Cleanser:Clarins Gentle foaming cleanser with cottonseed- very soft
Serum: Clarins Bright plus HP intensive brightening smooting serum - a little goes a long way
Moisturizer:Clarins Bright plus HP intensive hydrating day lotion SPF 20 - very hydrating but not oily
Cleanser: same as day
Serum: Mary Cohr Vital Essences - I bought this at my spa last spring, when my skin was really dry and flaky, it fixed everything. Now that my skin is back to normal, I'm just trying to finish it up 'cause it might be a little to intense (which is why I use it at night)
Moisturizer:Clarins Multi-active night - smells fantastic
Makeup remover:Sofcil eye makeup remover - great at removing all eye makeup and gentle on my sensitive eyes
Cream: Clinique All about eyes - very light and easy to apply, perfect for day. I'm considering buying a more hydrating one for night, maybe a Lancome one (I've tried them before and they're amazingly rich) or the Origins GinZing eye cream...
Lash serum:Lipocils Expert - this baby works! 50$ well spent :) I bought that product because I was getting paranoid about losing lashes (being asian, I only have a few to start off with!) and after using it for one month straight, day and night, my lashes are definitely darker, stronger and more curled!
Lip balm:Blistex Medicated lip ointment - Put this before going to sleep and you will be guaranteed to wake up with soft lipstick-ready lips
Gentle exfoliator:Clarins One-step gentle exfoliator cleanser - I love this cleanser so much, I would use it everyday, until my esthetician told me that doing so stimulated the skin to produce more oil (again, being asian, my skin is pretty oily to start off with!) So now I use this 2-3 times a week, whenever I feel like I have makeup build-up I need to get rid off.
'Rough' exfoliator:Origins Modern friction - Okay, this is not for everybody, NOT for sensitive skin, it's rough, it kinda hurts, BUT it gets rid of ALL impureties and leaves the skin luminous!
After testing many drugstore (Clean&Clear, Neutrogena, L'Oreal, Garnier...) and high-end (Dior, Guerlain, Lancome...) skincare products, I've come to realize that Clarins makes the best product for my skin (which is combination-oily if you wonder). The texture, the smell (very botanical-ish) and the effectiveness of the various products are great. I feel lucky to have found the most suitable skincare brand for my skin and I don't think I'll try anything else for a while.
Also, you might have notice that I don't use any toner in my routine. I just don't think it does anything. And I hate wasting a cotton pad on it... I know it's supposed to tighten up your pores and all but I made a decision to skip that step (I have enough as it is!)
This is what I like to use on a daily basis. It takes me about 15 minutes in the morning so it's not that bad. And when in a hurry, I'm totally comfortable skipping a few steps (ie. liquid foundation, cream blush & eye shadow). I also don't wear makeup everyday...
Not sure why I feel the need to justify myself, this is partially a beauty blog after all!! So people, here it is, my daily makeup routine!
in the order in which I use them:
- Concealer:Lise Watier Portfolio professionnal corrector
- Foundation:Giorgio Armani Luminous silk foundation in 5.75
- Powder: MAC Mineralize skin finish natural in Medium plus
- Cream blush:NYC Blushable creamstick in Plaza Pink
- Blush:MAC Mineralize blush in Dainty
- Eye shadow base:NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk
- Eye shadows:Dior 5-colors e/s in Incognito and MAC e/s in Shroom
- Liquid eyeliner:Maybelline Line Stiletto in Blackest Black
- Waterline: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
- Mascara:Clinique High definition in Black
And the result:
Please don't mind my messy hair & my ungroomed eyebrows (still trying to figure out what to do with them).
You're gorgeous, smart, funny, patient & loyal. And you have no idea. So today, since it's your birthday, I'm telling the whole world how great you are, my blog is my platform, all my followers now know how much I love you ;)