Sephora is currently having their Insider Spring Bonus Event which means 10-20% off depending on your beauty insider level. Makeup at Sephora VERY rarely goes on sale so now is the time to stock up on all of those beauty products you have been eyeing!
My everyday makeup routine is a nice combination of drugstore and high-end beauty products. If you want to read about my favorite drugstore products you can read about those here. When it comes to high-end products, I wait for this sale every year so I can stock up on all of my expensive makeup and beauty products, and well, I love a sale.
If you are going to splurge on a few makeup or skin care items, now is the time. These are the must-have items that I can’t live without! Here’s what I am buying…
I have dry skin; itchy, uncomfortable, dry skin, and these skin issues only escalate in the winter. The weather where I live is not actual winter weather and yet my skin is a mess in the cooler months. Not only do I have dry itchy skin but I also get really bad eczema around my eyes. When I have an eczema flare up it’s so painful and makes it impossible for a flawless face of makeup.
My skin is so dry and sensitive so I am always on the hunt for new products. While hunting for new skincare products I target products that are fragrance-free, help dry skin and prevent all signs of aging on my face. I try to do a lot of preventive skincare in hopes of minimizing my reactive skincare. In fact, I have been using preventative skin care products since I was 15! A few preventative steps I take: I use sunscreen every day, drink tons of water and never, ever, ever sleep with makeup on.
In the spirit of being completely transparent, I have not yet had any injectables. I always said when I hit 30 I was going to start botox and well I just hit 30, so a trip to the dermatologist is in the near future. Once I jump on the botox train, I will document every aspect of it. I only mention this because a lot of bloggers began botox around 23 so even with a great skincare routine, our skin looks very different.
Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin
I constantly get asked on Instagram my skincare routine so its time I share my exact skincare products and routine. I am ALWAYS on the hunt for skin care products that are affordable and help with dry skin and eczema. My skincare routine is pretty locked down right now so I wanted to share the exact steps I take. After tons of trial and error, I have finally discovered a skincare routine that works for my dry, sensitive skin.
Daily Skin Care
Face Wash – Using Baby Shampoo for face wash is a very new addition to my life but I swear by it. If you are struggling with overly sensitive skin or eczema then you need to incorporate baby shampoo into your skincare routine. I’ve started washing my face with baby shampoo and it has transformed my skin. I talked about my eczema issues on my Instagram stories and a dermatologist reached out and suggested Baby Shampoo as my face wash and WHOA! life has been changed. Not only is it great for sensitive skin but it’s also a really great makeup remover.
Okay, this these next steps are super important; once I wash my face I layer these products on from heaviest to lightest. I start with my daily face moisturizer, hydrating serum then rosehip oil. Layering the products like this helps lock in the moisture for the entire day. I repeat the face wash and layering steps morning and night, the only difference is in the evening I use a heavier face cream better suited for overnight repair.
I still get eczema flare-ups on my face and when I do I use the Aveeno Maximum Strength Formula Anti Itch Cream. To effectively use any sort of eczema cream you must put it on as soon as you get out of the shower, in order to really absorb the benefits of the cream, your skin must be damp.
Weekly Skin Care
On top of my daily products, I always map out at least one night a week to incorporate a much more intense skincare routine. You will need about 30 minutes to complete this and I would suggest doing this close to bedtime.
I start by washing all of my make up off and then follow all of the steps of the Smooth and Radiant Face Peels. When I am done with that I put the Aveda hydrating mask on and then top that mask with an additional sheet mask. I always have a stash of sheet masks, I like to use moisturizing sheet masks that contain hyaluronic acid. I leave the sheet mask on for the recommended time normally around 15 – 20 minutes, once I remove the sheet mask I rub the Aveda mask into my skin as much as possible and sleep like that.
This is the holy grail of products. I am not kidding, ask anyone who has used it and they will agree. It’s a bit on the pricey side but oh so worth it!!!! It legitimately erases fine lines in front of your eyes. If that sounds too good to be true, its absolutely true. The directions say to use this product every day, I can’t afford that so I use it once a week. This sounds like this is sponsored and boy do I wish it was, this stuff is my all time favorite skin care product. The best thing about these peels is they are suitable for all skin types.
Aveda Hydrating Mask– This mask is a necessity in the winter. Not only is it super moisturizing but also very brightening. I wear it before bed and then in the morning I wake up and my skin is glowing.
Sheet Masks That I Love
A very important note for anyone with dry, sensitive skin – never, ever use products with any added fragrance. I know that sounds ridiculous but products with added scent really aggravate sensitive skin.
Now that I shared my go-to beauty products and routine I would love to hear what you are doing to help your skin get through these winter months. Are there any must-have products that I need to try?
Its that time of year again where my skin just goes to hell in a handbasket. I have insanely dry/ sensitive skin and anytime there is a slight weather change my skin immediately reacts to it. My skin usually has the most issues around the eyes but increasing dryness all over my face is pretty normal. With all of my skin issues I am always on the lookout for products that will help combat my dry skin and the most important product is a good foundation for dry skin.
The weather might be changing but I still like to look cute and wear makeup every day. The problem is my dry skin is very finicky with what kind of makeup that I use. I am always on the lookout for new foundations for my dry skin, I have tried at least 100 different foundations over the years. There has been a ton of trial and error but I think I finally pinpointed the best of the best.
For the most part, I only use drugstore make up, with one exception, foundation. I love drugstore products, I think there are so many great products that you can purchase at a very good price but I am always willing to spend a good bit of money on the best foundation for my skin type. Doesn’t matter if your eyeshadow and lipstick look great if your foundation is a mess then it distracts from everything else.
In the spring of this year, I started using Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and my life has been changed. I like a full coverage foundation that lasts all day long and this is the holy grail of staying power. I can’t recommend this enough, IT IS EVERYTHING!!!!!
Besides the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, there are a ton of great foundations for dry skin. Before writing this post, I tried a ton of foundations! A ton!
Best Foundations for Dry Skin
Most makeup tutorials recommend a setting powder post foundation but with dry skin, I prefer to use a good primer and a setting spray and skip the setting powder portion. Skipping the setting powder step allows for less caking on the skin and helps to ensure flawless foundation all day long.
Best Primers For Dry Skin
Best Setting Spray For Dry Skin
If you don’t own the up all night setting spray run fast and buy it, its everything I could hope for and more.
I am working on collecting foundation dupes for these products because I know these price points are not in everyone’s budget. Next month, I will be putting out the best dupes for Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation but I need time to test everything out so please hold on that post.
What is your favorite foundation for your skin type? Let me know in the comments below.
Dry skin, an issue most people face during the cooler months. Now that I am knocking on 30’s door I feel like my skin is becoming noticeably more sensitive and dry when the seasons change. This blog post has been a long time in the works, I have been working on it for weeks because I wanted to ensure all products were the tried and truly the best for dry, sensitive skin.
When I was 15 years old I started using anti-aging products, it probably was younger than that but that is the age that I remember receiving my first complete kit of anti-aging products. When I was that age I wanted to be Katie Couric when I grew up so I knew it was important to preserve my skin. In my opinion, you are never too young to start a proactive skincare routine. The most important aspect to maintaining youthful skin is SPF and moisturization, two things acceptable for all ages. It’s so important to keep my skin care routine really locked down because I like my makeup to look flawless and you can’t achieve flawless makeup without flawless skin.
On top of dry, sensitive skin, I also have very fair skin. I use SPF every single day, doesn’t matter the weather or my sun exposure, I always have it on! If your skin is darker than mine, SPF is super important to help eliminate preexisting scars and unwanted dark marks. I got in a really bad car accident when I was 17 that left me with over 40 stitches on my face, from that point on I did everything in my power to keep my face protected from the sun when outside. All the extra measures I took seem to have really helped, all of my scars have pretty much disappeared.
For some reason when the weather changes my skin goes crazy. Any issue I have with my skin intensifies by 10 folds. My skincare routine is very important to me, VERY important.
Not only is my skin dry it’s also very sensitive, it gets irritated really easy and hates most skin products. Occasionally, I break out in these very painful rashes around my eyes, not exactly sure what it is but it also happens regularly to my dad. With all of my skin issues, there are a few brands that I swear by; Aveeno, Aveda, First Aid Beauty, and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (his stuff is a bit more expensive, but worth every darn penny). I know if I purchase a product from one of these brands that my sensitive skin will be happy with the results.
My skincare routine:
Every day I wash my face in the shower with Aveeno Absolutely Ageless, if my skin is super dry or irritated I use Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser. Post-shower, I immediately put a face oil on; I switch off between Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil, both are super hydrating and affordable products. I really hate the smell of Argan oil so that is one downside. After that oil I put on a Vitamin C Serum, vitamin C has done wonders for my complexion, it has brightened my skin and has reduced the appearance of scars and any other issues. I like to let those products settle into my skin before I put on my daily moisturizer. For daily moisturizer I use the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer, honestly, I should work for Aveeno because I love their products SO DANG MUCH. This moisturizer is great not only is it the perfect recipe for dry, sensitive skin, it also contains SPF 30, most daily moisturizers only have SPF 15. The combination of the face oil, serum, and daily moisturizer really seem to keep my skin hydrated all day long
Pro Tip: When putting on skin products always start with the most lightweight product and work your way up.
I never, ever, ever sleep with makeup on. I can be completely exhausted, walking into my house at 2AM and will promptly remove all makeup from my skin. I wash my face with the same Aveeno product I use in the morning, apply one of the hydrating face oils listed above and then top with Belif- The True Cream Aqua Bomb.
Multiple times a week when I am home catching up on housewives I will put on the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque and let my skin soak up that goodness. Its an all natural, moisturizing mask that seems to brighten my skin and add some deep moisture to my skin.
At least once a week I like to do an at-home peel of some sort, I switch off between the two listed below. The Divine Skin Peel is much more affordable but the Dr. Dennis Gross Peel delivers much better results. Once I have done the peel I immediately put on a sheet mask, your skin absorbs the sheet mask best when your skin is a clean slate.
Divine Skin Peel: I bought this one on Amazon and I love it!! It’s a mild, at-home peel. It does require some planning around because when you use this product you are supposed to stay out of the sun and not wear make up the next day.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel: These are expensive but I am not kidding when I say they are worth every last penny. The first time I was introduced to these a makeup artist in San Fransisco used these prior to doing my makeup and it felt like I had brand new skin. Two days later, I went back to work and one of my coworkers asked if I had a facial. I can’t sing the praise of this product enough!
Sheet Masks – I like to use masks with one or more of these ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid Collagen Vitamin E Honey Rose Petals
When I lived in Birmingham I was getting a twice a month facial and it was MARVELOUS!!! Now that we live in Palm Springs that is no longer in my budget. I’ve gone down to an every other month kind of schedule. I love a deeply hydrating facial, I think estheticians are magicians with those magical hands of theirs.
Pro Tip: If you live near an Aveda school they offer CHEAP facials. The students have to do X amount of supervised hours so they offer amazing facials at a very discounted cost. The Birmingham school felt like a very upscale day spa and was always the highlight of my week when I went to visit.
My lifestyle is pretty healthy, full of healthy fats and tons of water. Drinking tons of water seems to really help my skin, I know 64 ounces is the recommended amount of daily water intake but I drink about 100 ounces of water a day. I will say if one weekend I drink a bit too much wine or bourbon my skin will immediately feel drier than normal.
I have not yet invested in Botox but I am absolutely not against it. I have always said when I hit 30 I was going to do it, I am turning 30 later this year so we will see if I actually go through with it.
Is your skin dry and frustrating like mine? What’s your go-to skincare routine? Next, I am going to do a blog post on the best foundation for dry skin because I have tried every dry skin foundation and have read every article on the subject, I feel like a true professional at this point.
I love beauty products, all of it, but makeup and beauty products get expensive fast. Sometimes the most expensive item doesn’t mean its the best product. There are so many amazing beauty items that can be purchased at a drugstore and are just as good, maybe better, than their expensive counterpart.
Over the years I have used hundreds of drugstore beauty products tons I loved, and tons I have hated. I’ll save the ones I hated for another day but today lets talk about my FAVES! All of these products listed below I use on the regular, I would say every day but there is never a week where I wear makeup every day.
Best Mascara I have ever used! Ever! Its the dupe for Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but I swear its so much better! It’s good, really really good. If you are like me and like a thick, long eyelash than this is for you. I could go on forever about this mascara, it’s so darn good.
If you are into a long-wearing liquid lipstick, then this is the product for you! With a price point this low, you will want to purchase the entire collection. My two must have colors are baby doll and lipli. I use this as the base, let it dry, and top with lip gloss and will have high pigmented lips all day.
I have used a beauty blender for years but recently changed over to the real techniques sponge and am so impressed. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Face Sponge is for those of us who like more of a full coverage when it comes foundation. This sponge gives a true flawless finish.
Such a great everyday face lotion. Scent free and the perfect daily lotion for sensitive skin. This product gives your skin so much moisture but feels light, not greasy at all, and is great to use under makeup.
I have to use a very gentle face wash because of overly sensitive skin and this stuff is great. So creamy and perfect for dry, sensitive skin. It doesn’t foam so that took a bit to get used to but past that it removes all make up right off.
What are some can’t live without drugstore must-haves that I need to purchase? I really would love to find a nonchalky, drugstore bronzer, suggestions?