Friday, March 17, 2017

K.I.S.

I have a coworker/friend who defies aging. When I first met her I thought she was maybe a few years older than me. As in 3. Turns out she's 15 years older than me. #goals

Naturally we talk skincare routines every now and then and she always hounds me about washing my face. I know it's a bad habit but I just don't see it being something I'll change... like Steph and making the bed. Since I wanted an opinion I trust I hit up Kathy for suggestions on a good night cream. After some back and forth she reminded me of the if it ain't broke... mantra and suggested I continue doing what I'm doing.



As we all know I suck at washing my face. So let's pretend this is an ideal day and I've done that. I use a gentle cleanser that doesn't leave my face feeling completely dried out and stripped of all it's natural goodness. I really like Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Boosters.

If it's a day when I feel I need to exfoliate I swear by St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. I've been using this stuff since I was in high school. I've never had problem skin and whether true or not, I attribute it to this scrub. This scrub is a bit more coarse so I try to only use it once a week. My gentler option {read: I don't feel like I'm scrubbing at all} is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Daily Scrub



Once my face is so fresh and so clean clean I spritz all over with Dickson's Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner. For one, this feels great on my skin and I absolutely love the smell of witch hazel. It's so clean! Once it's mostly soaked in, it's time for my eye cream. 

I only started using this last fall so eye creams are still new to me. Currently I'm using IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream. Although I like it enough I most likely won't be purchasing this brand again due to its price point, so any suggestions are welcome! 



From here it's on to my moisturizer. I like to work smarter, not harder so I mix my foundation in with my moisturizer. To moisturize I use Neutrogena's Oil-Free Moisture with broad spectrum SPF. I like this one because it's light and it works year round. I don't have the patience for seasonal products. For foundation I stick with Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous in classic tan. I tried this after they discontinued one I was previously using and I absolutely loved it. It's smooth, provides great coverage, and goes on super easy. Plus, there's no caking.



If I'm doing a "full face" I'll follow this with an earth tone shadow, waterline eyeliner, brow pencil, and mascara. Add a bit of bronzer and I'm done for the day. If I'm being lazy, it's just the brow pencil and mascara. As a side note: those are the only two makeup "tools" I truly won't go without. Brows are the windows to the face, people! 

At the end of the day I typically do not remove my makeup or wash my face. I know... eew.. clogged pores, yadda yadda. Look, I know I'm lazy about it. I hate doing it. I own it. #notentirelyperfect

BUT....

Sometimes I have my adult life together and I take off my makeup and do an evening routine. When this miracle happens I like to use either Clinique's Take The Day Off Makeup Remover or Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm or Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I will say there is a much greater chance of me using the wipes on a daily basis but the balm works miracles for getting off my Benefit mascara. 

Once the makeup is gone it's back to the morning routine with my cleanser {I typically won't scrub at night}, toner, and eye cream. Then I use Neutrogena's Light Night Cream to seal it all in.    




And if that wasn't simple enough for you. Here's a video about how simple it truly can be. This girl and I.... makeup soulmates.







3 comments :

  1. That video made me looooooool so hard.

    I like to keep my skincare and makeup as simple as possible most days; I like that when I stopped wearing makeup every day I ended up liking my natural face a lot more--though I do have some problem zones I wish I could get rid of. My dark circles have ALWAYS caused me tons of grief, literally since middle school. I've gone through more eye creams than I can count but I've just started using Kiehl's Creamy Avocado Eye Cream and o.m.g. It's made a HUGE difference; I highly recommend. Even David notices the difference, and he doesn't notice anything.

    Also, love the St. Ives scrub and have been using it since middle school myself, and yes to witch hazel! I have some cut with a little water in a spray bottle with a drop of geranium essential oil and I love spritzing it on when I wake up and before bed. Also pro tip -- on the one day a year you do have to shave your legs, witch hazel helps prevent razor burn too.

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  2. hahaha word, I hate making the bed. Still haven't done it!
    I'm all about the simple routine and sticking to what works for you, definitely. I wear more makeup than you so I take it off every night with coconut oil, wash with raw honey, and moisturize with a shea butter/almond oil mix. When I wake up I go straight to makeup, but my everyday makeup is a tinted moisturizer so that's double duty in my book!
    That video has me LOLing so hard.

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  3. First off, I'm so glad there are products like the apricot scrub that are tried and true and work for everyone! And I mix my moisturizer with foundation too... when I wear foundation, which is rare because finding ones to match my tan vs. shades of non-tanness is a pain in the ass. Anyway, a couple of questions. What's your case for using the balm over the regular Clinique remover? And as a fellow tan person- what is the point of bronzer?

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