It’s been a while since I did a whole breakdown of my skin routine, and truthfully there haven’t been too many changes (I’m a creature of habit, and why mess with a good thing?). Because I’m sure you are all dying to know exactly how I make myself look human and presentable for the public, here is an exhaustive look at everything I use. Warning, this is heavy on the self-centered blabber.
1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser / 2. Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3 / 3. Clinique Even Better Moisturizer / 4. Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer / 5. Softlips Vanilla / 6. Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick / 7. Dove Sensitive Skin Bar Soap / 8. & 9. Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me Shampoo and Conditioner / 10. Smashbox Photo Finish / 11. Nars Blush / 12. Covergirl Lashblast Mascara / 13. Anastasia Brow Duo / 14. Smashbox Brow Brush
I used to think that the way to better skin was to use an abrasive, scrubbing cleanser. False. Cetaphil is pretty much the exact opposite, it feels more like a watered down moisturizer than soap but somehow cleans my skin better than anything I’ve ever used without drying it out or irritating it. I swear by it. I’ve also been a Clinique fan since the womb, my mom has been using it her whole life. Up until a few weeks ago, I used Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion #2, the purple toner that you use after washing your face to remove any residue or other grossness that regular cleansing can miss. But suddenly my skin started reacting really poorly to it (chalk it up to body chemistry; I used it for close to 13 years without a problem), causing my skin to break out and burn. I switched to #3, made for Oily Combination skin, and my face did a total 180 after the first use. No more burning (which is nice considering there is a small amount of salicylic acid in it to control breakouts) and it doesn’t dry me out.
A few years ago I switched to Clinique’s Even Better Moisturizer, and I love that it has SPF 20 in it (so does my all-time favorite lip balm, from Softlips. I carry a tube with me everywhere). Pale kids unite! It’s fairly expensive, but also pretty thick meaning you don’t have to use a ton. This may sound gross, but up until recently I didn’t wash my face at night. Again, another one of those body chemistry things, sometime around when I turned 25 I couldn’t get away with falling asleep in my makeup without consequences. At night now, I swap the Even Better moisturizer for the lighter, oil-free Turnaround Overnight moisturizer and wake up with dewey soft skin. Like a modern day Disney Princess. Despite my best efforts at good skincare, even princesses are not immune to the occasional blemish. A dab of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil blemish stick before bed and the spot is gone by morning. I don’t know how, I’m assuming it’s magic.
I’ve been using Dove bar soap in the shower forever, it’s soft, mostly scent-free, and good for sensitive skin. As far as haircare, I switched from John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette line to Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner at the recommendation of my new hair salon a few months back. I can’t entirely justify the $60 price tag for the set, but this is one of those girl-extravagances we make in the name of beauty, right? It smells like plums and the packaging is nifty. Stop judging me.
As far as a makeup routine, I don’t really have one. My mom took me for a professional consultation when I turned 13, and I’ve kept a lot of the tools and tips she taught me then, but mostly I’m just lazy about makeup on a daily basis. I use Smashbox Photo Finish to smooth everything out and add a little bit of a dewey sheen to my skin, and a touch of Nars blush in “Orgasm” to my cheeks. It’s long been a favorite by beauty magazines and editors, and I totally get why now. It’s universally appealing and looks natural. Considering all the SPF I use and how averse I am to contact with sunlight, I need all the color I can get. Covergirl Lashblast mascara is the only mascara I’ve used that doesn’t flake or leave giant black smudges under my eyes. The wand is massive, but it hits every lash. And I know I’m not the only girl out there guilty of being tweezer-happy in high school. Despite the fact that I haven’t waxed or touched my eyebrows in years, the ends are still a little thinner than I’d like, so I use a small amount of Anastaia Brow Powder with a Smashbox brow brush to fill them in a little bit. Not too much, though. You don’t want to look like Groucho Marx or Joan Crawford or anything.
Well that was the most indulgent post I’ve ever written. I don’t expect any of you to have read that entire thing. But I’m curious, what’s your beauty regimen look like? Is it longer or shorter than mine? What do you use that you swear by?