Has it seriously been 7 months since I posted! Holy moly! I guess that's what happens when you get a job and become a grown up! Anyway, I owe my return to a friend of mine who recently asked me about some skincare/makeup advice. So, I'll break it up into 2 posts. This one will be about the skincare products I can't live without. What are some of your favorite skin care lines?
It's all about the canvas.
Seriously. You're makeup wont go on evenly/beautifully if your face isn't properly smooth and primed.
I am obsessed with exfoliating. Do it once a week and your skin will feel as smooth as a baby's behind. You will thank me for this tip :)
1. Face Cleanser-
|Clinique Mild Facial Soap- $12 at department stores|
This is not your ordinary bar of facial soap. It leaves you feeling silky smooth and never dry. I use it religiously.
2. Face Exfoliator-
|St. Ives Elements Olive Scrub, $8 at drugstores|
This is a gentle exfoliating cleanser. As I said before, you should make sure to exfoliate at least once a week. This is a great moisturizing cleanser that leaves skin smooth and refreshed by using olive oil and natural exfoliants. It smells great too!
Another Option for maximum exfoliating is (my-can't-live-without)
Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel System
|$28 at drugstores|
This system is ah-mazing. I seriously feel as if I've just left from getting a professional facial after I use it. This 2-step skincare treatment actively works together to give you a microderm exfoliating benefits as well as a mini peel treatment. The results- glowing skin. Even better- over time it diminishes the looks of fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin tone.
What more could you ask for?!
3. Facial Moisturizer-
|Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, $24.50 at Department Stores|
That's a mouthful.. but despite its long name, it is good to the last drop. This gel formula is specific for skin types 3-4= oily skin (which I have). The regular DDM lotion is just as wonderful. It softens skin and leaves you feeling perfectly balanced. No wonder it wins award after award.
4. Lip Exfoliator-
|C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Buffer, $7.50 at Bath and Body Works|
Here we go again with exfoliating! Especially during winter, lips get dry, cracked, flaky and just gross. Exfoliate them with this mint infused sugar scrub made just for your lips! It leaves them with a renewed softness and glow.
5. Lip Moisturizer-
|Rosebud Salve, $6, Sephora|
I have been using this lip salve long before it became a cult following years ago. It is probably the most amazing thing EVER. Not only does it sooth dry lips, heals irritations and sooth burns, but its also for skin dryness and some have even used it for diaper rash! As cheap as this is, everyone needs to throw some in your purse. Now.
6. Body Cleanser-
|Voluspa Shea Butter Soap in Laguna, $10, wherever you can find it|
I own a plethora of body washes, soaps, etc. just as the next person but I am truly ecstatic when I find a worthy one. Recently I purchased this Voluspa (the company that makes those great candles) Shea Butter Soap in Laguna. It smells fantastic. It also leaves my skin as smooth as silk. Love it.
7. Body Exfoliator-
|Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub, $7 at Ulta|
More exfoliating! This Shea sugar body scrub smells so yummy its literally a treat in the shower. Formulated with Organic Shea butter, its whole sugar grains provide a deep but gentle exfoliation.
8. Body Moisturizer-
|Suave Cocoa Butter with Shea, $3 at drugstores|
I love cocoa butter. It seriously smells good enough to eat! Lather it on after you take a shower, before bed, etc. to get silky, yummy smelling skin.
9. Make-up Remover-
|Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, $6 at Ulta|
These award winning facial cleansing cloths are wonderful. They remove dirt, oil, makeup and leave your skin feeling as if it's been washed in light cucumber water in one swipe. If you're on the go as much as I am these are a must have.
10. Acne/All purpose Oil-
|Tea Tree Oil, Drug or Health Food stores, $8-10|
Tea tree oil is great for bug bites and wounds as well as acne. Put a tiny drop on the affected area a couple of times a day and in no time your boo-boo will be gone. I love tea tree oil in bath water for a relaxing touch.