Every morning I use a cleanser to wash my face, pat dry and then use the products below. I haven’t found a cleanser that I love yet but I’m currently trying 2 (not at the same time lol) which you can read about in the ‘Currently trying’ part of this blog post.
One more thing – Did you know that you’re suppose to apply thin to thick as far as products? For example, apply your serum and then your lotions and then your oils to help keep it all in. I’m embarrassed to say I only learned this about a month ago.
This is the Michael Todd Beauty SonicClear Elite. I use this to wash my face! I will say, it isn’t the most gentle on the skin but I like it that way because it acts as an everyday exfoliator. Another reason I do loving this is because it gets all my makeup off. Also – If I have a spray tan on, I don’t use this.
I started using SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum in the beginning of April. The brand wanted to work together so I told them I would like to try it first and we could go from there. 1 week of using the product and lots of research later, I agreed to partner with them on Vitamin C day – you may remember that post if you follow me on Instagram.
YOU GUYS! This shit is amazing. Warning: it’s ridiculously expensive. We’re talking $166 for this 1 oz bottle. Before you knock it due to price, know that this will probably last you 9+ months. A little goes a long way and you are only suppose to use it in the morning. When I saw that it retails at $166, I was sad because I didn’t think I would buy another bottle. However, then I thought – how am I going to spend that much money on shoes but not that much on my skin and health? So yeah, I’ll be for sure purchasing again.
What does it do? Google before and after results of this product, it’s crazy! It helps protect skin from environmental damage caused by free radicals. It drastically reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles while firming and tightening the skin.
- 15% Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid): provides visible anti-aging benefits, brightens skin and helps protect against oxidative stress
- 1% Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol): this pure form of vitamin E neutralizes free radicals and replenishes skin lipids
- 0.5% Ferulic Acid: a plant-based antioxidant, ferulic acid neutralizes free radicals and enhances the antioxidant benefits and stability of vitamins C and E
Funny story with this one. Remember when I basically burnt my face off from trying at home was strips? Yeah so I went into Sephora hoping someone could recommend some type of super hydrating product to use and the sales associate gave me a sample of this. I used it for 4 days morning and night and ended up loving everything about it. It’s smells so good, is so moisturizing and it drys super fast so it’s perfect to apply before your makeup (side note: did you know that you’re suppose to put on a moisturizer right before applying your foundation because I didn’t lol). This is also a great product for sensitive skin. Oh one more thing, I also love that it comes with an applicator! I’ve never seen this before and it magnets to the lid so you don’t loose it. Like what is more annoying than digging your acrylics into a bottle of lotion and getting it stuck all up in your nails? Nothing. This is genius.
What does it do? This one is for all skin types and obviously helps hydrate, dullness, uneven skin texture and loss of firmness and elasticity. The proprietary honey blend and a triple hyaluronic acid complex leaves skin soft, nourished, and plumped with hydration. Golden cupuaçu butter beads melt into skin, releasing long-lasting moisture. YASSSSS.
Same with my morning routine, I haven’t found a cleanser that I love yet but I would start this process off with washing my face.
If ya didn’t know, micellar water is the bomb. It basically acts as another way to take your makeup off. After I wash my face, I take a cotton pad and go over my face and neck with this just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. This is gentile and you don’t have to wash it off. I have noticed that micellar water is pretty generic so I always switch up the brands I use.
What does it do? Gently remove impurities and dissolve make-up with Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 In 1 Cleansing Solution. This ultra-mild, non-rinse, micellar cleanser is suitable for all skin-types, the alcohol-free formula, infused with hibiscus to delicately refine, evens out skin tone as it cleanses in one easy step.
If you purchase anything from this blog post, THIS. IS. IT! You guys, this shit is another level of amazing. It works instantly and makes you so dewy, and also helps even your skin tone. I discovered this the same way I discovered Farmacy’s Honey Drop Lotion. This combo is my absolute favorite for moisture. It does run $65 for 2 oz. but you seriously only need half of a penny size per use and I only use it in the evenings.
What does it do? This powerful serum enriched with 75 percent hyaluronic acid helps keep skin hydrated, attracting up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere. The soothing complex replenishes dehydrated skin with vital nourishment, imparts a look of youthful radiance, and smooths the appearance of fine lines and rough skin texture.
Read more above in the ‘morning routine’ section. I use this morning and night because it’s gold.
The following are products that I use once or twice a week or as needed if my skin needs a pick-me-up!
Not sure about you guys but I really don’t enjoy washing my face. I love the feeling I get after but I’m seriously so lazy lol. This stuff is basically an exfoliate for the lazy girl and I’m here for it. Not to mention that Lauryn Evarts from the Skinny Confidential (blog) swears by these and she is basically the queen of skincare. Surprise, surprise these are pricey BUT they peel pads are so big that you can rip one pack in half and get two uses out of it. They come in little pouches of an exfoliator pad and a hydrate pad. You use both each use. I use this once a week because of the price but some use it three days a week. This stuff really gives you that pick-me-up.
What does it do?Achieve smooth, beautiful skin in two minutes with no recovery time. Dr. Dennis Gross’ iconic renewing peel is an easy and safe at-home version of peels he uses on patients at his NYC practice. Step one is packed with rejuvenating, powerful, yet gentle exfoliating acids. Step two controls the alpha hydroxy acid activity, delivers antiaging actives, nourishes, and keeps skin balanced, smooth, and radiant. Skin immediately looks refreshed and perfectly prepped for a more effective skin care routine. Expect to see improved texture and diminished fine lines with continued use. This universal formula contains a combination of five acids, ideal for first-time peel users and those of all skin types.
My girlfriend got me this for my birthday and I love that it is all-natural! It’s gentile and is another great pick me up option. I’m also pretty sure that you can eat it? I’d say this is a great option if you’re into all natural options.
What does it do? This stuff gives you a healthy-looking and supple skin. Chlorella, spirulina, and wheatgrass deliver chlorophyll, antioxidants, and detoxifying properties that have even more benefits when applied topically. The mask helps purify skin, relieve breakouts, and bring out your natural glow.
Hello, here’s another must have of mine! I’ve been using this stuff for over a year and have shared it many times on social media. I also am happy to say it’s under $15 and it has lasted me for a year! I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it as a mask with a brush about two times a month. I recommend starting mixing it with water and work your way up. It leaves your face super red for a few minutes after so don’t be alarmed. It makes your face feel so clean and exfoliated and just amazing. Also – it does burn a little but that’s how you know it’s working. Don’t leave it on too long of it could actually dry your skin out. You never want to leave mud masks on past the point of them fully drying.
Also – I’ve used this mask before to detox my armpits while switching to natural deodorant. I also have used it as a spot treatment for pimples. It’s really amazing for anything but be careful, it’s a bitch to wash off. I usually use a wet towel and put it right in the hamper.
What does it do? It’s made of 100% Calcium Bentonite Clay. I really don’t know the science behind how it works but it cleopatra used it sooooo…
These are products that I am currently testing out! I usually test out a product for 3 weeks before deciding if I like it or not and sharing it with you guys.
I don’t really have much to say about this product yet because I just started using it so I”ll keep ya’ll updated!
What does it do? Clinically formulated cleansing—that’s how great skin starts. This dermatologist-developed Facial Soap maintains protective lipids and loosens surface flakes to leave skin clean, comfortable, and refreshed—never taut or dry. It rinses away easily and prepares skin perfectly for the exfoliating action of Clarifying Lotion, while the convenient pump dispenser provides just the right amount of product.
I’ll keep you guys updated on how I like this as well! I’ve heard good things.
What does it do? An innovative jelly cleanser that removes all traces of makeup, excess oil, pollution, and any other grime from the day. Free of SLS, fragrance, and essential oils, Beste™ No. 9 is totally non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and appropriate for all skin.
Funny story. I purchased and fell in love with this brand and their honey drop lotion, didn’t post about them and then a few weeks later they reached out to send me some products to try. MEANT TO BE! I’m so excited to try these products because I love this brand so much! It’s just so clean and everything smells great. The Better Daze Ahead lotion has CBD in it which I hear is amazing for breakouts. I’ll keep ya’ll updated!
BETTER DAZE AHEAD – What does it do? This cushiony cream is formulated with calming, hemp-derived CBD oil (50mg) and a stress-fighting adaptogen blend of reishi mushroom, purple ginseng, and holy basil to leave skin feeling smooth and comfortable with no greasy residue. It provides intense hydration and helps guard against environmental stress.
HONEY GRAIL – What does it do? This multitasking miracle-worker is packed with essential fatty acids and a proprietary blend of honey, sea buckthorn, and five-flower oil for glowing skin without a greasy residue. It can be used alone, mixed in with your favorite moisturizer, or blended with foundation.