I live in Canada. Our average temperature lately has been -25C (-13F) and with windchill -35C (-31F). So it’s been cold.
I usually have oily prone skin but even this weather has been drying me out and leaving behind that tight, red, angry skin. So I made a little self-care, skin-care routine.
I usually use the regular Neutrogena makeup wipes but found these night time calming ones. I then go in with a calming clay mask, which feels so refreshing and light on the skin.
I love love love my Blistex balm for my lips.
After I still use toner because regardless of dryness I’m prone to acne so I use this Clean and Clear one.
I then had a sample from Sephora I’ve been trying out and it’s the Estée Lauder advanced night repair. It’s so silky feeling and doesn’t leave residue. It is simply refreshing and hasn’t broken me out!
My last step is going in with an under eye gel. The one I’ve been using is Skin Lab eye gel. Not only is it helping to keep the moisture in my skin, but reduces my puffy dark circles.
Overall, this has significantly helped keep my skincare stay simple but effective. Even when I have to brave the cold!
I went away for a week and then had to play catch up in school. But I am back.
Vacation was lovely, but when I came back my lips experienced something new for me; raw, red and cracked. It was horrible, and even my side creases were cracking – quite painful if you have never experienced this before. So I went into Shoppers to see if they had a remedy (I had been resorting to Nivea at night, helpful but not what I needed). One of the girls there suggested Roc, not a brand I’m very familiar with, always thought it was for much older cliental. HOWEVER, this is not the case. They have some really amazing products that are meant to heal the skin and infuse it with moisture. I tried the Roc Enydrial Repairing Lip Care balm (I think they refer to it as a lipstick but it is definitely more of a balm). I’m obsessed.
This is what their website says
“helps reduce 44% of lip dryness. Its formula protects and moisturizes dry, chapped or damaged lips…Formulated to minimise the risk of allergies…Non comedogenic [meaning doesn’t clog up pores]”
To me this all sounded great. And after using it for literally only 2 days, my lips are far from what they were – so I believe the claims.
It was a little much for a lip balm, but if you read into what you are getting, and understand that there is much more helpful and useful ingredients in this than something like lip smackers, the $7 CAD is worth it.
Red lip? Check. Winged liner? Check. Warm eyeshadows, and a glow? Check and Check.
This is my simple fall look, still slightly sun-kissed but ready for the fall season.
First I wash my face, and prep with my Neutrogena Moisturizer that’s oil free.
Then for the eyes I use small pieces of tape to define a winged edge from the outer corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow. I used my Walmart branded Natural Eyes palette which is always extremely pigmented and worth $8 CAD. You can use any palette I just used a light brown as a base and layered on the outer corner some darker browns and blended it all out with a shimmery taupe. I then go in with my Estée Lauder Idealist face primer to minimize pores. And today I decided to use an old favourite, my L’Oreal True Match in Classic Ivory (N2).
To finish up I use my lovely Marc Jacobs sample (216, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and dust some MAC bronzer over my nose, forehead edge and cheek hollows. To complete the look on my cheek bones I lightly apply highlighter, this one is Lumi by L’Oreal.
For those lazy days, or off days where you need to look somewhat put together – no makeup makeup is perfect.
I use about 3 sometimes 4 products. BB cream, mascara, eyeshadow (basic) and sometimes powder. That’s it. If I were to put a price on it it would be around $40 for the entire look, but with items that would last you and give good quality.
And to prove how efficient this is I timed myself with a before and after.
I prefer natural eyeshadow bases and mixes. I recently picked up the Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette and it’s not bad. It only retails for around $12 CAD which for a palette is a steal. However, the pigmentation needs a lot of build up; but for $12 we can afford a little more product usage.
Below are the swatches compared to the palette colour:
All shadow swatches are with one layer directly to skin. As you can see some barely show, and some show just sparkle. After layering a bit and warming up the colours however they really start to pop. Overall I say worth the money.
Back to the good old roots of budget friendly yet good quality. I found this Stay Matte Mousse Foundation by Rimmel and it is great! It can be risky with mousse and oily skin to not look glowing but shinning. This claims to be a lightweight shine control foundation – bonus points.
Before: As you can see my skin naturally shines, and is acne prone with some under eye circles (not severe but there). I look for in a foundation, one that covers acne, controls the oil and stays put.
I have found this in my $8 CAD purchase.
This is purely foundation and mascara. No blush, bronzer, powder, anything. As you can clearly see it covers quite well and keeps the shine away. As I wore it through the day, I did add some powder and found no issues. There was a little under eye loss of product but nothing major or devastating.
I have a clarisonic – it’s amazing. I then lost the charger for it and to replace that alone is $30. I was at a small drugstore with my mom when I came across the Danielle Deep Facial Cleansing System. It retails for about $30-$40 CAD depending on where you buy.
This brush is great bang for the buck.
It comes with three heads; a soft brush, silicon brush and buffer. Great uses for each, a gentle cleanse, a harsher exfoliation or a nice polish. It also runs off AA batteries. Too me this is a huge bonus – I can’t loose it and the charger will never malfunction. Now I wanted to put it to the test so I had some BB cream on with a layer of oil naturally produced with some powder.
Although it may not look as dramatic, you can clearly see the level of shine has gone down and the acne is more noticeable and not as caked over top. It doesn’t leave my skin red or irritated and after taking a makeup wipe to ensure everything was off it came back clean.
The only downside is like most machines you cannot go near the eyes, so you are manually taking off eye makeup. But hey what’s new?