My Current Skincare Routine

Hey Everyone! This post is all about what I’m currently using to keep my skin looking clear and healthy. First I will tell you about the step by step process of my daily routine, and below there will be a detailed review of each product mentioned. Let’s get to it!

Morning Routine:

I start my day by lightly cleansing my skin with only warm water and a washcloth.

Then I use a cotton pad to apply a small amount of the Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion to my face and neck area.

I then apply a quarter size amount of the Origins Brighter By Nature SPF35 moisturizer to my face and neck area.

Finally I apply a small amount of the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream to my eye area.

Nighttime Routine:

First I cleanse my skin and remove my makeup by taking a quarter size amount of  the Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and work it into the skin on my entire face and neck. Once the balm has been adequately worked into the skin, I take a warm/hot washcloth and remove whats left of the cleanser and makeup.

Next I take a cotton pad and a small amount of the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex, and apply it to my face and neck avoiding my eye area.

Once that has dried, I take the DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel and apply that to only spots and the areas of my skin that are currently problematic. Benzoyl peroxide can cause scarring, so I only want to apply it where it is absolutely necessary; plus we just applied glycolic acid which should help with breakouts anyways.

After the benzoyl peroxide has set, I apply the Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Moisturizer to my entire face and neck.

For the last step,  I apply the Origins A Perfect World For Eyes eye cream to my under eye area. Voila!

If my skin is being particularly problematic, I take these Optional Steps:

If my skin is extra dry – I apply a small amount of the Josie Maran Argan Oil to my skin after cleansing, or add a few drops into my moisturizer.

If I have a stubborn pimple – I apply the Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel to the problem areas.

If my skin is having a meltdown – I use the Origins Out Of Trouble Mask.

I hope this step by step routine was helpful! Now onto the reviews  :

Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion : a liquid toner containing cucumber extract to fight against oil and bacteria. It has an herbal/cucumber scent and feels refreshing on the skin. If not followed by a moisturizer, it can feel a little bit tight or sticky on the skin. I have noticed that this product has helped reduce the size of my pores as well. This product is not tested on animals. $15 for 8 oz at Nordstrom ( I bought mine in Ulta, so I would check there as well ) http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mario-badescu-special-cucumber-lotion/2920700

Origins Brighter By Nature SPF35 : is a “skin tone correcting” moisturizer. It has a pleasant herbal/lemon/ginger scent and leaves the skin looking bright and healthy.  I believe this product in part has helped diminish my acne scars, as well as made my skin overall healthier. It has a lightweight gel/cream formula that leaves a dewy finish; and contains Japanese Basil leaf, Cucumber, Peony, Vitamin C, and Palmaria. I highly recommend this product to everyone. $47.50 for 1.7 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/brighter-by-nature-spf-35-skin-tone-correcting-moisturizer-P297537?skuId=1375906

Origins GinZing : is a lightweight eye cream with a peach undertone to combat darkness, and a slight sheen/glow for added brightness. It has a cream to serum consistency, and little to no scent. It contains caffeine, ginseng, and magnolia extract. $30 for 0.5 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/ginzing-refreshing-eye-cream-P297511

Clinique Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm : is a makeup remover and cleaner in one that goes from a thick balm consistency to a oil/liquid consistency once rubbed into the skin. I have used this to remove everything from long wearing foundation, waterproof mascara, semi-permanant eyeliner pens, etc. and it literally removes all traces of makeup without drying out my skin. I switched to this after hearing that makeup wipes are really bad for your skin due to the high alcohol content, and have fallen in love!  $28.50 for 3.8 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/take-the-day-off-cleansing-balm-P126301

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex : is a liquid clarifying toner that acts as an exfoliator by removing dead surface skin. It contains lactic acid, citric acid, witch hazel, chamomile, allantoin, aloe vera, sodium pac, vitamin C, and AHAs. It smells very acidic and slightly citric. When applied to the skin it gives a slight burning sensation, so if you have very sensitive skin I would probably not recommend this. If you can get past the burning, this product works wonders. Overtime it fights acne, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, deep cleans and shrinks pores, smooths skin, restores natural pH balances, AND protects and moisturizes the skin. Can you say Holy Grail? $40 for 8 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/glycolic-acid-10-toning-complex-clarifying-toner-P375358

DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel : is a thick, creamy gel that contains 5% benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil. It is very effective when used regularly, but it can bleach your clothes/sheets and cause excessive dryness if too much is applied. With this product, less is more. If you use too much it can actually have the opposite effect and make your skin worse. I use a dime size amount or less, only where I absolutely need it. $36 for 2 oz at Ulta. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=prod370030

Philosophy Take A Deep Breath : is a lightweight, oil free, gel-cream moisturizer. It claims to “diffuse energizing oxygen to the skin” to leave a healthy looking glow; which is does. It contains antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental factors, and has a slight powdery/herbal scent. $34 for 2 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/take-a-deep-breath-oil-free-energizing-oxygen-gel-cream-moisturizer-P311182

Origins A Perfect World For Eyes : is a serum that uses white tea to firm and moisturize the eye area. It has a herbal, lemon, ginger scent, and leaves the eye area feeling refreshed. I have notices a huge improvement of the appearance of my under eye creases and dryness after using this product. It has a pump applicator, which is nice, but it dispenses a bit too much with just one pump; you really only need about one half of a pump. $34 for 0.5 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/a-perfect-world-for-eyes-firming-moisture-treatment-with-white-tea-P297532

Josie Maran Argan Oil : is a silky oil that moisturizes, heals, and protects. It can be used on the skin, hair and nails. I also like to apply this to bites, rashes, bruises, etc. to speed up the healing process. $14 for 0.5 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/argan-oil-P218700

Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel : is a gel that contains a concentrated 1% salicylic acid to fight stubborn breakouts. If you have an open spot it can give a burning sensation, but it quickly dissipates. This is my holy grail spot treatment! $16 for 0.5 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/acne-solutions-spot-healing-gel-P188312

Origins Out Of Trouble : is a 10 minute mask that contains zinc oxide, sulfur, camphor, and salicylic acid to extract excess oil, dirt, and dead skin; as well as calm the skin. It is a thick toothpaste-like cream and smells very herbal and medicinal. When on the skin it feels very cooling and tingly. $23 for 3.4 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/out-of-trouble-10-minute-mask-to-rescue-problem-skin-P297551

Nail Polish Dupes!

Hey Everyone! Here are some nail polish dupes all Perfect Coat Nail Polish by JCat Beauty(PICTURES/SWATCHES/ DISCOUNT CODE BELOW)

Mango – a buttery pastel light yellow. Dupe for China Glaze “Lemon Fizz” ($7.50), and Orly “Lemonade” from 2010’s Spring “Sweet Collection” ($8.50). Lemon Fizz is more lemony and Lemonade is a bit brighter. Mango is a half shade to a shade lighter than both of these.

Neon Pink – a cotton candy hot pink. Dupe for Butter London “Primrose Hill Picnic” ($15.00) and OPI “If You Moust You Moust” ($8.00). Primrose Hill Picnic is more fuchsia and If You Moust You Moust is more pastel, and has a slight amount of lilac.

Victoria –  a lilac with green duochrome. Dupe for Zoya “Adina”. ($8.00)

I hope you guys found this useful. If you have any questions please leave a comment below.

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JCat Beauty Lipstick Review and Swatches

Hey Everyone! This post is all about the Fantabulous Lipsticks by JCat Beauty. These lipsticks are super smooth and creamy! They  have Vitamin E  in them so they are very moisturizing, which I love because I have very dry lips. When applied, they start out sheer, but can be built up into an extremely vibrant color. I love that you have the option of what intensity you want the color to be!

Although these lipsticks can be worn anywhere from sheer to vibrant, they are literally no fuss, just throw on and go. These colors don’t bleed or smudge, so you don’t need lip liner (unless you want to) or a mirror. They have a semi glossy finish, and stay on all day through eating, drinking, etc.

JCat Beauty is also a cruelty-free company! As if that wasn’t enough, their products are also hypoallergenic and lead-free, so everyone can wear them.

They are normally only $2.49, but right now you can get these 15% off with discount code spring15 until March 15 2013 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com 

Here are the ones I currently have : (PICTURES /SWATCHES BELOW)

(FL105) Prune – a nude mauve pink (similar to MAC Hot Gossip but more pink )

(FL127) Splashed Pink – a blue toned barbie pink with shimmer

(FL114) Wolfberry – a bright coral with a bit of orange

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J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze Review and Swatches

Hey Everyone! Today I’m really excited to share the Eternal Shine Lip Glaze by J.Cat Beauty with you. These lip glosses are absolutely amazing! Before I get into the colors and such, I first need to say that one of the main reasons I love these products so much is because they are cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and lead-free! I’m so glad I’ve found a cruelty-free product that is exceptional quality, and not to mention very inexpensive. I have found you usually have to give up one of those things when finding beauty products, but with this brand, you get it all!

Right now I have four of the lip glazes which I purchased at IMATS L.A. this year. The pigmentation, longevity, and smoothness are all fantastic and I have been reaching for them almost everyday! You all know that I have very dry lips and these don’t flake or feather at all. I also love how I can eat and drink without having to touch up my lips a half dozen times like with most lip glosses, especially ones that are in the drugstore price range.

The ones I have currently are:

Carrot – a tangerine tan nude with slight gold shimmer

Thullian Pink – a light baby pink with a blue undertone and pink/silver sparkle

French Rose – a juicy melon pink with slight shimmer (this one is very similar to MAC’s Pink Lemonade)

Red Wine – a bright fuchsia with a blue/purple duo-chrome

Here are the pictures and swatches :

You can get these at http://www.jcatbeauty.com for $2.49 each.

Let me know which ones are your favorites!