Morning Skincare Routing // May 2017

 

Hello, beautiful readers and happy Monday! I wanted to talk about my current morning skincare routine today. I have been basically using these products or variations of these products for a couple months now. As I mentioned before I am slowly transitioning my products to cruelty-free but I still have quite a bit to work through. But I just want to state that I am not a licensed esthetician and this is just what I am using currently and what works for my normal/slightly combo skin type.

SIMPLE Cleansing Micellar Water

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I don’t use a cleanser in the AM, instead, I opt for micellar water. It’s nice and gentle in the morning and honestly how dirty does my face get while I am sleeping, there is no need to strip my face, just removing the products from last night. Currently, I am going through my stockpile of micellar water, I was using Garnier for awhile, but I am on the look out for a cruelty-free on to replace these both, any recommendations?

MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater

Next, I spritz my face with this rose water spray, it’s such a nice wake me up in the morning. Rosewater has anti-inflammation properties and helps with redness and irritation. I have been using Mario Badescu’s rosewater for over a year now and I can’t get enough of it (I even keep a small one at my desk at work for a 2 pm refresh). This spray also has a duel purpose as a makeup setting spray, whenever I do a full face.

ORIGINS GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (sample size)

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While I am letting the rosewater dry and absorb into my skin I dab on this Origins eye cream that I got a sample of from Sephora. I don’t have any particular eye cream that I love at the moment so I am currently working through the samples I have.

FIG + YARROW Facial Serum Rosehip + Argan

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I talked about this in my Target Natural Aisle post (Here) and I have been alternating this and the next item every morning. I am still loving this formula and how it absorbs nicely into the skin. I am noticing the ingredient rosehip oil more and more lately and actually seems to be a new “trend” in skincare. But, the great thing about rosehip oil is that it helps with discoloration and wrinkle prevention. This oil is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to help improve skin texture. Bottomline, you don’t have to try this particular brand but I recommend you trying rosehip oil this year.

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum

Another amazing Sephora sample that I alternate with the above product. Without a doubt, if you want to have vitamin C serum in your routine this is, in my opinion, one of the best products out there. Its benefit is brightening your skin tone and preventing signs of aging and absorbs nicely.

PIXI By Petra Sun Mist

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This is a newly acquired product (if any of you follow me on Instagram Alison_Kozik this might look familiar) to my morning skincare routine. I’ve been in the market for a good facial sunscreen that doesn’t clog my pore and this is it. Once I shake it up I spray it about 3 times onto my face and instead of rubbing it into my skin, I pat it in. I’ve notice Pixi products popping up more and more on beauty blogs and youtube videos and I have only recently come intrigued by the product line. I have a couple things I want to try next on my list which I will keep you posted on.

GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer

I really like this moisturizer for the daytime, especially when I am wearing makeup. This product provides a great base for makeup or just a bare face. I would recommend an actual primer if you are using full coverage foundation.

GLOSSIER Balm Dotcom

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And to top the whole process off I apply some Balm Dotcom and let that soak into my lips before I apply any lip product.

Have you tried any of these products?

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Target’s Natural Aisle

Hello to all that have stumbled on my blog this fine day! I have been slowly transitioning to natural, cruelty-free, and even vegan products when and where I can. A few weeks ago I was at Target and picked up a couple new natural products to try and decided I wanted to share them with you!

I am sure all of you are aware how Target has completely upped their game when it comes to these products, and how they are bringing smaller brands to the masses. Another reason to spend hours in Target. But without further ado here is what I picked up!

Zum Frankincense and Myrrh Mist

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First off I love the description of this product, “spritzes away bad vibes and nasty funk, leaving you in an aromatherapy paradise”. I’ve noticed this mist before but never paid much attention to it and finally decided to pick it up and check it out. The scent is very strong, only one or 2 spritzes necessary and if you’re not an essential oil fan this scent may be a little much for you. It is a dark woodsy that instantly gives me a sense of comfort. I’ve been spraying it around my room every few days when I am not using my oil diffuser.

Fig + Yarrow Facial Serum Rosehip + Argan

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Another great natural Target find! Target and Fig + Yarrow teamed up to create exclusive products for Target stores and this serum is just one of them. This serum is derived from plants so this may be as natural as it can get. Although this is a serum it acts more as a facial oil, but it absorbs nicely into the skin and a little bit goes a long way. When I apply my moisturizer it doesn’t leave my skin with a heavy feeling, which I was initially scared of since I felt it was more of a facial oil. Fig + Yarrow recommends using this serum along with their Complexion Water, which may be a future purchase to try. Also, can we talk about this killer packaging? I wish I wasn’t a sucker for packaging, but we got to give credit where it is deserved. So far I have just been using this during the day and honestly, have been really liking, it too early to tell if I am noticing any difference but I will keep you updated.

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara Abyss

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This 100% vegan and a cruelty-free brand have a pretty decent waterproof mascara. Now there are no bells and whistles that come along with this formula, I am just happy that by 10:00 am I don’t have raccoon eyes. This is just a good basic, no frills mascara that has good staying power. If you are looking for volume or lengthening this probably wouldn’t be the one for you but it could probably be a good base if you like layering.

What have you tried from Target’s natural Aisle? 

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3 Lipsticks for Spring

Hello all and happy Monday! I’ve noticed I have been reaching for three lipsticks lately this spring season and wanted to share them with you. Are they the traditional spring pinks? No, they are just what I have been liking a lot at the moment and it’s spring, so here are my spring lipstick picks deal with it :P.

Dior Rouge – 999

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Luminous Modern – Bond Girl

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Sephora Collection – 04 Brown is Back!

FullSizeRender_5Let me take you back to the early 2000s when I was obsessed with a Bonnie Bell brown lipstick – fast forward to the more sophisticated option at Sephora, so I guess technically brown is back. The color is such a modern take on the iconic 90/00’s brown lip, it’s been reinvented as a pinky light brown shade. This lipstick has a surprising staying power without the over drying that matte lipsticks can cause sometimes. For only $14 dollars I would totally repurchase and try other colors in the line (spoiler alert; I already have).

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What colors are you finding yourself wearing lately?

What I Bought on Amazon this Month // March ’17

Happy Monday to all! I am starting out the week with a confession… I love Amazon Prime.

I get such joy seeing one of the random things I ordered 2 days before when I was half sleeping (or after a glass of wine) waiting at the door for me. It makes me feel like a kid again and that Santa or the Fed Ex guy came while I was a work and dropped off my hodgepodge of goodies.

I order a lot of things from Amazon on a monthly basis, some things I need, some things I don’t, but either way I paid my $99 for my membership so you best believe I am going to utilize the shit of it.

*pardon my French, but I am just passionate about Prime*

One day I thought to myself while I was skimming those BuzzFeed articles where they tell what everyone is buying on Amazon at the moment is why don’t I make a post about what I bought that month?

So here I go!

#1 Birthday Gifts

Including a cookbook, hedgehog succulent pot, wooden bowl, marble phone case. It was my friend Courtney’s birthday this past month and if there were 4 items on Amazon that make up this girl those are it. I would post the links for those but since they were a birthday present I am going to keep then secret.

#2 A Bra

A Calvin Klein wire-free bra to be exact. I read this article where it basically is telling you it is bad for your health to wear a bra all the time and you should go bra-less as much as possible. BUT if you are not comfortable with doing that all the time and must wear a bra then a good choice would be a wire-free one. BUT to be honest, after wearing this bra for about 2 weeks I sadly did not like it. The band was itchy and there was not enough stretch to account for motion. Long story short, I learned my lesson about buying a bra online…

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Calvin Klein Wire-Free Bra

#3 A Notebook

A Rhodia grid lined wire-bound pad. Is it only me that gets weirdly overwhelmed with joy when writing on grid lined paper??? The idea of grid paper takes me back to school and there is some nostalgia in that. I love this notebook, it was bigger than I expected (because apparently, I don’t look at dimensions) but I love the extra room for my brain dumps.

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Rhodia Notebook

#4 A Jade Facial Roller

I think I am a sucker for beauty articles that shows easy ways to up your skincare game (see Buzzfeed article). I read that using a jade facial massage roller either every day or a few times a week can have a great impact on the appearance of your skin. I don’t know if it has had much of an “impact” on my facial appearance, but it is a nice little treat to roll this cooling massage roller all over your face.

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Jade Facial Roller

#5 A Phone Case 

Banana Leaf Printed case. I was in the market for a new phone case since I’ve had mine for over a year (although I love my wood craved Cleveland case, I was ready for a change). I didn’t want to spend more than $10 on one so to Amazon I went! This phone case is nicer and more stylish than I hoped for and a perfect print for the summer months!

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Banana Leaf iPhone 6 Case

#6 Bedding for my childhood twin bed

Twin alternative down comforter & a white duvet for my comforter. Okay, this is a weird purchase since I don’t live at home and I have my own queen bed to worry about. But when I am home I get the luxury of sleeping in my childhood twin bed which is made from a bed in a bag. I don’t blame my mom for not wanting to spend money on a bed that I don’t sleep in often, but when I am home I hate it. I get tangled because nothing stays in place and the comforter is so stiff there is no way to cuddle up and fall asleep. So I found some great inexpensive options with stellar reviews on Amazon. And let me say I was impressed yet again and am completely happy I can now rest my head on my twin bed in comfort.

All White Duvet Cover and Down Alternative Comforter

#7 Nail Polish

Essie nail polish in the color mademoiselle, a classic color in the Essie collection. I’ve been really liking the natural or barely there look and I think I saw this color pop up on a blog as a must have color and as we know now that I am a sucker for those things so without too much thought, I got it.

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Essie Nail Polish

#8 MIA Elsa Mules 

I talked about these in last week’s post, here, before I even received them, that’s how excited I was to get them! But, now I have them and I am not disappointed. I even did a little clog dance to celebrate.

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MIA Elsa Mules

#9 Half Socks

Because apparently, I need to wear something with my mule/clogs. Perfectly placed under my mules was the ‘frequently bought together’ tag, and hello? I can’t go sockless with these bad boys.

Half Socks

#10 Leather and Brass Keychain

This has been in my cart for months… for like 5 months. I finally bit the bullet because it dropped to the lowest price I’ve seen yet and I was getting a new car so in my mind that means a new keychain right? But oh the irony because now my car is keyless and my keychain is barely seen. Although I know it’s there in my purse and that makes me happy.

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Leather and Brass Keychain

#11 Allergy Medication 

Because I have horrible spring allergies and I would like to visit my family cat without red eyes? If you are buying allergy medicine at the drugstore, stop. 365-day count for $15! FIFTEEN DOLLARS! I don’t think there is much more to be said about this.

Kirkland Allergy Medicine

#12 Makeup Bag

I was looking so a black sleek smaller makeup bag for grab and go. I cleaned out all my old grungy ones and was left with 2, a medium and large. So this was a small one to fill in the missing hole. I really like the minimalistic look of the classic black and gold hardware and it was much better quality then I thought it was going to be and it was also packaged very nice, which is surprising for Amazon these days.

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Makeup Bag

#13 Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream

So a couple weeks ago I have started my journey on transitioning to natural deodorant and it hasn’t been easy… I found out that my armpit does not like baking soda. So I decided to try the Baking Soda Free Grapefruit Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet. It has a lot of great reviews and I have seen YouTubers rave about it. I want to do a future post about this transition because I didn’t do enough research and then became fascinated with learning about transition process to a natural deodorant.

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Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet


Alison’s Articles // Glossier Review

Happy Monday beautiful humans, I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I have decided to start a new series, titled Alison’s Articles. Where every so often I focus solely on one thing or general topic instead of my usual five things. For this article, I am focusing on Glossier products and reviewing all the ones that I have tried so far! After reading through my review make sure you check out all their products on their website, Glossier Dot Com. The company strives itself as easy to use basics and all of their products are good for your skin and bottom line Glossier kills it with their cool girl-Instagram worthy packaging (I bow down to your packaging department).

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Balm Dotcom in original and coconut flavor – I have talked about this one in a previous post here, but in that one, I just raved about the original. Shortly after I bought the coconut flavor to keep with me in my purse while I use the original in my am and pm routines. They have other flavors such as mint and rose, but the coconut gets sold out a lot so I knew I had to see why. This scent makes you feel like it is summertime and they you should be on vacation.

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Super Glow Serum – I wanted to really like this product, and although I didn’t hate it, I also didn’t see much difference with it. This consistency is very much that of water which allows it to dry quickly on the skin, but it wasn’t what I was used to when it comes to a serum. I would still want to try Glossier’s Super Pure and Bounce serum to see if those would work with my skin. But for the $ price tag and the size, I don’t think I would be repurchasing Super Glow.

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Priming Moisturizer – I love this moisturizer! This is a great am prep before applying your makeup and it sets you up for a great base all day.Now, this moisturizer is a great beginning step before makeup, but it also looks great on its own.This product does an excellent job of creating a cushiony texture, calming redness, and leaving a dewy finish while prepping your skin. It also comes in a rich formula which I hear can be great for day and night use and you don’t have to have dry skin to really appreciate the wonder this guy does.

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Perfecting Skin Tint in shade medium – this stuff bottom line, in my opinion, helps you achieve the “no-makeup” face. I’ve seen YouTube videos where people add a few drops to their hands then apply to their face, but I actually just find it easier to apply directly to my face then just work into my skin with my hands. This skin tint will even out skin tone but it won’t cover up your freckles or imperfections, which as I get older I find myself more accepting of and don’t feel the need to hide. There are only 5 shades to choose from but that is because their formula “auto-fits” your skin.

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Stretch Concealer in shade medium – At first I couldn’t tell if I liked this or not but over time I ended actually really like this product. Now, this concealer isn’t full coverage, it is very light coverage and gives a skin-like finish. I like to use it under my eye and around my nose where redness can happen, but when it comes to blemishes this guy probably won’t do the best job covering much. I love how this formula almost turns to an oily texture (it has avocado & jojoba oil in it) when I warm it in the pot with my finger, it makes for a really nice application.

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Boy Brow in the shade brown – Let me start off by saying that I have recently purchased my second one. I really love this brow product and the price tag isn’t horrible, especially when you compare it to the Gimme Brow from Benefit (which I used for years before this guy). This pairs really nicely with brow pencils for a more dramatic look but looks flawless and groomed on its own.

Generation G lipstick in the shade Cake – I have a love-hate relationship with this lipstick, sometimes I love it as the perfect shade to mimic my natural lip color and sometimes I hate it where I don’t think the formula is very good for the price point. I recently watched a YouTube video where YouTuber Chrissstttiiine uses her Generation G lipstick as a creamy eyeshadow since she didn’t care for it much on her lips (go to minutes 10:17 to check it out). I tried it out a couple days this week and I actually really liked the way it looked! It just goes to show that products have multiple uses and just because you don’t like it the way it was intended doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment with it a little.

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What Glossier products have you tried or want to try?