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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January Favorites

I cant believe January went by already! Hope everyone is is having a good start to the new year! We are just going to jump right in to my favorites for the month of January.

Pacifica Glow Greens Beauty Powder

So pacifica came out with beauty powders, one for sleep, skin, probiotics and stress. Im not going to lie, when I saw that they were coming out with supplements, I was so happy and wanted to try the one for the skin. I am finishing up my 1st bottle of the Glow Greens and will be opening the a second one in a few days. You don’t even know your drinking greens! It has a lemon flavor and is so good. I drink this every night with my vitamins.

UpSpring Reproductive Support

For a while now I have been battling with some pretty bad hormonal cystic acne along my jaw and chin. No amount of exfoliating or deep cleaners has completely cleared it up even with my spin brush. I didn’t want to be on medication, so I found an alternative solution. So far, I’m on my third bottle and my skin has not had a flare up once. It’s so clear and good looking its unreal. Mind blowing, honestly! I do still get the occasional, what I call pop ups (tiny/small zits that are gone by the next day) but nothing like before where it would be weeks going into months where I would have a cystic zit.

I mainly bought UpSpring Reproductive Support solely to try on the hormonal acne but it also has added benefits for reproductive health, and it also helps with female fertility and  libido. Shatavari helps with hormonal balance, Black cohosh supports increased fertility and pregnancy and Maca with  libido.

Overtone Vibrent Purple

Well I went back to purple hair and used the overtone vibrant purple deep conditioner. It smells so good and minty. I always go back purple, there is just something about purple hair, its my favorite.

Static Nails Glue

Im not sure what Staic Nails does with their nail glue but it is amazing. Their nails are great also but that nail glue is the shit. I also have use the glue with other glue on nail brands and it works just as well. Im talking, these nails aren’t going anywhere for 3 weeks. And did I mention the glue is only $4! I have tried other glues and after a day or two the nails pop off. Right now im trying to use up some of my other glue on nails from kiss and other brands that I have bought in the past before I buy more from Static Nails. But I will be ordering more from them for sure.

New Glasses

So I ordered some more glasses from Zenni Optical. I couldn’t decide between the the black or tortoiseshell cat eyes so I got both, and I’m so glad I did. I love the clear frames also! Not sure which ones are my favorites.

Thanks for reading!

December Goals

Here are some are some of my goals for the month of December. November wasn’t that successful for goals that I had in mind so I am hoping that December will be better.

No spend

Well last month for November did not work out, We didn’t really stick to it at all. I’m a bit disappointed by this. So for the month of December, I’m hoping to do better and have a no spend month on unneeded items.

Blogging

I had everything planned out but didn’t stick to it. Why, I don’t know. Life. By the time I get home from work, I’m tired and hungry. I make my dinner, hop in my bed and turn on my heating blanket to watch my YouTube videos. This month I’m going to try to work on blog post while watching my YouTube videos , hopefully this helps me stay on track.

Art

Honestly I haven’t really created much of anything in awhile. I have a few ideas but it’s just a matter of sitting down and starting.

Makeup

I haven’t played around with eyeshadow looks much in November, even though I got the Jacklyn Hill palette and the Boss Mood palette from Morphe. Those puppies are like butter. I think there was only one or two shades that haven’t really impressed me so far.

Daily Journaling

I really should get back into doing my planning/daily journaling, I was doing so well until the last few months I got out of the habit. Lately I’ve been feeling unorganized because of this. So I’m taking this as a sign to start back up.

Skin Care With Alba Botanica Acnedote

One of my favorite face care lines is Alba Botanica Acnedote. Since using them now for the last 3 months, I have notice such an improvement with my skin. I deal with cystic acne, along the hollows of my cheecks and chin area and what I like to call pop up acne, normal acne that comes and go. I still deal with some cystic acne but not as badly and or as long like before.

Cystic acne is when cysts form deep underneath your skin. This can be a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that then get trapped in your pores in your skin and turn    in to a red painful bump. There would be times when I would have a cyst and it would hang out on my face for weeks at a time. The pop up acne never really bothers me since they will disappear on their own after a few days and are hardly noticeable.

I now use most of their line for me face. I use the wipes, face wash, astringent, spot treatment and lotion. Every single night, expect for the spot treatment. I use that only when I need to.  I also will use the face and body scrub that they have to and I really like it but ran out and need to buy another bottle.

I also picked up a cheap spin face  brush from walmart last summer for like $5 and use that with a scrub and face wash. This really makes my face feels clean and smooth. I highly recommend picking up a face spin brush and trying it out.

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Every night I start with the Clean ‘N Treat Wipes to start removing any makeup that I have on my face. After that I then use the Deep Pore Wash to really clean my face and get anything the wipes might of missed. After that I use the Deep Clean Astringent.  Once that dries I use the Invisable Spot Treatment if needed and finish with the Oil Control Lotion.  I still use  The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% & The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 2-3 times a week at night along with my other face masks from Formula 10.0.6.

In the mornings I will use  Yes to Cucumbers Calming Micellar Cleansing Water ,  Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream  and the before I do my makeup for the day. I only use the Night cream in the morning because the Oil Control Lotion by Alba doesn’t always sit well with my makeup for some reason.

As I said above, I have found to work well for me and I enjoy the simpleness of it compared to my last skin care routine, which you can find here,  My More Consistent Skincare Routine which I still love all of the products I used.

Makeup Brush Cleaning with Dr Bronners Soap

I try to wash my brushes and sponges every week, because who wants to use the same brush or sponge on your face. I have tried different ways and so far this is the easiest way that works for me. I made my own makeup brush mat for cleaning and it works pretty good. It was kinda fun to make and super easy.

What I use:

Dr Bronners Organinc Sugar Soaps-I like the Tree Tea soap.

Homemade brush mat-  random Tupperware lid with hot glue patterns.

Step One-

I get all of my brushes  and sponges wet, some weeks it depends on if i put any eye shadow on or not, I mostly use makeup sponges. Then I pump some soap on my fancy homemade brush mat.

Step Two-

After getting the brushes/sponges wet and I then start swirling them on to the brush mat with the soap to clean them. Rinse and repeat untill the water from the  brush/sponge is clear. You want to make sure the water doesn’t go on to the metal/handle since the glue can weaken.

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AFTER:

Step Three-

Once all of the brushes/sponges are rinsed and cleaned I take a towel and squeeze ay extra water out and  set them out to dry on a towel. A drying rack for brushes would speed up the drying time but,  I don’t have one and I think my cats would think its a toy for them.

So there you go, thats how I clean my brushes/sponges. Nothing fancy.

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!