The second post for the 2014 Blogger Challenge is all about skincare. When I heard the topic, I was a bit nervous at first, but now I'm so excited to share my routine and some of my favorite products with you, as I realized I use way more than I ever thought!
I know, I know. Water is boring and everyone hates it. I'd so much rather be drinking coke, but the amount of good things water does for your skin (not to mention the rest of your body as well) is unbelievable. If you'd buy tons of products to get clearer, brighter skin, why not start with the thing that's easiest, healthiest, and free? 100% without a doubt, the more water I drink the better my skin is. It becomes all bright and dewy, I have noticeably less red spots and dark circles, and it's much more moisturized but not oily. It's boring, but so beneficial.
This stuff smells great. I've used the orange and green versions and loved them both. It's very inexpensive but definitely leaves my skin feeling lighter and cleaner with no waxy coating or tight skin feeling. It exfoliates enough to get off dirt and dry skin, but not enough to irritate your skin, so I'd recommend it for sensitive skin as well as every other type.
Okay, if I'm being honest, you could probably sell me a camel if you told me camel's milk would give me small pores, so this was a bit of an impulse purchase. Again, it does the job and exfoliates very well without being too harsh, but no magic on the pore front. Although, I thought baby freckles on my nose were big pores and tried to scrub them off for the longest time, so, I'm not exactly the pore expert.
I adore this stuff. It's a bit on the expensive side at around $35, but it has no harsh chemicals, goes on like a light second skin, stays on all day, and makes my face look so bright. I just love the lightness of it because it's a pretty good light-medium coverage.
This is what I use right now and I'm pretty happy with it. It does't feel heavy on my face and doesn't make my face oily either. Because I was blessed with naturally pretty good skin, I don't think this is a magical product sent from heaven as it acts pretty much like any other drugstore foundation, but I do like the way my skin looks, so I guess that's what counts. Side note: This can be very drying if you don't moisturize regularly. I wouldn't reccomend it for dry skin.
This is the foundation I'm wearing in the silly pictures in the header. I really liked the way it looked on my skin, but again, it didn't do any magical things any more than any other foundation. I wore the lightest color until even that got a bit too dark for my winter skin, so now I'm saving it for the summer.
This primer is great for sensitive skin as it didn't irritate mine at all, but as far as redness goes, I didn't see that much of a difference. I liked how my makeup sat on top of it and the lasting power it added to my foundation. Only tip - let it dry for about 5 minutes before applying foundation to avoid looking cakey.
I am really enjoying this stuff right now. Even though the 3-in-1 foundation is said to have primer in it (and looks fine without an extra primer), I like it just to smooth my skin and add lasting power. I love silicone based primers and this one is great for the price. It makes my skin feel super smooth once it's all rubbed in and it looks pretty smooth too!
Out of all the products I've tried lately, this has to be my favorite. I've definitely noticed that my skin without makeup is a lot more even and less red/blotchy when I wake up and my dark circles are much less noticeable. I even love the way this smells and it doesn't sit on your skin and make it feel waxy. It soaks right in and you wake up with soft, even toned skin!
This is an amazing moisturizer for the summer time (or all year around if you have oilier skin). It's very gentle and great for my sensitive skin, but I love to throw it on on summer mornings when I need a bit of moisture and SPF. It's a bit lighter than the Ponds (as I don't need to much moisture during the summer months), but it soaks in just as nicely and doesn't affect my skin breakout wise!
This tea tree mask is the stuff of my dreams. I used to use those $2 ones from Walmart for fun but I love tea tree oil in my hair so I thought I'd give this a go. Peppermint is so calming not only for your skin, but also for your mood. It doesn't harden, which dries out your skin, but it leaves it looking brighter and feeling softer (and super cool and a bit tingly) - win win. It's about $10 for a little pot, but I've used it about 4 times and haven't even made a dent, so I think this will last me a while.