Trying new products is one of my passions in life! It's like Christmas morning every time I open a new product to try out. I love helping out others and giving them my personal opinions on products. I get asked a lot about my skin care/makeup routine. My skin care is something that became a problem for me about 4 years ago. Growing up I was blessed with perfect skin, no pimples, no oily T-Zone, no dry patches, nada...just youthful glowing skin...up until 4 years ago. Enter *gasp* here___. *DUN DUN DUN* I started breaking out like there was no tomorrow and I was a greasy oil slick! From then on I've been on the search for the perfect skin care routine. As of today (I say today because like I said before, I'm constantly on the search for that holy grail product) this is what my skin care routine looks like:
|Merle Norman Clear Complexion Gel Cleanser|
I wash my face every morning with Merle Norman's Clear Complexion Gel Cleanser. This stuff is great! It doesn't over-dry but it doesn't leave me greasy feeling.
|Merle Norman Luxiva AHA Toner for N/O Skin|
I then use tone my face with Merle Norman's Luxiva AHA Toner for Normal/Oil Skin. This helps relieve any tightness and just gives me a super fresh feeling.
|NOW 100% Grapeseed Oil|
I moisturize with a few tiny drops of NOW's Grapeseed Oil, it feels very greasy at first, but after a few minutes of letting it sit, it just disappears and leaves my face radiant! I was very hesitant about trying this product because I do have very oily skin, I did some research (thank you Makeup Alley!) and discovered that this is GREAT for oily skin. I purchased this at my local health food store for $9.99, I've been told that places like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's & GNC carries this. It's HUGE and will probably last forever and ever.
|Biore UV Perfect Face Milk (white bottle)|
After cleansing, toning, moisturizing...I use this Biore UV Perfect Face Milk (another amazing Makeup Alley find!) This does come from Japan, so I have to order it on eBay, it's about $16 with shipping. This says it's a sunscreen but it's not like any sunscreen I've ever used before. It's very liquid-y and runny, it instantly mattifies and leaves my face prepped for foundation.
|Olay 2-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths for Combination/Oily|
I use these to take off my makeup. It takes off even the most stubborn mascara and foundation! These are always going on sale for Buy One Get One 1/2 Off at Walgreens, they are $7.99 and the box has 33 sheets.
|Merle Norman Clear Complexion Toner|
I always use toner on my face after cleansing, this one has Salicylic Acid which is great for helping with any current or future breakouts.
|DDF Acne Control Treatment|
I got this as a 100 point perk at Sephora and fell in love. This says it's a treatment but I use it as a light nighttime moisturizer. It's great! I don't wake up with a greasy face either. This can be purchased at Sephora $44 for 1.7 oz
So! There you have it...my very first blog post...and now you know about my skin care routine. I will do a basic makeup routine soon!
Until next time,
Marina - mCubed Makeup
NOTE- Merle Norman products can be purchased at the studio nearest you, they do not sell products online so therefore I can't recommend a link.