(Finally!) A Minimalist Skincare Routine That Actually Works

Upfront disclaimer that I'm no beauty guru - you won't find me online giving tips and tutorials because the only one I could rightfully give you is how I've worn my makeup exactly the same way since 2002 (with the exception of deciding to acknowledge the existence of my eyebrows a few years ago - forgive this child of the 90’s.)  I watch beauty tutorials only when I need to figure out how to create a Halloween look (unicorn - check; sugar skull - check; daily life - not check.)  That said, I've struggled with problematic skin (combo + acne) since I was a teenager.  The only time my skin ever looked clear or remotely glowy were my college and grad school years where I overrode its naturally horrific tendencies with birth control.  Not a long-term solution, as it turns out. I don’t want to be a beauty guru - give me a simple routine that works without poisoning me and I’m set.

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Glen Oaks: A Weekend in the Big Sur Redwoods

There's a reason why the drive through Big Sur is on every list of "must do" US road trip adventures.  Each roadside pull-off rewards handsomely with vistas that truly take your breath away as you take in the magnificence of the Santa Lucia mountains plunging into the sea, birds riding updrafts along the rocky cliff faces as the powerful Pacific waves crash ashore below.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that Big Sur is one of my favorite places on earth and if I could spend every weekend walking the shore, hiking the canyons, or nestled somewhere in the redwoods, I absolutely would.

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