morning and bedtime skincare products

I started to get really into learning about and trying beauty products only a few months ago in a fury of excitement. It has since become a full-blown obsession. I follow all the best beauty gurus on youtube, I'm a beauty insider at Sephora, and now here I am blogging about products. I'm not really sure why this suddenly happened - I've always loved pampering myself but before now I really couldn't be bothered to try new things. I think I just didn't realize the diversity of things available. Plus, it's just really fun.

For some reason half the fun of buying new products is sharing them or showing them off. This is definitely the reason why the youtube beauty guru community began. It's fun to talk about what you bought and it's also relaxing to watch other people talk about what they bought. In lieu of sharing on youtube, I thought I'd share here.

So here are the products I've been using for my morning and before-bed skincare. Just FYI, I have dry skin so I've been trying to find products that aren't drying or that have hydrating properties.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser for dry to normal skin

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser for dry to normal skin

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light

Step 4: Foundation. The reason it took me so long to switch to foundation is that I was under the impression that all foundations are heavier than tinted moisturizers, and mine already felt like a lot to have on my face. Little did I know that I was using perhaps one of the heaviest tinted moisturizers of all time (from Josie Maran). But then I finally bought this one, and it seriously feels like nothing on your face. I never believed people when they said certain products were completely weightless, but it's true. Because it's so light it's also on the thin side, so I'd say it's probably medium coverage. I'm not super into full coverage, so it's great for me. Love love love!

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation

Bedtime Routine

Step 1, Makeup remover: Sometimes I forget to do this step first, but first is when I'd like to do it, in a perfect world. I really like Neutrogena's makeup remover wipes. They smell really fresh and clean and aren't irritating on the skin at all. Also it's nice because once you buy your little box all you have to buy after that are the refills.

Step 2, Cleanser: So like I said, I always use CeraVe to cleanse my face. I use it in the morning and at night. Sometimes I take another shower before bed (because I'm obsessed with showers) but other times I'll just wash my face at the sink.

Step 3, Face scrub: If I take a shower at night sometimes I'll use a face scrub. I really like this Burt's Bees scrub, but I feel like it's probably not for everyone. The willow bark bits are definitely pretty big and abrasive. I try to only use it once or twice a week for that reason, but it definitely definitely makes your face really soft.

Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes

Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes

Origins Eye Doctor moisture care for skin around eyes, Josie Maran 100% pure argan oil & homemade lavender salve

Origins Eye Doctor moisture care for skin around eyes, Josie Maran 100% pure argan oil & homemade lavender salve

Step 6, eye cream: I'm not super concerned about eye wrinkles or anything like that but it makes me feel more pampered to use eye cream, so I picked up this one from Origins. I don't know anything about other eye creams, but this one is just really refreshing and smells very light and clean. It's a pretty small jar but I use the tiniest dab of product for each eye, so it will definitely last me a while.

Step 7, lip balm: I've been using this little jar of lavender salve that my friend made me for my birthday last year. It's nice because I know that it only has herbs and wax in it and not any other weird ingredients. I actually really want to learn how to make my own beauty products like this, so if anyone has any good recipes let me know!

Lastly I just want to say that the best skincare-related thing you can do is drink hella water. I've been trying my very hardest lately to do this, and it has definitely paid off, in more ways than skin! Do it.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanser. I only only ever use CeraVe to clean my face. It was recommended to me by a dermatologist and I've been using it for several years. It is the gentlest cleanser you will ever use that is still very effective and not drying. If you have sensitive or dry skin, this product is amazing. I'd like to try other cleansers but I'm sort of wary of messing with a good thing. And I feel like so many cleansers are just too harsh for my skin.

Step 2: Moisturizer. In the morning I like to use a lighter, but still very hydrating, moisturizer. I bought this one from Burt's Bees kind of on a whim (because I usually don't buy anything I haven't heard a review for) but I've been loving it. It's super light and creamy and smells very fresh and clean.

Burt's Bees Radiance Day Cream with Royal Jelly

Burt's Bees Radiance Day Cream with Royal Jelly

Step 3: Primer. For a while I was only using a tinted moisturizer so I didn't really feel like I needed a primer, but once I picked up a foundation I decided to try one out. And since everyone has been raving like crazy about this Smashbox primer, I decided to give it a try. I got this tiny size just in case, but basically it's just as amazing as everyone says. It sinks into your skin immediately and leaves it perfectly soft and smooth, ready for your foundation..

Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon

Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon

Step 5: Concealer. Despite my disgruntlement with the thickness of Josie Maran's tinted moisturizer, I still like it on my skin because it has argan oil in it, which is vert nourishing. So I decided to try out the concealer because I figure if I'm going to put product on my zits, I'd like it to have some kind of beneficial properties. I haven't tried very many concealers so I don't have much to compare it to, but for now it suits me. 

Step 6: Lip balm. I really love this Neutrogena lip balm. It's in the color translucent, which actually just makes your lips looks sparkly and slightly nude. It's so pretty, and sometimes I wear this by itself. But most of the time I like to wear this underneath a bit of lipstick. But I'll save that for another post!

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Burt's Bees Peach & Willow Bark deep pore scrub

Burt's Bees Peach & Willow Bark deep pore scrub

Step 4, toner: Until now I always skipped this step. One time a dermatologist told me more is less, and so for a long time my approach to skincare was pretty hands-off. Plus I think when I was younger I used a toner that was really an astringent and it ruined my skin, so I've been skeptical about toners ever since. But I was clearly misguided. This one by Clinique smells really yummy and is really soft on the skin. I haven't noticed a huge difference as far as blemishes go but I definitely feel much cleaner after I use it than I would if I only used cleanser.

Clinique acne solutions clarifying lotion

Clinique acne solutions clarifying lotion

Step 5, moisturizer: At night I've been moisturizing with this Josie Maran pure argan oil. This stuff is so good for your skin. I know it seems weird to put an oil on your face because you'd think that would cause major breakouts, but it doesn't. It does feel oily but not in a gross way. This little vial is pretty expensive but a little oil goes a long way. And it makes your skin super radiant and soft in a way that I've never experienced with other moisturizers.

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