Odds and Ends

Girls learning to swim on Zanzibar’s coast. The backstory is striking.

My 4 favorite OTC retinol serums/creams at varying price points.

Tomato paste hack FTW!

Love this visual image from the University of Maryland’s commencement ceremony.

20% off at Violet Grey, which carries superb brands. My fave picks are here.

I love learning about constellations.

Can looking at beauty make you more beautiful?

Finally wrote a detailed post on all my Kjaer Weis favorites. #gettheeyebalm

Now that it’s humid as all get out, this visor keeps my head cool while in the sun.

Get that grill goin’! 50 best grilling recipes.

How much am I loving Mare of Easttown?! SO MUCH.

Y’all, the sweatsuit has a shorts version.

Why are we still describing perfumes as “oriental?”

Easy tequila cocktail recipes for summer. #ilovetequila

Have you seen all the shade swatches of Ilia’s tinted lip oils? Gorgeous and you can get them for 15% off here!

Happy Friday to you. School’s out for summer!

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My Favorite Retinoid Serums

I’ve used retinoids for years – prescription, over-the-counter, retinoic acid, retinol, retinal…you name it, I’ve tried it. (Please check out my Tips for Using Retinoids post for an in-depth look at why you should use a retinoid and how all of the above terms differ.) I’ve come to realize, through all my retinoid trials and tribulations, that I really do prefer OTC retinoids for my skincare routine.

Why? Well, I like my skincare to be a lovely sensorial experience, and while a prescription like Tretinoin works (oh lawd does it work), the efficacy usually is accompanied by skin irritation and peeling and redness, and honestly, who needs that? No thanks!

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