Monthly Archives: March 2015

Nighty Night!

My night time routine tends to change from time to time depending on what products I love and what works for my skin at the moment.  I think the problem for a lot of people is that they don’t listen to their skin.  I’m raising my hand right now as I type this.  Back in college I wasn’t as aggressive about my skin care as I am today being a 31 year old.  I wasn’t aggressive because I didn’t see a need to be.

I have fairly good skin thanks to genetics but I also have acne prone combo/oily skin as well.  I’d almost dare to say I have sensitive skin at times.  My issue back then is that I didn’t take the cues my skin was giving me.  I thought that the products that worked for gal down the street would work for me.  This is not the case.  Find out your skin type and go from there.

I feel like my skin is very random in the times it chooses to act up and when it decides it’s going to be sensitive.  All I know is that I try….emphasis on the word try to accommodate it.  I recently received a Clairsonic as a gift.  For anyone that doesn’t know what a Clairsonic is, it’s a brush that cleans your face.  I’m not going to go too much further into detail because I’ll be doing an entire post on the Clairsonic brush compared to the Olay Pro X brush.

The point is that I have added the Clairsonic to my routine at night 3 days a week and am excited to see results if any.  Below is a collection of my current night time favorites and what’s working for me right now. I’m just going to touch on a few of these products simply because I’ve done posts dedicated to a few in this bunch.  Feel free to catch up!



I’ve always been a huge lover of face oils and Josie Maran is my homegirl but, I’ve been using the Boots Botanics Organic facial oil lately. Verdict? I LOVE IT!  It is definitely thicker than my J Maran argan oil and it doesn’t absorb as quickly but hey man, That’s allllright with me!  This oil is 100% organic and has got (big surprise) rose hip in it.  It says you can use it AM and PM but lemme stop you right there.  If you are able to use this in the AM under makeup, I’m calling NASA because you are not of this world. 010

This stuff is just too thick and takes too long to absorb into your skin to be worn under makeup.  That is why I love it so much for my night time arsenal.  My big thing with moisturizers and lip balms for over night are their staying power.  If I wake up in the morning and my face just feels normal.  That’s a no go for me.  When I wakeup I want my skin to feel soft, supple and moisturized.  The products you sleep in over night are so very important.  Your skin does its repairing and rejuvenating over night while you sleep.  With that being said, choose wisely.

This facial oil is perfect for all skin types and if you’ve ever wanted to try facial oils I’d definitely give this one a try.  Another favorite from my night time bunch isn’t for the face but, it is just as important to me.  I HAVE TO, HAVE TO, HAVE TO use a hand cream right before bed.  I’m pretty sure I’ll keel over if I don’t.  L’occitane products just give me life.  They are beyond luxurious and just so fancy! I mean, it’s made in France!?

Just like my lip balm obsession, hand cream is right up there with it.  I’m very particular about my hand creams and body lotions.  It’s got to have the perfect formulation, consistency and scent.  I don’t do greasy and I don’t do watery.  Loccitane is perfection.  It absorbs quickly and is rich and creamy.  I wish I could bathe in this stuff.

Well, I’d say that gives you a little glimpse into my ritualistic tendencies (Ha!) I mean, my night time routine.  I would strongly urge you to pick up one for yourself and be diligent about it.  You are never too young to start taking care of your skin.  It’s your largest organ and it should be treated as such.  I assure you you will not regret it!

You can pick up Loccitane hand cream here!

Pick up Boots Botanics Facial oil here!


I always talk about using things for their not intended purposes and I’m not joking when I say that. If I can solve a problem, I don’t care how it gets solved. I also love a great deal. That being said, I’ve recently discovered a new way to clean my makeup brushes.  I will do just about ANYTHING to make this process go faster.  This is something ALL makeup artists and enthusiasts alike dread.  It is such a tedious process. If I could hire someone to come do this for me I would lol.


I don’t normally relate to Kimmy but, she is speaking to me with this meme! I will put brush cleaning off until the very last minute because it takes soooo looong.  Not only is it time consuming, but my hands feel like and resemble 50 year old prunes when it’s all said and done.  Not a cute look.  I’ve pretty much tried every method imaginable to clean my brushes.  I’ve cleaned them on my weddings rings, I’ve cleaned them on a hair roller and quite recently I have been using a flat rubber pot holder and it has been great but still not everything I am looking for.

Sigma Beauty which is a makeup and brush line came out with a brush cleaning mitt a couple years back. I have yet to try it but it looks pretty perfect.  All it really is is a glorified pot holder.  Genius I know.   I thought to myself….self?  There has got to be an actual rubber pot holder on the market that is similar and hopefully less in price.  The Sigma brush retails at $35.

I scoured Target’s Kitchen section to no avail.  I was very surprised when I couldn’t find anything.  I knew I had to make the dreaded trip to Wal-Mart but, for this it was definitely worth it.  Low and behold, Mainstays brand had a completely rubber oven mitt!! Here it is.


It’s shaped differently but the concept is the same.  I squirt dish soap all over the ridges, wet my brushes and go to town.  I’ve been using this mitt now for a couple weeks and I’m very pleased.  The ridges on this mitt are exactly what I was looking for.  It really does the job and keeps my hands from getting dried out and pruny.  I would say the only con of using this mitt is the position your hand is in while cleaning.  It’s a tad awkward but nothing that I cant get over.  I mean seriously, this oven mitt is $5 stinking dollars!!  Hmm..$35 or $5.  Not a hard choice for me.  I’m sure the Sigma Mitt is fantastic and probably more ergonomic for your hand, but I’m the Queen of figuring it out for cheaper.

If you are in the need for a cheaper alternative for brush cleaning this is your guy.  BONUS- You’ve got a new awesome pot holder.  It works fantastically for what it’s actually made to do!   Pick him up at Wal-Mart.  You WON’T be sorry!