My Nighttime Skin Care Routine


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In the last few years as my interest for makeup has grown, so too has my skincare routine. I realized how important it was to have a proper skin care regimen in order to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.  I started out simple, using a makeup remover wipe or generic face wash, and over time have added several products that work well with my skin type.  When I use these products consistently I really notice a difference in the appearance of my skin and the way my makeup applies and wears.  Below are the six steps I take every night in order to keep my skin looking it’s best.

Step 1: Remove Makeup

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I always begin my routine by removing my makeup. I like to use a wipe for this step.  It’s quick and easy.  I’ve tried several brands and variations of cleansing towelettes, but for the most part I stick with the Target brand.

Step 2. Cleanse

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After removing the majority of my makeup, I cleanse my face using a face wash or cleanser.  I’m currently using this L’Occitane Precious Cleansing Foam, however I also like using Cetaphil.  If my skin is looking dull and in need of a little exfoliation, I will use these same products with my Clarisonic, otherwise a wash cloth does the trick!

Step 3: Tone

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Following cleanser, I use a  facial toner.  Toners help restore the pH balance to your skin and ensure that every last trace of your makeup or other dirt and oil are removed.  I’ve gone through several bottles of this Mario Badescu one, but also use Clean and Clear when I’m in a pinch.

Step 4: Serums

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After toning my skin I like to use a serum or any other type of anti-aging product I have. It’s important to complete this step before moisturizing to ensure that the product penetrates the skin and doesn’t just sit on top.  Currently I am using the RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream to help with the texture of my skin.  In the future I would like to try a product with hyaluronic acid.

Step 5: Moisturize 

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Moisturizing is a crucial step in the nighttime skincare routine.  After washing away any natural oil from the face, it should be replaced by a moisturizer or other hydrating product. If you skip this step, your face will be left dry and your skin will want to produce extra oil to compensate, which in turn will lead to clogged pores!  I am currently using the L’Occitane Creme Divine cream and under-eye cream.  I also like to use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, or CeraVe from the drugstore.

Step 6: Refresh

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As my last step I like to use a facial mist to leave my skin feeling nice and refreshed.  This is not a necessary step, but it always makes me feel relaxed and ready for bed.  Plus, I love trying new mists.  Currently, I am trying out the Caudlie Beauty Elixer.  I also really like the Pur Minerals Miracle Mist and the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater. 

After these steps my skin is ready for bed!  What is your favorite nighttime skin care product?  Let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for reading!





July Empties: Products I’ve Used Up

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These products are empty and headed to trash. Read below to see which products I would repurchase. 

Do you ever finish a product and have that bittersweet moment of simultaneously being sad but also proud that you used up an entire item?  If you are a total makeup lover like me, you totally get it.  Now, you are either left without your favorite product and need to restock ASAP, or you are excited because you get to replace it with a new item you’ve been wanting to try.  Either way, it always seems to end up in a trip to the beauty counter.

Today, I will be sharing with you the products that I have finished over the past month. Some of these products I have been using longer than others and some I enjoyed more than others.  Continue reading to see what products were hits, which were misses and what I’m looking forward to purchasing in the future. Continue reading “July Empties: Products I’ve Used Up”


Left to Right: Razzle Dazzle | You’ve Been Mangoed |Sakura | Pumice Power | Softy | Ayesha

Today I’m sharing my recent purchases from LUSH.  Up until my recent move back to Chicago the closest LUSH store was over 140 miles!  Now, I live within blocks from a location-dangerous!  I have always been a fan of their masks and other face products, but had never really ventured into a lot of the bath and body products, which is kind of crazy considering they are known for their bath bombs and soaps.  Anyways, now that I have moved and have a tub that deems worthy of taking a relaxing bath I decided it was time to try a bath bomb.
I had done a little research ahead of time (a.k.a. watching YouTube videos and searching the hashtag #bathart on instagram), and had a pretty good idea of what items I was interested in.   In the end I chose the Sakura bath bomb, which is described as  “A refreshing floral dip into springtime…with scents of mimosa and jasmine”.  While I was in the bath section I came across the luxury bath oils. I admit that more often than not I’m too lazy to moisturize my entire body after showering, so I figured these would be fun and useful products to try. I picked Razzle Dazzle, described as “a berry relaxing blend of Persian lime oil, bergamot oil and violet leaf” it also includes shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil.  Beware-this one is easily transferred onto your hands (pink and sparkly nonetheless).  The employee suggested I keep this one in the bag until I was ready to use it and then to drop the product directly out of the bag and into the tub.  I should have listened-it can be a little messy!  I also picked up You’ve been Mangoed simply because it smelled too good to resist (clearly I have no-self control).

Going in I knew that I wanted to pick up the Pumice Power Foot Soap.  Its one of my absolute favorite products from LUSH.  It gives instant results and leaves your feet feeling super smooth and refreshed.  It is surprisingly gentle, much more so than an actual pumice stone, but with the same, if not better results. A definite must-have if you’ve been walking around in sandals all summer like me!  I also received a sample of the Softy Foot Lotion.  It has a wonderful sounding blend of essentials oils and seems like it would be perfect to use after the foot soap.

Last but not least, I grabbed the fresh face masks Ayesha.  What really drew me to this particular mask was it’s description as “a blend of tightening and toning ingredients to refresh tired-looking skin”.  The woman helping me told me this really shrank her pores for several days-B-I-N-G-O, I’m sold!  In the past I have used the Cup O’Coffee for exfoliating and the Mask of Magnaminty  when my skin is acting up, and I have been very pleased with both, but I am always looking for new products to try.

I can’t wait to use these products and report back with a review.  At checkout I was informed that if you bring back five empty LUSH pots you get a free face mask.  What an awesome incentive to recycle and reuse!  Do you have any favorite LUSH products or items you’ve been wanting to try?  Let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for reading!