Hi family, thank you to all my loyal followers for being so patient with me while I took a (much longer than expected) break and reconstructed the blog. If you’re new here, welcome; just to get you up to speed, I used to run a blog that looked much different from this one, and I had plenty of posts about makeup, current trends, and skincare. I decided to scrap what I had and start fresh. I’ve gained so much more makeup and skincare experience and knowledge since the old blog days and I’m here to spread the word. Starting with skincare.
If you’ve been around for a long time (since the old blog days), you’ll know how much I ♥ love ♥ skincare and how much I stress it’s importance in the beauty community. Skincare is your canvas, and anything you put on top is only going to look as good as what’s underneath. Now I’m not saying you have to have perfectly clear baby-fresh skin in order for your makeup to look good on top; I am aware some people have more problematic skin than others. But what I am saying is, there are skincare products created to smooth, fill, plump, or hydrate the skin in order to make it as soft and supple as possible. Talk to a skincare consultant at a store like Sephora or Kiehl’s or even a dermatologist to determine your problem areas and how to fix them. My final piece of advice before telling you what I personally use is switch out products that aren’t working for you. I can’t tell you how many times I have done skincare consults where someone tells me “I’ve been using “___________” for years and my skin still isn’t getting better.” That’s because it’s probably not the product for you! If you don’t notice any sort of difference after using a product for 6-7 weeks, that product simply doesn’t work for you. And that’s okay! Skincare is a very personalized routine and you have to experiment to find out what works for you and what doesn’t.
Without further ado, here is my current day and night skincare routine. Keep in mind when considering these products that my skin is normal to oily, not sensitive, not acne-prone; these products may or may not work for you, so read reviews before purchasing them for yourself!
1. Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control 3-in-1 cleanser: a cleansing, treating acne wash that prevents future breakouts. I don’t have acneic skin but this product helps control my oil production. ($6.46 CAD)
2. Caudalie moisturizing toner: a hydrating toner to boost effectiveness of skincare ($34 CAD)
3. Bare Minerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Infusion serum: Long Life Herb – a plant found in Okinawa, Japan where women look dramatically younger than they are due to ingesting this plant – is extracted into this serum to fight visible signs of aging and damage ($60 CAD)
4. REN Evercalm anti-redness serum: a lightweight serum to combat redness, calm and soothe skin, and increase skin’s tolerance to environmental aggression. I don’t have sensitive/enflamed per se, but I like this product to even out any rosiness in my skin/cheeks ($55 CAD)
5. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream mixed with 2 drops of Josie Maran Pure Argan oil: this combination of hydration feels so rich and immediately plumps the skin ($75 CAD and $20 CAD mini bottle, respectively)
6. MAC Cosmetics Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream: caffeine, vitamin C, and peptides immediately brighten the undereye area. I think this product might have been discontinued because I can no longer find it online for pricing.
1. Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm: a balm-to-oil-to-milk product to remove makeup before cleansing ($38 CAD)
2. Same cleanser as AM
3. Same toner as AM
4. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum: vitamin C and collagen anti-age, tighten the skin, and brighten dull complexions ($60 CAD)
5. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil: a retinol oil that boosts plumpness, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, redness, and pores ($70 CAD)
6. Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Night Lifting/Firming Face and Neck Creme: TriPeptide lift complex helps skin increase natural collagen, leaving skin feeling firmer and denser. The calming formula nourishes skin all night, while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles ($113 CAD)
7. Same eye cream as AM
Now if you’re still with me, you probably want to gag at the prices of some of my products. Be aware some of these products are worth the price to me to repurchase because they work so well for my skin, and I notice breakouts or fine lines appear when I stop using them. However some products I received for free from working with Sephora, and while I love them, I will not be replacing them (*cough* $113 Estee Lauder night cream *cough*). I recently placed an order and will be trying out some drugstore or cheaper brand-name items, so stay tuned for reviews on some more affordable products.
Until next time,