My skincare routine used to be so bleak, it almost didn’t exist. If I could remember to wash my face before bed my beauty regimen box was checked off. I guess you could chalk that up to good genes since I never got a pimple in my life (not necessarily bragging because dry skin sucks).
Fast forward to my mid twenties and I decided to become more conscious about my skin. Like maybe I shouldn’t scorch my face in the sun with tanning oil if I want to preserve the fountain of youth.
I had no idea where to start but I knew what I wanted – a liquid botox regimen that would make my skin resemble that of a 12 year old. Other than the bottle of drugstore moisturizer in my medicine cabinet I really didn’t have any holy grail beauty products to rely on. As I was doing research I somehow got sold into trading out my $3 bottle of Vitamin E with a $170 face oil. I have to admit, it’s pretty damn good face oil.
I was so excited to finally have a skincare routine that I LOVE! It’s a little slice of heaven in the morning and really just sets the tone for the day. I’m very much into collagen boosting serums and balms that plump the skin. I can already notice the smile lines around my mouth are less noticeable. I especially love products that make your skin look so good you don’t even need foundation.
I’m obsessed with my new beauty finds, so if you’re in the market to splurge I highly recommend these products!. I mean if summer’s cancelled you might as well spend all your money on skincare, amiright?
Super Serum Skin Tint
I’m not into heavy foundation because I hate when makeup looks “caked on” so I like tinted serums. This serum by Ilia is weightless and also safely shields skin from UVA, UVB, UVC, blue light, and infrared light. It doesn’t exaggerate fine lines (which we love) while giving skin a natural, dewy finish. I apply this with a wet Beauty Blender or even mixed with a moisturizer and my skin looks airbrushed to perfection!
Elemis Pro-Collagen Anti-Wrinkle Serum
I’ve invested a lot into products that have anti-wrinkle agents that help reduce the appearance of fine lines. My skin is very dry so I’ve never had acne but I’m noticing creases forming with age. This serum is a bit heavier than the Caudalie one so I apply 2 pumps at night before moisturizer.
Rose Quartz Face Roller
The Skinny Confidential got me hooked on lymphatic drainage so I decided to purchase my first quartz face roller- and I love it! It helps contour and reduces the appearance of puffiness and under eye circles (which is my husbands department). I love the way it feels on my face- cool and relaxing. This will definitely be in my carry-on bag next time I take a flight to help with the face bloating!
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
This is my deep hydrating cream that has key anti-aging ingredients. It’s a little heavier so I used this product at night and let it work it’s magic in my sleep. It improves elasticity and leaves skin feeling firmer and more supple. This product is a little expensive but it’s the price you pay to have no wrinkles!
Drunk Elephant Sunshine Drops
A serum that defends against pollution and environmental stressors, delivered with a bronzy glow. I like to put a drop or 2 in my Caudalie serum and blend into my face. I get so many compliments when I wear it because it looks natural but flawless. For someone that hates wearing foundation this gets a thumbs up from me!
Summer Friday’s Gel Amino Cleanser
A light and gentle cleanser perfect for everyday use. I usually alternate between this and the Elemis cleansing balm when I need a bit more of a “deep cleaning.” It’s lightweight but hydrating and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.
Pirette Fragrance Oil
I did a whole blog post on this fragrance oil because it’s that big of a deal. This fragrance oil is a must have this summer, I’m obsessed! The oil warms up to your body and changes scent the longer your wear it. I personally love it the most by the the next day, its warm and seductive. Go to my recent posts if you want the full review.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
Your first impression will be the smell, it’s like a spa in a bottle. I have to admit I like the original yellow bottle better because it has the aroma of eucalyptus and lemon whereas the pink bottle is more floral smelling. The texture is buttery smooth and is supercharged with anti-aging algae. I like to massage it all over my face and let it sit for 10 minutes before I wipe it off. It’s like a cleanser and mask all in one!
Caudalie Deep Hydration Serum
Love love love this serum! Its packed with ingredients like organic grape water and hyaluronic acid so your skin will drink this up. My skin is dry so I this serum feels so refreshing after I wash my face. It deeply penetrates the skin with hydration without feeling heavy or sticky.
Summer Friday’s Lip Butter Balm
A silky lip mask that smells like dessert and leaves your lips soft and super hydrated. I am a lip balm junkie and this is my favorite one, hands down! The bottle is super chic and the texture is heaven sent. The littlest squeeze goes the longest way, but trust me you’ll want to reapply this product all day long!