My skincare routine: morning and night

Hi friends! I apologize for this post being a day later than my planned schedule, I had quite the busy day yesterday and it totally slipped my mind! But I took today off to write everything and plan for the next week of posts and I’m catching up with everything I can handle today!

Ever since I got this blog, I’ve learned a lot about my skin type and my skincare routine has improved vastly in the last few months. I used to feel like I wasn’t thorough enough or taking enough care of my skin, but I’ve gotten better and am a lot more comfortable sharing my routine than I would’ve been back in May!

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MORNING

First, I start with the Aveeno brightening cleanser. I like using this one in the morning because it just makes me feel extra bright, but whether that’s actually the intended effect or just a sugar pill effect, who knows? Mostly I just want to use it up because I hate wasting products! Next, I use the Botanics Shine Away mattifying toner, which you might recall from a few posts ago! I bought it just before I went to Canada and it’s been an absolute godsend. I can’t go a day without it now!

I follow that up with the 100% Pure coffee bean eye cream, which I got in my last Birchbox and have been loving ever since! It makes my eyes seem brighter and helps keep those bags away (to a certain extent, of course). And last is my favorite new moisturizer from Sephora, the 8hr mattifying moisturizer sunscreen with SPF 20. I can’t use any moisturizer during the day without SPF in it because sun protection is important and my skin is quite fair, so I was really excited to find one that is oil-free and mattifying for my oily T-zone!

Along with all of these steps, I use the Botanics Shine Away invigorating face scrub twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays as a week to keep my skin extra clear and not oily.

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NIGHT

The first thing I do at night is cleanse my face with Clinique’s facial soap for oily skin, which I got not too long ago and have absolutely loved since then. My face definitely feels less oily since I started using this! Depending on how much makeup I have on, I’ll use a makeup wipe or my trusty micellar water to remove it before cleansing my face. I follow that up with the toner from Botanics I use in the mornings as well, because I feel like it gets rid of all the excess oil my nose likes to produce and makes my skin feel extra matte.

Once that’s done, I put on the eye gel from Body Merry, which was sent to me along with a few more products to review by the lovely folks at Body Merry (that post will be coming up soon). This gel is day to night but I only use it at night because I prefer the eye cream with caffeine during the day to make me seem more bright and awake, but it absolutely works for both! Once that’s done, I apply the Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing gel in my T-zone and the Aveeno smart essentials nighttime moisture infusion on the rest of my face. I do this because the Clinique gel is perfect for the oiliest areas of my face, but since that’s mainly my T-zone, the rest of my face feels dry with just that and that’s where the Aveeno lotion steps in!

I hope you guys enjoyed my rambling on about skincare! Let me know if you have any questions or are interested in any specific products I use. Thanks for reading!

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Recent acquisitions (a haul but not quite post)

Hello lovelies! I know it’s late but I was determined to keep to my new Monday/Wednesday/Friday posting schedule.

So anyway… You might have seen my post earlier this week about my Sephora haul, and before you say anything, this does not count as a haul. Hear me out here, okay? Okay. I didn’t technically get all of these at the same time so therefore it’s not a haul. because I say so. Got it? Alright. Moving on.

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Let’s start this quick post by talking about some skincare! I’ve been doing some research and trying to find better products that suit my combination oily skin better and so far, these have been great.

I got the Botanics face scrub and toner from their Shine Away line at Target a few weeks ago when I had to return something else and had some store credit to spend, and I’ve been using them for however long and I really like them! The toner has been a godsend and now that I actually use it every day, I don’t know why I didn’t start sooner!

The Clinique facial soap I bought when I went into Sephora the other night so technically I haven’t used this one yet, but I’ve tried samples before and I really like it. I already own the moisturizing gel from this same line so once I’m out of the Botanics toner, I’ll get the toner from the same line and have a complete set!

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Then we have these beauties here! The Sephora palette technically should’ve been part of my Sephora haul, but the one I received in the mail was broken, so I had to go exchange it before I could actually write about it in a post. I haven’t used it yet but I absolutely love the colors and from swatching them, they look to be great quality!

The stila palette I bought off a friend who gave it to me for $25 dollars… I mean, who could resist that? Especially when this palette retails for $39! It’s barely used and I purchased my precious Chocolate Bar palette from her, so I definitely trust her. I used it for a look yesterday when I went to school and absolutely loved everything about it, but I unfortunately got rained on when I was going to class so that was kind of ruined.

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Last but not least is my new holy grail liquid lipstick (gasp!) — the Sephora cream lip stain in Marvelous Mauve. Everything about this lipstick is absolutely perfect. The formula goes on so smoothly and it’s easy to apply, it’s super pigmented and dries to matte without being drying and it’s incredibly long lasting! I wore it to go bar hopping in Montreal and didn’t even need to reapply it once. I’m absolutely in love with this, and if you haven’t yet run to your nearest Sephora to get one, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this not-a-haul haul post! Let me know if you want a review of either one of the palettes or even the lipstick and I’ll work on getting that up for you guys. Thanks for reading!

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