Ultra Moisturizing Face Skin Care

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!

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Ready In Under 5 Minutes//Full Coverage

So as touched on before I’ve been having some anxiety and depression, I’m also unmotivated some days to wear any makeup. There is also the side of waking up late and having no time to get ready.

So here is how I get ready in under 5 minutes WITH full coverage.

  1. Neutrogena Moisture Oil-Free Moisturizer
  2. Mix L’Oreal Youth Code BB cream and Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation (about 2:1 ratio)
  3. Touch of bronzer to eyelids as eyeshadow, and overall on hallows of cheeks and upper forehead to lightly contour (currently using my older mac one)
  4. Add Revlon Bold Laquer Mascara
  5. Setting spray of choice (mine is NYX matte finish)

 

Especially in winter moisturizer is essential, then mixing a full coverage foundation with a bb cream leaves skin dewy, moisturized and fully covered. Doubling up bronzer as an eyeshadow also cuts down on time but still adds a little depth to your look. The mascara I use is killer, and adds length and volume and then simply just set it with a matte spray (oily skin = too much shine without matte).

This hands down is how I look put together with almost no effort on my rushed days and bad days.

 

Simple Fall Look

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.

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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.

Get Ready With Me *

First thing to do is hair up and out of the way and moisturize.

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Right now I’m listening to the top Canada playlist on Spotify. Then gets into the eyes. I usually do eyeshadow first because I’m a big fan of the angled tape trick to let the eyeshadow look sharp. I do this by de-sticking the tape a bit then aligning it from my outer eye to the outer point of my eyebrow. Today I used the Sonia Kashuk pallet I got from Target awhile ago. Used the top left to blend and bottom left as a lid cover.

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Then I used a lighter coverage Oil-Free Acne Correct & Cover Grapefruit Tinted Moisturizer blended with a beauty blender, then for under eyes my older Clinique translucent powder, and my stay matte powder for the rest of my face. I used my Mac bronzer (which I just did a review on in my previous post) and my L’Oreal Voluminous original mascara. To finish off, for the lips, Revlon colour burst matte balm in nude.

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Above is the finished look – very subtle and more natural. I don’t wear much makeup often but when I do this is my preference ! Takes me about 20/30 minutes. If you need a quick out the door look, I have a post that is ready in under 5 minutes.

Enjoy your day!

Neutrogena Skincare Routine and Review

I don’t think I’ve mentioned my age before but I am 22 years old. The point of this being I am past the teenager acne phase.. or so I had hoped. But like many other young adults, we still get acne and sometimes often. My doctor had told me about Neutrogena and my mom always said she grew up with the soap bar from them – so I thought why not give it a try?

I start off by washing off my makeup with the All-in-One Make-up Removing Cleansing Lotion (about $10 CAD). This takes off a good amount of the day’s debris and doesn’t strip the skin. I then go in with the Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (about $10 CAD). This is for sensitive skin, and cleanses that extra mile, but doesn’t dry out or irritate my skin. Then lastly I go in with the Oil-Free Moisturizer for combination skin (about $13 CAD). This leaves my skin refreshed but not oily, as I tend to have enough of that on my own. So far this has been helping me a lot and it’s a nice way to end the day feeling clean.

All-in-One Make-up Removing Cleansing Lotion (4/5)

Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (4.5/5)

Oil-Free Moisturizer for combination skin (3.5/5)

Under 5 minutes, Get ready. 


Ok so we all have busy lives, and have definitely all at some point felt that time crunch. Going back too my quick get ready picks from a previous post here, these are my new under 5 minutes go to.

1. Neutrogena Acne Correct and Colour (Fair to Light)

2. Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer

3. MAC skin finisher in cheeky bronze

4. NYX matte finish setting spray

As you can see it gives light coverage, but a nice glow to it. Quick enough to get me out of the house!