My Top 3 Beauty Products from Causebox for 2020

In the name of self-care I feel like I’ve really been using more beauty products than ever. Sure, I skip on the makeup most days… but I’m all about my face wash, moisturizing lotions and serums lately. With that being said, I found that three of my absolute favorite items I’ve been using all came from Causebox this year.

You can find my original reviews here: Winter 2020 Causebox Review, Spring 2020 Causebox Review, Summer 2020 Causebox Review, and Fall 2020 Causebox Review.

Favorite Self-Care Beauty Item #1: the PMD Clean

When I received this in my Summer 2020 Causebox, I said “in real life I’d never pay $100 for a vibrating face brush thingie,” which is still absolutely true. However, now that I actually HAVE a vibrating face thingie, or more specifically the PMD Clean which retails for $99, I see what all the hype is about. They claim that the PMD Clean firms, tones and lifts by breaking down dirt and oil within your pores at 7,000 vibrations a minute. For me, all I can say is that it makes my skin super soft and my complexion looks much healthier and glowy when I use it.

Which brings us to HOW I use it. When I first got it, I was using it multiple days a week… but now I pretty much stick to once a week for an evening treat. First, I foam up my face with my face wash (my favorite is Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser). After applying it with my hands, I switch on the PMD Clean, and use it to massage the cleanser into my face. I rub it over my cheeks, forehead, chin and use the sides to get in next to my nose. It foams up the cleanser a bit and also feels really nice. I was also using this tool to apply my face serum, but then I switched face serums and prefer to apply it with my hands.

Favorite Self-Care Beauty Item #2: Way of Will Brightening Face Serum

Source: WayoftheWill.com

I had thought I had a face serum I loved… and then I ran out and tried this one. And HOLY HELL where has this been all my life?! According to their claims, this brightening face serum fights free radicals, hydrates skin, and is made with Vitamin A and C. It retails for $37.40.

After doing a little googling, I found that you should use a serum in the morning AND in the night on a freshly cleaned face and then follow it with moisturizer to lock in all the good serum stuff. I use the dropper and put about 4 drops in one palm, then rub them together to warm the serum. I apply it all over my face and then smooth the rest on my neck and collarbone area. There is something about the scent of this one (it’s very earthy and a little like citrus) that I really like, but mostly, I love that it makes my skin literally the smoothest and softest it has ever been. During the day, I top the serum with my daily moisturizer (Philosophy Purity Made Simple Moisturizer). At night, I go with the next item on my favorites list…

Favorite Self-Care Beauty Item #2: Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

When I received this cream in my Winter 2020 Causebox, I was not really super excited about it. But this one has really been a sleeper hit for me. I still feel like I’ve barely made a dent in the jar, so this one will be lasting me for quite a while. When the weather is cooler (aka not in the middle of the sweltering summer), I use this as my night cream. I’ve been layering it over the Way of Will serum at night and waking up with super soft skin. Love this stuff and I plan to continue using it all winter long!

Here’s all my favorites in clickable form:

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A Month of Outfits: October 2020

While I’m still working on that whole ‘life is crazy and my head might explode thing’ from last week and um… this week too, let’s distract ourselves with outfits and elevator selfies!

I started back at the office in October after having been teleworking at home since March and to be honest, one of my favorite things about the whole going INTO the office thing is that I have an excuse to dress nice.

I also have an excuse to hit the Starbucks drive-thru on the way up the road… as you can tell by my prop of choice in each photo.

Here are the first three outfits of the month. I pretty much stuck to my typical combo of blouse + skirt + cardigan, or dress + cardigan.

All three of these outfits were basically because I wanted to wear something new to me that I had bought secondhand: the yellow beaded cardigan, the pleated leopard print skirt, and the floral dress. The cardigan is a thrifted Anthropologie find ($6), and I bought both the vintage skirt ($20) and floral dress ($12) off Poshmark.

One of these things is not like the others… Okay, so I kept with my blouse + skirt + cardigan combo for the first two and then the last look was basically me in a bad mood and wearing whatever felt comfortable and looked professional-ish.

That spotted skirt in the middle is a recent secondhand find for $10 off Poshmark — it had a weirdly tight inner layer, but I just chopped it off with some scissors and it’s much more comfortable now. Everything else was from my closet, which means all these items survived the massive purging that has been going on in my house.

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October Thrift Haul

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

One of the things that I love about thrifting, is that I often find fancy brands that I previously knew nothing about. There’s just something in the feel of the material, or the design of the item that forces me to grab my phone and start googling… and often I’m SHOCKED at what people are donating to thrift stores.

And that brings us to one of the items I thrifted in October… a Beryll cashmere poncho.

I was going through the sweaters rack, as I typically do because I love an oversized v-neck sweater, or a fancy embellished cardigan. As I was swishing through each hanger… I saw something black balled up and thrown on the top of the rack. So, I rescued it and was planning to hang it back on for some good thrift karma.

But then… when I felt it, I investigated the tag and found one I’d never seen before: Beryll. It felt super soft, so I figured I’d do a quick little google search.

And I found the exact item that I was holding in my hands.

Source: Beryll.com

That’s right. This crumpled up item that I found in my local thrift store was a 100% cashmere Beryll poncho. And if that’s not insane enough, it is STILL available on their website. For $550.

But here’s the kicker. Mine had a yellow thrift tag on it for $4.99… AND IT WAS HALF OFF YELLOW TAGS DAY!

This is the part where I almost started hyperventilating. Because I bought this $550 poncho for $2.50. That is literally less than I spend on my typical Starbucks order!

I’m thinking that this will be the perfect ‘wearable blanket’ for this winter when the weather gets chilly. I can throw it on while working from home (or working at the office, because it’s awfully nice) to keep me perfectly warm. Would I have paid $550 for it? Um… heck no. But at $2.50 I will feel extra fancy as I type away at my laptop.

I do realize I should just go ahead and end the blog post here, because there is no topping that score. However, I did also purchase two items from the home goods section of the thrift store on that same visit.

Woven basket, $5.99

I really liked this woven basket and it was in perfect condition with no broken pieces or splinters. It also has dividers inside, so it’s great for wine bottles or other stuff that you may want to display in it.

For now, I’ve added it to my front porch and filled it with some gourds. In the spring, I’m imagining adding a couple glass vases filled with wildflowers.

Autumn Harvest Vintage Pyrex, $3.99

I always breeze through the home goods section when I’m out and about, on the lookout for vintage Pyrex. This cute little bowl is the Autumn Harvest pattern, which was made from 1979 – 1986. It is in perfect condition with no chips or scratches in the paint or lid and at $3.99 it was an absolute steal. Here it is added into my china cabinet with my other Pyrex goodies:

So while I only had one opportunity to stop at a thrift store early in the month and I only picked up three items… I’m pretty darn happy with my October Thrift scores!

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