My skin stays fairly the same year-round, with a few exceptions. My skin in the Winter is often dry, especially around my eyes, cheeks, and nose. In the Summer, my skin is more normal but with oily areas on my forehead and chin. I think many of us can relate to this sort of combination, it's pretty common. I try not to change my routine too often because not only can it get expensive, but it can also wreak havoc on your complexion when you introduce new products that may not agree with your particular needs.

My "Winter" skin
 (fair, and a bit dry)

"Summer" skin 
(more color and dewy. Code for sweaty)

I know I've talked about skincare before, but it's been a long time since I've mentioned my stand-outs. You know, tried and true products that I swear by on a daily or weekly basis no matter what time of year it may be. Well, let's get to it then.

I've been using this for Lord knows how long. It's gentle enough for all skin types, and cleanses without stripping my skin of essential oils. My skin seems to be allergic to a lot of ingredients, so the more gentle, the better.

Exfoliators (face):
I rotate weekly between ExfoliKate and GlamGlow. Both deep clean my pores to get rid of any imperfections or build-up from makeup and oils. I don't break out often anymore, but my chin used to be the home of cystic acne. I think using good exfoliators on a weekly basis has made a huge difference in the overall smooth appearance of my skin. 

Exfoliator (body):
I can't begin to tell you ladies what a great product this has been for me. I used it the day of my wedding on my arms and chest area and my skin glowed! I don't believe in tanning anymore, so the best way for me to get my skin radiant is to use this to expose fresh, dewy skin. It also smells like heaven. If you haven't tried Lush products, I would recommend this and the product I wrote about on Wednesday as a starting point.

Moisturizer (day):
Fun fact: I've used this since I was 19 years old. Now that I'm 30, it may be time to graduate to a more adult product, but this continues to work so well for me that I just can't bring myself to change. The gel formula is soothing, cooling, and it really does moisturize without feeling heavy. I love the canvas it creates for makeup in the morning. My husband loves it as well, and he has extremely oily skin. I think this would suit many different people. 

Moisturizer (night):
This is what I use as my nightly moisturizer, right before I go to sleep. The best! You would think that an oil would be too heavy, or that it might lead to breakouts but it's quite the opposite. When I feel a little pimple coming on, I actually use this to spot treat it and the spot is almost gone by the next day. It absorbs rather quickly too. This stuff is a miracle in my opinion. I use it on my hair and nails too. I love multi-purpose products. 

Eye Cream:
I've grown to adore this eye cream. I was always loyal to Kiehls, and I still love that one but the origins really has the same consistency. The only real difference is that this has a pink tint to it, making it perfect for brightening the under eye area when I need help looking lively in the mornings. I'm NOT a morning person.

I hope I don't come off sounding like an infomercial! I stand behind these "stand-outs" and would bet money on them! Let me know if you've tried any of these, and what your thoughts are good or bad. 
Happy Friday!


  1. Do you love Ocean Salt that much?! I have been thinking of purchasing it, just don't know yet! And I love the idea of using it the day of your wedding, I may do that! :)

  2. Yes I really do! I've repurchased it three times, that's how much I love it! I Have tried other less expensive exfoliators and this is by far my favorite. It's also nice to have special products to use on your special day. They become a part of the experience :)

  3. I am hopeless when it comes to skincare products. I get so overwhelmed trying to decide what is best and when I should use it. Serums, eyes creams, retinol, BBs, sheesh... Maybe I'll get it together one day. I have heard good things about oils though, and my skin is definitely more dry in the winter.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    1. It can absolutely feel overwhelming! I think the best place to start is with just a good cleanser and a good moisturizer. If you have those, I think you're good to go!

  4. I want to try the Lush scrub. I have the bubblegum lip scrub I got from a co-worker and I love it. Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. I've wanted to try that! My lips get so dry! Ask for a sample of ocean salt next time, you will love it :)

  5. I have to try Glam glow! I have heard great things.

    1. It's worth the hype! I got a sample at first, and then loved it so much that I bought a little pot of it.

  6. Ha, you don't sound like an infomercial in the least! Just a regular girl sharing her favorites! You know...the essence of blogging. :) Great reviews...it sounds like you have your routine down to an art if it's keeping the breakouts away! Not to mention your glowy skin was one of the first things I noticed about you in real life!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

    1. Awwww, you are too sweet Gina! I try to take good care of it, but sometimes laziness sets in, especially at night! I've tried a lot of products over the years, and these are by far my favorites.

  7. Oh the LUSH scrub sounds great! We just got a store at our local mall and I've wanted to try their lip scrub (that you can eat)! I'll have to add this to my list of things to try. Thanks!

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