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Beauty & Skincare

When it comes to skincare, this is truly one of my great loves.  I’ve been obsessed for a very long time, going back to the ripe age of six and giving myself weekly facials.  It has always been important for me not to be a slave to my makeup and with the inevitable aging process it’s necessary for me to maintain healthy skin.  I am frequently asked about my skincare and makeup routine and tips so I wanted to take a moment to share.

Disclaimer* The products I use, work for me and may not be suitable for all skin types.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact a dermatologist prior to use.

I love skincare products so unlike a lot people who stick to a product that works, my skin craves change so I tend to introduce new products regularly.  If you have sensitive skin, I would not recommend that.

Skin type- Oily
Secret weapon-Alkaline Water (introduced to me by my sister who also swears by it)
Not so secret weapon-sunscreen

Because I’m a product junkie, prepare yourself for an overload of the products I use on a regular basis and are the flavors of the moment.

Evening Routine
Cleanser-Dr. Weil for Origins Antidote Mega-Mushroom Cleanser
Daily exfoliant- Dermalogica daily microfoliant
Toner- Kaplan MD Revitalizer Toner
Face Serum- MD Plant Stem Cell Serum
Moisturizer-Cosmedix Defy  sprinkled with Cosmedix Pure C Mixing Crystals
Eye Gel-Basq Cucumber Tea Eye Gel 
Eye Cream- Korres Evening Primrose Eye Cream
Morning Routine
Cleanser- Purity
Moisturizer- Origins Rejuvenating Treatment
Sunscreen- DDF Weightless Defense SPF45 or Neutrogena Age Defense SPF 20
Eye Cream- Clarins Sunscreen For Eyes SPF30
For those skin breakout occasions 
To keep the pesky acne away-Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads
Helps heal the acne that gets in-Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder
Once a week alternating mask
Basq Rebalancing Face Cleanser (I use this as a cleanser/exfoliator and mask)
Kaplan MD Firming Masque
Korres Pomegranate Mask

My skincare tools I can’t live without
Clarisonic Plus– best skin cleaning brush ever
Crystalift microdermabrasion machine– perfect at home dermabrasion
Lightstim– device to stimulate collagen
Conair facial spa-skin steaming my version is so crazy old- alternate version here
Prior to foundation application, I never forget my primer which clearly I’m not loyal
Tarte Clean State Primer
Nars Pore Refining Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
Murad Oil Control Mattifier
My very basic makeup routine after primer
1. Stila natural finish oil free makeup-shade I
2.  Cover FX Setting Powder-shade deep
3.  Mac brow pencil-shade-spiked
4. Sephora liquid liner-shade black
5.  Stila Perfecting Concealer-shade I
6.  Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Mascara-shade black
7.  Stila Lip Enamel-shade-joy

I know it seems like a lot of products and it is, but I’m totally addicted and I’m owning it.