NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown (x2): This is one of my all-time favorite products. Before I discovered this brow pencil, I was using the Anatasia Brow Wiz, which was great, but far too expensive for so little product. I found that I was going through it quite quickly because the pencil was so fine that I had to use a lot of it to fill in my brows. I’m not one to only fill in sparse areas, I tend to do a full reshape. I used up 2 of those before I realized that it was madness ($21 a pop), and was on the search for something more reasonable, and just as good. Long story short, ever since Continue reading
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm: I have been using this cleansing balm (not this exact one, I might have actually gone through 4 of these) for almost two years, and I never seize to be impressed. It takes off makeup and sunscreen (including the waterproof kinds) without being harsh or drying out my skin. After use my skin feels really cleansed, but not tight, hydrated but not greasy, just comfortable. This was my first introduction to cleansing balms, I later went on to try the Emma Hardie one, but found that it was unimpressive for being so hyped and expensive. I imagine this cleansing balm would work for Continue reading
Cleanse: If I wake up feeling like my skin is looking dull, dry, and tight, I’ll start off with a rich, nourishing cleansing milk/cream that contains beneficial oil(s) (read: not fragrant plant oils) like my DHC Cleansing Milk or Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk. They help to add some moisture back into the skin, and also prep it for moisturizer, and makeup. I avoid using foaming cleansers because they would just further dry out my skin. If I’m not pressed for time, I’ll mix in a few drops of oil with a hydrating mask, leave on for 15 mins, rinse off , then proceed to apply moisturizer.
Moisturizer (and SPF): Making sure that the skin is well moisturized is one of the first defenses against the dreaded cake face because Continue reading
A good portion of my beauty struggles consists of wanting glowing skin like J.Lo, but being hindered by my dry skin. Seriously, even without makeup her skin just has a healthy, hydrated, and plump look to it. Whenever I’ve tried to fake it in the past, I’ve either looked greasy, or not dewy enough. Lately, I’ve been able to achieve a similar look, with probably a lot more effort than she puts in, but with good results nonetheless. I find that on a good skin day, I can get the glow with just skincare, and for me, achieving that healthy glow starts with my skincare routine the night before.
Cleanse: Foaming cleansers dry my skin out if I use them too often, so I usually start off with a hydrating gel cleanser or cleansing milk. Some really great inexpensive options are: Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser Creamy Formula (which is really a gel cleanser) and Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser.
Toner(s): I follow up with an exfoliating toner (2 to 3 times a week), it helps to break up the bonds that hold the dead skin cells on the skin. Getting rid of that layer of dead skin makes skin glow, reduces the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and allows any further treatments to work better. As far as chemical exfoliants go, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) work best with dry skin, and they are far more effective than scrubs. My favorite kind of AHA is Continue reading