Monday, April 14, 2014

Makeup Monday: Morning Skin Care Routine

Today's Makeup Monday is my updated skin care routine.  I haven't done an updated routine a long time, and I felt like it was time to do so!  I've been really happy with my skin care for the past few months and want to share my favorite products with you all.

I've actually been on a little routine kick lately, so I'll be sharing my other beauty routines throughout the month of April.  Make sure to stay tuned for those!

Morning Skincare Routine 1

Morning Skincare Routine 2

Morning Skincare Routine 3

I wash my skin every morning no matter what.  It's a great way to wake up a bit and I love starting the day with a fresh face.  I use two different cleansers, but never at the same time.

Cliniqiue Take the Day Off Cleansing Milk

This is a recent purchase and an instant love!  I use Clinique's Cleansing Balm, but my Clinique counter does not carry it anymore.  I decided to try this Cleansing Milk, and I am so glad I did.  It's so smooth and moisturizing, it makes my skin feel clean and nourished at the same time.  This cleanser will remove makeup, but I enjoy using it in the morning.

Lush Ocean Salt

On mornings when I feel my skin needs an extra kick in the pants, I use this.  It's super scrubby and contains juice from vodka-infused limes.  The smell is so incredibly refreshing, I guess it gives my sense a kick in the pants, too!  It smells amazing in the morning.  I use this 2-3 times a week.

Morning Skincare Routine 4

I follow my cleanser with two toners.  The first is exfoliating and the second is moisturizing.

Boots Botanics Cleansing Toner All Bright

I love this toner.  If you're not used to exfoliating toners, then this is a good place to start.  It contains ingredients that make your skin radiant, like a natural form of salicylic acid  It's also super affordable!

Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz

This is my moisturizing toner.  Rosewater is really great for your skin.  This second toner step really amps my skin care.  It just adds that extra bit of moisture that my skin needs.  It smells amazing.

While my toner is drying, I apply my eye cream.  Now, this is the only part of morning routine that isn't "permanent."  Basically, I rotate through eye cream samples all the time.  Eye cream last so long and I always have one or more samples on hand.  I can't remember the last time I purchased eye cream!

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue

So, if I were to go out today and purchase an eye cream, it would be this.  This is a sample from a recent-ish Birchbox.  I am always excited to try Caudalie products, because they are always amazing!  This particular eye cream contains hyaluronic acid, which is really great for your skin.  Basically, it keeps moisture on your skin.  Moisture is so important for your eye area, and I have noticed a difference in my skin since using this.

Morning Skincare Routine 5

Just a couple more steps!  My routine sounds complicated when I write it out, but I actually do this in about 4-5 minutes.  So it doesn't take long at all.

Indeed Labs Pepta-Bright

This is a creme-serum that is applied before my moisturizer.  Basically, this is full of good peptides.  Peptides can minimize wrinkles, revive lackluster skin, and give your skin an extra boost of radiance.  My skin looks so clarified and radiant when I use this.  I've been so impressed with this product that it is definitely a staple in my routine.  I buy this at Walgreens.

Mary Kay Botanical Effects 3 Moisturizer

I've been using Mary Kay moisturizers for so long, I can't imagine ever not using them.  This is their natural moisturizer option.  I enjoy it more than the non-natural version.  It sinks into the skin quickly, so I barely have to wait before applying my makeup.  It is formulated for oily skin, but it works well on my combination/oily complexion.

And that's it!  After my moisturizer, I apply whatever makeup I'm wearing.  I am so happy with how my skin feels and looks after this routine.

What do you use in your morning skin care routine?

Linking up with Carly and Molly.

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