Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin: Products & Routine

Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin: Products & Routine

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. 

Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

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.

Every Night:

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 
Vitamin E
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.

Skincare Products for Dry Skin

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.

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Drugstore Makeup Dupes; The Best Budget Makeup.

Drugstore Makeup Dupes; The Best Budget Makeup.

I am always on the hunt for a deal, always. Whether its scouring the local Nordstrom Rack for hours to find the perfect shoes or reading 100 articles on drugstore beauty products, I like a deal and am willing to work and research to get the best deal.

When putting together this list I thought about all of the blogs I have read on this subject. I am constantly disappointed when I try the recommended dupes, I find the colors to be off, the textures to be a mess and just overall disappointed with the purchase. My list is short because I have only found a few tried and true dupes that I sincerely believe in, I know there will be no disappointment in these purchases.

All of the products listed below I have owned at some point in my life and most of them I currently own. The dupes – in my opinion – are extremely similar in texture, color, and overall feel. The one exception I do need to mention is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss, The Essence Lip Gloss dupe is great but does not have the staying power that the Anastasia Lip Gloss has.

Hope you enjoy this list, would love to know your current favorite drugstore dupes?

Contour Stick

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Contour Stick

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation: $25
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick: $8


Setting Powder

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Amazonian Clay Setting Powder Dupe

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder: $33
NYX COSMETICS Studio Finishing Powder – Translucent: $10



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Amazonian Clay Blush Dupe

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Naughty Nudes $29
Wet N Wild Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush, Pearlescent Pink: $2.99


Lip Gloss

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Lip Gloss Dupe

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss
Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss


Beauty Sponge

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Beauty Sponge Dupe

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Face Sponge: $6
Beauty Blender Single Makeup Sponge: $20



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Better Than Sex Dupe

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: $24
L’oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara: $9


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Lake Day Beauty Essentials – Monday Morning Obsessions

Lake Day Beauty Essentials – Monday Morning Obsessions

My love for bodies of water is undeniable. I love being near all types of bodies of water, I love to lounge on a raft with a cold drink and a good book. I could do just that for days, I have never tried but I want to!

This summer I was able to take a very extended trip to Alabama to visit my friends and enjoy some relaxing days. My favorite part of my visit to Birmingham, Alabama was my weekends spent at Smith Lake. Its the most dreamy lake I have ever visited and if you’ve been watching my Instagram stories you know that I am OBSESSED with Smith Lake. Our friends own a  home on the lake and we spent our days playing and lounging in the water and our nights singing karaoke at the top of our lungs. Smith Lake is the backdrop to all of my favorite summer weekends.

Beauty Necessities for the Pool

I know we are coming to the close of summer and the end of pool and lake lounging but there are still some good, warm, weekends on our horizon specifically Labor Day. And who doesn’t want to look their best for the last long weekend of summer? I know I do!

While a lot of people might think that worrying about beauty for a lake day might be silly, I’m not a lot of people, I think lake day beauty is a fun, necessity. There have been some huge advances in summertime makeup and I hope my list of products inspires your pool or lake day look.

Must-Have Lake Day Beauty Necessities

Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen Spray – SPF 50 – 6oz

As we all know sunscreen is VERY important. This formula is great for lounging by the lake all day, it’s very long lasting and can withstand jumping in and out of the lake 100 times.


Wet Pro Epic Quick Dry Brush

If you don’t have this brush, run fast and buy it!! Its great for summer when you are by the pool all day or any time of year after you get out of the shower. It immediately detangles your hair with absolutely no pain.


Supergoop! – AcaiFusion Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Have you ever sun burnt your lips? It’s miserable. Lip balm with a sunscreen in it is a must!

Supergoop Lip Balm

It Cosmetics IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream with SPF 50+

I love this CC cream!! It has a very high SPF and still offers a very nice full coverage. I like it for long days outdoors but I also use it year round!

IT Cosmetics CC Cream

L’Oreal Lash Paradise

As you all know this is favorite mascara of all time, I talk about it in old blog posts here and here.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 1 oz.

Did you think the CC cream was enough sunscreen? no way. This setting spray will not only help protect your skin but also help protect the staying power of your beauty products.

Supergoop Setting Spray

Spiral Hair Ties

Because who likes indents on their hair?

Free People Spiral Hair Ties

A few fun extras; not beauty products but absolutely necessary for a really fun day!!!

Splash Saddle

Say you are at the lake but maybe you don’t want to get your hair wet, the splash saddle is a must. You sit on it like a saddle and it keeps your body in the lake to about your chest.

Splash Saddle

Yeti Tumbler

I am sure everyone is very familiar with the Yeti Tumbler at this point but if you are looking for a cup to keep your drink cold all day long then this is the product for you.

Yeti Tumbler

Foam Pool Float

If you like to read a book while lounging, this float is necessary! It keeps you out of the water just the perfect amount!

Foam Float
My favorite lake float!

I hope you all finish your summer off with a bang! I have some great plans to help me end my favorite season the right way. While I am heading back to California this week I still have many, many hours of pool lounging in Summer 2018.



Drug Store Beauty Must Haves 

Drug Store Beauty Must Haves 

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.

Drug Store Makeup Must-Haves

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.

Lash Paradise


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.

NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick


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.

Real Techniques Sponge


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.

Aveeno Face Lotion


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.

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash


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?

Happy Shopping!


Monday Morning Obsessions: Summer Beauty Necessities

Monday Morning Obsessions: Summer Beauty Necessities

This summer has been a unique one for me, its the first summer since I was in college that I haven’t spent my entire summer working in an office. The flexibility of working from home is nice and allows for a lot more time outdoors! Its also allowed me to visit some of the most beautiful bodies of waters, I never in a million years thought I would get a summer like this one. In fact, if you are following me on Instagram, you saw I spent this last weekend at my favorite place on earth, Smith Lake, just north of Birmingham, Alabama.

We all want to live every day of our life with tan, moisturized skin and soft, shiny hair but with lots of time in bodies of waters mixed with extreme heat, that dream can be very difficult to achieve.

Summer Beauty Products

All my summer activities and vacations revolve around being outside; I love to swim in our pool, lay by the beach, hang out on the lake, if its outdoors in the summer, I probably love it. I love summer but all this time outdoors really wreak havoc on my skin and hair. I have to take extra steps and precautions that I never took before to keep my skin glowing and my hair manageable. I have also invested in new products that I never thought I would purchase.

Now let’s talk about a few of my favorite beauty products that are getting me through the summer.

Milk Makeup – Highlighter

Milk Makeup Highlighter


This product changes the summer make up game. Its super light on its own or you can pair it with a powder highlighter for a more dramatic look. On days when you are sitting by the pool and just want a light makeup, this is the best product. It gives you a very highlighted but dewy look and can be work just directly on your face or on top of a full coverage foundation.

Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial

Aveeno In-Shower Facial

On top of my intense moisturization routine, I started adding this to my weekly routine and it has really helped my summer skin. The steam from the shower helps this product penetrate your delicate facial skin and leaves my sensitive skin soft and glowing.

Coppertone Kids Tear Free Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Kids Sunscreen

Okay so let’s be real, I have one million sunscreens but I constantly end up just using the kid’s sunscreen. No matter what precautions I take I always end in tears with sunscreen in my eyes. Its terrible, miserable, I hate it. While I like to use my sensitive facial sunscreens, in reality, I usually just slather this all over my body.

Skinn Foot Fetish Heel Balm

Foot Heel Balm

The truth is I hate shoes. I am always barefoot in the summer but that ends up destroying the skin on my feet and ruins brand new pedicured feet. This product is the only thing that seems to fix my cracked heels. Usually, this is $25, but I found it on Haute Look for $10!! What a steal!

Bumble and bumble Bb. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner

Hair moisturizing oil 

I spent the last 10 years bleaching my hair, completely destroying my very thin, fine hair. I stopped dying my hair about 10 months ago but am still working hard to restore my hair to a healthy state. Let me tell you, swimming in our chlorinated swimming pool is not helping the state of my hair. This oil is everything, it’s so light and hydrating; I didn’t think that combination was possible in hair products but this is the holy grail of moisturization.

What are some summer beauty products you can’t live without? I am constantly searching for new products to keep my skin soft and supple, so help me out on my hunt!

Happy Summer!