Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Favorites: Face products

For most of my life I was a big lazy dirtball who never washed her face at night. Gross. In the past year I've changed that, and about six months ago I switched some stuff up in my product arsenal and it's been aces.

I used to think people were freaking insane for using so much face stuff. Then I got older. I find it needs a little extra these days. Thanks to my motley crew of products, my skin has been pretty good. Here's what I'm using:
1 - Face wipes. These are the holy grail found at Marshalls or TJ Maxx. If I can't find these I use Yes to Cucumbers. And on the nights I'm still a lazy dirtball, I'm only using these.
2 or 3 - After I use the face wipe, I wash with either Trader Joe's All-in-One Facial Cleanser or freaking old school Noxzema. Throwback, right? I let it sink it for a few minutes while I wipe down the toilet and put away anything on top of my dresser.
4 - Swipe the face with a witch hazel soaked cotton ball.
5- Swipe the face with Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid then wipe down the sink to give it time to sink in. This product makes my face quite smooth.
6 - Apply Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream Night. Wipe down mirrors as that's sinking in.
7 - Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. I got this for free in an Influenster Voxbox so I've only been using it for about 1.5-2 months, but let me tell you - it's magic. Really. It's faded a lot of my dark and age spots and my skin feels great after using it. It doesn't clog my pores either.
8 - I remove eye makeup with Camomile eye makeup remover from The Body Shop. I actually do this after I use the face wipe but the photo is out of order. This is gentle and not greasy. Thanks to Emily at Martinis & Bikinis for this recommendation.
9 - I've been using Origins Plantscription eye cream for a long time. I'm finally at the end and have replaced it with Olay Total Effects Eye Cream.
10 - Also out of order (and dark, sorry, my brush is not gray, really) - I use this when I do the face washing portion.
1 or 2 - In the shower I either wash with this or St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub. I like this exfoliator because it's smooth and doesn't feel harsh or leave my skin raw.
3 - Witch hazel when I get out of the shower
4 - Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer (actually applied after #5)
5 - Coppertone Clearly Sheer SPF 30 for Sunny Days
6 - Not pictured - eye cream. I was previously using Garnier but when it was finished switched to the Olay Total Effects. I just made the switch this week so I can't weigh in on it.

Seriously, my skin has never looked better. Perhaps it's the chemicals of the old school Noxzema preserving me for thousands of dollars less than Botox? I don't know. This combination is working.

What face products are you loving?

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34 comments:

  1. I am a lazy dirtbag who doesn't wash her face at night. Gasp! Usually I just use wipes but I do swear by the Body Shop Makeup remover, having been using it for like 10 years and it is so gentle. I love L'Oreal Age Perfect face cream, it's anti-aging and again using for 10+ years and keeps me wrinkle free. I tend to switch my facial cleansers up a lot.

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  2. I have always washed my face. Those facial wipes are awesome.

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  3. aaaaannnndddd why don't i see our beloved eminence tinted moisturizer on here??

    you know argan oil is my jam; i use it twice a day and my skin has never looked or felt better.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. Another lazy dirtbag here... but as I'm getting older I know I am going to need to start doing something. But I don't think I can handle so many products! I bought some argan oil on Kathy's recommendation, maybe I should start with just trying to remember to wash my face then apply that.

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  5. I just got the Say Yes To Carrots wipes, as they are fragrance free. Love em! I have practically an entire bottle of Dickensons you can have. There's our excuse to be ladies who lunch!

    What do you think of the green tea scrub? Are the beads/grits really big and scratchy?

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  6. Wow, that's a lot! Lazy dirtbag here. Only I take it a step further and don't even always remove the makeup from my face. Mascara? That's good for the next day. Eye liner? It'll shower off eventually.

    I love that your routine involves cleaning the bathroom as you go!

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  7. Your arsenal looks like mine...lots of steps but worth it!!!

    Old school Noxema!!!!! I dont see that everywhere, and it is a damn shame. My mom used to have me put it on my sunburns when I was younger. That shit is good for everything!!!!

    I want to try the Olay Regenerist Eye serum stuff when my sample eye cream is gone. I also was thinking about that Olay Luminous stuff so I am glad you said it is magic because I need some damn magic!

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  8. I am a semi-lazy dirtbag. I love Olay products and need to buy the toner and wipes probably are a good idea, too. I use Neutrogena eye makeup remover only.

    I love that you clean your bathroom AND your face. That is multitasking at it's finest.

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  9. In the morning I use St. Ives apricot scrub with my mini Clarisonic brush, benzoyl peroxide because I still break out like I'm 13 and Olay day cream. At night I usually just use Neutrogena make up remover wipes and rinse my face. It's been working ok for me so far. I've been wondering about using an eye cream but not sure what one to use.

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  10. I just Trader Joe's coconut oil to remove my makeup. I'm going to try their face wash! Thanks!

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  11. Oh my gosh, you're making me feel like (because I am!) the lazy dirtbag... haha! I need to step up my skin care game for sure! The one thing I can't live without though is my Clarisonic... best investment ever! For a wash I use Cetaphil... aaand that's all I do!

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  12. You have quite the routine and I love how you throw cleaning into it as well :) I have to say I was someone who forever wore makeup to bed (it is so bad), this past year I'm doing much better about not doing that though...it is so bad. I try to keep the number of products I use to a minimum. I use coconut oil to remove eye makeup, Nourish Cleanser (though I tend to switch up cleansers often), in the morning I use Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser (though I'm probably going to switch that out when it is done), Kahina Eye Serum, and a facial oil I make myself.

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  13. I love noxema my grandmother used to use it every night, sometimes even sleep with it on and her skin is like silk. I still haven't found a good moisturizer.

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  14. The only thing I religiously do to my face is wear sunscreen outside and wash it off when I'm done. Now if I could find a wrinkle eraser I'd be set, I've got Olay age defying cream but I wasn't impressed.

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  15. I try to stay as low maintenance on my skin care as possible.. but, over the past year, I keep adding stuff into my regimen too.

    I really need to get an eye make up remover - I'm totally damaging my skin by just using soap and water. UGHK.

    Why can't I just keep my youthful younger 20 something SKIN? HMMMMMMMM???

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  16. Never wash my face. Everyone is different and doing what works is the key. I swear by sunblock-cream and spray and now I love any cream that says Lift and firm on the label.#gravity! Also, the neck and decolletage are vitally important to protect. The epsom salts bath is superb for your skin/body. Once or twice a week soak for about 10 minutes. Detox and gets rid of any aches. I always slather moisturizer immediately after the shower. I LOVE shimmer mists. The sun or light picks up all of the glitter. Carpe diem. Love, your Momma

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  17. I use Oil Of Olay Moisturizer with sunscreen, that's it. I learned a long time ago that my skin does best when I wash it with water only.

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  18. I swear by the body shop camomile makeup remover. Been using it for 10+ years and love how it works and isn't oily! I have a pretty routine face regimen as well.

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  19. soap (Dove) and water and witch hazel. As you might expect, my face looks awful.

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  20. I am so so bad at washing my face it's embarrassing. i should work on that, maybe with some of these!

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  21. Going to try that eye makeup remover!! Also I was wondering about those wipesM! I will grab them up at TJ Maxx next time!!

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  22. Wow. I am a total lazy dirtbag. I only use Simple face wipes, and Clinique eye makeup remover if I actually wear eye makeup that day. You use 3 different creams at night??! I don't even think I own 3 different face creams. I use the Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer with SPF 15- LOVE it. Also love how you included what you do while you're letting the stuffs sink in!

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  23. I need to write down these face creams because honestly? I don't use any. And I probably should.

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  24. i am so bad with my face, makeup remover wipes for the win. i am going to tjs tomorrow, ill look out for these.
    other than that.. i use soap and maybe some moisturiser. seriously need to pick up my game otherwise i shall resemble a non cute leather handbag soon.

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  25. I love the smell of Noxema for some reason!
    I've been using La-Roche Posay Effaclar foaming cleanser, toner and DUO. Then just using Neutrogena oil free moisturizer afterwards. That and my Clarisonic have done WONDERS for my skin. They're all expensive (except the Neutrogena) but I figure if your skin doesn't look good, your makeup isn't going to look good either and you aren't going to FEEL good - so, it's worth it!

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  26. I so need to try that cream from Olay. They have great products. Have a fab weekend!!

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  27. I am kicking myself for not taking better care of my skin when I was younger! I've been trying to use more natural products lately and right now everything I'm using is from Eminence Organics. I'm perpetually on the hunt for a product that will actually fade my dark spots without making me break out.

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  28. I usually just clean my face with coconut oil. I rub it on while the water is getting warm and then I use a washcloth to wipe it off. It takes off all of my makeup and dirt/oil from the day. Plus it makes my skin super soft. Since I've been using it I break out way less and my skin doesn't get super oily anymore.

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    1. Elaine, I used to use coconut oil but then my face totally erupted! I'm glad it works for you. A lot of my friends love it too.

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  29. i might have to look into old school noxzema again - sounds kinda awesome! and yeah as i've gotten older, i have more of a necessary night time face cleaning routine. it's so necessary!

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  30. Love this post. I swear by face wipes. I use Olay and love them. I really need to do a post on the products I use although I really dont have a special regiment every night.

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  31. This is awesome! So many products I want to try, especially the Trader Joe's face wash. I keep forgetting to pick it up!

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  32. This regimen makes me tired... No wonder you have such amazing skin!

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