Not too terrible much to report here lately; still embroidering the Halloween blanket. I was sure I wasn’t going to do “too much” but now it looks like I’m going to embroider every other square or so. I’d probably be done by now except I keep playing stupid Dragons of Atlantis like a nerd. I’ll show pictures soon; hopefully I can start quilting next week.
In other news, I was farting around the internet today and came across something called OCM: Oil Cleansing method. I’ve heard about it before but
fuck that shit I preferred other methods of washing my face. I’ve spent tons of money on cleansers, pore strips, pore minimizers, moisturizers, do-dads, spa treatments, voodoo, etc and nothing has really worked. So, after looking around a bit (here and here) I decided to run up to Mother Nature’s Market and buy a bunch of goodies.
So…I guess I’ll start this tonight because my life is so exciting. From L-R: jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, jasmine essential oil, lemon & eucalyptus oil and castor oil. About $40 for all of that. I choked a little bit at the price, but I’ve also purchased $70 pore minimizing lotion and tons of stupid spa crap that I don’t think really worked for me. Not to say that it doesn’t work. Just not on me. I’ll update this periodically because I’m curious to see if I can give up the Biore routine to which I am so addicted. I’m not going to link the videos here because they’re gross, but it seems like there are quite a few Asians with Biore pore strip addictions (not just me). I also saw a fantastic video of how to make the strips more effective by allowing a mixture of 1 tsp baking soda diluted in 1 c water to soak into your skin for about 10 minutes prior to pore stripping. Honestly, I am probably going to do that tonight, too.
***Update*** The baking soda/water thing didn’t really do anything for me. I am officially Biore pore strip free as of 9:19 PM EST.
***Update*** Did a 1:1 ratio of castor oil and grapeseed oil with two drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil. Massaged for about an hour while I played DoA (nerdy AND vain). Didn’t have the same result as other posts I’ve read: I didn’t feel any crud actually come out of my skin. This is probably because I scrubbed my face in the shower earlier in the evening because I’m stupid and scatterbrained. My face felt tight after I washed the oil off but I’m going to attribute that to having washed my face a bajillion times and pore stripping. It went away after a bit and my face felt like I had scrubbed my face really good. Was that the antiseptic quality of the castor oil? I saved my left over oil in the fridge and will let it come to room temp before using it again. I only used 1 tsp of each and had some left over; maybe I used to little? Whatever. I’m not going to tweak just yet other than add maybe one more drop of essential oil to the 2 tsp mix. I solemnly swear that I will continue this mixture for at least 4 full days before tweaking the ratio or switching to jojoba oil. On the plus side, I am absolutely not greasy or cruddy today. I wiped my face with a warm washcloth this morning just because it’s weird if I don’t do that. So far: pleased with the results.