Recommendations Wanted: New Face Wash

It's that time again. I am in need of a new face wash. I'm the kind of person that usually uses one face wash at a time (assuming I don't hate it immediately). As such, depending on bottle size, I'm often using the same brand for months at a time, sometimes longer if I really like it.

I've been using The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil line for almost 3 years now, and it's definitely a contender for another purchase, but like a stagnant relationship, I've been finding myself underwhelmed with it recently, and longing to play the field again. In the past, I've used pretty much everything Neutrogena has ever made (decent, but sometimes very drying), La Roche-Posay Dermo Cleanser (decent, but didn't always remove makeup well), Cetaphil (love it otherwise, but same issue with the make up), and Mario Badescu Cucumber cleanser (took off makeup really well, but left my skin feeling kind of oily).

I've since started using a Clarisonic (can I get a hallelujah?!), which has made a huge difference with the makeup issue and otherwise, but perhaps not enough to thrill me. I've just moved to somewhere that is about to get VERY dry and cold, and I think it's time to find something that helps my crazy combination-type skin, adapt properly.I've heard good things about Murad and Philosophy, and am always open to more natural and/or cruelty-free options.

What face wash do you use? Recommend your favorites!



A couple weeks ago, just as it had started to cool down, N and some friends and I went to this hot air balloon festival nearby.
We were particularly amused by the kid hanging off the shoelace of the shoe.
Can someone tell me what on earth this thing is??? We were guessing some kind of bug, but if you look too long and hard it's...really fucking creepy. And what is that yellow thing protruding from its face?!? Why is it only on one side? Why does it have one gold tooth? Whose idea was it to include this balloon in an event where there would be small children and easily-freaked-out adults?! So many questions.
We were just beginning griping about how it had been a little disappointing (because none of the balloons were rising, and all the lines for short 2-minute rides and any of the food were insane), and then they started lighting the balloons up in this brilliant display!

Made the whole excursion seem cooler and better! And one day I will have saved up the money to ride in one...


1.5 Weeks IN

Have I mentioned yet how much I am loving my new job? My main task is tracking and hopefully preventing outbreaks of several diseases. I will be the first to admit that I have no flippin idea what I'm doing half the time yet, other than maybe gaining an insane amount of respect for the other people in my office and the previous person in my position. I remember dreading the full-time workforce, because I can get easily bored if a job doesn't have enough task variety, but this one had me hooked from the job description, and boy has it lived up to its promise. For every thing I cross of my to-do list, I feel like I'm adding two for tomorrow (which might be less exciting if it continues....forever), but in nearly two weeks, I've still yet to look at the clock once and will it to go faster. I'm taking that as a good sign.

Next task to tackle is how to get that productivity going outside the workplace, because I started watching The West Wing for the first time a couple weeks ago, and I literally want to do nothing else when I get home.


Working Girl

Guess who starts her first big-girl job on Monday?!
I've been waiting to announce it for a while, but have been biding my time meanwhile trying to figure out the perfect first day outfit (because, priorities), creating all sorts of contingency plans for anything that could possibly go wrong, and not thinking about how I no longer get any breaks unless I plan them. Also, somehow I've made it this long without owning an iron, which I'm thinking probably needs to be rectified. But do I get an iron or one of those fancy steamers? (#firstworldproblems)
I really enjoy these and already have a khaki skirt, but there's the constant nagging worry that I'll look like a schlump because of my figure and height. Also, sorry, random girl, for putting your picture on my blog. As I've never had the need for them previously, I have a distinct lack of "work staples" in my closet, but I'm trying to focus on just first day for now, because I'm not too sure on what the work culture is like re:clothes, and will probably have to adjust accordingly.
I don't know when I got so modest, but I have been in the market for some really good below-the-knee, slightly-flared/A-line skirts for months! They are a little problematic to wear in the winter, which is a bit of a downside (unless anyone has tips for that), but otherwise, I would be all up on this outfit. It looks so comfy!
And finally, I guess I have to get some pants and probably some blazers. I love this color, and love the cropped pants trend, but am not excited about trying to find things that I don't have to have tailored.

What are your work staples? Where do I find them where my poor, broke ass doesn't have to shell out an arm and a leg? Help, I want to dress like Blair Waldorf!
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