The Fabulous World of Skincare Part I

I haven’t posted on skincare since 2015! Since I started work at Sephora (9 months ago) I have received tons on great skin care items in my Gratis. Gratis is just fancy (Italian) for free stuff. This has definitely helped me step up my skin care routine. I definitely do a lot more than I used to but that also comes with the knowledge of how to better care for my super sensitive, oily skin type. I’ve broken this post down into two parts so you don’t strain your eyes reading it all! Hope you enjoy Part I.



Cleansing

In the AM my routine is pretty minimal. Over the years I’ve learned that washing my face with hardcore cleansers in the morning does my skin no favors. So I just take a cotton round and use some micellar water to cleanse away any debris I didn’t catch the night before. I like Garnier most mornings, but my Caudalie water is awesome as well and it was free.99!

Nighttime Pre-Cleanse

I always remove my makeup. To me it’s like a layer of stuff that has be wiped away before cleansing. Most of the time I jump straight into my shower and use a nickel sized amount of It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Makeup Melting  Balm. It is fantastic! It removes hard to get off mascara and/or lash glue. You can read more about its benefits here. On the occasion where I am feeling lazy or need a quick nap I reach for my Simple Skin Care makeup removing wipes. These do not cleanse as deeply as the balm, but they work at getting everything off the surface until you can cleanse your skin.


At night after I am ready to wash my day away I need a bit more help than my hands can give. That’s where my Clarisonic (complements of Sephora) comes in.  I’m currently using Skin Laundry Gentle Foaming Cleanser. I had never heard of Skin Laundry before I received this product in my Sephora Gratis; but I am glad I did. This cleanser is amazing! It is gentle but it cleanses my skin after makeup removal perfectly. It never leaves my skin feeling dried out or stripped. Skin Laundry is a niche brand founded by Asia native, Yen Reis.  You can read more about Yen and her brand here

When I need to exfoliate there is nothing like my Ole Henriksen Pore Balance Facial Sauna Scrub. I first heard of this brand before I worked for Sephora. I received a sample in my Sephora Play Box. Ole Henriksen is a Danish Esthetician who launched his skin care line after suffering from Cystic Acne himself. You can read more of Ole’s story here. This brand is amazing enough to give frequently to Sephora employees. I received this scrub about 2 weeks ago so it is relatively new to my routine, but I love it! The beads have the perfect amount of grit and it has a warming sensation as it goes onto your skin. This sensation intensifies (not uncomfortably) and then gradually fades to a cooling sensation.

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How I Care for my Skin

I recently posted a video on my new channel about how I care for my skin. I couldn’t go into too much detail there because videos are supposed to be a condensed version of what you may find on my blog. It’s here that I get to be a wordsmith and elaborate on what I could not orate via YouTube. The products I use regularly are listed below, along with the benefits I see after utilizing each product.

Hydrogen Peroxide

I’ll admit this one isn’t for everyone, and you shouldn’t use this everyday, but I use it every other day to rid my skin of additional bacteria that my cleanser may have missed. The great thing is that it foams so you know it’s working on all those nasty little buggers trying to break out your face. The body actually produces hydrogen peroxide through white blood cells as a first line of defense to bacteria.

Neutrogena Stress Control Toner

Ever used a toner that just made you say “ahhhhh” after putting it on your face? Then this one is for you! This is by far the most refreshing toner I have ever used and it works perfectly with my crazy stressed, hormonal skin! As we know I love my foundation, and this stuff gets any residual dirt my cleanser might leave behind. The best part is that it treats both active breakouts as well as emerging.

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Wash

If you haven’t had the chance to tune into my video, then you don’t know that I have very sensitive, very oily skin. I discovered Boots Expert Gentle Cleansing Wash after watching another fellow acne prone, sensitive skin YouTuber’s video, JoshCollierMUA. Josh’s skin is dry so I was skeptical on this one, but it really works! It’s a light, airy foam that penetrates the skin to deep clean and makes it feel soft and nourished. It also doesn’t have much of a smell which is great because some of us have faces that don’t agree with fragrances!

Queen Helene Gentle Oatmeal n’ Honey Scrub

In a world where one has plenty of options when it comes to facial scrubs, this $3 one by Queen Helene is bae!; for me anyway. I love this stuff! It smells yummy and oatmeal calms skin irritation and redness; not to mention honey is a pre-biotic that stops yeast and bacteria from flourishing. Yay for honey!

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Sure you look like a creepy, little green martian when you put this mask on, but that is what pamper nights are for. You may look funny, but there is nothing funny about this powerful and inexpensive mask that draws out impurities with mint and sulfur. If you’ve got a “friend” that recently has taken residence on your beautiful countenance send him packing with the Mint Julep mask!

Freeman Clay Mask | Avocado & Oatmeal

This one happens to be green too but I promise it is worth looking like the Jolly Green Giant to have gorgeous skin! The bottle even says “purges pores”. It is a lot more mild than the Mint Julep mask and if you aren’t partial to the mint smell this is a great alternative. I love it for a nice switch up, because as we know our skin gets used to things, and once again it contains oatmeal which is fabulous for my irritable skin.

CVS Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF

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An awesome dupe for the more pricey Neutrogena moisturizer; I use this on my face every single day. It has light SPF so you don’t get that awful flashback in photos, but you still get the benefits of protection from the suns rays. I say that’s a win!

Pond’s Clarant B3 Cream

Because all of us cannot afford those fabulous lightening/whitening creams from Shiseido; this Pond’s cream is an amazing alternative. The price tag is also considerably smaller at just $4.98 at your local Walmart. This heavy cream packs a punch when it comes to moisture so you should use it at night when your skin is at rest and not exposed to the elements. As an added bonus this bad boy lightens and fades hyperpigmentation. Just be sure to stay out of the sun if you do wear this during the day as it will be counterproductive.

That about wraps up my laundry list of products! I hope you guys will check out my new channel and continue to support me there as well. Thank you for all you do! xo

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Sunday Funday Face Mask

Long time no blog! Wanted to come back with something entertaining but geared toward skin care versus makeup! So I’m currently wearing an Avocado and Oatmeal mask by Freeman’s. It is pore purifying while tightening the skin leaving you with a bright and healthy complexion! I personally love this stuff!!! I use it once a week on Sundays. I like to give my pores a really good purge at the end of the week since all week long I place things on my epidermis that can potentially damage or irritate it. Do any of you do face masks? Which ones do you use? Leave them in the comments below! 🙂
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