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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Starting Off: Skincare

Hey everyone! Here's the first post in the Starting Off Project! Woohoo! If you don't know what this is you can read my post here for more info...but basically it's information for beginners..this week is for skincare! (also if you're part of this project please add your link below!)

for reference:
my skin is dehydrated (lacking water not oil) with a slightly oily t-zone and some redness across my cheeks. the pores on my nose tend to clog easily and I get blackheads around my nostrils. I also tend to get dry patches in between my eyebrows and cheeks and one on my neck.

Morning Routine
container for cotton pads is an emptied B&BW candle jar- see how to empty them here
*my morning routine is a lot more subdued than my evening routine*

Step One: Cleanse - I first make sure all traces of makeup are gone with a Micellar water, then I use my foaming Garnier Essentials Gel Wash to cleanse my skin from any buildup overnight. It is important to wash your face in the morning to remove shed skin cells and any oil buildup or dirt that may have built up overnight

Step Two: Moisturize - For this I use my Garnier Hydra Adapt (Moisture Match) for Dry Skin cream, it smells nice and is really moisturizing but not too thick. I then follow up with my Origins Gin Zing eye cream as it helps me not get the dry flaky skin under my eyes after I put my makeup on (it looks like pieces of concealer flaking off). I then moisturize my lips with my current favorite Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla Macadamia Kiss (it smells like an ice cream shop where fresh waffle cones are being made)

Evening Routine

Step One: Micellar Watera Micellar water is basically a makeup remover that is as gentle as water on your skin and I squirt this on those giant (baby) cotton pads to remove all of my makeup before cleansing my face. The one I am using now is from Lirene and I like it a lot since it doesn't break me out and actually gets all my makeup off

-if I am wearing a lot of makeup (not usually) I use my MAC Cleanse Off Oil to get it all off as it cuts through about all makeup. I loved this back when I did a lot of theatre and dance shows or after big events to get off all my makeup easily-

Step Two: The Double Cleanse - I double cleanse in another effort to make sure my face is entirely makeup free. Double cleansing usually involves a foaming cleanser to remove all traces of makeup and then a cream cleanser to actually get into the pores and clean the skin itself. My favorites are the Garnier Gel Wash for the first foamy step, and my adored Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser for the second step

-about once a week I will use my Clarisonic for a deep cleanse (but you shouldn't use it every day)-

Step 3: Toner - the purpose of a toner is to gently exfoliate, tighten skin around pores, help clear up acne, and help keep oil in control and it is important for people with dry/dehydrated skin too (a.k.a me) My favorite is the Clinique Clarifying Lotion for dry skin since it is nice and tingly on the skin, doesn't burn, and doesn't dry my skin out.

Step 4: Moisturize - at night I use a heavy moisturizer since it has all night to soak in and leaves me still moisturized in the morning. My two favorites are Origins night-A-Mins (for a higher end option) or the Nivea Regenerating Night Cream (for a more affordable option). I think both of these are very comparable and either choice is a good one. Next I always use an eye cream (haven't found one I adore) but at the moment I'm using the Origins Starting Over Eye Cream. if anyone has any recommendations for an eye cream please let me know!

Additional: Spot Treatment - by far the best thing I've ever used for acne is the Origins Super Spot put it on overnight and when you wake up the spot is completely or almost nonexistent.


last but not least treatments! I use these when I feel like my skin really needs them so I don't use them every day or even every week... Just when I feel like I need a boost. 
*These four are my top favorite skin treatments*

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask- This is a sleeping mask and it smells like mangoes and deliciousness. It is super easy and put it on when you go to sleep instead of your regular moisturizer and wake up with it all sunk in. This stuff is great in the winter especially if you get dry spots on your face
-another great rick if you get really dry patches...get some Pond's Cold Cream and apply a really thick layer to the dry patch. Put a band-aid over it and go to sleep and then when you wake up in the morning the dry patch is gone (I get this patch on my neck that looks like a bruise and this works every time-

Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser mask- this is a great cheap mask that helps to clear out pores...I apply it to my t-zone and in five minutes I can see a big difference in my pore size and my face feels a lot smoother

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub- I received this in my ipsy bag and it is the greatest thing I've ever's a really fine scrub that feels like sand (a lot like the proactive face wash if you've used it) and you scrub your face with it for three minutes and when you wash it off your face feels the smoothest it's ever been. The skin on my nose feels like the really soft skin on my cheeks...completely unclogs my pores and I don't even know how it does it but it's amazing

Lierac Soin Elat Express Mask-this is another mask for dry/dehydrated skin. basically you layer it on, leave it for ten minutes and then can either rub the remainder into your skin or wipe it off...basically it's like an extremely heavy duty moisturizer with other added benefits

are you guys excited about this new mini series?


  1. I really want to try the Clinique clarifying lotion and the Origins spot remover. Definitely adding to my beauty shopping list!


  2. Fab post!! Loving reading about everyones routines!! I really need to get into double cleansing!! Im so bad at the mo!! Need to up my game!!

    If you fancy having a read of my SKINCARE post for #theSOproject check out TheBrunetteSays...

    Lianne x

  3. The Origins Super Spot remover is AMAZING! It's the only thing that works for me whenever I urgently need to get rid of a pimple haha!


  4. I love how you walked us through your morning, evening and treatment skincare routines <3 It's perfect to help teenagers realise that they need to build up products that work for them, and have different products to use, at different times of the day.

    Great post, lovely (:


  5. Great post, nice to hear about your skincare regime! So many products! x

  6. Ah I love this! I've never tried the Origins spot remover but everyone raves about it!
    Here's mine:

    Estelle xx

  7. great post. my friend uses clinique, I'm definitely going to try it out. here's my post xx

  8. Awesome post! I've been using Origin's Gin Zing eye cream too and I really like it :)


  9. Brilliant post! ♥ I'm super jealous you own a clarisonic lol! It's been on my wishlist for a LONG time :-) xx

  10. you've gone into such fantastic detail! i want one of the wizzy things, heard such great things about them! loved this post :)!!!


  11. I really want to try Micellar water, is it expensive? Xxx

  12. Such a great post! I have such a problem with blackheads so will be looking more into these products. New follower!
    Lydia Rose

  13. A lovely selection of products! Think I need to try some (or most!) of them now :)
    Really like the way you have divided it into day, night and treatment sections.

    Looking forward to the next posts for #theSOproject!

  14. Oh and I'm following your blog too :)

  15. Great post! I like that you put a lot of products together for this one! I just recently finished up my #thesoproject. :)

    Lynn | Makeup With Tea


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