Lots of random bits to today’s post! I’ll start with some dinner dishes from this past week. I made one of my favourite pasta dishes recently – the Barefoot Contessa’s Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. My version substituted Zucchini pasta for linguine:
Hubby’s serving followed the recipe exactly (except I used dried parsley instead of fresh). Both the dishes turned out really yummy – although hubby’s one was more filling and satisfying. Still, I’m happy with my compromise – I’d say that my dish had 75% of the taste, with 0% of the guilt!
We also had Chicken curry with Daal (red lentil soup) one night. It’s a very comforting combination – especially on a cold day. I had mine with some brown rice and a lot of salad.
Now for a quick skin update – I went to see the dermatologist today, and he prescribed a combination of oral and topical antibiotics for my skin: Minocycline and Clindamycin Phosphate. He also told me not to use any moisturiser…(this will be a hard habit for me to break – especially during fall/winter! I may have to look into oil-free moisturisers if my skin gets too dry and flaky.) To be honest – I’d have preferred a natural/non-medicated approach to cleaning up my acne – but I’m willing to give this antibiotic approach a try. Part of me wonders if this is worth it – my acne is mild/moderate and not really noticeable when covered with mineral make-up…I hope I don’t make the problem worse! I have another appointment in 2 months to evaluate my progress.
Now back to the fun stuff – make up! NYC Blushable Creme Sticks have been popular with beauty bloggers/youtubers for quite a while now – and I can see why! I picked up Plaza Pink for myself and Mauvin Uptown for my mom….and after trying my creme stick on today – I’m in LOVE!
|L-R: NYC Blushable Creme Stick in Plaza Pink and Mauvin Uptown, ELF All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade, Covergirl Ageless Blush in Lush Berry|
I adore cream blushes because they provide a more radiant and glowing finish than powder blushes. In the picture above I’ve shown the 3 brands I’ve tried: NYC, ELF and Covergirl. Don’t waste your money on the ELF one – it has too much shimmer and hardly any pigment. I really like the formulation of the Covergirl one – and highly recommend it. The NYC is a bargain at $3.99 – and the packaging is lighter and easier to use than the CG one. I use a MAC 129 brush to apply cream blush as it provides a diffused and airbrushed application. Unfortunately, my 129 sheds a LOT – but it’s easy to clean up stray brush hairs from the NYC stick since the surface area is so small.
|L-R: Blushable Crem Stick in Plaza Pink, ELF All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade, Covergirl Ageless Blush in Lush Berry|
Here are concentrated swatches of the cream blushes. They look much better when blended out (except for the ELF one!). On my NC35 skin, the Plaza Pink blends out to a non-shimmery peach shade. I’ve had it on for 6 hours – and the colour is still going strong….I have to stop myself from gazing at my cheeks in the mirror – this is seriously my best make up purchase in a LONG while….you have to try it!
Have you ever taken antibiotics for acne? Do you like cream blushes?