This daily morning routine has saved my skin 🍊
Start every morning with this routine and some hot lemon water. 🍋 Quick disclaimer I’m a HUGE Ole Henriksen fan 💫 I use Ole Henriksen truth juice daily cleanser to cleanse my face everyday, on days that I feel a little more oily or just want a good scrub on my face I’ll use Ole Henriksen pore-balance facial sauna scrub. It feels sooo amazing, it’s hot when your scrubbing it into your skin and it’s cool as soon as you wash it off 🥵🥶OLE HENRIKSEN - Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub
Toners for oil-control
Black tea in skincare
Brightening eye creams
Sep. 21, 2020
The Importance of Layering Skincare in Order
In the past couple of weeks, I wasn’t seeing much of a progress in how my skin was going. Yes, my skin was cleaner but I still felt like I was mostly improvising the order of the products. That’s when I decided to research how to properly apply skincare products. From my extensive research, I discovered the right order for AM and PM skincare routines. AM: 💫 Cleanser I start my day with the OLE HENRIKSEN - Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser 💫💫 Toner I then go in with my OLE HENRIKSEN - Balancing Force Oil Control Toner I simply put some on a cotton pad and get rid of the remaining dirt and rebalance my pH. 2.5: Jade roller massage This is a step I do to help with the inflammation from remaining/new cystic acne that works amazingly. The cooling effect of the SMARTR SKIN - Jade Roller for Face with Gua Sha facial tool does wonders. 💫💫💫 Serums The serum I use in the morning is the OLE HENRIKSEN - Truth Serum It smells great and helps brighten my skin. 💫💫💫💫 Eye cream For this step, I use the OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème It helps brighten under my sleep deprived eyes and has a light shimmer to it. 💫💫💫💫💫 Moisturizer I used to use the OLE HENRIKSEN - C-Rush Brightening Double Crème which I previously gave a 5 star review to. In the long run, I saw that my skin was getting oiler when I used this moisturizer. The one I am currently using is the OLE HENRIKSEN - Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer which is light and gel like and very refreshing. 💫💫💫💫💫💫 Face oil I’ve recently received a sample of BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil and this face oil is the most exquisite and light face oil I’ve ever tried. Definitely purchasing the full size bottle. 💫💫💫💫💫💫💫 Sunscreen My sunscreen is the VICHY - Idéal Soleil Ultra-Light Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 which I apply consistently on my face throughout the day whether I go outside or not. PM: 💫 Cleanser I use the same cleanser as the AM. It helps take out all the dirt accumulated during the day. 💫💫 Toner Same here! I use the same toner as the AM and my face feels refreshed before going to bed. 💫💫💫 Serums Here, I go with the OLE HENRIKSEN - Invigorating Night Transformation Gel When I wake up, my face feels unbelievable. The chemical exfoliator does one hell of a trick. 💫💫💫💫 Eye cream I purchased this Kiehl's - Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado a while back but couldn’t wear it during the day due to its thickness. I now wear it at night and it stays on all night long. 💫💫💫💫💫 Moisturizer I finish up with my moisturizer OLE HENRIKSEN - Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer This might not work for everyone but, I’m definitely seeing changes!
This is why you should by trial size first!
So I do this thing in order to try a bunch of different products and find the ones I love. I buy TRIAL SIZE FIRST! I can spend sooooo much money on skincare when I know I shouldn’t so I started trying the mini of products which financially speaking isn’t maybe the most “bang for your buck” but at least I spend $12 on something and not $38 before I find out I don’t really like it. Regardless, I buy trial size to determine if something is worth the splurge or not and then I am exposed to a bunch of new options to upgrade my skincare. I have wanted to try the OLEHENRIKSEN brand for a while and so when I saw the balance mini kit on sale I jumped on it. (Like literally jumped in the air when I received the package). So here is my honest opinion of these 4 products: OLE HENRIKSEN - Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub let’s start on a high note. LOVED this scrub. Everything in this collection has menthol-y feel which is intensified if you do this in the shower which is usually how I do scrubs. (My routine is to exfoliate with a scrub whenever I wash my hair - every other day or so). My pores have never felt soooooo clear. It really felt like a sauna for my skin. Plus, my boyfriend (who I force to do skincare) said he felt like he was breaking out by his nose so I put this scrub on him and the pimple disappeared! 🥳 OLE HENRIKSEN - Balancing Force Oil Control Toner on to the toner. Gotta say, I didn’t love it. It makes my skin feel dry and tight and it burns a little bit. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin so I can imagine that it’s all the worse for those who do. I will say that my forehead and nose can get oily in the summer and that was taken care of with this toner. But overall, would not recommend. OLE HENRIKSEN - Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator NOPE! Highly disliked this. One could even say hated. Does not provide moisture and it felt like it wasn’t adding anything to my skin just taking away. My face is not that oily so I think it’s just not the right moisturizer for me. If you know anything about me, it’s that I love moisturizer. OLE HENRIKSEN - Cold Plunge Pore Mask I liked but I didn’t love this mask. This was the product that I bought this set for and while I do like it, I’m not sure I would give it the same rave reviews that others have given. It applies very smoothly and has a cooling sensation when you are wearing it. The color is really pretty (see picture!) but that’s not a reason to buy a mask. Also: this set is supposed to shrink pores and I don’t really find that it did that for me but maybe it just takes a little more time. Overall, this was super surprising to me. I didn’t think I would love the scrub as much as I did and dislike the other things as much as I did. I will definitely be buying the full size of the scrub but jury’s still out on the mask.
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I used the skin ceuticals Vitamin C holy grail
6 months after I started to take better care of my skin. Here’s some pics non filtered of my routine. 1. I purchased the SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum the most recommended from dermatologist and was definitely not sure whether to purchase or no because of its price. Thank god I did 🙏 this is really the holy grail. 2. The OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème this eye cream was gifted to me by cousin over a year ago. I love it. It’s absolutely amazing. 3. Last but no least thanks to Cherie for gifting me absolutely the best eye cream ever used Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Highly recommend these products. The most important is being consistent and using them every morning. 😘
eye cream so BRIGHT 🌟🌞⚡️💥
OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème thank you cherie for gifting me my first ever eye cream !! I had heard so much about this product, so I was super excited to try it. the first thing we gotta talk about is the scent. i’m not the biggest fan of fragrance in skin care, but this product is too good that I don’t mind at all ! it smells like a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice 🍊 and I love it ! as you can see, the texture of this product is amazing! it has a creamy thick texture that glides on the skin so smoothly. I guess a disclaimer would be that I don’t have dark under eyes, but I do notice a difference when I put this on! it brightens my whole under eye area and makes me look so much more awake! a little goes a really really long way with this product ! even if the tub is a little small, I don’t see it running out any time soon. $39USD for 0.5oz
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Updated Night Routine!
I had a lot of empties in January, so here is my updated night routine! I have a post detailing actives that I use and my schedule around those actives, so they won’t be included in this post. My first step is my double-cleansing step, I use the Dr Dennis Gross - Hyaluronic Marine Makeup Removing Meltaway Cleanser (📍)to remove SPF and makeup, which I really love, it’s very unique, but it doesn’t break me out at all. Then I use the LANEIGE - Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser (📍) to cleanse a second time, I really enjoy this too, my skin tends to freak out when it comes to Laneige’s fragrance, but this is fragrance-free!! After cleansing I steam my face with the Dr Dennis Gross - Pro Facial Steamer which I feel like has really helped the hydration levels of my skin. After that I’ll apply the TATCHA - The Essence Plumping Skin Softener (📍)which I also like, but I’m not sure how much it’s really done for my skin for what it’s worth. I’ll steam again, for about 30 seconds and then go into my PETER THOMAS ROTH - Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum which is the only serum that can truly repair my moisture barrier when I’m breaking out. Then my eye product is The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (📍)which I’ve been loving a lot too! My current winter moisturizer is the Dr. Jart+ - Ceramidin Cream which again, I like, but it feels like it puts a barrier on my skin, which kind of felt weird to begin with. After moisturizer, my last two steps are to treat any breakouts or spots with the Murad - Blemish Control Rapid Relief Spot Treatment and use something to lock it all in like the The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil it does the job, but smells super weird. The only way I’ve been able to describe it is, picture the olive bar at a local grocery store, and the smell that comes from that. Not super pleasant, but it’s okay. 📍= product was sent to me for free
These are my ride or die
So, I have an autoimmune disease and I tend to have lots of inflammation. That being said, when I wake up puffy like a blow fish 🐠.... these are my life savers ! The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG this little baby packs a punch! De-puffs and gives my eyes a wake up call!! It is unique in that it is not a cream. At first I wasn’t sure, but I’m hooked. One drop on each eye does the trick. Easy to apply, smooth and silky! Wake up those peepers with this little bottle of magic 🪄!! mizz bloom - JADE ROLLER this is my go to in morning to drain my lymphatic system. I keep mine in my skin fridge, so it is nice and cold! Add my serums and then have a nice little roll! De puffs my face and helps with contouring. T
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The Best Advice For Choosing Skincare Products
Hey Beauty’s 🙋🏽♀️ So I’ve recommended a lot of products and thought I’d share some advice on how how I select skincare products these days. ☺️ Thanks to @babesandbeauty on Instagram for the advice. ￼Products that you consistently use I noticed that I consistently use TruSkin - Vitamin C Serum which has Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E as my day Serum. I also have The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 for my night routine. I’ve started using Truskin’s Super Serum at night and now alternate between using a natural Retinol or Vitamin A Moisturiser and the Truskin Super Serum which has Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Retinol. I now can’t live without my FORMULA 10.0.6 - Rise of the Foam Blemish Busting Cleanser I use this because of the salicylic acid and hemp oil as part of my double cleansing routine. I’m currently trialing products for my first cleanse. 😄 I noticed the ingredients are ideal for my issues which are rough texture, larger than average pores, dullness and my wrinkles and fine lines. For reducing the appearance of my fine lines and wrinkles I ❤️ hyaluronic acid!!!! ￼Products that are ideal for your skin type I’m a little lucky in the fact that I have combination skin and can use a range of products for my issues. Treating the wrong skin type can lead to irritated skin, breakouts and premature aging. Choosing the correct skin care routine for your skin type is essential for making your skin appear youthful and healthy. ￼Products that do not cause irritation to your skin barrier Our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have. Keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keep this barrier strong. Using the proper skin care products for your skin type can help preserve this important protective layer. ☺️ ￼Products that fit your budget and life The Ordinary creators have totally changed how we think about and buy skin care. Its allowed us to understand ingredients and offered them in ridiculously cheap formulas. It’s championed transparency in an industry that wants you to think expensive products are better. Nothing costs more than $20. In fact, the majority of it ranges at less than $10. This is largely in part thanks to The Ordinary's dedication to transparency, resulting in prices that aren't significantly marked up. Although if you can afford to spend $150 I’d recommend purchasing a Serum rather than a cleanser or moisturiser. Drop me a line about what you consider when you purchase skincare products. Is it the beautiful packaging, ingredient list or that you just saw a review and want to try it. ☺️ Have a wonderful day or evening Jade 🥂
When hydration is needed 💦
I am a dry skinned girl so I am always on the look out for hydrators and moisturizers. This is especially the case as I like to use actives in my routine and they can further dry out my skin. Hyaluronic acid is one of my go to ingredients as it draws moisture into my skin and it works well with other ingredients. The ordinary offers this serum which is great as it is super affordable and it works well with my skin. What is it: This is a hyaluronic acid serum with 3 different weighted molecules so that it can penetrate and hydrate different layers if the skin. Hyaluronic acids is a humectant meaning it absorbs moisture from the air and draws it into the skin. This serum also has b5 which helps nourish and soften the skin. Texture: This is a goopy and cloudy serum that is easily absorbed into my dry skin. Price: This sells at Sephora for $6.80 cad for 1 oz or $12.20 cad for 2oz How I use this: I use this along with my steamer to make sure that the air is moisture rich in order to draw moisture to my skin. This ensures I get the best result. Pros 👍: ￼affordable ￼2 sizes available ￼accessible ￼effective ￼cruelty free 🐰 Cons 👎: ￼some people don’t like the texture ￼you shouldn’t over use hyaluronic acid (check other products) The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 this is a super simple serum that has really helped my dry skin
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BASICS - Chemical vs Physical Exfoliants 🧼🧖🏼
Okay it’s time to talk about exfoliating! Chemical exfoliant has recently become more accessible and mainstream in the world of beauty, but before chemical exfoliants were seen outside of the walls of high-end salons I know we all had our favourite face scrubs 🧖🏿♀️ St. Ives, Clean & Clear, Fresh, they all had their own version of a sugar or walnut scrub.. but more and more we see products like this leaving store shelves. But why 🤔 Exfoliating your skin should be a non-negotiable in your routine! Clearing away the dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin is a crucial step to help you skin generate new cells 🆕 As you clear away the dead skin cells not only are you encouraging new cells to form, but you are also brightening, smoothing, and cleansing your skin on a cellular level. Physical exfoliants like the two shown above promise to bring amazing results, when in reality they are actually creating little micro tears in your skin 🥵 By actually making the surface of your skin bumpier and more uneven, products like this trick you into purchasing more by making your skin worse in the long run. Often physical scrubs also include ingredients that are comedogenic, contribute to fungal acne, and fragrances which cause extra irritation. Now, if you’re looking to continue to exfoliate but are not sure where to start check out my tips below: • Struggling with surface-level issues (anti-aging, acne scarring, pigmentation issues, etc.) then try out an AHA based serum a few nights a week, my current favourite is The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA or The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution • Dealing with sub-surface issues (recurring acne and inflammation) then using a BHA serum or infused product might be the right route for you. CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser is a great face wash to try) or the DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask is a great once a week treatment. What is your exfoliant routine and what products bring you the best results? I am currently using DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum and DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask in my nighttime routine and loving the results!
Pore Balance facial scrub !! Amazing❄️❄️❄️💧
Let’s talk about quality . This scrub really refines your pores . It heats up once applied to your face . I’ve seen a difference and I’ve been using for less than a week . It has AHAs that really help lift off all your dead skin. I love the eucalyptus peppermint scent it has and feeling it gives my face . I love using this product before bed time . Is it worth the money ? Yes . I’ve never seen a facial scrub work so efficiently . This is a keeper . Dark spots /hyperpigmentation then this is your friend . Trust me 💕🥰 OLE HENRIKSEN - Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub
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Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
I won this cute little kit in a raffle & I couldn’t be more thankful! I have always wanted to try these products but never wanted to spend the money on all of them incase I didn’t like them! Inside this kit are the following products: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 That’s literally a whole skincare routine! So far I started out my day with one of Drunk Elephants infamous “Face Smoothies” I washed my face with Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & then combined C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, & Protini Polypeptide Cream together on my mixing trey with a disposable skincare spatula! I applied it all over my face & neck. Once that absorbed, I applied Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30 over my face & neck & was done! I love how the kit comes with steps to walk you through different routines you can use in the morning or at night! I will do a follow up review after I have used all the products for a few weeks! But so far, my skin feels & looks great! I have been breaking out lately & haven’t felt the best about my skin so I really needed this pick me up!! Thank you for reading! You guys are the best!! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
THE BEST MOISTURIZERS I HAVE EVER BOUGHT
These are my HOLY GRAIL moisturizers. I spent so much time looking for the perfect moisturizers, and I have arrived! 🤩 And everyone could benefit from any of these. I'm a huge believer in that even if you don't have "sensitive skin" it's so important to use moisturizers with non-irritating, and barrier protecting ingredients, that won't clog pores or cause breakouts. I am super prone to clogged pores, fungal acne, and breakouts, and I am extremely picky about my moisturizers. I only use ones that don't clog pores! For my oily skin babies, the #La Roche-Posay - TOLERIANE FLUIDE OIL FREE MOISTURIZER[products]#[FiveStars] is amazing! In the winter I found it to be not moisturizing enough, but in the summer it was perfect for my combo skin. There is no chance this moisturizer will clog pores or irritate breakouts. It's so lightweight and wears great under makeup. It's also oil, essential oil, and fragrance free. I do find this a bit overpriced, especially since I went through it pretty fast. It's the most expensive out of the three of these, being about $30. Some say this is purely an oily skin moisturizer, but I think anyone can benefit from the Benton - Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel I love using this especially after a chemical peel or when my skin is irritated. It's extremely calming and redness relieving. I find it to be both moisturizing and hydrating, especially when I lock it all in with my vanicream moistuizer which I will mention next! This gel is the only moisturizer I use on my forehead because it's AMAZING for FUNGAL ACNE. It has antibacterial properties and doesn't promote growth in fungal acne. It's smoothed down my forehead so much, and it's only like $15! Now let me tell you about the #Vanicream - Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer [products]#[FiveStars] . This is the BEST moisturizer I've ever owned in MY LIFE. Even though I don't have super oily skin, I still crave a deeply moisturizing moisturizer with ceramides and humectants. But most of them out there aren't suitable for acne prone skin. So for those of ya'll with DRY, ACNE-PRONE skin, you will LOVE this. Same with aging skin, sensitive skin...if you have SKIN you will love this. This moisturizer has squalene, Glycerin, and 5 key ceramides, and it's $14.99! And it's guaranteed NO reaction or NO sensitivity, which I love. I picked this up after I was sick of using the DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream and found that it was breaking me out, and wasn't moisturizing enough. It has about the same texture, but the vanicream is less gel-like. BUT with the added antiaging and peptide/ceramide benefits, you could say this was a dupe for the DE one...just better!
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Reflecting on 2020
2020 is coming to a close. I think we are all very hopeful for a better 2021. 2020 has been challenging year. But, as hard as it has been for me having a newborn & a toddler at home during two lockdowns now (Ontario is officially locked down today again), it has also given me LOTS of time with my kids, a HUGE appreciation for stay at home moms, and appreciating all the things I took for granted like seeing friends & family at Christmas. Here’s my @cherie2020 Top 5 1. Product My favourite has been SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment I received it in a sample bag from Sephora and was blown away by the results. It’s a 7 % lactic acid treatment in a milky serum consistency. It also contains licorice root extract. You really can notice it smooth & brighten your skin in 3 minutes! I haven’t bought the full size yet. It retails for $112 CAD for 1oz. But when my sample runs out I think this one is worth the money! (The sample is .25oz and I’ve been using it once a week for about 6 weeks and I might have one use left) 2. Trend Does Vitamin C count as a trend? I only started my skincare journey 6 months ago. I didn’t really know anything about skincare ingredients. Now I’ve bought two Vitamin C serums, an eye cream, and face wash! Vitamin C is powerful antioxidant that helps give you brighter, tighter, and overall more radiant looking skin. I definitely have noticed a difference since starting use to Vitamin C serums! VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum(haven’t started using) OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème OLE HENRIKSEN - Truth Juice Daily Cleanser 3. Best Look My best book would have to be my everyday 5 minute natural make-up look (see earlier post). Before I started my skincare journey in the summer, I was maybe washing my face in the shower and putting on lotion. Definitely no make-up. I looked tired and dull. Now I take care of my skin, so even without make-up I look brighter and I also take 5 minutes to put on a little make-up, even if it is just to walk the kids to the park and it makes me feel a lot better about my appearance. CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 25 SEPHORA COLLECTION - Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer Milk MAKEUP - Lip + Cheek CLINIQUE - High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara CLINIQUE - Just Browsing Brush-on Styling Mousse 4. Favourite Creator on Cherie I might be biased because I won a great giveaway from her, but I really love following @JadesJourney I really enjoy her intersection between skincare and wellness. Check her out! 5. Something I learned The biggest thing I learned this year is not only can I find the time everyday to take care of my skin but that I look forward to it! Happy New Year!
I thought I would share this great deal I came across on Sephora Canada! Ole Henriksen’s Happy Go Lucky kit is on sale for $32. It includes a FULL SIZE 15ml OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crèmeand a 60ml OLE HENRIKSEN - Truth Juice Daily Cleanser(a $67 value) On top of that Sephora has it’s Major Sale promotion. Add the promo code MAJORSALE and get an extra 20% off sale items! That makes this kit $25.60! I have been wanting to try the OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crèmebecause it’s an Allure 2020 winner and it’s great reviews for helping dark circles. The eye cream retails for $52 CAD on its. This deal makes it’s 50% plus the cleanser! An early Christmas present for myself 🤗
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Accutane = complete!
I have finished my round of accutane and wanted to share with everyone! The bottom photos is what I look like after applying my skincare that I have below. My skin definitely loves it! I still have some scarring to deal with but I am no longer having any breakouts! My skincare routine: spectro - Jel Cleanser I absolutely love this cleanser. I used this while on Accutane and I did not have any problems with it so this will be my go to cleanser now. dermalogica - Multi-Active Toner I’ve been using this for about a month and my skin is loving this! I spray this on damp skin to really hydrate my skin. OLE HENRIKSEN - Truth Serum I use this because this is really the only vitamin c serum I have used. If anyone has a recommendation let me know! dermalogica - Stress Positive Eye Lift MaskI haven’t rated this because I just started using this. Cetaphil - Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion I’ve been using this for months and I actually love this! I also mix a few drops of The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil with it to lock everything in. I finished off with Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 I actually love this sunscreen!
Helps brighten my skin and add back bounce . My skin looks glowing and plump after each use. Must have
Boujiee skincare nights✨
Well this was recorded before I gave my final verdict on May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon, so at this time it was still on my trial period; I have a full dedicated review to it, if you want more info please read it🙏🏼😌 Let’s start reviewing: ARCONA - Night Worker I just wish it was a true serum. Other than that it smells nice, like peaches or apricot; it’s mostly clean and has really good sourced ingredients; made in the USA; it’s a smaller company and they produce products freshly. The consistency is like a cream so if you have dry skin/normal or combo/dry, this will work greatly for you as it doesn’t irritate at all. Also the Vitamin C is stable as the container is completely opaque and has a pump which is also great. Definitely see some brightening action and smoothing of the fine lines in my forehead. SkinMedica - Retinol Complex 1.0 It is really gentle for being a 1%, I assume it’s due to it being encapsulated retinol, which means it gets released slowly and not all at once. Definitely no irritation even when I use my DE glycolic serum/gel and followed it with this. I just wished, again, that the consistency was more thin. Other than that great formula and packaging keeps everything stable as well. facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10 I feel like it has definitely help with my acne, as I started breaking out due to hormonal imbalances and this helped greatly. I do however like the Good molecules Niacinamide as it’s cheaper and has zero stickiness to it and absorbs quicker. I am mixing this with my Chanel Le Blanc lotion and that helps this product sink in way faster as well as to not have that sticky feeling. facetheory - Regena C20 Serum I have to further keep using it, but right now it has given me zero irritation, has great ingredients and other brighteners besides vit C and sinks right in. may lindstrom skin - The Blue Cocoon Please read my review on this. BURT’S BEES - Rosewater Toner Love it, great for texture! Wish it had less alcohol. Chanel Le Blanc Lotion ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As usual, 5 stars, I have reviewed it multiple times and just can’t get over what a great product it is. Aesop - Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk It’s okay. Nothing exorbitant. I would say it’s good if you have really dry skin or for the winter months. Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Smoothing Gel Exfoliator 150ml Smells great, leaves my skin soft as a baby’s behind, really small exfoliating beads, none irritating, good price, lasts a long time and doubles as cleanser after taking your makeup off, of course. GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask For now I give it 4 stars as I need to use it for a longer period of time. Good thing’s about it: doesn’t irritate or make my eyes water, hydrates and smoothens. Wish it wasn’t in a jar.
GLOW RECIPE-Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
Diary of an oily, dehydrated mess
Lately, I have been sticking to a pretty consistent routine and I wanted to take a second to share with you the first THREE products I use in the morning. (Active serums are just too specific maybe I’ll share them later.) Disclaimer: I have oily, dehydrated skin so I try to feed my skin and avoid stripping it. These three products complement each other well for my morning routine. I have been doing this particular routine for about a 6 months now, but I do rotate different products in and out as I see fit. I follow a lot of YouTubers and they recommend the first two products so much that I had to try them MY MORNING ROUTINE (first three products only) 1️⃣ TATCHA - The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser is an oil-free, gel-based cleanser that is supposed to clean your skin, but not strip it. TDC is the recommended for dry, normal, combination and oily skin. (It can be used daily — morning and night.) It is a product I use mostly in the mornings. It is really gentle and would not be my first choice to remove makeup — even after using it after an oil cleanser. It is not a cleanser that you should expect to have standard suds so be aware of that. Specs: • 1.7 oz. for $16 • 5 oz. for $38 2️⃣ fresh - Rose Deep Hydration Toner is a daily toner that has real rose petals and hyaluronic acid in it to hydrate your skin while minimizing pores. It is for dry, normal, combination and oily skin. It has an orange hue and is pretty liquidy. It comes in two different sizes. (Pro-tip: Look for it in Sephora or Fresh sets if you are unsure.) It has rose extracts, rose oil, rose water and rose petals in it. If you are sensitive to any of those this probably isn’t the product for you. Specs: • 3.3 oz. for $25 • 8.4 oz. for $45 3️⃣ HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion is hyaluronic acid “lotion” that has five types of HAs and urea “to lock in moisturize and keep skin thoroughly hydrated longer.” It also helps balance your pH. It is slightly thicker than other hyaluronic acids that I have used. It layers really well and doesn’t cause other products to pill like the newly reformulated The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. Best for dry, dehydrated skin. Specs: 5 oz./170 mL for $14.40 on Amazon
HADALABO-Gokujyun Premium Lotion
Detoxifying + Conditioning Nighttime Routine
After I’ve worked a 12 hour shift at the hospital I sometimes feel like I want to treat my skin. Whether it’s because of lack of sleep, stress, or wearing a mask for so long, my skin can feel less than optimal; like I want to give it a deeper clean. Last night I decided to treat myself with a face mask. Step 1: Not shown in the photo but I removed my makeup with my Marcelle micellar water Step 2: I cleansed my face with FARMACY - Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser I love the smell of this and how gentle it is on my skin. When I use this I can really tell it gets all the grime off my skin. Step 3: I chose to use the THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum around my nose and pores just to add a little extra help to the next step (clay mask) to get rid of those impurities. I waited maybe 10 minutes after applying this go ahead with the clay mask :) Step 4: I applied the L'ORÉAL - Pure Clay Purity Mask This specific face mask is for sensitive skin but I love the blue colour and that it contains seaweed extract, which helps soothe and soften your skin. At the moment my skin type is normal but that doesn’t mean I can’t use a product designed for sensitive skin 😜. I applied a thin layer, avoiding my under eye area, and left on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Step 5: I cleansed my face again with the FARMACY - Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser I figure if the clay mask is meant to pull out impurities, etc. then it’s important to wash those off your skin :) Step 6: My go-to, my old faithful: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I apply this every skincare routine I have. It’s important to rehydrate your skin after a clay face mask as some can pull out moisture. I love TO’s hyaluronic acid. I dampened my skin and applied this serum to lock that moisture in. Step 7: While I didn’t apply the face mask under my eyes, I still wanted to moisturize that area. I know eye creams can be controversial in the sense that you don’t really need them, but I absolutely love this one by Biossance BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream I can honestly tell it smoothes out my tired under-eyes and I find it really moisturizing thanks to the squalane. Step 8: In this last step I applied both products around the same time and gentle massaged them into my skin. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I’m so in love with this product. It’s such a hydrating oil and it leaves my skin feeling unbelievably soft. I also wanted to use the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask because, while it’s technically a sleep mask, I find is sooo hydrating — and with clay masks as I said above, they can be drying and I like to rehydrate my skin. These two get the job done 💚
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Pride Product Reviews ✨🌈✨
Red represents “Life” The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is perfect for exfoliating the top dermal layer of the skin, and leaves you with fresh and lively skin. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Orange represents “Healing” Sunday Riley's CEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum is next level when it comes to healing hyperpigmentation that can result from blemishes. It uses a highly stable and ultra-powerful form of Vitamin C called THD ascorbate, which ensures that the Vitamin C maintains ultimate potency until it comes in contact with the skin! SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum Yellow represents “Sunlight” Wishful's Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub is a bright and soft scrub packed with pineapple and papaya enzymes, that leaves the skin bright and radiant. Best if used on dry skin. HUDA BEAUTY - Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub Green represents “Nature” and I simply couldn't narrow it down to just one product for this one. Youth to The People's Superfood Cleanser is my top choice when it comes to gentle cleansers. It's formulated with kale, spinach, green tea, and cold-pressed antioxidants. It has a soothing lather and wonderfully clean aroma. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser My next green product is out of this world. Sunday Riley's Martian Gel Toner is by far my FAVORITE toner that I have ever used. Its mattifying finish leaves my skin feeling cool and prime for whatever serum I choose to apply next. It is a staple in my skincare routine. SUNDAY RILEY - Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner Blue represents “Magic/Art” and no other moisturizer makes me feel more magical than Peter Thomas Roth's Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer. This moisturizer contains a 30% Hyaluronic Acid Complex that draws atmospheric vapor to help lock in additional hydration for up to 72 hours ! PETER THOMAS ROTH - Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Indigo represents “Serenity.” The Khiel's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is an excellent night time product that contains Lavender Essential Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Squalane. Drift into a peaceful slumber knowing that you are reducing the signs of aging with this botanical enriched night serum . Kiehl's - Midnight Recovery Concentrate Violet represents “Spirit” and nothing gives me a youthful and spirited appearance to my skin like the Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream. This SUPER rich cream is jam-packed with Japanese purple rice, and antioxidants to help maintain your skin's firmness and elasticity. TATCHA - The Dewy Skin Cream
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Nighttime skincare routine December 💕
This has been my nighttime skincare routine the past couple of weeks I’ve been loving! My skin has had a turn for the worst and I’ve been having cystic hormonal acne petty bad and I’ve never had this problem before, so all of these products have been helping me clear my skin! My skin & body was dehydrated and I needed some extra exfoliation! This cleanser & the ordinary serum have helped my skin clear again. This eye cream is one of my favorites because it really brightens my eyes. I forgot to add my toner in :/ but it usually is the Dermalogica redness relief toner to help my skin the next day not be so irritated by the exfoliators. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Murad - Clarifying Cleanser Dr Dennis Gross - Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster FARMACY - Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer #OLEHENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème[products]#[FiveStars]
This is what I do every night😴💐💙
I used to never wash my face before bed. Not even after being in a salon all day. Gross, right? I didn’t care. My skin was clear and I looked easily five years younger than I was, even at 30. Then slowly I started to see fine lines around my eyes and then my lips and now I can sometimes see a crease or a new line on my forehead. I can see that time is starting to change my face. I don’t mind. I actually think I’m becoming more attractive as I age. But that may also be wishful thinking. Regardless, I don’t mind aging, but I really want to be graceful and smooth. Not red, puffy and bumpy. So, I needed a skin care routine and had no idea where to start. You have to start at the beginning and just wash your face. Ok. I bought some of that fancy charcoal soap for clarifying. You know the one at Whole Foods that’s black and white and smells like lemon grass? Let me tell you, put that on your body, not your face. It left me so red and burny. So I had to try it again a week later, because that’s what I do I guess. Same result equals insanity right? So I got on Sephora and started looking at face cleansers and found the Purity and it is really wonderful and ALMOST perfect. I wish it was truly an all in one product but you have to work it a bit. I don’t like using wash cloths on my face but I sometimes want something more than my fingers to work off my makeup so I like to use the Aveeno wipes first. I use full coverage foundation and mascara every day and depending on how much I’ve built it I may have up to 3 layers of mascara on so I need double duty but gentle care. The Aveeno wipes are neck in neck with the Neutrogena wipes. I like them both the same for removing most of my makeup before I wash my face with Purity and water. I use mostly warm water bordering on hot when I wash my face. I want all the makeup off and I want my pores opened and ready for the Truth Serum. That has done wonders to smooth the texture of my skin. I used to use only a little dab, and I still do if it’s going to be under my makeup but at night I am now much more liberal and I really kinda load it up just because it’s so great and I wish I could put it all over my whole body. After that I use the Glow Recipe Avocado mask with retinol on my eye area, and this is my newest addition to my routine. I just got it and I am so happy to have such a luxury eye care cream. It’s got great reviews and before and after pictures online. I love how it melts into my skin. I definitely feel like my eyes are smoother and more awake looking. After that I use the C-Rush, all over everywhere else on my face except for my eyes. I really like this selection by Ole Henrikson and I recommend it for anyone that wants to improve the general condition of their facial skin. Combined with the Truth Serum, this has really changed my skin texture and appearance for the better and I really enjoy slathering it in my face at night. I use it only at night because it just doesn’t feel right under my makeup.
GLOW RECIPE-Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
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