It’s that time of year again! Rarely are there sales at Sephora so I always stock up on my daily makeup products & use this time to try out things on my wish list! I’ll break this post up into what I have & use and what I plan to get from the sale! But first, let’s talk about what the sale entails .
A lot of you asked about how, when, why I dermaplane after I mentioned it on my instagram stories. Dermaplane is “newer” to me, but has been life-changing when it comes to my skincare & makeup. Dermaplane. You may have seen it on your estheticians menu of services- probably about $100 give or take. Basically it removes the peach fuzz we all have on our face, & exfoliates at the same time. Yes- in theory you are shaving your face. Well I have a super inexpensive way to dermaplane at home & I’ll walk you through the steps. Please note- I am NOT a professional, esthetician, etc. Nor do I try to be. I am sharing what works for me in hopes you are able to get helpful info from this post!
I use these razors- there from amazon & I purchase them in bulk because I use one and throw it away. ( You don’t have to, but bacteria freaks me out- and you get 12 of them for $7)
I usually dermaplane on Sunday nights, because thats when I have the most time. You want to be thorough so find a good block of time. I get in the shower and wash my face like normal allowing the steam to open up my pores. When I get out of the shower I pat dry my face & apply this hydrating boost. You don’t have to apply anything- some people use water, others leave a little cleanser on, this works for me, so I’m sticking to it.
Hold your skin taught. With your opposite hand. The hairs on your face naturally lay down. I like to shave against the grain- once again if you prefer to shave down- do it. There is no right or wrong (I asked my esthetician). You will see the hairs come off, & you can hear it too, haha.
If it’s your first time, you want to make sure you get every inch of your face. I suggest starting on one side of your chin and working your way around. Places to be careful: your nose, I rarely have hair on mine so I avoid it. Upper lip- Be very careful, but I do shave that area to make it smooth like the rest of my face.
Rinse your razor- Once you have finished shaving an area I rinse the hair & bacteria off of it and pat it dry on a hand towel.
After I have finished I throw the razor away and wash my face like normal. This gets all of the excess hair off, this is the cleanser I use everyday.
I suggest hydrating after you dermaplane, as my skin is dry because of the exfoliation. I also wash our bedding on Sunday’s so this works well to sleep on a clean silk pillow case, this is the one I use.
Commonly Asked Questions:
“If I shave my face it will come back coarse/black/etc.”- False. If we were completely pulling the hair follicle out there is a chance it would grow back thicker, but we are simply shaving the top layer of the hair. If I thought there was any chance it would grow back anything other than blonde and soft, I would NEVER have tried it.
“Do I have to keep shaving it- if so how often”- Yes, just like your legs or armpits, it will grow back. I dermaplane every Sunday, sometimes there isn’t much regrowth, or more in one area.
“What are the benefits?”- Besides exfoliation being a great thing to prevent wrinkles and bacteria, it allows your skin to soak in your skincare better and your makeup to apply smoother. I can tell when I need to dermaplane as my face looks dull with makeup on, not dewy. I will never forget, I heard Lauryn from the Skinny Confidential say on one of her podcasts- she believes one of the reasons men tend to age better than women is because they shave their face. The are constantly exfoliating.
I’ll link all of the products I mentioned in this post below. As always let me know if you have any questions!
Be prepared, this is a LONG one. But I want to be extremely specific with you because winter is the worst season for my skin & it has been a lot of trial and error to figure out what combination works the best, and when to use which product. I do have a few products I only use in the morning and a few I only specifically use at night.
Before I begin my routine with you, I will let you know I begin to sleep on this pillow case about 6 months ago- I had slept with a silk pillowcase for about a year before I switched to this one & it was not as good of quality. I can tell a dramatic difference in my skin, as the pillowcase does not allow cotton fibers to adhere to my face as a cotton pillowcase would. The pillow case causes less bacteria to be on your dermis as well as helps to let the skincare products you use set in. You can find my specific pillow case here.
In the morning I try not to wash my face if I don’t have to, as double cleansing can often times dry out my skin. If I wore a skincare mask to bed I am sure to wash it off before I head to the gym. (DO NOT WEAR A WHOLE BUNCH OF SKINCARE TO THE GYM). So normally I splash a little water on my face, pat dry. If I have just gotten out of the shower & my pores are open I use this hydrating boost.
Daily toner. (Yes, I will link everything throughout & at the end of this post) One thing i’ve started doing is pressing the toner into my skin, not rubbing it in, allowing max absorption.
Daily Moisturizer- Tried & true. I’ve used this product for years now, & I love how weightless yet effective it is.
Under Eye Cream- I shouldn’t even call this a cream, because you see a dramatic difference the minute you put it on. Filled with caffeine, this has quickly become a favorite product & allows me to not have to conceal as much on lighter makeup days!
Sunscreen- Make sure your sunscreen is the LAST thing you put on your face before you start your makeup. Good sunscreens will not allow the rest of your skincare to break its barrier (hence why sunscreen is so important). I have tried a lot of sunscreens, and most are oily, & don’t absorb. This is the first one I have found that I really liked.
Start your makeup routine following this- I always add a swipe of my favorite lip balm before I leave the house.
I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to wash ALL of your makeup off before cleansing your face. If you have makeup left on when you go to cleanse, you are essentially cleaning your face with your day old makeup. Gross. I have a couple different products I use to get rid of my makeup, depending on the day or how much makeup I have on.
Quick makeup removing- Neutrogena wipes. I don’t recommend them for everyday but sometimes I don’t have time/ too lazy so I use them. Remember: do NOT pull your face with them, you’re just asking for wrinkles.
Makeup Removing- On a normal evening I use this oil to begin taking off my makeup. Yes, I have eyelash extensions & this oil is just fine, it does a great job of removing 99% of it. Following that I use this makeup eraser cloth (mine are from amazon & work just like the $20 one). This gets the last bit of makeup off that the oil may have missed.
Cleansing- Sticking to my tried & true Tula cleanser (be sure to use my code in the bio of my instagram for 20% off). It’s gentle, it foams & my skin loves it. I have been trying out a new medical grade cleanser & will report back, but right now I have been switching them on & off.
Evening Toner- Since I’ll be sleeping in this toner I use a stronger resurfacing gel, which has helped with dark spots & rough skin patches (from sun). Once again, make sure you are “patting” it into your skin for maximum absorption.
Vitamin C Serum- I choose to use my vitamin C serum at night, so that it’s not being covered by makeup & has extra time to set in. I have quickly found out that it’s the most important step in my skincare routine & I can tell if I haven’t use it- which is huge. I use this to help with hyperpigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles. Plus+ I wake up with plump bright looking skin.
Evening Moisturizer: There’s nothing better then going to bed with hydrated skin. At the end of my routine I use this hydrating cream that also contains Hyaluronic Acid- so we get a 2 for 1! It has quickly helped restore moisture into my dry winter skin & improved the elasticity, preventing wrinkles.
That wraps up my morning and evening skincare routines. Three or so times a week I will use a different mask- exfoliant, hydrating & spot treatment. I’ll share these below! Also- the face tanners I use to give my face a little glow.
Acne/Spot Treatment- I have used this since High School & have yet to find something that even compares. Use it all over (my chin is acne prone so two nights a week I cover my chin in this), or spot treat stubborn pimples.
Exfoliate- I use this the night before I get a spray tan (I spray tan on Thursday’s)- So Wednesday night. It gets rid of all of the dead, dry skin & preps for my spray. I also use these peel pads once a week. They are meant to be an at home peel, & have two different pads in one. These are great to use after you dermaplane too!
Hydrate- There is no better hydrating mask then this. I use this a couple times a week, once after I exfoliate to put moisture back in, and after I dermaplane. I sleep in it, but you can use it for 10-20 mins if you prefer.
Lip Mask- you’ve seen me talk about this a lot. & thats for good reason. Every night before bed, and now in the morning because this winter has been brutal on my lips, i apply this. It is the only thing I have used that actually works, trust me.
I try really hard to make sure my face doesn’t see the sun, but I like to have a healthy glow, especially in the winter. There are three products, that I use on my face that work great.
Tan Drops- Add these to your nightly/or daily moisturizer for glow. Wash your hands & make sure you cover your face and neck, these have a lot of pigment!
Tan Serum- This serum isn’t quite as pigmented as the drops but does add a nice glow, I use this right after my spray tan because it is also hydrating!
Tan Pads- I use the normal version of these peel pads during the week but halfway through when my spray tan has worn off these come in handy & do have a gradual glow!
It's that time of year again, when it's definitely worth stocking up on your favorite beauty, skincare & haircare products! Even if you still have a bit left of your favorite foundation, buy it anyway. Sephora rarely has sales so take advantage! I'll give you a few, quick details in case your new to the sale, because EVERYONE can get a discount, even if you haven't signed up yet!
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I'm going to break this post down into two sections. Products I have, love & recommend getting during the sale & what is on my list/what I have purchased during the sale! I keep a list of want to try's on my phone so that I can remember whats on the list when sales like this come around! Lets start with what I use & love that I recommend!
PRODUCTS I HAVE & LOVE
PRODUCTS I PURCHASED FROM THE SALE
One Final Note...
I recently started paying a lot more attention to my skin. Ya'll know I was an avid tanner, yes... in the tanning bed, almost everyday. I hated being "not tan" & until one day I woke up & realized I had to stop. (dramatic I know, but thank goodness I did) I knew I needed to start taking better care of my skin. I would put a moisturizer on maybe 3 times a week if I was lucky. As I began researching and learning about the different formulas, serums, etc. Retinol was a common topic. I instantly thought, I'm WAY too young to need retinol, so I skipped over it. Little did I know, retinol can make a huge difference in anyones skin, but especially in skin that has been sun damaged. So I dug deeper. Retinol promotes new cell growth, therefore reducing wrinkles, redness & pores resulting in younger looking skin! So I began looking for the perfect retinol to use. I chose to go with Sunday Riley's 'Power Couple'. It's a two step process, 'Good Genes' is a lactic acid serum that sluffs off the dead skin cells, while the 'Luna Night Oil-Retinol' serum starts the new growth of healthy cells! Good Genes can be used both day and night, while the Luna oil is strictly for nighttime! It has been said your skin may have a breakout or two while you transition to this routine, it's getting use to the serums & pushing the dead, unhealthy cells out! This duo is a great deal, & isn't huge and expensive bottles I will feel guilty about not using if I don't love it! This will be a process I will share with you as I continue to use the products & hopefully see positive results!
I would love to hear what you ended up with during the sales! I'm always on the lookout for new skincare & beauty products ya'll love! Happy Shopping!
It's finally here! My summer skincare routine is now live & shop-able below! This article is past due, however I didn't feel comfortable considering any of these products note-worthy until I had tried them for over 2 months! As a reminder I have combination skin, dry around my nose & cheeks & oily everywhere else. I have a mild case of rosacea in my cheeks, which makes it hard to not wear foundation to even out my skin tone, but I knew I wanted something to make it where I felt confident rocking make-up less skin! I will take you step by step through my morning & evening routine! (PSA- Up until about a year ago, I hadn't been great at removing my makeup before sleeping, & I tanned.. well constantly.)
Cleanse- I cleanse both in the morning & at night, I know that others recommend only cleansing at night, however I shower in the morning most of the time & I love cleaning off any excess skin/bacteria from the night before, especially if I used a mask. This cleanser is the most gentle one I have ever used, I love the scent & a little goes a LONG way. I also love that it is extremely affordable & lasts me 3-4 months using it twice a day!
Tone- It wasn't until recently that I realized the importance of toning your skin after cleansing. My esthetician recommended I try this toner because it doubles as a skin tone evener & balances the pH levels of my skin! This is what keeps your skin from being too dry or too oily! I also love that it has vitamin C in it to brighten my skin each morning!
Moisturize- If I had a dollar for all of the moisturizers I have tried, I would be a rich woman. But no seriously, moisturizers have always been the hardest product for me because one may work well for a few weeks & suddenly I break out & my skin becomes oily. (reason why I tried these products out for an extended period of time.) I can't take credit for this one however, as I received a bottle of it in my FabFitFun box last season. I was desperate for a moisturizer one morning & grabbed for this one, & it stuck. What I later learned was that it is completely oil free & it works to even, brighten & moisturize all at the same time. 3 months in & my skin has shown a significant difference. It feels refreshed without feeling oily & my dry spots are gone.
Reduce Redness- I mentioned earlier I struggle with rosacea, on my cheeks. I often times wake up in the morning with a small path of dryness & uneven redness that looks as if I'm wearing blush already (but not the pretty blush, ya know.) I blame a lot of this on my excessive tanning throughout high school & college & not that I have quit tanning I am on the road to recovery for my skin (before it was too late).
Lips- There’s nothing worse than staring the day off with chapped lips. I remember telling my mom I always had a third lip (you know the extra lip above your top lip you got when you were 5 from licking your chapped lips all day. That was me. I didn’t realize I needed to moisturize my lips just like I moisturize my skin. This product helps prolong lipstick wear & leaves your lips hydrated not crusty (yes, I said it). This product is phenomenal. It’s not tinted, or glossy, it instantly hydrates & stays hydrated for the whole day! I keep one in my skincare drawer & one in my purse, I love it.
Exfoliation- I will point out that I only use this product to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, and every time before getting a spay tan. It is an investment, but It is important to get dead skin off, so that new can grow. Over exfoliating can be damaging to your skin & be sure to change out the heads on a regular basis. I use this product with my cleansing product in the mornings to get any dead skin off from the night before!
Makeup Remover- If you don’t take anything from this article, please at least take this advice. Always, always, always remove your makeup before cleansing at night. If you cleanse immediately, you are essentially cleansing your skin with your old makeup. This will lead to oily breakouts & an uneven skin tone. Now I’ve tried all the wipes, the magic water & the cleansing balms. They have left me oily, dry, broken out or with makeup residue on my skin. This product is the first one to not have any of those outcomes. It is an oil based product, but it’s light, works instantly & the oil breaks down the makeup & makes it easy to wash off with warm water. Just a few pumps, massaged into the skin will do the trick! Once you have massaged it into your skin wash it off with warm water & now you are ready for your cleansing stage!
Toning- Be sure to tone both in the morning & evening. I spray this product straight into the palm of my hand and massage it into my skin. I used to use cotton rounds until my esthetician pointed out they were absorbing the majority of the product & leaving bits of cotton on my skin.
Moisturizing- What I love most about this moisturizer is that it can be used both day & night! If, I am extremely dry I will use this product overnight & it brings moisture back into my skin for the next morning! I do not use this product every night as it is a heavier moisturizer. I also use it in problem areas that are dry, typically around my nose and my cheek bones.
Healthy Glow- We all love having a natural healthy looking glow. As I mentioned earlier I tanned a lot & loved having tan skin, especially on my face. The aftermath of that tan skin is NOT worth it, I promise you that & I am still working on helping my skin recover from the sun damage it has. So I found the trick to keeping a healthy glow without damaging my skin! I add these drops to my moisturizer 2-3 times a week. I do this in the evening so the tan has time to set in overnight! I squeeze a bit of my moisturizer into my palm, add 2-3 drops of this product and rub my hands together before applying it to my face! REMEMBER: wash your hands immediately after using this product. It is pigmented and will leave color if you don’t wash it off!
Lip Mask- This product is as good as it gets! I use it every single night, & I wake up with moisturized lips that feel & look plumper! Put the product on with it’s applicator, rub it in a bit between your lips, but you want there to be excess to moisturize over night!
Hydrating Mask- Do you ever have those days that you know your skin is cringing for hydration? This happens to me after a long weekend, a vacation or numerous plane rides. My moisturizer just isn’t doing the trick & I know it needs something extra. I started using this mask at the end of the winter & I can’t believe I waited so long to try it! The main ingredients help to restore elasticity & firmness using probiotics to smooth, tighten and hold moisture! I use this product 1-2 times a week depending on the stress level & dryness of my skin. Massage it into your skin as you would a moisturizer, let it sit for 10-15 minutes & then I rinse it off with warm water. I always have a bit left over on my skin and I leave it there overnight for extra recovery!
The best beauty sale of the year is here! If you're a Sephora lover like me, you know Sephora rarely has sales & you must take advantage of this! I love this sale because it gives me the opportunity to try out different products without feeling too guilty, knowing I got them on sale!
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I have included my favorites from the sale! Some of these products I own & love, others are products I have been wanting to try & have ordered! I will give you a full review after trying them out! & update my list as the sale goes on! If you have ANY questions please reach out! I love hearing from you! Happy Shopping!
I've told ya'll before that when it came to makeup, 6 months ago I was clueless. I hadn't take the time to learn the best techniques or products to use. Well, the same goes for skincare, besides the every morning, every night wash my face routine, my knowledge & effort in the skincare realm was non-existent. I had always watched my mom use specific creams (usually costly) and thought "oh geeze, I have plenty of years before I need to do that". WRONG.
Sun cancer runs in my family, specifically on our face. (both my mom & dad have had skin cancer). Once again, I was naive to the topic of skin cancer, the dangers of tanning and the long term affects of sun damage. It wasn't until this last year I started to notice the pigment and the texture of my skin begin to change. I naturally have fair skin (thanks mom!), so I have always felt better when I was tan to add a little pigment to my skin! I also felt like it helped make my dark circles under my eyes less noticeable! What I couldn't believe was the rough texture tanning had given my cheeks. That rough texture then led to dry spots & I knew something had to change.Read More