Hey guys! Welcome back! I told you I’d be back and here I am!
So, there are pretty constant changes to my skincare routine. Because I manage a beauty supply store, I am constantly finding new and fun things to try out. Today I’m going to take you through the basics that pretty much stay the same, though, and sprinkle in a few things I rotate in and out.
Let’s get started!
I always start with good old coconut oil. At this moment, I’m using Spectrum Essentials Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil, but I’ve been known to use Dr. Bronners and Shea Moisture as well. This breaks down anything on my face, including waterproof eyeliner or mascara. I just rub it around and then remove it with a damp muslin cloth.
Next, I cleanse and remove any of the leftover coconut oil with some Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash. This leaves my skin feeling clean, but not overly dry. I also like that it seems to help smooth out some texture issues and seems to help the dark spots that aren’t my favorite.
Lately, I’ve been using Muddy Glow Skin Perfecting Elixir, but I’ve also been known to use The Ordinary Buffet. I put this all over my face to prep for the next step. I also apply some Stacked Skincare Hydrating Lip Peel to my lips.
This probably looks scary to most of you. But I honestly love my Stacked Skincare Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller. It seemed crazy to me, too, at first. Rolling tiny needles all over my face? Ridiculous. But I can tell you I’ve definitely noticed a difference in how my skin looks and feels.
Now to regulate the pH of the skin. Did you even know that’s what toner does? Well a lot of them will also offer something else. Like hydration, brightening, pore refining, or whatever. But I find most people either don’t use toner at all, or don’t really know what it’s for. This Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner is what I’m currently using. I kind of have to say. I don’t like it. I feel like it’s kind of harsh. I picked it up because I do have oily skin, but it might be too much for me. I’ll be on the search for something better. Let me know what you’re using.
Now to keep the lips nice and moisturized. I use The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ in Peppermint to slough away any dead skin. I then pop on some lip balm, usually Smith’s Mocha Rose Lip Balm with Vanilla. It smells amazing!!!
Eye cream. If you’re not using it, you should be. Even if you’re not worried about signs of aging, the under eye area is so delicate. You really need to make sure you’re hydrating the area, and not just depend on your regular face moisturizer. Lately, I’ve been using Smack Beauty Bada Bing Age Erase Eye Cream.
Brows. Brows, brows, brows. We all want Brooke Shields, Cara Delevingne, to die for brows. Well, I don’t have them. I’ve been testing this Smack Beauty I Was Framed Enhancing Brow Serum. Can’t say I’ve seen a difference, but then again, it’s only been about four weeks. Not sure that’s long enough.
Same with eyelashes. We all want eyelashes we can flutter and fly away with. This GrandeLash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum is one way I take care of mine.
And this is the other way. Basically I’ve mixed some Jamaican Black Castor Oil and some Vitamin E Oil. I apply this with disposable spoolies.
After all that, gotta get some moisture into the skin. Lately, I’ve been using Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Precious Cream. It smells like a dream, and leaves my skin moisturized and fresh, without that greasy, oily feeling some other products leave you with.
The Not So Basics (Scrubs and Masks)
Now we are jumping into some of the rotating products. I rotate these in and out depending on what’s going on with my skin, or if there’s anything new I’m interested in trying. This one is Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser. Just a nice exfoliant. Nothing to harsh, which I can appreciate, because I do tend to over exfoliate, so keeping them away from the harsh side works for me.
This one is Plantanicals Charcoal and Black Mud Pore Refining Mask. I’m forever interested in anything detoxing and pore refining, and this tries to give me both.
And here we have Plantanicals Charcoal and Vitamin C Luminizing Peel-Off Mask. Like pretty much the rest of the world, I’m obsessed with peel off masks. While this one isn’t my all time favorite, it’s still nice. For those interested, my all time favorite is still Pilatin Suction Black Mask.
This is essentially just a giant pile of sheet masks I hoard. These rotate in and out, because I’m constantly buying them. We actually had a 10 for $10 sale recently at work, and I completely stocked up.
This one is Skyn Iceland Nordic Skin Peel. Skyn Iceland is by far one of my favorite skin care brands. Everything about their products, from ingredients to packaging is chosen to be relaxing. They believe in taking the time to take care of yourself. This item in particular is nice because it’s as quick as rubbing a pad across your face. Perfect for nights when I work late, or maybe had a little too much wine.
Ahhhh! Everyone has been talking about The Ordinary. This is their Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. I mean brightening and hydration? I’ll take it any day. Also, the price point in the entire line is basically cheaper than Starbucks. So maybe skip a macchiato one day, and try something out.
Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque. I’ve been using this off and on for about two years now. I feel like I can feel it working. It’s super cheap, as well. It definitely takes me back to another era. Almost like middle school sleep over days. And who doesn’t want to relive those good times? (Well, maybe minus the awkward puberty stuff!)
The Not So Basics (Treatments and Serums)
This serum I rotate in and out with the serums and oils below. This is Smack Beauty Full Speed Ahead! Quick Lift Serum with Retinol. I haven’t been using it long enough to see a difference, but it feels very nice when applied.
I also rotate this Smack Beauty Buh Bye Lines Anti-Wrinkle Serum with Beta-Catotene currently. Again, I haven’t been using it too long, but it feels nice when applied.
This is everything! The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% helps detox without drying my skin out. It’s seriously amazing, and again at a terrific price point.
This is The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%. I would say maybe stay away from retinoids in general if you have sensitive skin. Or if you really don’t need them. Also make sure to moisturize well. I started playing with anti-aging products a few years ago. This works super well with my skin, doesn’t irritate it, or dry it out. I’ve also seen a difference with my skin, but that’s probably a combination of this and the micro-rolling.
I know most people don’t understand using facial oils, especially for oily skin. But sometimes it can help. If your skin is dehydrated, it can actually sort of freak out and over produce oil. I’ve found using oils a few nights a week helps with my oily skin problem. This The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is perfect. It feels amazing going on, and doesn’t feel too heavy, like some oils can.
Who doesn’t want a little more radiance? This Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is amazing. It sinks right into the skin, and leaves me feeling nice and glowy.
These COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches are everything. You place the clear sticky patch on your pimple at night. When you wake up, you remove it. You can literally see the white on the patch where it’s sucked out and oil and other gross stuff. The are amazing!
Alright. I know this Stacked skincare Dermaplaning Tool looks extremely scary to most. Basically, it mimics what’s done in a dermatologists office, but at a level of safety for at home use. It removes cruddy, old dead skin and peach fuzz. I love it. I use this once a week. It’s super important to be mindful that you need to keep the tool sanitary and replace the blades once a month.
We all know I’m constantly messing with my hair. Bleaching, coloring, straightening, curling, you name it. I combat a lot of this with really good shampoos and hair masks. I also take Hairfinity Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins. I’ve been taking them for about two months now. My hair grows fairly fast, so without actually measuring it might be hard to tell you the results. I can tell you my nails have been growing faster and been more resilient to breakage. I haven’t had any break out issues. I know that’s been a problem for some. I also love, love, love the taste of them!
And that’s pretty much it, guys! I’ll see you soon! And it’s great to be back!
This is not a sponsored post. Some of these items may have been sent to me for consideration, given to me as employee gratis, or bought with an affiliate or employee discount. This in now way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions stated above are solely my own.