Two Weeks Without Facial Soap PT.1

A couple of weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with my mother and Nana. They both have pretty fantastic skin, and my face looks like garbage at the best of times. They told me that they don't use soap on their faces, ever. I was using it every day. I immediately vowed to not use it for two weeks, just to see what would happen.

I haven't used soap on my face since. I've just used a sponge or washcloth to wipe my face with warm water. It's been a roller coaster.

I kind of picked a horrible time to start this little experiment. I was PMSing in the beginning, and on my period at one point. My hormones are a little all over the place right now. I didn't think I'd get through the entire two weeks, because my face was horribly broken out, and I was panicking. However, it's miraculously cleared up quite a bit in the last few days. Not entirely, but enough.

I took a few notes throughout the process (and I've literally just cut and pasted them here): 

- Two days in: not bad, face is a little bit oilier, sponge is better than cloth, using less face oil
- June 14 & 15: face breaking out really bad, but from PMS maybe
- June 17: period, oh
- June 21: the PMS breakouts have gone down, my skin currently feels the same as when I use soap
- June 22: I experimented with no oil, dumb idea
- June 26: a few possibly hormonal breakouts but it's all good, the washcloth is actually better now

At this point, I think it's only fair that I continue the experiment for another couple of weeks. I'm actually starting to see the benefits, but I want a fair idea of how my skin takes no soap. If this actually works, I will be one happy, free woman. Wish me luck.

Would you ever stop using soap on your face?

Always Coveting: The Vampire's Wife

I know I always end the week with a bit of inspiration, but I thought I'd start this one the same way. I'm just so in love with The Vampire's Wife. Susie Cave is such a lovely woman, and she makes the most beautiful dresses. I want them all. Maybe one day...

*I do not own the images in this post.

Photo an Hour - June 21, 2017

11 AM
I made garland awhile back. I can't remember if I ever shared a photo of it.

12 PM
Freshly mowed grass is wonderful.

1 PM
I bought a Christmas ornament yesterday. It's June. I have a problem.

2 PM
Garbage mirror selfie of the year.

3 PM
Another antique find, gifted to me. It's German, and it's related to a gift someone's getting. They won't see this, but I shouldn't say more.

4 PM

5 PM
It's Summer Solstice time. Here's some jasmine.

6 PM
It's been one of those days. This was my work space.

7 PM
I finally got around to pouring out old bud vase water.

I haven't done one of these posts in awhile (over a year actually), and I don't even know why. This was so much fun! I honestly think this round is the best that I've done yet. I'll have to do this again soon, preferably before another year passes.

Pussy Bow Sans Blouse

I posted my take on the robe trend last week, so here's a little thing with the robe belt. It's basically a pussy bow without the blouse, hence the title. It's just a quick look that I shot over the weekend. Everything is so quick right now. I've got to run off for an important family thing this morning, and I wasn't prepared enough to think about writing more. 

Why am I even writing this now? What am I doing?

Have a great Tuesday!

A Work in Progress

Before this illustration, I hadn't drawn in too long. Months, probably. I felt uninspired and discouraged, but a lot can change in a matter of months, and I suddenly felt like drawing again. New tastes, new inspiration, and a new direction in life will do that.

So here's a little incomplete doodle. It was refreshing. I spent a few days working on this, on and off. Hopefully I'll get around to finishing it soon. It doesn't look the best now, but I think it'll get better.

Anyway, this weekend was long, but nice. I took photos, worked on this piece, and went antiquing with my mother and grandmother. I indulged and reset, and I'm ready for a new week. I hope you are too. What did you do over the weekend?

Trying the Robe Trend

I've been seeing the robe trend floating around my various feeds lately, so naturally, I had to jump on board in my own way. These trousers unintentionally added to the pajama look. I was honestly skeptical, but I think this works. Why not?

Would you try this trend? 

I Cut My Own Hair Off


I wanted my hair cut a couple of weeks ago, and when my initial plans fell through, as understandable as the reason was, I acted impulsively. I picked up my garbage, six year old scissors, walked into my bathroom, and chopped my own hair off. 

I regret nothing. I'm so in love with it.

I know people say you should never cut your own hair, but it's just hair. It grows back. I'm so glad I did this.

This Sponge Is My New Go-to

My skin has been horrible lately. I've been breaking out the last few months more than I have in the last few years. Of course, I've been trying to keep my face routine to natural and gentle products as much as possible, so I wasn't sure where to go with mixing things up. 

Enter the Dew Puff sponge. You guys. I'm in love.

The Dew Puff sponge is a pure konjac plant fiber sponge meant for gentle, daily skin care. I can vouch for both of those things. I've been using it daily for two weeks now, and it's been wonderful for my skin. I feel like my face is thoroughly cleansed, but it's not as harsh as a wash cloth may be. If you've got sensitive skin like me, that's a pretty big deal.

I've used the sponge both with and without a small dab of face cleanser, though all you really need to do is add water to the sponge, and the results both ways are enough to convince me that this is a sponge for me.

The Dew Puff is completely natural and biodegradable, so it fits in with my other products seamlessly. It's pH balanced, absorbs impurities, and promotes circulation.

The dark gray sponge above is the bamboo charcoal sponge. Most of us know by now that charcoal is great for removing toxins and other nasty things from our bodies. This sponge is great for blemished skin, which I've definitely got. I actually can tell a difference in my breakouts, and they're not near as extreme now. I'm currently PMSing, so my hormones always make my face break out like crazy right now. I can honestly say that my face isn't as bad as it usually would be this time of month. 

The white sponge above is the original version. It's safe for any skin type, even sensitive, and it offers the purest clean. You can't really go wrong with the original.

These sponges are only $8 apiece, and they last for up to three months. When the sponge can no longer be used on your face, it can be re-purposed as a sponge for household use. Why not? Personally, I think that's a bargain, and you can bet that I'll be using the sponges from here on out.

*I have not been paid to write any of this.

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