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Snow has fallen, the temperature has dropped, my feet are constantly cold, and I’m about to break out my balsam scented candles. You know what that means? It’s officially winter time. Never mind the fact that the calendar states that winter doesn’t technically start until the 21st of December; it looks and feels like winter where I live. Unfortunately, when winter knocks on the door it brings dry, dull skin with it. Around this time of year is when I switch out some of my skin care items that I use in the summer for products that are more suited for dry, cold weather.

My skin care routine in the morning is pretty fast and no nonsense, however at night I use a combination of products and spend a decent amount of time caring for my skin. I start off with a cleanser that is gentle yet effective at removing makeup as I hate using actual makeup remover. I’ve really been loving the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser recently. It’s all natural, has a light fragrance that I actually quite enjoy, and leaves my skin feeling so clean!

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After I wash my face I use my Pixi Glow Tonic toner and just apply it all over my face with a cotton pad. This 5% glycolic acid toner exfoliates while treating any acne I may have. The smell is quite strong, but you do get used to it. This toner also helps to brighten my skin and breathe some life back into it.

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A couple weeks ago I notice how dry the skin directly underneath my eyes was, and I knew it was time to implement an eye cream into my routine. I picked up the Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-wrinkle Firming Eye Cream and have been enjoying it so far. It’s moisturizing as well as brightening. Despite only being 21 I’ve been starting to use anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products to hopefully maintain my skin for as long as possible. I like that this eye cream is geared specifically towards preventing wrinkles, as I feel like wrinkles around the eyes are usually the first ones you notice.

After applying my eye cream I use the Olay Night of Olay firming cream to moisturize my face. This moisturizer is only $7 and so lovely. It has a strong scent that’s mix of roses and baby powder, and at first I didn’t care for it, but now I love it. The cream is so thick and feels like a $30 product rather than a $6 product. I apply this all over my face and then down my neck and collarbone area.

If I have any large blemishes I’ll apply the Mario Badescu drying cream as a spot treatment. This product doesn’t sink into the skin, but rather sits on top and works to dry out any blemishes overnight. It’s very thick and has an extremely earthy smell, so if that’s not your thing I would stay away from this product. However I often get whiteheads and love how quickly this treatment gets rid of them.

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What products do you use in the winter? Leave your comments down below, I love to read them!

Thanks for reading,

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Summer has officially started, and with it comes long, relaxing days at the beach! I could spend every day at the beach for the rest of my life and have no complaints. Whether it’s the ocean or a lake, there is something so peaceful about relaxing by the water and enjoying time with family and friends. There are a few essentials that are always in my beach bag, and I thought I would share them with you!

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A bathing suit is a no brainer, but I still had to include it in my list. Target has so many cute ones for an affordable price. I love mixing and matching different tops with bottoms and get so excited when I find a cute combination. Also a must for the beach is a pair of flip flops; they’re so easy to slip on and off once your toes have been in the sand!

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You’re going to be in your bare feet a lot when you’re on the beach, so I think it’s nice to paint a fun pop of color on your toenails. Essie always comes out with the best colors for summer that will last way past your weeklong beach vacation.

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Essential to any beach bag is a pair of sunglasses. I got mine from Forever 21 for $5, but Target, Charlotte Russe, and Marshalls all have cute pairs for an affordable price. I have yet to splurge on a designer pair of sunglasses as I’m afraid I’ll break or lose them.

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Staying hydrated is so important, especially in the summer when you’re running around all day in the sun. A reusable water bottle is a great idea, as they usually hold more water than a plastic one, and are much better for the environment. Another thing that’s necessary for any day on the beach is sunblock. Sunblock can be pricy, so I normally stick to store brands, as they do the same thing as a name brand sunblock would. Make sure to reapply regularly! And don’t forget a lip balm with spf in it to protect your lips. A lot of brands make them, but my favorite is the lemon flavor from eos.

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I don’t like using the same sunblock on my face as I do on my body, as a have very sensitive skin. Right now I’m loving Olay’s all day moisturizer with SPF 15 for sensitive skin. I wear this every day in the summer because it’s so light and non-greasy. The last thing in my beach bag is a body spray. You never know where your friends might want to go after stepping off of the sand, and a shower might not be an option for a while. I’m not saying body spray is a substitute for good hygiene, but it’s nice to freshen up a bit.

Let me know what you put in your beach bag, and happy summer!

xoxo,

Audrey

 

IMG_4509Today I thought I’d share my night time skin care routine with you! Washing my face has been one of my least favorite things to do for a long time, but with the right products I’ve found that it can be a relaxing and refreshing experience. It’s those few minutes at night that you get to take for yourself where you can wind down from the day. IMG_4521The first thing I do is use my Pur~lisse cleanser, which unfortunately I am almost out of! I received a sample of this cleanser in an Ipsy bag over the summer and I fell in love with it; so much so that I asked for the full size bottle for my birthday. You know you’re getting older when a face cleanser is on your birthday list. This cleanser does such a nice job of removing makeup that I find that I rarely have to use a makeup remover when I use this. It doesn’t dry out my skin and is calming as well. The ingredients include blue lotus, white tea, soy proteins, sea silk, and lupine peptides.

On days I haven’t worn makeup I’ll use my Simple Micellar water to cleanse my face. The micellar water is gentle and calming and also does a great job of removing makeup. After washing my face with either my cleanser or micellar water I’ll use my Simple Soothing Facial Toner. This is a recent purchase and so far I really like it. There’s no alcohol in the toner so I feel free to use it both in the morning and at night. Witch hazel is included in the ingredients as an acne fighting agent.

Finally, it’s time to moisturize. I use the Simple Soothing Eye Balm to reduce puffiness and dark circles and the Olay Night of Olay firming cream on the rest of my face. The Olay firming cream is also a recent purchase, and I’m absolutely in love with it. For only $6 at Walmart it is the best moisturizer I have ever used. My skin gets so dry in the winter and this cream is the perfect solution. It’s thick and feels luxurious to put on. It’s non greasy and I can feel it actually working. In the morning I wake up and my skin is so smooth and looks radiant and healthy. I think this product will become one that I use for years to come!

So that’s it for my night time skin care routine. Let me know what products you love to use at night!

-XoXo, Audrey