My nighttime skincare routine

Hello my lovelies,

Being a makeup artist for so many years, I must say that skincare is way more important than makeup application. Even the best products in the world, will not look as good and will not perform at their highest, if not applied on a skin that has been taking care of.

In today’s post I will share with you my nighttime skincare routine, so this is basically what I’m doing every single night (no exception) before I’m going to bed.  These are the products, that over the years, I discovered that they work the best for my skin. It will be a long post, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

I would like to say in the beginning that I have combination skin: oily in my T-zone, with enlarged pores on the apples of my cheeks and my forehead. That’s why I introduced in my routine products that are targeting these problems.

First step in my skincare routine is removing my makeup… and this should be the most important thing that you do before you go to bed. Not removing your makeup at night, can create so much damage for your skin that you can’t even imagine (I’m planning on writing a post only about this, soon).

I start by removing my eye makeup using Clinique “Take the day off – for eyes and lips” and after I take a Neutrogena makeup towelette and wipe the day away.

Step 2: To wash my face I’m using Shiseido – “Perfect cleansing oil” together with my Clarisonic brush. Even if you are, or not wearing makeup, it is impetuously needed to wash your face and remove all the dirt and oils before you are moving to the next steps.

Step 3: Toner.

The one that I’m using right now is “Pores no more” by Dr. Brandt and I saw really good results for my enlarged pores.

Step 4: Serums and Acids

My go to serum is The Ordinary “Niacinamide 10% , Zinc 1%” . For those of you, that don’t know anything about Niacinamide, is basically known as a combination of vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. It’s improving the appearance of enlarged pores, fines lines, dulness, and offers as well multiple benefits for aging skin. After using this for a while, I fell that my skin has more balance and it is not that oily anymore.

After applying the Niacinamide serum, I’m using also from The Ordinary, their “Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%”. This fights texture and keeps blemishes away, being in the same time really gentle on the skin. For me, these two together, have done miracles for my skin.

Step 5: Moisturizer. You can already tell that I love The Ordinary products, so the moisturizer that I’m currently using is also from them. I like it because it is light-weight but really hydrating in the same time, it absorbs quickly and just leaves my skin feeling refreshed.

This is pretty much it, the only thing that I do extra, once or twice a week is applying a mask and right now I enjoy using The Rubber mask by Dr. Jart… You have to try it!

If you have any question about any of the products or my regimen, please write  them in the comment section down below.

Have a magical day!

 

 

 

My everyday makeup routine a.k.a 15 min. out the door

Hello my lovelies,

First I want to share a little secret about myself: I`m not a morning person at all, so I will not wake up way earlier just to do my makeup. During the years I developed a routine that helps me to be out the door in 15 minutes, looking awake and decent. I am sharing all the steps and products that I use, so if you want to recreate my look you have all the info available.

Step 1: Primer & Foundation

For a simple everyday makeup, I love the look of a dewy skin, that`s why I use MAC Strobe Cream in the shade Golden as my primer. For my foundation, I am currently obsessed with L`Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow (205) and I prefer it over some of my high end ones. It gives me a medium coverage, it is light-weight and lasts 4-5 hours. I apply it with a Beauty Blender because I find that to be the fastest way to achieve a flawless look.

 

Step 2: Concealer

I`m using Nars – Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard). It is my all time favorite because it does not crease, gives me the coverage that I like without looking heavy and blends beautifully. I set the concealer with RCMA – No Color powder.

Step 3: Bronzer, Blush, Highlighter

As a bronzer, I`m using Soleil Tan de Chanel which is a cream bronzer but blends out into a powder and gives you the most beautiful, natural sun-kissed look.

I wasn’t a big fan of liquid blushes until recently, when I discovered Nars – Orgasm Liquid Blush, and made it`s way directly into my everyday routine. It is a peachy-pink blush with some gold sparkles in it… Absolutely stunning!

As my highlighter, I`m using Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator, and I`m applying it on the tops of my cheeks, brow bone and Cupid`s bow.

Step 4: Eyes

I usually like to go with a natural eye look, so I`m using some neutral- tone eyeshadows just to give a little definition to my crease. MAC “All that glitters” all over the lid, and “soft brown” in the crease.

 

Step 5: Brows

I`m using Anastasia Beverly Hills – Pomade (Blonde) to fill in my eyebrows and also to lighten them up a little bit.

Step 6: Lashes

I don`t have natural long and curved lashes, so I like to use Tarte – Lash curler to get a little help with that. For my mascara, I have been loving Bobby Brown – Smokey Eyes mascara because it gives your lashes length, volume and definition… that is all we need…

Step: Lips

I usually like to add just a lip balm Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm (Like Buttah), but in the last couple of weeks I`ve been using Nars – Orgasm Lipstick to add a little bit of color.

I know that some of you might think that I`m using way too many products, but this is just what I am doing every morning when I want to get out the door fast and ready to rock my day.

Let me know below if some of the products that I`m using are part of your everyday routine as well.