Welcome to my first post about the products that I love! These posts are going to be products that I ACTUALLY use – not something where I get a paid review from. After all, Laugh Always is all about living your best life and to live your best life you need all of the best items!
Today I want to tell you something I have been using since HIGH SCHOOL! Right, I am only 30 and have been out of high school for almost 12 years now so it might not sound that dramatic to people. Either way, I have been consistent with these products for a long time! I have been using Neutrogena brands since my very first pimple in middle school. Face wash, lotion, you name it! It was really the only thing available at local drugstores and one of the more cost effective brands (still is!)
Every one is different, I know that! But I am going to share what it has done for me and who knows, it might work for you too if you haven’t tried it!
The best face lotion I have ever used and STILL continue to use. Let me tell you something – I don’t wear makeup that often. The pictures you see of me all over social media – there isn’t any foundation or cover up in most of those pictures! I have been asked several times what foundation or concealer I use. None ladies – it is just my skin! I do have to stay I was lucky to not be bombarded with a ton of acne in my teenage years, but I still had it. Forehead, cheeks, chin were my worst spots! And of course how can you not pop those things?! (Gross I know and so bad for you!) I have had scarring and red spots and when I was younger I didn’t dare put enough sunscreen on (I need that tan!). I always had combination skin where parts of my face were oily, but if I used too much face wash, I had other areas of my face dry out. Especially in the winter, my driest skin was around the corners of my mouth and in between my eyebrows. I have applied this lotion everyday to my face since high school – and that is NOT an exaggeration! This has been my go to for nearly 15 years now, and I have not bought another lotion. It is cost effective and lasts me about three months. I apply once a day all over my face. It isn’t greasy and it always feel super refreshing when I use it! Especially right out of the shower after I have just washed my face!
If you are looking for a cheaper route and one that does wonders for you, try this one out! Amazon has this for a pack of two for only $16.48!
When I do tend to wear makeup, I never used to take it off (I know, that is gross!). So I decided to make the investment in buying makeup wipes. Again, I don’t wear makeup often and I am not looking for something to break the bank. I have always been loyal to Neutrogena products so I thought I would try these. Of course, these are the best ones that I have used. They do not dry out quickly, because I don’t use them that often. They also do not dry out my face or burn. My face feels so refreshed after using one wipe and usually one wipe is perfect for me! One package usually runs me $5.99 and that is good for me because one pack lasts me a long time especially because these don’t dry out. You can purchase them in bulk on Amazon of course because Amazon is the best thing ever!
This cleanser has been a life-saver for me. I breakout when it is “that” time of the month and I am very conscious of where my acne pops up (have you heard of facemapping??). Usually I am always looking for the actual cause as to why my acne is popping up. While I am not a teenage anymore and I am going into my thirties, I still get acne whenever I am stressed or if I have had one too many cocktails. While I will naturally try to get rid of my breakouts, I use this cleanser to assist me. It makes my face clear fast. It is so powerful that I cannot use it everyday and if I do tend to use it everyday, it will dry out my face. It does the job when I need it to and it lasts me a long time since I don’t need to use it everyday. This has been my all-time favorite facial cleanser! Click the link below to purchase (again Amazon has it cheaper than most drug stores!)
Another favorite product! A spot corrector that dries out little pimples overnight. Works like a charm! I put it on before I go to sleep and in the morning my pimple is usually gone or a lot smaller. I have had one small tube for over three months now and for just seven bucks, it is perfect for me! I get a lot of acne on my chin or forehead and usually they are red and painful and this helps take the pain and redness away for sure. Amazon has it cheaper than for what I paid for it so try it out!
I hope you have found one or a few products worth trying! I have been a loyal Neutrogena fan in my teenage years and in my adult life and I don’t think I would try anything else! They all work for me and everything has been easy to purchase. My next purchases will be through Amazon for sure because if you have prime – remember it is free shipping! All of these are cheaper online through Amazon and it will save me a trip to the local drugstore.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Health and fitness has quickly became a forefront in my life. While I have always been active, I used to be one of those lucky girls who could eat and eat and eat and not gain a single pound. Maybe I was unhappy with my weight one day and decided I wanted to lose a couple of pounds, so I could focus on healthy eating and immediately drop weight the following day. Yea – that would be awesome if it stayed like that forever right?!
From high school until I was diagnosed with cancer, I was a consistent weight. I never swayed, never gained weight and barely went to the gym (I had a gym membership though, that counts right?). I did not watch what I ate (I mean my first job was at McDonald’s!) and I was not a water drinker by any means. Being in my early twenties, I went out to bars and drank every weekend. Looking back now, you can say I had a great metabolism!
Fast forward to being 26 and post chemotherapy and radiation and a bunch of other nonsense, my thyroid finally stopped working on me. While at first, it seemed that I couldn’t gain weight fast enough. I had lost a considerable amount of weight during my second bout with cancer, and had dropped to my lowest pant size since MIDDLE SCHOOL. Six months post treatment I was able to start putting weight back on and I started to work out more. After treatment, I started running more on the regular and tried spin classes for the first time as well as other group classes. I also started doing yoga. I finally had a mindset that “Hey, you know what? I should start treating my body with some love. It has brought me this far that I need to give it some love back.” Sure, I had the workout focus, but I was still eating whatever I wanted.
They say that when you are in a happy and healthy relationship, you tend to gain some weight as well. My husband and I met around this time and as we were both very active, we went out to eat a lot and drank a lot on the weekends. While we ran together, went to the gym together, and wanted to lose weight together; our food was just not cutting it. This became a vicious cycle for me, and rather than losing weight due to working out, I continued to gain weight and became the heaviest I have ever been.
A part of this was not my crazy eating and drinking. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism as a result of the radiation I received during my first bout with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This went unnoticed for a year until I finally brought something up to my oncologist. My thyroid was very under active. I felt as if when I did focus on my eating, my weight just wouldn’t come off, no matter how hard I worked at it. Again, with the vicious cycle, I would get upset and get down on myself and eat comfort food to satisfy my mood.
My thyroid today is somewhat regulated. As of January 2017, I was at my heaviest weight and I felt that I had finally hit my “rock bottom”. While I worked my butt off working out 7 days a week, I was undoing every little thing by eating whatever I wanted during the weekends, including alcohol. My husband and I finally took a hard look at what needed to be fixed and decided to go at this together.
Over the course of five months, I lost twenty pounds and my husband dropped thirty pounds. While we still aren’t at the lowest we desired, we learned to love the process and appreciate our bodies in between. We tracked our calories, tracked every meal and were consistent with our workouts. We were each other’s support system and made time for treats along the way!
I look back on pictures of myself previous to having cancer and I see a young girl who was very thin. I remember at that age thinking I was NOT skinny, and that I wanted to lose weight. I ate whatever I wanted and drank whatever I wanted. I have learned through this process that I cannot focus on past pictures. I will never be a size two again, and that is okay! Looking at pictures of myself as a size two makes me feel like my bones are sticking out of my body. There are so many pictures out there that show people looking thinner by GAINING weight. The number on the scale is simply that, a number. It is all about how you FEEL and how clothes fit you. Of course I wish I could still eat whatever I wanted, but as I grow older I know that can’t always be the case. My body has been through a lot and I need to focus on prolonging my life. Eating healthy and working out is learning to love yourself.
You may not be thin, skinny, fit, or where you want to be right now but know that you have to love yourself to get to where you want to be. There is always time for eating bad food (I am obsessed with chicken wings) but learn to give that to yourself in moderation. I love wine and beer, but I don’t drink these every day. Stop comparing yourself to pictures of other people in magazines or social media. Start using your pictures of yourself! Take comparisons of yourself. Only compete with yourself. Learn to love the process – I promise that you will learn a lot about yourself.
Thank you for reading <3
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