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So, when’s the best time to moisturize? and The Three Step Skincare System You HAVE to Try


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It seems like there is a new step or a new product to try every day.  Like it never ends. And with so many bottles of toner, serum, essence, lotion, emulsion, and whatever else I have on my vanity cause a beauty guru told me I needed it.  (I know you guys feel me.  I mean who else’s vanity is cluttered with #youtubemademebuyit?)

Anyway, where do I even start? What exactly goes on my face first? Because on days that I wear makeup, it feels like I’m putting everything except the kitchen sink on my face.  But that’ll probably be a new DIY mask coming soon! Am I right?

Well, this is the no-fuss skincare routine for all my lazy girls out there.  I love the Korean Skincare routine but there are days (sometimes weeks, possibly a month) where I just need to be done in five minutes flat.  So, here we go…

What’s the Best Time to Moisturize?

Well, the best time to moisturize is when the clock is exactly 11:11:11.  (LOL just kidding) There isn’t literally a time, but there is a place for it in your skincare routine.

If you are a true believer of the three step skincare system then, the time to moisturize is right after your cleansing or exfoliating.  Because once your face is clean of the junk and grime it accumulated through the day, then it’s ready to be nourished and pumped back to life.

BUT before you moisturize, use a hydrating serum to really protect your newly cleaned pores and hydrate the skin.  Personally, I’ve been trying out the Hyla3D from Jan Marini for the passed month.  The serum hydrates my face and gives my skin a nice dewey glow.  Because I have combo skin and don’t want to look like an oil slick in the day, I only use the Hyla3D serum at night.

The Jan Marini serum has a loose gel-like texture.  It doesn’t really have much of a scent, which makes the serum great for people with sensitive skin.  When you first apply it to your face, it feels slightly tacky.  But after rubbing the product in, that tacky feeling completely goes away, leaving your skin feeling baby smooth.

Then, when you’re ready to moisturize your moisturizer is sealing in all that prep work, so your skin stays plump and radiant with just three steps.

The Three Step Skincare System

So, I’ve been a firm believer of the Korean 10 step skincare for almost a year now.  And I can honestly say that I’ve seen improvements in my skin.  However, exam week has recently killed my buzz and desire to do a lot of things like facial masks, essences, and toners.  I’m tired and I just don’t want to.

For the passed month, I’ve been trying out my newly invented three step system:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Apply Serum
  3. Moisturize

I’ve been using a gently exfoliating cleanser as my daily cleanser because I love a dual-working product.  Plus, with this cleanser I can skip exfoliating and give myself another five minutes in bed.  Because when you only sleep about an hour, five more minutes is much needed.

At night, after my double cleansing and exfoliating, I apply serum and finish off with moisturizer.

For the day, I apply serum and a CC cream after cleansing.

Through this whole post, what I’m trying to say is that the best time to moisturize is right after washing your face because applying a moisturizer over clogged pores and oil is not good for your skin.  It’ll only make matters worse because you’re sealing in the dirt with a moisturizer.  GROSS.

The next time you ask yourself, “When’s the best time to moisturize?” After cleansing and as the last step to your skincare.  Just remember that moisturizer is the icing on the cake.

**Disclaimer: I received the Jan Marini Hyla3D serum free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

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7 Madewell Pieces You Can Find At The Thrift Store

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Spring is in the air in RVA (for the next few days at least).  We’re in the upper 60s and 70s so all I’m thinking about is off the shoulder tops, cutoff shorts, and denim dresses.  Now that I’m in school, most of my money goes to tuition and textbooks.  So, I don’t have much left for any shopping.

After doing a bit of online window shopping (like six hours worth), I’ve concluded that I would like to buy every item that Madewell has to offer.  But that would require having a few thousand dollars in my bank account that I can spend on clothes.

Instead of sitting around and sulking at my bank account, I’m heading to the thrift store to thrift Madewell inspired pieces.

The 7 Classic Madewell Pieces

  1. Chunky sweater
  2. Scarves
  3. Denim dress
  4. Denim Shirt
  5. Skinny Jeans
  6. Basic T-shirts
  7. Denim Jackets

How to Thrift Madewell Inspired Pieces

As with all thrifting trips, you need patience.

Chunky Sweater

I’ve been in love with Madewell since Alexa Chung’s first collab with them.  The Madewell style is classic and chic.  And I’m in love with everything.  There newest designer Joyce Lee Rose has designed some amazing pieces.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to save up for those!!!

Rant aside, let’s get started with the “juicy stuff,” AKA the seven pieces you can always find at Madewell.  The first thing we’re going to talk about is the Chunky sweater, which is a winter essential (Especially in the 20-degree weather we have in RVA).  It’s great for layering over maxi dresses, denim dresses, or just a pair of jeans.  Throw on an oversized hat and you’ll have a Rachel Zoe approved outfit.

Scarves

Blanket scarves, square scarves, knit scarves, or skinny scarves, add the perfect pop of color or texture to any outfit.  And you can find a TON of them at the thrift store. I am currently in love with the plaid blanket scarves from Madewell. They go with everything from t-shirts and jeans to dresses and skirts for the winter.

I’ve been in love with the Madewell brand since Alexa Chung first collaborated with them in 2011. Alexa Chung has been rocking the skinny scarf since 2015 and I’m obsessed.  It’s definitely on my thrift store treasure hunt list.

Denim Dress

One of my favorite pieces from Madewell is their classic denim dress.  It’s perfect for layering and even looks chic on its own.  The denim dress looks great with ankle boots or a pair of sandals. There are always a TON of denim at the thrift store. After a few trips, luck will come and you’ll be able to thrift Madewell inspired pieces for a fraction of the price.  I got my denim dresses for $7 each and a great linen tunic (that looks like denim) for $5.  I love great deals.

Denim Shirt

In order to thrift Madewell inspired pieces, you need to have a style and color in mind.  This will help you navigate the aisles of clothes at the thrift store more efficiently and maximize your chances of finding that classic piece!

When you’re talking about classic pieces, you can’t forget about the denim shirt.   It’s perfect for business casual days at the office or an easy weekend look.  There are a ton of denim shirts at the thrift store.  While you’re looking through aisles, pick up shirts that aren’t typically your size because you never how shirts fit especially if they’re vintage or been shrunk in the wash by the previous owner.

Skinny Jeans

These are definitely a wardrobe staple.  They are perfect for tucking in to boots or worn with converses for an easy casual outfit. Skinny jeans are so versatile.  You can dress them up with a blouse and heels or dress them down with a comfy t-shirt and sneakers.

Thrift stores are overflowing with jeans.  If you’re thrifting for skinny jeans, then block out about three hours for your thrifting trip because you’re going to be browsing many aisles and trying on many pairs before finding a select few that fit.

BUT it’s totally worth it because I’ve scored jeans for $2 that fit like a dream!

Basic T-shirts

With thrifting, you sometimes hit thrifting gold and you find everything you’re looking for and sometimes you find nothing.  But don’t be discouraged.  Go to another thrift store or go back another day because there is always new items being placed on the shelves.

I love shopping for t-shirts at the thrift store.  They have a ton of cool graphic tees and plain tees.  Most of the time, the tees are color coordinated so walk in to the store with a color in mind and you’ll have a much easier time going through the aisles.

Denim Jackets

This last item is very hit or miss at thrift stores but with a little bit of patience, you’ll find the perfect one.  It took me a month to find my perfect one but I found it!  The jacket was only $7 and it was in the perfect wash.  I’m now on the hunt for a black denim jacket.  Wish me luck!

And that’s it for my guide on how to thrift Madewell inspired pieces at the thrift store.  It’s fun and super easy, you just need a bit of patience.

Tell me down below, what you’re favorite thrift find is!

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Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin (That I’ve Ever Tried!)

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The problem I have with many cleansers designed for acne-prone skin is how drying they are.  My skin felt stripped and tight and it just wan’t a good feeling.  Plus, my skin would start flaking around my eyes and my mouth and parts of my chin and forehead because it was so dry.  It was like the cleansers just sucked the moisture out of my skin.  If you have the same problem with your cleansers, check out my list of the best cleansers for acne-prone skin.

The Best Cleansers (like ever!)

My first suggestion is the Biore Charcoal cleanser.  I’ve been using this cleanser for almost two years now.  And it’s amazing.  It lathers really well and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean.  Take one pump in your palm and massage the product on to your face.  When you take a minute to really massage the cleanser in to your skin, you’ll get a light tingly feeling. For me, this feeling is ahhhmazing because I can feel my pores getting de-clogged.  After using this cleanser, make sure you grab a super hydrating moisturizer because this cleanser can leave your skin feeling a little tight and dry.

For moisturizer suggestions, check out my previous post here.

DermaE Charcoal and Algae cleanser is my current favorite.  Much like the Biore cleanser, this is a deep cleansing cleanser (Try to say that five times fast…) that helps unclog pores and keep your pores clean.  What I love about this cleanser is that it is much less drying and stripping than the Biore charcoal cleanser.  The whole DermaE line is gentle and great for sensitive or acne-prone skin.

When my face needs a little pick-me-up, I love using the DermaE charcoal mask.  And this mask is a great dupe for the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing mask.  For more info on this dupe, click here.

I also love the Soap and Glory Cleansing milk.  This is the perfect example of Youtube-made-me-buy-it.  I heard Tati from GlamLife Guru rave about this cleanser and Zoe from Zoella and Louis from Sprinkle of Glitter all love Soap and Glory Products.  So, when I saw this cleanser in Ulta.  I had to try it.  And it doesn’t disappoint.  I love the scent of this cleanser. It’s peaches and cream and smells heavenly!  This cleanser is super gentle, doesn’t break me out, and removes most of my makeup.

The BEST series continues…

That’s it.  Those are my best cleansers for acne-prone skin. I don’t experiment with too many cleansers out there because once I find one that works, I just keep using it.  But I have been testing out a variety of serums, toners, and essences so be on the lookout for that post coming soon!

Do you have a cleanser to add to the Best cleansers list?

Comment down below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

**Disclaimer: I received the Derma E charcoal and Algae cleanser free as a press sample.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

New Drugstore Releases You HAVE to try (Seriously, go buy it and they are WORTH the Hype!)

I used to believe that drugstore products were second to higher end brands such as Tarte or Urban Decay.But Tati from GlamLifeGuru and Kathleen from KathleenLights have changed my mind.  Now, drugstores are treasure coves of unexplored makeup. And there’s always new drugstore releases and displays at CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, and Rite Aid.  (Which is super exciting!)

So, when I got the chance to try out Revlon’s new highlighter and blush duo.  I knew I had to jump on it!

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And I have to say that these new drugstore releases seriously proved me wrong.  Revlon’s highlighter and blush duo is now my go-to product for a natural and healthy flush of color.

Review of Revlon Highlighter and Blush Duo

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These two cream sticks are the perfect combination for a flawless and natural look.  I have the Revlon Blush and Highlighter DUO in Medium which gives you the blush in NUDE Kiss and the highlight in Gold Light.

The blush blends beautifully in to the skin and the highlighter has the perfect amount of shimmer! And what I really love about the highlighter is that it doesn’t have chunks of glitter in it! For this reason, the highlighter looks super luxurious and high-end.  The texture of this highlighter is very similar to the Marc Jacobs glow stick but the color is a little more golden than the Marc Jacobs highlighter stick.

Plus, the blush is very similar in texture and consistency to the Makeup Forever HD blushes (which I’m currently obsessed with!). The Revlon blush in to the skin beautifully just like the Makeup Forever one.  I’m in love!  I definitely need to pick up more colors. And if you want to pick these things up, go now because the highlight and blush duo are limited edition!  However, you can buy them separately at CVS.

Now, whenever I see new drugstore releases from Revlon, I need to buy the whole display (LOL)!

Review of Revlon PhotoReady Primer

I have been a long-time user of Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer. BUT this one might take the cake.

I’ve also tried the Benefit That Gal Primer, which was recommended by BubzBeauty and I’d buy anything she recommends so…

Anyway, the Benefit That Gal primer is a brightening primer and leaves your skin with a natural glow.  Which is exactly what the Revlon PhotoReady Primer does!  Do I dare say its a dupe?

I’d say, “YES IT IS!” The Revlon PhotoReady Primer is not as pink as the That Gal primer but it still leaves your skin with a nice glow and subtle shimmer.

How To Save Money On New Drugstore Releases

CVS Extrabucks are LIFE!  Seriously, you can buy one product, get Extrabucks for your purchase, and use those Extrabucks on your next transaction!  So it literally pays to separate your transactions!

It’s insanely awesome! If you want to learn more, stay tuned for a new blog post!

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**Disclaimer: I received the Revlon highlighter, blush, and Photoready primer free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

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