Tuesday, January 15, 2013


A Link Up to Raise Awareness for Skin Cancer  

With Erin from Shades of Gray and a Pinch of Pink

1. What's your daily skincare routine?
I'm always trying something new, but there are a few products I that have stuck around. Every morning and night I wash my face with Philosophy's Purity Made Simple and my Clarisonic Mia. At night I use a retinol cream (Philosophy's Help Me or Glow by Dr. Brandt), followed by a thick moisturizing cream (Philosophy Hope in a Jar for Dry Skin or Clinique Moisture Surge Intense) and a dab or Clinique's All About Eyes Rich. In the morning, I try to use a vitamin C serum (whatever sample I have on hand) and then I layer on an SPF moisturizer (right now I'm rotating between Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 and Lancome's Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30). I used to have super oily skin, but as I've gotten older, it's turned dry.

I used to think "what kind of a crazy person spends
$120 on a face brush?"and now I own one.
2. A skin product you could never live without?
I started using retinol cream about a year ago. It's billed as a miraculous anti-aging ingredient, but it keeps me from breaking out, too. So that and moisturizer. I can never have too many moisturizers or face lotions.

This stuff changed my life. It made my face peel like crazy
for about 3-4 weeks and then it was like boom: clear skin.
3. Have you ever used a tanning bed?
Yup! I started when I was 16 and tanned indoors until I was 21. Looking back, though, I'm pretty sure I never looked "tan." Just burnt.
The summer I lived in NYC (2007).

4. Thoughts on spray tanning?
I always tell people that spray tanning is like a nicotine patch for UV tanning. It's a healthier alternative, but I wish people didn't feel like it was necessary. Even after I was diagnosed with melanoma, I still spray tanned for a while. I haven't done it in over a year. Trying to be both UV and spray tan free! :)

Spray-tanned my way to Vegas.
5. Favorite brand of sunscreen?
I'm obviously a huge fan of Philosophy, but when I'm out on the river with friends, I usually just bring along a tube of Banana Boat. Gets the job done and I won't cry if I lose it. 


6. Biggest skincare splurge?
I started getting facials recently. It's pretty much one of the most relaxing things. Ever.

7. Celebrity with the most perfect skin?
I have skin envy of Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried, and Ashley Greene.

8. Feature you're most self-conscious about?
I'm not too crazy about the bump on my nose. I was also born with a hole in my right eyebrow. I won't leave my house without penciling it in.

9. What do you think about botox?
I hate needles. Period. I don't think you'll ever see me on Real Housewives. DARN!

10. I feel most confident when...
I'm well rested, my nails are freshly painted, and my hair is blown out. It also helps to have on a great pair of heels :)

OK, now it's your turn! Answer these ten questions on your blog, and then leave your link below. If you haven't already, be sure to check out my story.


  1. I wish I were as confident as you with my pale skin!

  2. Honestly, I am such a clutz, if I could figure out how to "link up" and do the right thing, I would join in this (as an older skin cancer warrior) could have added a further dimension to the issue of skin care.
    Anyhow it's fascinating reading the answers you're all giving to the questions!

  3. Your story is such a great reminder to be careful with your skin and treat it right. Cancer doesn't discriminate. Great link up! And you look great without a tan!

  4. Katie,
    I just nominated you for the "Liebster Blog Award." Liebster means "dearest" and when I think of that word and the bloggers I know, you are one of the ones that comes to my mind.
    I've explained more about the Liebster Blog Award on my blog post today.
    Thanks again for sharing your blog with all of us.

  5. I don't know why I am continuously amazed at how much we have in common. We have to get together in person so we can connect finally, my long lost sister! lol Love this post! And I agree with Amanda, you look gorgeous without a tan. :)

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