I'm the kind of girl who has hundreds of half empty product bottles in my bathroom and could never find skincare products that worked for me. I have combination skin so things can get kind of tricky!

One thing I have learned is that oil-free does not always mean break-out free. So after years of searching, I have finally found a skincare routine that works for me. I hope it works for you too!

Start Fresh

This is my secret weapon! Witch Hazel is by far my favorite product in my skincare routine (even though it smells like crapola!) But it not only minimizes the look of pores, or so it says, it keeps breakouts under control and makes your face feel fresh and clean.
I use T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel. I apply it right before bed and right when I wake up. I am very prone to harsh breakouts. But once I put this back into my beauty routine I have not had any of those giant craters on my face!

Prime Before you Paint!

In my opinion, primer is not necessary. But I do like to use it because it gives my face a very soft feel and makes my foundation go on smoother.
I use The PoreProfessional by Benefit. This is a little pricey for a primer and I have used others that work just as well. But this is the one I'm currently using and it does what it needs to.

Take it Off and Tone

The most important part of a skincare routine is TAKING OFF YOUR MAKEUP! And I know sometimes we get lazy and just don't feel like washing up before bed. But trust me, you will regret it if you don't.
I use the Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fader Toner by Neutragena to take off my face makeup. I know, I don't always follow the health and beauty rules. This isn't really made for taking off makeup but it sure does the trick for me!

Squeaky Clean

Even after all my makeup is off I like to use a facial cleanser.
The cleanser I use is Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Cleanser. It is very light-weight and has small exfoliating beads (which is another important step in my skincare routine).

Moisturizing Madness

Having skin that is prone to breakouts makes finding a moisturizer a NIGHTMARE! I don't need to moisturize every day because of my skin type. But the days I notice my skin is craving some moisture I have no choice!
I use Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer + Touch of Sun. I like this product for winter because of the added facial tanner. But I have noticed that when I use this version I breakout more than when I use the one without the tanner.

Tips Worth Noting

After the years I have learned a lot about my skin. So here are some tips I have learned to keep up my complexion:
  • Wash your face EVERY day
  • Keep your hands off your face (I didn't realize how often my chin was resting on my hands while on the computer or watching TV)
  • Wash your cosmetic brushes
  • Wipe off your phone with disinfecting wipes as much as possible
  • Keep your hair away from your face
  • Not getting enough sleep WILL make your skin appear lifeless and dull
  • Exfoliating is necessary, but don't over do it 
  • Embrace your skin type. Not everything works the same for everyone but don't be afraid to try new things
And Voila! That is my not-so-secret skincare routine. I hope some of these products work as well for you as they have for me!

Facial Extras

I'm a girly-girl when it comes to health and beauty. I love doing facial masks and pampering myself. Here are some links to some facial masks you can do yourself or buy at the store. I haven't tried all of these, so let me know what you think. Enjoy!

I will be doing a makeup routine post soon. So keep an eye out if you're interested in what cosmetics I use. Now go wash your face! ;)
Here are some simple beauty tips that won’t break the bank or the clock!
1. Add Witch Hazel to your beauty routine! Why? This skin miracle is an acne fighter, can reduce puffy eyes, treats varicose veins, helps heals bruises, keeps skin moisturized, treats razor burn, and can help ease eczema and psoriasis!

2. Use coconut oil! Coconut oil has been referred to as “the healthiest oil on earth” and is known to have some awesome beauty benefits. Coconut oil can help prevent wrinkles and other aging.

3. Rinse your hair and face with COLD water. I know we all love to have our steamy hot showers (especially in the winter months). But hot water actually strips the skin and hair of essential oils. Use cold water or warm water if you must have some heat, to keep hair and skin healthy and youthful!

4. Use concealer AFTER your foundation. A lot of people think that they need to cover up blemishes and discoloration immediately with concealer- which is false! First put on your foundation and see if you still need toconceal spots. Especially if you use a heavier coverage foundation, you may find your foundation did the job. Also, you may notice more discoloration and cakey-ness if you put your concealer on first.

5. Use powder! I use Mineral Veil for my setting powder. Using powder will not only keep your shine away but it will also help set your makeup and make it last longer.

6. Clean of those electronics! It is no secret that technology has became a necessity to the way we live (I would be lost without my iPhone!) But the thing we forget is how dirty those little things are! Make sure to use anti-bacterial wipes and clean off your phones and other devices that go near your face. While you’re at it, clean those makeup brushes too!

7. Date your cosmetics. Yup I said it, be a little product whore! There are tons of reviews and information on makeup out there, but guess what honey, you are not like anyone else (and that is a good thing!) All products and cosmetics work differently for different people. Some foundations that have worked wonders for my friends have been complete duds for me. So the best thing to do is trying out new products and if it doesn’t work, move on to the next! Luckily, no one will judge you on the number of night creams you have taken to bed. ;)

8. Sleep on your back to fight aging. This one is tough for me! Sleeping on your side or with your face buried in your pillow can actually make you look older! When your face is squished up against the pillow it creates wrinkles and folds in your skin. Try surrounding yourself by pillows to keep you on your back if you can’t help but turn over.