my skin care essentials

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I’ve spent basically my entire teenage years and 20s facing skin problems. I’ve battled acne for as long as I can remember and always felt like I was trying everything. I still suffer a breakout here and there and trust me, I’ve learned that blackheads for the most part are never not going to be a part of my life but I also have finally reached a place where I’ve got my skin in a good place. I’ve always tried out lots of products for this blog and I sure do pepper in testing out new ones here and there but overall have learned the value in sticking with what works.

At long last I discovered a great dermatologist who was able to concoct a great potion for me. It’s detailed below but of course with several of these items being prescription only it’s best to consult your own doctor. I will say though that practices that made major improvements for me were as follows:

1. A Clarisonic Aria. I use mine with a deep pore brush head and swap it out every 3 months. It does wonders for removing makeup and removing rough patches of dry skin.

2. Persistence. I have to apply my topicals like its a religion. The two I use at night leave me looking like I have a bad tan but all in the name of beauty, right? I just wash it all off in the morning (file under secret single behavior?) But when it comes to skin practice makes near perfection.

3. Don’t over exfoliate. I know it feels great but your skin doesn’t need it daily (nobody’s skin does many a dermatologist told me when I was working with Clarisonic).

4. Facials ever 2-3 months. I’ve been a huge fan of Mario Badescu since I began going and try to go every 3 months for their $60, 1 hour+ facials. The technicians are so knowledgeable and give great wellness advice while you’re getting treated.

So here goes…a peek inside my (albeit a bit ridiculous) routine.

Daily:

  • Clarisonic Aria: I use mine only at night to wash my face and remove makeup. It’s fine to use twice daily but do what works best for you. I find if I use it more than once it aggravates my oily skin so I stick to nightly.
  • Sumadan Kit (Rx Only): This kit is a godsend. It is two hideous large bottles with equally gross looking cleansers inside but I combine the two in my hand and it has done so much for my skin. Never again will I be spending lots of money on over the counter or fancy department store cleansers.
  • Rodin Luxury Face Oil: I’ve written about it here and here before but this stuff is as good as gold. Featuring eleven essential oils, including calming aromatic Jasmine, softening Sweet Almond and anti-aging Argan this is the biggest splurge I make in my skincare routine. Just a few drops go a long way and I only go through about 1.5-2 bottles a year. Best part? It literally melts into your skin and doesn’t leave any residue after its been absorbed. I’ve also been swapping in Lancome’s Dreamtone and have loved it thus far.
  • Epiduo (Rx Only): Applied nightly in combination with Aczone.
  • Aczone (Rx Only): When mixed with Epiduo you get the tan mom effect as mentioned above and the two can stain so when I travel I just bring Aczone along to avoid any mishaps or stained sheets.
  • Clarins Total Eye Concentrate: This bad boy lifts, de-puffs and replenishes. It has aided in keeping my dark circles at bay (for the most part). For the morning I swear by this product. It instantly de-puffs my eyes in the a.m. (not to mention works wonders after you’ve had a good cry).

Weekly:

And there you have it! If you have any product related questions feel free to leave a Comment below or tweet at me @meghandono!

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outfit // satisfied

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Today’s look is another black, white and red look (a bit different than last week’s) and ever since buying them I’ve been wearing these Joie heels everywhere (here, here).

I had such a satisfying weekend. I hadn’t been in New York for a weekend in nearly 5 weeks so it was the perfect opportunity to see friends and catch up on things. I fit in seeing my friends’ new downtown Brooklyn apartment (taco night!), some shopping (I bought this), a mani/pedi, dinner in the neighborhood, a coffee date, a Flywheel class and brunch with my brother. I’m starting this week happy to know I have Friday off and determined to make this an efficient week to enjoy the long weekend ahead. Frankly of late I’ve been feeling restless and somewhat frustrated by life in New York City so I’m hoping to use Labor Day weekend as a source for rest and inspiration to find that dose of love for this wild city that I know I’ve had before!

I hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful Monday…

Outfit: LOFT eyelet top (on super sale!), Club Monaco skirt (last seen here), Levi’s jacket (on sale!), Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote, Joie Remy heels (similar here), BaubleBar necklace (sold out but I love this one) + BaubleBar x Stripes & Sequins ring, Karen Walker Anywhere sunglasses

[Bekka Palmer Photography]

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w&w weekly roundup

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We made it! This week was a doozy. Long and stressful days, not enough sleep…you know how it goes. I’ll be spending the weekend catching up with friends and my life to do list and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Enjoy this week’s roundup…

  • I saw an ad this week for Kate Hudson endorsing a new line of athletic wear called Fabletics and loved what I was seeing! Anyone bought anything?
  • I read about this site in Lucky Magazine the other week and just love it.
  • This video made me want to slather on the SPF.
  • I loved looks from Mara, Sam and Julia this week.
  • Extra, extra! Shopbop is having a huge shoe sale! (Including my favorite boots).
  • Hallie wrote a post that I just loved and found so inspiring.
  • Alicia visited one of my favorite brands, Everlane.
  • I have such a case of wanderlust
  • I’m feeling the need for more workout clothes and am loving these

In case you missed it…

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