My Skin Care Regimen

Skin care. There are so many products out there that I have tried and sampled and spent lots of money on three step systems. From junior high attempting with Proactive to Clinique to store brand cleansers, I've been through a lot. I've never attempted any name brand makeup removers but I've done some damage going through almost every brand of makeup wipes that have really worked to really drying out and harming my skin. Here is a little low down of what I use to keep my skin looking clear of blemishes, refreshed, and moisturized.

Makeup Remover:
Like I was just saying.. I've made my way around the block experimenting with many different makeup wipes that work fine and others that just sting and hurt my skin and burn the eyes. Some are gentle while others are a lot more harsh. I felt like I found some happy mediums to use but nothing was perfect. I didn't like any liquid oil or water-proof removers so I was just not a happy camper. I continued to use the Neutrogena brand wipes because I felt like those were the best but it never completely took off every bit of makeup, especially from the eyes. It always tugged and I didn't want to start creating those fine lines because the skin under your eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive so you have to take extra care of that area while you can! So I made the switch. I read somewhere on a blog about how amazing the body shop's camomile cleansing oil was and I was a bit skeptical because I've tried a cleansing oil before and felt like it was just too greasy but according to this wasn't! So I had to go and let me tell you....NOT GREASY! And takes the makeup off my face with only 1-2 pumps! I couldn't believe it. It wasn't incredibly greasy and left my skin and eyelashes feeling so soft. I wouldn't say after running water over my face that I would be good to go..I still use my cleanser after the cleansing oil..but the stuff is pretty. dang. good.

For so long I used store brand cleansers specifically targeted for acne prone skin. I have always had blemishes and also have many acne scars one day I decided I was tired of my skin and so I went to a dermatologist. She told me that I have really dry skin (which I already knew) and when I buy cleansers targeted for acne it is meant to be a bit drying to dry out those blemishes so I was doubling my dry skin issues. She told me I need to drink water and be mindful of my sensitive skin then recommended the Cetaphil cleanser. Cetaphil has changed my LIFE. It says it is targeting normal to oily skin but to be honest it is perfect for my dry skin too. It is super gentle and leaves my skin feeling so so clean and refreshed.

Because I have very dry skin I exfoliate at least 3 times a week. I switch off from using my Clarisonic Mia to using my Ole Henriksen walnut scrub. Both work so wonderfully to remove all those dead skin cells leaving my skin feeling so soft and even without all that extra texture. When I use my Clarisonic I use my Cetaphil cleanser, and when I do not use my Clarisonic I use the scrub with my fingertips. The scrub is amazing and smells good, but also leaves my skin feeling a bit moisturized too. I LOVE the stuff. I did start using the St. Ives Apricot scrub which is good but left my skin feeling stripped of all the moisture..but that is just my skin it could be different from you!

Garnier's Moisture Rescue for dry skin is INCREDIBLE. I cannot even begin to tell you how this has changed my skin. I use this stuff everyday after I wash my face and even just before or after I put on/take off my makeup. It is so hydrating, smells nice, and lasts. It sets into my skin so perfectly and lasts! I just love it and cannot get enough. I just put a little dab on each cheek, chin, nose, and forehead, then just rub it all in and you are good! It leaves it feeling nice and dewy at first but after it sets after about a minute or so, it just feels even and soft.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you use in your skin care regimen? 
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Glam Hair Towels !

Hair towels are something else. I always grew up using a big ol' towel to wrap my wet hair in after the shower and it was always so heavy and would fall over to one side or just fall off when barely even moving. NOOOOW they have these awesome hair towels like Turbie Twist or other off-brands that are smaller and perfect to wrap your hair in. You can find them at Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, sometimes Home Goods & even WalMart. 

There are some brands in which the hair towels are made of this weird material that is too thin and ends up getting completely soaked and uncomfortable to wear, but I usually look for Turbie Twist or any brand that feels closest to feeling like a nice absorbant towel. I got these super cute towels from Khol's. They were on sale for only $10 for a 2pack so I ended up buying two of them because the prints were so cute! One pack contained the pink and polka dot and the other they grey and chevron grey.

I love wearing these after the shower because I can just continue to get ready and leave my hair in this cute wrap until I'm ready to let my hair down. They are so lightweight and very absorbant. They also have a nice little loop at the bottom so when you have your head upside down in the towel, you twist, stand upwright, and then fold the twist back and tuck it through the loop. It has a GREAT hold and fits all hair types like thin or thick. I have really thick hair and I've had it really long to my belly botton and also to my shoulders. Either length or thickness of your hair the towel lets you twist tighter to fit comfortably. So girly and cute, I always have extra in my bathroom cabinet for guests to use as well. I definitely recommend getting some !

Morphe Brushes Haul

Morphe Brushes has been all over instagram and I've heard so much about the great deals they provide when it comes to makeup brushes but also palettes! As I continue on this journey to do makeup, I recognize that I need to build my kit. Morphe Brushes is located in Burbank, Ca which is not even close to my home..fortunately they have an online shop with affordable shipping but I thought it would be a good idea to just take a day trip down to Burbank and check it out in person.

As soon as I walked into the shop, I was in makeup tool heaven. There were so many brushes everywhere at such unbelievably affordable prices. My goal was to walk out with a couple makeup brushes I needed to add to my kit, and a palette to mix foundations on. I walked out with 6 makeup brushes, one being for brows, 2 blending- one being tapered and the other being more fluffy, 1 small contour brush-which is PERFECT to get right under those cheek bones, and 2 duo fibre blending brushes for the face which are AMAZING-they are amazing for blending out cream products and are a bit tapered and rounded at the ends which I like to use to blend out cream contours to give that airbrushed look. I also got 2 brow scissors, a mixing palette and spatula, and 10 eyeshadows! Best haul ever. 

The best thing about buying 10 beautiful eyeshadows was the fact that they were only TWO DOLLARS each! Two dollars! They are so beautifully pigmented and amazing.  The other thing about these awesome shadows is that the pans already have magnets so it is easy to just throw them in a Z-palette. 

I couldn't believe how affordable their products were including the great quality they contain. I just wanted to share my haul with you and show all the great deals Morphe Brushes has to offer. Can't wait to go back for more!

A little reflection on August

August was a good month for me. I really thought a lot about goals and planning my life and just moving forward. Thinking about my passions and interests and trying to think and plan my future is really important to me right now being that I recently graduated college and I am just trying to re-group and think about what I want to do in life. 

I have always been really interested in cosmetics and love trying and buying new items and finding what is good for my skin type and what not but have also always had fun doing makeup for my friends or family. I started looking into makeup seminars and trying to find classes where I can expand and learn more techniques for application. I really stepped out of my comfort zone as soon as I saw that there was a makeup seminar in Glendale, Ca with a professional makeup artist for a pro corrective course. I was hesitant on signing up because I by no means identify myself as a professional but thought it was worth a shot to at least see if this is something I could do for the rest of my life. 

I went to the class and it was the most informative and fun! I wasn't expecting everything that had happened but was so happy that I did it. I learned about techniques and tricks on how to apply on different facial and eye shapes and how to mix foundations, etc. It was so mind blowing and so much fun I instantly knew this was something that I wanted to do forever.

Makeup makes me happy. It intrigues me and fascinates me on how beautiful it can make one feel not only from an outward perspective but internally as well. This is something that I most definitely want to pursue and want to learn more about and I just hope more opportunities arise where I can continue to step out and grow and pursue makeup artistry as a career. I felt so encouraged throughout it all and have been practicing on friends every chance that I can get.  

August was a good month to me. It taught me to step out and to evaluate. To evaluate what I want, what is important to me, and to be adventurous!