Skincare Routine | 2016

by - 8/18/2016

Hello Lovelies!
I've been reading and watching a lot of skincare routines lately so I thought I would share my own! My routine is still fairly new and I'm always switching up products, so this will never be the same bunch of products together. I do have some staples that I always come back too, though. Sometimes you just can't replace something that works for you.

I have three different products that I use for makeup removal because it always depends on the mood I'm in. If I want to take everything off fast and just be done with it, I use Simple's Micellar makeup wipes. This is a fairly new addition to my routine, but it's also the second time I've gone to buy it, so it's definitely going to be a regular. I just like how quick it removes everything and it doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky afterwards.

The Body Shop's Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover is a really good option if you want something super gentle. It smells wonderful and, more importantly, it removes your eyeshadow and mascara without much pulling and rubbing, which is always something that you should look for to protect the skin under the eyes. Don't want wrinkles!

Finally, something I've spoken about before, is Garnier's Micellar Water. I haven't re-purchased this yet, as I don't use it everyday. I used to love it when I first got it, but I will admit that I have fallen out of the habit of reaching for it over and over. This is good if you want a liquid remover without having to rub too hard, though I have found that it does leave a bit of a sticky feeling afterwards, so I always rinse with water afterwards.

I've been using Neutrogena's oil-free moisturizer the past two weeks and it's been working very well for me. I have to use oil-free products because, sadly, I have naturally oily skin and it's awful. This, however, does help keep my skin feeling hydrated without making it feel like I've just poured a gallon of oil onto it.

The Avene spring water is something I received in my birchbox last month. It's good to use as a setting spray before you put on your makeup, but I use it to cool down during these hot summer days. It says you can use it on top of makeup as well, but I haven't used it that way yet. I have been carrying it around in my makeup bag and using it to refresh my face after I've been sweating, which is never a good look.

What can I say about Pixi's Glow Tonic that hasn't already been said? Everyone who tries this seems to love it right away, though I have to admit that this wasn't an instant love for me. I had been using Simple's toner and it had been working great for me. Pixi's didn't seem to work with my skin right off the bat. It wasn't sticky or unpleasant to use, there was just no results. Thankfully I stuck with it, though for $15, I wasn't about to just let it sit. It's finally started working and it's a great addition. If you've never used this before, it's an exfoliating toner, which means that it removes dead skin cells using chemicals opposed to those little scrubby beads. (Which you should try to stay away from, because most of the time, it's plastic!)

If you commit to the product, it will work extremely well over time to balance out your skin. It's good for all skin types, and if you're okay with the smell, as it's lovely but rather strong, I would highly suggest this to you. I would also suggest that you use your fingers to pat this on, as you can lose a lot of the product on a cotton wipe. BONUS: Pixi does not test on animals, nor do any of their suppliers!

PCA Skin is a new addition to my skincare routine. I've been using this religiously the past two weeks. With this under eye gel, I saw results almost over night. As most of you will know, I have dark eye circles that I have a serious complex with, I.E. I hate my genetics. Not only has this helped with the dark circles, but it's also helped with any fine lines that I was starting to get, puffiness in the morning, and it's really helped to make me look more awake.

It comes in a clear, gel form and glides on effortlessly. You don't really need to rub this in that much, which I love, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. My under eye skin has brightened considerably and it's also helped my eyelids feel more hydrated as well, as I've been going all around my eyes with the stuff. I basically can't get enough of it!

Last, but definitely not least, as my face masks. I've spoken about the Valentia clay mask on my blog before, which you can read here, but I've also been using The Body Shop's Honey & Oat scrub mask a lot more recently. I can't even say how much I love this stuff. It smells amazing, and while you're basically putting oatmeal on your face, it gives your skin a soft, scrubbed, and clean feeling that will last most of the day. I like to put this on at night, mostly, but it's good for the morning as well if you have the time.

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes
The Body Shop Camomile Eye Makeup Remover
Garnier's Micellar Water
Pixi Glow Tonic
Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer
Avene Thermal Spring Water
PCA Skin Revitalizing Eye Gel
The Body Shop Honey & Oat Face Mask
Valentia Detoxifying Clay Mask

*This post was kindly sponsored by BrandBacker and PCA Skin. All opinions are my own, as always!*

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