I’ve been a Sephora Rouge member for a little over a year now – which is ironic because I rarely if ever wear make-up and I’ve been blessed with fairly clear skin. But as I was finishing up didactic year of PA school, I started noticing that my skin was looking older and that I was looking more tired. It was clear that those late nights and stressful days were catching up with me. So I decided that it was important for me to start making a consistent effort and utilizing a skin care routine.
Which lead me to becoming a Sephora Rouge member.
Upside of spending all that money – Sephora has some pretty rockin’ sales throughout the year, and if you’re smart you can plan your purchases for those times!
Since there’s one day left of the VIB Appreciation Sale, I wanted to round up some of my favorites for y’all and share what I love about them.
So the BareMinerals foundation powder and brush are two new items I’m trying out. Since I’m now an adult with a real time adult job as a PA-C in the Emergency Department, I wanted to make an effort to look a little more put together in the morning. And I hate the way most liquid foundations make my skin feel, so I decided to try out a powder foundation. You guys actually recommended that I try the BareMinerals version over one of the other most popular powders (Laura Mercier).
I have been using the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue for a few years now and I LOVE it. It’s a very light coverages, goes on nice and smooth, and doesn’t leave me feeling all sticky and greasy. I think it gives just enough of a perk-up to my skin!
One thing I have learned is how important it is to set foundation (any kind) with a setting powder. I really like the BareMinerals Mineral Veil. It sets my makeup really well and absorbs any excess oil I might have.
Best thing about all of the BareMinerals products is that none of them break me out. While I’m blessed to have fairly acne-free skin, I do have incredibly sensitive skin and can have a reaction to a lot of things. For me, BareMinerals is free of any irritants.
Next up, the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. I’ve gotten some intense dark circles over the past few years from lack of sleep (working full time + school full time, then PA school). This concealer is fantastic at covering those dark circles without looking cakey. I can even wear it alone without any sort of foundation and have it still look natural!
Even though I have my eyebrows tattooed on (check out this post), I still like to fill them in and I’ve found the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to be the easiest thing for me to use. Takes only about 30 seconds of my day and looks fantastic.
I use a Beauty Blender to apply my BareMinerals Complexion Rescue and it’s so, so important to keep it clean! I love using the Solid Brush Cleaner for this because I can easily take it on the go with me, and it does a good job cleaning my brushes.
Now onto the real fun stuff!
I’ve been using Purity as my cleanser for a while now…like 6ish years. Should I mix it up? Probably. But am I happy with the way it leaves my skin feeling? Absolutely! It’s gentle and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean.
Last sale I branched out and invested in the Drunk Elephant Littles Set – I wanted to be able to explore trying new products without spending a fortune and wasting them if I didn’t like them. Well, I LOVED them! I feel like my skin has become so much brighter, clearer, and just looks so much better. I use the C-Firma Serum every morning, followed by a pump of B-Hydra. On days my skin if feeling extra dry, I add in the Belif Aqua Bomb. I also consistently make sure to apply sunscreen. I know that so many productions now contain sunscreen, but studies have show that this is less effective than a traditional sunscreen and as someone who has already had 4 severely atypical nevi, I’m unwilling to mess around when it comes to sun protection for my skin. Plus, I really enjoy the fact that the Drunk Elephant Umbra is a physical sunscreen. Something else I use in the morning is my Banana Bright Eye Cream, it helps make me look more awake and alert as I start my day.
At night, I rotate between using the Drunk Elephant TLC Night Serum and the Help Me Retinol Cream. It’s important not to use these products together as they can be too harsh on your skin. And as much as I love the TLC Night Serum, I really find it important to have a retinol in my routine for the anti-aging properties! I follow both of these treatments with the Protini Polypeptide Cream to help with my skin elasticity. I also make sure to use the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb at night because I’ve notice that the more hydrated my skin is, the less puffiness I have in the morning (and with my crazy schedule its a significant help!). And I always, always take off my make-up the minute I walk in the door using the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm.
Lastly, I do rotate between doing some at home “facials” every week. I use the BabyFacial once a week, followed by the Water Sleeping Mask and Lip Sleeping Mask. It’s my Sunday night routine. I also will do a Lemon Bio-Peel Gauze as needed when I feel like my skin is looking dull.
The only other thing I stocked up on this sale was the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I love the rose color and how soft it makes my lips look and feel (plus sunscreen y’all and you know how much I love that).
I hope all y’all enjoyed reading this post! I know its a little different than my typical Future PA/PA school topics, but I’ve been getting so questions lately on how I take care of my skin, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share.
I’m considering doing another post with more about my routine (like a step-by-step or a full blown review of every product I use), so let me know what you think! As always, feel free to subscribe to the blog or follow along on social media (FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER) as try to survive life with a stethoscope and some sparkle! -ER
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