I was cleaning my bathroom and ran a poll for fun about how people like to store their products: organized and put away, or out in the open? It was probably the most divisive one yet! I’m definitely the latter. There was a time when I tried to be one of those organized individuals with the beautiful shelves but I just ended up forgetting about certain items I was testing and it was a waste. A classic tale of out of sight, out of mind. I got a few messages about some of the products I like to use so I decided to put together a post. I’m not a beauty or makeup blogger by any means but I know what my skin type is and what works for it. Below are my tried and true favorites!
A little about my skin type. It’s very sensitive and reddens easily. In high school I knew nothing about skin care and randomly tried a new face wash from the department store. I broke out into hives and to my dismay the healing process took about 2-3 weeks. Now I always test out a product on my inner elbow first for a few days before slathering it on my face. My skin is also extremely dry, in that even in the most humid days in the summer it still needs a moisturizer after I wash it.
This post was not sponsored in any way. All items were purchased by me and none were gifted. If something was given to me for review it will always be stated, and my opinion will always be 100% my own. Thanks for reading!
PM Products in order of use:
1 – Neutrogena Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
I had a mini of the popular Lancome remover from a gift set but didn’t repurchase due to price. I grabbed this Neutrogena one at Target and have never tried another brand. I wear overnight contacts for my vision and so removing my mascara completely is a necessity. I use this with a q-tip to gentle remove my eyeliner and mascara and it does a great job getting it all off. I’ve saved the bottle for the mini size (1.7oz) of the Lancome remover (best price here) for travel and just refill it with the Neutrogena!
2 – Foreo Luna mini 2
I bought this two years ago during the Sephora VIB sale and have been using it inconsistently, mainly because of the time commitment (recommended 2 minute session). It’s similar to the Clarisonic MIA but I opted for this because I was hesitant about the brush on the Clarisonic and this seemed much more low maintenance. Plus it’s cute! It’s marketed as a sonic face brush that reduces acne breakouts, pore visibility, and blackheads. I don’t have acne but it’s definitely helped with the blackheads around my nose. The vibrations last about 2 minutes total, with a stronger buzz to remind me to switch to another part of my face every 15 seconds. When I use it consistently it does a great job of clearing up congested area near my nose and under my chin. The only downside is that when I’m tired, I forego the two minutes for sleep and just do a quick wash instead (which was pretty often during my clinical rotations).
3- Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
This item always gets re-purchased during the Sephora sales. It’s a pricy face wash for sure but it really makes my skin softer immediately after using it. I previously used the Cetaphil cleanser but I find the one from Fresh is much more moisturizing. Highly recommend.
4 – First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
My friend Haley introduced me to these recently and I’ve been loving them! My skin had been feeling congested and she recommended these since they were gentle. They don’t feel like they make a difference right after I swipe them across my skin but I have noticed my skin slowly clearly up, especially the small colorless bumps between my eyebrows and under my chin.
Thanks Haley! Check her out if you haven’t already, she always does honest and comprehensive reviews on beauty over at Swatches & Stethoscopes 🙂 My favorites include her massive sunscreen round-up and the Glossier review.
5 – Kiehl’s avocado eye cream
Ah, this famous eye cream. I thought it was overhyped until I tried it. It’s hard to explain the texture but it’s a gel-like cream that feels great when I put it on. In terms of the undereye area I’ve always been of the opinion that any eye cream works as long as you are consistent with it. I’ve chosen to stick with this one because it’s seriously moisturizing: when I use it on the laugh lines around my mouth they’re less noticeable the day after. It’s pricy but you can purchase them at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Pottstown, at the Luxury Beauty Store. Sign up for their emails to get notifications about 25% off during their events! This is how I afford this eye cream because I am not about to pay $50 for a tiny tub.
6 – Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Serum
Before med school I was mildly obsessive about skincare. I remember reading so many articles about products to incorporate and I ended up on the Paula’s Choice website. I was intrigued by this serum and the cost seemed reasonable so I purchased it. I’ve since re-purchased it three times! It’s a thick gel that absorbs nicely into my skin but isn’t so thick that I can’t add other products on top. I always wake up with the smoooothest skin, I love it! I’ve since ordered other products from them.
7 – Derma-E Hydrating Night Cream
If you guys can’t tell, hydration/moisturizing is my main concern for my skin. Especially in the wintertime, my fine lines and dry patches can get pretty prominent. I’ve only been using this for about two weeks so far and it’s really been helping in this cold weather! I was previously using the hydration moisturizer by Fresh but really didn’t think it added anything to my skin that a simple Cetaphil moisturizer wouldn’t. This one feels lightweight and still locks in moisture, thanks to the hyaluronic acid.
(8 – Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil)
I thought this oil was the best for my dry skin until I tried the Drunk Elephant a few months ago…more on that next. This is my second bottle of this stuff and each one has lasted me a long time, making the cost-per-use very affordable since I only need about 2 drops for my face and 1 for my neck region. But since discovering the Drunk Elephant, this seems lackluster in comparison. I’ve realized it doesn’t sink in as nicely as the other and so I occasionally wake up with some residue in the mornings. This has now been delegated to moisturizing the ends of my hair – 1 drop while my hair is still damp to help with dryness and flyaways.
8 – Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
So I was a little late in discovering this brand when they first blew up, but better late than never right? This oil is just amazing. It sinks in quickly, doesn’t feel like it just “sits” on top of my skin, and really helps with my smile lines around my lips. In the morning after, my skin looks and feels hydrated, without the sensation of excess product I have to rinse off. Can not recommend this enough and will definitely be purchasing during the Sephora sale. Discovered from Haley, again. She’s seriously awesome.
9 – Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask. This is a thin liquid that is layered as the last step in evening skincare. It’s meant for fine lines and helping with skin that looks dull, which is always a concern of mine in the wintertime. I just started using it more regularly and it’s been incredible!!! It comes in a pump dispenser but be careful, one pump is way more than enough for your face and your neck. It sinks in nicely without feeling too tacky and then you wake up in the morning with the softest, most-glowing skin. Even my boyfriend comments on it (and he never pays attention to skincare). So glad I added this to my regimen!
My AM routine is much simpler. I do a quick rinse with just water and then pat dry. Then I use the Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen. My friend let me use hers once and I was shocked to discover how comfortable it was on my skin. I’ve used the Neutrogena Face Shield in the past but didn’t like how chalky it felt on my skin. This sunscreen is lightweight, moisturizing, and gives a little bit of “dewiness” as well. I’m almost out and am waiting for the Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen to try next! Will let you guys know how that one turns out.
- GlamGlow Supermud vs Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. I like both of these items and if I had an unlimited budget, I would buy the GlamGlow. But since I do not, I will be sticking with the Origins Charcoal mask. It doesn’t do as good a job but the difference is not worth the price difference, in my opinion. I use it once a week as a deep clean especially for my nose area.
- GlamGlow Gravity Mud. I like this mask a lot, and not just because of it’s pretty pearl finish. It smells divine and makes my skin feel softer when I’m done. I like to use it when my skin gets a little dull as a pick-me-up. I use it sparingly, for a treat yoself moment.
- Amika Dry Shampoo. I have very thin hair and combatting oil is my biggest issue. I’ve tried a ton of the drugstore ones (Batiste, Pssst, Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo) and was given a small size of this one in a BirchBox. It’s the only one that doesn’t accumulate and make my hair feel nastier at the end of the day.
*For all dry shampoos, I recommend washing your hair the evening after you use it! I’ve found that if I sleep with dry shampoo and/or use it a second day, the hair loss when I do finally shampoo it is significantly more. Just a theory of mine but I figure it isn’t great for my scalp for me to be tossing and turning with so much product around my follicles. I always try to shampoo the same day!
- My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask. I’m a big fan of sheet masks! Few things are as relaxing as putting on a sheet mask, snacking on popcorn, and watching Netflix. I’ve tried a few different brands, including some random ones from China, and these are my favorite. Their scent is pleasant without being overwhelming and they don’t leave a sticky residue as much as others. I always use the extra serum in the package to layer on my neck.
- The Body Shop Body Oil, Moringa. I love this oil in the winter time for my body. It makes my skin feel silky smooth and and keeps the scent for a while. The moringa is my favorite, light and floral. It’s also great for summertime for keeping a tan!
Whew, I never realized how many products I use until I got around to writing this, ha. It was really fun to put together and I hope you guys found this helpful.
Thanks for reading!