Sunday, January 26, 2014


My nightly skincare routine is pretty basic. Step one, cleanse. Step two, moisturize. Meet my current dream team:

1. Clarisonic Mia

I was always skeptical of this buzzing little machine, though it's one of the most-reviewed, top-rated skin cleansing systems, and raved about consistently by bloggers, makeup artists and the beauty buyers. It seemed gimmicky, and I hate gimmicky. I  finally caved and bought one in early January, and now I'm hooked. I'm not kidding. I actually think about my Clarisonic while I'm out doing stuff - at a movie, having drinks with friends, grocery shopping. I think about how I can't wait to get home and scrub my face with this little white gizmo, because it feels so, so good. It removes every last bit of makeup and gently exfoliates not leaving a trace of the day's residue behind. 

2. Younique's Awake Facial Cleanser
Love, love, love this cleanser. I use it with my Clarisonic Mia and it lathers beautifully, without drying out skin and has a nice, smooth texture to it. Contains garden chrysanthemum, aloe vera and liquorice root. Bonus, all of Younique's products are organic and cruelty-free.

3. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Another great Kiehl's product I have raved about before. I've tried other night serums, but keep coming back to this one because of its dreamy primrose scent and non-greasy consistency. It promises to fight off aging with Omega-6 fatty acids and botanical lipids. I use it concentrated around my forehead and laugh lines hoping it will scare away wrinkles for as long as possible. Mostly it just adds an extra "oomph" to my moisturizer and makes my skin feel really smooth. 

4. Kiehl's Rosa Artica Moisturizer
Hands down the best winter moisturizer I've ever used. It is thick and creamy, but absorbs quickly and packs a major punch of hydration. My skin feels plump and bouncy when I wake up in the morning thanks to this cream. It's pricey at $63 CAD, but you don't need much, so it will last you quite a few months. 

5. Heaven Fresh Humidifier
Not pictured, but a product that has made a major change in my health and complexion. My apartment is incredibly dry, which is a big factor in why my skin used to be so dry. I turn it on in my bedroom a few hours before I'm going to bed and run it throughout the night. I purchased this model of the Heaven Fresh Ultrasonic Humidifier after doing a ton of research online. It's very quiet, has a large tank, so it doesn't have to be filled often, and purifies the water it releases. 

6. H20
I always keep a glass of water beside my bed to drink before going to sleep. I really struggle with drinking enough water and keeping it there as a reminder is key for me to keep hydrated. As they say, water is one of the best natural products to keep skin clear and youthful. Beauty from the inside out! 

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