My Winter Skincare
This year, I really want to focus on having a skincare routine that works for me! I've dabbled in it in the past, but I seriously want to commit this year. I wanted to start a bit of a series where I would detail my skincare seasonally, so I could remember my favorite products and see how my routine progresses over time!
I definitely fluctuate between which is easier for me to keep up with, a morning routine or an evening one (even though I know I need both!!), but on the days where I don't wear makeup, I'd much rather do a long skincare routine in the morning. The cold water helps wake me up, and I just feel less sleepy overall!
I've used this cleanser for quite some time, and I just love the smell of it! It really does wake me up, and I love that it's a gel formula. It's not oily or greasy at all, but it doesn't make my face feel tight when I'm done rinsing it away!
This is another product that I've used for YEARS. It's from the CVS-brand beauty line, which is my favorite drugstore beauty line ever! My first-ever toner was the L'Oreal Hydrafresh Toner, and these two toners are basically the same. I mean, even the bottles are identical!
The CVS version is just easier to find at a moment's notice, and more affordable! I use this Beauty 360 toner morning and night, and it always makes my skin feel clean and hydrated.
I'm a newbie to eye creams for sure (I'm not even 20 yet!), but as of right now, this one is kind of my holy grail product. As you'll see in a minute, I just love the whole GinZing line. I think this eye cream really does deliver on its promise to brighten and depuff the under-eye area, which I seriously need first thing in the morning!
See, I told you! I love Origins' GinZing line!! This moisturizer was actually part of a gift my brother got me for Christmas (well...I took him to the mall and we went into Origins and I literally put it into his hands. BUT STILL.). The gel texture is soooo nice, and it really does have a lovely citrusy smell.
Throughout the Day
Mario Badescu Facial Spray (Rosewater)
Pretty much everyone who's into skincare loves Mario Badescu products, and I'm no exception! I haven't tried the facial spray with aloe, cucumber, and green tea yet, but I love the aloe, herbs, and rosewater version! I love pretty much anything rose-scented, so this is a perfect, refreshing spritz throughout the day, whether or not I'm wearing makeup!
Again with the rose-scented products! I love this salve, and I've definitely given tubes or tins of this to people as gifts because I love it so much. I especially love that this has a bit of a pink tint, so even if I'm not wearing a full face of makeup, I do look a LITTLE more put together! It's also great for dry skin and cuticle care, so if I ever have a bit of extra left over, I definitely rub it into my hands and nails.
I haven't tried this Garnier SkinActive micellar water, instead opting for the Beauty 360 version, but I've heard they're pretty similar and both get the job done! I do feel like the Beauty 360 one that I have leaves a SLIGHTLY greasy residue, so I definitely wash with soap and water after, but it does a great job of getting rid of even waterproof makeup.
The second half of the cleanser I use in the morning, I've used this nighttime cleanser for years and I don't think I'll ever truly abandon it!! I just love the smell and the slight foaminess of it. I use it with a manual face brush for some gentle exfoliation and to really get out any remaining makeup that the micellar water missed.
Toner: Same as Morning
I love this night cream! Even though it's really nice and thick, it doesn't feel oily or greasy on the skin, and it has a nice light smell, nothing overpowering. It definitely makes my skin feel soft and smooth when I wake up in the morning, so it's a winner in my book!
Finally, my last step of the evening is to dab a bit of the Mario Badescu drying lotion onto any blemishes. This stuff is the real deal, y'all! Just a tiny bit goes a long way, and I must admit, I kind of like the smell/tingly feeling that it gives you! I bet this will still be a part of my skincare routine the next time I compile a post like this, it's that good.
Until next time ~
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