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

MAC Eye Shadow Collection

Hey Everyone! Since my “MAC Collection” posts have been so popular, I decided to do one about all of my MAC eyeshadows that I’ve acquired over the years. This post will provide descriptions, pictures, and swatches; as always.

Here we go :

Shroom : a light vanilla frosty highlight

Phloof : a pink toned pearl frosty highlight

Dazzlelight : a yellow toned pearl frosty highlight

Ricepaper : a frosty light yellow gold

Brule : a light matte flesh tone

 

Naked Lunch : a frosty light apricot peach

All That Glitters : a sandy pink peach

Honesty : a medium sandy tan with gold shimmer

Honey Lust : a warm gold with chunky gold texture

Soba : a medium/light sandy tan with very slight sparkle

 

Patina : a neutral golden taupe

Woodwinked : a golden copper

Sable : a frosty copper toned plum

Twinx : a warm brown toned deep plum with slight shimmer

Sketch : a deep reddened plum

 

Shale : a cool plum purple

Satin Taupe : a frosty purple taupe

Retrospeck : a very light, cool sand with shimmery texture

Vex : a light silver with purple duo chrome

Cranberry : a deep pink toned berry

 

Yogurt : a light pastel muted pink

Da Bling : a medium pink with slight gold undertone

Stars N Rockets : a pink toned light purple with duo chrome

Parfait Amour : a medium/deep blue toned purple with very slight pink duo chrome

Expensive Pink : an orangey pink with gold pearl

Motif : a light nude yellow with pink duo chrome

 

Wedge : a light muted brown

Cork : a medium muted brown (slightly darker than Wedge)

Folie : a medium reddened brown

Haux : a heavily mauve toned light brown

Espresso : a neutral medium/deep brown

Mystery : a cool ashy toned deep brown

 

Blackberry : a deep muted mauve berry

Carbon : an inky black

 

MAC Me Over Collection : Lady Grey Quad –

All Races : a cool grey toned light pink

Tendersmoke : a cool grey toned purple

Lady Grey : a cool ashy grey green

Hazy Day : a cool toned bronze taupe

 

Heavenly Creatures Collection :

Earthly : three colors combine as a cool toned shimmery gold

 

Hey Sailor Collection :

Jaunty : a cool golden light taupe

 

In Extra Dimension Collection :

Blue Orbit : a light purple toned medium blue

 

Archie’s Girls Collection : Spoiled Rich Quad –

see :http://wp.me/p2O2wx-4L

 

MAC Lipgloss Collection and Swatches

Hello! This post is about my MAC Lipgloss Collection, which includes descriptions, pictures, and swatches. If you want to see my MAC Lipstick Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6c

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

LIPGLASS :

Pink Lemonade – a true “pink lemonade” shade; bright peach melon pink

Cultured – a perfect pink nude mauve *favorite*

Viva Glam VI – a pink brown mauve with apparent silver shimmer

Social Light – a sandy nude tan

Flight of Fancy – a cool deep blackened wine (Glamourdaze Collection )

Viva Glam Gaga – a milky baby pink, like a strawberry milkshake

Riviera Life – a bright carrot orange, slightly burnt/reddened (Hey Sailor Collection )

Vacant – a pearlescent light purple with pink/blue/green duo chrome  (Gareth Pugh Collection )

PLUSHGLASS :

Fullfilled – a sheer peach

On A Holiday – a sheer blue toned hot pink with purple-ish blue shimmer *favorite*

DAZZLEGLASS :

Lightly Prancing – a sandy light pink with gold shimmer

Spanking Rich – a medium raspberry with heavy silver and gold shimmer (Glitter and Ice Collection )

MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches

Hey Everyone! This post features my MAC Lipstick Collection. I am always adding new ones but these are the ones I have thus far. Overall, MAC lipsticks are great. They are nicely pigmented, semi long-lasting (it depends on the finish; some are more, some are less), and smell like sweet vanilla. There are so many colors and finishes to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong!If you want to see my MAC Lipgloss Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6C

Here are the ones I have ( SWATCHES BELOW ) :

Nudes/Browns :

Viva Glam V – nude brown/plum with slight shimmer (lustre) *favorite*

Sequin – semi dark rose gold (frost)

Frenzy – burnt sunny tan (frost)

Pinks/Reds :

Angel – nude light baby pink/plum (frost)

Speed Dial – yellow toned medium pink (cremesheen)

Hot Gossip – nude light plum/pink (cremesheen) *favorite*

BombShell – yellow toned medium pink with gold shimmer (frost) *similar to Speed Dial*

Speak Louder – neutral hot pink with slight red undertone (cremesheen)

New Temptation – glossy cherry/fire engine red (sheen supreme)

Limited Edition :

Whirls & Twirls – sheer baby pink with heavy silver shimmer and gold pearl (glaze) { Glitter and Ice Collection 2011 }

Soft Sable – cool taupe (frost) { Glitter and Ice Collection 2011 }

Glamourdaze – medium plum (cremesheen) { Glamourdaze Collection 2012 } *favorite*