Style & Beauty

My Personal Skincare Routine

As promised, here's a quick run-down of my personal skincare routine, the products I use and when I use them. In case you're wondering I have combination skin which means I'm dry in some areas (mostly my cheeks/around my mouth) and oily in others (like my t-zone). 

I N   T H E   M O R N I N G
I wake up and since my face is already cleansed from the night before I just splash some cold water on my face, pat dry and then spritz on Luminance Rosewater Toner. I let that dry for a few seconds and then while my skin is still damp I apply No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum. Once that has been absorbed I apply a few dots of Burt's Bees Renewal eye cream under my eyes to help get rid of my dark circles (my number one problem area) and budding wrinkles--I ain't no spring chicken no more! Finally, I apply a layer of Luminance Deep Hydration Organic Moisturizer. I LOVE this stuff. Out of everything it's probably my favorite. It's thick without being greasy and it really does make my skin feel amazing.

A T  N I G H T ☾
Before bed, I wash my face with warm water and CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. I really like CeraVe products because they mostly all contain hyaluronic acid which came up a lot during my research on the best types of skincare ingredients. Next, I use these coconut cleansing wipes to remove any leftover traces of mascara or oil before spritzing on my rosewater toner  followed by the serum and eye cream. (same stuff I use in the morning). For my nighttime moisturizer I switch to CeraVe's Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM. It's once again, loaded with hyaluronic acid and is specifically formulated to work it's magic during those hours of getting literal beauty sleep.

S T I L L  L O O K I N G  F O R . . .
A good weekly mask. I've heard good things about Herbivore Botanical's Blue Tansy and I've also had my eye on this one by Youth to the People but I'd love to hear your reccommendations as well.

I'm ashamed to admit it's taken me this long to really commit to a solid skincare routine. I used to be 'that girl' who'd get lazy after a long day and just go to bed with makeup on, which is in fact really terrible for your skin (and not surprisingly, white pillow cases). Now, I love how my skin looks and feels--it's only been a couple of weeks but I can already see improvements, so I'm excited to see the benefits over time.

Happy Feet

Since developing plantar fasciitis during my pregnancy (hooray), I'm now faced with the dilemma of trying to find shoes that are both comfortable and stylish in order to get some relief. This has proven to be no easy feat, however I did manage to find a few that I'd totally actually wear. To make things even more specific, now that it's summer I'm pretty limited to light sneaker/sandal styles since it's so damn hot here in Sacramento.  

They're not too bad, right? Those Dansko's are number one on my list seeing as how I didn't think it would be possible to find a 'dressier' comfy shoe and those are pretty dang cute.

If you have any other suggestions I'd love to see 'em!

Skin Deep

Now that I'm in my 30's it's become apparent that it's time to adhere to a proper skincare regimen--gone are the days of going to sleep with makeup on (ew) or getting away with just using makeup wipes. The thing is, I have no idea where to start. Of course I want the unicorn of skincare. Something that is effective yet doesn't cost me an arm and a leg. I've tried No. 7 brand from Target and while I really love their night creams, their cleansers don't really do the trick and leave my skin feeling dry & tight. I've heard good things about Kate Somerville but have wondered if it's really worth the hype (and price tag).

So, now I'm asking you all: what are your go-to products for facial cleansers & moisturizers? I'd also love recommendations on good dark-circle creams. I'm sure they will only get worse once this baby boy pops out!