Skin care is the one non-negotiable constant in my life. I can barely be bothered to put cream in my hair and let it air dry, I don’t floss nearly as much as a person should, and I’ve never been to a gym in my life, but the list of products I put on my face only seems to get longer and more expensive with time. Nearly half of my morning getting-ready ritual involves skin care, the other half is spent looking for things I have managed to lose in the house.
Even throughout the day I am constantly putting on oil and tinted moisturizer at the slightest hint of dryness or redness. As a person with sensitive skin, routine has been super important in appeasing the Pore Gods. The ritualistic sacrifice of my money is a small price to figuratively pay for piece of mind, even when the actuality gets a bit pricey.
These are a few of my favorite things:
Lush 9 to 5 Cleanser ($10.95-$22.95): This light almond and orchid cream wash is my everyday cleanser and makeup remover of choice. It feels so comforting to use and has a lovely light floral smell.
Aveda Outer Peace Cleanser ($28): This is my supplemental cleanser. It was great for break outs when I was younger and while I hardly get them anymore, I do like to use this once a week just to really clean out my pores. It gives a deep cleanse without making my dry skin irritated.
Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin ($115.00-$150): So this is a million freaking dollars, huh? But it’s the best thing I’ve ever put on my face. It’s like a skin care Instagram filter in real life. It just makes everything smoother and softer. I can’t use actual makeup primers because they give me hives, but this serum is the next best thing. People will ask specifically what it does when I rave about it and it just makes everything better. There is more to it than the official product description. Whatever you feel is currently shitty about your face won’t be after using this. Just trust me and get a sample.
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk ($20-$56): This serum is so hydrating. It keeps my skin from getting flaky or sore. I find it’s a bit sticky after application which actually makes it a great base for highlighter.
The Abnormal Beauty Company Hylamide Low Molecular HA Booster ($20): This is a hyaluronic acid serum that plumps and hydrates the skin. I’ve also noticed it will calm down redness or irritation.
Physician’s Formula Argan Wear Illuminating Oil ($14.99): Have you ever used Argan Oil and been like “gee I wish this had a middle school dance in the 90’s amount of glitter in it?” No? Just me? Well I love it. It’s exactly like regular Argan Oil but with glitter. I really can’t imagine enough people who aren’t me are buying this to justify its continued existence but I’ll take it.
Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin ($12.99): So I could also be using a really expensive moisturizer but I’m not because this does the job and smooths my face without too many active or harsh ingredients. I’ve tried a million moisturizers and just haven’t noticed enough of a difference to switch from this thrifty choice. It’s the reasonably priced, practical minivan of the face. I could be spending $30 more for pretty packaging but I’m not. Are you proud of me? I’m proud of myself.
Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen ($32): I am very picky about sunscreens because I insist on wearing one every day and I’m allergic to so many of them. This doesn’t leave white residue or give me hives so I don’t think I’ll ever try anything else.
Origins GinZing Eye Cream ($30): This is like highlighter for your under eye area. It’s lightly reflective and minimizes any darkness.
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy ($36): Some may say that a person can’t possibly ever need two different eye creams, but “need” is such an ugly word. It’s so…limiting. And besides this is not technically an eye cream, it’s an eye REMEDY. Shhh…it totally makes sense. So when you put this one on top of the Origins one your dark circles completely disappear. I was recently taking a math class that started at 8 a.m. because I am a masochist, and when I skipped make up for an extra five minutes of sleep, this combo was enough on it’s own. This is a bit like a tinted moisturizer for the under eye area.
*Added bonus: these all last a REALLY long time. Like 3/4 of a year for most. They’re an investment, but no bank accounts were recently harmed in the making of this post.
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Kristine Rose is a make-up artist, esthetician, and writer. She strongly believes in each individual’s right to express themselves through style, make up, and body modification (or lack thereof). Beauty writing is her one true passion and she intends to revel in it until her untimely death, crushed under the weight of her own jewelry. Follow her on Instagram: @vanityarchitect and @glitter_or_death.
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