The Ultimate Fresh Face: Your New Favorite Skin-Care Routine

I don’t mean to brag, but lately my skin has been looking and feeling awesome! It seems I’ve finally gotten a regimen down that works and I couldn’t be more happy. It’s been a long time coming! I’ve struggled for a long time with skin issues. Acne has overtaken my skin and left me suffering for years. I’ve been on an oily/dry skin rollercoaster. I’ve been disappointed by product after product. But finally after careful trial and error it seems I’ve succeeded in finding a routine that really works for me. My acne issues are for the most part at bay.  My skin no longer feels dull or dry. I’m not flooded with oil at the end of my day. I’m no longer embarrassed of leaving the house without makeup on. I can finally say I have normal radiant skin!

It’s a good feeling to be confident in your own skin and I want you to feel that way too, so I’ve compiled a list of seven of my favorite skin care products that have helped me to achieve the skin I’m in!




    1    Origins Well Off® Fast And Gentle Eye Makeup Remover 150ml

Recommended for dry, normal, or oily skin; this makeup remover works for everyone. I was first turned onto the Origins brand during a trip to Sephora. I make a huge attempt to keep the products that I use on my skin natural, so of course I was thrilled to try this line that not only boasts natural and certified organic ingredients, but are also free from parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA (para-amino-benzoic acid), petroleum, paraffin, DEA (Diethanolamine) and animal ingredients. I have a wide array of products from the Origin line, but their Well Off Makeup Remover remains my favorite. Eye irritation is a consistent issue for me when using a lot of eye makeup removers. Between the extra rubbing and getting product in my eyes, it’s a recipe for disaster. However with Well Off, I’m not required to rub excessively to remove excess makeup and the formula is extremely gentle on my eyes. I’m in love! Not to mention its ophthalmologically tested, meaning your eye doctor approves!



2. Aveda Tourmaline Charged Skin Refiner, 3.4 Ounce

This is the Aveda-girl in me speaking! As many of you know I’m a licensed cosmetologist with an Aveda background. It’s been quite a while since I ventured outside of my Aveda roots, but one thing that’s never changed since I left the institute is my love for the products! Skin care especially! The Radiant Skin Definer features finely-powdered tourmaline for gentle yet EXTREMELY effective exfoliation.  Just don’t over do it on the scrubbing! It’s got some serious grit!


3. Herbivore Botanicals – All Natural Pink Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask

I often find myself in a bad habit of buying products based on how they smell.  That’s how I came across this Herbivore gem! Something about the combination of the rose and chamomile did me in! Luckily, I found that this clay mask not only smells incredible, but it also works wonders! This mask aids in the removal of dull surface skin and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. I love that it’s powder based too, so I can mix as much as necessary without wasting product. It’s also ideal for my sensitive skin, as it does not irritate it.


4. Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, 8 oz.

One of my closest friends, Ashley turned me on to all of the magic that is Mario Badescu, and since then it’s turned into quite an obsession. Of all the products I own, these are the products that fill most of my shelves. My favorite by far is the Glycolic Acid Toner, an anti-aging toner that helps to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Although I don’t quite have them yet, I’m always trying to prevent them from coming! This toner really keeps my skin feeling bright and it somehow keeps my hormonal acne issues in check also.  It’s formulated for combination/dry skin, but find it works perfectly for my oily complexion. I’ve learned throughout the year that oily skin is really only a result of over-drying, so by treating my oily skin as if it were dry skin, I evade the problem!



5. Herbivore Botanicals – All Natural Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist (4 oz)

Oh how I love a good face mist! And this one smells incredible! I feel like a good facial mist is a staple part of skin care routines that often-times gets passed over. I use facial mist as a preparation for my moisturizer. Any type of lotion or moisturizer absorbs better if the skin is first damp. Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus face mist pre-hydrates the skin, softens, and regulates pH levels giving you a clean slate before moisturizing. It perfectly revives any moisture lost during exfoliation. It’s also a pleasant burst of moisture, and a great pick-me-up throughout the day!



6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer-1.7 oz.

The most important part of the beauty regimen: the moisturizer! My mother couldn’t preach this enough to me growing up and I’m thankful for it. With all luck I’ll look as good as she does one day when I’m older! I love this moisturizer because it’s fragrance free. For some wild reason moisturizers with added fragrance cause my skin to go bonkers. This one is soft, gentle, and the moisture withstands the day.



7. Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream, 0.5 oz.

Another Mario Badescu of course, this  Glycolic eye cream is my nightly must! I deeply believe that preventative skin care is the ONLY way to reduce signs of aging. Once the damage is done, it’s done. That’s why I work hard to take care of my skin so I never have to regret not taking proper care of it. My future self thanks me. This eye cream is used best as a nightly treatment. It’s vitamin E and glycolic acid base really aid in keeping eyes moisturized and youthful looking.


There you have it friends. Seven of my all time favorite products to achieving beautiful, visibly radiant, glowing skin. But you know me, I’m a beauty product junkie! So if you have recommendations for me I’d love to hear them! I’m always on the hunt for new wholesome skin care products! What works for you?  Fill me in using the comment section below!