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[Tips] My Nightly Skin Care Routine

April 15, 2014

So today I read a post entitled “4 Overnight Beauty Products You Should Be Using,” and it got me thinking about my own nightly beauty routine. (Oh how it has changed over the recent years!) I’ve gone from super lazy, to a dedicated skin care routine, back to lazy, and finally to a (still dedicated) routine that I can actually stick with!

The article I linked to above gives a very simple skin care routine to follow for night time. Even though I’m super lazy at times, I’ve been making an effort to stick to a multi-step skin care routine, because I really want to take care of my skin now so that I’m not sorry later. We all know sleep is extremely important to healthy skin, but (as the article says), you either get 8 hours or you don’t! I have a feeling most of us don’t…so we need to up our skin care game even more!

I think the steps listed in this article are great–if you want a basic night time skin care routine, use those steps as a guide! If you’re willing to put even more time into your skin care routine, then use the basic routine but add steps where necessary. Your skin care routine should be tailored to your skin and its needs. If you’re new to skin care (especially multi-step routines), I recommend shopping for skin care products on a website that breaks the products down by skin type. HSN’s skin care page does this. Analyze your skin and figure out what you want to see happen–do you need to brighten your skin? Even out the tone? Hydrate it because it’s dry?

It took me a long time to figure out what my nightly skin care routine should consist of…but I think I’ve finally got a routine that works for me! Below I’ll list step by step what I do to keep my skin healthy, even when I’m not getting enough sleep (or water)!

Let me know in the comments section what your skin care routine is! I’m always looking for new ideas! (Questions/other comments are welcomed as well!)

My Nightly Routine

download1. Remove makeup.

I like to use the Almay eye makeup remover pads just on my eyes and then take a makeup wipe to the rest of my face. I’ve been testing out some oil cleansers, too, so if it’s an oil cleanse night, I skip the makeup wipe and just cleanse with oil.


51ceAil70ZL._SL1500_2. Cleanse.

I’m currently using the Simple Foaming Cleanser and the St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub. I alternate between the two of these. I use the St. Ives up to 3 times a week, and the Simple cleanser the rest of the week. Whenever I cleanse with the Simple foaming cleanser, I use my Luna Mini!

3. Exfoliate (twice a week).

I use a Japanese brand product for exfoliation. It’s called Cure, and it’s the most gentle exfoliate I have ever used. I only use this a couple of times a week.


wonderpore4. Tone.

Right now I’m trying out the Korean brand Etude House Wonder Pore Toner!

5. Treat acne.

I don’t always do this, but I’ve been having breakouts lately! So I just grab a Noxzema acne pad and swipe it all over my face.


missha-misa-yei-hyun-eyecream-30ml5. Moisturize (or serum)

I tend to use my serum in the morning, so at night, I just apply a moisturizer. I’m testing out a Korean one now.

6. Eye cream.

I do use a separate cream for my eyes. Right now it’s the Etude House Collagen Moistfull cream!

So I know that may seem like a lot, but night time is when my serious skin care happens! What products do you use, and do you have tips for a night time skin care routine?

Thanks for reading! If you have any requests or want reviews on the products mentioned, let me know in the comments!


[Tips] Why Foundations/Moisturizers with SPF Aren’t Enough

March 6, 2014

20140305_075815In recent years, most foundations, face primers, powders, and moisturizers all contain at least 15 SPF. There will always be exceptions, as many don’t like to have SPF in their face products (thanks to the notorious white cast that happens in flash photography). But the amount of products with SPF is overwhelming. Since there are so many options, I, like many others I’m sure, was glad to see that I could count on my foundation and moisturizer to have me covered when it comes to SPF. I don’t want to worry about getting skin cancer, aging early, or any other complications that come from sun exposure, so I always make sure I have some SPF on.

A couple of days ago, I found out that what I have been believing about SPF in foundations/moisturizers is completely false! While it’s true the SPF in these products will HELP protect your skin from the sun, it simple isn’t enough!! I was appalled…here I thought I had been protecting myself from the sun for a long time…but really I wasn’t doing enough to lessen my chances of early signs of aging.

And just to clarify, you need to wear sunscreen everyday! Not just when it’s sunny or when you will be outside for a long period of time. It’s important all of the time because the sun’s rays are still hitting your exposed skin, even if it’s cloudy and even if you aren’t outside for long. I’m rarely ever outside longer than it takes to walk to my car/house…but I’m still wearing sun protection daily. I read a study recently about how skin cancer is more likely in the left-hand side of the body. Why? Because that’s the side that faces the window when we drive! And since most people spend a considerable amount of time driving their cars…well, it spikes their chances of skin cancer.

Anyway, all of this is to say that you need to be wearing a sunscreen daily…not just a moisturizer/primer/foundation with SPF. You’d have to use around 7 times the amount of foundation and 14 times the amount of moisturizer you usually use in order to actually get the SPF benefits listed on the product’s packaging (source). A lot of face products only have SPF 15 or SPF 20 anyway….

That being said: look for a sunscreen you can use daily. A sunscreen. Something that offers sun protection and basically nothing else. I currently use the Yes To Cucumbers SPF 30 sunscreen, pictured above. I really like it! I’d recommend it to anyone who has lighter toned skin. If you’re darker skinned, this may not be the best because the product is white and makes the skin a bit lighter. This doesn’t really affect me since I’m already pale, and I put it on before my foundation and concealer so no one can tell. You may need to experiment with a few before you find one that works for you for daily use.

I’m not saying you should forgo the SPF makeup entirely, though. Using a foundation or moisturizer with an SPF is a great way to beef up your skin’s sun protection. Just don’t rely on makeup and moisturizers alone! (Remember to wear an SPF lip balm under all of your glosses and lip colors too!) I use the Simple Light moisturizer and Covergirl 3-in-1 foundation shown above. These are my go-to products at the moment, though I do rotate my foundation/BB cream a lot! The moisturizer has an SPF of 15 and I think the foundation’s SPF is 20!

Thanks for reading!



Tips for Applying Makeup in a Hurry!

February 21, 2014


So…I’m often running late for work (and used to run late for school too….old habits die hard!). I used to be pretty quick about getting all of my makeup on, because I just can’t do the whole “natural no makeup” look or literally go out without any makeup. It just isn’t gonna happen =) If you can pull that off, lucky you! If you can’t, here are my tips for speeding up your makeup routine!

Tip #1—Prepare the night before.
If you know you have to get up early for work or school, make sure you organize your makeup the night before. Wash your makeup brushes and have your products out and ready to go! It also helps to keep clean makeup sponges around at all times along with some cotton swabs & makeup remover for easy clean up. I like the Almay Eye Makeup Remover Qtips. They’re pre-loaded with makeup remover in case you mess up! Also, the Elf Makeup Remover Pen works well.

Tip #2—Use cream foundation or a BB cream.
If your skin doesn’t mind cream products, use some type of cream foundation (or stick concealer) as your main face makeup. Cream products are not as messy as powder or liquid products, so it is much easier to apply them when you’re in a hurry! The cream product should give you a nice smooth canvas to work with as well. If you can use the lighter coverage BB creams (or have some of the more full coverage Korean BB creams) then stick to these, even though they’re liquid. They go on quickly and blend into the skin within a few moments.

Tip #3—Use neutral eyeshadow palettes.
Having a palette instead of single eyeshadows will make it much easier to apply your makeup quickly. Also, keeping a nude palette is a good idea since the colors can go with anything. Look for a good brand that has very pigmented shades such as Urban Decay, Wet & Wild, Covergirl, and Stila. This way, you can have your eyeshadow on in a couple of swipes instead of
having to build the color up! Neutral shadows are also easier to work with and blend quickly.

Tip #4—Use multitasking products.
If you use one product to serve several functions, your makeup application will be much faster. Buy blush or bronzer compacts that have multiple shades in them—use the lightest shade as a highlighter and the darker shades for blush or bronzer. You can also use the darker shades of eyeshadow in a palette as a substitute for eyeliner. Find products that you can use in different ways, and make them part of your quick makeup routine! If you like soft pink eyeshadows, you can even use your blush for your eyes instead.

Tip #5—Use a clear or nude lip gloss instead of other lip colors.
It can sometimes take a while to apply lip liners and lip sticks. Any colored lip product is going to require more maintenance and take longer to put on correctly. You can cut some time out of your makeup routine simply by opting for a clear gloss or lip balm. Sheer lip products such as lip butters that still give a little bit of color are good options too.

Tip #6—Always curl your lashes.
If you wear mascara, make sure you curl your lashes before application! Curling your lashes helps to put them all in place so that the mascara will go on more smoothly and quickly. You’ll waste time if you try to put mascara on without curling your lashes and have to clean up the clumps!

Tip #7—Use makeup products with SPF.
Even if you’re getting ready in a hurry, you shouldn’t skip the sun protection! Look for foundations, concealers, and lip products that have SPF in them. Use these to eliminate the step of applying a sunscreen before foundation.

I hope some of these tips will help you when you’re running late!