Such a long overdue post about my daily beauty routine. I was tagged by Ena from Shanghainese Dumpling a while ago to do this tag, I took pictures of everything but haven't gotten a chance to post this up. I figured it's about time I do so before I have to do a new one all over again, since some of my current products are almost used up! :p And just a few days ago, Nic from Spoiled Rotten also tagged me to do this. Thanks so much girls for tagging me! I love reading about everyone's daily beauty routine and find out about what everyone's favorite products are, so I am really excited to do this myself. I am tagging anyone who's reading this and haven't done it yet :)
A little bit of background info about my skin:
Combination to oily skin, oily around T-zones, visible pores around T-zones, redness around nose and cheek sometimes, undereye dark circles and fine lines, occasional breakouts monthly.
Want to concentrate on:
Reduce visible pores, reduce shine, and relief dark circles & fine lines under eyes.
Skincare Morning Routine:
As soon as I wake up, I brush my teeth and use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to wash my face. I used to just use cold water with no face wash on most mornings, but ever since I started using Egyptian Magic cream, I've been using Cetaphil to wash my face every morning, just to get rid of any oil or buildups from overnight. Cetaphil is the most gentle cleanser I've ever used, it takes a little bit to get used to since it doesn't foam like most cleanser do, but it has never caused a problem to my skin. Definitely a permanent item in Lulu's bathroom!
The toner I am currently using is the Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Toner, it's designed for oily and problem skin. I probably won't repurchase after I finish up this bottle, I couldn't tell if it helped my skin at all, and it stings a little bit because it contains alcohol. I plan on trying the Clinique toner next! Any other good toner suggestions?
For serum, I am using either the PerriconeMD Advanced Firming Activator, or my new Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer (not pictured) that I just purchased. Both are great in helping to make my skin feel very smooth (especially the Clinique one, new HG!)
Eye cream -- StriVectin SD eye cream. I didn't see any dramatic changes around my eyes after using up an entire tube of this, I am on the hunt for eye cream again! (And also not included in the picture is my Kevin BeautyMaker eye serum, I usually use that BEFORE I apply a thicker layer of eyecream)
Face cream -- American Ultimate Diamond Restorative Anti-Aging Cream.
SPF eye cream -- Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream Sunscreen SPF 32 PA+++. It's important to have SPF around the eye area as well! The Shiseido one is really good, it doesn't irritate or sting my eyes at all, and has such a high SPF. It makes me feel good (and reassured when I wear this before going out during the day).
Sunscreen -- depending on what I am doing that day, if I know I'm going to be out in the sun a lot, I'll wear my waterproof sweatproof Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face/Body Very Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF55 PA+++, if I am just going to be indoors for most of the day, then I'll wear Skin Appetit Nutri-Collagen Daily Moisturizer in SPF 15.
Skincare Night Routine:
After I get out of the shower and washed my face [Edit: thanks to Becks for reminding me, I am using the LUSH coalface cleanser to wash my face at night current], I'll apply the Burt's Bees toner again.
For serum, I'll either use the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, or Clinique Turnaround serum.
Then Kevin BeautyMaker eye serum, StriVectin-SD eye cream, American Ultimate Diamond face cream, all same as the morning routine.
For lips I like to use the Wild Ferns Manuka Honey lipbalm that I got from New Zealand, smells so sweet and the balm itself is very moisturizing.
Lastly I apply Egyptian Magic cream all over my face, and also on elbows and knees and anywhere else that needs extra moisturizing.
Weekly Exfoliating Treatment:
Besides doing masks every week (whenever I have time or remember to), I try to exfoliate my face once or twice weekly. I either use a scrub or peel, such as the Korres Olive Stone Scrub, or Sana Peeling Gel, or Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel. To scrub away any dead skin cells and let my skin renew itself.
Occasionally pimples pop up, and I treat them with Zapzyt 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel (which worked wonders for me at first but not as effective anymore...), or the Nexcare Acne Dressing that Diana reviewed here.
Makeup Face Routine:
I prime my face with Korres Face Primer, and prime my eye lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The BB cream I use most often currently is the L'egere Water Drop Shiny Pearl BB Cream. For under eyes, I use Benefit Erase Paste (which creases a lot on me!!! I need to find a better under eye concealer), for any other concealing on my face, I use the NYX Concealer in a Jar. Then I set my makeup and add highlight with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Duo.
Makeup Eyes Routine:
I curl my eyelashes with Koji eyelash curler (#73), then applye Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Birthday Suit all over top eyelid, and tightline with MUFE Aqua Eyes in 1L. If I still have enough time in the morning, I'll put on eyeshadows, my current favorite is Stila Precious Pearl Palette. And put on mascaras -- Kiss Me Heroine Make Mascara.
Makeup Cheeks & Lips Routine:
For bronzer I am using Rimmel Natural Bronzer. For blush I usually either pick Everyday Minerals's pressed blush in Best Friends, or MAC blush in Breezy. My favorite blush is actually the MAC HK beauty powder in Pretty Baby, but I try not to use that one as much because I don't want my HK face on it to wear off, hahaha am I silly or are you like that too?
Then for lips, I always apply Softlips lip balm in Vanilla to moisturize my lips. It smells yum and contains SPF 20. Sometimes I'll use MAC Pink Fish Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15. My current favorite lipstick (if I remember to wear it) is Revlon Matte Lipstick in 003 Mauve It Over.
Makeup Removal Routine:
To remove my eye makeup, I use the Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover (I bought the Walmart version this time instead of see how it compares to the slightly more expensive Neutrogena one, I must say I'm impressed!). Shake it up to emulsify the solution and soak up a cotton pad to apply on my eyelids, remember, gentle sweeping motion is the key, don't tug on your eyelids too much in order to prevent wrinkles around your eyes. Your skin is very delicate there.
For face, I either use a cleansing oil (Kracie Naive Natural Deep Cleansing Oil), or Korres Jasmine Eye Make-up Remover. haha yes, it's suppose to be an eye make-up remover, but please see my review here to why I no longer use it to remove my eye make-up. To follow up and wipe away any excess makeup remover or left over trace of makeup, I go over my face gently with a scentless baby wipe :)
Yay I'm done! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the products I am using. Now that I summarized what I use everyday, even I think I use too much products on my face...hahahahaha no wonder the bf makes fun of me for my bottles and bottles of products, while he only uses a simple moisturizer every day. :p Please do keep in mind that I don't use some of the pictured products all at once :) What about you? Do you use just as much? or way less? Please share your everyday beauty routine with me :)