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?

Five Things // January 6th, 2017

I figured I would start out 2017 by trying to start something that I have been thinking about for a while… starting a blog. I think the biggest thing that was holding me back from finally biting the bullet and starting one was what to write about? So I settled on the idea of sharing 5 things I am currently into/obsessed with/in love at the moment.

I love when people ask for my advice on where to eat, what to read or watch next, or my opinion on a beauty product. What I love even more is when they actually take my advice.

Instead of babbling about why I am here, I am going to start with the first 5 things that I am currently into and loving this week!

Beauty // Glossier Balm Dotcom

For Christmas I decided to give myself the gift of skin care. I got some great items from Glossier, but I am only going to discuss one product this week that I am already deeply obsessed with! Glossier’s Balm Dotcom which is a universal skin salve which doesn’t sound like anything too impressive, but I actually got complimented while wearing it and keep in mind this is just a non-colored, non-scented balm! I also put a little bit on top of my cheekbone and on my eyelids, which I saw in a YouTube video. By putting this salve in these unexpected places, it just adds this subtle highlight and glow to a “no makeup” look!

I usually have a big can of Bag Balm in my bathroom, which is part of my nighttime routine. This is literally an oldie but goodie! It was originally designed for chapped cow utters, but now a lot of people in the beauty community swear by it for curing the driest chapped lips! I put a healthy amount on my lips every night before I go to sleep and I wake up with the most baby soft lips! Another take away to use Bag Balm is if you are going to be applying lipstick, put a generous amount on your lips a few minutes before you applying lipstick. Right before applying, wipe it off and apply your lipstick and you will notice the color sticks so much better. But since I am traveling overseas in a month, carrying a can of Bag Balm around isn’t the most convenient. I decided to buy the Balm Dotcom from Glossier, which is both travel friendly and works wonders!

 

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Glossier Balm Dotcom

Fashion // Adidas Superstar Stan Smith editions

A pair of shoes that I bought last year around February, I finally found myself wearing a lot lately; my Adidas Superstars Stan Smith editions. First of all, I feel like I am throwing it back to my middle school days, when I am wearing them, and second, they are SO comfortable. These shoes add an element of cool to any outfit, without trying too hard, which I am all about! I get a lot of compliments when I wear them since they are not the “classic” Superstars and you don’t see this version of them too frequently.

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Stan Smith Adidas

Entertainment // La La Land

Over the holidays, my mom, aunt and I went to the Cedar Lee Theater, a little gem in Cleveland Heights. I highly recommend everyone to see a movie there if you are in the Cleveland area. The essence of the theater contains an air of nostalgia. We saw La La Land with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, which I had been dying to see since I saw the previews a little while back. By far one of the best movies I have seen this year! It was a film that felt like a classic movie (the ones where they flawlessly incorporate song and dance into every other scene) even though it was set in present day. It has a healthy dose of singing and dancing, but I feel like if musicals aren’t really your thing, you can still appreciate this movie since it has a plot that will keep you on your toes. What I personally think makes a good movie is when I can’t predict the ending, and this one I didn’t see coming.

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Food // Gluten Free

So I don’t have a particular food or restaurant this week, but I want to share my current diet which I has the potential to influence my future choices in this section.

Starting a few weeks ago, I decided to change-up my diet by trying to cut out gluten. I am not allergic to it but I wanted to see if I was sensitive to it. Within the first 2 weeks, I started feeling the difference. I felt less bloated all the time and more alert/focused. I am not going to lie… Over the holidays I did cheat and I had a few Christmas ales because, I mean, it’s pretty hard in my family to turn those down with the cinnamon sugar rims! But after two drinks, I already felt gross (but it could have been because I had 2 Christmas ales, we all know how strong those are), and continued to feel bloated the next day. Trying to do a gluten-free diet is difficult and there are a lot of trial and errors with different foods, but I want to continue sticking to this diet for as long as I can or feel necessary.

 

Decor // Sweater Knit Blanket

With the winter months upon us and since my bedroom, I swear, rejects any heat, I got an additional blanket for my bed. When I was at Target a few months ago during one of my weekly trips, I found this gray, knit sweater blanket and I fell in love, but I couldn’t justify spending 50 dollars on a blanket. During all the holiday sales, I was able to get it for $29.99! It is heavy enough to add additional warmth under my duvet, but I also think it will be great during the summer months to use it alone during the cooler nights.

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Sweater Knit Blanket