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Monday, February 10, 2014

Current Face Routine: What I use daily for clear skin--how I keep my skin so clear!

We all want clear, pimple-free skin, but struggle with how to get it. My routine is good for both oily skin and mildly dry skin, because I have dry skin in winter (ew, tightness and flaking) and oily skin in summer (makeup staying on my face? ha, no, slides right off).

How often I wash my face: I'm not acne prone, so once every night is enough for me.
What I use: Philosophy Purity which has salycilic acid to keep germs at bay and pimples away, and it's just enough to get the extra oil off my face without drying me out and making me produce more oil (even though salyclic acid can be harsh for people with sensitive or dry skin, I find Philosophy purity to be gentle enough for my skin, proceed with caution if you're sensitive or dry)

Do I use toner? No, I was using Sea Breeze (the sensitive kind aka the blue one) for a while whenever my skin felt dirty, but it got too drying (winter air, yuck) so I stopped.

Clarisonic? Heck yes, I love my Clarisonic Mia. I use it at least once a week.
How to use: take off all your makeup before you use your Clarisonic. I know you want to scrub your makeup off with your Clarisonic, but angel face, you're just grinding it into your skin if you do. Wipe all your makeup off, use light pressure (read: barely touch it to your face), a gentle face wash that doesn't have a lot of fragrances or irritants, and only use one cycle. Don't press the button a second time. I know the vibration is relaxing and feels good, I'd Clarisonic my face off if I could, but a second cycle isn't getting your face any cleaner, it's just irritating your skin. Let the brush do the work for you, and enjoy your 60 seconds of bliss. I bought my Mia from Sephora. Yes, I got the pink one.

Serum? Yaaaas, boo. I use Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Serum every night (I really don't need to, but I like the extra moisture and the glow it gives my skin) I'm a loyal Nordstrom customer, but you can get this serum at just about any department store.

Moisturiser? Always. Even with oily skin, it's important to moisturize your face. I use DDF's Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew (Sephora stopped carrying DDF, but you can still purchase it at Ulta here)

Masks? I use a green clay mask about once every two weeks, especially if I'm breaking out.

How I take off my makeup:

Face Makeup Remover: I just use whatever cheap makeup wipes I can get my hands on, preferably ones that say gentle or sensitive, it doesn't really matter to me because I wash my face right afterwards anyway.

Eye Makeup Remover: I use Clinique's Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. I am in love with this eye makeup remover because it's a cream not a liquid. I have very sensitive eyes, and this doesn't irritate my eyes or the skin around them and it also doesn't run into my eyes and burn because it's a cream not a liquid. Ugh, so in love with it.

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Narcissism? Maybe...Narsissist? Yes! My new favorite Nars lipstick from Sephora!

As usual with any trip to Sephora, I've added a new lipstick to my collection! A beautiful light pink shade, my new favorite is Nars Roman Holiday! I'm absolutely in love with the packaging of Nars simple, but so chic! I like the plain black packaging because it proves that the lipstick sells itself and there's no need for pushy advertising.
Nars Roman Holiday
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Steve Madden Spycee without the prycee: cheap dupe alert; plus, get half off designer shoes!

Have you been eyeing gorgeous Steve Madden Spycee heels for a while, but avoiding the checkout button because of the price? UrbanOG is currently carrying the Delicious Liso-S Suede Strappy Open Toe Platform Heel, a super similar shoe! The Liso-S comes in Lipstick (red), Light Hazelnut, and Navy, and is almost identical to the beloved Steve Madden Spycee. Here's a side by side comparison:
Delicious Liso-S in Lipstick
Steve Madden Spycee in Black

As you can see, they're almost the exact same shape. The best part about the Liso-S is that they're only $24.70 on UrbanOG! The Steve Madden Spycee goes for $109  $49.99 as it is currently on sale! Still, the Liso-S is half the price of the Spycee, even though the Spycee is currently half off its original price of over $100. Get them while they're cheap:

Buy the Steve Madden Sypcee here
Buy the Delicious Liso-S here

EDIT: For my animal lovers, the Liso-S are faux suede (man-made), so they're safe for you to buy.

Already own either of these shoes? Planning to buy them in the future? Tell me about it in a comment below!
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Hi! I'm Jenn, a sixteen year old beauty blogger from the small state of Maryland. I love long nails, tall heels, and great self-esteem. I'm a very positive person and I care about my health, and I love each and every one of my readers and followers. xoxo
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