Hi my name is Pam. 35 year old mom of two. Runner. Follow me on my journey learning about best finds for anti-aging and clean skincare!
How I Built an Entire Routine for Under $150
For a long time I was intimated by skincare because it seemed very expensive and overwhelming. How do I know what to buy 🤷🏻♀️ When I started noticing wrinkles that was enough of a push for me to invest in skincare. Here’s some great lessons I’ve learned to build your skincare routine affordably: 1. Research to figure out what you need- here’s where my love of @cheriestarted! I read lots of reviews, advice, so I knew what type of products I should buy and what ingredients I should focus on. 2. Keep it Simple It’s easy to want to buy new products, adding new steps or ingredients to your routine, or try out the hype after reading reviews! Focus on your concerns and add slowly to give your skin time to adjust and see what’s working. It’s better to have a few great products that you love than many products you don’t use. I started with: Cleanse AM antioxidant serum, PM anti-aging serum Moisturizer Sunscreen Toners, eye cream, facial oil, and masks can be extras if you are looking to save money 3. Spend your money on the middle - if you can only splurge on one product make it the serum! This has the most benefit. Drugstore cleansers, moisturizers, and spf are great! 4. Try some great affordable brands such as The Ordinary, The Inkey List, Versed, or CeraVe 5. Buy trial size first, Value Sets or better free rewards before investing in a new product 6. Once you’ve found your Holy Grails keep your eyes open for sales to stock up, join the brands mailing list or reward program, buy value size Here’s my current skincare line-up and how much it cost me: CLINIQUE - Jumbo Liquid Facial Soap Mild Use AM & PM Bought on sale for $27 for 13.5oz CLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Use PM Free from Clinique rewards pixi - Glow Tonic pixi - Milky Tonic Rotate PM Bought multi-pack on sale for $22 OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème Use AM and / or PM Bought on sale $25 The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Use AM $6.80 VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum Use AM $26.99 OLAY - Wrinkle Correction Serum with Vitamin B3+ Collagen Peptides Use PM Bought on sale for $32 BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum Use PM 1-2 times per week Free from Sephora Rewards Bazaar CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator Use AM & PM Free gift with purchase from Clinique CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturizer Use PM when not using lactic acid Free offer with purchase from Sephora The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Use PM $9.90 (Not pictured) currently using my kids Banana Boat Kids Simply Protect SPF 50 as my sunscreen
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
What’s in your skincare basket??
Thanks @haileemariafor the idea! Here’s my skincare collection. I’m sure it’s a lot smaller than many skincare experts on Cherie, but it’s definitely grown in the past 6 months when I started my skincare journey and I was only using the Clinique 3-Step routine! I have a lot of sample sizes from taking advantage of Sephora offers & rewards bazaar. I’m still trying to land on my AM & PM routine, so trying out different products. I also have a lot of items I haven’t tried yet because I believe in not introducing too many products at once, and using a product for 4-6 weeks to see its results. What’s in your skincare basket???
If you want to try La Mer here’s the chance!
Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Year of the Ox. Where are all my Oxen 🙋🏻♀️ Sephora has just released a Lunar New Year Favourites kit that is an AMAZING value to try some luxury skincare. Retails for $75CAD and values at $310CAD. I don’t know if I’ll ever be willing to pay $250+ for 1oz of face cream 😱 but this kit lets you try three luxury face cream plus many more items for only $75! Plus Sephora also has an offer, spend $88 and get a $10 coupon off your next purchase. Some of the items in the kit that I’m excited about are: LA MER - LA MER The Moisturizing Soft Cream Includes 7ml: retails for $245CAD 1oz = $60 value SK-II - R.N.A. POWER Anti-Aging Face Cream Includes 15ml: retails for $306 for 80ml = $57 value Sulwhasoo - Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream Light Includes 5ml: retails for $317 for 60ml = $25 value CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution Includes 10ml: retails for $89 for 30ml = $30 value LANCÔME - Advanced Génifique Face Serum Includes 7ml: retails for $99 for 30ml = $33 value SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum Includes 8ml: retails for $112 for 30ml = $30 value TATCHA - Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask 1 mask = $16 value Plus 6 more items including fragrance and make-up!
LANCÔME-Advanced Génifique Face Serum
Why to Add HA Serum to your Routine
The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid serum is a cult favourite. It has won an Allure Beauty Award in 2019. It retails for only $6.80 CAD. When winter came and I was noticing that my skin was feeling dry by midday it was an easy decision to add it to my routine! Claims It is a pure vegan hyaluronic acid that includes low, medium and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, at a concentration of 2%. It is supported by Vitamin B5 for enhanced hydration. It targets dryness. Good for all skin types. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Hyaluronic Acid helps plump fine lines and improves elasticity and dryness. It’s a great addition to your skincare routine once you are in your 30s to help with hydration, as the amount of HA in our skin decreases as we get older. HA is sugar that is found naturally in our skin. It can hold 1000x its weight in water. Eating a diet with lots of fruits & vegetables with antioxidants can also help us retain HA. HA can we found in HA serums, an addition to serums with other actives, and creams. HA plays well with most other ingredients. A cream or serum with HA in different molecular weights allows it to seep into different layers of skin. HA are typically less expensive than other serums such as Vit C. It works best when applied to a damp face or before a water-based serum or moisturizer because it pulls the water into your skin. Otherwise it could pull the water out of your skin. My Experience The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The serum is clear and easily applies. I don’t experience any tackiness. When I first introduced this product to my routine I was using it AM & PM as it recommends, but I started noticing some irritation, red cheeks. I read some people can experience irritation from HA. I scaled back to only using in the AM. I put it on directly after my cleanser and before my Vit C serum. No more irritation. I have noticed that the dryness I was experiencing by midday is gone but I can’t say that I’ve noticed any difference in fine lines or wrinkles. A HA serum with more molecular weights and a higher percentage might have better results. But for $7 I can’t complain. Other HA to try include: VICHY - Minéral 89 Face Serum GLOW RECIPE - Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid SerumPAULA'S CHOICE - Hyaluronic Acid Booster
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Ingredients to Build your Routine Around
I am 35 years old with two kids. I have dry / normal skin. My top concerns are fine lines & wrinkles, preventing aging, dullness, and dark circles. When I started my skincare routine, all I knew was that I started to notice fine lines & wrinkles and wanted to buy new products for “anti-aging”. After a lot of research, here are my Top 5 Ingredients with proven benefits for 30s Skin: 1. Retinol Retinol is a powerhouse for wrinkles. It is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A. It alters the behaviour of aged skin cells. It smooths skin texture, enhances radiance and treats aging. Retinol can be irritating to skin, so build up your tolerance gradually starting with a lower percentage and only 1-2 days per week. DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream Murad - Ready, Radiant, Retinol SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.3 SUNDAY RILEY - Luna Sleeping Night Oil If you need an alternative to retinol because you have sensitive skin or you are pregnant or breastfeeding, bakuchiol is a good plant-based all natural alternative to retinol or rosehip oil is high in Vitamin A. HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 2. Vitamin C A potent antioxidant that helps reduce skin inflammation, irregular pigmentation, and promotes healthier collagen production. It neutralizes free radical damage and great for AM routine. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Time to Wake Up Duo SUNDAY RILEY - CEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum 3. Exfoliate / AHAs Exfoliation is about boosting cell turnover. You should do it twice a week. Use different acids like lactic acid and glycolic acid. Build up a tolerance. You can use toners, serums, or creams. Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum 4. Peptides Peptides preserve and boost collagen production. Peptides are short chain amino acids that act as building blocks for proteins such as collagen. It improves the appearance of firmness and wrinkles. Extensive research supports that peptides improve skin function and appearance. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' OLAY - Wrinkle Correction Serum with Vitamin B3+ Collagen Peptides PAULA'S CHOICE - Peptide Booster 5. Hydration In your 30s your skin tends to get dehydrated. Hydration will plump up skin. Add a hydrating toner, facial spray, hyaluronic acid serum. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 **BONUS** SPF Never forget you sunscreen ☀️
5 Simple Rules for 2021
Happy New Year! Better Late than Never with resolutions. Here are my skincare resolutions for 2021: 1. Keep consistent I think this resolution will be easy, but by the end of 2021 I want to still be diligently doing my AM & PM routines everyday. Consistency is key with skincare. Six months ago before I started my skincare journey I found even cleansing and moisturizing to be a chore and there were a lot of days I would skip taking care of my skin because I was too tired, too rushed. Now I find myself looking forward to my morning & evening ritual. It only takes 5mins and it’s 5mins I now enjoy. Since, cultivating the habit of taking care of my skin I have really noticed an improvement in my skin tone, brightness, and hydration. 2. Always wear SPF Another habit that 6 months ago I was very guilty of skipping. And when I think back on all the years I didn’t wear sunscreen everyday I have lots of regrets! To those of you in your 20s, start now to prevent damage. 3. Cut out refined sugar I have known that smoking & alcohol can age your skin, but I only recently learn that sugar can breakdown collagen. Instead of just reaching for a peptide serum, I want to cut out refined sugar to improve my overall health and health of my skin. I’ve tried a couple diets before, such as Whole30 and 100 Days of Real Food, but they never stuck. This another resolution that you need to get in the habit and stay consistent. 4. Drink 8-10 cups of water every day This is another resolution for both overall health and health of my skin. Drinking water helps flush toxins and hydrate your skin. I’ve been really good in the past, but gotten out of the habit. Now I find myself drinking coffee in the morning, and reaching for juice or pop with a meal. This resolution will help with resolution #3 5. Stop wearing my hair in a messy bun constantly I am very guilty of putting my hair in a messy bun everyday and wearing it in a bun at night when I sleep. I have thin hair. And I suffer a lot of breakage and split ends. I’m also going through postpartum hair loss. Wearing my hair up just exacerbates these problems. What are your resolutions?
Life changing mask saved my skin for only $19
Are face masks important in a skincare routine? In my opinion... it depends. Some people may not need them if they found their routine that works for them while others may prefer to add one for extra benefits or to indulge in self-care or “me time” while still achieving quick instant results (myself included). What does Cocokind’s Chlorophyll mask do compared to others out there? The goal of this mask is to soothe, clarify and brighten (the appearance of) dull skin and that it does. it purifies, calms, and detoxes the skin reduces any puffiness and meant to support circulation However, the reason why I love this one over others is because of how versatile it is!!! How do you use/apply it? After cleansing and toning: using the little spatula included you take one scoop (I usually use about two) and mix it in a bowl with whatever base your skin is craving (continue reading to understand what I mean by this) apply the paste to your skin and leave anywhere between 20-40 minutes depending on what your skin needs and rinse What did you mean by base/What do I mix it with? Water: great if you have normal to oily skin and/or just want a simple mask that will focus on any impurities and detox the skin (will dry somewhat tight but nothing painful). Add more water for a thinner (more diluted mask) or less for a thicker consistency that is more concentrated. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rosewater/toners/oils: this mixture is great if you have normal to dry skin because it still detoxes and focuses on the necessary areas but adds a level of hydration that is needed to give you back the glow. two scoops of the mask + 3 spritz of a rosewater toner (also by cocokind) + 1-2 drops of a facial oil with 1-2 light drops of water Avocado: AMAZING to soften and hydrate your skin. Helps skin elasticity, immunity, and rich in fatty acids. Use 1/2 an avocado or less, mash + 1 scoop of the mask for 20 minutes. Your skin will never have felt SOFTER I swear✨ Yogurt: hear me out I was also skeptical at first. This mask is ideal to target dullness as it is rich in calcium and Vitamin B which moisturizes the skin. You can use both dairy or non-dairy yogurt and still get the added benefits. I use 1 scoop of plain organic yogurt + 1 scoop of the mask for 20 mins. I have never seen my skin bounce back as quick as it does when I use this mixture it is UNREAL ✨ Honey: great to boost and clarify the glow and for irritated and breakout prone skin. Rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. Use about 1/2 a tablespoon of honey and 1-2 scoops of the mask and mix in Feeling adventurous? I also drink a full glass of water + 2 scoops of this mask 2-3x a week because of the purifying/detoxifying qualities which promote healthy blood flow and removes toxins both inside and out. A mask you can drink AND use on your face? We have no choice but to stan a versatile queen. As always if you’re interested in Cocokind products use ‘SEBASTIAN10’ for a discount!! ❣️✨
🚨$21 The Body Shop toner dupe of the $69 Fresh
Hi beautiful girls ❤️ 👯 I just got my fav toner, The Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner at amazing price. And it has all benefits of a luxury product: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial toner. 🍒Fresh toner I bought Fresh toner several mouth ago. I read a lot of positive reviews on cherie and really love its aesthetically package. The lightweight liquid provides does of hydrating and refreshing following up cleaning. I'm dry and sensitive skin, and it never breaked me out or caused irritation.But the rose scent is extremely strong and I don't like it. 🍒The Body Shop Toner My friend recommended it to me, then it become my absolutely fav toner so far. If you have ever tried The Body Shop toner, you know how amazing it works! It has all benefits of Fresh and doesn't have any strong scent. This is gentle enough to use day and night. I have no doubts it really does shrink my pores. The most important thing is the amazing price: only $21! 🍒My thought The Body Shop is definitely a great dupe of Fresh. If you are interested in the Fresh toner but don't have enough budget, you must try it. It will surprise you! If you love my post, please follow me!!! It means the world🥰🥰🥰
THE BODY SHOP-British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner
THIS DERMATOLOGISTS FAVORITE NEW CLEANSER
Cleansers are an essential step in everyone’s skincare routine, but it can be difficult to find the right one for your skin. The new Aveeno Calm + Restore nourishing oat cleanser has been my new go-to daily cleanser and I love it. ❤️🙌 Aveeno has always been a brand to create formulations that target dry and sensitive skin and this cleanser is no different. This cleanser is great for people all skin types but would likely benefit dry or combination skin most. The incorporated oat complex helps restore build the skin’s moisture barrier and soothe itchy skin. There is no stripping effect with this cleanser, which is something too always look for with your cleanser. Other pros about this product are its fragrance free (limiting any irritant reactions) as well as great pricing. On amazon, you can find a bottle for under $10.‼️‼️ TRUTH: If you are trying to fight acne or blackheads I recommend against this cleanser and try finding something with salicylic acid. Have you tried the new Aveeno cleanser? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ⤵️
Aveeno-Calm + Restore Nourishing Oat Facial Cleanser
Get Rid Off Panda Eyes - 5 Amazing Makeup Tips For Dark Circles!
That feeling, when you get up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see something that’s closer to a panda than a human staring back at you…
Glossier to go 🏃🏻♀️💨
A beauty set is great way to test out a brand or to stock up on your favorites! When Glossier came out with the Glossier. - The Skincare Edit I thought it’d be perfect to travel with (little did I know we would be stuck at home for months). I already know and love most of the products included in this set so I knew it was a good deal for me, let me break it down for ya: Glossier. - Milky Jelly Cleanser this is one of my favorite cleansers, I love using it as my wash after a workout or as a second cleanser at night. It’s super gentle, doesn’t lather much and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped just nice and clean. Glossier. - Priming Moisturizer Rich Luxurious Face Cream I have a new found love for this moisturizer, my skin changes with the season and weather and this was amazing during the colder months. Do keep in mind it has some extracts that can be irritating for some. Glossier. - Balm Dotcom the OG. These two mini bbs balm dotcoms are the cutest I’ve ever seen. So great to throw in your bag and go and leave at your nightstand for some hydration before bed. 10/10. Glossier. - Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid for a glow as bright as your future. This oil/serum hybrid is perfect to lock in all your skincare in the morning, it’ll leave you with the most dewy skin. Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum ah the supers. I think this serum is great, but I definitely think there are better, similar options out there. It’s nice to get it with the set but it’s nothing groundbreaking. Super cute tho. The set also comes with a cute pink bandana so you can hold your hair while doing your skincare!
🧎🏼♀️Indie Lee: All Things Start From A Rare Brain Tumor
The founder started her eponymous brand after surviving a rare brain tumor in 2009. Learning that her beauty routine may have almost cost her her life, she had a newfound drive.