Saturday, November 16, 2013

Lessons I learned from selling our house for the first time

We are officially homeless.


Our townhouse was recently listed, and it is under contract of mutual agreement -- or whatever the technical term is -- but basically, if all things go well, our place now belongs to a lovely couple we'll never meet.

It took just under three weeks. Not bad for a slow season.

Our family looks forward to moving on. 


This blog post might be totally useless to you.

Who comes to a beauty and fashion blog for real estate advice? But hey, you never know. Maybe the lessons below can help you in some way -- now or perhaps down the road?

Lessons I learned from selling our house for the first time:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Portland for a Weekend (Fashion Blog Post. I think?)

Portland is smaller than Seattle.

But it's lovely still.

And like Seattle, it's very Pacific Northwest -- as in full of personality. People in Portland pride themselves on being quirky: they wear birds in their hair; they rip up stockings on purpose; they walk around in Star Wars costume in public; and they serve jalapenos in cosmos.

I mistook the jalapenos for strawberries. My tongue is still swollen.


Why did I visit Portland?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hump Day Food Porn


banana slices with all-natural peanut butter (Adam's brand) and honey.


Thai black rice with scallion and eggs.

Afternoon Snack

Dried mango slices and oats-craisins-coconut flake mix.


Baked salmon salad.


Trader Joe's Belgian chocolate pudding.

All clean eats.

Well, mostly.

All delicious too.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Alpha Hydroxy Acids and How They Benefit Your Skin (Skin Care Blog Post)

alpha hydroxy acids in skincare


What are alpha hydroxy acids?

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are acids found in the food you eat. In skin care, they improve appearance and heal damaged cells. You often find alpha hydroxy acids in moisturizers, peels and exfoliates. Just turn the bottle over and read the ingredients, you'll see familiar words like AHA, glycolic acid and such.

Common alpha hydroxy acids

There are five common types of alpha hydroxy acids: glycolic acid, citrus acid, lactic acid, malic acid and tartaric acid.

Glycolic Acid, one of the mildest of alpha hydroxy acids, comes from sugar cane. Citrus acid comes from citrus fruits like mangos and oranges; lactic acid comes from sour milk like yogurt; malic acid comes from apples; and tartaric acid comes from grapes.

All acids are natural, and are weak acids with small molecular makeup. In other words, they won't cause harm, but still penetrate into the top layer of your skin and act on the living cells there. (Anything OTC must contain a concentration of less than 10% anyway, per FDA regulation.)

Side note: there are also synthetic AHA's, so please read ingredients carefully when you purchase OTC products.

And how do Alpha Hydroxy Acids benefit your skin?

First of all, these acids are all-natural. They are much better than lab-created chemicals.

More so, though, is how these acids exfoliate. They are known to break down the "cement" that holds cells together -- dead cells included.

According to Journal of Biological Chemistry, when glycolic acid entered the keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin, it produced an acidic condition that caused a ph-imbalance in the cell, and activated an ion channel (TRPV3). The open channel then allowed an influx of calcium ions into the cell, overloading and killing it. This, then, stimulates new cells to grow.

Pretty cool, right?

Alpha Hydroxy Acids vs. Beta Hydroxy Acid

You've probably seen both contained in various skincare products. These ingredients sound similar, but are are very different, and have different purposes.

Beta Hydroxy Acid, or salicylic acid, is oil-soluble, and penetrates deep into pores. It's better for treating pimples, black heads and white heads.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids, on the other hand, are water-soluble, and are better for brightening, toning, and appearance-related problems.

Product Recommendation: Botanics Hydrating Night Cream

It's new. I've been using this night cream for a week, and it works.

Besides natural AHA's, the Botanics Hydrating Night Cream also contains plant extract and hibiscus. It lathered on smoothly, and left skin shiny and supple the next morning. Although the acid caused minor redness, I've seen improvement in skin's appearance -- it seems less dull -- within the past week.

You can find this night cream at Target, or on Amazon here

alpha hydroxy acids in skincare
Find it here.

alpha hydroxy acids in skincare
It's creamy, but not sticky.

alpha hydroxy acids in skincare
Lathered on smoothly and felt great on skin.

Thanks for reading!


Again, I'm no skincare professional, and although all information in today's skin care blog post was thoroughly researched, I might have made mistakes.


If you see anything incorrect, please note it in a comment below.


Hope all the information helped.


See you next time.

 Skin Care Blog Post Source:

1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Web MD,

2. Treating Wrinkles with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, 

3. Exfoliate for Bright, Smooth and Radiant Skin 

4. Researchers identify cellular basis for how anti-aging costmetics work

5. How do alpha hydroxy acids work?