07 February 2016

Updated Skin Care Routine


I know I made a skin care post over a year ago but I thought it would be a good idea to update it seeing as I use all new products on my face. I've recently been obsessed with Origins and realized that although it's higher up in price, it's used to take care of my skin which I feel is well worth the hefty price tag.

I have the same morning and night routines. The only thing missing for my routine at the moment is using my Clarisonic Mia 2! Using my Clarisonic is a huge part of my skin care because it's an exfoliator. Unfortunately for me, my need for a new brush head is long over due so I haven't been putting it to good use.

Before I begin, let's start off with what my skin type actually is. I have super sensitive skin. It can get irritated very easily. I have combination skin. It gets pretty oily on my T - Zone and at the same time can get dry on other areas of my face. With that in mind I started my journey to finding the perfect skin care products for me. In the past I have used regular drug store brand skin care but as the years went by I wanted to make my skin care a high priority.

I was using Philosophy for a while (which I absolutely loved! It's great and very gentle for the skin). I stocked up on some of those products for a while. I really wanted a deep pore cleansing mask so I started watching reviews of products on Youtube - mostly looking into those Glam Glo Masks that everyone raves about when I came across someone mentioning that they really loved the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. After a few days of researching the product I decided I wanted to grab one for myself. When I went to the Origins store to buy it I ended up speaking with a woman who worked there who asked me all the right questions about my skin type and suggested I try out the Mega Mushroom Skin Relief line from Dr. Weil's for Origins. I bought the charcoal mask and she sent me home with samples from that line to try out and that's when I fell in love! Not long after I bought a Christmas bundle with the whole line in travel sized form (It was actually a Christmas present from my mom, she gave me the money to go grab it - haha).

So here I am with skin products that I love. I start off by washing my face with the Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser after I make sure my make up has been taken off. When I'm done with that I put some Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner on a cotton pad and dab that all over my face and let that dry. This Neutrogena product is the only drug store skin care product I'm using right now and I feel like it really helps to fight off any of those pesky spots. When my face has dried I take the Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum and apply that all over and let that dry. (I don't know the science behind it but I feel as though serum's can dry the face a little - like tighten it. If anyone knows why please let me know!) Right after that I move onto the Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream and apply that all over. This is one of my favorite products, one reason being the smell of this cream is absolutely amazing. It's so fresh and clean. All the products in this line smell relatively like this but I feel as though I can smell it more in this one. I don't know why :) Also, it's more of a face lotion than it is a face moisturizer. It is a bit thicker in consistency.

After all that my skin has never felt cleaner! Kind of like it's never been touched by impurities before! It takes fresh and clean to a whole new meaning! At least once a week I like to pamper my skin and put on the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. I warm up a towel by placing it under hot running water and then placing that on my face to open up my pores. When I'm done with that I slab on the good stuff! I layer that on and sit around and watch Netflix or do something actually productive while that sits and hardens on my face. Now I'm not sure how long you're actually supposed to leave this on for but I keep it on until it feels like my face is going to crack.. After that feeling I rinse it off with the same warm towel and then moisturize my face as needed.

As of right now I'm loving my skin care routine. I feel like I'm really taking the time to pamper and nourish my skin. I would also like to add that these products (except for the Active Charcoal Mask) are travel sizes and I will be purchasing the full size of each product once these run out.

Let me know what your skin care routine is and if you'd tried any of the Origins products! If you want to check out my old skin care routine, you can find that HERE !

Mini Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I bought these products myself (with the help of my mother :) )

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03 February 2016

Eimi Volumizing Products

At the salon where I work, we've recently converted over from being a Paul Mitchell based salon to a Wella based salon. Wella is a European based hair care company. For some reason I was beyond excited when our massive shipment of Wella products came in. They have hair care as well as hair styling products and thats what drew me the most. Wella's hair styling products are called Eimi. Cuuutteee! Eimi has products that are catergorized such as Volume, Smooth, Texture, Shine, and Fixing Hairsprays. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this in a post before but I loovvvee big hair. The more volume the better. I, however, don't know how to style my hair to give it more of a lift. My hair is quite fine, flat, and lifeless so when I have a chance to get it styled by someone I jump at the chance.

I'm highly influenced by how well a product is packaged and I'm loving Eimi's simple yet girly style. I'm slowly building a collection of the volumizing products. The first that caught my eye were the Root Shoot and the Sugar Lift; both in the volumizing category.

I have very fine hair especially on the top of my head so it's very easy to for my hair to just sit flat. I picked up these two simple products to help me during my styling process. Root Shoot is pretty self explanatory. It's a root lifting moose that you apply to damp hair and then blow dry accordingly. Sugar Lift is a... well let me explain it the way Wella does. It's a "rich flexible spray infused with sugar to provide lift, shine and touchable grippy texture". (You have to admit you'd be interested in anything called Sugar Lift!) You can apply it to damp hair or dry hair to give it some texture.

It's all trial and error as I test these out and learn more on how to style my hair the way I'd really like it to be. I'll put up an updated post on how these turned out for me.

Have you used Eimi before? What's your favorite styling product?

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