Skin Care Routine
  1. MAC Cleanse Off Oil – $30
    • This cleanse off oil has completely changed my nighttime routine. I am guilty of pulling and tugging at my eyes to remove my mascara – which I generously swipe on in the morning. The cleanse off oil is well worth the money and has lasted me for months – mine is still half full! Apply to face while dry to emulsify your makeup and even waterproof mascara! This is a must have. 
  2. MAC Makeup Removers (100 wipes) – $29
    • After I apply my cleanse off oil, I use my MAC remover wipe to get all of the makeup and oil off of my face. I have tried NUMEROUS makeup wipes from the drugstore, but none compare. The wipes MAC offers come in a 100 pack and stay moist throughout the makeup removal process – only one wipe needed for a full face of makeup!
  3. Clarisonic Aria – $199
    • I received my Clarisonic Aria as a gift last Christmas. It was a Special Edition by Josie Maran and included a travel bag and Joise Maran products – definitely a deal! So far I have noticed an improvement since using. The biggest difference is that it truly leaves your face clean and fresh. I didn’t realize my oil & wipes were only taking off part of my makeup.
  4. Cetaphil Cleanser – $10
    • An oldie, but a goodie! Dermatologist approved for sensitive skin. No high-end cleanser needed.
  5. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish – $24 
    • The hype about First Aid Beauty is true! They offer amazing products for all types of skin, especially sensitive. This exfoliating polish is so smooth – it doesn’t leave you with redness! I use this two or three times a week to smooth out my skin.
  6. *Glam Glow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment – $69
    • OMG! SOOOoooo many good things to say about this product! I cannot believe I have gone so long without this in my life. Yes, the price tag is scary and the container seems small, but YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE! This supermud mask literally pulls dirt and blemishes out of your face, while you watch in amazement. I use this mask twice a week and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing off. I thought I had nice skin before, but now I know how much better it can look! 
  7. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – $12
    • Just like the radiant polish, this repair cream is amazing. I had thick, sticky moisturizers that take forever to sink into your skin. This cream is wonderful for morning, noon, and night and leave your face feeling refreshed and smooth to the touch. 
  8. Glam Glow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Mask – $69
    • Please refer to the SUPERMUD review above. I can’t say much different about this hydrating mask. It smells like heaven and revives your face like nobody’s business. I lather this on twice a week and leave it on all night long. Beware, it smells so tasty your fur baby may try to lick it off!
  9. Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Cream – $38
    • Eye cream is a product I thought only 30-somethings and beyond needed to purchase. I’m embarrassed to say this is something I was completely uneducated about. It makes sense that you should start caring for your face and your skin before the damage is done. Your under eye is the equivalent to tissue paper and must be cared for carefully. The Ole Henriksen eye cream is a great every day product for someone who is starting early to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
As we all know, there are A LOT of skin care products out there, and many of them will cost you a pretty penny to purchase. Is the hype really true? The best way to find out is to ask for a sample. Many beauty stores, like Sephora, will gladly make you a nice size sample of creams and liquids to try out. While in Kentucky last week I decided to splurge on a couple of items {not all items shown were purchased on this trip} and crossed my fingers I would love them, since I wouldn’t have time for returns.
I have to say, my skin has never looked better!
I’ve never had major issues with acne or blemishes, but occasionally encounter break outs, redness, and imperfections. I’ve never been very diligent about skincare and my nightly routine consisted of a simple cleanser and a moisturizer for sensitive skin. There were many essential products missing from my skincare collection…although i do believe sometimes less is more with skin.
I don’t always use all of the products featured, but when I want to deep clean my skin, these are the things that get it done! In case you are wondering, my skin type is normal with some oil in my t-zone. It is also very sensitive! I have to be careful with the products I use.
Above are the products that have drastically changed the way I see my skin. Within days I could tell a difference, and even my grandmother {a tough German critic}, commented on my skin’s appearance.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it inspires you to take great care of your skin. For all of my makeup obsessed friends out there, your face is a canvas, and the canvas must be prepped and ready for the liquids, powders, and glitters you choose to use.
XO Amanda