Skincare update: What I’m using and what I’m loving

So I realized that I have been neglecting writing about my skincare and how things have changed since I started that using the prescriptions that I have. Right now I am using Adapalene and Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzol Peroxide gels as well as a pill that I take twice a day.C3A2oCyhRhOVK8SkTp9yig These have been helping a lot with the scaring on my skin however…

MY SKIN IS SUCH A WEIRD TEXTURE.

The prescription makes it really dry and my skin tries to overcompensate by producing more oil than it usually does. But my skin still manages to be dry. Please tell me that I am not the only one with this problem.

So what I have been doing to help combat this has been a lot of trial and error. I have used the Noxzema Classic Clean face wash for a long time and I still swear by it.

However, now that my skin is dryer it is a bit too harsh. I have since switched to the Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash and I have seen a lot of improvements. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about it and here is my opinion. It smells amazing and it makes my skin feel so clean. The scarring is also going away slowly. (So so slowly.) L6IzhZhGR8aAoTV6nt8AmQ

I have also been using the Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupacu Daily Defense Moisturizer with Passiflora & Pistachio Oils and I really like it. This stuff smells AMAZING. It smells like sweet and fresh and clean and I absolutely love it. It doesn’t soak in as quickly as other moisturizers but I feel like it leaves my skin moisturized much longer. I tend to use this more at night and in the morning I use the Neutrogina Pink Grapefruit moisturizer.

As far as other skin products I use I tend to keep it pretty limited. Every once in a while I’ll use a face mask and my favorites tend to be the Body Shop Green Tea Skin Clearing Clay mask and the Garnier Charchol Clay mask. I think that when I need a little more moisture in my skin and I want to treat myself I’ll put one on and rinse it off with warm water. I love how natural smelling the Body Shop face mask smells. I think that it is so refreshing and leaves my skin so soft and glowy (if thats a word).

Another product I use is the Biore Charcoal Pore Strips. My nose is very prone to blackheads so when I am having a bad skin day I’ll put one on and its kind of fascinating to see all the blackheads on the dry strip. Maybe that sounds kind of gross (and it is) but its also kind of satisfying.

hzh6TwfnQ6qLzIiXSA+LaA

As far as skin serums I have only ever used the mon amie Rose and Collagen Face Serum. This serum I only use at night when my skin is in desperate need of some moisture. It definitely smells very rose-like and it leaves my skin so healthy. It is a very heavy moisturizer so I don’t use it very often.

While I am on the topic I also want to share my favorite moisturizers for the rest of my body. As far as body wash I can’t say that I have found one that really amazes me but I absolutely love the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe lotion. I have never found another lotion that leaves my skin so soft and is so lightweight. I generally don’t like moisturizers that I use daily to be very oily because then I feel like I leave little oil handprints everywhere I go.

no2kvh1wslutzqazax5u8q.jpg

However, two or three times a week I will use the Johnson’s Aloe & Vitamin E Baby Oil Gel. I use this as soon as I get out of the shower on my legs and feet and then I wear sweats and socks to bed so that it doesn’t rub all over my sheets all night. This leaves my skin so so so soft and I love using it.

00fzmmvtqdaumq8swm6fg.jpg

These are the products that I am using and loving right now and these definitely change and I will be updating as that happens!

Beauty on a Budget

There are tons of beauty blogs to tell you about the best of the high end makeup rands but I don’t often see any on more affordable makeup so I’m here to help.

Don’t get me wrong I love my high end makeup and I still splurge at Sephora or Ulta more often than I like to admit. I also realize that there is a need for more affordable makeup products as well.

I would like to think that this goes along with my skincare journey (you can read more about my skincare adventures here) and finding new products and reviewing some old ones that have been favorites of mine will be really fun. For this particular post I want to focus on foundation and concealer.

Disclaimer: I am definitely not a makeup expert or a professional. These are my personal opinions and experiences.

My skin right now is in a weird limbo where the prescription I’m on is making it really dry and patchy but my skin is usually a touch on the oily side.

Foundation:

  1. Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 hour wear liquid foundation.

This product I have repurchased again and again. It has really good coverage and I feel like the rest of my makeup goes on really well on top of it. It is a heavier foundation and it is definitely full coverage.

2. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup

IMG_1342

I used this product a lot in high school and i purchased it quite a few times. The coverage was much lighter but it was nice for going throughout my day and knowing that my skin looked natural and clean.

3. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation 

IMG_1344

I’m not going to lie, this is not my favorite foundation. There is currently a bottle in my makeup bag and I dread using it. The coverage is very light and it seems to dry my skin out more than anything. If you are looking for a light foundation then this product is definitely for you. It did not fit my personal preference but that is totally just me.

4. NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

IMG_1350

I know this foundation may not fall directly into the drugstore brand but I don’t think it falls specifically into the high end part either. I really like this foundation so far. I was really hesitant about a drop foundation but I think it has been one of my favorites.

Concealer:

  1. Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free + Balance Stick Foundation

 

I bought this concealer a lot but I feel like it was more out of habit than because I was in love with it. The coverage was good and it blended into my makeup pretty well but the coverage wasn’t phenomenal. I feel like there was definitely room for improvement but overall it was pretty good.

      2. e.l.f Concealer

IMG_1349

My biggest struggle with this concealer was that the light color was too dark for me. I think it was pretty pigmented, it blended relatively well, and the coverage was pretty good. For the price I feel like it really isn’t a bad concealer.

      3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer

IMG_1343

This concealer has been one of my favorites. The coverage wasn’t as much as others that I have tried but I feel like my skin really liked it and it blended really well. I also feel like it was a pretty good at staying in place all day.

 

Overall I think that you can get some really good products for some really good prices. These are a few that I have tried and my personal experiences with them and even if I didn’t love them they might be exactly what someone else is looking for.

P.S I went to Walmart at 10:30 p.m to take pics of these products with Chris so shoutout to him for putting up with me.

Wedding Planning part 2

So this weeks wedding planning is focused on The Dress and The Shoes. (I felt like those needed to be capitalized because of how much they are stressing me out and how much money I am spending on them.)

I plan to wear a very altered version of my mom’s dress. My grandma is a master seamstress so I am hoping that she will be able to alter it to look the way I want it to. If not then that is an issue for future Kate.

I have been scouring Pinterest for wedding dress ideas for months already. If I wanted something strapless or long sleeve with a plunging back I would be in luck but, that’s not quite my style. I want something with opaque long sleeves that is still light and flowy.

I’m not sure if that dress actually exists but a girl can dream right?

The other thing I am struggling with is the shoes. I don’t want to wear heels. Mostly because the ceremony and the reception are on grass so I don’t want to be sinking but I also get really cranky after wearing heels for a while.

I just want to wear Kate Spade X Keds from the bridal collection. My dress will be long enough to cover them so no one will even know. I know they’re not nearly as expensive as most shoes so I really want them but they seem to be really hard to find in store.

That has been this weeks stress and next week Chris and I are going to Bed, Bath & Beyond to work on registry stuff so wish me luck!

 

Skincare

Another goal I have before the wedding is having better skin. My skin is bad to say the least. I have a lot of scarring and marks on my skin that make it really hard to convince myself to leave my apartment without makeup when it feels like I’m walking into a sea of porcelain-skin-beauties.

Over the past year since my skin started to get bad I have tried just about every home remedy and well-known skin tip known to man so I finally decided to go to a Dermatologist and see what could be done.

I went to Alpine Dermatology here in Rexburg and they were so nice to me. They explained all my options thoroughly and answered all of my questions. We came to the conclusion that I would be prescribed two creams and a pill and in two months there would be a follow up appointment to see how things were going.

I was warned that it would make my skin really dry for the first two weeks and if I could make it through that then I should start to see some improvement in my skin.

I really underestimated just how dry it would get. The first few days were a little more dry than normal but nothing too bad and I was thinking, I got this. My skin will be clear and I can move on.

It definitely wasn’t that simple. Last night I took my pill at dinner and then I washed my face and put on my creams and then my moisturizer and then my skin started burning.

Now I have gotten tattoos in some of the most painful places and I have also had my belly button pierced and this was more painful than both of those combined.

My skin turned red and burned and the only thing that seemed to offer any solace was putting a cold washcloth on my face.

After a couple hours it subsided enough for me to lay down and I discovered that if I kept my window open then the breeze cooled the burning enough for me to get some sleep.

This morning I slept most of the day so I skipped my morning pill (oops) and the only thing I have done to my skin is rubbed some rose and collagen serum on it which seems to be helping with the moisture problem.

Sorry for the long story but as far as a rocky start to my “better skin journey” I think this was pretty good.

Class Summaries: Winter 2018

1/11

For this class we are required to do a faculty mentor visit, a writing workshop or academic discovery workshop and also finish our Grad Plan. We can either come at 7 am or 5 pm, as long as you come to one it doesn’t matter.

1/18

Everyone comes to communication for a different reason. We want jobs and employment. Employers want experience over education. That is why we have practicums and internships. To have a career in communications you need to know how to write. It is the most important skill. 397 R section 3 is Soapbox and PR. The scroll is about telling stories and their goal is to inform, inspire, and entertain. Soapbox is the student run advertising agency. They do a lot if video editing and they mix with the business department.

1/25

To access the Grad Plan you can just search it. It tells you your opportunity cost, how much you will spend in a year and what classes you need to take. You can also create an alternative Grad Plan. To finish your grad plan you need to click validate at the bottom of the page. If there is a problem you can send a message to an academic advisor or you can make an appointment with them in the Academic Advising office. A screenshot of your approved plan needs to be emailed to Sister Scholes by Thursday March 8th.

2/1

Writing seminars are required for the class. You have to be an intelligent news consumer. The news isn’t consumed as heavily in this part of the country. As a student you get free online access to wall street journal. If you want to be informed about the profession you are going into then you need to read the news. Be serious about blogging and online portfolio. You should try to create content that shows who you are. Freedom of press ensures we can get accurate information. Without freedom of the press we don’t have accurate information. Without the first amendment we wouldn’t have the restoration. Social media feed only tells half the story of what is actually going on. Journalism is in a golden age because people are getting more creative with news. There are new ways of telling stories that only the internet can do. Go to the writing seminars.

2/8

Posting a video increases the interaction with post  on social media by 94%. It takes many types of people to make videos happen. Mostly in cable and radio you can find opportunities. News and reporters make about 52-35 thousand. They can work in broadcast stations, making commercial, independent, PR firms, etc. To make major motion pictures take 100s of people to make. To make shorter videos is only about 3-4 people. Independent production means you do just about everything. 

2/15

We are here because we want to create. Elder Uchtdorf video about creating. Advertising helps you be creative. Entertainment helps it to be memorable. Most money spent in advertising is still in commercial TV. Advertising includes print ads, brochures, direct mail, websites, outdoors, internet, social media. Advertising is the structured and composed non personal communication of information, usually paid for and usually persuasive in nature, about products, by identified sponsors through various media. Companies must use mass media. 85% of money is spent in media.

2/22

Visual communication is necessary. Every emphasis needs visual communication. 130 is the most basic design class that everyone is required to take. Visual society is for everyone who is interested in doing visual work. Side hustle facebook page for any side design projects you want critiqued. 

3/1

Advocacy works well with other emphasis- especially visual. Involve a lot of partners which means a lot of networking. Advocacy answers a lot of what if questions. Community organizations are a huge involvement.  Voice really focuses on social issues. Takes a lot of listening and respectful communication. It teaches you marketable skills. Simplyhired.com is a great place to find jobs. Involves legislative influencing/lobbyist kind of things. Voice does a lot of really cool opportunities. 

3/8

Next week is the senior showcase, no class. Find Sister Scholes to get the checklist. Brother Cannon: PR is the broadest of the emphasis. PR is in all places you can imagine. There is little to no gender disparity. Everyone has a different reason for selecting public relations. You can do PR for anything you’re interested in. Public Relations Student Society of America meets Wednesdays Kirkham 201 from 5-6. Public relations is an ever changing field. Publics in public relations can be segmented into different audiences. PR is sending messages the public wants to hear.

Wedding Planning: Part 1

Planning a wedding is stressful. No News there. 6 months to put together the happiest day of my life. (While trying to also remain happy during said 6 months.)

The flowers, the dress, the location, the ceremony, the guests. I could go on forever but, you get the point.

So this is me documenting it. There are plenty of people probably doing the same thing but here is my journey.

So at this point Chris and I aren’t actually engaged yet. Like we have agreed that we are going to get married and we have a tentative date, my ring finger is just still vacant. (Early on in the relationship I told him exactly where I wanted to be proposed to at and we aren’t going there until spring break.)

However here are the things that we have figured out:

  1. Colors- Maroon and Charcoal grey

2. Reception Venue- His parents backyard

3. Registry- Okay so this one isn’t done but we have a solid start on it so…

4. Date – Nothing is actually set in stone and I don’t want to spoil it

5. Temple we want to get married in- Meridian, Idaho

6. The ring

Maybe some of these things will change but for now it is nice to feel like I’m getting some things figured out.

So far it is stressful to say the least, with jobs and school and traveling I am definitely afraid something important will fall through the cracks. I can see why people hire a planner but I am determined to do this the old-fashioned way. My mom and I hashing out details over a table full of ads from magazines and my Pinterest board that I started like 3 years ago.

As far as some of the other bigger details like the dress, photographer, the food, and literally everything else. Here are my current thoughts:

Dress: I want to wear my mom’s dress. My grandma will make it a little less 90’s and also the right size.

Photographer: Both Chris and I have friends that are photographers that would be totally capable and I would trust them with our engagement and wedding photos. My dad is also a really good photographer who I would also trust with them so I guess with three photographers someone is bound to get a picture of both of us smiling at the same time.

Food: This is a problem for future Kate.

So yeah, thats my thoughts for now. I have merely begun to plan my wedding and while it is stressful, it is also exciting to be planning the day that I have been planning for since I was little with my favorite person in the world by my side.

 

(P.S. Chris is helping me I promise, he just knows that I am a high-stress control freak so he just lets me do my thing and steps in exactly when I need him.)

 

New Years Resolutions: Photoshop

I had three resolutions this year: start blogging more, get better at photoshop, and get better at photography. Its already February 4th and I have only been succeeding at 2 so here is my start on the third.

I have been working on getting better at photoshop and photography (I am not nearly as good as I want to be but I am definitely better than I was a month ago) and I would still categorize myself as a beginner but I am definitely better than I was a month ago.

My biggest goal is to familiarize myself with photoshop and document my progress through my blog so here it goes.

(Also a huge shoutout to my amazing boyfriend, Chris, for walking around in the cold with me and being my subject and also letting me use some of his pictures from his recent vacation.)

Here is the original of the first picture:

IMG_1095

And here is what I did to it:

chris-in-a-tree

I know its not a lot but its definitely more than I could have done a month ago.

With this picture I was trying to get better at using the spot healing brush tool and using image adjustments and while I know there’s no drastic change I would like to think that I’m better at it than I was a month ago.

Here is the original of the second picture I was working on:

IMG_0565

Here is what I did to it:

sunset

With this picture I was trying to get better at filters and I think maybe I did a good job.

These are the first attempts of mine to get more familiar with photoshop and to get better at using it.

I also really want to get better at photography but that one has kind of been on the back-burner since it is still way too cold here to be outside for very long.

Both photos used were taken by myself or Chris.

Photography Reverse Engineer

Good photography is about more than just taking a picture. It involves elements that add visual interest for the eye. These elements can include a depth of field, rule of thirds, and leading lines. Here are a few examples:

 

Rule of Thirds:

ruleofthirdsexample

https://unsplash.com/photos/RFgO9B_OR4g by Myles Tan

ruleofthirds-drawover

This is an example of the rule of thirds because you have the girl in the field in the foreground then the trees along the shore in the mid-ground, then the ocean and the mountains in the background.

Here is my attempt to recreate the rule of thirds:

IMG_1095

Photo by me

myruleofthirds-drawover

In this picture, in the foreground there is the man, the tree, and the bush. In the mid-ground there is the town and in the background there are the mountains and the clouds.

Leading lines:
leadinglinesexample

Photo: https://unsplash.com/photos/CCD1y0qb8hQ

Photo by: Robert Andall

leadinglines-drawover

In this photo you can see that the lines of the buildings give the photo depth. It makes the street seem like its endless and continues into the background indefinitely.

Here is my attempt to recreate this style:

IMG_1097

Photo by me.

myleadinglines-drawover

In this photo the lines of the field help the buildings in the background appear farther away and like the field goes on indefinitely.

Depth of Field:

depthoffeildexample

Photo: https://unsplash.com/photos/OjVIrvBKWP8

Photo by: Lucas Becker

depthoffeild-drawover

In this photo you can see that the angle of the photo helps you to see the distance of the field of vision. The front of the bridge is in focus while the distant hill is not as much which helps it to see farther away.

Here is my attempt to duplicate the depth of field:

IMG_1096

Photo by me.

mydepthoffeild-drawover

In this photo you can see that the mountains and the clouds in the distance make the picture seem like it goes on indefinitely but you can see as far as humanly possible.

In conclusion photography, and especially good photography, require more than just snapping a picture. Taking into account these elements makes pictures deeper and more visually dynamic.

Typography

Original: disabilities-memes-1482348-tablet.jpg

Edited: typography

link: https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/category/disability-picture-quotes?lang=eng

Type 1: The first type of typography used is a slab-serif. This is identified by the slanted extra serifs at the ends of each line of each character.

Type 2: The second type is a sans-serif. This is identified by the clean cut lines and the absence of serifs at the ends of the lines of the characters.

These two typefaces are contrasting because one is much more clean cut and the other has a small decorative element. These help you to notice the differences in the words and which ones are more to the point and clear and which  ones are more decorative.

These contribute to the all over design because they help the words to stand out against each other and they help the eye be guided to what is the most important thing in the quote.

Reverse Engineering Post- Apple

The reverse engineer post is meant to help us see designs and be able to point out the aspects of them such as color, proximity, alignment, contrast, repetition.

IMG_1072

Link: http://www.spelplus.com/post_iphone-6-ad_297290/

Analysis

Color: The colors used in this ad are very simple. The limited use of color ads to the impact of the aspects that do use color. The purple flower on the phone makes the phone an obvious centerpiece of the image. The use of color also makes the use of whitespace more impactful. It helps to make the phone and the text stand out as much as possible. The contrast between the mostly black phone and text draws the eye to that.

color-ad-analysis

Proximity: The use of white space in this ad is vital. Centering the text and the phone makes them the clear focus and you know that that is the clear focus. The text is also very close to the phone and it is very clear that they are in reference to one anther.  

proximity

Alignment: The phone and the text are both center aligned with white space on either side. This helps the eye stay drawn to the images and helps it naturally shift from the text describing it to the image of the phone without any other distractions. This also helps the eye to be able to not be distracted with things outside the image with the use of white space.

alignment.jpg

Contrast: The contrast between the simplicity of the text and the detail of the image on the phone helps the viewer to not be distracted by what they are saying about the product and rather focus on the product itself. It also helps the viewer to be able to see that the focus is the product and that it speaks for itself.

contrast

Repetition: I think the repetition of whitespace gives this ad the biggest impact. With limited text and only one image the white space seems to scream the loudest to me. It shows the simplicity and luxury of the product being advertised.

repetition

Conclusion

This ad, though appearing simple, contains many advanced aspects of design. With the use of whitespace and simple text and images the viewer knows exactly what they are looking at and the point of the ad gets across very quickly.