FIFTH AND ADAMS

Fifth and Adams was created by Holly to showcase her love of all things beauty, food and fashion with a sprinkle of lifestyle elements thrown in.

Morning & Evening Skincare Routine

My skincare routine is an ever-changing system. The more I learn about my skin and its weird quirks the better I am able to treat it, plus I am the guinea pig that loves always trying new things (this may not be the best for your skin...or mine).

My skin is sensative, combonation / oily and acne prone. After years of using harsh skincare I have learned (for my skin) that less is more. Less harsh and less products seem to keep my skin calm, with less redness and less breakouts.

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In the morning my skincare is very basic, I don't even wash my face most mornings, many of you may be disgusted by this, but I find I don't need to cleanse after doing a deep cleanse at night. Instead of washing my face I have been using the L'oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (sadly I picked this up in the UK and I don't know if it is coming out here. For something similar try Bioderma or Sephora's Version), which is like a very mild mild mild toner. It helps remove any excess makeup as well as gently remove any excess oil and impurities.

I simply follow up with my new favorite moisturizer, Mary Kay Timewise Moisturizer and with a hydrating eye cream, like the Bobbi Brown one.

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In the evening my routine is a little more complex, some times I will pair it down if I am feeling lazy or too tired (let's admit that some nights you just can't be bothered).

Starting on a dry face (full of makeup), I apply Lush Ultrabland balm cleanser (I love balm cleansers) which helps gently breakdown your makeup as well as cleanse your face. Typically I remove the cleanser with a warm damp wash cloth or, occasionally, I will use a makeup wipe (if I am feeling particularly lazy). Some nights I just stop here, cleansing wise, especially if my skin is feeling particularly sensative, then move onto serum and moisturizers.

If I am feeling the need for a deep cleanse, I will follow up with the Mary Kay Timewise 3 in 1 Cleanser (I have been loving the Mary Kay line, because it is both fragrance and oil free (the bad kind) and is very mild). It has a few (empasis on few) little exfoliating beads to help keep you smooth in between exfoliating (more on that in another post).  

While you sleep your skin does a lot of it's repairing, I like to use this time to use a serum that will help my skin look better and more radiant during the day. My go to serum of late has been the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, it is a lightweight oil (the good kind) serum. Since using it I have noticed my skin is less red and more glowy in the morning. I know the price tag is expensive at $46 for 1 fl oz, but you only need about 4-5 drops for your entire face, I am pretty sure this bottle is going to last me for an entire year.

Even with oily skin, I find that my skin looks better and produces less oil when using both an oil based serum and a heavier moisturizer in the evening (no necessarily together, but together is how I have been doing it. especially in the winter). The moisturizer I have been reaching for is Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, it sinks in the skin quickly leaving it moisturized and soft. 

Of course I also use my Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream again, because nobody wants wrinkles.

Then I finish up my skincare routine with not really a skincare item, but I decided to throw it in the mix. For the last 2 years, I have been using Rapid Lash on and off, when I am consistent I definitely notice a difference. My lashes are a little bit longer, but mostly they are thicker and more lush. It is worth every penny of its $30 something price tag. I have never tried any of the high end, doctor required, eyelash serums, I took a chance on this one and it has definitely paid off. So far I have finished 3 tubes of this, and I will forever buy it and use it. 

There are more things to my skincare routine that I did not discuss, such as face masks and exfoliators, because I do not use them on a daily basis. In the next few days I will have another post including all my skin care extras that I like to use to pamper myself.

What are some of your favorite skin care products?

High Five for Friday

Another week gone, I cannot believe how fast this year is going (yes I know we are barely out of January, but it still seems to be flying by). This week has been relatively uneventful. The boyfriend and I have come down with colds, but that hasn't stopped us from enjoying some fun. 

As always I am linking up with the lovely Lauren Elizabeth to treat you to some of my favorite things this week.

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1. This weekend was different from my typical, I spent it having a brunch / housewarming / girls afternoon and it was fantastic. We all brought different dishes, I brought a delicious and easy Orange Cream Cheese Sticky Bun cake. The most amazing dish had to be this cheesy chorizo dip that I have to get the recipe of, I could eat it buy the gallon. 

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2. At some point this past weekend, we stopped for some late night snack and junk food at the best place in NJ to ward off a hangover. White Mana is a NJ institution and they make some of the best late night burgers ever. There is actually 2 White Mana/Manna's in NJ, both owned by different people, both claiming to be the original. I have yet to try the other White Manna, but definitely if you are around you should try it out.

3. There was a Goose Island takeover at my favorite craft beer bar this week and my boyfriend and I made a point to stop buy. They had both my favorite, Sofie and his favorite, the Bourbon County Stout on tap. We haven't been to our favorite craft beer bar much since we moved away, but it was great to have a chance to go back.

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4. I got the prettiest new nail polish this week. It is always a treat to get a pretty new color. This picture honestly does not do L'oreal's Sexy in Sequins justice. It is one of those textured polishes that has a sandpaper look to it when it is dry, but it is honestly one of the most sparkly eggplant / gold polishes I have ever seen. If you are in the drugstore anytime soon, you have to check it out.

5. With both of us being sick, we have spent a lot of time on the couch streaming movies and TV shows. Lately we have been marathoning, Veronica Mars. I completely forgot how amazing that show is, and I even got my boyfriend addicted. With the trailer for the movie floating about, I am even more excited to go and see it when it comes out.

What were some of your favorite things that happened this week?

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish Review

When I am walking around the drugstore I always make a point and check the new releases. I noticed these new Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polishes and I was immediately intrigued. I have seen scented nail polishes in the past but I have never given them much thought. There has been a small buzz about these around the beauty community, so I thought I would give them a try. 

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The two shades I picked up are a lovely dark eggplant purple with a slight micro shimmer called Wild Violets and a shimmery mint with blue glitter called Wintermint (I swear it is a dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Mermaid's Dream, but since I don't own it I cannot do a side by side comparison). 

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The formula is really nice (not too thin not too thick) and goes on opaque in 2 coats. The polish lasted well with few chips, considering I type all day everyday. The lasting power of nail polish is greatly extended when you use a good base and top coat. During my test period I did not use a top coat because I wanted to see the finish without, as well as experience the full scent of these scented polishes.

The polish dried with a nice shiny finish, not quite as shiny as when I use top coat, but definitely an acceptable amount of shine for when you are in a rush and don't want to bother with the final step. 

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You can stop holding your breath because now we are going to talk scent. While applying the nail polish, it smelled like, well...nail polish. The same toxic scent that all nail polishes have.

As the nail polish dried and the toxic scent dissipated I noticed the true scent. It is quite strong in the beginning, but also fades after about 5 minutes like the toxic smell. You can still smell the scent a few days later, but you have to be really close to smell it.  I don't know if using a top coat with affect the smell of the polish because I didn't use any (mostly because I couldn't find my topcoat anywhere). 

The Wild Violets smelled very floral but kind of chemically floral (obviously considering the name), I am not a huge floral scented fan but it was nice. My favorite of the two was Wintermint, I loved the sweet minty scent, it was a nice scent to smell after the toxicity of painting your nails. 

Scent aside this is a good nail polish, the opaque formula, the average lasting power (I want to test this out more, properly, with a top coat). The scent is a nice gimmick, but let's be real, I won't be buying any of these just for the scent. I would recommend that if you have been eyeing Deborah Lippman's Mermaid's dream and don't feel like shelling out $19 (WOW) then I would definitely pickup Wintermint.

Have you tried any of the Revlon Parfumerie nail polishes? What is your take?