Lace Crochet and Summer Ombre

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Love this sea foam lace crochet top I found online (ebay) for $11. I bought it a few months ago but, you can probably still find it! My ombre distressed jean shorts are designed by Dolce & Gabbana and my platform strappy metallic heels are from Nine West (found it on the clearance rack for $15 two years ago)! LV bag from a previous post and I found these illusion tunnel earrings online a couple years back….can’t remember where from exactly. I bought my multicolored stackable rings from Delia for $2.

“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

— Alexander McQueen

Worrrd up.

 

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Pimple Exorcism Protocol: How to Get Rid of Pimples

What are pimples, and why do they conglomerate on my face?!

Pimples are clogged pores. We’ve all heard this before. But what is a pore? The deep thinker may ask. There are sweat pores which are connected to sweat glands. And, there are “normal” pores that are associated with hair follicles that extend outwards into the external environment as hair shafts. Pimples form within these normal pores from which the hair shaft grows (labeled “pore” in nifty diagram below).

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One or more sebaceous (oil) gland(s) are associated with a hair follicle. The oil these glands secrete is called sebum. Why do humans have these microscopic lubrication factories?!To waterproof and protect our skin and hair of course!

Pimples form when the divine complement system of skin shedding and skin protecting goes awry. Skin is the largest human organ and holds incredible regenerative properties. Each skin cell within the epidermis has a turn over rate of 14 days. A cell works its way from the bottom-most layer of the epidermis to the uppermost layer. And, this is where the dead skin cells slough off. When dead skin cells accidentally accumulate within our pores, the sebum intermixes and makes all that waste matter stagnant, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

The more sebaceous glands you have, the more sebum you secrete: which leads to a higher probability of your face creating treacherous pimply mounds. The number of  sebaceous glands a hair follicle associates with increases linearly with the density/thickness of the hair follicle. I don’t know if the relationship is really linear but if true, that would make mother nature all the more fascinating.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Rubbing alcohol (I use 70%)
  • Bacitracin aka antibiotic ointment (ie Neosporin)
  • A microneedle roller (ie Dermaroller) 0.5-1.5 mm (I’m a tough cookie so I use 1.5 mm)
  • A good rejuvenating facial serum: DIY post here
  • Q-tips

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This is a microneedle roller



Directions:

1. Rub target site labeled for destruction via pimple protrusion with alcohol. If you are weary of using high percentages of alcohol on your face, a toner with lower alcohol content will suffice.

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2. Apply antibiotic with a sterile applicator. I use a q-tip, which is not really sterile…but it’s clean enough.

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3. Use the microneedle roller to draw an asterisk (*) with pimple in the center. Each line of the * should be rolled on 15-20 times. Looking at the schematic diagram below you can see that rolling down once and up once on a * line amounts to 2 times.

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4. Apply rejuvenating facial serum. Again, sterility. If you’re lazy you can use your microbe laden fingers to complete this task. If you’re a clean freak use a Q-tip.

5. Douse microneedle roller in alcohol to clean and store properly.

Remember to apply facial serum every night! Especially the nights that follow this procedure.

My pimples completely go away within a 48-72 hour period. Hopefully your success rate will be as giggle-worthy as mine. Also, I would not use the microneedle roller on the same spot for at least another 4 weeks. Let your skin heal.

What’s with the microneedle roller?

Microneedling was first introduced in 1995 by the Orentreichs demonstrating its scar revision capabilities. A decade later, the dermaroller was designed to be used for collagen induction therapy and reverse photoageing (aging from UVA and UVB exposure). Microneedling stimulates multiple growth factors and structural proteins–namely, collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin (reference photo above). It also induces new capillaries and vascularization to form: well oxygenated and vascularized skin equals pretty skin. The microneedles puncture the upper layers of our skin and create microconduits (tiny holes) without damaging the outermost layer. This is why you can go about your life per usual the next morning without looking like a laser attacked your face.

Your microneedle roller may also be used on wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars…(update: I used these on my stretch marks and they didn’t improve their appearance, so I’ve just been sticking to using this on my pimples!)

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Where can I get a microneedle roller?

I bought mine for $6 from ebay…from Asia…and it’s been working great, you can also get these super cheap from amazon! Make sure you buy one that comes with a case.

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If you are not stingy like me, you can purchase one from dermaroller’s official site.

References:

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2. Doddaballapur S. Microneedling with dermaroller. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2009;2:110–1.
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Kmart, Mario, and Gold Embellishments

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I wandered into Kmart the other day because I happened to be on that side of town and needed to buy an iron. I walked out with this adorable sun hat for $10 and a bunch of other little things! Heeheee. There’s a genomics sequencing center in my neighborhood with colorful Mario wall art on the side of it…random, I know. So I had to take advantage of it. I pulled my look together with pops of gold embellishments. I’ve always had an affinity for flashy, borderline-gaudy accessories. This jumpsuit is from H&M ($10) I bought it several years ago, my purse is a classy Ralph Lauren vintage piece from  my hubby’s grandma’s closet, leather tassel heels from korea, and my belt is from ebay (I found it for $7). Mixed in some silver arm candy to balance out my Midas additions.

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

-Coco Chanel

 

 

 

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Platform Sneakers

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The weather is finally warming up here. I found these super comfy platform sneakers on Foreign Exchange’s online clearance section for $5! I’m wearing a sea foam lace dress from their site also. My sweater is from Forever 21 ($5 clearance)! And, I’m wearing a white leather tote from Michael Kors with cute tassels. Accessorized this look with my husband’s aviators and some gorgeous crystal gold tassel earrings from a local boutique.

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DIY Skin Care: Facial Serum

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I have embraced a more organic approach to facial skin care and my face has been loving it! Hopefully you will have a similar experience.

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What you’ll need:

glass bottle + dropper

 

Jojoba oil

 Rose Hip Seed oil

 

Palmarosa oil

 

  •  small glass bottle + dropper (the one I use is 60 ml)
  • cold pressed pure jojoba oil (40 ml)
  • cold pressed pure rose hipseed oil (20 ml, species: rosa moschata, rosa rubiginosa, or rosa canina will do)
  • steam distilled palmarosa oil (10 drops, scientific name: cymbopogon martini)

 

Why these ingredients?

Jojoba oil is extracted from the beans of a brush like plant: simmondsia chinensis

Jojoba oil is extracted from the beans of a brush like plant: simmondsia chinensis

 Jojoba oil is well known in the cosmetic industry because it’s packed with beneficial fatty acids and is a carrier oil that also acts as a humectant by delivering and locking in moisture. It’s also been shown to have antibacterial (kills bacteria), antiinflammatory (reduces inflammation), and antioxidant properties (prohibits electron transfer from one substance to an oxidizing agent aka stops free radicals from forming).

Rose hip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of several wild rose species

Rose hip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of several wild rose species

Rose hip seed oil contains important active phytochemicals that exhibit robust antiaging properties via its antioxidant effects. Rose hip seed has also been shown to inhibit lipid peroxidation (oxidative degradation) of human tissue. It also has antimicrobial properties (kills microbes, in this case yeast and bacteria).  Rose hip seed oil also holds moisturizing skin regenerative compounds within its free sugars and high essential fatty acid content. It also contains all-trans retinoic acid which is a form of vitamin A that’s beneficial for our skin.

Palmarosa oil is extracted from lemon grass: Cymbopogon martinii

Palmarosa oil is extracted from lemon grass: Cymbopogon martinii

Palmarosa is utilized as an essential oil because of its pleasant aroma. But, it also has antibacterial properties. The most recent findings show powerful inactivating abilities on staphylococcus aureus, the most commonly found bacteria on human skin.

 

Directions:

1) pour 30 ml of jojoba oil into glass bottle

2) pour 20 ml of rose hip seed oil into glass bottle

3) add 10 drops of palmarosa oil

4) mix well with oil dropper by pushing serum in and out of dropper several times

…and voila!

Be careful not to contaminate the oil dropper! Shelf life is ~3 months.

 

Where do you buy these ingredients?

I buy the majority of my facial serum ingredients from ebay. I’ve had a lot of success with the seller Dr Adorable Inc. They don’t always have all the ingredients I want, so you may have to shop around. Good luck!

2016 update: 

  1. 20 ml jojoba oil
  2. 10 ml burdock root oil
  3. 10 ml marula oil
  4. 10 ml rose hip seed oil
  5. 3 drops tea tree oil
  6. 10 drops palmarosa oil
  7. 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

 

References:

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1. Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils from Palmarosa, Evening Primrose, Lavender and Tuberose. M. H. Lodhia, K. R. Bhatt, and V. S. Thaker.

2. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of native Rosa sp. from British Columbia, Canada. 2007, Vol. 58, No. 3 , Pages 178-189. (doi:10.1080/ 09637480601121318). Ocksook Yi, Eduardo M. Jovel, Ph.D 1, G. H. Neil Towers 1, Tanya R. Wahbe, and Dongwuk Cho.

3. Exotic fruits as a source of important phytochemicals: Improving the traditional use of Rosa canina fruits in Portugal. Lillian Barros, Ana Maria Carvalho, Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira, Indian J Pharm Sci. 2009 Mar-Apr; 71(2): 134–136.

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