Skincare Routine

My skincare routine isn’t the most complicated, but it’s what works for me. I’ve tried a variety of products over the years and this has been the best routine for me so far. 

My skin type is sensitive, combination skin with an oily T-zone. I don’t have breakouts very often but I do have a few stubborn blackheads around my nose. 

Step One: I use the Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes every night to remove my makeup. These are lightly scented with lavender and they smell so good

Step Two: I use the Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser to wash off anything the wipes missed. This formula is great at breaking down makeup and any excess oils on the face. 

(Optional) Step Two: About twice a week I substitute the Purity Cleanser for the Mask of Magnaminty by LUSH. It can be used as a cleanser or a mask but I choose to leave it on for about 10 minutes. It helps to really refresh my face and give me that extra-clean feeling.  

Step Three: Once a week I use a Biore strip to deep-cleanse my pores. My nose is really the only problem area I have with blackheads and these strips help tremendously. However, it’s extremely important that you don’t overuse the strips. If you do this too often it will damage your pores and make them appear larger. 

Step Four: I apply a thin layer of the Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet to my face, excluding the area around my eyes. This cream is extremely hydrating and is formulated to help skin become less sensitive. It’s one of those holy grail products I’ll never stop using. 

Step Five: I apply the Caudalie Eye Balm to the area around my eyes. This formula helps to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and smooth the appearance of any wrinkles.

In the morning I will wash my face again with the Purity Cleanser and apply the Caudalie Moisturizer and the Eye Balm before I start my makeup routine. That’s about it!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite skincare products are, or if there’s something you think I should try!

Everyday Makeup Routine

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Snow): This is my holy grail foundation. It claims to be an oil-free, natural-looking, full coverage foundation with a radiant finish and it does not disappoint. I have combination skin with a very oily T zone but this stays in place all day. I pump the foundation onto the back of my hand, dot it across my face, and blend using a damp Beauty Blender sponge. // $39

Mabelline Fit Me Translucent Setting Powder: This is the best drug store translucent powder I’ve found so far. It holds its own against the Laura Mercier powder. I apply by using a Real Techniques face brush to lightly dust across my face, concentrating mainly on my T zone. // $5

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: I’ve always been intimidated by bronzer because I have such a pale complection. I was afraid I would end up looking like an orange, sparkly mess. Hoola was the answer to my prayers. It’s a cool toned brown that suits practically all skin tones and has absolutely NO sparkle, which I love. It’s great for adding a bit of color to your skin along with a subtle contour. I apply using a Sonia Kashuk brush along my temples, cheek bones, and lightly under my jaw. // $29

NARS Orgasm Blush: Scandalous name, perfect product. Somehow the geniuses at NARS have formulated a blush that literally looks perfect on every skin type. The slight shimmer adds a beautiful rosy sheen to the high points of your cheeks without looking like you fell in a bucket of glitter. I apply using an ELF total face brush to the apples of my cheeks and lightly along my temples. // $30

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Taupe): Honestly. Need I say more? // $21

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette: This is one of my all-time favorite drugstore eyeshadow palettes. The colors are wearable but have enough definition to also create dramatic looks. I’ve even hit pan on a few shades. In all honestly, the formula isn’t quite as smooth as a NAKED palette would be, but for a fraction of the price it’s definitely worth it. I apply using various ELF eyeshadow brushes. // $8

Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner (Trooper): The felt tip is super thin to get those wings razor sharp and the ink is incredibly black. My one complaint with this liner is that it claims to be waterproof but it isn’t at all. It’s great for everyday wear, just don’t use before swimming! // $19

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara: I love, love, love this mascara. I have pretty tiny lashes and this makes them practically double in length and volume. // $7

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (Naked): The formula is SO smooth and creamy. It dries down completely matte but doesn’t leave my lips feeling dry. I honestly want every shade in this line. I apply straight from the tube using the doe foot applicator included. // $20

If you guys have any suggestions of products you think I’d like, or that you want me to review, just let me know!

July Favorites: Beauty

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Guys, it is HOT. I am convinced that during the summer months, the southeastern United States is about one degree away from being hades and my makeup does not appreciate it. With this thought in mind, I’ve stacked up my 5 favorite beauty products for July. These are definitely tried and true products that never let me down. Below I’ve listed my favorite things about each item and if you click the image, it will link you directly to the product page. Trust me when I say that I wouldn’t recommend anything I didn’t completely believe in. If you use any of these products, or decide to test them out after reading this post, let me know what you think!

 

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1) Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer:

I will admit that before finding this product, I’ve never used primers. I tried a few but they never seemed to actually do anything. I felt like I was dishing out money on something useless when I could be spending it on more important things, like lipstick and liner. One fateful afternoon as I was browsing the aisles in Sephora, one of the makeup artists suggested this primer to me. I have combination skin with a very oily T zone. She suggested applying the mattifying primer just to my oily areas and then applying foundation as I normally would once the primer had set. It. Changed. My. Life. The range includes 10 different primers to suit different needs, so if being matte isn’t your thing, be sure to check out the rest of the line. // $37 here

 

brow2) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz:

Eyebrows are very important to me. I was blessed with thick, dark brows at an early age but spent most of my life feeling like it was a curse. My brows are unruly at best and very high maintenance. I had been hearing lots of hype around the Brow Wiz and eventually broke down and bought it. Let me just tell you guys, this product does not disappoint. My best word of advice is to go with a shade slightly lighter than your actual brow color. For instance, I have very dark brown brows but when I match the color exactly to any type of brow pencil, I end up with the sharpie brow look, which nobody really wants. I purchase this product in the color “taupe,” which allows me to define the shape and fill in any empty spaces without making my brows look too fake. Honestly, I think anyone with eyebrows needs this product. // $21 here

 

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3) Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder:

As I just mentioned, I truly appreciate a matte finish, especially during the summer months. I can honestly say that even when it’s 100 degrees outside, this setting powder stays put. Every once in a while I may need to touch up right around my nose by the end of the day, but that’s the best I could ask for. I tested this out by purchasing the 0.33oz travel size first and with everyday use, it lasted me over a month. The full 1oz container is definitely worth the extra cash, since you’ll get months of everyday use out of it. // $37 here

 

liner4) Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner:

Wow, okay, this stuff is ridiculous. I have tried a lot of liners in my day but this one is truly my favorite. The formula glides easily over my lid and absolutely sticks in place. I generally apply my liner around 8am each morning and by 10pm it hasn’t budged one bit. I have even worn this liner during hour long sessions at the gym and it stays perfectly in place. If you’re someone who wants liner that is as black as your heart and practically permanent, this is for you. // $22 here

 

lip5) Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer (Shade- Apocaliptic):

First, this product is branded as “Apocalips” in the UK, but the formula is exactly the same. I bought this shade a few months ago and it’s never let me down. It’s extremely long-lasting, especially for a drugstore product. The formula is very hydrating and comfortable on the lips. It leaves a bit of a shine but isn’t so glossy and thick that your lips stick together (which I personally hate). It also doubles as a lip stain so that even when I eat and the product comes off, there’s still some color left.  // $4 here