As a Professional Makeup Artist, I truly believe good makeup starts with good skin care! Prior to my makeup applications, I ensure that I prep my clients face with proper skin care to ensure foundation and concealing applies evenly.  Not only do I specialize in makeup, but I have a strong background in skin analysis and skin care. Having dealt with bad acne throughout my youth, I feel confident in being able to suggest products for any skin concern.  Now as an adult with healthy skin, I’ve gained vast amounts of knowledge throughout the years dealing with my own skin struggles, and from my experience selling multiple skin care lines to customers of all skin types, in my cosmetic retail days.

I often get compliments on my own skin, how smooth and radiant it is; and I am constantly asked what do I use for my daily skin care routine. At 34 years young, it pleases me that I barely have fine lines, winkles, crows feet or uneven skin tone. I must say that my consistency with my AM and PM cleansing routine, the daily wear of SPF 15 in my foundation, along with drinking 8 glasses of water a day, have all attributed to my glowing, healthy skin!

So I decided what better way to start off my first beauty blog, than with my own personal favourite skin care products and everyday regime! I don’t like to spend ridiculous amounts of money on my products because I go through them so quickly, and I believe you can find great quality at an affordable price.

I call this my 5 in 5 routine, as I have 5 steps that takes me less than 5 minutes, which I do both morning and evening.  Continue reading below if you would like to learn more about each of these products I use and their steps!  Happy cleansing.

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Step 1: Cleanser
Nuxe Paris:  Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals- 150ml $22 CAD
Purchased from Shoppers or Murale in Canada

  • A creamy, soap free, foam cleanser made with 88% natural ingredients, paraben free, hypoallergenic, great for all skin types including sensitive skin. I love this face cleanser as it is made with Rose petals which have huge beneficial properties for the skin. It’s so creamy and gentle and takes off even my eye makeup with no problem!
    Benefits of Rose water:
    Rose water is considered to be a natural toner for your skin which aids in getting rid of debris and makeup. The natural oils found in roses, help retain moisture in the skin. This makes your skin smooth and soft while the sugars in rose petals benefit those with sensitive skin. The antibacterial properties found in roses, also makes it amazing for fighting acne and breakouts. It is known to heal skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis as well.

 

Step 2: Toner
Bioderma- 250ml $19.95 CAD
Purchased from Shoppers or Murale in Canada

  • A go to skin care product I love to have both personally and professionally in my makeup kit. This is a cleansing water that removes makeup from the face and eyes, while toning the skin, bringing back its natural Ph level. I love how gentle it is, multi purposeful without needing to rinse it off.

 

Step 3: Serum/Treatment
The Face Shop: Green Tea Waterfull Serum- 60ml $21.99 CAD
Purchased from The Face Shop in Canada

  • I use The Face Shop’s, Green Tea Waterfull Serum in the Morning as it is lightweight, absorbs quickly, not sticky and super hydrating for my skin. When I apply my foundation afterwards I don’t see any flakiness caused by dehydrated, winter skin.
    Benefits of Green Tea extract:
    Green tea extract is a high antioxidant, preventing environmental damages to the skin. It can aid in decreasing wrinkles, promotes the health and firmness of the skin’s elastin and collagen. It also is an anti-inflammatory, reducing any inflammation or redness in the skin.

 

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light: 50ml $60 CAD
Purchased from Sephora in Canada

  • In the evening, I apply Pure Argan Oil under my moisturizer to give extra moisture to my skin while I sleep.  Skin’s metabolism speeds up at night, which expands capillaries and makes the skin most receptive to nourishment. Skin cells repair and rejuvenate at their fastest rate during this time.   I find I wake up with a gorgeous glow and smooth, hydrated skin!  I use Josie Maran’s light version of her cold pressed Argon Oil, as I don’t have overly dry skin, I’m more combination and I prefer the feel of the lighter one.  Both her original and light are fantastic though, just depending on your skin type.
    Benefits of Pure Moroccan Argan Oil:
    It is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids to deeply hydrate and nourish my skin. With its fantastic natural, anti aging properties, Argan Oil creates a youthful-looking complexion, diminishing fine lines, wrinkles and delivers a healthy, dewy glow. Great for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. It really helps to balance the skin’s oil production, whether your skin doesn’t produce enough oil or produces too much oil, this natural moroccan oil is my ultimate favourite for regulating the skin!

 

Step 4: Spray Mist (optional)
The Face Shop: Eco-Therapy Moisture Mist- 200ml $21.99 CAD
Purchased from The Face Shop in Canada

  • I love giving my skin that extra drink of water to keep it feeling soft, vibrant and healthy. This product instantly takes away flakiness and helps lock in water to the skin. It is great for anyone who is oily dehydrated to extremely dry skin. Not only does it hydrate and refreshes the skin, but it prevents bacteria build up. This product is eco-friendly and dermatologist tested.

 

Step 5: Moisturizer
Arsainte Eco-Therapy Extreme Moisture Aqua Radiance Cream- 80ml $20.99 CAD
Purchased from The Face Shop in Canada

  • I use this morning and night overtop my serum. I love how lightweight this aqua, gel-like cream feels on my skin, as the hydration immediately penetrates within. It has a cooling sensation and absorbs easily. In the summer, I keep it in the fridge for that extra burst of coolness during those hot days! This product contains bamboo extract instead of water, and Wild Pansy extract to moisturize the skin with 9 types of essential amino acids. It contains no alcohol and it is paraben free! This moisturizer strengthens skin and increases the skin’s ability to hold onto moisture, providing magnesium as an antioxidant which prevents fine lines and wrinkles. For the size and the price, you can’t find a better, more natural moisturizer, that does so much for the skin!
    Benefits of Bamboo Extract:
    Bamboo extract is the richest known source of natural silica; containing over 70% organic silica. It has restorative effects on the skin while preventing premature aging and preserves the skin youthfulness while adding a glow from within. It also helps people who have psoriasis or eczema to have fewer symptoms.
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