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Skincare Favorites

Sunday, February 21, 2016

I've never been a huge fan of my skin. It's probably because it's always been such a pain in the butt to take care of. I have oily/combination acne-prone skin that is pretty sensitive and when it comes to skin-types, it's pretty much the worst. Now that I've gotten through all my complaining about my skin, I've actually turned a corner in the past few months and I think it has a lot to do with the products I've been using. I finally invested into taking the time to try out a bunch of new skincare products and slowly, but surely, I have formulated the perfect routine to keep my difficult skin under control and looking fresh and healthy. I'm definitely not a skincare expert (NOT AT ALL) and I can't promise that any of these products will work as well for you as they have for me, but if you have the same skin-type that I do, I would definitely suggest giving some of these awesome products a go. Check them out!
Day:  I always assumed that your daytime/nighttime skincare routine would be the same, but for me that's definitely not the case. To look my best in the morning vs. the night, I need a whole different arsenal of amazing products. Starting with my cleanser, I have always loved the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish cleanser, but I would notice that midway through the bottle, it would stop working as well. I blamed it on the cleanser and started using a whole new one until I read some reviews and realized that I just needed to use a new muslin cloth when I got halfway through a bottle. The cloth, being covered with grime day after day, wasn't doing me any favors. Now, the cleanser works amazingly from the start of the bottle to the very end!
After I scrub my face, it's all about the toning. I have been using CaudalĂ­e Beauty Elixir. The scent is incredibly calming, it does an amazing job of brightening my complexion and I can spray it on whenever throughout the day for a little wake-up call. It's also perfect for setting your makeup or giving it a quick refresh.
As far as an eye cream, I used to use the same for both day/night but with my puffy early-morning eyes, I need a little something more. Boscia's Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm is seriously magic for me in the morning. It wakes up my eyes, instantly calms the puffiness and makes me feel way less sleepy, which is an amazing feat in itself. I've even taken to throwing in my purse for super sleepy days and dapping a little bit eye after lunch to keep me from falling asleep at my desk (so necessary).
The last skincare step for me in the morning is my moisturizer and since I found Fresh's Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream I have never looked back. It's light, absorbs really quickly and does a great job of making my skin look glowy and moisturized, even in winter!

Night: I think my nighttime skincare routine has been the biggest game changer for me. I had a morning skincare routine that I was using for nighttime and it just wasn't working for me. With a whole night of sleep, I should've been focusing on repairing my tired skin, but I was just going on using the same products as before. With my new improvements, my skin has been way easier to deal with and continuing to improve on a daily basis. I usually start my nighttime routine by removing all my makeup with Neutrogena Hydrating Make-Up Remover Cleansing Wipes. I used to use the original wipes, but with winter being so dry, these have been perfect for removing my makeup without taking away all the oils. I opt to do a really good job with the cleansing wipe instead of using a nighttime cleanser.
For toning, I think I found the holy grail when it comes to amazing exfoliating toners in the Pixi Glow Tonic. Now I understand why every beauty blogger I know has raved about this product. It literally does give your skin a nice glow, all the while exfoliating any dead skin and residual makeup that may have been left behind. Seriously, you should pick up a mini sample size of this product and give it a go. It may not work for everyone, but it's done an amazing job on my sensitive skin. 
After toning, I reach for my bottle of Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Skin Refining Oil. I found this product after I tried a sample of the renewal night cream and fell totally in love with the product. I wanted to keep the good skin vibes going so I immediately ran to my Sephora to grab a bottle of the refining nigh oil. Besides the great creamsicle like smell, it's been great for reducing any fine lines I have (say bye bye annoying forehead wrinkle) and giving me a healthy looking complexion when I wake up in the morning. 
After patting in my oil, I reach for its companion, the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream. Like I said with the oil, great scent, great results and I already know I'll be re-purchasing again and again. You should definitely go and grab a sample at Sephora and try it out for yourself. 
I have been using the Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm for almost two years now and I still love and re-purchase it everytime I'm out. I've gone through a variety of eye creams, but it seems to be the only one who has ever done anything for my dark under-eye circles and it's perfect to use at night when I can give it the most time to absorb!
Last, but certainly not least in my skincare routine is the Origins Super Spot Remover. While my skin has been pretty clear lately with all my new skincare additions, one or two spots will definitely pop-up once in awhile, usually when I've hit a week of intense stress. To combat that, this spot remover has been my go-to. I usually hate products with Salicylic Acid, but the ingredients in this little bottle do a great job of taking out the redness from a spot and reducing its size. Huzzah to that!

Do you have some holy grail combination products that have been working great for you? Share with me in the comments!


  1. I don't have much of a skincare routine so I'll have to try some of your suggestions :)

  2. I need to try out some of these products, especially the de-puffing eye balm. That sounds like it would be incredibly refreshing in the morning.

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  3. Oh I love the night recommendations! I need to get oils for my skin because I think they are so so key to moisture and elasticity.

    I love this - thanks for sharing love!

  4. I love seeing what products people use... thanks for sharing!

  5. I am pinning this for later so I can try some of these out.

    xoxo, Jenny

  6. Brenda- enjoyed this post and reading about your beauty regimen. I use the same products in the morning and evening, but maybe now I need to switch it up. I started using Calendula oil by Beautycounter last month and my skin has been completely transformed. (I don't sell the stuff so my endorsement doesn't have ulterior motives). Give it a shot. xo

  7. I love seeing what skincare products people use. I can't wait to try some of the products you mentioned! Have a happy Tuesday :)

  8. I LOVE Pixi's Glow Tonic! My bottle is just about empty so I need to restock ASAP.

  9. I love Derma e products which works great for me and using Charcoal/Volcanic ash in facial scrubs/mask works for me in the war against blackheads and irritation bumbs!


  10. I've been using Caudalie products pretty much exclusively with a couple of Algenist (Bi-Phase Peel) and Korres (sleeping facial) products mixed in. Caudalie, while expensive, kept my skin from having it's winter blues this year and I couldn't be happier.

  11. I love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Pixi Glow Tonic! Such amazing products :) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty


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