Daily Beauty Essentials

I love to try new beauty products whenever I get the chance, but sometimes there is just something to be said for sticking to the basics.  I’ve had very little variation to my daily beauty regimen over the past few years, so I figured I’d share with you the 7 essentials that I always have on hand.  (I have oily skin, so if you have dry skin these may not necessary be right for you.)

1.  Maybelline Expert Eyes Eye Makeup Remover (for Waterproof Eye Makeup).  Some other eye makeup removers make my eyes sting, but this is so mild and it removes waterproof makeup in a cinch.  

2.  Burt’s Bee’s Brightening Refining Tonic.  This is the newest addition to the bunch, and I’ve been using it for about a year.  It removes all the leftover gunk my cleanser didn’t get, and it brightens my skin and makes my skin tone more even.

3.  Olay Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream.  Never too early to start fighting wrinkles!  I use this right before bedtime.  It sort of smells like something your grandmother would wear, but it’s so thick and creamy that I don’t even care.  (Unintentional rhyme, I swear.)

4.  Purity Facial Cleanser by Philosophy.  I use this day and night.  It’s mild, effective, smells nice, lasts forever, and does a good job at removing eye makeup.  

5.  Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen (for Combination/Oily Skin).  This stuff is great.  I always wear sunscreen on my face, and this moisturizer has SPF 15, and it isn’t overly greasy or thick.

6.  Sephora Instant Depuffing Roll-on Gel.  I must admit: I received this item for free with my Sephora points a few years ago, and it has since become a staple.  I role it under my eyes in the morning to make me look less puffy.

7.  The Microdelivery Purifying Peel by Philosophy.  Ok so I don’t use this everyday, but it is definitely an essential item in my skincare routine.  I use this once or twice a week, and it’s great for refreshing your skin and making you look bright and refreshed.  (Tom even notices when I use it and says I look like I’m glowing.)  It only takes 3 minutes too.  Just be careful and make sure you wear sunscreen if you go out in the sun after using this.

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a facial scrub?  I haven’t found one I’m crazy about, and I know I’m not supposed to use the St. Ives apricot scrub anymore because apparently it’s rather harsh on your skin.  I’d love your input! 

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  1. November 12, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    I use the neutrogena daily scrub (my skin hasn't caught on to the fact that I'm not a teenager anymore so this is entirely necessary, ugh) and it doesn't seem too harsh… Also happy to know I'm not the only one who uses daily sunscreen and anti-wrinkle creams in their twenties. My friends think I'm crazy but we'll thank ourselves later ­čÖé

  2. November 12, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    I love Aveeno's Clear Complexion Cream cleanser. I have oily skin, but this doesn't over dry it (which happens to me with other anti-acne cleansers). I have also been loving Nip + Fab's Glycolic pads, which leaves my skin really glowy. As far as gentle exfoliants, One Love Organics (made in Georgia!) has a great powder, Brand New Day, that you can mix with water or with your face wash that I really like.

  3. November 13, 2014 / 1:03 am

    I also recommend One Love Organics products! I use them on a daily basis and I like that it's not harsh or made with "fake" chemicals. They sell a small starter kit for $50 and I also believe they either sell/send small samples of their products. You should definitely check them out: http://oneloveorganics.com/

  4. Anonymous
    November 17, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    As far as a great scrub goes, I've been using Rene Rouleau products for about a year now (I asked for her stuff for Christmas last year) and I love it. Her line is customized for your skin type and I love it! Here's the scrub: https://www.reneerouleau.com/products/mint-buffing-beads
    It's mint and smells so good and feels so wonderful on your face! I also use her Triple Berry Soothing Peel, Glow Enhancing Cream (at night after washing face) and Daily Protection Moisturizer SPF 30 (in morning after washing face). I showed my dermatologist these products the next time I saw her and she said they are great.
    And YES, you are correct about St. Ive's being bad for your skin. I went to my dermatologist the first time, she enlightened me on how St. Ive's grains are big and jagged, not smooth. They end up tearing your skin and making little cuts all over it, damaging it and allowing more bacteria to get in and, therefore, causing more blemishes! I threw mine away as soon as I got home!

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