9 Holy Grail Skin Care Favorites Of 2018

I wanted to make a list of items that I really enjoyed and repurchased thought out 2018. I feel that I have a good skin care routine now and I have my cystic acne under control with the help of this supplement. All of these products work really well for me and my skin. Also none of them break the bank.

Alba Acnedote Deep Pore Wash I really like using this to deep clean my face once a week when I use the exfoliating brush head on my facial brush. I bought the spin brush during black Friday sale.

Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes These do a great job of taking off any makeup that i might have on and they leave your face feeling clean. Honestly any of their wipes work well, but the cucumber wipes are my favorite scent.

Yes To Cucumber Micellar Water I like to use this for heavy eye makeup, eyeshadow, eyeliner or lash glue that I might have on. It does a good job of removing everything and cleaning my eyes. Again any of their Micellar water works, I just love the cucumber scent.

Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay I like to use this once a week to really get in the pores of my skin. As the clay dries it sucks all of the nasty junk out of your pores, think of it as a vacuum. Just make sure to moisturize after really well since it can be very drying.

MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater I love this spray. I”ll admit i went through the first bottle a little too quickly because I keep spring myself with it. I like to use this after washing my face and right before applying my moisturizer. The smell is divine.

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask This mask is my last step in my skin care routine. I have been using this since fall now and it does a great job with the couple of dry patches that I have on my face. It’s very hydrating and smells amazing.

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash I use this wash daily. It has coconut water which is a natural toner, skin balancer and cleanser. The sea algae extract, helps with moisture content and brightness. 

Pacifica Beauty Kale Lux Oil-Free Multi Cream I use this every night after washing my face and using the rosewater spray. Not a lot of people like the smell of it but honestly I like the smell. It is great for acne. After i run out i will most likely keep using it even though I seem to have my cystic acne under control by using this supplement.

FORMULA 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Mask I use this mask whenever I have a breakout. Which consists of maybe one or two very tiny zits that appear around the time of my period. This mask will help with redness and shrink the zits.

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My More Consistent Skincare Routine

Since my My Nightly Routine or Lack of One post, my skin care routine it has changed. I am a lot more consistent with it. Some items I still use and some are new that I have found and enjoy.  It may seem like a lot to some but so far this has been helping my skin behave.

Also everything that I use is affordable, all under $15 depending where you choose to purchase and where you live.  I have linked every product that I listed to their website.  I bought these products from a variety places, such as Target, Walmart,  the products website or local health food stores near me.

Skincare Routine

Daytime

First lets start with the mornings and what steps I take to get ready for the day.

Toner

For toner I still use Dr Thayer’s Lavender and aloe vera with witch hazel toner ($10.95). I love how it smells and makes my face feels clean.

Spot Treatment

I use the Alba Botanica Acnedote Invisable Treatment Gel ($8.99). I just dab it on any zits that pop up and done.

Vitamin B3 Serum

I use the  The Ordaniry Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum by ($5.90).  Which helps with blemishes and can help brighten the skin tone.

Moisturizer

I also still use Earth Science Almond-Aloe Face Moisturizer ($10.99). Lightly scented and makes the skin feel so soft.

Then after that has soaked into my skin I apply my makeup depending on the day.

Night Time

At night I use a little more products and some of them are that same as the morning.

Makup Remover

For removing my makeup I will use Alba Botanica good & clean™
dual textured exfoliating towelettes ($4.72) or Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water ($8.99). Both of these work really well taking off any makeup I have on my face. I alternate each one for no reason I just rally like both. The towelettes are nice to have since they have a smooth side and a exfoliating side. The charcoal micellar water is pretty neat, it comes clear with charcoal on the bottom and when you are about to use it you shake it to mix the charcoal.

Face Wash

To wash my face I use Alba Botanica Acnedote Deep Pore Wash ($6.19). This face wash has really helped my troubled areas of acne, as long as im consistent with it my face behaves. I still will get the occasional small zit, which is normal and easy to deal with, but not so much of the huge painful cyst acne I frequently get. Those are just so painful, horrible looking and hard to deal.

Toner

For toner, I again use  Dr Thayer’s Lavender and aloe vera with witch hazel toner ($10.95).

Exfoliating Facial-2 times a week

I use The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ($7.20). AHA (Alpha hydroxy acids)  exfoliate the top layer of  skin for a brighter and even skin.  BHA (Beta hydroxy acids) exfoliates deeper in  the skin to  help clear pore congestion. Tasmanian Pepperberry which makes this peel reddish in color,  helps reduce the irritation associated with acids. The Vitamin B5 helps with healing and black carrot as an antioxidant. Since you only use 2-3 drops a few times a week this  bottle will last you  forever.

Spot Treatment

I use again if needed the Alba Botanica Acnedote Invisable Treatment Gel ($8.99).

Vitiman C Serum

I use the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% by The Ordinary ($12.90). Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant,  helps brightens the skin tone and reduces signs of ageing. Two drops is more than enough for you face and neck, this bottle has lasted me for months.

Antioxidant Serum -3 times a week

I use The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% ($6.80). Alpha Lipoic Acid is a potent antioxidant and can restore skin appearance, improve skin texture and tone.  It is also very sensitive to sunlight so it is recommended to be used at night.  Again since you only use 2-3 drops a few times a week a bottle will last for ever.

Moisturizer

I then finish up with  Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream  ($15.00) at night.  It is on the pricey side for me, but a little bit goes a long way. I bought this on whim, since i was looking for a night.

Through out the week I do use other mud masks and peels that I have depending on what my skin is doing at that moment. I also have been using a spin brush that I picked up and I have notice a great improvement since pairing it with the Deep Pore Wash. But I think that will be another post in time.

Well I hope you enjoyed reading!

7 Things I’m Loving Right Now

I really enjoyed writing one of these blog post the last time. I think I might continue writing one of these every week. Basically I just tell you the items or things I’m loving.

  1. Cat ears headband by Etude House-How cute are these ears! I bought them on hush for $5.00. I love using this headband while I’m doing face masks.
  2. The ordinary- I bought a few of their serums to try out and I just love them. The peel mask is just awesome and is so much fun to apply. The alpha lipoic acid, vitamin c and zinc serum are really helping my skin. I can already see the difference in it so far after two weeks or so.
  3. Shameless – OMG. This show is nuts. My husband and I finally started watching it and I’m obsessed with it. I don’t know why we never watched it before. I believe we started season 2 already.
  4. Bath and body works candles – I recently took a trip to bath and body, but sadly I missed the candle sale. I wanted to get some spring scents of the three wick candles since they normally are like $20 a piece but when they have their sales $12. I ended up getting 2 of their single wick candles for $16. I picked the zodiac earth and the unwind candles. They both smell so good.
  5. Old Navy fleece jacket – Last weekend my husband and I went on what you could say was a mini vacation. While killing some time before checking into the hotel when stopped by the outlet mall and checked out the old navy store. I found a fleece jacket that was on clearance for $5, normally $26, but with the extra 30% off of clearance I ended up getting it for $3. I live in it. It’s so soft and warm, I want every color they have now. I bought the berry color because I can also wear it to work but I wish I would of bought the grey as well. I’m even wearing it with the cat ear headband.
  6. Kindle Fire HD – I love my kindle fire. I keep all my books on it. I take it to work so I can read while on break or even on the bus. I’m so glad I bought it so I don’t have to take my iPad Pro with me. It’s the perfect size.
  7. New hair color – So in my attempt to lighten my hair to more of a blonde shade so I could use my colorista shades. More pastel colors like lilac, peach, light blue and a light pink for the spring. Not all those colors at once but since they wash out after about 10 washes. I could have a new color almost every week. Well my hair did lighten up quite a bit. It went from a purple with slight pinkish highlights to more of a pinkish rose gold with a touch of lilac. I LOVE IT! I wish I could get a good picture of it.

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2017 Beauty Favorites That I cannot Live without

If any of these products were to be stopped. I would cry. That’s how much I LOVE them. I have not found any other products that give me the results that they do. I reach for them just about everyday. So I thought I would share with you my favorites that I cannot live without.

Face

WATER BOOST SENSITIVE SKIN MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER

I had a coupon and want to try something that a lot of people were talking about. It takes off all of my makeup and does a good job getting everything. Even on days I don’t wear makeup, I still use this on my face. I have about a third left in the bottle and will be buying more.

ALBA BOTANICAL ACNEDOTE DEEP PORE WASH

Holy cow! This worked so well on my acne and scarring it’s unreal. It really gets into the pore and cleans them out. I love how it makes my face after washing it. It smells great as well.

FORMULA 10.0.6 KEEP YOUR COOL MASK

One of my favorite mask for calming down acne. It feels refreshing and cool when you apply. I’ve notice less redness and small zits the next morning when using.

YES TO MIRACLE OIL

Definitely a daily staple for me. I use this twice a day and it has helped with dryness from the winter, makes my makeup look great and not cakey because of the cold weather. Thanks winter. It also soaks in fast and leaves your skin so soft. Plus you can use it in your hair and body.

SO FREASH SO CLEAN FUNKY FACIAL CLEANSING POWER BRUSH

I wanted to give a facial brush a try and happen to see one at walmart while I was shopping. I paid only $6 for it and think it was well worth the money. I do plan on upgrading to one that has more brushes but not sure when that will be.

Hair

HASK CHIA SEED VOLUMIZING DRY SHAMPOO

This puppy soaks up any oil and makes your hair feeling great. This is the best dry shampoo so far that I have tried. Also smells awesome!

VERY VOLUMIZING POMEGRANATE SHAMPOO

Two things. 1 My favorite smell EVER. 2 Volume. Not much more I can say besides it’s natural and doesn’t has all that chemical crap in it. It does a amazing job on my fine hair. I will be needing a new bottle soon.

Body

ALBA VERY EMOLLIENT CREAM SHAVE

If it wasn’t weird, I would let everyone feels how soft my legs feel after shaving with this. And it smells great!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. What are some of your favorites?


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My Nightly Routine or Lack of One

Okay so I’m going to be straight up. Besides brushing my teeth, I don’t always use these nightly, maybe every other day or so. I know I should remember every night. But honestly, I forget. Or I just want to go to bed. Some people may do their night routine religiously, and good for them. I get pretty happy when I remember my routine after a few nights. Anyways. So when I do remember beside brushing teeth, it goes makeup remover (if I have makeup on), toner, face lotion, face oil and lotion for my psoriasis.

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I go back and forth between coconut oil or my oil free makeup remover from equate beauty. It just depends on how I’m feeling and what I grab first. Both work really well.

I use a lavender toner by Dr Thayer’s. It smells amazing. And makes my skin soft. Any of them from Dr Thayer’s works well. I think the rose is my favorite. They even have a lemon toner.

I use Almond-Aloe Face Moisturizer  by Earth Science. Goes on easy and smooth. Not much of a scent.

Face oil by Nourish Orangics. This stuff is freaking great. I know the bottle says face serum but it’s really an face oil. Smells amazing!

Psoriasis Creme by Derma E. Really helps with the flakiness on my psoriasis patches on my legs. I also sometimes use it in the winter on my face on dry patches. Works great.

Thats it really. Pretty damn simple, but like I said I still forget sometimes. There are times maybe I will do one and forget the rest or remember to do a few and still forget. But at least I remember to do half of it. So as you can see I don’t use a lot of products at night. I really like these products that I have been using for awhile now. I plan on purchasing the Face Oil from Nourish Organics when I run out. It is a sample that I received from Ipsy a while back and didn’t really use it a whole lot until a few months ago.

I just picked a new face wash from Alba. I haven’t tried it yet. I hope to add it to my routine permanently.

So that’s is my nightly routine at the moment. Hope you enjoyed reading.

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Favorite Beauty Products

Here are some products that I have tried and liked. I guess you can call this a quick review of items. Most of the items are ones that I repurchase if I really liked them. Since I have really fine hair, it doesn’t always respond well to certain products. Like oils, its really picky about the type of oil i use. So these products may or may not work for you. 🙂 They are not listed by greatness or any order. Also these are just a “few” that I listed.  I have many more that want to share.

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