Skincare Favorites

as much as i love makeup, skincare might top it. about half of my week is spent completely make-up free, so i take extra care of my skin to keep it as clear as possible. plus, it's the one thing that you'll always have with you, so i figure i should probably care for it. i like to try out different products, but i have some that are my "tried and true" go-to's. 

i love everything from Origins. although i can't use it all (i'm allergic to something in some of their moisturizers), i'm never disappointed in the formula and results that i get. my favorite skincare product ever is their active charcoal mask.  i use it once a week, usually on Sundays, and it is awesome. it makes me feel clean, look bright, and i wake up the next morning with clearer skin.

since i have sensitive skin, it can be difficult to find a cleanser that really cleans my face, but isn't too harsh. i've been using the checks and balances cleanser for several weeks and really like it. it gets nice and frothy and leaves my skin clean to the touch. it's gentle enough that it doesn't irritate, but still gets the job done. after washing, i use the zero oil toner all over my face and neck. it contains mint, so it creates a tingly feeling, which makes me feel like it's really shrinking my pores. i have oily skin (well, more oily than dry), so i like that it minimizes my pores and removes any excess makeup i still have on after washing. 
i was a wipe-user for removing makeup for years. years, i tell you. i hadn't even considered that face wash could remove my makeup as well as the towelette, so i never tried it. then i started using this cleansing oil and was instantly a convert. my makeup virtually falls off my face with no harsh scrubbing, no pulling at my eyelashes, nothin'. some light rubbing around my eyes and my eyeliner and mascara is completely off. i highly recommend giving this one a try! 

once i'm cleansed, i use this face cream. i started using this a year or so ago and still love it. it smells good, moisturizes well, and doesn't leave a sticky or shiny residue. my cousin gave me this lavender essential oil for Christmas (she's a big oil-er!) and mentioned that it's great for blemishes or breakouts. being the skeptic that i am, i wasn't sure if it would actually work. well, i'm here to testify that it does, in fact, seem to work! it doesn't make them disappear overnight, but it definitely reduces redness and any swelling or tenderness around a zit. plus, i like that i'm not adding extra chemicals to an already affected area. and it smells divine. 

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  1. Origins products are so great! I stock up on their trial sizes to make sure they work for me before shelling out $$ for a full size one. Need to check a few of these out!

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    1. That's how I started, too! If I make it through the whole travel size, then I know I'll use the full-size!

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  2. I've never tried origins! It sounds great. Sorry about your skin allergy- those are the worst!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me .. Seville OOTD!

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    1. Yeah, it's obnoxious, but I think I finally have a good idea of what I can and cannot use!

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  3. Great products!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  4. I have the worlds most sensitive skin and I've been using First aid Beauty's cleanser for a while now. It's great and not full of chemicals. I recommend it. Love that moisturizer too. Your sister got me hooked on that. Ha ha

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    1. I have that same cleanser and like it! It's so good for sensitive skin, but I've found that I need a deeper clean sometimes, too!

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  5. Lauren, until about 10 years ago, I used Origins skincare exclusively. I love it! At some point they introduced a mushroom something in to some of their skincare and my skin can't handle it. So, maybe that's what irritates yours too. Origins was the first place I started with eye cream about age 30 and so wished I had started earlier in life!

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  6. Check out Simple Micellar Water (drugstore/grocery store), and Rescue Oil by Nude (Sephora)

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    1. I've heard about that water and have been intrigued - I may have to look for it next time I'm at the store!

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  7. So do you use the cleansing oil to remove your makeup and then the checks and balances cleanser, toner, moisturizer?

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    1. Lindsey, that's what I do! If you like, you can use the cleansing oil as your only wash when removing makeup! It emulsifies into a milk so it washes away without residue! :)

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    2. I use the oil to remove the makeup and then just the toner and moisturizer, typically. I use the checks and balances cleanser in the morning before applying makeup!

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  8. Origins is my favorite! I've been meaning to try out that toner, and that mask will always be a favorite. I'm trying to use less makeup (though I have a love affair with Sephora), and having clear skin is going to be a huuuuge part of that, just like you said. Thanks for the tips!

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  9. Sounds like we have similar skin. I'm struggling really badly to figure out what to do for my skincare. I used to have great skin, and once I hit around 23/24, my skin got oily and acne-prone while being insanely sensitive to every blasted thing. I've tried so many different cleansers and scrubs and lotions. With such oily skin, everything feels like it just makes my face slick. If you recommend Origins, I may have to give it a shot!

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    1. Definitely try it out - they have the small sample sizes at Sephora (and maybe other beauty stores), so I'd recommend starting there. First Aid Beauty may be a good option for you, too!

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  10. How do you use the lavender oil? Do you just rub a few drops all over your face after you've used night moisturizer? Or do you just dab it on spots? Thanks.

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  11. Nice products....Everyone should have a cleanser in their skincare kit cleansing tea tree oil wipes are good for skin care cleansers can work well for normal and oily skin.

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