Odds & Ends

Good morning!  How are you today?  All is well over here, as my existential dread typically doesn’t set in until 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon when my focus and productivity start to wane.

Today I’m sharing information about a few products that didn’t quite merit a post on their own, but that I thought you might find useful (or not so useful, in one case) nonetheless.  Two relate to skincare and one is a delicious yet low-calorie Starbucks ‘hack,’ as the cool kids say.  Have a great weekend!

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

neutrogena light therapy acne mask

The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is a treatment that uses blue and red light to decrease acne-causing bacteria and reduce breakouts, according to Neutrogena’s literature.  I bought one after all my travel between Florida and Ohio because it seemed that spending time in two different climates each week – three, if you count dry airplanes – had my skin a little confused.  I thought the mask would be the perfect fix, since it’s meant to be used with your existing skincare regimen and didn’t involve any potentially pore-clogging creams.

As it turned out, my skin had begun to clear up once I returned to Florida to stay, and I should have just left it alone.  Ten days of using the mask erased that progress and actually made things a bit worse (I didn’t make any changes to my routine during that time, but of course other factors could be at play).  I probably won’t finish out the thirty treatments, but I read some reviews and it looks like a good percentage of Ulta customers had a positive experience – of the 40-ish people who purchased the mask, five or six had an experience similar to mine and the rest had great things to say.  So I guess I’m just lucky!

The mask and accompanying activator wand, which holds 30 daily treatments, can be purchased together for $35.  After finishing those, you can purchase a new activator with another 30 for $15.

Hand Lotion with Sunscreen

eucerin moisturizer with sunscreen

The women’s magazines I read have successfully persuaded me to better protect my skin from the sun, especially now that I won’t be spending six months of the year in a gray, dead tundra.  My favorite foundation already contains SPF 15, but our hands and forearms also get a ton of sun exposure just from everyday activities.  So I was glad to find this hand and body lotion, which moisturizes effectively and doesn’t smell too strongly of sunscreen, at Target recently.  I set it on my countertop near the dish that holds our mail and keys and try to apply some each time I head out the door.

Starbucks Holiday Spice Flat White Hack

holiday spice flat white

Does anyone else switch their Starbucks order to the Holiday Spice Flat White when the red cups come out?  I love that it tastes like Christmas without all the syrupy stuff that goes into some of their other espresso drinks.  The ingredients are milk, espresso, and a ‘Holiday Spice Blend’ of cane sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove – so good.  Yesterday I asked the barista at my local store if she could still make me one, and while corporate doesn’t supply the Holiday Spice Blend at this time of year, she got pretty close by steaming the milk with Cinnamon Dolce spice (the topping, not the syrup).  I’d recommend giving it a shot – pun intended. 🙂

I’m linking up with Katie and Andrea today.

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