My Morning Skincare Routine | Summer Edition

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my morning skincareMy morning skincare routine is really simple. I usually don’t have a ton of time in the morning plus I’ve never been the one for elaborate morning routines. I usually prefer to throw on a podcast before hopping in the shower. Lately, I’ve been loving The Influencer Podcast by Julie Solomon and The Joel Osteen Podcast. I love starting my morning with a dose of positivity and both these podcasts are full of it. Once I’m in the shower I start with washing my face.

For the past month and half my favorite cleanser has been the GinZing scrub by Origins. I love the texture and that it gives a gentle exfoliation. I have pretty sensitive combination skin so I need products that are gentle but still effective. I remember when I was in high school and I’d get super bad breakouts in my T- Zone. I swear my mom did everything to help including taking me to multiple dermatologist appointments. The products they always prescribed me were always too harsh. Finally, we were shopping in Macy’s and a sales lady recommended Origins. It was one of the first brands that worked well with my skin and helped with my acne.

Once I’m out the shower I like to apply my toner. The only one I’ve used for years now is the Thayer’s Witchhazel and I swear by it. It’s also a great makeup remover. Once that dries I apply my eye cream. I just recently got into using eye creams and I know I’m late to the party. Honestly, I never thought they were necessary but I’ve been proven wrong. So very wrong. My under eye area feels so hydrated and my concealer goes on extra smoothly, no creasing. I tend to lounge on my bed and continue to listen to my podcast while I let the eye cream work its magic. Sometimes I’ll also pop on to Instagram because who can resist checking social media in the morning. I’ve worked hard to make sure it’s not the first thing I do in the morning.

The last step is to moisturize. I have a deep love for gel moisturizers since I feel they work best with my skin. Voilá.  My skin is all prep for the day. Let me know your skin type and your morning routine in the comments.


My Morning Skincare Steps

Cleanse + Tone + Apply Eyecream + Moisturize

The Products

These products were gifted to me by Origins and Sephora but all opinions are my own.

6 Face Masks Perfect for Summer

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Beaches, Vacations, BBQs, Hiking, Reading in the backyard. However, you’re planning to spend your summer you’ll probably be spending a considerable amount of time outside and celebrating. You definitely want to look and feel your best starting with taking care of your skin.

It is always a good idea to take a look at your skincare routine with the change of the seasons. Your skin may have different needs and it is just fun to try out new products. I keep a fairly simple regimen but I love trying out new face masks. They are one beauty product that definitely helps problem areas I want to target. For the summer months, I especially like masks that are going to really clear out those impurities and give me glowy skin.

Pick up a few of my recommendations and be assured that your skin care needs are met all summer long.



6 Face Masks Perfect for Summer

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1.Kaolin Clay Detoxifying Facial Mask by Michael Todd 

What it does: This mask is great for drawing out impurities and toxins while helping to clear blemishes.

Why I love it: Gosh, I love really do love this mask. If you have oily/combination skin this is a great option for you. It really helps to clear up blemishes, prevents breakouts and has really helped even out my complexion. Not to mention it’s so lightweight and goes on super smoothly.

How to use it: I apply it after I wash my face and before using my toner for about 10 mins. I do it twice a week but it can be used up to 3 times a week.

Buy: Ulta

2. Luminizing Black Mask by Boscia 

What it does: This is a peel off masks that helps to absorb excess oil, improve skin clarity and help reduce pores.

Why I love it: Every time I use it my skin is glowing and so soft. It does a great job of deep cleaning your pores, they will definitely be unclogged after using this. Which is perfect for summer since we spend so much time outside, you want to make sure you’re getting along the impurities out.

How to use it: I suggest using it only once a week because it is a strong mask, preferably at night. I like to apply this before I get in the shower because it’s easier to wash off any residue let from peeling it off.

Buy: Sephora


face masks3. Collagen Essence Miracle Mask by Bio Miracle

What it does: It helps to brighten, improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Why I love it: Using this mask before I apply my makeup gives me the dewiest, glowing looking skin. It’s also my go to if I had a late night because it helps reduces any bags, rehydrates and perks up my skin.

How to use it: Definitely use this after you cleanse your skin. Once, you finish the mask do not wash or rinse your face instead you want to rub the remaining serum into your skin.

Buy: Target

4. Brightening Face Mask by Karuna

What it does: A sheet mask that is infused with a serum that brightens, gently exfoliates and reduces appearance of age spots

Why I love it: It great for hyperpigmented skin and leaves a nice glow. I also love that it is paraben and dye free.

How to use it: This is super easy, just leave on for 10 – 20 mins. The longer you leave it on the more intense the treatment.

Buy: Sephora

5. Clarifying Face Mask by Karuna

What it does: It does what a few of the other masks on this list does deep-cleans pores, removes excess oil but it also provides an oil-free hydration.

Why I love it: It’s great if I have a breakout and I want to clear it quickly while leaving my skin hydrated. Of course like the other masks from this brand, it’s paraben and dye free which is always a plus.

How to use it: This is super easy, just leave on for 10 – 20 mins. The longer you leave it on the more intense the treatment.

Buy: Sephora

6.Renewal Eye Mask by Karuna

What it does: Helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles. It also firms and tones the skin.

Why I love it: This is definitely my favorite of the Karuna brand because it focuses on that sensitive eye area. I love that this helps my bags so much and really brightens up that area. My concealer always goes on much smoother after using these.

How to use it: This is super easy, just leave on for 10 – 20 mins. The longer you leave it on the more intense the treatment.

Buy: Sephora

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Skincare Routine & How to Grow Longer Lashes

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It’s Beauty Tuesday! Today, I will be sharing with you all what I do for my skincare routine, day and night. I have a fairly simple routine, I don’t apply serums and eye creams and anti-wrinkle creams and all of that. Maybe I should but I don’t instead I stick to the basics of cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing with the occasional mask thrown in.

I will also be sharing how I keep my lashes long and full. After, I finish my skin is perfectly prepped for doing my makeup, going au naturale or to sleep. Let me know your skin type and favorite products!

Day | Skincare Routine

1. Cleanse with Alba Botanica Coconut Cleansing Milk – I love that this has a creamy texture and is full of a lot of ingredients. Plus it doesn’t dry my skin out like some cleansers.

2. Tone with Thayer’s Lemon Witch Hazel – I love witch hazel. It has multiple purposes in my beauty routine not to mention lemon helps to even out skin tone.

3. Moisturize with Garnier Fructis Intense Gel Moisturize – I really like gels because I have oily skin on my forehead area but normal everywhere else. I don’t have to worry about my skin looking greasy or feeling dry. I have been using this gel for years but let me know if you all have other suggestions!

4. Deep Intensive Mask with Aztec Healing Clay – I use this mask about once or twice a month since it is pretty intense, it gives a really deep clean but be careful if you had sensitive skin and never place around the eye area

Night | Skincare Routine

1. I wipe down my face/remove makeup with my Burt Bee’s Facial Towelettes. I switch back and forth between the cucumber melon and grapefruit

2. Use the witch hazel to remove any excess makeup or dirt

3. Cleanse with Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash in Grapefruit

4. Moisturize with Coconut Oil

5. Apply my oil mixture to my lashes and brows

If I have any pimples, I spot treat with either the Aztec healing clay or the Neutrogena’s Rapid Clear spot treatment. Applying toothpaste as a spot treatment works well also!

How I Grow My Lashes

I use a homemade oil mixture to help keep my lashes hydrated. It is the same concept of “sealing” when it comes to hair but just for your lashes.

Items Needed

8-ounce applicator bottle

Mascara Wand

Castor Oil/Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Extra virgin olive oil

Coconut oil

  1. Fill the applicator bottle half way with Castor oil
  2. Then add about a 1/4 cup of olive oil and a 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  3. Shake it up well
  4. Apply to damp lashes with a clean mascara wand. You can also use this on your brows!

* I like to leave the mixture on overnight and wash my face as normal in the morning. Do what works best for you!


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