If you know me well, you know how important skincare is to me. I like to keep my routine simple everyday and spend the least amount of time on makeup- literally 5 minutes tops. Recently, I introduced some new products into my regiment, like CocoKind products (I use the Chia Facial Oil and Matcha stick everyday now). After using Origins products since high school, I never tried to branch out of my comfort zone. I will admit that I still use a lot Origins products, but I've also tried to incorporate more natural products into my routine. I think skincare is so important, especially in the winter time. It can be easy to forget about taking care of your skin, but I urge you to rethink your routines. Everyone's skin is different, but I listed some of my favorite everyday products below. Enjoy!
I think one of my biggest pet peeves is when people don't wash their face or wash their makeup off. Sorry not sorry. I'm a diligent face washer. Even if I've had a couple drinks...I literally never forget to wash my face before bed. This Burt's Bees Cleanser is super light and doesn't make my skin feel dry after I use it. It also removes makeup, including waterproof mascara. If you're looking for a cleanser that is foamier and offers a deeper clean, the Origins Checks and Balances face was is amazing. It smells super refreshing and goes a LONG way. You literally need a pea sized drop and that's enough.
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to remove makeup and dirt off your face, these wipes are a life saver. I keep them in my gym bag and use them to freshen my face up before I workout or after. They're also super gentle on your skin and make your skin feel SO smooth and hydrated.
I exfoliate my face twice a week, depending on the weather. Origins Modern Friction exfoliator has been my favorite for YEARS. Again, a little goes a long way with this stuff. Another perk is that it's pretty gentle but works enough to scrub off those dead skin cells without drying out your face. I've been dying to try CocoKind's Sea Moss Exfoliator so when I get my hands on that I will see which one is more effective.
I've tried a handful of toners, but this one keeps me coming back. I try to tone my face once to twice a day, again, depending on the season. It leaves my skin feeling super clean and refreshed, even after I've washed it. If you're on a budget or looking for a natural alternative to facial toner, I also suggest using apple cider vinegar and diluting with water (1:1 or 1:1 1/2). Besides the fact that you will slightly smell like salad dressing, it literally works to scrub dirt away.
I cannot describe how much I love the CocoKind Chia Seed Facial oil. It's honestly done wonders for my skin this winter. I typically get dry skin, but this winter has been completely different. I love using it at night after I wash & tone, and also in the morning before I put on makeup. It is light, but so hydrating. My favorite lightweight moisturizer is Origins Ginzing (center). It smells citrus-y and it spreads evenly with only a little dollop. It's a great year-round moisturizer. Lastly, my favorite moisturizer to use in the summer (when I actually have a tan/some sort of color) is the Origins Vitazing. I don't like to wear face makeup, but this moisturizer provides hydration and a tint of color.
I. Love. This. Product. Good job Glossier. I use this before I moisturize every morning. It glides on my skin, and I immediately feel my skin get plumper and smoother. It's amazing.
I'm sort of obsessed with chapstick. I've tried to limit my 'addiction' but my lips feel like they will fall off if I don't use it throughout the day. I drink over a gallon of water a day so I know I'm hydrated...but whatever. Anyways! I love this Badger Mocha Cocoa lip balm. I get it at Whole Foods, and I've been using it for months. I also use Burt's Bees, but this brand has great ingredients and it smells so so good.
Here's my two favorite body moisturizers. I've always used Jergens because it's worked so well on my skin. Shea Moisture is also amazing. I add the Shea Moisture oil into baths, which makes it smell heavenly and also leaves my skin super smooth after.
I wish I could bathe in this perfume scent. I mean I'm not telling you to go spend 89 euro on this, but I will when I run out. I got this perfume in Paris at Fragonard Parfumeur the first time I went to Europe. It's probably one of the most used souvenirs that I've bought, besides my Hungarian paprika or Polish rock salts...lol.
On to makeup!! If you're a makeup guru, you're not going to find anything exciting past this point. Sorry to disappoint haha. I honestly don't like to wear a lot of makeup. I hate feeling cakey, I suck at putting on eyeliner, and I don't think I've even dared with eyeshadow since freshmen year of college. I personally don't see the point in wearing a lot of makeup so I stick to the basics.
I've used BareMinerals Matte powder foundation for as long as I can remember. It's lightweight, has SPF in it, and it covers really well.
The best. I love this Anastasia Brow Wiz because of the pencil and the brush. The pencil is so thin so it's easy to control how full the brows look. Plus this pencil is so compact and it's really easy to pack along for travel.
I've tried so many mascaras over my makeup wearing years. This is by far my favorite out of all those I've tried...even the expensive mascaras at Sephora. I always curl my lashes before I put on mascara for a little extra volume and when I add this it's the finishing touch to my face!
Like I mentioned before, everyone's skin and body is different. I believe that skincare and what you put on to your skin should be as important as what you put into your body. For me, I really enjoy my daily routine and I hope that these products can also help your body feel better! Glossier says it best, "Skin first. Makeup second." I wholly agree.