when I use it after Pixi Glow. It is too much to use with P50 though. I use it after toning with Pixi Glow and then follow it up with a moisturizer.

If you’ve noticed, I don’t use any serums or eye creams. Or more accurately, I haven’t found any that I would die without. On my list to try is Khiel’s Avocado Eye Cream, but I’m nowhere near finding a serum to try. (If you have any recommendations, feel free to share!)

So there it is, my entire skincare routine and essentials. It’s about as low-key of a routine as it’s going to get, but it’s the price of good skin. What are your skincare favorites? I love trying new products, so feel free to leave any recommendations you have!

Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant, Pixi Glow Tonic, Sunday Riley Good Genes, Mario Badescu Acne Free Cleanser, Aztec Secret Clay Mask

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