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My skin… Usually a topic I talk too much about with those who can handle me venting my frustration, aka my best friend and my husband. Or I just avoid the subject all together. My skin never knows what it wants, and it never stays consistent for long. It’s either dry and flaking, oily and blemish-y, or a lovely combo of the two. One day in the distant future, I will have beautiful clear skin, and that day will probably be when I have wrinkles. But, in the words of my extremely smart husband, ya win some ya lose some. LOL men. He keeps me young.
Okay so now that I’ve told you how terrible my skin is you probably won’t be interested in any of these products because if they were good they’d heal my problems. Well, unfortunately Hell hasn’t freezed over yet (that’ll happen the day my skin decides to behave itself) BUT these products have helped my skin substantially. Is my skin perfect? No. But since using these products for several months, my skin has calmed down, it’s neither too dry or too oily, and my acne has been much more manageable. These products win compared to the thousands of other products I’ve tried. So, take this with a grain of salt. These products may not change your life, but if your skin is like mine, they will make a difference.
I’ll give you a quick peak into what my morning and night routine looks like so you can decide what products may benefit you most:
In the morning, I do a quick splash on my face with water if my skin is dry (no need to dry it out more with face wash). If my skin is well moisturized but I’m experiencing a breakout, I’ll do a wash with my Trader Joe’s Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil. I’ll follow it up with a pea sized dab of Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream under each eye. If I have a bad zit, (or a few), I’ll dab a cue tip with my 100% tea tree oil and run it under the faucet for a few seconds to dilute. Then I simply dab it onto the blemishes and let it dry before applying my moisturizer. To finish up, I put a pea sized amount of my Mario Badescu A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer onto the back of my hand and dab it onto both cheeks, my forehead, and my chin before gently massaging into my skin. Now my skin is fresh and ready to go! After I’ve applied my primer and makeup, I’ll finish off with a few spritz (or a drenching) of the Mario Badescu Rose Water face spray. This is my all time favorite product because it keeps my skin feeling moisturized and fresh all throughout the day. It also helps set my makeup into place, and it’s only $7! Score!
At night, I wash all makeup off with my Trader Joe’s Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil. Immediately following, I either apply my Mario Badescu A.H.A & Ceramide Moisturizer onto my cheeks, forehead, and chin and massage gently into my face OR I’ll use a pea size amount of my Epionce cream to lightly coat my entire face. I use the Epionce cream 3 nights a week, so half the week I’ll skip that step and jump straight to the moisturizer. The point of the Epionce cream is to even out my skin tone and reduce blemishes, but I find if I use it too often it irritates my skin. It works great when I use it 3 nights a week. It’s also very expensive, so I want to make it last as long as possible. A woman who also uses the Epionce cream said she uses it 3 nights a week and the bottle lasts her an entire year so that’s my goal! Okay, so back to step 2/3. If I’m only using moisturizer, I’ll follow with my Clinique All About Eyes Eye cream. If I used the Epionce cream, I have to wait 7 minutes before applying moisturizer so I’ll use that time to brush my teeth, put lotion on my body, etc. After I’ve applied the Mario Badescu moisturizer and Clinique eye cream, I use my Body Merry retinol cream on my chest and neck. I found that for me personally it was too harsh for my face, but I want to prevent wrinkles on my neck and chest as well so that’s what I use it for nightly. And that’s it! My skin is fresh, clean, and ready for bed. 🙂
Why I love these Products:
Trader Joe’s Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil-
This face wash is my favorite for soo many reasons. First, it clears off ALL the makeup with just one wash. I wear a good amount of face makeup, (concealer, face powder, and bronzer), and it wipes it all away without a trace in just one quick wash. Second, it tingles your face. Who doesn’t love a tingly face? Third, it tightens my pores without leaving my face too dry. And trust me, I know what a too dry face feels like. This face wash doesn’t do that.
Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream –
Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes. They are extremely noticeable. It must just be genetics because no matter how many hours of sleep I get, they are still there. I also get very puffy eyes in the morning… to the point where sometimes I can barely see. LOL. I wish I was kidding. This Clinique product “All About Eyes” Eye Cream has been the ONLY thing that has ever helped my dark circle puffy eye sitch. And I’ve tried ice cubes, tea bags, the whole 9 yards. I use the eye cream morning and night and it dramatically reduces the puffiness and dark circles. On days I want to go without makeup, this eye cream is a godsend. I can practically see the dark circles lighten before my eyes and the puffiness calms down in minutes. The more regularly I use it, the better it works. If you have a dark circle puffy eye situation like I do, give this eye cream a try. It won’t disappoint.
Epionce Lytic Plus TX –
I was gifted this at a Bachelorette party and was shocked at how generous the gift was when I looked it up online to figure out how to use it. I was also astonished at how well it worked for me! Within a week, my skin was even toned, clear, and fighting whatever breakouts wanted to come to the surface but never made it. After a week’s use, though, I noticed my skin started drying out and getting a bunch of tiny red bumps on it. So I reduced my use to 3 nights a week and so far that’s been working great for me! I have only had this cream for a month so far, so I can’t give the same kind of review of this cream as I do for the other products I’ve been using for at least 6 months if not longer. So take this product with a grain of salt. I can’t highly recommend it yet since I’ve using been using it for a month but from what I’ve seen so far, it’s borderline a miracle worker. I’ll update this review once I’ve been using it for 3 months and let you know how I like it then. And if I don’t like it by then, it’s coming off the favorites list 🙂
Mario Badescu A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer
This moisturizer is one of the few I’ve found that doesn’t make my skin too oily, too dry, or clog my pores. In fact, when I have a breakout and don’t use any topical products for the blemishes, my skin/the blemishes still look much calmer and less red the following morning. This moisturizer is designed to revive and rejuvenate dull, congested skin, and I’d say it does its job well. It also only takes a tiny pea sized amount to coat my face, so the bottle lasts me 6 months.
Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray –
I love a nice, light, facial spray with a good scent and this one checks all the boxes. It smells refreshing with a hint of rose, but is far from too perfume-y. The spray leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized without the heaviness of applying lotion throughout the day. It’s perfect for applying after you’re finished with your makeup to set everything into place. I also love keeping it in my purse for a quick spritz throughout the day to keep my skin looking fresh and youthful.
Tea Tree Oil –
Tea tree oil has been great for zapping zits in their tracks when I have a breakout. Because tea tree oil is so powerful, I simply dab a cue tip into the bottle, and run it under the faucet for 3-5 seconds to dilute it. I then dab the cue tip onto the blemishes and wait for it to dry before applying moisturizer. Tea Tree Oil is a great natural way to reduce the redness of blemishes and stop breakouts in their tracks.
Body Merry Retinol Surge Moisturizer –
I bought this originally to use on my face to moisturize my face, fight blemishes, and stop wrinkles before they start, but I found it to be too harsh on my face. However, my skin has no problem when I use it on my neck and chest, and because I don’t want wrinkles there either, I’ve been using it nightly. It’s light weight but with 2.5% retinol, it’s powerful. If you don’t have extremely sensitive skin, this moisturizer may be the perfect face lotion/wrinkle reducer for you.
St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, Mit, + Face Lotion
I don’t self tan myself often, but for special events like the two weddings I was in over the summer, this self-tanner comes in super handy. And if you do want to be tan all year round, this self-tanner is for you. I love that I don’t have to use it for a week to build up a tan. I apply it once and I am BRONZE. But far from orange or fake looking. It’s the most natural looking self-tanner I’ve seen on the market. It doesn’t smell bad, and it’s extremely easy to apply. Ive also never streaked using this stuff, so that’s a win in itself right there. I love using the mit to apply the tanner because it prevents my hands from turning dark brown or getting streaks around the fingers.