Spring 2018 Makeup Refresh

April usually conjures images of spring: cherry blossoms, rainy days, fresh starts. It also means editing my makeup and skincare routines for the warmer weather. Right now, I’m really into a no-makeup makeup look with some pops of color. A big part of that is adjusting my skincare so the canvas I’m starting with is as healthy and smooth as possible (more on that in a separate post).  Thank goodness for Sephora’s VIB Spring Sale!

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The non-wedding wedding dress

It’s wedding season, and nowadays a lot of women are saying that they don’t want to get the typical wedding dress nor do they want to spend a lot of money on something they may wear only once. I came across the exact same dilemma when Mr D and I had our San Francisco wedding (nearly seven years ago now, yikes!). I didn’t have a lot of time to find a dress and quite a small budget. Looking online, any dress that had the label “wedding” or “bride” in front of it was at least $300. Unwilling to spend that much, I took a day off from work to trek across San Francisco in search of the non-wedding wedding dress.

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Give Dad the gift of good face


In the early days when Mr D and I were dating, we drove down the coast to one of our favorite places, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was a warm day, and on the way back, we were holding baby wipes (Mr D keeps them in the glove compartment to keep his hands clean from job site visits) to the car’s A/C vents to and holding them to our faces to try to cool down. The only problem now, I said, is that the wipes will dry out my skin. Mr D was puzzled. The wipes have lotion in them, don’t they? That’s what it says on the packaging. I looked at him, equally bewildered. Yes, but whatever’s in the wipe cleans babies’ bottoms, I said. It’s not meant for your face. Is there a difference? Mr D asked. It was then I discovered that Mr D was using body lotion to moisturize his face as well. Oh dear.

Every now and then, guys need help when it comes to shopping for skincare. Mr D is wary/afraid of using my products ever since he saw their price tag—even though I assured him that they weren’t anywhere close to what expensive skincare actually is. He’s also hesitant to use them because some have a scent that would bother him if he were wearing it. So, we went and found products he would be comfortable with price- and scent-wise. Thankfully, there are a lot of great skincare lines made just for men out there, available in all price points. What better gift for dad than protecting and caring for that face you love!


Dove Men+Care

With prices starting at $5, this line is sure to appeal to the budget-conscious. It also has the added bonus of being readily available when making drugstore, grocery or Target runs. Face Lotion $5.89, Target

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Dark wood-grain packaging and non-flowery scents like citrus, mint, and cedarwood will ensure your products don’t get mixed up on the bathroom countertop. Eye cream $12.39, Amazon



While on a tour in France, I met a friendly couple who swore that L’Occitane’s shaving gel was the best. As he was in the beauty business, I’ll have to take his word for it. Shaving gel $22, L’Occitane



I’m a Kiehl’s fan myself, and their men’s line also uses blends of natural ingredients to address different needs. I also love the gift sets they put together. I think Mr D would be the Minimalistic Man: “essentials he’ll use, nothing he won’t”. The Minimalistic Man $91, Kiehl’s


Clinique For Men

Using gunmetal instead of its signature minty green or cheery yellow, Clinique For Men takes the brand’s 3-step cleanse and moisturize and simplifies it. Maximum Hydrator moisturizer $34, Sephora



Jack Black

This brand has everything from anti-aging skincare to hair products to a pain relief balm. Their Pure Science line is vegan and paraben-free. Dragon Ice Relief and Recovery Balm $23, Nordstrom

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Most of the products here are unisex, and the fragrances suited for everyone. Their Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet includes lovely notes of orange, clove, and sandalwood for extra luxury. Shaving duet $80, Aesop



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Style icon | Mom

Style Icons Mom

At work one day, a coworker complimented me on the sweater I wore. “Thanks,” I said, “my mom got it for me.” She was incredulous. “You’re lucky. I don’t think I’d wear anything my mom bought for me,” was her reply.

We’ve always been fortunate to have such a stylish mom. In her college photos, she was always dressed in clothing that was au courant, but would still be considered fashionable today. She was a beauty queen and always known for her poise and how put-together she was. I look at the flared jeans and other trends from the Seventies that are back in fashion and wish she had kept more of her old clothes. I probably wouldn’t fit into them, but they’d be great as inspiration pieces. Alas, the beautiful winter coat she wore in grad school (which would not be out of place on the set of the movie Almost Famous) was lost.

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