Since I've started my blog I've gotten so many questions & comments about my skin. Honestly, Ive been bouncing around between products trying to find one that works the best for me. Lately Ive been doing a ton of makeup shopping & deciding which skin care line to try first. Since October 2012 I actually decided I would test out 2 different skincare systems and see which ones have worked for me. You would ask why would I try two different skin care systems right? well thats because I've been told I have extremely dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin...Seriously???? lol
I began researching on which cleansers worked best on my skin, what helps to keep my skin looking vibrant, glowing, young, and makeup that stays flawless and non-cakey through out the day. I believe that it is very important to have an amazing skincare regime and wear makeup that brings out your best attributes!! So I am here to give some tips and tricks!
In the picture below, believe it or not, I'm not wearing foundation. This picture is my original picture. I'm wearing a tinted moisturizer by a company called SMASHBOX ($32.00) which you can purchase at SEPHORA (they have 3 colors - Fair, Light, Dark) I use fair, & I'm wearing minimal eyeliner and mascara. I use this product because I don't need foundation......why? it's all because of SkinCare. If you have great skin and take care of your skin you won't need to use so much makeup. I'm not saying I don't wear a lot of makeup. I do sometimes if I'm going to an event. Some
So, for my Skin....
Currently I am using La Mer face wash, toner, and Shiseido moisturizer.
I have Combination Skin and I am not sensitive but I do have a little redness going on on my cheeks and right smack in the middle of my forehead!! Weird :( lol. Only places I get oily are my "T- Zones" but I am trying to find the best mattifying moisturizer there is and I'l let you guys know if I find it.
La Mer Cleansing Gel ($65.00) It is very gentle on the skin, helps to get rid of excess oil, brush away any impurities that you may have, and keeps the skin feeling soft & clean (but doesn’t give that squeaky clean feeling which you NEVER want to have or feel) If you have combination & sensitive skin it works very, very well. It has a light fragrance, which can give you a very refreshing feeling but not over-barring.
Then I like to use La Mer tonic($65.00), which is basically like a toner but doesn’t contain alcohol, which is a HUGE bonus because alcohol can irritate your skin or even dry it out. I swipe the tonic with a cotton pad over my skin after using the gel cleanser to get rid of any dirt that’s still on my skin and even my neck. These two products together are amazing and they are worth the price.
As for my moisturizer, I love the Shiseido (Japanese skin care line) Pureness Mattifying moisturizer ($32.00) this is great for people who get greasy throughout the day. (I don't, but I still love this) It has a very light texture, oil free, and contains an oil absorbing powder which helps to reduce any surface shine you may have but also hydrate the dry areas of the skin. You can use it morning and night. It's a great product and worth the price.
To get rid of the dead skin on the face, I enjoy using the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel ($42.00), which also has anti-aging benefits. You’re probably thinking, “Ok this sounds like it’s going to burn my face or irritate it”. Actually, it doesn’t and thats why it's my favorite peel/exfoliate to use twice a week without having to go to a skincare clinic and dishing out $250+ for a enzyme facial once a week! It is so gentle on the skin and even the most sensitive of skin types can use this! I discovered this product in a celebrity event goody bag and have been using it ever since. If you see fruit ingredients in peels or exfoliates, that is an added bonus because fruit has been very well known in the beauty world to get rid of dead skin and add nutrients and vitamins back into the skin to keep it looking refreshed and young :)
After I cleanse, tone, & moisturize, I use under-eye cream. I'm 24 now so the lady at Sephora told me that it's quite necessary that I start using it ASAP. If your wondering if I believe in under-eye cream, the answer is No. For some reason, I can't grasp the fact that by me putting on this "miracle" cream I'll have less wrinkles, my under eyes will be more firmer, and my dark circles will be less noticeable but whatever! it's no harm in using right? I may not believe in all that but what I do believe in with under-eye cream is hydration!
I use Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream ($49.00). It's 0.5oz so for the size, this baby is extremely pricey and it's a thick cream too. This is a hydrating cream that refreshes the eye and prepares it for a seamless concealer application and it works wonders!! It's absorbed quickly and it will allow your concealer to glide on smoothly where you will see it just melting into your skin rather than seeing it look rough and dry underneath (YUCK!) I feel this really hydrates my under eye very well. I use it EVERYTIME I come out of the shower and I'm doing my skincare regime. I use it in the evening too because it boosts skins ability to recharge and rehydrate during our nightly repair process. It plumps fine lines and improves skin's overall tone and texture. So it says!... :)
*I really hope you enjoyed my skincare entry!! :) I'm sorry it was so delayed! Truth is, I'm really busy these days working on my up-coming beauty line and I'm really aiming for a release date in Fall 2013 so I'm really trying my best to hustle and make this happen, this is why some of you on twitter see me posting a tweet and than it's like a disappear for another week or so! but I promise I won't let it happen again or at least I'll try not to*
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