I get asked more and more nowadays: “what products do you use?”
I never really saw myself as a beauty-obsessor, my passion lies more in the textile world, however, a lot of my tried and true faves… I have been using for years.
Anyone who knows me well knows that when I become addicted to something- I am in for the long haul.
I am going to break this down starting with the Face, to keep this a little more manageable.
Feel free to take notes. 😘
Best Makeup Remover:
Yep, plain old coconut oil! Forget the higher priced “removers”, most of them have some type of oil in them anyways. Coconut oil is proven to even fight against acne, so don’t be scared! Just massage a little into damp skin and rinse off.
Forget the expensive “oil cleansers” and all that jazz- most are made from coconut oil- just utilize the source, duh.
Eye makeup can be removed with a cotton ball. One. Simple. Sweep.
Best Facial Cleanser:
Let me tell you, I have tried literally every acne cleanser on this planet.
I have suffered from acne since junior high, and while it has significantly improved as I have gotten older, my little face requires a cleanser with salicylic acid to keep these pores clear.
(Keep in mind: most skin types respond to ONE blemish fighting ingredient. Some may have great success with benzoyl peroxide, while others win the pimple war with salicylic acid. Just find what works for you.)
This cleanser is full of botanicals and Hyaluronic Acid- which helps smooth skin and clear pores. TRUST me, this ingredient is a game changer for smooth, younger looking skin. And with this product, a little goes a long way- so you can save that cash. For clothes.
Best Eye Cream:
Secret: Use your eye cream on your forehead, too. It helps combat those pesky “11’s” and expression lines. I am a babe on a budget- why not give this one double duty.
Stash this little guy in your makeup bag and apply every morning and evening. I have been using eye cream for over 12 years now, and IT IS WORTH IT.
Do this like clockwork and you notice a difference, I promise. You need to keep those little baby wrinkles hydrated, girl!
Best Day Cream/Sunscreen:
I try to be as organic and sensitive to my skin as I can (except when it come to blasting those breakouts) and this product boasts not only firming aspects and sunscreen, but it also triples as a primer! Say what!?
If your day cream doesn’t contain sunscreen, throw it away. Sunscreen is necessary Every. Single. Day. I remember working with another girl in an office whom I thought was literally 10 years older than she really was because she never, ever utilized sunscreen. Dumb.
Since this can also be used as a primer, it’s perfect to help your makeup stay in place all damn day. And with firming properties, sagging skin can say sayonara!
Best Night Cream:
It’s drugstore, and it delivers. I want to keep my contoured cheekbones and neck, so for overnight, I opt for a firming cream.
This rich cream is great to smooth on the entire face and neck before bed and after a few weeks, you will even start to feel the difference in your skin. Visible results you can feel? Win.
Best Eyelash Conditioner:
What? Eyelash conditioning? I admit, I kind of made this term up.
But, I do it. And it works.
Just dab a LITTLE bit, I repeat… a little bit of this onto your eyelashes before bed and watch them grow. It takes some time, but it DOES work, I promise. I even used to dab some on the bare spots of my eyebrows to get those little guys growing as well.
Best Acne Spot Treatment:
It’s not a lotion. And it may be, hands down, my favorite little bottle out there.
This concoction combines the soothing effects of chamomile with salicylic acid and alcohol to seriously stop breakouts ASAP. It literally can clear one of those bad boys up overnight. Just dip a Q-Tip into the bottle and dab it right on the zit. Consider it zapped.
Best Lip Balm:
Holy hell, this makes your lips feel like silk… or satin. Whatever you want to compare it to, it is unstoppable.
I like to smooth this on after I exfoliate my lips (we will get to that in another post), and it straight up locks in moisture and makes my lips super soft. NOTHING on the market today can mess with this tried and true balm. And trust me, I love my lip balm. Hint: use this sweet set above which contains a lip mask for ultimate lip pampering!
Insider Tip: The path to beautiful skin begins with smooth, clear skin, right? So, with that in mind- there is just one more thing to work into your beauty regimen… and it’s a game changer.
Microdermabrasion. And yes, you can do it right at home.
This one is pricey, but I have tried all kinds of these things and this one really packs a punch. I will say, I can see results within a week.
Used like an exfoliator, all you do is scrub it in deep. I mean, deep. I go hard with this scrub- and you do it for about 3 minutes. Don’t go too hard though if you have sensitive skin.
Follow this up with:
and you will 100% feel and see smoother, brighter, and all around glowing skin. 💯
I think that about sums it up when it comes to facial products. Take care of your skin, and every day you really be putting your best face forward!
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Stay pretty! Inside & Out.
xoxx -Mel 💋