Welcome to part two of the story behind my beauty routine. If you have not read the first part, you can FIND IT HERE.
So what do you do when you throw away all of your old makeup and want to start wearing more skin friendly products?
I’m embarrassed at how basic I went about this…
0% research involved (and if you know me, you are 0% surprised by that)…
But are you ready for it?
I went to…Whole Foods. Yup, I walked in (probably my fifth time there in my life) and bought a handful of new products. Because it’s Whole Foods and OF COURSE IT’S MADE OF THE EARTH’S FINEST MATERIALS. Don’t get me wrong, I love Whole Foods (have you experienced their speciality cookie section? Do it. Tell them Lauren sent you.). But I laugh at myself thinking back at that experience.
So I wore my Whole Foods makeup for a long while, and it totally worked. It was more natural – both in the actual product and the quantity of makeup I wore.
So over the past few years, I have evolved this routine. And what I’m finding for myself is that it is all about balance. Sure, if I had an unlimited budget, I would be able to invest in high quality products that are perfect for my skin and remove all of those quickly forming wrinkles (Thanks kids!) – but truth is, I am on a budget. So I am doing my best to invest in some products that are “clean” for my skin while some others I buy from Target. Because that’s easy and they work, for now.
So let me walk you through my routine!
I have the same morning and nighttime routine – simplicity works for me. I wash my face with water and clean off my makeup (at night) with a Norwex towel. I swear by these – it is all I need to remove my makeup. In the morning I will wash my face with a cleanser – either Cetaphil or Arbonne’s smoothing facial cleanser.
Next I use Pixi Glow Tonic all over my face and neck. I just use my hands to wipe it on…because…it feels right? Maybe you’re supposed to use a cotton ball but I like just using my hands. I follow that with a Rosehip Argan Oil Facial Serum by Fig and Arrow – again using my hands to press it into my face and neck. I have really loved this product and feel like it’s giving my skin a glow that it hasn’t seen in awhile. I then use Acure brand Radically Rejuvenating Eye Cream and Brilliantly Brightening Day Cream.
And that’s it. That’s all I do for skincare – and honestly, it feels really good. Easy. Quick.
Here is where balance truly does come in! I recently started using more Arbonne products because of how few chemicals they use in their products. As someone with such sensitive skin, this was appealing to me…and as I’ve used more of their products, I’m finding that they feel really good on my skin too. That being said, I also still wear some products that can be bought at Target and likely would not be considered very “clean” – but that is where I find balance. My biggest focus is that I’m making progress towards doing what’s best for my skin while also not getting too crazy about it where it’s stressful.
I start with the Arbonne Real Conceal Liquid Concealer to treat “trouble spots” (aka dark circles under eyes and blemishes I thought were not supposed to bother me after turning 30). I follow that with Arbonne CC Cream all over. I have loads of freckles on my face…and to be honest, sometimes I like those to show, but my skin can be very uneven in coloration so the CC Cream helps blend it all together. If I know I”m going to be outside a lot, I’ll swap out the CC Cream for their RE9 Advanced Prepwork…basically it’s a CC cream with SPF30. After that I focus on my eyelashes. I basically have clear eyelashes so I rarely leave the house without mascara. I start with L’Oreal Voluminous Primer to give mu lashes some texture…and then use the L’Oreal Voluminous Original mascara. I saw a few beauty bloggers rave about this product and could not deny how well it worked – so I gave it a try and love the product. Lastly, I use the Pixi Multibalm as my blush. It can be used on lips and cheeks, but I just do cheeks – and I recently started using the Watermelon Veil color for summer. A bright and light pink to brighten up my cheeks! Lastly, I use the Arbonne brow pencil to give my brows (also fairly light) a little color. This product is so quick to use but definitely helps me feel more polished.
Lastly, let’s talk lipstick. I have been wearing lipstick for what feels like forever. When I was in college, it was the intense lipgloss phase. No one…except your grandma…wore lipstick…except me. I stuck it out with my lipstick – I’m pretty loyal! I love trying out new colors and my summer color this year is Arbonne’s Poppy Lipstick . My classic standby is Brave from MAC. And my favorite RED lipstick is Ruby Woo from MAC.
And that is it. Now I will admit, I love trying out new products and like to switch up my routine, but I’m really happy with the products I have been using and feel like my skin is healthier than ever.
Let me know if you have products you love or if you try out any of the products I have shared with you!