Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleaning System


I know that I had previously tried the Clarisonic Mia and I didn't have the best results.  My skin has never fully recovered since using the Clarisonic a few months ago.  Being the little testing guinea pig that I am haha, I was not ready to give up completely on these cleaning systems.  I have been intrigued by the Olay Pro-X Cleansing System for a while now.  It is super affordable compared to the Clarisonic.  The Pro-X is about $28 at Wal Mart and other drugstores nationwide whereas the Clarisonic Mia (the most inexpensive version of the Clarisonic) is about a whopping $160.  Here is what I have observed in my few days of using the Pro-X.  The brush is much much smaller than the Clarisonic.  The Pro-X just has a single, small circular brush head. The Clarisonic has a dual brush head, if that makes sense.  (The head is ciruclar, but the outer part of the head rotates at a different speed than the center of the brush head).  The Pro-X has 2 different speeds, but honestly I can't tell much difference between the two.  It is battery operated, and unfortunately doesn't have a charger like the Clarisonic does. Like the Clarisonic, it is waterproof,  so you can use it in the shower if need be.  I like how the Pro-X is much smaller than the Clarisonic.  Not like the Clarisonic is huge or anything, but the smaller the product, the more portable and easier it is to travel with!

Here are my thoughts about my experience so far.  Well, unfortunately, I am going through the skin purging stage, again.  This totally sucks.  But, with any skin cleansing system, this is bound to happen.  So far my skin hasn't had the same skin purging reaction as it did to the Clarisonic.  With the Clarisonic, my skin turned into cystic acne, with deep breakouts everywhere.  With the Pro-X, I have my impurities surfacing, but not nearly as extreme as I had experienced with the Clarisonic.  Even though my skin is purging, each day my skin is improving overall.  I can actually see some results!  So even though it kills me to have my skin breaking out, the end result is hopefully  in near sight.  I only use the Pro-X once a day, in the evening.  This is important for me because when I wear makeup, I want to make sure that I am going to sleep at night without a trace of makeup left on my skin.    I also don't want to use it twice a day because I have sensitive skin and that would just be way too much for my skin. I put a pump of Purpose Facial Cleanser directly on the brush head.   After I use the Pro-X, I also cleanse my face with oatmeal.  (I have a post about using oatmeal as a facial cleanser...please read if interested on the process)  After I get out of the shower, I use extra virgin olive oil as my moisturizer.  I use a pretty liberal amount and I use small, circular motions to work the oil into my skin.  Extra virgin olive oil is so amazing for your skin and no, it will not clog your pores!  In the morning, my skin is soft, well hydrated and I have noticed the redness in my skin has greatly reduced since doing this routine!

These are my experiences so far in the first week of using the Pro-X.  I will keep you updated on how my skin takes to this cleansing system compared to the Clarisonic Mia!  Hopefully my findings might give you some insight and maybe you'll want to try this affordable cleansing system too.

Until next time,

Aimee XO

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Update: The Oatmeal Cleanser Experiment


It has been almost 2 months since I first started using Oatmeal as apart of my skincare routine.  Here are some of my thoughts on my experience thusfar!

When I first was starting to use the oatmeal as a cleanser, the only oatmeal that I had in the house was the Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal that cooks in 5 minutes.  I noticed that with this oatmeal, the oats themselves were whole pieces.  Why I bring this up is that because the oats were in fact whole pieces, it took slightly longer to get them to the milky texture in order to work them into my face.  When I ran out of that specific oatmeal, I purchased the Quaker Quick Minute Oatmeal, which cooks in one minute haha hence the name!  I actually seemed to like how this oatmeal worked a little bit better.  Because the oatmeal was already broken down into smaller pieces, it was almost immediately when I was able to get the oatmeal soft and into the milky texture.  Also, because the pieces were already smaller and broken down, when I added the water, the oatmeal felt much more soft.  Another plus to using the "quick minute" oatmeal was that it was easier for the oatmeal to go down the drain, less of a mess! 

The only difference between the beginning of my experiment and now is that I was my face with Purupose face wash before I use the oatmeal to soothe my skin.  I have actually been having a lot more breakouts lately.  I have been super stressed out lately, my hormones have been all over the place and honestly, I feel like my skin still has not recovered from using the Clarisonic.  I feel like maybe my purging stage was not over and that all this excess junk is still sitting underneath my skin.  So I will be trying some new remedies to try and see how my skin reacts!  I am sick of my skin being horrible and all I wish is that it would go back to the way that it was BEFORE I was a genius and tried the Clarisonic. 

My overall thoughts on Oatmeal as a cleanser are these.  I think it is a great, affordable option for people that don't have acne prone skin!  While I did see an improvement in my breakouts, the oatmeal didn't prevent my skin from new breakouts.  I did see great improvement in the texture of my skin.  My skin is much more soft since using the oatmeal and I have also noticed my skin has a more even tone to it.  I have always had problems with redness on my cheeks and I have to say most of my redness is gone!  This is probably the main reason why I continue to wash my face with the oatmeal.  My skin isn't as irritated and it is nice that my skin has calmed down from the oatmeal.  I have noticed that my skin has made a small improvement on how oily my skin was, nothing dramatic, but at least an improvement. 

Hopefully my experience with oatmeal as a cleanser has given you some insight and has helped you maybe want to try it for yourself!  At least it is a very cheap product to purchase and it won't hurt to try for yourself.  Worse case scenario, you can just have some yummy breakfasts! :)

Until next time,


Friday, December 16, 2011


Hello Bloggerverse!

Again, sorry for the delay in updating.  Today is a very slow day at work and I thought I shall use my time wisely and write a little.  It is amazing to me how important time management is.  Since I have been graduated from college, I feel like I have become so unproductive.  I have all the time in the world (aside from work...) to basically do whatever I please.  And what ends up happening?  Watching Criminal Minds.  That's what happens.  Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely addicted to the show and love it, but....there is so much more that I could be doing with my life.  I am an ambitious person, but at the moment, I feel like I have hit a slight roadblock and need to find that burst of inspiration.  Do you ever feel that way too? I'm sure we all have our moments when this happens.  Here is a list of some stuff that I am trying to work on !

Blog more! Duh!
Learn how to edit my YouTube videos
Spend more time with my puppy dog
Learn how to save my money better!
Maybe this ^^ means I need a second job -_-
Stay positive
Focus on now!
Take more pictures
Be kind
Try new makeup looks
Exercise more regularly
Play more tennis!
Eat less ice cream!
Journal everyday

This is just a small snippet of what I want to try and improve on or do!  I'm sure I'll add to this list sooner rather than later :)

Until next time,


Thursday, December 8, 2011


Hello Bloggerworld! 

It has been ages it seems like since I have posted an entry on here! I am a slacker! I took a random/last minute trip to Vegas and just got back yesterday.  All I can say is this: AMAZING.  I definitely have always loved the city, there is something magical about that place in my opinion.  I am making a commitment to someday live in this wonderful city! One of the reasons why I love this city so much is that it truly is very diverse.  I don't and have never felt out of place like I have even in my own hometown!  I myself am not a gambler, so what I love to do is explore the city in all its fabulousness and go to shows! My roommate and I took advantage of the see 2 shows for $75 deal and it was so worth every cent! I have always gone to see the Tournament of Kings show at Excalibur and this trip would be no exception.  Every year that I have gone to see the show, they have made changes to make it different, new and exciting.  I have to say this year was the best show yet!  Completely worth going to see!  We were on Team Norway and I have to admit our "King" was a little cutie!  He seemed very young, I would say he was barely 18, but it was cool to see a young actor in such a well known show.  Inspiring!  The Tournament of Kings had humor, action and they added a lot more one on one combat parts to the show.  You really feel like you are in medival times, eating your meal with your hands and the fabulous costumes and routines.  The horses are so well trained and it seems that they are taken great care of.  They have added much more fire and small fireworks that go off and it is such a great suprise where they add it in.  What I also enjoy about this show is that there is not a bad seat in the house.  It isn't a huge arena so it feels pretty intimate and also the seating is staggered so nicely that you will have no issues seeing over anyone's heads :)    I also was quite suprised by how great the service was that we had for our drinks and meal!  I forget what his name was, but he was cracking jokes with us the entire time and was great with everyone in his section.  As some people might overlook this detail in light of the show as a whole, for me, it made the experience even better.  I would recommend this show to anyone!  The second show that we saw was.......THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER!!!!!!!  Let me tell you, I would not be the one to go to a show like this because I am pretty conservative in some respects, but I am so glad that I got out of my comfort zone and went to this show!  It was absolutely amazing and frankly adorable!  I know that might be quite a strange adjective, but it really was!  These amazingly good looking men were adorable, endearing, respectful and SOOOOOO NICE!  This is not what people might think when they hear "adult strip tease show".  It was actually super cute how these men had costumes and actual dance routines to different songs.  And when there were the few individual songs where one guy would dance solo, it was soooo cute how they had their own personal styles integrated in to their routines.  What I would also like to say is that it is very tasteful and just fun.  All you see is gorgeous men without their shirts off and you see some bootay but that is about it! :) They also work the crowd going on tables and take a few girls up on stage with them which is fun and you can see they are also having a great time as well.  The show's host, Marcus, was probably one of the funniest guys I have ever seen.  He made the atmosphere so light and just a great time.  What I also thought was fun was that at the end of the show the men stay around and you can take or pay rather to take a picture with them.  You can chat with them and that is so cool!  They were so sweet and funny and it was a nice touch to end the night.  I would also recommend this show to any other lady just looking for laughs and great eye candy :)  The guys are seriously soooooooooo attractive and it defintiely makes me want to go to Australia.  How could you not fall in love with those accents?!

I will hopefully post some pictures soon that I took! 

Until next time,