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I am by no means a skincare expert, but I have been trying to up my game and stay consistent. When I got Lasik in early April, I couldn’t wear any makeup for 2 weeks, so I really made a huge effort to keep my skin looking nice and have stuck with it since. I predominately use a handful of brands, but these have worked for my sensitive, combination skin so I thought I’d share.


2019-06-10 15_03_48-Liquid Facial Soap _ Clinique

I use the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap for Mild for Dry Combination Skin to gently cleanse and prep my skin.


I’m obsessed with the VASANTI Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Exfoliating Face Wash. It is super fine and exfoliates gently, yet effectively.


2019-06-10 14_57_42-Glow Tonic Serum – Pixi Beauty.png

The Pixi Glow Tonic Serum gently exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes skin to start my day.


2019-06-10 14_55_28-Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid - Cetaphil Store

The Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid works wonders for my skin. It’s lightweight and isn’t greasy. I put some on while I’m doing my hair and by the time I’m ready to do makeup, it’s soaked in and good to go.

2019-06-10 14_58_57-Glow Mist – Pixi Beauty

I’ll often apply the Pixi Glow Mist right before I head out the door. It is a multitasker since it refreshes makeup, as well as hydrates and adds glow to your skin.



2019-06-10 14_42_59-Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover _ Neutrogena®

First things first, I have to remove the makeup from the day. I’ve been a fan of the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover for quite some time now. I’ll also use some wipes of varying brands, as well.

2019-06-10 14_35_12-Retinol Tonic – Pixi Beauty

At the end of the day, I like to use the Pixi Beauty Retinol Toner. It’s great for my sensitive skin and I see a big improvement in overall texture and pores from using this.

2019-06-10 14_40_44-Glow Peel Pads – Pixi Beauty

The Glow Peel Pads are a quick, easy way to minimize pores, breakouts, and fine lines while promoting an even skin tone. This is the most recent addition to my routine, but I’ve been loving it so far.

2019-06-10 14_39_02-Overnight Glow Serum – Pixi Beauty

The Pixi Overnight Glow Serum (actually, all the Glow products) is amazing. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines all while you sleep.

2019-06-10 14_48_03-Firmarine Eye Serum_ Firming Eye Cream _ Erno Laszlo

The Firmarine Eye Serum calms and de-puffs the delicate area around your eyes while leaving the skin feeling firm and supple.

2019-06-10 14_45_20-DREAMDUO™ Overnight Transforming Treatment - GLAMGLOW _ Sephora

This moisturizer means business! the GLAMGLOW DREAMDUO™ Overnight Transforming Treatment makes my skin feel SO soft and look amazing. It smells phenomenal, as well.


Some stuff is a little too intense for daily use, so I try to do it weekly instead.

2019-06-10 14_53_33-White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel _ Brighten Peel _ Erno Laszlo

The Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel might be my holy grail skincare item. It makes my skin look AMAZING. It is a clarifying two-step peel that gently polishes skin. It makes my pores and the dry areas of my face look so much better.

2019-06-10 15_14_16-Cleansers _ Erno Laszlo

This cleanser/oil combo is amazing but is very strong so I only use it 1-2x per week so my skin doesn’t feel too dry. First, you use the Detoxifying Cleansing Oil then you use the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar for a whole new level of clean.



Who doesn’t love a good nose strip from time to time? I love the BIORÉ® DEEP CLEANSING PORE STRIPS to really get those pores clean.

2019-06-10 15_23_01-Patchology Breakout Box in _ REVOLVE

I don’t get TOO many blemishes nowadays, but when I do, I love the Patchology Breakout Box. It has Salicylic Acid dots and hitehead-absorbing hydrocolloid dots absorb gunk from the skin and stop pimples in their tracks.

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My Favorite Inexpensive Makeup Items

Great makeup doesn’t have to break the bank. And while I will admit, some of my favorites are on the pricier side, there are still some GREAT affordable makeup available. I’d like to highlight some of my personal favorites, many which are an everyday staple in my routine.


2019-06-06 09_43_22-Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara _ Ulta Beauty

ESSENCE Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara – This mascara ROCKS! I used to be in love with the Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA mascara… until I tried Lash Princess. First of all, it’s $5. Yes, only FIVE DOLLARS for this mascara. And it’s Ulta, so they usually have coupons and BOGO sales going on. This is fantastic since the Lancome one is nearly $30. But this mascara delivers big, full, long eyelashes. I will recommend still using a lash primer to get some serious volume.

2019-06-06 10_00_28-Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil _ Ulta Beauty

MAYBELLINE Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil – This does the trick and it’s only $8. It lasts all day, but not usually through sleeping. Not a huge deal. I like that it has a brush on the other side to diffuse what you applied or just brush the hairs in the way you want them to go.

2019-06-06 09_57_36-NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray _ Ulta Beauty

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray – This has been my go-to for years now. It’s $8.50 but I usually snag it when Ulta is doing a BOGO deal. It really makes your makeup STAY! I prefer the matte finish, but there is a dewy finish available, too. I usually hit my face makeup once and double up on my eyes since I’m prone to my eyeshadow creasing.

2019-06-06 10_25_36-Correction Concentrate – Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate – I love this concealer. It’s great for your undereye area, especially. I just apply it with my finger, but if you have long nails it gets a little tricky to get it out. It’s only $12 and if you get it at Target with your Redcard, you can get 5% off.


Colourpop Shadow Palettes – Okay, if you want high-quality shadows at a lower price tag, Colorpop is the answer. I have several palettes and they are all great. The one pictured above is Yes, Please and it’s a fantastic, warm palette. I reach for it often. They have palettes available for $12-24, which is a steal compared to most other brands.

2019-06-06 11_01_03-Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder _ Ulta Beauty

WET N WILD MegaGlo Highlighting Powder – This is an amazing highlighter for only $5. It’s not super pigmented, but it’s great as an everyday highlighter for work or something more subtle. You can build it up and there is a little sparkle to it, which I like.

2019-06-17 11_27_31-NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer in Clear _ Ulta Beauty

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Studio Perfect Primer in Clear – I love Smashbox’s primer and this is the perfect dupe for a fraction of the price at $13! It’s silky smooth and makes my foundation look much better and last much longer.


2019-07-08 11_45_05-Pixi H20 Skintint Foundation - 1.18 Fl Oz _ Target

Pixi H20 Skintint Foundation – This foundation is so light and comfortable. It is a more of a tinted moisturizer but does cover well. There are only 3 shades, though, and they’re pretty light, so that is one downside. I have the lightest and middle colors and mix them as needed depending on how tan I am.


2019-06-06 11_32_15-Real Techniques Everyday Essentials _ Ulta Beauty

REAL TECHNIQUES Brushes & Tools – Some things you can get away with using your fingers, but I much prefer using sponges and brushes to apply my makeup. I love the Real Techniques line. Everything is very affordable, works well, and looks nice, too! I especially love the sponge, blush brush, and contour blush. I use those every time I apply makeup.


I would love to know YOUR favorite inexpensive makeup products in the comments! What would you recommend?

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Beauty Prep VoxBox from Influenster

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I was thrilled when I got the email that I had been selected for the Beauty Prep VoxBox from Influenster! I’ll go through each item I received and my thoughts on it.

Velour’s Faux Mink Lashes $29 – I love me some faux mink lashes, so I was very excited for these. They are about as big as I can go on my face without being TOO big. They are very soft and easy to apply. I’m going to keep this brand in mind when I need more.

Elizabeth Arden’s My Fifth Avenue Perfume $65 – This has a very classic, elegant scent. And they sent a full-sized bottle, which is always appreciated! I don’t remember to use perfume often, but I’ve been reaching for this when I do.

Patchology’s Breakout Box $20 – Okay, this little box is amazing. It has 24 Pimple-Shrinking Salicylic Acid Dots, 24 Whitehead-Absorbing Hydrocolloid Dots, and 3 Blackhead-Eliminating Nose Strips. I have been a huge fan of hydrocolloid bandages for pimples for a couple years now and having them already as dots in various sizes have been GREAT! And the salicylic acid ones do a great job when you can tell a pimple is popping up or want to shrink one overnight. I’m super pleased with everything I’ve tried and I will definitely pick this up again when I run out.

Aveda’s Damage Remedy Hair Repair $30 – After going blonde last year, I need all the hair repair treatments I can get! I like that this is a leave in one and did seem to improve the look and feel to my hair. I like Aveda stuff, so I expected great things from this product and it delivered.

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I’m going to follow along to one of Ash/Atleeeey’s makeup tutorial using the ABH Prism Palette!