June 18, 2014

4 Skincare Essentials I Can't Live My Life WIthout

Disclosure: I bought all of these products with my own money and received no type of compensation for  my review. I will always be 100% honest in my opinion with any product review.

Ever look at someone else's skin and think, "gosh, she looks amazing?" Me too! I mean, how in the world can I possibly up with all of these Instagram pictures of gorgeous girls with flawless skin? Well, my skin isn't flawless, but I keep it clean.  We all know that skincare and makeup go hand in hand. So, I'm going to share my skincare routine with you all.

My skin is a little weird. Over the last few years, I've gone from having super oily skin to dry to a combination of the two. I know that everyone's skin changes with the season and since it's freakin' hot here in Georgia, I'm a little more on the oily side lately. I don't have problems with breakouts very often. Occasionally one pops up around that special time of  the month. I'm also approaching 30, so maybe my skin is  finally figuring out that I don't need the extra visitor. Anyway, let's get to the good stuff.  You want skincare tips, right?

 Every skin care routine needs 4 essential steps. Remove makeup, cleanse, tone, moisturize. I am no expert but I do know that leftover makeup on your face is a skincare disaster waiting to happen. As such, it is extremely important to remove all of it daily.

How do I wash my face?

1. Remove Makeup
Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil

I was turned on to this product during a impulse trip to Sephora (as most of my trips are) and avery lovely girl that gave me her undivided attention, gave me a quick makeover. It was 10:30 AM on  a Monday or something and I was practically the only one in the store. She took off my existing foundation with this stuff and I was in love. It was also winter time when I bought it, so my skin was dry. The oil really took away my nose crustiness and flaky cheeks. I could use it as a facial cleanser. She assured me that it would still be beneficial in the warmer months as a makeup remover, which is how I've been using it for the last two months or so. A little goes a LONG way with it this this way. I can use about half a pump and get all the heavy stuff off.  The oily is very cooling and slippery which allows you  to start with dry skin and break down all the product on your face. I then take a damp paper towel and wipe the oil off.

2. Use Cleanser
Equate Acne Medication Blackhead Clearing Scrub
Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee for Dull Skin
Ulta Dual Action Cleansing Brush

This one totally depends on how my skin is acting. If I feel a breakout coming on, I'll use the blackhead scrub. If I'm just a little greasy, I'll use the Garnier, of which I'm almost out. To be honest, I only bought it because I was out of an awesome sample of Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging cleanser that I really liked and I was on a trip with nothing to wash my face. It's a nice daily cleanser. It smells great and the gel consistency does a great job at breaking down excess oil without leaving you feeling stripped. It's a great choice if you're a beauty on a budget. I'm still undecided as to whether I'd repurchase it.

I feel like I get the best benefit from both products by using a brush with them to get down into the pores and bring any lurking makeup residue up to the surface. The Ulta brush is an affordable alternative to the big budget cleansing brush, but I will warn you that the bristles are a  little rough and can be irritating. It takes a while for them to soften up a little. Thankfully, my skin isn't too sensitive and can handle a daily scrubbing. 

3. Toner
Witch Hazel
I swear by witch hazel. I know some people say to spend a little more to get the 100% alcohol free version, but I haven't had any problems with the store brand. I get mine at Wal-Mart or Target for $2-3. It gets out any last traces of makeup or cleanser left on my skin with three swipes of a cotton pad and I'm set.

4. Moisturize
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Oil

 This stuff is my skincare crack. If you're following me on Instagram (and you should be) you've already seen the high praises that I sing for this stuff. Packed with seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond oils, this product is worth every single penny. It's pricey at $50 for the 1.7oz bottle, but there is a 0.5oz bottle for $18.50. It will literally last you forever. You only need 2 drops for your entire face. Each oil in the mixture has a high amount of fatty acids and vitamins necessary to keep your skin soft, and glowing, specifically those needed for skin restructuring and repair. It absorbs quickly and it smells medicinal,  but I don't mind. 

I swear this stuff has something to do with the change in my skin from being majorly oily. I bought this at the same time I bought the Boscia  cleansing oil, around February and have been using it twice daily since. While it was cold out, I mixed it with my thicker moisturizer. I expected to have to put it away once it got warmer out, but I use it alone now and have no problems with premature extra shine.

Well, that's all I have for you today, my loves. Do you have any tips to share? Maybe some alternatives to some of the products I listed. What is your skincare holy grail? Let's talk about it. Talking it out always helps. We can chat online. Just click the links below to find me. I'm on Twitter a LOT lately, so holla at me there, if you want.
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