Our daily routines are steadfast staples in life – they help us stay on schedule, start our day and set the expectations for how we anticipate the day will be. It’s important that your morning makeup bag is stocked with the right products to make the routine effortless, quick and convenient and not exhaustive, frustrating or time-consuming. Set the right mood every morning with my favorite products for a simple getting ready routine!
It took me YEARS to find a routine that fit my skin. I went to multiple brands, derma-specialists and makeup counters with the knowledge that my mixed-oil face was suffering from adult onset acne, and yet everyone kept giving me heavy, name-brand, expensive products. I found this beauty in the normal drug store aisle and it has become a true staple to starting my day. I leave the Neutrogena foaming cleanser in the shower and it works incredibly well at washing away any dirt and bacteria while leaving my skin light and fresh without build up or oil! Since it doubles as a makeup remover, it’s perfect for the evening too, eliminating the need for multiple products stacking my bathroom drawer.
Another completely random find, but this has truly transformed my skin. As a mixed skin palette (meaning I have some oily and some dry areas), it’s hard for me to put skin products under my daily makeup, because it usually make me break out or causes over oily patches. I gave this one a go and it’s really amazing! Not only does it smooth my skin and minimize poor size, but I started having less dirt and makeup-induced acne. Bonus, it also smoothed out rough, scabby areas from acne, making my skin look slightly more perfect and smooth! Overall, after two weeks, I saw an incredible improvement in my skin and better all-day makeup performance.
I am a huge fan of this foundation over others, because its just the right balance for mixed skin like mine – dry enough for oily and smooth enough for dry. The coverage is even and perfect for a blender sponge, while it is also all-day wearable! The selection of tones are also great for all skin types.
This beauty is literally a dream! I realized lately that I have been doing 2, 3 and even 4 coats of mascara to achieve the right curl, length and thickness I want, resulting in crazy clumps and burning through mascara tubes monthly, if not in less time! This primer fell into my lap and I absolutely adore the lengthening it gives me with just one coat of primer, and only two lights of coats of mascara make my routine so much quicker with no lumps or trouble.
I have been digging through makeup aisles for over a year trying to find the right matte long-wear lipstick to survive my day is classic, but stunning shades. Most matte lipsticks are obnoxious tones, like mango or lilac, but this brand was perfect in their 40 shades! I love this lipstick for the office and a night out – plus she offers a pure white lipstick base to get true tones and mix and match without the pigment of your natural lip interacting!
This product is an absolute must for anyone who struggles with those random pop-up acne spots on their face. I particularly struggle with cystic acne triggered by processed sugar, causing deep, painful bumps (but let’s be real, I still will eat anything with chocolate). You put a little bit of this magic gel on that spot and it feels like your problems are nearly solved in less than 24 hours. I usually put it on at night after washing my face and can see such progress the next morning in acne reduction. People have told me their home remedies for quick acne reduction, but even they’re blown away by this spot treatment gel!
Keeping your tools fresh is just as important as what you put on your face. Did you know that your blenders and brushes grow so many bacteria even after just one use? Weekly or even monthly cleanings can make a huge difference to what’s going on your face, and helps to prevent breakouts and makeup issues. This wonderful kit of products not only helps to clean your brush, but is reusable time and time again unlike wipes, and it’s parabens and sulfates free!