Two Questions

15 August 2012

 
I'm soliciting some serious advice from you kind readers today. Your thoughts on these grave matters are greatly appreciated. 

(deep breath)

1. Do you have any really great face (facial?) cream (lotion?) recommendations? Now that I am a mere breath away from 30 I've decided to graduate from the 4-year-old bottle of generic SPF 15 sunblock I use every other night and take my face semi-seriously. My mom gave me this cream and I really loved it but apparently it has been discontinued and a few minutes of Googling tells me that the replacement is an overpriced flop. I'd love to commit to some sort of 14 step routine including toners and serums and scrubs but I am very important and very busy and know that after I wash my face with a glorified baby wipe at night I'll only take the time to slather one potion on before I sprint to bed and pray my way into a sleep deep enough to not hear the cattle lowing for their hourly coddling.

2. And almost more importantly: what is your current favorite song? I am in dire need of some new walk/run/walking beats and I'm stooping to ugly levels so anything you can throw my way will be put to good use and my drums will be forever indebted to your undoubtedly superior taste.


*To make this a fair trade I can offer advice on how to always be awkward on the phone, consistently ruin boxed brownies, accidentally glare at every single stranger in your line of vision, or show you a mopping technique that yields unbelievably poor results. 

I have a black belt in all of the above so just let me know.


(OR ... even better ... the Downton season three trailer (!!!!!) ... many MANY thanks to Caitlin for this pearl.)


99 comments:

  1. I don't have a favorite song, cause I just really don't care about specific music, but I love the Songza app on my iPhone. There are premade playlists for things like working out (and 100 other things like making dinner, driving to work, making out, studying, etc) and I love to put Songza on while I'm at the gym. It does the hard work for me.

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  2. Hey Grace. I love Philosophy's "hope in a jar". Have been using it for years and couldn't say enough wonderful things about it. Good luck!

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    1. awesome. thank you! I had some Philosophy perfume once (called "Grace" I think ...) and I loved it.

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  3. I love love love Hope in a Jar by Philosophy. It's spendy but lasts me forever and has some sort of magical power to moisturize/exfoliate/etc. I like to run to crappy pop songs like Call Me Maybe...but I actually feel proud (or less embarassed, whatever) to tell people I also run to Lights (Bassnectar Remix) by Ellie Goulding, Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine, and Shark In the Water by V.V. Brown.

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  4. I'm currently using derma-e Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Wrinkle Treatment Créme - it's cruely/paraben free and eco-friendly, super moisturizing and I hear it even helps clear up acne/acne scarring? I've only recently started using it, so the jury is still out. But so far so good. Otherwise.. pure, unrefined coconut oil is a favorite of mine as well.

    http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/derma-e-vitamin-a-retinyl-palmitate-wrinkle-treatment-cream/ID=prod6056111-product

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  5. I swear Oil of Olay's night cream is magic cream. I started using it every night about 8 years ago and I swear it's what finally cured my acne (I'm not sure how because this is not something it sets out to do, but when I started using it is when my face finally realized it's not in middle school anymore).

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  6. I use Oil of Olay for sensitive skin spf 15. I know it's probably going to give me cancer AND not prevent any aging, but it doesn't make me break out and that's enough to make me love it.

    The entire Graceland album by Paul Simon (ALWAYS AND FOREVER, AMEN).

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    1. I second Dwija on Paul Simon. Except I'm even more cheap and use the Kroger brand of the Aveeno evening complexion with sunscreen. It doesn't make me break out and that's what matters!

      Also, right now I LOVE Anna Sun by Walk the Moon. Sooo good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDVW81bXo0s

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    2. I second Anna Sun by Walk the Moon! Awesome song. Also, Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men is great.

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  7. I use Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser and their Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15. That sounds similar to what you've been using but I really love it. If I think about it I'll use St. Ives Apricot scrub at night a couple of times a week.

    I'm not sure what my favorite song is right now. At the moment I'm really into pop music and I don't want to embarrass myself! Ha!

    Last, but certainly not least, YAY DOWNTON ABBEY!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!! If only we didn't have to wait so long for it to air here!

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  8. Song- "Ne Me Quitte Pas" by Regina Spektor is on repeat repeat repeat in my car right now. I'm afraid Philomena's first word is going to be Paris. (Actually, nevermind, that would be awesome.)

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  9. Not quite sure what you're looking for on your walk/run/walking spree, but if you wanna feel like you're exercising with a bunch of strong, bearded, mountain men, try The Tallest Man on Earth or Blitzen Trapper. I like to listen to The Black Keys when I run sometimes (fully pretending like I still run...) because they make me feel spunky. And I typically have a horrible complexion, so let's just stick to music...

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  10. I'm horrible with music recommendations. We love country over here. For facials cream, I use Aveeno Active Naturals face lotion with SPF 15. Love it. Very light. I also use a small dab of Garnier eye cream under each eye. Since I'm MUCH older than you..... ! But I'm told I don't look it. So it must be working in combo with the good genes.

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  11. Skin care is not my forte and neither is music, frankly. However, I'm a sucker for all things themed (*preschool teacher*) so The Distance by Cake makes me jog-walk a little faster when it comes on my itunes. I'm excited to look into this hope in a jar stuff! It looks like buttah.

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  12. Not Bieber! No! I have no advice for skin cream, but am facing the same getting older dilemma (except in my case, I'm pushing 35). As far as music, my favorites are equally ancient-- George Michael's Freedom is CLASSIC! So is Rob Base's It Takes Two. I have several other embarrassing, guilty pleasures on what I call my Super Girlie Dance Mix.

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  13. Oh! Fun post...

    1. Skin Cream: I use the Epicuren moisture surge for the am, and Epicuren Hydro Plus at night. I'm a nut about my skin though, and spend a lot, so it just depends what you want to spend...it's a great line though, especially for people (like me) with sensitive skin. I saw the post about Philosophy above, and I actually don't like Philosophy cream for me...super thick.

    2. Songs! Here are some fun ones:
    --Emiliana Torrini: Jungle Drum
    --La Roux: Bulletproof
    --Rumble Strips: Girls and boys in Love
    --Born Ruffians: Badonkadonkey

    I'll keep thinking! xo

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  14. I am mostly ignorant of skin care stuff because the more I use, the worse my skin gets. I am mostly better off leaving well enough alone. But what I do use almost entirely comes from the Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers or Yes to Blueberries lines, I have also heard good things about Hope in a Bottle, but its just a wee bit pricey for me.

    I have been obsessed with Ellie Goulding's "Lights" - it is on my running mix, and I listen to it 75 other times per day. And oddly enough, the song that fits my jogging pace PERFECTLY? "Empire State of Mind" by Jay Z.

    OMGoshDOWNTONABBEY I have been re-watching Season One for the last couple weeks. *sigh*

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  15. I love Olay's night cream! Burt's Bees also has a decent night cream, but I think Olay's works just a bit better. I'd also highly recommend Aztec Healing Clay (available on Amazon) for weekly or bi-weekly use. It's cheap but it's amazing!

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  16. I'm going to read through all the facial cream recommendations you get, but I was using Oil of Olay Day cream with spf 15 and the night cream and I really like it.

    Music for working out... Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Honeypot & 40 Dogs by Bob Schneider, Daughter by Loudon Wainwright III. I will admit that I don't work out to that music, but I clean the house to it, because it makes me happy/energized.

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  17. I second the person who said Night of Olay face cream. The Wal Mart knock off is a few dollars cheaper, and I think it smells a little better.

    Songs - I am loving all of John Mayer's new album, Where Have You Been by Rihanna, Tongue Tied by Grouplove, Pontoon by Little Big Town, Lovin' You is Fun by Easton Corbin (I don't know your stance on country, so you may or may not like those last two). Also, I went to see the Katy Perry movie with my 11-year-old stepdaughter this summer, and so I am now addicted to the Katy Perry Pandora station. Lots of good workout stuff on there.

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  18. After testing out all these lovely ladies suggestions, will you kindly do a review? It sounds like there is quite a few of us riding in the "I don't have a good lotion" boat. BTW, you TOTALLY made my day by posting the Downton Abbey trailer! Anxiously awaiting its return...

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  19. Tiao Cruz "Dynamite". "give your heart a break". And pretty much every song from Mumford and Sons sigh no more" album. I realize these recs make me sound like a 19 year old and not a mom of 3, but I hear this is a judge free zone.

    Here is the thing with skin care, I think my skin gets used to lotions. Mary Kay Timewise makes my akin glow for six months and then it gets lame again. I switch lotions a lot. Cetaphil is awesome too. I eve have to switch hair products. Anyone else have this problem?

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  20. i'm using kiehl's ultra facial cream at night...which i think technically is a daily moisturizer, but i'm loving it so far. also neutrogena products are always a good fall-back, since they are usually for sensitive skin. i'll be 30 in april, so should probably have already started an anti-aging cream too, but haven't...oops!

    for music, i prefer indie rock..but that's not really good for running. so for workouts i listen to stuff like 'call me maybe' (what? it's peppy!) and pink's new song, 'blow me one last kiss'...typical radio music i guess?

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  21. i use korres in the evening
    http://www.sephora.com/quercetin-oak-antiageing-antiwrinkle-night-cream-P241732?skuId=1187046
    and then during the day i use an spf 15 neutrogena lotion

    regarding music, miike snow (unbeknownst to me until recently!) came out with a new album in 2012. it's great and peppy. M83 is great, too. Seryn is fantastic as well. they're from denton and i just saw them on friday! sorry for the grammar issues...actually i'm not sorry.

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  22. My taste in workout music is highly questionable, but I do enjoy Havana Brown's "We Run the Night". Pray for me.

    Re: Downton- *Squeeal!* No money?! Is it January yet? I'm wasting away without the Dowager Countess in my life.

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    1. pray for me too ... just downloaded it.

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  23. Arbonne day creme or night creme! Paraben-free, vegan, amazing skincare! And it lasts for-eva

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    1. I want to love Arbonne ... it makes me skin awful and middleschooly.

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  24. Because I have apparently re-entered adolescence on this pregnancy, I'll refrain from offering any skin advice. But Philosophy and Dr. Brandt are a few of my faves for normal life.

    Also. I cannot recommend the Songza app enough. I have awful, awful taste in music (proof? I just bought the new Taylor Swift single and Piper and I have it memorized; maybe more than my skin is in a tween stage?), but I've been deemed cool by my husband because of the music on the app.

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  25. I love to run to the "forever young" remix by jay-z. I also love michael franti & "please don't leave my" by pink. Other fav's include (embarassingly) the duet between Eminem & Rhianna and anything sung by the cast of Glee.

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  26. I really love the Paula's Choice line of skin care products. She has a website you can buy from - not in stores. My current decade of beauty, the 40s (ha ha), owes many thanks to this line of products. Not too expensive, works like it says it will, love, love, love.

    Heather

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  27. I'm a Mary Kay consultant so I will wholeheartedly recommend Mary Kay! If you've never tried it find a consultant in your area to give you a facial so you can try their products, totally free and really fun! They have all sorts of creams for all ages and skin types. I use the TimeWise skin care and really like their lotion. And as for songs, my favorite right now is Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye, LOVE it. I also love anything by Foster the People, especially Pumped up Kicks and Color on the Walls.

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  28. Olay Anti-wrinkle night cream all the way. And Neutrogena has a little eye cream that I put on in lieu of makeup, which has become somewhat obsolete in my life post-babies. It perks you right up.

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  29. I use jojoba oil for my only moisturizer now. It's cheap (3 or 4 dollars from Trader Joe's), one bottle lasts a VERY long time, and my skin has never looked better. You can also use it as on your hands, your hair, etc.

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  30. Hokay.

    1. I'm cheap. I use Target brand moisturizer/spf face lotion. Like maybe once a month. Bad, right?

    2. This is where I can talk for daaaaaaaaaaaaaays. Music nerd, over here! So if you're looking for something for walks/runs, you want something with a good beat and tempo... have you heard of Yellowcard? I love love love l to the o to the v to the e Yellowcard. They have a violin in their ROCK BAND. That's right. Epic. But it's so good. I would be happier than a pig in a mud hole to send you some mp3s to sample :) Some of my other pump it up jams right now (don't judge!): Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine, What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction, All I Want to Do by Sugarland, Journey Journey Journey!, Pop by NSync (I said don't judge), Thnks Fr Th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy, The Story of Us by TSwift, Your Grace is Enough by Matt Maher... I could go on more but your comment box is starting to hate me. But if you want any samples, just letta me know!

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  31. Hi. I'm really really new here, but I'll throw my two cents in if I may.

    I have used Oil of Olay since I turned about 30. I've always loved it and still do. My mom used it, too, and has beautiful skin. My grandmother used to tell us all that the more basic and simple you keep your skin care, the better your skin will look. She looked twenty years younger than her actual age even on the day she passed on. I use their sensitive skin daytime moisturizer with SPF and their Night of Olay, well, at night. When I turned 40, I did one of their in-store "which line of products do you need for your age and skin" and used those recommendation and have been quite happy.

    Music for working out...oh boy. I love everything. The soundtrack to the movie Coyote Ugly is pretty good, depending on what pace you like. I like it for weight training. Journey - always good, period. Not a huge fan of current pop and club hits, however...Jennifer Lopez has a couple of good ones with a great beat that get you going - On the Floor and Let's Get Loud are great to get me moving. "Buttons" by Pussycat Dolls, a lot of "old" Michael Jackson stuff, the song Ricky Martin did for the World Cup soccer a few years back, Get Low (the applebottom jeans song) by Flo Rida, just about anything off a "Rocky" movie soundtrack. Ooh - Top Gun soundtrack.

    Sorry...love music and can go too crazy here.

    Good article at Livestrong.com about workout music at this link: http://www.livestrong.com/article/545184-the-best-workout-music/. It also has other related articles on the page.

    :)

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    1. ah. THANK YOU for reminding me about Ricky ... loved him in a former life.

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  32. I have absolutely no skin care expertise, but have been using some Aveeno lotion. The one tip I'm trying to keep up with is to make sure to use it on my neck, as well. I saw something once about Martha Stewart's skin care regimen, since she was a model in younger days, and apaprently still looks pretty good even without Photoshop and fuzzy glowy magazine lighting. She said it was crucial to use a moisturizer on the neck, and I also saw on a highly classy special cable news report about celebrity plastic surgery that said the tell-tale sign of aging is the neck - people get their faces stretched, injected, etc., but the neck shows no mercy.

    As for music, Ike Ndolo Band pumps me up and has made me feel as if I'm actually running, not just pumping my arms harder with even slower forward progression. It has a good rock beat and feels very soulful, without being syrupy, repetitive praise and worship.

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  33. you said you like pop music/top 40 stuff right? check out olly murs 'Heart skips a beat". Also maybe Icona Pop "I love it", but it's not exactly child approp

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  34. The Say Yes to Carrots/Tomatoes/Cucumbers/Blueberries/whatever-else-you're-going-to-throw-at-me line has been GREAT for me. Organic/natural (apparently? I believe?) and they have tons and tons of products at different price ranges for different purposes (daily use, anti-wrinkle, exfoliating, etc etc). Also Korres is a great natural brand out of Greece (!!) that at first sounded a little too extravagant/expensive for my simpleton lifestyle but after trying their daily moisturizer I'm sold for life. Plus it's watermelon scented. Seriously. Worth ittttt. And of course ol' Burt's Bees is always nice.

    Listen to Crystal Fighters/Plage (pasted below). Haven't heard anything else by them but this song is pep pep peppy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV_LTi4Haf4

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  35. I've tried to comment before, but with a 9-month old monster/baby who thinks he's a toddler and is constantly pulling the charger out of my laptop, the few comments I've typed never were posted. Alas, the angel is sleeping, so mom can post!
    For facial moisturizer, I agree with whoever said simple is best... I use Clean&Clear foaming facial wash (it's orange) but the major difference is that it's antibacterial (like Dial soap); it doesn't have the salicylic(sp?) acid or benzoyl(also sp?) peroxide like most other washes.
    My favorite favorite favorite moisturizer is Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle cream with SPF 15.. I'm 27, but have always had forehead wrinkles (I'm a worrier)... I started using this cream about a year ago and I promise the wrinkles are gone. You can get the cream at Target or Walmart for about $15 and it's SO worth it!

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  36. I use Aveeno skin brightening lotion with SPF... They have it at Costco for a really good price and I like it better than Clinique (which is what I used to use). I use that in the morning and baby lotion each night (baby lotion is gentle, cheap, and it works as a makeup remover too).

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  37. A few months back I super-simplified my skincare routine, and the change has been amazing! I wash with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil Facewash and use jojoba oil (I also get that at Trader Joe's, although I'm sure you can get it elsewhere) to moisturize. Clearest skin I've had since before puberty, with only two steps. If you do try the jojoba oil, though, go light on it. Four or five drops is enough for both my face and neck!

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  38. I love WELEDA almond facial creme. It's perfect because it's so simple and pure.

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  39. I'm probably many years older than most of you young Moms contributing these fine suggestions for moisturizing products, but I am complimented on my skin even though I am, as the French say, "of a certain age".

    I have probably tried all of the products listed above at some point but the best tip I can give you about having and keeping great skin is this: Remove your makeup before you go to sleep at night. Every night. No exceptions. (Well, maybe New Year's Eve or something...but not every year!)

    I have noticed that a lot of women don't do this and then need to find more products to help their troubled skin.

    Janet

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  40. I'm probably many years older than most of you young Moms contributing these fine suggestions for moisturizing products, but I am complimented on my skin even though I am, as the French say, "of a certain age".

    I have probably tried all of the products listed above at some point but the best tip I can give you about having and keeping great skin is this: Remove your makeup before you go to sleep at night. Every night. No exceptions. (Well, maybe New Year's Eve or something...but not every year!)

    I have noticed that a lot of women don't do this and then need to find more products to help their troubled skin.

    Janet

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  41. Not into the face creams just yet but on the music front...I have been listening to a bit of bombay bicycle club and john mayer's album 'born and raised', which I thought I would hate, but actually love, might be worth a try :)

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  42. Hey Grace, I have really sensitive skin so I don't be-bop around the facial potion choices a whole lot, but recently got sick of using my norm and tried Garnier's face lotions in the cute green bottles. BOMB-DOT-COM! Try it. Inexpensive, drugstore, facial cream that feels amazeballs!

    www.domesticatedworkingwoman.blogspot.com

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  43. Burts Bees daily facial lotion is amazing. I have slightly oily skin in some areas and am super dry in others. I also use Alba daily facial sunblock for sensitive skin under da lotion.

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  44. No idea on the lotion, but here's a few of my new favorite songs:
    Imagine Dragons - "It's Time" or "On Top of the World"
    Walk the Moon - "Tightrope"
    and something to relax too - Ed Sheeran "The A team" acoustic, or "U.N.I" or really the whole self-titled album is good.

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  45. Just finished Downton Season 2, and I am so darn excited about 3! I love, love, love these artists: The Shins, Mumford and Sons, and Future of Forestry. Love your blog link-ups Grace!

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    1. randome question, but where can I watch season 2 online? anyone know?

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  46. My current new fav bands are Head and the Heart; and Givers. Head and the Heart when you're feeling full of feelings: Givers when you need some pep.

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  47. haha...how to always be awkward on the phone...I'm not the only one, solidarity! I'm using Mary Kay timewise 3in 1 cleanser and lotion. I actually really like it, and you can support a friend by buying from them. On another note, lately I've been thinking about going all natural and cleaning my face with oil or whatever they used back in the day. There are so many chemicals in things now and everyone is just out make a buck. It's frustrating! Have you ever seen the movie Food, Inc?? You'll never want to eat again after seeing it.

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  48. Honestly, I love Oil of Olay. They have a night and day version, and it has worked well form me. I'm 34 years old now, and my skin still looks good.

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  49. Face cream- my MIL is a Mary Kay Director, so I use that stuff and like it a lot (and it's free). But when I run out of it, I use Aveeno sensitive skin stuff. I'm anxious to go try some other things on your comments list because I got a Sephora gift card for my birthday- Woot!
    I can't help you with music but I did just start listening to an audiobook I'm enjoying. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close...so I can watch the movie when I'm done with it....

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  50. My face cleansing/moisturizing routine consists of falling into bed with the day's grime and make-up still on. If I'm lucky, I'll give it a swipe with a baby wipe and on a good day (read, twice a month), it might actually get washed with a real live face cloth and maybe some Dove soap.

    I swear by Oil of Olay and in particular use their moisturizer for sensitive skin that's fragrance free, because that's how I like to roll. I'll by 40 in . . . holy crap . . . a couple of years, yet I often get mistaken for being in my late 20's/early 30's. Could just be a baby face on my part, but I like to think it's a product of my intensely stellar skin care regime.

    I'm of no help on the music front as around here we kick it to things like the soundtrack from Newsies or The Lorax. :)

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  51. I like Clarins 30 spf face cream (orange and white bottle). It's thick so you only need a dab (which makes it last forever and thus a deal on the price), it absorbs well into skin-no chalky residue-and it protects nicely. I live in the SW under intense sun and heat and this stuff is great.

    Over the past year I started using a home-made spray....fill a bottle with 1/3 organic apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water. My husband usually makes a sour face if he comes near me after I've sprayed it on my face at night...but the smell disappears in 5 minutes flat and the results have been amazing: it tones, diminishes coloration spots and helps my face stay moisturized even in the brutally dry cold winters here in the SW.

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  52. I've got opinions. . . per face, if you're feeling spendy: http://www.philosophy.com/content/general_content/hope-in-a-jar

    I also like to switch up my lotion-potion from time to time, so I also enjoy a less expensive every day option: http://www.olay.com/skin-care-products/complete/gentle-face-moisturizer?pid=075609000980

    For night night time, I LOVE the creamy coolness of: http://www.olay.com/skin-care-products/ADS/Anti-Wrinkle-Night-Cream?pid=075609601439

    The key to my face lotion choice is getting something oil-free. I've got super dry skin, but I find when I use a moisturizer with oil, I tend to break out more than I do naturally.

    And for music. . .we have been jamming lately to the Pentatonix station on Pandora. And ditto to whomever said Mumford and Sons. And Foster the People's Pumped up Kicks is peppy, yet with questionable lyrics. With 5 younger sibs, I tend to raid their ipods and creep on their Spotify and Pandora choices--it keeps me hipper than I would be otherwise.

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    1. okay I bit the bullet and ordered the hope in a jar ... can't wait. (I'll let you know my thoughts)

      and I love the idea of a cheaper everyday option ---- wonder if oil of olay delivers.

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    2. I will await the report. . .really, you can never go wrong with philosophy. Amazing Grace is my usual day fragrance. So good. Their Purity to wash the face is also top notch. I've never bought their their food and adult drink bath gels, etc., though, so take my "never go wrong" with that caveat. I do like to smell them in the store, but I prefer my margaritas and animal crackers (just to name a couple) by mouth, not by bath.

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  53. Oh my goodness...the saga that is my skincare has been going on for years...and years...and years. Eventually, I've just settled on Neutrogena's facial cream. It's great for sensitive skin and doesn't make you feel "weighed down" in any way.

    As for music, I used to be on that train hardcore...and lately I've fallen to the wayside. Some of the best songs I've (recently) loved to work out to are these:

    "Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees (love this song thiiiiiiiiiiiiis much)
    "Some Nights" by Fun (awesome rhythm for a good run)
    "On the Floor" by J Lo (because who doesn't like this song?)
    "Henry Nearly Killed Me" by Ray Lamontagne
    Etc, etc., Etc.

    I thought I'd stop there before your eyes started rolling back in your head from boredom ;)

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  54. I bought the jumbo double pack of oil of olay night cream at SAMs club and I didn't like it. (never buy super sized items you haven't tried). Anyway, the smell, while not unpleasant, was very strong and it is quite heavy. I try a new organic facial cream from whole foods whenever it goes on sale! my 47 year old skin is dry, patchy, splotchy, and there's not much hope left anyway. Love reading your blog. Your kids are adorable and you are exceptionally funny. It remind as me of when my kids were little. Now, all 7of them are growing up so fast. Can't wait to hear your posts when your kids are teenagers!!

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  55. 1. Face Lotion -- Aveeno. $14.00, oil-free, non-comegenic, and SPF 30. Yay.

    2. Song -- Embarrassing, but Emme's favorite song to dance to lately has been "The Whistle Song". We've only been able to find it on serious hip/hop, rap, or Spanish radio of now so I'm not sure of the exacttttt title...

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  56. I swear by Clinique's mosturizing gel; it's light and makes my face feel really fresh. Sometimes I like to mix it with my concealer/cover up to create a tinited moisturizer. My skin is generally cooperative, but in the morning I am bagsville, USA under the eyes, so I like to use something a little stronger - http://www.clinique.com/product/1683/4769/Skincare/Eye_Lips/All-About-Eyes/index.tmpl

    While I tend to hide from all the internet lurkers who will love to judge my unholy taste in music...I will share some top of my top jams in no partiuclar order:

    1. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
    2. Nicki Minaj - Starships
    3. Havana Brown (ft Pitbull) - We Run the Night
    4. Beyonce - Countdown (I've listened to this song 1,243,343,689 times and I still love it)
    5.Demi Lovato - Give Your Heart a Break
    6. T.I - Got Your Back
    7. International Love - Chris Brown/Pitbull
    8. Jay Sean - Down
    9. Ke$ha - We R Who We R

    Non of the above are child approp, as you probably know. Everyone feel free to judge away!

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