Everyday – Nighttime Skincare Routine

Just like my daytime skincare routine, my nighttime routine is not complicated at all. I’m usually tired by the end of the night, so I don’t like spending too much time on my skincare routine. Although I know that it’s the most important routine one should do every night.

First step : Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (1L – $20) – I use this to take off my eye makeup. I like how it doesn’t leave a very oily residue, I hate eye makeup removers that are too oily! This is actually pretty good at taking off makeup with a couple of swipes. I don’t use waterproof mascara, so I’m not sure how this fares with that, but for regular mascara, usually two swipes is all I need.

Second step (*not pictured): Cetaphil sensitive cleanser (1L – $20) – I cleanse my face with a sensitive formula Cetaphil cleanser. I’ve been using Cetaphil for years, and I love that brand. It’s gentle for my sensitive skin and I’ve had no issues with it at all. I’ve been repurchasing for years, and I have no complaints. I buy the huge 1L size for only $20 at Costco, a great value!

Third step: Kate Somverville Exfolikate (15 mL – $25) – I use this exfoliator once, twice a week. It does feel a bit tingly when you first use it, but I’m used to it by now. The smell is kind of weird to me, kind of chemical smelling, but that’s obviously the ingredients. I like this exfoliator, I don’t know if it’s ‘holy grail’ like everyone claims, but I do like how it leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.

Fourth step: Kiehl’s Calendula Toner (125 mL – $30) – I’ve mentioned this in my morning skincare routine. I really like how it doesn’t dry my skin up, it just feels moisturized and smooth. This is a bit pricey for the size, but it’s for sensitive skin and it has not broken me out at all. There is no scent really, and it works for me, so I will continue to purchase.

Fifth step: Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-quenching serum (30 mL – $48) – I recently started using this, mostly for the winter time. The winters are very cold, windy, and dry here in Canada, so my skin is ridiculously dry for the entire duration of the season. I’ve heard a lot about this product, so I decided to try it out. This sinks into the skin quite fast, has a strange smell as you rub it in, but it doesn’t bother me too much. My skin does feel quite plump and moisturized after putting this on. Sometimes I’ll put it on day and night, depending if I’ll be spending some time in the cold. Overall, my skin’s dryness has been controlled for the most part, no flaky skin showing with my foundation. I do like this, but it is pricey, so I’m still deciding whether I should repurchase or not.

Sixth step: Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme (30 mL – $48) – I’ve mentioned this product in my morning skincare routine. I really like the texture, it’s not too thick and it’s not too watery. I also like how it’s unscented. Overall, I like this product, but unsure if I will repurchase, as I like to try different brands for eye cremes.

Seventh step: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (85g – $10) – This is actually a thick cream for dry areas of your body (knees, elbows, etc.) but on the back of the tube, it says that it’s an excellent night moisturizer. I was skeptical at first because of the fact that it’s not specific for the face, but I really wanted something thick and moisturizing at night. This is my second tube of this, and I really like it. Like I mentioned before, my skin is ridiculously dry in the winter, and I think this really helps. My skin just feels so hydrated when I put it on, and in the morning, my skin looks so smooth and soft. Cetaphil has never broken me out, so that’s a plus. Overall, if you have very dry skin, I really do recommend this or any other Cetaphil product. I have, and will continue to repurchase!

That’s my nighttime routine? What do you use at night?

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Everyday – Morning Skincare Routine

My morning skincare routine is pretty basic. I already take forever to get ready in the morning, so I need something quick so that I can move on to the meticulous routine of makeup. As well, I’m not much of a skincare junkie, as I like makeup more. Also, my skin is very sensitive, leaning on the dry side. In my teens, I had horrible acne and ridiculously oily skin. I thankfully do not have much breakouts now, just some leftover scarring, and my skin’s oiliness has calmed down, so much so that in the winter time, my skin is quite dry and dehydrated. But that’s the point of creams and serums, right?

First step: Kiehl’s Calendula Toner (125 mL – $30 CAD) – This is my third bottle of this toner. I like it, it absorbs quickly, and actually does not leave my skin feeling tight or dry as it is alcohol free.

Second step: Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme (30 mL – $48 CAD) – This is a pretty new purchase for me. So far I like it, but it’s not ‘holy grail’. I actually don’t have a ‘holy grail’ eye cream, I tend to try a new brand every time I finish a tub. I’m in my early 20s so no wrinkles yet. I use eye cream as prevention and to prevent dryness and discolouration. Have I noticed a huge improvement with my eye area with this cream? I don’t think so, as there was really nothing to improve in the first place. I guess we’ll see in the future.

Thirds step: Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 Moisturizer (120 mL – ~$10-15) – I actually received this from a Glossybox a long time ago, can’t remember which. I’ve been using this day moisturizer for a while now, and I have 1/3 of it left. I like it, it moisturizes well and has SPF, so that’s good. The strange thing about this moisturizer is that there are tiny, minute, shimmers. You can’t even tell it’s on your face really, I only noticed the small shimmers after looking at my hands after massaging on my face. But that is the purpose of their Positively Radiant line I believe, that it’s supposed to smooth out skin and make it glow. It doesn’t bother me too much, so I’m okay with it.

Fourth step: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection SPF 50+ (100 mL – $50) – This is my favourite sunscreen I’ve tried so far. I’ve recently been on a sunscreen kick, as before I was quite apathetic with sunscreen but now, I can’t leave the house without it. This is non greasy and quickly absorbs into the skin, so I only wait about a minute before applying foundation and such. There is a slight scent, as with Shiseido products, but I honestly can’t even smell it anymore, and once it’s applied, the scent goes away anyways.

What’s your skincare routine consist of?

Lush Goodies

I admit, I do not buy Lush items very often because the price can add up (which, I understand, is because of the ingredients) and also, most of them expire within a few weeks because there are no preservatives. My problem with that is that I am quite meticulous with my products and do not use a lot at a time, as I like to keep my products for a while. And I’ve bought Lush hair masks before and only used half of the tub before I have to toss it out because it’s expired. Regardless of that little ramble, I do enjoy Lush products once in a while to treat myself with.

The first item I bought is the Charity Pot hand & body lotion. I tried this on at the store and at first I thought it smelled gross. But then after a minute or so settling into my skin, I could smell the cocoa butter and flowery scent and I loved the strange combination. I couldn’t stop smelling my hands. My mom didn’t really like the scent but to me, it’s an addicting scent, especially with the cocoa butter in it. It’s really unique and it sinks into the skin really fast as well, so it’s not at all greasy. I got the smaller 45g size which was $5.95 CAD.

The second item I bought is the Snow Fairy gift set. This includes 3 items for $23.95 CAD.

This set includes an Angel’s delight soap (holiday soap), Snow Fairy shower gel (limited edition for Christmas), and a Shimmy Shimmy glitter bar.

I must say though, I am not a huge fan of glitter, except for subtle and elegant glitter for a night out or a special occasion. And all three products contain small specks of glitter and shimmer. This would be lovely to use just before going out at night.

This massage bar smells kind of like almonds to me, although on the website the smell is vanilla and lavender. But I think it still smells good, it’s a subtle smell with subtle shimmer.

This soap smells fruity and delicious. On the website they say orange and tangerine, and it definitely is citrusy. The downside with Lush soaps is that they melt soo fast, especially if you keep it in the shower with water and steam. So you must keep it in their metal tins and maybe even keep it out of steam when not in use.

I mostly got this set for the Snow Fairy shower gel. This smells absolutely delicious! It smells like bubblegum and if the colour pink had a scent, I think this would be it. Again, this does have some shimmer in it, but I love the smell so much, I don’t mind having my skin sparkle like a Twilight character. 🙂

I can’t wait to pamper myself and use these products soon! What have you tried from Lush lately?