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    My Nighttime Skincare Routine: The Winter Edition

    In college, I’d stumble home from the bars and remove my makeup with a makeup wipe before I rolled into bed. My approach to skincare has definitely changed now that I’m in my mid-twenties. I’m a girl who values her sleep, but I also appreciate a good nighttime ritual. And if you ask me, pampering the skin is a great way to unwind after a hectic day.

    Here is what my nighttime skincare routine looks like, currently:

    My Nighttime Skincare Routine: The Winter Edition


    • First I use a makeup wipe to remove most of my makeup. You will always find a pack or two of these makeup wipes in my drawer. They’re a staple, and I’ve been using them for years. Makeup wipes are a great first step, but they shouldn’t be the only thing you use to cleanse your face. You’d be surprised by how much they leave behind!
    • Next, I reach for an oil-based cleanser. Oil based cleansers and balms remove all of the makeup left behind by the makeup wipe. Not only are oil-based cleansers great for removing makeup, but they’re also extremely hydrating and nourishing. I started using this one and I love it already. It looks like a balm, smells delicious and melts makeup like you wouldn’t believe.
    • After cleansing with an oil-based cleanser, I’ll “double cleanse” with a water-based cleanser, to help remove additional dirt and debris. Most cleansers dry my skin, but this one is very hydrating and leaves my skin clean, without feeling tight and dry. I can’t say enough good things about the Hydro Boost line!


    • I’ll exfoliate my skin 2-3 times per week. If you have sensitive skin, I’d recommend only doing this step 1-2 times per week to see how your skin reacts. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells which helps your other products absorb better. I purchased this peel recently and it does a great job of keeping my skin smooth and flake-free. It’s awesome and all-natural!


    • After my face is fully cleansed and exfoliated, I’ll apply my night serum. I just discovered this retinoid serum from the brand The Ordinary. It’s amazing and crazy affordable (like, less than $10 affordable). I’ve been using it for about a week now and I’ve already noticed an imporvement in my skin’s texture and coloration. If you’re new to retinoids, I’d recommend this one to start with. It has a lower concentration compared to other products on the market, so you can easily apply it every night without experiencing flaking or irritation.


    • Dry skin is a real problem for me in the winter months, and this night cream has completely saved my skin. I’ve repurchased it twice already, so that should speak for itself.
    • If my skin is extra thirsty, I’ll reach for this overnight mask. Every time I use it, I wake up with glowing skin. It’s a great product!
    • This lip sleeping mask is a game changer. I bought a trial size at Sephora after reading rave reviews, and it really lives up to the hype. A little goes a long way, and it hydrates my lips better than anything I’ve ever tried. I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

    What are some of the products you’re currently using and love? I’m always looking for new suggestions! 


    Why I Love Washing My Face: The Morning Edition


    I’m making a conscious effort to take better care of my skin. This means washing my face morning and night, eating a balanced diet (trying to say no to donuts/cake/cookies), and taking a multi-vitamin and fish oil capsules daily (if I remember).

    This also means accepting the fact that a half-assed attempt to remove makeup with a wipe does not count as washing my face (a sad, sad discovery). I’m still working on the drinking more water part, so if you have any tips, help a girl out. My coffee to water ratio is sad.

    Confession time: I am not a morning person. Never have been. So this might sound a bit weird when I say I actually look forward to my morning skincare routine. From the orange scented cleanser to the light-weight moisturizer, these are the products that help me get out of bed in the morning: DSC_1325_edited

    Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser ($7.99): If a face wash that smells like straight up oranges isn’t enough to entice you, then maybe the quality of this cleanser will. I love Burt’s Bees products, and this one is no exception. DSC_1341_edited

    Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads ($12.99): The pads are soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid and witch hazel to help resurface skin and keep wrinkles at bay. I know I’m only 24, but it’s better to be early to the wrinkle prevention party than late. Glycolic is everywhere. These pads aren’t drying at all, and are great for daily use. I’ve definitely noticed a difference since I’ve started using them, and they smell pretty great, too.DSC_1343_edited

    Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 ($17.99): Speaking of wrinkles, I’m a firm believer in SPF, always. I think 40-year-old me will thank 24-year-old me for this later. And my dermatologist would be so proud. Cetaphil is one of my favorite drugstore brands and I love this facial moisturizer. I lather it on my face daily before my foundation. It’s extremely lightweight, doesn’t make me breakout and has SPF 30. Hollaaa.

    Have you tried any of these products? Are you currently using something you absolutely love? Share your thoughts! 


    winter skin


    Oh, winter. Don’t even get me started on you. While I longed for spring in my last post, it’s time to face the disheartening reality that with 10 inches of snow on its way, winter is still here.

    With that in mind, let’s talk about products. I’ll be the first to admit that I totally judge a book by its cover, and a lotion by its pretty packaging. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years (through countless purchases that left me with disappointing results), it’s this: just because a bottle has bows, flowers and/or rainbows on it, does not mean it’s going to work. I just wind up with a bad case of buyer’s remorse and stubborn, dry skin that couldn’t care less about the vanilla cupcake-scented lotion I’ve lathered on it.

    When plagued with dry skin, some of the best remedies I’ve found are housed on drugstore shelves. Full wallet + moisturized skin = happy me. Here are the products I’m using now to endure the rest of winter (for less than $10 each):

    POND’S Dry Skin Cream: I feel like my face is always so dry. I stumbled upon this at Bed Bath & Beyond, and now I’m hooked. Even though it has a thick consistency, it’s hypoallergenic so it won’t clog my pores. I layer it on before bed and wake up with glowing, moisturized skin.

    O’Keeffe’s Working Hands: Cold air leaves my hands uncomfortably dry and cracked. This product is a lifesaver. It was formulated for people who work with their hands on a daily basis, so it’s non-greasy and contains a high concentration of glycerin to help the skin draw in and retain moisture. I keep a jar of this stuff on my desk and apply it throughout the day.

    O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet: Like Working Hands, this product is perfect for keeping my feet “sandal ready” in the dead of winter. I usually apply it at night and throw on a pair of socks. A lazy girl’s pedicure.

    EOS lip balm: Okay, so this product is adorable. I walked into its trap while in line at Target. But not only does this little baby have the looks, it also works and smells great, too. I love a triple threat.

    Carmex Original Lip Balm: This was the product I forgot I had. I found it stashed in my bathroom drawer. Little lip balm, I’m sorry I neglected you because you seriously rock. I apply this every morning before my lipstick. It gives my lips a bit of sheen and keeps them from drying out.

    Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion: This is my favorite body lotion of all time. It claims to provide moisture for more than 24 hours, and it really does. When my skin is at its worst, I know I can count on this product to work like a charm.

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