the real deal skincare routine

and by real deal i mean this is my totally perfected skincare routine that i have been doing for months without the need or desire to change anything at all.¬† oh and FINALLY, the post i’ve been promising forever!¬† because i don’t have much counter space in my bathroom, i keep all my skincare under the sink in this cute container from target.bb skincare1.jpgbb skincare2.jpgthe routine //

i always start by removing whatever makeup is left on my face with garnier micellar water.¬† i’ve spoken about my love of bioderma¬†before, and this is truly the same product but cheaper and easy to find.¬† ¬†i then wash my face with the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser or earth tu face hydrate and repair balm.¬† following that i spray the avene eau thermale all over my face and wipe it off with a cotton pad.¬† i’ve been doing this technique since realizing my apartment water was making me break out and this has totally taken that away.¬† i should also mention that most nights, and every time i use a balm or oil cleanser, i remove my cleanser with a warm and super soft baby wash cloth.¬† this is a nice way to a) remove everything from your face, b) keep moisture in more than washing away with water, and c) give a gentle exfoliation to the face.¬† i think this has made a big difference in the overall texture of my skin, and it’s also just a really nice ritual.bb skincare3.jpgi have been using the thayer’s alcohol-free rose petal witch hazel¬†on and off since about june, but got really serious about using it once or twice a day for the past few months.¬† i either use a cotton pad or just my hands by pressing it into the skin.¬† my skin has been so balanced and fresh since using this regularly and i am absolutely seeing the difference!¬† at night i will apply my aczone acne cream next and let that sink in completely before doing anything else.¬† i also pop on a little mad hippie eye cream at this time.¬† if my skin is particularly active, i will apply a small amount of glossier super pure serum before my acne cream, just on the areas where i need it.bb skincare4.jpgbb skincare5.jpga few minutes later, i go in with a hydrating serum.¬† the jordan samuel hydrate serum¬†has completely replaced my usual hylamide low molecular ha and the difference is very clear.¬† the hydration just seems more long-lasting than with the hylamide – i really think my skin is now more hydrated all the time vs just when i apply my serum.¬† even with drastic weather change these days.¬† the ingredient list boasts more hydrating ingredients like aloe and glycerin, and only for a few more dollars than hylamide.¬† next i’ll spray a little herbivore rose hibiscus coconut water¬†onto a small dollop of first aid beauty ultra repair cream and mix that little concoction together.¬† this has been so helpful in getting my lotion to sink in and, again, is keeping my skin hydrated all the time.¬† after another few minutes, i’ll spray a little more rosewater into whatever oil i’m in the mood for that night.¬† the two i’m rotating between are the pai bioregenerate and indie lee squalane.¬† for spot treatments i use the indie lee blemish lotion and the most old school adult acnomel.bb skincare7.jpgbb skincare8.jpgin the morning, if i take a shower, i repeat this process without the acne cream or oil.¬† if i don’t shower, i¬† go straight into sunscreen because my skin is still plump and hydrated from the night before.¬† it¬† might seem weird but i definitely don’t feel the need to wash my face in the morning, even with water.¬† because my skin is so dry, i take all the moisture i can get!¬† as we get into winter i will start mixing in a drop or two of oil with my moisturizer.

the extras //

my favorite masks to use are typically on the hydrating or glow-inducing side, but i also spot treat with a clay mask.¬† my all-time favorite mask right now is the frank body glow mask.¬† it gives the skin a glow and light exfoliation, but also has intense hydrating properties.¬† other masks that give my skin that beautiful glow are the tata harper resurfacing mask and fresh vitamin nectar vibrancy-boosting mask.¬† i love both of these and just continue to get deluxe samples at sephora!bb skincare9.jpgclay masks that i love are the glossier mega greens galaxy mask and freeman’s feeling beautiful mint and lemon clay mask.¬† i’ve been using the glossier forever and probably won’t repurchase as the freeman’s does everything i need it to do.¬† it’s an excellent spot treatment as well; i rarely put this on my whole face.

i always follow a clay mask with a hydrating one, and the ones i keep going back to are the glossier moisturizing moon mask and dr. haushka hydrating mask¬†(linked is the new reformulation).¬† i found the dr. haushka one at tj maxx, and while it’s a great product, i won’t be repurchasing at the full price.¬† the glossier one is an old standby that i always have on hand.¬† besides the clay masks, i remove all of these with the same gentle baby wash cloth that i mentioned earlier.

i think the major notes to take away here, and the major differences, are the avene eau thermale, thayer’s witch hazel, jordan samuel hydrate, and spraying rosewater or any hydrosol into moisturizer and face oil.¬† this is actually one of the main purposes for hydrosols – to assist your skin in soaking up the most moisture from the products you put on it.¬† it also helps to thin out any creams or oils that might be harder for your skin to absorb.¬† neat trick!bb skincare6.jpgi know this seems like a lot of steps, but truly i can do this routine in under 10 minutes.¬† these products have made a major difference in my dry skin and i don’t see myself changing anything up for quite some time!

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the real deal skincare routine

early morning makeup (for a minimalist)

i’ve started student teaching (EEEEEEEEEK), which requires me to commute over an hour at 6 am.¬† it’s truly not that bad, but it requires me to be very organized the night before and pretty quick in the morning.¬† after a little experimentation, i’ve got my makeup routine down pat, and i knew you would all want to see it ūüėČbb early am1.jpgas fall is thankfully making its presence known, i’ve gone back to my layering technique to keep my skin fresh and hydrated.¬† after using my clinique mineral sunscreen, i’ve been putting generous mix of embryolisse and first aid beauty coconut primer all over my face and neck.¬† i haven’t been using any base products cause i truly can’t be bothered, so i pop a little glossier stretch concealer in light on any areas that might be a little red or discolored.¬† sephora bright future concealer in meringue covers up the blemishes that somehow haven’t been too bad.

while letting all that moisture sink into the skin, i curl my lashes with the surratt curlers and apply a light coat of mascara Рeither pacifica stellar gaze (back to this love!) in supernova (black) or covergirl lash blast volume in black/brown.  then i brush up my brows with a spoolie and pop on a little maybelline clear mascara to keep them in place.

back to the face and here’s where it changes depending on my mood.¬† after applying a light layer of alima pure pressed powder foundation in macadamia – keeps my skin glowy but not shiny and offers the perfect amount of light coverage, i either go in with blush or bronzer.¬† for bronzer i’m still loving the¬†hourglass diffused bronze light and for blush i’ve been reaching for the pixi multibalm in baby petal.¬† add a little rms living luminizer and the face is done!bb early am2.jpgfor lips it’s usually lip balm, but sometimes i’ll do a little bit of the burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude.¬† it’s the PERFECT neutral nude that lightens the lips up in a healthy, juicy way.¬† very moisturizing and even a minimalist like me can enjoy it daily.

so that’s that!¬† if i have an extra second i’ll spritz my face with some rosewater or some sort of hydrosol.¬† basically my aesthetic here is to be fresh-faced and put together, but simple and clean.¬† what’s your go-to work makeup routine?

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the foolproof sunscreen combo

2017 has been the year of sunscreen searching for me. ¬†it turns out finding a natural, mineral sunscreen for every day that isn’t white or greasy or thick is quite the challenge. ¬†a few months ago i splurged on the suntegrity 5-in-1 tinted sunscreen in light, which is great, albeit a little thick and a little dark. ¬†the color is now perfect but it still has a thickness to it that i could give a pass on. ¬†i also use the ilia tinted moisturizer¬†in t2, but it only has spf 20 so it’s more of a makeup item for me than a sunscreen.bb sunscreen combo.jpgafter finishing up another tube of lackluster non-tinted sunscreen for every day use, i bought myself the farmacy green screen. ¬†now this rates a 3 on ewg, so not incredible, but i can honestly say it’s the best mineral sunscreen i’ve found to date. ¬†here are the facts: spf 30, 2.4% titanium dioxide, 5.82% zinc oxide, free radical protection, lightweight, no white cast, nongreasy but still dewey. ¬†i think you get the picture, yeah?

so this all brings me to a few mornings ago, when i decided to combine the farmacy green screen with the suntegrity 5-in-1. ¬†and shit. got. real. ¬†the green screen lightens up the density of the suntegrity beautifully, thinning out the product and making the color even more spot-on for my skintone. ¬†they mix together super well, melting into the skin and offering a lightweight layer with slight skin perfecting properties, but nothing heavy or foundation-like in the least. ¬†plus, since they are both mineral sunscreens, i don’t feel weird or like i’m taking away any of the sun protection, and my skin feels and looks healthy and glowing.bb sunscreen combo2.JPGbb sunscreen combo3.JPGthese horrible awkward selfies (also, welcome to my apartment!) were taken in sunlight, with absolutely no filters or editing of any kind. ¬†that’s my real, puffy morning face. ¬†you can see that the coverage is minimal, but my skin looks pretty even-toned and with a hint of natural light to it. ¬†success! ¬†i apply a number of ways: with fingers, with a beauty blender, or with a buffing brush. ¬†just depends on my mood!

so that’s that. ¬†sunscreen and skin made easy. ¬†do you have a go-to sunscreen to share?

the foolproof sunscreen combo

catching the sunrise

IMG_4587.JPGIMG_4616.JPGi’m babysitting my boss’s dog for the week, which is requiring some early morning potty runs. ¬†at 6am to be exact. ¬†normally i wouldn’t be thrilled about being yanked out of bed this early, but right now i kinda really don’t mind. ¬†it’s amazing how nice it can be to get outside just after rising, take a walk and warm my bones, and best of all, watch the sunrise.

i am so lucky to live where i do as the sunrises and sunsets are so gorgeous. ¬†and i can see both of them from my kitchen. ¬†but there’s something about being outside in the morning air, watching the world wake up, that is so magical and spiritual and revitalizing.

i don’t know what the day will bring, what tomorrow will look like, or even what i’ll have for dinner. ¬†but i do know that every day, the sun will rise and the sun will set. ¬†and it will bring with it a beauty and a glory that is unparalleled. ¬†i probably won’t continue walking at 6am when my dog duties are over, but i will always know what the sun looks like at 6am on an april morning.

catching the sunrise

child

i am a child of the moon. ¬†i come alive when everyone else goes to sleep. ¬†it’s when i think, when i understand, when i grow. ¬†i dream, but i’m still awake. ¬†i envision what my world could be, i make plans, i make commitments to myself. ¬†a late night, cozy in bed or going for a drive, i come alive.

i am a child of the sun.  hot coffee on an early morning stirs my soul.  morning light shines, making everything it touches glow brighter and stronger.  the dreams of the night before become realities, or not.  the day begins as a clean slate, endless possibilities stretch before me and all i have to do is pick one.

i am a child of the morning and the night.  i treasure the extremes.  at night, i long for the early morning light.  in the early morning light, i long for the silence of a sleeping house.  i am alone with my mind, i am buzzing along with my thoughts, i am dreaming with my eyes wide open.

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