Current skincare routine: a.m., p.m. and everything in between

Monday, September 28, 2015

My skin is something that gets commented on both on the blog and in person relatively often. I take a lot of pride in my skin and think that it's a combination of being lucky to get very few breakouts nowadays and taking good care of it every day. I'm hoping I've inherited my grandma's anti-aging genes- I swear she didn't age at all during the last 20 years of her life! I'm going to preface this entire post my saying that I'm not an expert in skincare and I'm just sharing what works for me, which may not be what will be best for you. For your reference, my skin is currently sensitive and combination/dry.

Each morning for the past month or so, I've been reaching for the Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. My skin was feeling pretty dry prior to switching to this and I can honestly say that it feels significantly more hydrated every day when I wash with this. After I'm all cleansed-up, comes the finishing steps. I use a toning spray (both morning and night) after cleansing and have been spritzing nothing but Lush's Breath of Fresh Air for months. After generously spraying this refreshing and nourishing toner that smells like the sea (love the scent!),  I apply a light layer of the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. I'm pretty impressed by the formula of this moisturizer, as it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, a little goes a long way, and you really do feel like your skin stays moisturized for hours.

If you've been a reader around here for a while, then you've probably noticed that in pretty much all FOTD posts, I never mention a foundation. That's because 99% of time I don't use any. Don't get me wrong, I feel like foundation can be great for balancing skin tone, hiding blemishes and scars, and making a nice, even-toned base. However, it always makes my skin feel like it can't breathe all day and is super clogged for days to follow. This might just be me, but I feel like going foundation-free helps my skin to be healthier and have less breakouts. I will apply a tinted moisturizer every once in a while, though, so I completely understand wanting more coverage from time to time.

My makeup removal varies, depending on what I have on and my laziness at night, honestly. On nights when I'm tired and can't be bothered for intense makeup removal I'll use the Up & Up makeup removing wipes (not pictured) or the Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes. (I'm shaking my head at myself for using wipes, but we all know the struggle...) On tough as nails waterproof mascara (I'm lookin' at you Lash Sensational) I'll reach for an oil-based makeup remover pad to get off the excess that won't budge. I really like these pre-soaked eye makeup remover pads from Almay. On evenings when I'm actually being good about my skincare, my favorite makeup removing and cleansing hybrid is the cult favorite Ultrabland from Lush. The texture is somewhere between an oil and a balm and leaves your skin feeling both clean and hydrated. As I said in the A.M. routine, I follow up cleansing with a few sprays of toner water and moisturizer.

Everything in Between
Aside from the typical cleansing and moisturizing, there are a few others steps that I consistently keep in my routine to keep my skin looking as radiant and youthful as possible. I dont ever sleep in makeup. Ever.  Even on those nights when you come home after having far too many drinks and can barely function, I still take two minutes to quickly remove my makeup. Your skin will thank you the next day. I'm also an extreme stickler for sunscreen, especially on my face. If I know I'll be outdoors for more than 10 minutes, some form of spf will be on my face. I'd rather not risk getting the dreaded lobster-look from sunburn, premature aging, or (most importantly) risk my long-term health.

Masks are your friend when your skin is dry, acting up, seen too much sun, or recovering from a night out. I like the Origins Drink Up Mask for either spot treatments of dry areas or a hydration boost for my entire face (full review here). BioRepublic Sheet Masks are a favorite of mine, as well. The Aloe Rescue mask is so good after a day in the sun - I used it one day this summer after I was outside all day and my face felt so cooled and soothed after I used it! Lastly, let your skin have one day off a week. Unless I have some serious plans, every week I abide by makeup-free Sunday. Every Monday morning, my skin feels cleaner and less irritated because of it.

Oh boy, the makeup free selfie. (It was makeup-free Sunday when I took it, of course!) Well, there you have it, my daily routine and some tips and tricks for what keeps my skin looking and feeling healthy. I'd love to know what products and tricks you swear by in your skincare routine!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Of course as soon as I finished working crazy hours, I got sick. Isn't that always the way? Ugh. I'm definitely feeling a lot better than I was a few days ago, so things are looking up! What is everyone up to this week? Steve and I have a wedding to go to on Saturday for my cousin. I've finally found a dress, so now I just have to decide how to style it and what makeup and hair combo to go for! Have a great week!

Simple and chic nail art

Monday, September 21, 2015

I typically can't be bothered with any nail art. It never seems to turn out how I envisioned and I usually prefer the look of a single color. However, I was feeling inspired to shake it up the other day and tried out a simple, chic, and easy nail art design using only two colors. 

After the normal base coat, I applied two coats of a sheer pink polish, to make my nails look natural with a hint of shine and tint. I used the Sally Hansen Triple Shine polish in a sheer pink, Jell-ous, which isn't available anymore, but Essie's Pink Glove Service should give you the same effect.  After the sheer pink had dried a bit, I went in with a cool gray (Essie Chinchilly) and free-handed the triangle section in the same corner of each nail. If your hand isn't very steady you may need to use tape to keep the line even, but the Essie brush is a good firmness for helping to create a straight line.

So that's it! Really easy to create, but more unique than a one color mani. Are any of you going to try this out? If you do, upload a picture to Instagram and tag me (@_shelikestoshop) so I can check it out! I hope you all had a great weekend! I went to a bachelorette party on Saturday, which was such a blast! I caught up with some old friends that I haven't seen for years, and had some delicious drinks along the way while we stopped at different local breweries!

Revlon Lip Butters: the tinted balm I can't get enough of

Monday, September 14, 2015

I know when to admit that I have a problem... And that moment was when I knew I had a bunch of the Revlon Lip Butters, but didn't know just how many until I gathered them for this post. Now that I've 'fessed up, let's dive into exactly why I keep buying them!

First and foremost, I am a lip balm girl. I use a balm more than any lipstick, lipgloss, or lipstain that I own. It's the ease of a balm that really appeals to me. The quick slap on, knowing that if it wears off I don't need to touch it up unless I want to, and the hydration that it gives my lips. Enter the Revlon Lip Butters. They're the more refined version of a typical lip balm- they do all the things that a balm does, but they also provide a nice sheen and wash of color to the lips. 

Out of all of the shades that I own, I seem to gravitate towards the lighter, more sheer colors most often. Must be that fuss-free thing, again. My hands-down favorite, and most recent addition is Cotton Candy (as seen in my August favorites). It's a cool-toned pink that's a perfect color for me. I carry it around everywhere, which, for me, is a clear cut sign of a winner. Juicy Papaya, a light coral, and Strawberry Shortcake, a baby pink, have been go-to shades for me all summer. They're such easy colors to finish off a any makeup look, since they go with almost any eyeshadow and blush you could choose for the day.

If a red lip is what you're looking for, but you don't want the extreme commitment of a red red, then Candy Apple is what you need. A light wash of red, but not too intense. Of all the shades I've tried, Lollipop is my least favorite, solely because of the ridiculous amount of glittery bits in it. That glitter makes it look terrible on it's own (who wants glitter chunks on their lips?), but topped off with a pigmented gloss, it makes a nice bright pink base.

As we're moving into fall, Raspberry Pie and Sugar Plum are great deeper colors for the seasonal change. Raspberry Pie is the deeper pink-toned berry shade that every lip collection needs. Sugar Plum is great for anyone who's loving the 90's trend being a dark purple with a heavy brown undertone.

The packaging is bright and fun and the names are honestly yummy! Since each tube is color coded you know which shade is which at a quick glance. The perpetually late lady in me loves that, since in so simple to find the one you're looking for within your lip stash (or hoard, as mine seems to have become...)

Have you tried the Revlon Lip Butters before? If you have, what's your favorite shade? Do you have any other tinted lip balms that you'd recommend?

August Favorites 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

August was a crazy month for me. A lot of long days at work, which left me exhausted on the weekends. As sad as I am that summer is almost over, I'm looking forward to work slowing down and all of the great things that autumn brings! Even though last month was hectic and exhausting, there were some great products to get me through it!

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown // One half of my holy grail brow team. I've loved this one so much that it's officially empty! This lovely pencil has the perfect little nib for filling out my light and sparse brows perfectly and naturally. Set it with your brow gel of choice, and you're good to go all day, without fading or smudging. I've heard NYX has a good dupe of this that I'd really like to check out. If you've tried it, please let me know what you thought!

Revlon Lip Butter in Cotton Candy // I have a whole review of these coming soon, but I think out of all of the shades I've tried, this one is my perfect match for every day. Cotton Candy is a sheer cool-toned pink with strong blue undertones. It's light enough to slap on sans mirror, but still has a hint of color that gives your lips the extra boost that standard balms don't have.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara // Aka the best mascara I've used in a long time. You can read my full review here, but I will say that I fully plan on re-purchasing this when it runs out. My lashes look ridiculously longer when I add a coat or two of this and the waterproof formula really does hold the curl, even if it's a giant pain to remove.

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer // All month long I've swapped out my typical concealers for this. Swiping the product under my eyes has added the perfect amount of both concealer and light to my sleep-deprived undereyes. I love the effect this gives, as it's not too heavy, but it gives a beautiful brightened glow to wherever it's applied. 

Satya Constellation Pendant (on sale!) // I picked up this pretty pendant in the Nordstrom anniversary sale back in July and have been wearing it non-stop. The gray face paired with the gold detailing are such a perfect color pairing in my opinion. The fact that it's your astrological sign (hello fellow Sagittarius ladies!) and your birthstone make it so much more personalized and unique. The chain is the perfect length and the style of the pendant goes with almost anything, from dresses to t-shirts. It's 50% off right now, too!

I hope you all had a great August! I'm looking forward to September and October, and autumn in general! I have a bachelorette party in September for one of my good friends from high school, so that should be a ton of fun. October will be bringing two weddings, a trip to Las Vegas with my work bff (more on that later!), and of course Halloween, my favorite holiday! Have a fantastic week everyone!

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