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Skincare Essentials

For the never-ending winter of 2019

I don’t know about you, but my skin is struggling to keep up with this weather. The ups and downs from 60 degrees to 10 degrees are definitely not helping my biggest concern, which is dryness. I’ve never been one for routine, but this past (and present) winter has forced me into it. Below I’m going to share my routine, keeping it in the order in which I use it throughout my process of getting ready.

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

This product was 100% worth the dirty glare I got from my friend as I grabbed it, right after begging her not to let me buy anything else from Ulta. After many trial and errors with other face washes, I found that I preferred foaming over exfoliating, light scented over heavy scented and absolutely needed something that didn’t leave my face feeling oily or sticky after washing it off. This face wash has a light lemon scent, foams perfectly and only takes a very small amount to cover the entire face.

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

I was slow to hop on the bandwagon with this product, mostly because I didn’t know what a toner was or how to use it. I finally broke down and bought it and I have never turned back. I apply it all over my face (the rose petal scent makes you feel like you’re at a day spa) and it immediately releases the tension in my skin. It’s like when you water a plant for the first time in a long time and it just immediately soaks up all the water and looks a million times better. Picture that, but with your face…

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

I apply my moisturizer after I’ve let the toner sit and soak into my skin. I’m far past the point of buying a moisturizer just because someone famous uses it, it has a pretty bottle, it’s a name brand, etc. I’ve tried it all. This product (which I buy from target) has worked the absolute best as a moisturizer for me. It’s very thick, so I would definitely suggest starting off with only a bit and working more into the skin as needed.

MAC Strobe Cream

This isn’t as much a skin care product as it is a massive life hack. This gives you the ability to have that just came back from a ten day vacation in the Bahamas glow, without you actually having to go anywhere (except maybe a beauty supply store). I apply this before I put my foundation on, right on the cheekbones, as well as on the forehead, just above the eyebrows.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

I have used multiple setting sprays and honestly have not been impressed with any of them, before trying this one. I spray this onto my face just before applying my foundation and then finish my entire look by setting it with another spray. I adore this because not only is it light on the skin, but the scent is so refreshing that it literally just makes me feel good to be putting the product on. It doesn’t feel heavy or overwhelming in any way.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

THIS. This is the chapstick you’ve been looking for your entire life. Or, at least it was for me. I feel like we can probably tell that I’m partial to floral scented things at this point, but this rose scented lip salve is the ultimate amount of hydrating. It also appears glossy on the lips, which I love.

Anatomy of a Fragrance Lotion

Let me just say, I’ve never been a huge fan of lotion. I use it mostly out of necessity or in the summer more than anything. However, after I received this as gift from a friend, I decided I would try it out. I usually don’t like the feeling of lotion, how it sticks to your hands long after you’ve applied it, making them feel greasy or oily. This was the exact opposite. I didn’t even know it was possible to have a lotion without those qualities, but this proved all my doubts wrong. It also comes in candle form, available at Anthropology!

Bioelements Kerafole Face Mask


Last, but not least, is this Bioelements face mask. I have combination skin and this really helps keep it under control and prevent any breakouts from occurring. I actually found this when getting a facial done. The woman performing it recommended doing a seven day purge (aka doing the mask seven days in a row) and then following up by doing it once or twice a week afterwards. After doing the seven days in a row, I was completely clear of any problem areas and my skin felt fresher than it had in a long time. (Side note, I don’t struggle with acne or any major skin concerns, but this did help clear any small breakouts or more sensitive areas I was having issues with).

Those are all the tips I have for now! If you have any products you love/use daily/would highly recommend, pleaseeeee tell me !!! I’m always on the lookout for new skincare products and am always open to trying new things. Hope this helps!