My 2017 updated skin care routine

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Hey my beauts! I hope you all are having a wonderful and relaxing weekend!  I am currently off for like ten days from work so I have been constantly brainstorming different blogging ideas!  Please let me know if you guys are interested or have certain blog suggestions as I am open to ideas! I decided to write this blog post on an updated skin care routine as I am pretty sure I have only updated one skin care routine on this channel. Since then, my skin care routine has changed obviously as I have been more cautious and caring towards my face and cleansing it. Obviously, if you are in a rush out the door, or you are super tired and do not want to take the time to fully cleanse and treat your skin you are pretty much going to say f*** it . That is usually what I did back then and I really did not care too much towards treating my skin. I have always had acne prone skin all my life and I know that that will never really go away ever. This new updated routine is by far the best routine that I have come up with for using on a daily basis. I am not saying by any means that I never get pimples and my skin is absolutely flawless… I literally wish this but that just is not logical. However, this skin care routine has cleared up my face tremendously over the past few months, even friends have noticed the improvement. If you guys are interested in what kinds of products I use then please keep on reading!

What I use in the morning time

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So as you can already see… Lush is a big deal in this blog post. I literally love Lush. I really do not have anything bad or negative to say about this company whatsoever. I have tried out numerous products from this brand and have loved a lot of them. When I get up in the morning, I go straight to the bathroom and start cleansing my face. By doing this right away, it helps me wake up and feel refreshed. I like to take my ” Angels on Bare Skin” which I purchased from Lush for around $16.00 and apply only a dime size amount all over my face. I lightly rub this all over my face ensuring I focus on my problem areas such as my chin and my nose. After scrubbing this for about 10-20 seconds I wash it off with warm water. I love this cleanser as it is extremely gentle and is excellent for your skin. I also love the cleanser called “Herbalism” by Lush which retails for around $16.00 as well. After using this product on my face I sometimes go in with my “Dark Angels” cleanser which is a sugar cleanser, and apply a dime size amount all over my face. I only use this cleanser every few days just to get a really deep clean. I think this on top of the Angels on Bare Skin is extremely effective together.

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After fully cleansing my face I then like to take my “Tea Tree Water” which I purchased from Lush for around $11.00 which is pretty good! This water is super refreshing as you can spray a bit onto a cotton pad and apply it to your face or literally spray on right on your face like I do. This is a balancing toner that helps to even out your skin tone. I know that my face naturally has red pigmentation blotches on my cheeks, so I always ensure that I am using a toner.

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Ladies… ladies…ladies… moisturize. Always make sure that you have a good moisturizer to apply to your face after it is fully cleaned, especially in the cold weather. It is not cute to walk around with flakes of skin falling off your face left right and centre… no thank you. Also moisturizing your face before applying your makeup will allow your makeup to sit better on your face and it will not have the “cakey” effect. Finding the right moisturizer may be difficult and time-consuming. I have extremely sensitive skin so it was a lot of trial and error for me. Since having sensitive skin, I make sure my daily moisturizer has no perfume in it and is scent free or my skin will automatically break out badly. I purchased my moisturizer at Shoppers for around $14.00. My lotion is called, “Nivea pure & natural soothing day care“, which has been perfect for my sensitive skin. I literally apply this every morning to my face before applying any makeup.

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Honestly guys… this is probably my most expensive skin care product that I use in the morning as well as apply this at night time before I head to bed. Earlier on, I never really saw the need and importance to use an eye cream.. I mean come on… isn’t a moisturizer good enough!?  I received a sample of this product from Sephora after I purchased some makeup from there about a month or so ago and decided to try it out around my eye area. Guys…. GUYS…. literally… this was the softest, nicest feeling in the whole world. As soon as I applied this around my eye area I swear the skin around my eyes had a mini orgasm.  This was so gentle and felt wonderful when applied. I apply only a tiny amount as it goes a long way in the morning to my eye area as well as when I go to bed. I have noticed a huge difference in this area as the wrinkles have pretty much faded away and I am not just saying that.  I am not too worried about wrinkles at my age as I am only 23… but hey…. you are never too young to start early! I purchased my full container at Sephora about a month ago and have been loving it. The only downfall I have to say about this product is the container size. I finally found this on the shelf and was surprised at how small the product was for how expensive it retails for. However, you do only need a small amount each time you use it. I bought it for around $55.00, and it is called, “Youth Lotus Preserve Eye Cream by Fresh“. Highly, highly recommend trying this out for yourself. Even if you ask for a sample of this first just to try it out before going full out.

What I use at night time

image2-2So when it comes to night time, there are different products that I use when cleansing my face. I like to go for products that help ensure I receive that deep clean after wearing so much makeup throughout the day. When choosing a cleanser I personally like to use one that is foamy and lathers well. This is just a personal preference as I feel like this works better and reassures me that it is getting the job done. I first like to go in with my makeup remover and remove all my eye makeup as well as my face makeup. I have been hooked on the “Micellar water” from Garnier which retails for about $9.00 at Walmart or Shoppers. I just take a cotton pad and wipe this product all over my eyes and face, ensuring that everything is all off. I always ensure that I am gentle around my eye area… no one wants those extra bags from being too rough! Once I know that the makeup has all been removed, I go in with my cleanser.

image1-16I have been using the “Neutrogena Pre Refining Cleanser” which I purchased at Walmart for around $8.00. I have always had larger pores on my face, especially on my cheeks and nose area. I like to scrub this all over my face as it lathers quite nicely. I have noticed a difference in my pore size once I have used this a couple times and I am quite happy with the results. This is my go to night time cleanser and I highly recommend trying this product out if you do have larger pores like myself. Once my face has been fully cleaned, I then go in with my night time toner which is the “Nivea Refreshing Toner for Normal Skin“, which I purchased at Walmart for around $10.00, and apply this with a cotton pad all over my face. Again, this helps to balance out your skin as well as tightens up your pores. I always trust Nivea when it comes to finding the right skin products. I love the variety of products they offer to their customers whether someone has oily, sensitive, normal or dry skin… there is always something which is wonderful.

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Two words… face masks. Ladies, face masks are life. I have been using face masks on a weekly basis now and they always make my skin feel absolutely amazing. I have not tried a variety of face masks from Lush however, but these two are my absolute favourite by far. I have always loved “Mask of Mags” from Lush which retails for about $15.00 for the smaller container which is what I always purchase. I always purchase the smaller containers because honestly they literally last forever, and I can also get more than one face mask and try the others out as well. I love the mask of mags, as I am pretty sure I mentioned this mask in my previous skin care routine. This mask leaves your skin feeling minty and fresh as you can feel it start to work as soon as you apply it, which I absolutely love. I also have recently purchased the “Cup O’Coffee mask” from Lush for around $11.00 again for the smaller container. I find that this mask does not really get hard on your face when left for the 15 minutes, but it leaves your skin feeling so smooth. Coffee grinds are great for your skin. However, the coffee smell is extremely strong… I mean obviously… coffee is chilling on your face. I think that is the only downfall I have about the product, I am not the fondest of the smell but hey if it works I am down. Highly recommend trying these two face masks out, I know for sure you will not be disappointed. I usually apply face masks once or twice a week. If I go out at night and I am all dolled up with lots of makeup, I always apply a face mask the next morning, just to revive my skin from the night before.

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I usually go in with an exfoliator maybe once a week or every few days. I love using my Lush “Ocean Salt”, which I purchased for around $21.00 for the smaller container. I like to use this every once in a while to get rid of any dead skin cells that are on my face, especially with this cold weather.

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Again, I of course, go in with a night time moisturizer. I apply my “Nivea Nourishing Night Care” cream which I purchased from Shoppers for around $12.00. I only take a small amount and rub this all over my face after I have used all my other night time products. I love this moisturizer, it does not irritate my skin at all and allows my skin to be fully hydrated when it comes to the morning. I also take my eye cream that I mentioned up above and apply this to my eye area as well. Now I am ready for a good night sleep!

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Guys…. I can not express how important it is to drink water. I absolutely hate water… I think it is the nastiest thing in the world to be quite honest. But recently, I have purchased a cute water bottle from PINK which encourages me to drink more water as sad as that sounds haha! But hey… whatever works right? I always add a slice of lemon to it as well because let’s face it… ain’t nobody got time for plain boring ass water! Water is so crucial when it comes to the complexion of your skin, water does wonders. It literally helps aid in digestion, circulation, absorption and excretion. I know what you’re thinking… what the f*** does that even mean? Basically, your skin is an organ that is made up of a bunch of cells. These cells require water in order to function properly just like every other organ in your body.

(There’s your science for the day)

I hope you guys enjoyed this updated skin care routine that I have been using for a few months now! I highly recommend using this routine or even just trying some of these products out for yourself you won’t be disappointed! Let me know what you guys think!

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