Yes you’re on StyleIsEverythingBlog.com and yes this is a beauty post. Is the world ending? Not yet but this is definitely a crazy leap for me. Y’all I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a little bit….ok a lot of it and stepping a little into the beauty world. I am by no means trying to be a beauty blogger, I am so not cool enough for that. I typically shy away from anything other than fashion related posts but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I wanted to bring a little someone more to SIE than just my closet. I’m such a newbie when it comes to skin care, makeup and hair….I’m pretty simple and/or just flat out don’t know what I’m doing. One of my friends though is a total skin care expert, she’s always visiting her dermatologist for glycolic peels and other cosmetic treatments. So, I figured I can’t be the only 20-something that is a little clueless in the beauty department… Today, I wanted to share my journey (a simple girls view) and talk about things I like as well as simple tips and tricks I’ve found that work for me!
To kick off my new beauty section I wanted to start with the basics. You can apply all the makeup you want but if you don’t have good skin, you don’t have a good canvas to work with.
To start off with I will tell y’all that I do not have acne prone skin but I do get the occasional blemish. Hello I’m a girl. I live in the south where humidity reigns queen. I get stressed. I eat pizza & french fries. I do have oily skin. Primarily in my t-zone which I know is pretty common, but overall I have what some would call, dewy skin. I’ve tried a million products but for the longest time I just hated the way my skin felt and looked. It looked dull. I’m the type of girl that would rather go bare faced than wear makeup so to have dull skin is just no good. After searching the internet & talking to my sister (she’s a beauty guru) I decided to try a few Korean skin care routines. Korean beauty is big on using oils and gels. At first I was completely confused as to why someone like myself who has oily skin would want to put oil on their face…Korean women have some of the most beautiful and glowing skin so I ate my words and tried it. After just one time of double a double cleanse method I was hooked!
To start with I use Ole Henriksen pure truth melting cleanser // $34
It’s a gel that you apply onto your dry skin, even if you have full face makeup on. The gel literally melts into an oil and literally melts your makeup and any dirty off your face. I will put it on my face and then get into the shower in the mornings to rinse it off.
After I rinse off the gel cleanser, I wash my face with a foam cleanser. I’ve used both Ole Henriksen African red tea //$30 (it smells amazing) & currently I’m using the Sephora brand cucumber foam cleanser // Both are great! The foam cleanser washes away any dirt & oil without striping away natural moisture from your skin.
I have a Clarisonic Mia 2 // about $170 depending on which system you get. My print is a limited edition so I wasn’t able to link it.
I try to use mine everyday but there are sometimes I forget to do it in the mornings especially if I’m running late. If I forget in the mornings I always try to do it at night. Once a day is what I like to do. If you’ve never used a Clarisonic before trust me on this one, you want to. For years I heard the hype over them but didn’t understand what the big deal was and what set it apart from any of the cheaper drugstore brands cleansing brushes. Ladies, I will say that after owning one you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. A Clarisonic cleans your face better than your hands ever will and even better than any exfoliator. It has timed settings for each section of your face. After just one use you’ll notice a difference. After using it everyday, you’ll notice a huge difference over time. You should change out your brush head every 3 months (this will depend on how often you use it and how well you take care of it). There are so many brush heads to choose from based on your skin type and it’s needs. Seriously one of the best investments you can do for your skin!
Along with using my Clarisonic, I like to exfoliate. I won’t do both in the same day just because I feel like it’s a lot happening to my skin.
I use the Ole Henriksen truth sugar glow polishing mask // $42
Y’all this stuff smells so good!!! Like the gel cleanser, you apply this to dry skin. After I wash my wash I’ll stick my head outside the shower, towel dry my face and hands off & then apply the mask. Let it sit on my face while I finish showering and then rinse it off. It like the gel cleanser melts into an oil. It’s the weirdest thing, you put it on and you can fell the sugar & pomegranate seeds but after it sits and you rinse it off, they’re melted away & you’re left with soft, glowing skin.
After cleansing, washing & exfoliating my face, I tone it. I use Murad hydrating toner // $28
I mist it all over my face & let it dry before applying my face moisturizer. Toner refreshes your skin and rehydrates. It’s getting your face prepared and ready for what comes next.
For moisturizing my face I use Ole Henriksen vitamin plus // $45
One of my biggest struggles throughout the years has been finding a moisturizer that doesn’t make my already oily skin super oily. Even if a label says for oily skin it never really helped with the oil or if it did it wouldn’t moisturize enough and would leave my skin dry. This Vitamin Plus moisturizer is so lightweight yet is super intense in moisturizing. I have hit the holy grail with this one!
This next step is one I honestly didn’t start doing until like a year ago. I always assumed my face lotion had enough spf that I didn’t need to apply it separately. I also had a love hate relationship with moisturizer that had spf in it because most them would make my face super oily (once again he struggle). I use Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Finish Cucumber // $36
Doesn’t make my face oily at all, it’s mineral base so it won’t clog your pores and it leaves a matte finish which is an added bonus. If you use a face moisturizer that has SPF in it then you might not want to apply more, I mean it can’t hurt but it would save you a step in the mornings and an extra layer on your face.
This step is my favorite of my getting ready in the morning, my eye cream. I know I sound like a total old lady but y’all it’s so refreshing first thing after you wake up and take a shower!
I use Origins GinZig refreshing Eye Cream // $30
I keep mine in my fridge so it’s nice and cold when I apply it! It wakes up tired eyes, brightens, reduces puffiness & dark circles. Life changer!
If you’re looking for a great spot treatment that actually works, try this one from Murad – acne spot treatment // $18.
Whenever I start to feel a blemish, I dab a little of this on the area and usually it will disappear or if it does appear it’s ready to be popped (I know TMI) but it’s like this stuff speeds up the whole process all together which is a great thing, no one wants blemishes to hang around!
Want to give your skin extra moisture? I know there are super expensive night creams that I’m sure work well but if your on a budget try using Grapeseed oil. Once again the oils are changing mylife. It feels super weird at first and your face is super shiny, it’s oil, but once you wake up the next morning it’s all absorbed in and your face is super moisturized.
I use Now grapeseed oil //$ 11
For makeup remover and face cleansers I use either Thayers Witch Hazel // $11 or Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water // $7. Both work great. The Micellar water is excellent at taking off eye makeup, it doesn’t burn your eyes!
At last but not least, what would a skincare post be without talking about at least one face mask! I’ve used so masks that I absolutely love so it was hard to narrow it down to just one to squeeze into this post, I could honestly do a whole post on masks alone…I actually might do that.
This mask from Alba Botanica //$8 is one I use weekly which is why I chose to include it. It doesn’t over dry my skin and it seems to be working well in coordination with everything else I use. It doesn’t really have a scent which is fine with me, as long as products don’t smell bad I’m ok. It’s just an all around basic skin car mask. Apply to clean skin and let sit for like 5 minute and then rinse.
This was definitely one of this longest and more detailed most I’ve done, with outfits it’s a different ballgame. I would love to know of any products and tricks you use, I’m always look for ways to stay fresh & beautiful!
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