My Morning Skincare & Foundation Routine

Do you ever feel like your foundation is gliding off your face 3-4 hours after applying it in the morning?

Your skin care routine and everything you do before applying your foundation is what will make a difference in how your foundation lasts all day, or doesn’t.

3.5 years ago I went through a lot of problems with my skin, I had to try SO many things and products and home remedies to get it to a healthy place that I am comfortable with. Thats when I found a product line that really worked for me, and my passion for helping women find their best skin possible was born!

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I used to tan, in the booth, regularly. I went from the lightest ivory shade of foundation to Beige 3/4 shades. When I stopped I had to have a reality check with my blackheads, clogged pores, extreme discoloration, dark spots, red spots, and just yucky dry feeling of my skin texture. Check out the video tutorial where I share my winter routine in the morning.

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List of Products I use:

Step 1: Moisturizer – I am using this moisturizer in the winter time, then switch to a different one that’s lighter for summer. This moisturizer last me 2/3 years because I only use it in the winter starting mid fall. Use this as a substitute if you don’t want extreme moisture and repair like I did – Lightweight Anti-aging Moisturizer.

Step 2: Eye Cream – Amazing! Totally necessary!  The customized applicator elevates this cream to a new eye-deal of beauty. Perfectly sculpted to fit the shape of the eye, the metal tip is designed to help impact microcirculation as it gently massages the undereye area to help reduce puffiness. The other eye cream I use and mentioned – Firming eye cream, and its a great one to start with if you don’t use anything right now.

Step 3: Lip Balm – An absolute must in winter time!!!!

Step 4: Foundation Primer with SPF – This is going to be one of the key products to keep your foundation on all day!

Step 5: Foundation – I am using liquid foundation during the winter time in the Luminous formula. On the warmer days I use a matte wear foundation in the same shade and the same formula but with a different finish that also controls my oils. Foundation brush.

Step 6: Finishing powder – aka Translucent powder! I often carry this one with me when I travel through airport, or even during the day when my skin gets a little oily in the afternoon. A quick brush on of the finishing powder and shine all goes away!

 

 

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Skin that gets you carded

Do you wish you had skin to go naked in public?

Do you want to shed off years from your face?

I may not be the doctor with all answers, but I’ve struggled with my skin for years and once I found a routine that changed my skin I knew I needed to share it with others.

Here are a few tips to keeping your skin glowing no matter what age, no matter the time of year!

 1. Pomegranates

This year my husband and I changed our diet to all organic, or at least as much as possible, and immediately noticed changes in my skin. My secret weapon this year is Bone Marrow Broth and Pomegranates. Seriously amazing! I eat 1/3 to 1 full pomegranate a day at least 6 days a week. My favorite meal to include it in is Breakfast with Sigi’s yogurt (icelandic formula yogurt), organic almond granola and organic ground flax seed. Super amazing for you! Here is more on the benefits of pomegranates: an article from shape.com

2. Bone Marrow Broth

Before winter came my husband and I decided that we would eat soup at least 3 days a week. I have actually enjoyed making soup from scratch and instead of water I use bone marrow broth. Bone marrow is incredibly beneficial for your skin, nails, eyes, and brain. Read more about the benefits of Bone Marrow Broth here: Article on Bone marrow broth from Shape.com

3. A strict regiment for your skin.

I used to fall asleep with my makeup on and wake up in the middle of the night on the couch only to crawl into bed with my mascara racing down my face. After college when I rented my first big girl apartment and for the first time in my life had buy a mattress, which seemed like the most expensive item ever, I decided to make some changes. Maybe some of you ladies are super regimented and disciplined about your life, not me. I made up rules to follow to trick myself into doing stuff I really didn’t want to. Like buying very expensive really white sheets to make sure that I would not ruin them by sleeping with my makeup on. It actually worked, no matter how tired I was, I would wash my face before going to bed just so that my fancy sheets and pillow cases would be stark white.

Point is, wash your face at night. Take your make up off. Allowing your skin to breathe and rest during the night is just as important as sleep itself is important, daily. You take the time to eat 3 times a day, and you know you need to work out to stay healthy, so I hope you get inspired to take your skin seriously this year too.

For more on what I personally use for my skin care stay tuned for my next post. Subscribe to my blog to get more ideas to beautify your life!

My winter foundation routine

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It doesn’t look so bad when its farther away from your face, but you feel it, and as long as you are on the subway, on the bus, want to kiss your date, getting professional head shots YOU feel like your skin is doing this:

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That’s not way to go into public feeling like you are loosing your face, which just makes you loose your confidence and who know how it could effect your day, your work, or that date you’re on.

It happens to my skin every year too. It’s normal. It’s your skin telling you that you need to change something. This year my skin started to dry less then in previous years and I believe its because of the food I have been focusing on eating. I talk about my food rules this winter here: Skin that gets you carded

Here is my advice on getting your skin to perfect complexion during the winter time.

Gentle Exfoliation

When the skin is already dry and flaky, even after putting on a really good moisturizer it will most likely dry up and start flaking off towards the mid day. Use a gentle exfoliator because at this time your skin will be more sensitive and anytime you’re switching the routine up, its better to be slow and cautious, depending on how sensitive your skin is.

I like to use a Cleansing brush from Mary Kay cosmetics. It has 2 settings and in the winter time I switch to the gentle setting. I use a Timewise Repair foaming cleanser because it doesn’t dry out my skin after and it leathers perfectly!

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Hyper Moisturize

I am a beauty consultant and every year I hear women complain to me about the dryness of their skin in the winter months. I always start by asking a few questions.

-What is your current cleansing and exfoliating routine? When was the last time you updated your moisturizer for the winter?

Once you know what you normally use, upgrade the moisturizer to provide more benefits and definitely more hydration. Personally I use the Timewise Repair Day Cream with spf 50 in the winter. Here are some benefits and why I love it:

  • Restores skin’s youthful cushion.
  • Formulated to help minimize skin reaction to external irritants.
  • Skin tone appears more even.
  • Helps protect against skin-aging UVA/UVB damage.
  • Increases skin moisture for 12 hours.
  • Sealed air tight to give the ultimate benefit of freshness and not effected by oxygenation.

Another one of my personal favorites is Mary Kay Intense Moisturizing Cream and a list of the benefits and why I love it, even though its my second favorite since there is no SPF in it:

  • Leaves skin feeling hydrated for up to 10 hours.
  • Infuses skin with a boost of intense moisture.
  • Helps soften skin with a marine extract and humectants.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

Foundation Primer

One of the things I notice is how many women don’t pay attention to their foundation primer during winter and how big of a difference it makes in how your skin looks and feels with foundation on. When looking for a foundation primer make sure its lightweight, breathable, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested and feels good when you put it on. The last part here is not as important for your skin as it is for you. I always think if you’re going to put something on your body, or on your face, you better love how it feels, how it smells and how much it costs.

Here is the Foundation Primer I use now in my daily routine: MK Foundation Primer.

Foundation Routine

I believe that the most important foundation is the one that makes you start winking at your self in the mirror. How you get to find that foundation is another story.

Of course you can reply below with your questions and with a comment about how you want your skin to feel and I will personally make sure to help you find what works best for your skin type and shade.

Here is my general rule of thumb:

Dry skin: Pick a foundation that’s extra hydrating, luminous, dewey finish, glowing, and has peptides in it. It will be helping your skin regain the glow without being oily. So on that note definitely read the labels to make sure the foundation doesn’t contain actual oils, they will clog your pores and that’s the most common problem with finding a foundation for dry skin – the oils in the foundation.

Here is my recommendation for Dry skin: MK Luminous wear foundation with 33 Shades

Normal skin: Pick a foundation that feels good on your skin. This is the skin type that allows you to have a dewy finish or a matte finish without effecting your skin’s dryness. So it’s all about personal preference. This is where my skin falls into. So I like to have a matte finish in the summer because when it’s hot outside and I sweat it doesn’t show on my face. In the winter I like to go between Mattewear foundation and Cream to powder foundation. The links include the shades I personally wear.

Oily skin: Pick a foundation that’s matte wear and again doesn’t have oils to clog your pores. I also include an oil mattifier, and translucent powder in a recommended routine. The oil mattifier helps with controlling the oils before foundation, and the powder takes the oily look off after just a quick brush on in the middle of the day, or at any time of the day really, I especially love this powder when I’m traveling thru the airport and my face feels like its collecting all the oils from everyone around me.

I hope you found this information helpful! Reply below with your comments and questions I would love to hear what you think! Subscribe to my blog and get the next detailed post with the video on how I do my own foundation application.