A Broke Girl’s Guide To: Skincare

I have been wanting to write this for a long time and finally have made the time to do it. I love sharing what products I am LIVING for with you guys. A few months ago, I made a A Broke Girl’s Guide To Makeup post that a lot of you babes loved so I decided to go a step further and make a similar post all around my favorite skincare products. I want to make this a series so let me know what other Broke Girl’s Guides you want me to make. Maybe I can do one on food or grocery shopping, let me know what you think. 

Makeup and skincare can get SO expensive but honestly, it doesn’t have to be. It’s true that luxury products tend to work better and last longer because of the ingredients that go into it but most people can’t afford to spend $83 on a serum. You don’t need to spend a lot of coin to have great skin.

Skincare routines can get super extensive which can also boost up the price. All of it isn’t necessary and your routine will look different than someone else’s because your skin can vary. There is a lot of noise out there and if you are someone like me, I watch a lot of Youtube videos educating myself on the products that are out there. While some products may work for the masses, it may not work for you so you may get discouraged but don’t let that stop you. A part of self-love is understanding what works for you and being confident in that. This principle applies to skincare and makeup too.

I am not a dermatologist but I do love skincare because its the basis of good makeup. Your skin is your biggest organ so how you treat it, matters. I find my skincare in all sorts of places. Thankfully my skin doesn’t get irritated when I test out different products but if you are more sensitive, figure out which ingredients work for your skin and which one’s don’t. That’ll narrow down your search on finding a routine that works for you.

Depending on the season or the climate I am in, my skin will fluctuate on what it needs. When it’s colder outside, I moisturize like crazy but when it’s humid I will use serums instead of creams. Again, you don’t need to be as extensive. All you really need is a good face wash, an exfoliant, moisturizer/serum, and a toner. These 4 or 5 products will help balance your skin.

Before you keep reading: These products work for my combo skin. Since it’s colder outside, I am drier but over the summer ya girl was OILY. Oily skin does need moisturizer too because it’ll help regulate your oil production on your face and it’s just good for your skin to be hydrated.

My skin needs will vary depending on how much sleep I get, how much water I am drinking, what I eat, and so many other things. This is what works for me right now so it can change. I am not acne prone unless I’m getting close to my period. I also try not to wear makeup too much because I like to let my skin breathe. If I have a meeting or an event to go to, I will put my blending brushes to work but for the most part, I don’t wear a lot of makeup on my day-to-day.

I am pretty picky when it comes to product. I love to try new stuff but my tried and true products are really near to my heart. Let me know what products you’re loving so I can test them out.

Facewash 

You shouldn’t spend a lot of money on face wash in my opinion because it’s one of those things that you will go through fast. A lot of drugstore brands are stepping up their game so the products are high quality

Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Face Wash– I bought a 3 pack and have been using it ever since. It is gentle and it foams so you really feel like you’re getting a deep clean. It hydrates as you wash it so you don’t feel like it is sucking your skin dry. I will do this after I take off my makeup with a Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Makeup wipe.

Cetaphil Face Wash – Love this one too but I use the Eucerin face wash more. This is a good face wash to have because it makes you feel clean and just gets off all the oil and dirt off your face. I’ve recommended this to some of my guy friends and they like it. Also, it’s $7 and will last you a long time.

Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier – Okay so not technically drug store but they have a travel size that has lasted me quite a bit. This is the softest cleanser I have ever used. It is super gentle and smells like roses. It makes your skin feel so smooth but clean. I know I keep saying that but this product doesn’t foam too much since it’s gel-like. It feels like you’re rubbing water on your skin in the best way. Try the travel sized first before making the commitment. I use 1-2 pumps on my finger and a little goes a longggg way.

If you’re acne prone: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Pore Cleansing Acne Wash – Again, I am lucky to not have really bad acne but I heard good things from friends who use this. Let me know what other acne face washes you like so I can add it in.

Moisturizers/Serums – *Cue halo sound*

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee a good moisturizer. I literally lather myself in oils and creams before I go to bed so my skin can stay hydrated. I have a few that I love for different reasons. During the day, I like to have something light and with SPF (it matters, trust me) and in the evening I like to go to bed feeling like I have been dipped in a vat of cream. Some people may not like that but waking up with soft skin is such a simple pleasure of mine. I love it so much.

Skincare Tip: Do not forget to moisturize your neck and your chest. Whatever you spread on your face, carry it down to your neck and collarbone to prevent early aging. 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream – I wish I got the one with the pump but this is a good overall daily and nightly moisturizer. She’s thick you guys so be careful. This is an amazing daily moisturizer. It doesn’t clog your pores and makes your skin so soft. I also use this on my body too sometimes. It will last you a long time so you get a ton of product. I love the cream feel as opposed to a gel because I like to make sure my skin is getting the most moisture.

CeraVe SPF Facial Moisturizer  –  Say it with me “SPF matters”. No seriously, it does you guys. I didn’t care about it until recently when I was like “Oh I should really start caring because aging is a thing and so is sun damage”. Wear your SPF. Just do it. What I like about this is that it doesn’t smell too much like sunscreen and it absorbs really fast into the skin so you don’t feel sticky.

Serums

Serums are another way to keep your skin healthy. They are more gentle and the ingredients will seep into your skin differently than a moisturizer. It allows your skin to get deep hydration while staying light on your face. I use a serum inversely as a moisturizer, I don’t know if that’s what you’re supposed to do so facialists and estheticians, help me out with this one. Serums are also great because they can treat specific skincare needs. So for example, if you’re feeling really dry or dehydrated after a night out (🙋🏽) then you may want to go for a serum with hyaluronic acid versus. Or a serum to treat fine lines and wrinkles.

Skincare Tip: TJMaxx and Marshall’s has REALLY good skincare products (hit or miss depending on where you live) for cheap. When I was perusing the skincare shelves one day, I found so many amazing products that are normally really expensive but they had it for less and its the same. exact. thing. I was shook!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Can you tell I love Neutrogena? I recently bought this and I love it. It is more watery but I expect that from a hydrating serum. If you don’t like fragrance or are sensitive to this, do not buy it. I’ll be honest, I don’t like fragrance in my skincare products. I think its unnecessary. The smell is there but it goes away once you rub it in. It leaves your skin feeling quenched and will absorb super quickly.

Valjean Labs Facial Serum – I found these at TJMaxx and am hooked. They’re simple ingredients in them. They have different ones for Glow, Restore, Hydrate, etc. I have those 3 and I have repurchased them. I think originally they’re like $15 but I bought them for $6 or $7. They last you a long time and like I said before, they treat certain things. I’ll use the Glow serum as a base sometimes before I apply my makeup to add some dewiness into my foundation. They absorb fast, do not have any bad smell to them, and I like how it has 2 ingredients. It keeps it simple and you know what you’re adding on your face.

Masks

Mask and chill, anyone? A good face mask and a nice movie is my kind of night. Please do not spend a lot of money on face masks unless you can afford it. I buy so many face masks a year (I should probably invest into a subscription). I have a few that I really like. Some I use as an overnight mask and other’s I’ll just put a sheet mask on and it gives me 20 minutes where no one can bother me.

I talk about these A LOT. I love them, they aren’t “drug store” but they’re $3 from Amazon. I love all of them. The Lavender Hydrating one is by far one of my favorites. Tony Moly makes a GOOOOOD face mask. I believe they are a Korean brand too and they do skincare REALLY well so I trust it.

Another Amazon find, I know a lot of people use this. It’s crazy how much it pulls out of your skin. I feel like my pores were vacuumed.  This is the Aztec Clay Mask .  This will last you a long time, you only need a little bit and it’s literal clay on your face. Wash it off and put some moisturizer on afterward and you are good to go. It can be messy so be careful.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Overnight Gel Cream Face Mask – This is $2 from Walgreens. An awesome hydrating overnight mask. I put it on at the very end of my routine and go to sleep. I think Neutrogena killed it with their Hydro Boost line. I am so happy they came out with it (not sponsored, but hit me up Neutrogena) because I think it’s super accessible. They have a deep clean one too that I haven’t tried but I want to.

Also, another Neutrogena product I am loving right now is their Deep Clean Sheet Mask. I think it gets the job done and it smells good to me. With sheet masks, I don’t really mind the smell of them.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I will be updating my routine as life goes on but again, skin care doesn’t need to be super expensive. I hope you all have a happy week wherever you are and be kind to yourself.

The Foam Roller For Your Face

I am a big skincare junkie. I follow a lot of beauty influencers who put me on a lot of amazing products. Some of them are super expensive so I try to find dupes that fit within my budget.

My latest skin care purchase is the jade roller. If you don’t know what it is here is a picture for reference. IMG_7835.jpg

The one I have is this one from Amazon. It’s about $14 bucks which is cheap considering that this one is $63. There are other cheaper ones but this is available on Prime, so I got it.

Jade rollers are popping up on a lot of different beauty bloggers pages because of its superpowers. I’ve bought mine two weeks ago and I use it multiple times a day to depuff my face or help serum to penetrate in my skin. I’ve noticed a huge difference. Next to my microneedling pen, this is my favorite.

What it does:

  • Depuffs areas on your face: eyes, cheeks, etc. Depuffing can happen if you have too much sodium the night before or have any sort of congestion.
  • Massages your lymphatic system and improves circulation in your face

Your lymphatic system is your bodies internal sewage system. It helps your organs and skin get rid of any extra sh*t you put into your body. When you use the jade roller on your face it massages any congestion and helps everything get to the proper channel. The massaging sensation helps get rid of any build up of toxins in your face that may cause it to feel puffy or congested.

How I like to use it:

I use mine every morning, during the day, and before I go to sleep. I sometimes put it in my fridge because when it’s cold, it awakens my face and feels so good. Also, the cold helps depuff my under eyes. I use the larger end and go over my cheekbones. Whether you’d contour your cheekbones, use it there. It’ll help carve them out. You can use it going up and down (cheekbone to chin) or side to side (cheekbone to ear). I go away from my face (so moving it into my hairline) and down my neck to help the drainage.

I use the smaller end under my eyes (most noticeable results) and between my eyebrows. Again, all the movements going towards my hairline. I use a medium pressure, sometimes if I feel super puffy I go a little HAM. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you may experience some redness. If so, it’ll go away in a few seconds. You’ll be fine, I promise.

At the end of the night, after I have all my serums and sprays on my face I like to go over my cheekbones, between my eyebrows, and under my eyes. It helps your serum get into your pores. Also I go over my eyebrows too which may sound weird. It helps with getting the blood distributed and can help nutrients to feed your brows. My mom told me about this hack. So thanks mommy.

I highly recommend this product. I’ve seen amazing results. Before an important meeting or night out you can use this to depuff. I hate feeling super puffy in the mornings. This helps it. I am jade rolling right now LOL. I swear I love this thing so so much.

Unboxing March’s Ipsy Bag

It’s that time of the month… no not my period. My Ipsy package has FINALLY come in. I subscribed to Ipsy over the summer and I am so thankful. I had Birchbox before but honestly I prefer Ipsy more. I go into detail as to why in this Ipsy vs Birchbox post so if you are curious to see what’s the hype check that out.

For those who don’t know, Ipsy is a glam bag subscription service. For $10 a month you get a diverse range of beauty, skincare, and tools that go with your preference. I like a little more skin care in my bags because I love trying out new beauty and makeup products. So if you want to try Ipsy and learn more please visit ipsy.com ALSO this is not sponsored. I do love Ipsy and would love to work with them on a collaboration but my opinions on these products are authentic and no one is paying me for it.

GREAT, now we got past all of that. Let’s see what I got…

This month’s theme is surrounded around adding color into your life and creation. I think that since festival season is approaching they wanted to offer products that add a little more sparkle. I’m not a very sparkly person personally but I’m always curious to see what Ipsy has in store for me. You can even color in the bag too which I think is super cute. Shoutout to Ipsy for having girls with different hair colors, textures, and ethnicities on their bag. I am loving the inclusive touch.

The first product I opened was the Steve Laurant oil in the shade orchid. This little baby is retailed at $18 but I got a full sized bottle for free. I never have tried a lip oil and honestly it doesn’t sound too appealing because who wants greasy lips? But it feels more like a gloss on the lips and it is super hydrating. I would find myself wearing this on days where I want a little gloss but nothing too crazy so this is a win.

The next item is a single eyeshadow pigment by Furless in the shade Sinister . This is not a color I would typically go for. It’s a darker bronze. I might give this item away to someone who will actually use a darker bronze shadow because that isn’t really my style. Overall, it is super pigmented and isn’t chunky as I know some single shadow pigments can be. This isn’t my fave.

The item is a black eyeliner from Tarte . It is the mini version of it and it goes on super smooth. I go for a liquid eyeliner for a good wing but I think I am going to try this one out to see how it performs because it went on SO smoothly. I would use this 🙂

What I love about Ipsy is that they sometimes include brushes. So this month they gave this rainbow fan brush from Moda. I couldn’t find the exact link but below is a picture. You can never have too many brushes and it’s super soft to the touch so I would use this.

The last item in the Ipsy bag was the Nip+Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix  retailing at $10. You can find this in the drug store. For scrubs, I use them about once a week. I love the Pixi Beauty Peel and Polish Scrub so much but this is becoming a close second. It has a refreshing scent to it and does a really good job at hydrating and removing any additional oil or skin off your face. I used this in the shower and it works.

Out of the 5 items in the bag, I enjoyed 4 of them and that’s because I don’t usually wear a bronzy eye pigment. If you are into that then you may really want to test this out. I love that I received products from brands I didn’t know but also one or two that I am familiar with. This is pretty common with my Ipsy glam bags. I usually like most of the items and some of the others are not my favorite but they may work for someone else.

March’s Glam Bag was ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Would you try Ipsy? Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

Base Makeup Routine

** This is an updated version since my old one somehow got deleted! Enjoy 😄

Before I get into some details of what I put on my face, I do some things BEFORE I even get started. I invest into skin care a lot because that is the base of how your makeup looks and feels. Incorporating some skincare into your makeup regime allows it to act as a barrier especially if you have a long day of wearing makeup, being out, or sweating.

Along with water, eating healthy, and trial & error I curated what I found to work for me. This may not work for you, you may use other products than I do, that’s ok! If there are any new products you want me to try out or that you like LET ME KNOW in the comments. I have combination skin but I tend to be more dry during the winter months (duh) so I go heavy with thick moisturizers at nighttime and a little bit during the day.

Regardless on the day whether I do a full glam or just the basics, I do the prep every single time.

Before the makeup. 

I prep my skin with 3 things: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream , Glow Serum , and lastly the Smashbox Photofinish Primer . The moisturizer is thick so if you don’t like thick moisturizers use a gel or water based moisturizer. I love a good thick cream on my face because the foundation I wear tends to be a bit over drying.

Now for the base

Foundation: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter Soft Matte Foundation or the NARS Longwear Radiant Foundation . The Fenty Beauty foundation is super drying for me so if you have combination but tend to be more dry keep that in mind! T

Concealer: NARS Creamy Radiant in shade creme brulee OR Shape Tape in the color light medium

Powder: BareMinerals Originals Foundation Powder. This is a go to powder that I use to set my makeup and add a little more evenness to my skin.

Bronzer: Two Faced Chocolate Soleil. I use this to softly contour my cheeks. I do want to try the Hula Bronzer by Benefit or a drugstore bronzer because I notice that this particular shade that I have forgot the name is more cool toned.

Blush/highlight: NARS Orgasm Blush. OR  the Fenty Beauty Killawat Highlighter I apply a swipe of the blush on my eyes too to add a little color and shine. The orgasm blush has some gold reflects in it as well so it’s super pretty with every skin tone.

Brows: I use a lot of different eyebrow products. I haven’t found one I absolutely love so I am still experimenting. What I do is I get a spoolie and put some dark eyeshadow on it and swipe it through my brows then I go in with an angled eyebrow brush and clean up the top. I love darker eyebrows because they frame the face super well. Swipe on some clear eyebrow gel and you are good to go. I’m trying to go more weeks between eyebrow threading appointments and am starting to embrace my bushy brows more but it’s so hard 😫 I am so tempted to just tweeze them away!

Eyes: like I said before, I use blush and my bronzer to add some definition to my eyes. Sometimes I’ll add some Fenty highlight but my go to mascara is the roller lash from benefit. I LOVE this stuff. I used to always opt for drugstore mascara cause I go through it so often but I’ve transitioned to this product because the brush separates each and every lash and just lengthens them so much.

My daily makeup routine is really simple. I keep emphasizing the importance of good skin and right now for some reason by under eyes are looking more tired than usual so I am wearing more full coverage makeup and concealer. Usually I put on some concealer, mascara, blush, and a light contour. Giving the chance for my skin to breathe while looking awake and refreshed.

If you know of a good eye creams comment below please! See any products you are trying to try or any of your favorites? SOUND OFF BELOW ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

My skin care routine

Your skin is your biggest organ so you need to treat it like such. What you put in your body and how you treat your skin are key indicators of your overall health. To me, the biggest pet peeve of mine is when my skin or my lips are dry. I have combination skin but during the winter months I am more dry. I am pretty blessed to not be stuck with any acne or cystic acne marks. I am no expert but this is what works for me so hopefully you can draw something from it.

So if you want to start a skin care routine or anything above resonates with you keeeppp on reading…

Overall Tips

  • Skin care doesn’t need to be intimidating. It can be as easy as you make it to be. Yes, you too fellas. Spend time on your skin!
  • You really only need two things: a good face wash and a good moisturizer. Drug store options work great so you don’t need to spend a lot of $$$ for beautiful healthy skin
  • Your diet and how much water you consume play a huge role in your overall skin health. Dairy can cause acne because of all the hormones. I have gone dairy free and I have noticed my skin has gotten so much better.
  • Some people say that going gluten free is good for your skin. It makes sense because gluten is sugar and sugar is bad for your skin especially if it sits in your digestive system for a really long time. I try to reach for healthier carbs so that my body isn’t missing any nutrients it needs so I don’t have a lot of gluten in my diet at this moment. I have noticed a difference in how puffy my face is.

My Actual Routine 

I do my skin care routine in the evening mostly. I will put down below how I prep my skin for the day or on days where I wear makeup. But this is all night time. Again, my routine may be a little excessive. In bold are what I think are the skin care essentials.

  1. Take off your makeup: I take off all my makeup using a cotton round + the Garnier Micellar Water I go through this so often. It does a really good job to take off your makeup even stubborn eye makeup.
  2. Use a gentle face wash: I use a silicone face scrubber (in my favorite products of 2017 list) + Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Face Wash   .  It comes out like a sticky gel but softly foams as you rub it around your skin with water. You can buy a 3 pack on Amazon to stay stocked up, I gently scrub my face using the face scrubber in circular motions, rinse it off, and pat my face dry. I have sensitive skin so I do not use the face scrubber every day. I use it 2-3 times a week so every other day. It cleans out any leftover makeup that may be on your face that the cleanser did not get.
  3. Moisturize: I use the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I think it is a dupe for the Kiehls Ultra Cream that is super popular. This moisturizer is thick and super creamy which is why I use it at night so it can really get into my skin and pores. There is no fragrance to it and when I wear it throughout the day, I do notice my skin feeling consistently hydrated even in my T-zone where I tend to get oily.
  4. Serum: I use two for different reasons. The first one is Vitamin C (which is AMAZING for your skin) + Magnesium, it’s the Glow serum. I found it at TJMaxx for $5. I use it on the high points on my face and pat it into my skin. It leaves it radiant and glow. The other one I use is high end it’s the Kiehl’s Hydro-Pumping Retexturizing Serum . I love this serum so much. One pump is more than enough! It glides on and feels like water seeping into your skin. It isn’t sticky or greasy it is so great and works wonders
  5. Gentle exfoliator: I recently started using this Pixi Peel and Polish  it has gritty pieces of sugar in it that really take away any dead skin or extra makeup you have. I use this once a week and I LOVE IT. My skin is so soft after I use it. You only need a small amount for your whole face. I like to put more on the perimeter of my face because thats where I have the most dead skin and it takes it away in one use. PLEASE moisturize and serum after this though otherwise your skin will be soooo dry.

Prepping my skin before makeup 

I prep my skin before I put on any foundation, concealer, mascara, etc. I think of it as an extra layer protecting my skin from my long wear makeup. It also makes my makeup look so smooth. Sometimes my foundations can be over drying so these steps are crucial in order to make sure my skin doesn’t look cakey.

  1. Moisturize with the CeraVe moisturizer. I wait a little bit before I put on anything onto of it so I can let it absorb into my skin.
  2. Optional: The glow serum. Depending on the look I put the glow serum all over my face to give my face a brighter finish to it when my foundation goes on.
  3. For primer, I use the SmashBox Photo Finish Primer . I just started to use this and I love the consistency of the primer. It isn’t too tacky or sticky and I notice it really adhering to my makeup wonderfully!

Face Masks I LOVE

I thought I’d include this because I do use face masks often. I love trying new ones but the one I absolutely love is the Tony Moly Lavender Mask. For $6 you get 2 if you order off their website directly. Leave this on for 20 minutes and rub that serum in your face and your skin is HYDRATED. I love the other ones from this line but this my far my favorite

I hope you found this useful!