Simple Look Friday
Hi Cherie! I hope you’re all having a great Friday!! my favorite look is a “natural” look. I love dewy looking skin, but I don’t like looking like I’m wearing so much makeup! My current go-to look has been quite simple! I wash my face with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin & then I use I'm from - Rice Toner Once that fully absorbs, I’ll lightly pat The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% over my skin. Finally, I’ll put ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream all over my face & neck. I LOVE this stuff. It hydrates & moisturizes without being too much & it smells amazing!! That’s it for my face. Then I’ll move on to my eyes. I’ll put trèStiQue - Conceal, Cover & Correct Crayon & then use MAYBELLINE - Hyper Easy Waterproof Liquid Liner In Pitch Black in the top corner of my eyes, I do this to highlight the mascara I’ll be adding next. Finally, after curling & brushing out my lashes, I will put MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Mascara Full Fan Effect on my top & bottom lashes. Finally, I will use WINKY LUX - Limited Edition Flower Balm on my lips. This goes on clear but then turns this pretty bright pink color! I love it because it always keeps my lips hydrated! & that’s it! My natural makeup routine! Thanks so much for reading & I hope you guys try out my look! Talk to you soon! 💖💋
The Ordinary-Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
My Morning Routine
I haven’t shared a routine for awhile and I’m constantly testing new products out so I wanted to give you a peek into what my typical morning routine looks like these days. I start off with a very small gentle wash with fresh - Soy Face Cleanser Jumbo I received this a long while ago and Fresh is a very popular brand. Unfortunately they are highly fragranced so I never rushed to try this out. I was going to re-gift it but in the end decided to give it a try. It has a light cucumber scent and is very easy to work with. I don’t wear makeup (these days) so I’m not sure how easy it is to remove. I don’t mind it but will not be purchasing any Fresh products. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator next I exfoliate every other day with this. I’m a huge fan of hydration products and depending on my mood, and my skins mood, will go in with 2-4 products at this point (essences and hydrating toners). I like to use products versus water to lock in hydration. First I apply with my hands I'm from - Rice Toner and while still damp, (THIS IS IMPORTANT) I add 2-3 drops off GLOW RECIPE - Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum I am really liking this HA serum and only took a ⭐️ away for added fragrance. Next is my treatment step which in the am is Vitamin c. CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution is said to be 62x’s more effective than vitamin c so I like to trade off using this and any other vitamin c serums I have. I just recently added PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Boosteras at my age I really want to prevent those wrinkles and stop any signs of aging I can! PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Restoring Moisturizer With SPF 50 is the final step. I like having a moisturizer and SPF in one. I like this as my mind is immediately taken to the beach. It has that lovely scent that reminds me of my youth. Upon first application it left a slight white cast that quickly went away and I couldn’t tell I was wearing any sunscreen at all. No heavy, tacky, greasy feeling. There you have it! If you are not a twice a day cleanser and just use water in the am this routine could be simplified even a few more steps. You could skip the rice toner and just use water to dampen before adding HA. Also just using one vitamin c. This would leave you with four steps. I personally like to do a light cleanse in the am as I’m using retinol and heavy moisturizers at night and want to wash them away before coming in with any new products. Otherwise I feel like I am just layering my am products on top of my previous pm ones. Hope my skinnies are staying healthy both mentally and physically. Keep wearing your masks and let’s keep everyone healthy and safe! ❤️🍒😷
GLOW RECIPE-Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Before and After HALLOWEEN Skincare Tips 🎃💀👻
I love Halloween with the costumes, the treats, and scary movies. What's not to love. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the fun we can forget about our activities of daily living. So I just wanted to give you guys some tips on how to get through today!!! Before putting on your Halloween makeup remember to exfoliate, hydrate and prime your skin. Healthy nourished skin is the best base for any makeup routine. You can exfoliate and hydrate with one of my favorite masks dear, klairs - Youthful Glow Sugar Mask if you want a hydrating primer my go to is BOBBI BROWN - Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer After dancing the night away in layers of makeup or walking the neighborhood with a scary mask on your face you will need to double cleanse. The best way to break down that makeup and dirt is with an oil cleanser. My favorites are BANILA CO - Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Nourishing and I just tried FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm omg this stuff really breaks down makeup. Then follow up with a gel cleanser to really get in your pores and get the dirt out. I personally like NATURIUM - Mixed Greens Nutrient-Rich Cleanser they are launching a Niacinamide gel cleanser Nov 1 I'm excited to try it. After cleansing you can rehydrate your skin with a nourishing mask like I'm from - Honey Mask or TONYMOLY - I'm Real Aloe Mask Sheet both masks keep my skin plump and hydrated. Throw in a hydrating essence NATURIUM - Hyaluronic Acid Essence 2% or hydrating toner like I'm from - Rice Toner Skip the actives and finish with a hydrating moisturizer like FARMACY - Honey Halo Ultra-hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer Don't forget to hydrate. Water helps flush out those toxins, the candy and/or the alcohol. 😜 Water will help give your skin that healthy glow!!! If the makeup has left your skin irritated you can try adding some serums like Krave - Great Barrier Relief or epicuren DISCOVERY - Aloe Vera Calming Gel to your routine both calm irritated skin. The Krave serum will help soothe your skin while repairing your skins barrier. The Epicuren gel has green tea and camomile which a great anti inflammatory agents. What are your Halloween plans?? Are you still dressing up are you still participating in Halloween activities?? Hope these tips help!!!
epicuren DISCOVERY-Aloe Vera Calming Gel
Battle of the Toners 🥊
💭 I remember when I was in high school, I would use toners as makeup removers. I cringe at that memory, specifically because it was an alcohol heavy toner that would burn my face and eyes every time... This memory made realize how misunderstood toners are and how much they’ve evolved! This post will give you a brief intro to the toners I use and why! ❗️Please do not use alcohol based toners. There is no need to be that silly. We can treat skin concerns without damaging your skin barrier. Hydrating Toners: My favorite type of toner! I use it almost every morning and night (when I don’t use exfoliants). I like these because they’re gentle and nourish your skin with the moisture it needs. It’s basically the prepping step so your next skincare products can absorb more efficiently into the skin. I have been using my rice toner for a while now and it’s a holy grail. Check out my other post for my review on it! I'm from - Rice Toner AHA Exfoliation Toners: These are a wonder and come in so many different formulations/percentages that I believe any skin type will be able to find their perfect match! I use these probably 2x/week max depending on if I’m using an AHA serum or not (I never use them together). I like these toners a lot better because I really do see a difference since using them long term. I’ve seen a huge decrease in dullness and breakouts! Be careful if you’re new to exfoliation or have sensitive skin. The YTTP might be a little too strong if you don’t have the tolerance but once you build up to it, it’s a fantastic product. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner I’m not a fan of the Ole Henriksen one. It claims to reduce dark spots and it did not do it for me. I’m still using it just because I need to finish it. But would not repurchase. As for exfoliation, I think it might be a good starter but overall the fragrance aspect of it is not my favorite and I think you can find better exfoliation toners/serums out there. OLE HENRIKSEN - Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner BHA Exfoliation Toners: You got an acne flare up? Milia? Inflammation? Blackheads? This is your stop! BHA products are fat soluble so they dig deep in your pores and get rid of excess oils or dead skin. This in turn makes your pores look smaller, erase black head visibility and calm your acne inflammation! I bought the Paulas Choice BHA toner bc I kept getting blackheads around my nose and my hormonal acne needed to be tamed. The toner did just that and even made me look a little brighter/ glowy the next day! I love this product and even tho it markets that it can be used every day, I kind of just use it the weeks I feel that I need to treat my hormonal acne or if my pores are looking quite large. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator 💡Final Thoughts: Start with a small % & don’t overuse.
OLE HENRIKSEN-Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner
5 Toners for Every Dry Skin Personality
1. Dry and acne-prone looking for firmer skin. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Not a toner for the weak and sensitive, TO’s Glycolic Acid Toner is a great option if you want to seriously minimize pores, reduce acne and brighten skin. My skin personally feels sensitized when I use it in the AM so be sure to layer extra SPF if you are a daytime wearer. I prefer this in a PM routine when I want to take a break from other actives/acids. 2. Dry and looking for soft, dewy skin. I'm from - Rice Toner I love this toner when I want soft, supple skin. It leaves an appropriate layer of hydrating shine on my face when I want that quick “glass” skin look. Keeps my skin feeling dewy for a few hours so I will reapply in the afternoon when I feel dried out again. Because the ingredients are mostly humectants, I love layering it under serums that contain a lot of actives like Vit C and retinol! 3. Dry and struggling with dullness. GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner This is a true ingredient-minded toner and my absolute favorite way of sneaking niacinamide into my skincare routine. This toner really acts as a 3 in 1 package with niacinamide, vit C and arbutin. I use this in the AM and PM, under both acidic and milder serums. May be too sensitizing for some. It’s an appropriate amount of hydrating, which I appreciate! 4. Dry and wanting a toner that acts as a lotion. ROVECTIN - Rovectin Skin Essentials Activating Treatment Lotion This toner claims to have 7 different types of hylauronic acid, kind of like Hado Labo’s toner lotion. I like that it’s scent-free but it definitely lacks a wow factor. I would only recommend if you’re looking for a two step routine with “toner” and an additional moisturizer only. 5. Dry and looking for a toner to layer under makeup/serums. dear, klairs - Supple Preparation Facial Toner This was my go-to toner for years. Faintly lavender-scented, this toner is hydrating and not intense at all. It’s great for layering under actives and makeup.
The Ordinary-Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
This 77.78% rice toner is an elixir for dry skin
HONEST FEMME FINDS: [I’m From] is quickly becoming a favorite brand of mine and is a true ally to the dry/dull/combo skin fam. I’m picky about my toners- I feel that toners are not a true skincare necessity and if I’m spending money to use one, it better be great! Many toners on the market are either too drying or hydrating but too sticky for me personally. I’m thinking of doing a post comparing my top toners but for now, here are my thoughts on this baby 🍼. I'm from - Rice Toner 🍚 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: the packaging is so minimal, so classy. The bottle itself is made of glass which is an upgrade for my vanity but not so much for my butter fingers- I’m always afraid of dropping it! The “white” of the bottle is 100% the toner itself. The rice extract must be very concentrated because it’s nothing like the opaque rice water I get when prepping steamed rice for dinner. 🍚 NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: other than the 77.78% rice extract from Korea, niacinamide is 5th on the list. Bútylene glycol, a popular humectant, is one of the last ingredients but may tell us why it’s so intensely hydrating. 🍚 USE: After a good shake the liquid comes onto my hand in appropriate quantities, has a pigmented pearly and chalky appearance but doesn’t feel gritty at all on the face. Once it’s patted on the face, the whiteness pretty much disappears, leaving a super comfortable and intensely hydrating residue so I really only use two “turns” each time. In the morning, I use this toner after my a quick water rinse and before my Vit C serum. The toner is also my go-to midday moisturizer because of how it plumps up my skin like a normal moisturizer would. It’s also the first thing I use after the shower now. Another thing to note is how soft and moist my skin feels even hours after application but isn’t sticky at all! 🍚 PRICE: this product currently retails for $25 on Amazon prime, a little higher than I’d normally pay for a 150ml toner. I do use way less of the product as I don’t “layer up” as I do other toners. Do I regret spending the $25? Absolutely not. Cheers to carbs for good skin health 🥂
I'm from-Rice Toner
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