Skin Care Routine

     So if you follow me on twitter, you were probably expecting a "5 products I can't live without post." Well, I started writing that, and it turns out I can't stop raving about how much I love my skin care products. So enjoy my skin care routine instead!

     I've been fairly blessed since turning 16 that my skin hasn't given me too much trouble, as I've gotten older my breakouts have gotten smaller and less frequent, so that left me changing up my skin care routine quite a lot in the last few years. Recently, however, I've settled into a routine that I quite like and will probably keep around for quite sometime.


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish — $21.50, Liz Earle

     After watching Zoe (YouTube & Twitter) and Louise (Twitter & YouTube) rave about this on YouTube, I finally bit the bullet and ordered my first cleanse & polish bottle in August right after returning to my college town and I haven't looked back since. It initially made me want to cry, spending around $30 total after shipping and handeling just for a face wash, but I'm sure glad I did. Not only does this remove all of your make-up (one less step in your routine, yay!) but it also smells quite nice and feels really nice on the skin. I only use this at night, when I have worn make up during the day, so it lasts me quite a while. It also doesn't hurt that the lovely Liz Earle team sends you a nice hand written note and a free travel size gift every time you order!

Origins Checks & Balances — $20, Sephora

     After I found that my previous morning face wash was becoming too harsh for my skin since I was no longer having breakouts as frequently, I was on the hunt for a new morning/daily face wash. Having combination skin, it's never an easy feat to find a good one, it will either take care of your oily areas and leaving your already dry areas drier than the desert, or it won't take care of the oil at all. I discovered Checks and Balances through some online research and debated buying it for about a month before I finally did. Being a poor college student, $20 is a lot to spend on a face wash, but I figured since I already spend that and then some on my Liz Earle, it was worth a try. This face wash is extremely frothy, meaning you barely need any product at all to wash your whole face. It also has a nice mint smell which is refreshing. And the best part of it all, it does exactly what it's supposed to — takes care of my dry areas as well as my oily areas. Truly the perfect combination of checks and balances.


Trader Joe's Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion — $11.99 on Amazon

     This little gem is a discovery from my lovely mother. I've always needed a lighter moisturizer during the day, mostly because I layer it under my make up and I don't like anything too heavy or to make my skin feel too greasy. After years of searching, my mom picked this up for me at our local Trader Joe's and I haven't used anything as a day time moisturizer since. It's very light on the skin, has an SPF of 15 (which Lord knows my poor, pale skin desperately needs), and is fragrance free. With the dry patches that I have on my skin, it's an absolute must for me to have at all times and use everyday. Unfortunately, Trader Joe's does not have an online website, and I'm not sure how much it retails for in stores, it may be the same or less than the link to Amazon. 

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturizer in Normal/Combination — $31, Liz Earle

     Remember how lovely I said Liz Earle is with their travel sized gift with every order? That's what I have to thank for discovering this. During the winter, I experienced the worst dry skin I've ever had and decided it was time I find a night time moisturizer. I had recently reordered my Cleanse & Polish after running out (this is something that causes a breakdown, because I'm not sure how I would survive without it) and I got a travel sized version of this and decided to try it out. It was wonderful. It does have a slight fragrance to it, but I don't mind it. Though it's not a super heavy moisturizer, it's heavier than my Trader Joe's, and it's not so light that I would put it on in the day and layer my make up over it. The best part is that it took care of all my dry patches on my face, except for my under eye area (which I'm still working on finding a good cream, if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments below!) 


Nature's Cure Vanishing Cream — $8.97, Walmart

     This spot treatment was the answer to my prayers in my early teen years, and I was beyond upset when they stopped selling it in stores. Luckily, I had enough tubes stocked up that I haven't had to reorder any (yet). This cream doesn't seem like it could do much, it has a rather watery consistency compared to other spot treatments I've used, but it works wonders. I don't use this as often as I used to, but it's still a miracle worker. Put a little bit of this on any spot you have, and it will be dried up and gone. I don't know what it is that they put in this that makes it work so wonderfully, but with any spot I've ever had, it reduced the redness and dried it up within just a couple of treatments. That being said, it is a very drying product, so moisturize, moisturize, moisturize if you decide to try this product for yourself, and be very careful when applying it, because it will give you dry, flaky skin if it gets anywhere that there isn't a spot. 

     You may have noticed that I don't have a section for toner, that's because I don't use one. I have in the past, and though I like the way they feel on the skin, I've found that they never really do much for me. 

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below! 






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