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Skincare Series: My Top 3 Moisturizers

This will be my last post in this skincare series as I’m working on the best of 2018. I will post that one after the holiday. I will have other posts until then though. Hope you enjoyed these.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

Last winter no matter how much I moisturized I couldn’t beat the severe weather and the dryness and tightness it was causing my skin. This Fresh moisturizer was my saving grave. It is thick but not greasy and gives your face a great protective layer without breaking you out. It has a slight rose scent that dissipates quickly though. Give this one a try to boost moisture in the cold months.

Sephora $40.00 for 1.6 oz

Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer

I could of easily put Dr. Jart for all three of these. I’m sure you all know how obsessed I am with his products. I love this formula that kinda burts into water when pressed onto the skin. It really is like a water drop. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly but keeps you moisturized.  Leaves no sticky or greasy residue behind just brightened and hydrated skin. A little of this goes along way. I also love the Dr Jart’s water fuse hydro gel moisturizer as well. I honestly think I love the convenience of the tube on this one. The water fuse is a gel but a little heavier than the water drop, it is great at nighttime.

Sephora $36.00 for 3.3 oz

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

I actually don’t even keep this one on my moisturizer shelf it’s in my primer drawer because it makes for the most glowing skin when applied before makeup. Regardless of how you use this one you will get the same gorgeous dewy skin. This one is a heavier cream it is beautiful for mature skin as it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It keeps your skin plump looking and amazingly moisturized!

Sephora $100.00 for 1.7 oz

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Skincare Series: My Top 3 Serums

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum

This is a newer serum I have added to my skincare collection but fell in love with it quickly. I’m a big fan of Farmacy and their products and this one was no exception. A multitasking serum to exfoliate, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores, and hydrate your skin while you sleep. Wake up with amazing Honeymoon Glowing skin!

Sephora $58.00 for 1 oz

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum

Of course this is on the list! I have seen this serum transform the appearance of others skin. If you have acne or scarring this serum can help. It is wonderful for people with sensitive skin and have redness as it calms the skin and doesn’t irritate it. It truly helps soothe and repair the skin. It is a miracle in a bottle that will make foundation optional for you.

Sephora $46.00 for 1 oz

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Serum

I contaplated putting this one in my top 3 because it can be hard to get the U.S. and I knew the cicapair serum would be on here. I would be lying if this wasn’t included though, seeing as I just threw my empty bottle of it out. This serum is made to moisturize your skin, repair, and nourish. It really helps hydrate dry sensitive skin and doesn’t irritate. The whole ceramidin line is actually lovely. The ceramidin serum helps protect your skin making it perfect for the cold months.

Style Korean $43.20 for 1.35 oz

Tip In this series I post my favorites and what I use the most. Remember skincare is personal and everyone has different skin make sure you use products that meet your specific skincare needs. 

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Skincare Series: My Top 3 Essences

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

This is my favorite essence for improving the texture of my skin. It helps protect your skin from pollution. When I use this my skin is much more even and hydrated. I don’t think I could ever be without this. It plumps the skin and is perfection in a bottle.

Sephora $68.00 for 5 oz

AmorePacific Vintage Single Extract Essence

This was the first essence I ever used properly. I had a sample of it and was hooked. When I saw the price I wanted to hate it but I had already fallen in love. I get less breakouts when I use this essence and it keeps my skin looking more clear and firm.  You can find smaller bottles of this in sets or get a sample to try it out for yourself.

Sephora $145.00 for 4.05 oz

Laneige Water Bank Essence

If you have dry skin this essence will help you skin feel moisturized and hydrated longer throughout the day. Though it helps with dry skin it is suitable for all skin types. I love this essence for the colder months for it has a creamer texture and keeps your skin looking plump.

Sephora $36.00 for 2 oz

Tip Press essence into your skin rather than rubbing it around. Let your skin dry before applying your serum.

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Skincare Series: My Top 3 Toners

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid Moisturizing Toner

This is the perfect toner for dry skin but is beneficial to all skin types. It is thick and creamy and leaves skin moisturized. It helps with skin texture and is your best friend in the cold months. Remember a little of this product goes a long way.

Sephora $39.00 for 5.07 oz

Fresh Rose Floral Toner

I love how hydrated and even my skin looks after this toner. It has a light rose scent and gives your skin a beautiful glow.  It can be used throughout the day to refresh skin and as a setting spray. It is good for all skin types and is alcohol free.

Sephora $40.00 for 8.5 oz

Lush Breath Of Fresh Air

This is another great alcohol free toner for your skin. This is my go to when my skin is irritated or I’m having a break out. It has a wonderful calming effect on the skin and is a good choice for combination skin. It has great ingredients and smells lovely.

Lush $22.95 for 8.4 oz

Tip When picking a toner stay away from ones that contain alcohol. These will irritate your skin and cause dryness. Moisture and hydration are your best friends (even if you are oily).

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Skincare Series: My Top 3 Cleansers

I’m positive this post will be the hardest for me out of the skincare series. I try a lot of new cleansers all the time. I defiantly have some permanent residents on my shelf though. These are three cleansers that I can’t be without.

Lush Angels On Bare Skin

This thick cleanser has bits of lavender in it and a beautiful blend of oils. It is a gentle exfoliant cleanser that works wonders balancing out your skin. Just like all Lush products it smells amazing. I keep this one in my shower as it can be a little messy to use but well worth it.

Lush $16.95 for 3.5 oz

Cosrx  Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

This gentle cleanser is perfect for double cleansing or a wonderful morning cleanser. It removes makeup but is gentle enough to not strip your skin. It is a great cleanser for oily/acne prone skin but can be used on all skin types even sensitive skin.

Style Korean $9.10 for 5.07 oz

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh soy face cleanser the universal cleanser! I call it the universal cleanser because it really works for all skin types. It is a beautiful cleanser for mature skin as it helps with firmness and nourishes skin. It washes away all dirt and makeup but leaves your skin feeling supple.

Sephora $38.00 for 5.1 oz

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Skincare Series: My Top 3 Oil Cleansers

Since my last post I’ve received questions on my favorite skincare products and recommendations. I decided to do a skincare series sharing my top products with you. If I feel any products are skin type specific I will be sure to mention it. I hope everyone enjoys this series and you find a new product or two that you love.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

This amazing smelling balm removes everything including your eye makeup. It is hydrating and gentle but gets the job done. I get excited to cleanse my face with this, it’s like a spa getaway. You will fall in love with this product.

Feelunique $62.51 for 3.52 oz

Heimish All Clean Balm

I love the texture of this balm and the way it melts down into the skin. This is another great one for removing the toughest makeup. It’s good for sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic. A little goes a long way and the price point is excellent.

Style Korean $18.50 for 4 oz

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

The light botanical scents of this oil are so lovely to use at night. This cleansing oil leaves my skin feeling hydrated and glowing. It is lightweight and works well with all skin types. My favorite thing about this product is how clear and balanced my skin is afterwards.

Sephora $32.00 for 5.9 oz

Tip When using cleansing oils massage them onto dry skin then remove them with water. For your best skin results follow your oil cleanse with water based cleanser.

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A Break Down of the K-Beauty Routine

In past years we have looked to Korean Beauty for our best skincare game. That is because they are one of the most innovative when it comes to skincare. You don’t have to be a K-Beauty fanatic to read this post though. I get asked a lot of skincare questions “Do I need a serum?, Should I be using an essence?, Why do I have to wash my face twice?”. If you have questions like these this post will help explain each of the steps and their purpose. I will go into greater detail on some of these steps and share my favorite products in later posts. I hope everyone can take away something useful from this and it helps answer any skincare questions you may have.

1. Cleansing Oil

All skin types can benefit from a cleansing oil. Yes, even oily skin benefits from this! The best way to remove oil is with oil. If you are not oily you still will reap the benefits from this cleanse. Oil cleansers are a gentle way to lift makeup and dirt from the skin and leave it hydrated.

2. Water Based Cleanser

This second cleanse is meant to remove anything that was left behind. This cleanser should be gentle as to not strip your skin. The first and second step are more popularly known as dual cleansing.

3. Exfoliate

Typically done 1-2 times a week depending on your skin type. This step helps remove dead skin cells and improve the skin’s appearance.  Exfoliating can be mechanical or chemical. Mechanical being a face scrub or a tool such as a brush and chemical being AHAs and BHAs.

4. Toner

These are very different from our western toners. Many western toners have alcohol in them that strip the skin down. Korean toners tend to not have alcohol in them and are meant to rebalance and hydrate the skin. They can be thicker and creamier in consistancy but vary. This is the skincare step that the “7 skin method” is made of.

5. Essence

Essences are meant to hydrate the skin and prime it for the rest of your skincare routine. They help renewal your skin and have anti-aging benefits. When your skin is hydrated it helps absorb product better. Hydration is the key to youthful skin.

6. Serums

Serums contain a high concentrate of active ingredients. They are able to be absorbed  deeper into the skin due to their smaller molecular structure. Serums target specific skin concerns and nourish your skin.

7. Ampoules

These are similar to serums but think of them as a more concentrated form that help regenerate the skin. They are not to replace your serum but to help target skin care concerns with a higher dose. Some ampoules are mixed into moisturizers some are applied before serums, so make sure to read the directions.

8. Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are infused with beneficial ingredients to help nourish the skin. They are an easy and relaxing way to take care of your skin. You can use sheet masks quite often, I use them anytime my skin needs some extra love. With so many sheet masks on the market now it’s easy to find one that suits your skincare needs.

9. Rubber Masks

A rubber mask gives you the most amazing glow! This thick mask helps feed your skin all the beneficial ingredients so they don’t get evaporated before your skin can absorb them. These are one of my favorite products to use during a facial.

10. Eye Creams

The area around your eyes needs extra hydration and is one of the first areas on the face to show signs of aging. Apply eye creams by dabbing around the eye be careful not to pull and tug at the skin.

11. Moisturizer

I think moisturizers are mostly self explanatory. They are meant to hydrate and protect the skin. Picking the right moisturizer is a personal preference but should be based off of your skin type and concerns.

12. SPF

Exposure to the sun causes hyper-pigmentation, free radical damage and skin cancer . SPF is one of the key steps to keep your skin from prematurely aging and is a staple in Korean beauty.

13. Oils

Facial oils can be used as extra hydration. They are great for winter months when your skin needs extra moisture. They help keep hydration locked in your skin and can have wonderful skincare benefits, even for those with oily skin. These are applied before, after, or mixed in with moisturizer.

14. Sleeping Masks

These masks are ideal because they work while you are sleeping as your skin is  repairing and regenerating . They create a seal for all those other skincare steps you did plus offer their own great benefits. A bonus is they are easy to use and don’t make a mess.

15. Facial Mist

Facial Mists are great to use throughout the day anytime your face needs extra hydration. They are convenient and some have a cooling effect on the skin. These are perfect for instant hydration!

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