Skin Care Routine

Hi, Loves! Today I want to talk about skincare. I’ll tell you what, I used to never believe the hype when people told me how important it was to take care of your skin. Old me: I had extremely oily skin. I never moisturized because I thought it would make the oil worse. I never washed my face. And I always had pimples. I only used Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent. I am so disappointed in my former self.

Fast forward to 2018 and your girl has combo skin, that is smooth and clean most of the time. My skin is not perfect, but it’s so much better than it once was.

Makeup Remover

What I’ve used for years now to remove my makeup initially is Clinique’s Take the Day Off oil or balm. The balm is about $30 for 3.7 oz and the oil is about $17 for 6.7 oz. You add this to a dry face, rub it all over, rinseface with water and most of your makeup will be off. I love it!

Face Wash

I use many things to wash my face. I absolutely love trying new face washes. What I’ve found that works best for me is Sally Beauty’s Generic Value Product Mild Face Wash. I use this when I’m not exfoliating. Cost: $8.99 for 6.7 oz.

On days I am exfoliating I use Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Apple Cider Vinegar 4 in 1 foaming mask + scrub. Cost: about $4.00 at Walmart for 6 oz.

Finally, a more recent discovery that I’m loving is the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment. Cost: $24.00 for 0.5 oz.

Toner + Moisturizer

In the mornings I like to use the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair with SPF. This acts as a toner as well. Cost: $18.00 for 1 oz.

However, lately I’ve discovered the LancĂ´me Renergie Lift Muti-Action living and firming cream with SPF and I really am liking it. Cost: $30.00 for 0.5 oz.

In the evening I go with the Rapid Repair’s sister and use the night version. Cost: $18.00 for 1 oz.

I always use an under eye cream. I have dry under eyes, so adding this step, especially before makeup, is so crucial for me! What I’ve been using is Clinique’s Rapid Repair Laser focus cream. Cost: $45.00 for 0.5 oz.


This is my favorite part of skincare. I’m obsessed with different serums. My all time two favorites are…

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot. Girl, I loooove this stuff!! I mix it with my moisturizer and it’s a serious game changer! My skin has never felt so smooth. Cost: $20 for 0.5 oz.

My second favorite serum right now is Cosmedica Skincare’s Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I use this all over my neck and face and pat it gently into my skin. Cost $11 for 1 oz.

Micellar Water

I always use this after I wash my face to get off any remaining residue. You can always use this to remove makeup as well. Cost: ~$7 for 13.5 oz.

Rose Water

I use this as my final step. I spray all over my face and pat it in with my fingers. Cost: $7 for 4 oz.

*The products are not listed in the actual steps of using them

**All prices are dependent upon the store you purchase them at. I try to find everything on Amazon before I go anywhere else.

If you’re completely clueless about skincare, like I was, start at the drugstore. You can find great products for affordable prices. They always say, good makeup starts with good skincare! Here is a helpful chart to follow when you’re feeling lost.

I will now be posting once a week, I’ll be shooting for Thursday’s.

Enjoy your week!


Samantha IMB

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