I found two new products that I have to name drop because are perfect for me and hopefully someone else out there can enjoy them too!

First, I used the last of both of my face washes AND my oil absorbing sheets, so I had to head right to CVS. It was an emergency that needed to be resolved immediately. Background: I have very oily skin and I had acne my entire teenage life, so I am very compulsive about the products I use on my face. I wash in the morning with a light foaming cleanser, then I use a deeper cream cleanser before bed. Anyways, I went to CVS and picked up my usual morning cleanser, but I tend to rotate between a few nighttime cleansers. I was shopping around, and there it was: a product I could use on my sensitive skin that would help oil control as well. It’s Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask. Get this, it can be used as a cleanser everyday of the week AND/OR you can rub it on your face and leave it there for a few minutes to use it as a mask twice a week! Usually masks have too many crazy fragrances to make you feel relaxed or whatever, which make me break out. But I remember I actually was prescribed a mask when I had acne and it was the love of my life, but I haven’t found a good over-the-counter one since. It must be said, however, that tonight was my first using it, so if I wake up tomorrow morning horrifically broken out, I will return with an angry post haha.

Next, and this is very exciting, I bought this book a long time ago called, “The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Dr. Marti Olsen Laney. I have a tendency to get excited at bookstores and buy like ten books at once, so it’s been sitting on the shelf as I have read other books. So I was flipping around the tv channels, and nothing was on, and then I glanced over and picked up this book. I just finished “Personal History” by Katharine Graham (another EXCELLENT albeit time consuming read), so I started to read this Introvert book. OH MY GOD. Talk about eye-opening!! I always knew I had weird habits and quirks that were just not normal and I thought were unique to me, but it turns out, it’s just introversion! It even gets down to very specific traits that are typical, such as needing naps and being grouchy after being with people or doing activities for too long! It’s so funny because I can shop for like two hours to the minute, but then I have to stop or I will be miserable! BUT, the book clarifies the stigmas that introverts are shy or lack confidence, which is not true for me, we just have a different energy and way of dealing with social, professional, and interpersonal relationships.

Just a few days ago, a friend of a friend gave me a ride back to the district. Afterwards, I told my sister that she was trying to chit chat and I was having none of it. I wasn’t trying to be rude, I just don’t like small talk. The book also pointed out another weird trait of mine, which is that introverts dread returning phone calls. And the author explains that we are introspective and do not communicate in the same way as extroverts, but it’s not bad or incorrect, it is just different. I am only a quarter of a way through the book, and I have already learned so much about myself. Like I said, I knew I had these odd characteristics, which I thought were just unique to me as a peculiar person, but it turns out, I’m not a super freak! So yay! That’s always good and welcome news.