What is the best/most effective acne spot treatment? I have been using Natures Cure for years but it is really hard to find now and not as effective as I would like for it to be. Thanks so much and I LOVE your blog!!
Finding the right spot treatment depends on the kind of acne you have. I would visit a dermatologist for some suggestions. If you have cystic acne, they may prescribe something with sulfur, like Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17). But a word of warning, some people have an allergy to sulfur, so if you experience some itching or swelling, you may want to stop using it.
I prefer Ole Henriksen’s products because they have fewer chemicals in them (no parabens, no sulfates, etc.). I’ve used both his Roll On Blemish Attack with zinc and his Roll On Acne Clearing Solution with salicylic acid. And if you’re looking for a drugstore product, Terminator 10 by Acne Free works pretty well.
Prefer a chemical-free option? Tanda has a small device that clears acne using heat and vibration. It really helps bring deep blemishes to end more quickly. The device has 1,000 uses and costs $50.
My boyfriend and I are taking our first beach vacation to Mexico in a month and I need some guidance on some fun, flirty, beach attire. We’re both 26 so this isn’t going to be a raging party vacation; more intimate dinners and long walks on the beach. I love sundresses and wedges but have a hard time finding something beachy that’s in-between “this makes me look 12” and “this makes me look like I’m on college spring break”. I have a large bust so finding something that doesn’t partition the breasts is equally difficult. Do you have any fun suggestions??
Have you thought about maxi dresses instead of knee length ones? They can go from beach coverup to dinner out with ease, and if it turns a bit chilly, you’re covered. I like this watercolor print dress, this simple striped number and this racerback dress with a light cowl neck (probably not an ideal choice for a large chested woman, but lovely nonetheless).
If you prefer short dresses, you might try a simple t-shirt dress with flat sandals for daytime or a C&C California tank dress. If you would like a fun sundress with a breezy skirt this Suzi Chin dress is on sale and comes in three bright colors, and this Topshop dress comes in an interesting print.
In my opinion, the way to avoid looking like you’re younger than you are is by styling your dresses and outfits with good accessories. A sun hat, either a Hollywood starlet hat with a wide brim or a casual Fedora, would be a chic and useful addition. Some fun, inexpensive bangles in wood or metal or enamel. A good beach bag for day and a stylish clutch for evening. And don’t forget a cool pair of sunnies, either aviators or tortoise frames.
Your post on yesterday on buying your first pair of spring shoes got me thinking. I need to find a pair of comfortable yet stylish shoes for a vacation to Germany this summer that will involve a lot of walking. I want to be comfortable, but don’t want to stand out with bright white sneakers or anything. I also want to pack as light as possible. Any thoughts on a versatile option?
Your blog is a bright spot in the middle of my work day – thanks!
I’m going to ask for an assist from the readership, as I have never traveled internationally. However, when touristing domestically, I like Cole Haan’s Nike Air ballet flats. Their Maria Sharapova designed metallic flats are currently on sale at several retailers if you’re looking for something under-$100. I’ve found them to be a good walking shoe because they provide a lot of shock absorption via the rubber sole and Nike insoles without looking too athletic. They’re also a great commuting shoe.
Rockport also makes a good shoe for walking around. Their Faye flat is built like a light sneaker but looks like a ballet flat. I owned a pair of Rockport round toe pumps a few years ago, and I wish I had purchased 10 pair because they were so comfortable. Sadly, the styles that followed were not as lovely.
Beyond that, I’m sure other readers who travel more than I do can offer some helpful suggestions as well.