Quarantine Skincare Routine | May 2020

Quarantine Skincare Routine | May 2020

While in quarantine, I have been diving in to all things skincare. I’ve worn makeup a hand-full of times and honestly, my skin has been doing really well. Of course, it has had it’s moments but for the most part, it’s seems to be loving the little extra TLC I am giving it. So I wanted to share with y’all what my “quarantine skincare routine” is. I say this is my “quarantine skincare routine” because I am not wearing any makeup so I go overboard with the moisturizer and oil. If you have super dry skin, this could totally still work for you but normally I like to go a bit lighter with my steps. Anyways, let’s dive into this!

Step 1 – Cleanser

This Dermalogica Special Cleanser has been my holy grail cleanser for a few years now. I do test other cleansers but nothing has worked as well for my skin as this one has. I’ve raved about it 1000x already but if you have sensitive skin, I would highly recommend it. I use this morning and night and I love how my skin feels after using it. It cleans my skin without making it feel dry or stripped. I love it.

Step 2 – Toner

Another cult favorite of mine, the Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic Toner. I have used some high-end toners and they don’t even begin to compare with this product. This toner has completely changed my skin over the years and I have noticed a massive difference with the tone and brightness of my complexion. I suffered from acne as a teenager and obsessively picked at it and because of that, it left my skin with some pretty gnarly scars. With that being said, this has significantly reduced, if not, completely removed the scars. I use it morning and night with a cotton pad. It is a must have for me!

Step 3 – Eye Cream

Recently I have been using the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream. I am not 100% sold on this product quiet yet. I am still testing it out. I feel like it is a nice daily eye cream but I have a hunch that there is probably something similar to this on the market at a cheaper price. It is nice and makes my under eye look bright and feel hydrated, but not sure if it is worth the price tag.

Step 4 – Serum

This is the Dermalogica Age Smart Phyto-Nature Firming Serum. I started using this at the beginning of April and I am very impressed. It significantly reduces my redness and makes my skin look brand new. I feel like this somewhat transforms my skin overnight, it is hard to explain. I didn’t notice any changes within my skin until after about 2 weeks using it so if you try it, stick with it. It claims to help with fine lines and wrinkles and is recommended for mature skin. I use this both morning and night and would recommend it if you are looking for a new serum to try out.

Step 4 – Moisturizer

My current favorite moisturizer is this Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer. I love this! I haven’t had the best luck with Milk’s skincare over the years so I was hesitant to try this but I was pleasantly surprised. I love the formula of this moisturizer. It is amazing for day time and feels so luxurious on the skin. For the nighttime, I like to mix it with a facial oil to make it more like a sleeping mask but I would highly recommend it if you are in the market for a new one.

Step 5 – Facial Oil

Lastly, this $8 facial oil has quickly become a must have, forever re-purchase for me. I recently included this in a 5 Used and 5 Abused Blog Post and was so excited to test it out. The price did scare me at first because I wasn’t sure how great the quality would be but this is incredible! I will wear it alone or mix it in with my moisturizer. The formula is very lightweight and is not super sticky on the skin. The biggest thing I notice with this oil is how hydrated and glossy it makes my skin. This sinks in and really makes a difference with how plump, hydrated and glowy my skin is. I just love it.

That is my current routine and I will definitely update you if it changes! xoxo

Tower 28 | New Beauty Brand

Tower 28 | New Beauty Brand

If you pay attention to press or social media, I’m sure you have heard of the brand Tower 28. I feel like it popped up out of nowhere and took over the internet! I have been eyeing this brand for months and was sent some of their products to test out. This brand is out of Santa Monica, CA, is sold in Sephora, and creates non-toxic makeup that is designed for sensitive skin. Their marketing, packaging, product selection and claims reeled me in and I am so excited to see what this brand does in the future. As of right now, they carry everything from cream blushes(HELLO), cream highlighters & bronzers, lip glosses(DOUBLE HELLO) and a setting spray!

Beach Please Tinted Balm for Lips + Cheeks

These blushes are a cream formula and they have this beautiful luminous finish to them. They have a few shades available but featured here are the shades Magic Hour and Happy Hour. These retail for $20.

ShineOn Lip Jelly

Next up is the ShineOn Lip Jelly. Something about this lipgloss in shade Magic caught my attention months ago and I have been wanting to try it ever since. It comes in multiple colors and is available for $14.

SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray

I love a good facial spray and this one is the perfect size for travel or my daily makeup bag. This product has “received the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance™ and is safe for all skin types.” It claims to sooth, purify, and repair angry, stressed out skin. I am excited to see what this does and how it works. It retails for $12.

SuperDrew Highlight Balm

I have to be honest, over the past few months I have completely stepped away from highlighters. I know that is so not “beauty guru” of me, but I truly don’t use them anymore. I don’t even have them at my makeup vanity. I feel like I come to the conclusion that for everyday, it’s just too much and I am very much into the “skin-like” trend. However with that being said, cream highlights seem to still do the trick. They give a glow without looking powdery or un-natural on the skin so we will see how this works. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this product and hope it works for me. It retails for $18.

Have you guys tried this brand? If so, what products, and what do you think about them? Let me know your review down below. I would love to hear from you. Overall, I am very intrigued with what this brand has to offer at the moment. I can’t wait to test out these products(stay tuned!) and I am excited to see what they come up with in the future.

New Skincare Releases | May 2020

New Skincare Releases | May 2020

It’s no surprise by now that I am obsessed with all things skincare and we have some new releases! While in quarantine, I have barely been wearing any makeup and instead, I’ve been testing some new skincare products and expanding my skincare collection. I am super excited about some of these releases and products I’ve recently picked up so I wanted to share. Of course, stay tuned for upcoming reviews on these products. As I test them out, I will make sure to update you all.

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum

So I currently do not use a vitamin C serum, which I know is a no-no. Vitamin C has so many incredible benefits for your skin so when I saw that Ole Henriksen released a Vitamin C Serum within their C-Rush Line, I was excited. This line of skincare works really well for my skin and for the most part, I like a lot of the products so I have high hopes for this serum. I have seen some pretty amazing before and after photos on social media and it claims that it “instantly brightens, visibly firms, plumps skin with hydration, and reduces the appearance of dark spots, pores, and wrinkles. ” So, those are some big claims and once I am done with my current serum, I will be testing this baby out!

Kate Somerville Delikate Line

This new line from Kate Somerville is probably what I am most excited about. I have purchased quiet a few skincare products from Kate Somerville and it is one of those brands my skin loves. I swear by the Anti-Bacterial Lotion (highly recommend if you have acne) the cult favorite, Exfolikate Treatment, and for my night time eye cream I am currently using the Retinol+ Eye Cream . So I guess what I am trying to say here is that, I have very high hopes that this collection will work well for my skin.

This collection is focused on sensitive skin and claims to calm irritation, reduce visible redness and restore the skins barrier. The 3 part collection comes with a cleanser, serum and moisturizer. Also during the month of May, KateSomerville.com is donating 15% of every DeliKate purchase to the World Central Kitchen to help frontline healthcare workers and communities in need.

“To help feed communities in need and frontline health care workers, Kate Somerville will donate 15% of every DeliKate® purchase in May to World Central Kitchen. “

Good Molecules Hylaronic Acid Serum

So my obsession with Good Molecules began with their Squalane Oil which I use day and night. It has become my go-to favorite facial oil at the moment. It is one of their best-selling products but so is this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Again, another serum. Six months ago I wasn’t even using a serum within my routine and now I am all about them. I don’t know what changed, maybe just watching an insane amount of Caroline Hirons on YouTube. Nonetheless, ontop of a good Vitamin C Serum, Caroline recommends a great hyaluronic acid serum to put in the mix. So here we are.

Good Molecules is extremely affordable and so far I have been very impressed. Not to say that I am someone who judges beauty products based off of the price tag because I do use a ton of drugstore makeup, however I notice that when it comes to skincare, I tend to be more cautious with the super affordable lines. Anyone else like this?

This product claims that “this water-light serum draws moisture to the skin for long-lasting hydration. With just one use, skin appears smooth, supple, and well-hydrated.” With that being said, I plan on mixing this into my routine. Hopefully my skin reacts well to it. If anyone has tried it, let me know your thoughts.

Pixi by Petra Retinal Collection

My obsession with Pixi continues to grow. Like I said above, I tend to be more cautious with “affordable” or “cheap” skincare brands however, Pixi is one of those brands that offers high quality skincare at a very affordable price. I LOVE their stuff. I have so many favorites from the brand and only a few duds. If you haven’t tried Pixi skincare out yet, you should!

Anyways, they released a new collection centered around Retinol. If you aren’t aware of what Retinol or Vitamin A is, I would strongly suggest doing some research before you look into buying products that contain retinol. This collection is jam packed with so many products, I hope to be able to get to them all soon but it is going to take some time. There is everything from a cleanser, toner, oil, eye cream and lotion. Everything is under $30 and you can find Pixi at Pixi.com, Target, and now Ulta!

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Toner

Last but not least, the new Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Toner. Glow Recipe is a brand I have a love-hate relationship. I love some of their products, their packaging is so fun and I love how approachable their products are but, their products are very scented which I have mixed feelings about. I prefer skincare that is not scented and their products are very strong. But I use the Ole C-Rush Line which is scented and love that and truth is, as long as my skin isn’t freaking out, I am fine with a little added fragrance.

This product specifically caught my attention because I am obsessed with their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. I have shared that in countless videos and on my IG stories. It is great for redness and I do notice a difference in my skin when using it so I hope that this works just as well for me. This product claims to hydrate the skin and tighten the pores. “Inspired by the Korean Aqua Peel Facial which focuses on the duality of exfoliating and hydrating, this pore-perfecting toner helps achieve instantly glowing, pillow-soft skin.” We will see how well it works. I am a die-hard fan of the Pixi Glow Tonic wand very rarely stray away from that, but I will give this a go and see what I think!

Anyways, these are just a few skincare releases I have recently been excited about and wanted to share some info on! I will be sure to update you guys as I test them out. Stay tuned. Listed below, I have my current skincare routine and another video where I talk about some of my favorite face masks which both contain more information on what I am currently using and enjoying.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. xoxo

5 Used and 5 New – Skincare Products

5 Used and 5 New – Skincare Products

I often get a lot of questions about my skincare routine and what products I would recommend. Over the past 2 years, I have put a lot of focus and energy into really nailing down a skincare routine that works for me and I have finally found that but I love testing skincare products and finding new hidden gems. So today I am sharing with y’all 5 products I have used up (aka #empties YAY!) and 5 new products I plan on testing out over the next month or so. Personally, I like to take about one month before sharing my review on a new skincare item because I think that is a reasonable amount of time to see how it blends in with my current routine, if any changes happen with my skin or possible irritations so stay tuned for my final thoughts on those. For now, lets get into the empties!

Tatcha Dewy Skin Moisturizer – WOW. Honestly, this has become a staple within my skincare routine. I’ve been using it since the beginning of Fall 2019 and I truly think it is one of the best moisturizers I have ever tried. If you have dry skin I would really recommend this and if you have oily skin, I’ve heard this one is great. I use this cream morning and night and it gives the most beautiful glow to my skin. I also love to use this as a primer before my foundation because it smooths out the skin a bit and provides a beautiful canvas for the face products to glide onto. This product lasted me about 6 months and I will definitely be repurchasing it.

Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Oil – I have been using this product for about 2 years now and can not live without it. I actually have 2 backups of this because I’m that obsessed with it. For someone like myself who wears makeup everyday and sometimes wears a lot of makeup, this is a must. I double-cleanse with this oil as my first step, gently applied to dry skin with a full face of makeup on, followed up by the Dermalogica Cleanser. These products are pricey but I swear by them. For travel, I use the balm so it is TSA friendly.

Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic Cleanser – Speaking of cleansers, this is my favorite drugstore cleanser. I will be honest, it does not beat my Dermalogica cleanser however this is a nice drugstore option. I like this one because it cleans my skin well, brightens my skin tone and does not leave my skin feeling drying or stripped of essential oils. I find it to be hydrating and would recommend it to anyone who has dry skin and is price conscious.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue – Another WOW. This product has changed my under eye situation. I always notice when I forget to use it because my makeup does not look the same. It is incredible! This hydrates and plumps the under eye area like no other. It lasted me about 8 months and I will definitely repurchase this. I’m currently using this eye cream but can’t live without my CT one!

Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Cream – I can’t believe how quickly I have gone through this product and how little I have left. It’s shocking because I didn’t have high hopes for it but boy did this product pleasantly surprise me. I am slowly but surely becoming more of a Ole Henriksen skincare fan and this is one of the products that has really made me want to try more from the skincare line. I like it because it is refreshing. I use this in the morning after washing my skin and it just feels amazing. The scent is incredible(kinda smells like oranges) and I love the way this cream moisturizes my skin but doesn’t make me look oily. My boyfriend who has extremely oily skin also loves this product and is always stealing it from me! I think this will work for anyone and I will be repurchasing it in the future.

Those are all of the skincare products I have recently used up. Now let’s move onto 5 new products I am excited to test out!

Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Lotion – I have not used this yet but I have heard multiple people rave about the Milky Collection from Pixi. I have never tried anything from the line but I’m excited to see what this is like.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask – I saw Tati use this in a video she had filmed with Charlotte and it has been on my mind ever since so yet again, here I am with another Tati recommendation!

Dermalogica Biolumin – C Eye Serum – Ever since I tried the CT Magic Eye Rescue Eye Cream I have been obsessed with testing all eye creams so I can’t wait to see what this is like. My skin seems to love Dermalogica products and with this hefty price tag, I expect nothing but amazingness.

Good Molecules Squalane Oil – Recently through one of my favorite podcasts, Breaking in Beauty, I learned about the benefits of Squalane Oil and how this is going to be the next big ingredient in the beauty industry. I love facial oils so this is very intriguing to me. I’ve been using the same one for over 4 years now but I am going to give this a try! Some of the benefits of Squalane Oil is it provides moisture to the skin, helps keep the skin clear and has anti-inflammatory benefits that can help with eczema and acne.

Naturally Serious Cold Pressed Peel Pads – These peel pads naturally exfoliate the skin and brighten the skin tone. I have already used a few and so far so good. I haven’t noticed any changes or improvements yet but they don’t break me out so that’s a good sign. I will report back!

That is it for my 5 used and 5 new skincare products. If you are interested in my follow ups for these new skincare products, stay tuned. I will update you guys via a speed reviews video on my YouTube channel or a future blog post. Give me about a month to test out the new products and I will be sure to let y’all know. Until then, I hope you have a great start to your week!

If you are interested in my full skincare routine check out this blog post or the video listed below.

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Persona Cosmetics SuperBlush Launch

Persona Cosmetics SuperBlush Launch

The time has finally come, Persona Cosmetics has released blushes!! If you know me, you already know my love for blush and my love for this brand so once I found out that the two were coming together, I was pretty excited to say the least!

I wanted to share my thoughts on these immediately since they released today. I have been using the blushes for about the past week as I was sent them early in PR by Persona Cosmetics to test out. I have to say that these SuperBlushes do not disappoint.

Persona Cosmetics released two colors, Georgia and Carmel. Georgia is a beautiful peach warm toned blush while Carmel is a mauve pink cooler toned blush. I love that they started with these two shades because they are personally the ones I use the most.

The SuperBlush formula is amazing. These are pigmented blushes that can pack a punch of color on the cheeks but my favorite thing about them is that they are a matte blush with dimension. These don’t have any glitter or sparkle to them but the natural finish of the blush is a little luminous. Nothing crazy intense but just the right amount. I find that these are very long lasting, comparable to the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes which I believe to be one of the longest wearing blushes on the market.

Here I am wearing the shade Georgia on my cheeks.

Here I am wearing the shade Carmel on my cheeks.

These blushes retail for $22 and are available on PersonaCosmetics.co & will be available soon at UltaBeauty.com. If you decide to purchase from PersonaCosmetics.co I do have an affiliate code that will save you 10% off of your purchase(exclusions may apply). You can use the code “Nicole10” at checkout. You can also purchase these in a bundle for only $39.

Thank you to the Persona Cosmetics Team for sending these blushes my way.

This review is not sponsored. The code mentioned is an affiliate code and some of these links are affiliate links.

BLACK FRIDAY BEAUTY SALES

BLACK FRIDAY BEAUTY SALES

INSANE DEALS!

Colourpop Cosmetics – 30% off sitewide!

QVC: There are some pretty bomb deals going down on QVC.com – The IT Cosmetics CC Cream is available in a pack of two for only $35 (use code “TAKE10” @ checkout), this Too Faced set would be a great gift, and my MUST HAVE Tatcha Dew Cream is on sale!

Dose of Colors: 40% OFF SITEWIDE

Persona Cosmetics: 30% OFF SITEWIDE + ULTA BEAUTY! You can use the code “nicole10” at checkout on Persona’s website to save an extra 10%! This is an affiliate code!

Natasha Denona: Up to 50% off!

KKW Beauty: 30% OFF!

Nabla Cosmetics: 40% OFF!

ULTA

ABH Vault | Kylie Cosmetics $10 Blushes, Highlights & Bronzers | Juvias Place 35% off eyeshadow palettes

SEPHORA

Bite Beauty Lip Set (only $7!) | Melt Cosmetics Impulsive Pressed Pigment Palette | Tarte Merry Metal Brush Set (only $20, originally a $120 value!)

I will be adding to this as more sales come up and more items are discounted! Be sure to check back for daily updates!

Daily Skincare Routine 2019

Today I am sharing with y’all my skincare routine accompanied by a YouTube video! I am breaking down the products I use every single day to achieve glowy, healthy, acne free skin. I had issues with my skin for years and always felt very insecure about it but 2019 I made it a goal to invest my time, energy and focus into skincare and I have definitely noticed a massive difference! I wanted to share with you a step by step breakdown on how I use these products and when I use them throughout my routine. All of these products are cruelty free and I have been testing them out for months, some I have been using for years.

Step 1: If I am wearing makeup, I always start with either the Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil or the PreCleanse Balm at the end of my day. Both of these products break down makeup and I apply it on dry skin. I do prefer the balm because I feel like it breaks down the harder makeup like lash glue, glitter and liquid liner.

Step 2: After applying the precleanse, I go in with the Special Cleansing Gel. I use this morning and night every single day. This is a very gentle cleanser that leaves my skin feeling so clean but does not strip my skin. Double cleansing has really helped me overall with the production of acne on my skin. I feel like that is a skincare technique everyone should be doing but again, do you own research on it.

Step 3: After I cleanse my skin, I go in with the Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner. This is a chemical exfoliant which is better for your skin than a physical exfoliant because it doesn’t damage your skin. This is a glycolic acid toner which gently removes the dead skin cells on your face and leaves a fresher, brighter more glowy layer to the face. Overall, this has significantly helped me with the dark spots I have had accumulated over the years by lightening them up. I did need to use this for a solid 6 months before I noticed any difference with my skin. Skincare takes time to actually work, be patient! I use this morning and night right after cleansing my skin.

Step 4: Next is moisturizer. I love the Ole Henriksen C Rush Brightening Gel Cream. This is a great day time moisturizer that works well for all skin types. It is lightweight, gentle and refreshing on the skin. I also love the Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream. This is best for dry skin and is incredible. Holy grail status right here. I apply this either at night or day time before my makeup. It depends how my skin is doing and if I need that extra help. I feel like since it is so much more dry here in California than Texas, I will be using this A LOT this upcoming winter. I always moisturize my skin, morning and night. If needed at night I will accompany the moisturize with an oil.

Step 5: Eye cream has become a MUST for me. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream is such an amazing product and you can always tell the difference when you use this product. It plumps up the under eyes, reduces wrinkles, rejuvenates the skin and makes your under eye makeup look 10x better. I use this after moisturizer only a night. I find it a tad too thick and emollient for day time.

Step 6: Sunscreen is a tough product for me because I am so weird with the textures of products. I really hate most sunscreens and never really use to wear them, until I did my research lol SUNSCREEN IS SO IMPORTANT! I try to remember to use it everyday after moisturizer although sometimes I do forget honestly. The Dermalogica Clear Start Mattifying Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen has become a must have for me because it does not feel like a typical sunscreen. It is lightweight, non-greasy and does not break me out! The name of the product is somewhat misleading because it is not going to mattifying the skin, it just isn’t the typical greasy sunscreen. Works great for all skin types in my opinion.

Extra Steps: These last two products I use as needed. The Kate Somerville Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion is a product that I will use when my skin needs a little help. If I am seeing more breakouts than usual I will use this product. It is a benzoyl peroxide treatment which basically kills the bacteria on your skin so acne can not form. Benzoyl peroxide works very well with my skin. This is a product I can only use a few times a week at night because it can dry out my skin but if I have been wearing a lot of makeup, not taking care of my skin, drinking less water, time of the month, eating like crap etc. this is when I will use the product! Then the Bite Agave Lip Mask has been something just recently that I have been needing to use almost every single night. Unfortunately Northern California has been dealing with some massive wild fires and for some reason, the smoke in the air has caused my lips to be painfully chapped. Every night I slather this on and I wake up with softer, hydrated, and overall better lips. They also have a bomb holiday kit that I would highly recommend. It comes with 3 products and is only $14. Such a deal!

I hope this step by step breakdown was helpful for you and gives you insight on how I apply these products to my skin. I would highly recommend if you are struggling with your skin, do your research and/or visit a doctor. I am such a student when it comes to this topic and only know what works for me so thats all I can speak to. I hope you did enjoy this nonetheless and I hope you have a blessed rest of your day! xoxo

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