I've tried countless products over the years, and up until recently I rarely bought the same thing twice. This past year I decided to get serious about my skin, and I finally feel like I've nailed down a routine that works for me!
I've been using each of these products for a minimum of two months, and started incorporating them gradually in order to help determine what worked and what didn't. Keep in mind, I don't tend to have acne prone skin. I mostly suffer from combination skin, blackheads, and occasional hormonal breakouts on my chin. If you experience any of these problems, these are the products I feel have helped me be more confident!
1. Micellar Water - I've been using micellar water as my eye makeup remover for the past couple of years now, and really swear by it. Unlike other eye makeup removers, micellar water isn't oily and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh even if it's the only product I have on hand (ie. if I'm camping or traveling and packed lightly). From what I've experienced from trying a few different brands is that there isn't much difference between them. I frequently purchase Garnier or Simple.
Garnier actually makes two different kinds - regular strength and waterproof strength. The one pictured above is the latter, which I only use on the rare occasions that I'm wearing waterproof mascara or heavy eyeshadow/lip-stains. Because of the strength I have found that this version is slightly more oily and usually requires a water rinse after. I prefer the regular strength (comes with a pink lid) and use it everyday.
2. Glossier Milky Jelly - I usually follow micellar water with a cleanser to remove foundation, and my brow color. Milky jelly smells like rose water, and has proven gentle and light! I either wash as usual with a damp cloth, or use with my Clarisonic.
3. Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel - Witch Hazel is another product I've been using for years and have tried in multiple brands. I recently switched to Thayers after another blogger recommended it. I like that the Rose Petal mist still gives me the fresh feeling of witch hazel, while combining it with a rose water spray. I also choose the spray bottle over the usual spout, since it saves money on cotton pads, which I already use for the micellar water. I couldn't find a link to the spray bottle online, but I usually can find it in the skincare aisle of Target.
4. Glossier Priming Moisturizer - Moisturizer is hands down my favorite step of the routine. I feel like I've tried a billion different kinds, but have recently landed on Glossier's moisturizer after getting a sample in their Melrose store! The only downside is that it doesn't contain SPF. The upside is that you can buy it in a 3 pack with their cleanser and lip balm.
5. Aveda Energizing Eye Creme - Honestly does any one know if eye creams really work? I've been using this off and on since my facial at Origin Salon and haven't really figured out if I'm noticing a difference or not. This is one product I don't think I'll purchase again, but figured I should include since I've been using it more frequently lately.
6. Porefector - Besides my moisturizer, this is one step I can't go without. I discovered Porefector after the small business owner behind this solution messaged me about trying a sample, and fell in love with it immediately. Their website has a variety of uses listed, but I use it daily on my blackheads and whenever needed as a spot treatment. The black heads on my nose have been pretty persistent since middle school, and this is the first thing that I really feel has made an actual difference.
Plus whenever I experience the start of a hormonal breakout, I've rubbed a bit on the area twice a day until it disappears. Without Porefector, my hormonal breakouts would usually swell below the skin and stay there painfully for a few days, or appear bright red and obvious on my chin. Now I can usually feel them when I touch the area for a couple days until they're gone completely, but most don't ever get the chance to be visible and I haven't experience any that are painful. Unlike other strong spot treatments, Porefector hasn't ever made my skin dry or flakey, so it stays easy to apply my concealer and foundation.
*2.5. Glossier Solution - This product kinda throws a loop through my typical routine, but I use it when I'm experiencing extra dryness (which unfortunately happens more often in the winter). After my facial I stopped using exfoliants that scrub, since discovering it was making my dryness worse. I just pump a bit of solution onto a cotton round and lightly rub it on my face before moisturizing. On days when I use solution, I skip Porefector to keep from overwhelming my skin. Glossier recommends daily use if you have extreme dryness or are acne prone, but I've been using it maybe once a week or so.
I hope this is helpful! It seems like a lot, but overall it takes about 5-10 minutes each night. In the morning I do a three step program, with just the witch hazel, moisturizer, and Porefector before applying my makeup.
When I'm considering a new product, I try to choose companies that share my values whenever possible. As a woman it's extra important to me that I support female run businesses, which is why I'm teaming up with Billie!
Billie is a "female first" razor company that makes products specifically for all who identify as a woman! The starter kit includes a handle, 2 razor cartridges, and a magnetic shower holder for just $9. Each refill pack after that is $9 for 4 replacement cartridges and the frequency can be adjusted to match how frequently you shave.
Billie understands that shaving is a personal preference, and whether you like to shave every where everyday or prefer to grow it out is left up to you. They started Project Body Hair in order to change how our hair is shown in the media saying, "Commercials show women 'shaving' perfectly smooth, airbrushed legs. Strange, huh? But everyone has short stubble, long strands, or something in between. What you do with yours is up to you - grow it, get rid of it, or comb it. It's your hair, after all." And if shaving isn't your thing, you can still stock up on their other body care products (like the Sudsy Body Wash and Dry-Bye Body Lotion) which are vegan and cruelty free!
Billie is also addressing the Pink Tax, where women are charged more for everyday products than men are. The old tradition of "pink it and shrink it" comes with a cost that results in the average woman spending an extra $1,351 per year. Whether it's the actual tax we pay on feminine hygiene, or just the increased prices we pay, it's estimated that each purchase costs an average of 7% more. While major changes to our society and legislation need to happen before this problem can be solved, Billie is working hard to do their part. The Billie subscription is cheaper than Dollar Shave Club, which charges $26 for a 4 pack of razors and a 6 ounce tube of shave butter.
If you're interested in learning more about the Pink Tax, I definitely recommend you check out AxThePinkTax.com where you can calculate your estimated spend, and read studies about gendered pricing.
To sign up for a subscription with Billie, click here
Thank you to the Billie team for collaborating on this post! The starter kit and lotion were provided to me at no cost. Promoting products that not only support women, but actively seek change is something I care deeply about and I am excited to try my Billie kit and spread the word about ending the Pink Tax!
When it comes to accessories, I love a good conversation piece! I've always gravitated toward statement necklaces and funky earrings, but recently I've started experimenting with my purses too.
Basket bags have been trending like crazy this year, so when I saw this woven cactus from Olive and Pepper I immediately fell in love. What better way to show off my crazy plant lady tendencies than with this adorable shoulder bag? And I would choose pompoms over prickles any day.
I plan to transition this bag to fall with a cute jacket and booties combo, but until then I'm turning to my trusty saltwater sandals and comfy drawstring shorts from Forever 21 for a laidback summer look. I like to pair my statement pieces with simple outfits so the muted yellow and soft cream felt like the obvious choice to debut the cactus.
Since jeans are such an important staple piece, it's really important to me that I feel confident in them! Shopping for the perfect fit can be so difficult for me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. Similar to swimsuits, it can be discouraging to try on pair after pair hoping to find one that will finally look just right. But when you do find that perfect pair, it can be so exciting!
I know when I've got a good thing going, which is why I've been turning to American Eagle for my denim since middle school. Back then I looked at fashion as something that let me fit in with others, by wearing popular brands and trends even when they didn't feel like me. Luckily I've figured some things out since then. Now fashion is an important part of how I express myself, and I gravitate towards trends that speak to my personal style! Sometimes that means stepping outside of my comfort zone to try something new. Having the perfect pair of AE jeans makes me feel fearless when I'm trying a bold shoe or a unique top!
For this look I went with asoft yellow top from American Eagle, that has the cutest embroidery and bow details. While the chunky Forever 21 heels weren't my smartest pick for the cobblestone streets of Pike Place, I loved how they were able to dress up an otherwise more casual look and bring out the flirty feeling of the shirt!
If you're interested in any of the pieces from my look be sure to check them out below, and follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.it to stay up to date.
Thank you to American Eagle for collaborating on this post! I received the jeans and top at no cost, in exchange for my honest review.
If you're a Disney fan, then you've probably heard of the new Pixar Pier that has opened in California Adventure! Tyler and I had never visited the parks together, and had been wanting a weekend getaway so we decided that Pixar Fest (the celebration of the pier's opening) would be the perfect time.
When we researched the best weekend to go, we were seeing averages of 80-90 degrees in LA during July. Little did we know when we booked our flight, it would end up being over 100 degrees during our trip ?
The heatwave really threw me through a loop when it came time pack, and I had to change around some of my park outfits in order to make sure I wouldn't melt! Luckily I had just ordered this overall dress from Forever 21, which was light enough for the temp and super comfy for the rides (plus it's flowy so I could eat as many Mickey Bars as I wanted ?)
Originally I had planned to wear a long bell-sleeved top underneath, but had to switch it out for a tank. I chose to go with a simple design, so that the focus would stay on the cute buckles of the dress, but you could easily add a statement necklace or pair it with a funkier top! I also considered wearing my scarf around my neck, but since the color was so similar to the dress I decided to tie it around my backpack instead.
While a good pair of ears is always a Disneyland must, there are a few other things I can't go without:
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