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You’d think that there’s nothing more mundane than reading about what someone else puts on their face in order to get ready for bed annnnd you may be right but for the sake of this post YOU’RE WRONG. Just as many of us like to know what skincare so and so is using to get her face so bright and glow-y and what lipstick shade she’s got on, a nightly skincare routine is worth the curiosity, especially if it’s working.

Your PM skincare routine should differ from what you apply in the AM for various reasons. What you’re applying on your skin for the PM should be helping it wind down and replenish itself. Netflix & Chill for the skin (no, not that version). Your skin should be rejuvenating and repairing itself in the wee hours of the night & a good skincare plan can even help with the aging process (well, the look of it at least – not that there’s anything wrong with them laugh lines). On the other hand, your AM skincare routine should focus on prepping your skin for the day – shielding it against all the usual suspects like contaminants, pollution, UV rays, dirt, bacteria, OH MY…

Annnd even though it would be so much easier to just slather your skin in like, Vaseline or coconut oil or whatever they used before we all became VERY EXTRA, having different products for both routines will very likely benefit you, just not your wallet. Sorry.

Anyway, we thought we’d share what we use to help our skin get it’s beauty sleep and since we both have very different skin types, our routines are quite different from each other’s. Hopefully you’ll be able to relate to one of the two.

JASMINE

sENSITIVE SKIN // PRONE TO BREAKOUTS // dryness

Step 1 – Cleanser
I wear makeup almost every single day. Usually not a full face but I do need foundation to even out my skin and that needs to come off at night. Skimp on your routine wherever you want, but please don’t skip this vital step! On a full face makeup day I will do the double cleanse method but most days 1 step is enough to get me pretty squeaky clean (and lets be real, I’m too lazy to double cleanse).

WHAT I USE:

Di Morelli Cleanser


Hands down my favorite cleanser. Its PH balanced and does a thorough job of removing makeup and debris without stripping my skin. I have sensitive skin and have never reacted to this. I use this every single night and also in the AM.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm


I do love the feeling of this gentle balm and it has a fresh scent that’s not cloying. I use it twice a week max. Those heavy makeup days can’t get past this skincare hero. I always follow up with the Di Morelli Cleanser after and can sleep in peace knowing that there is no gunk left behind.

Step 2 – Retinol/Mandelic Acid/Enzymatic Peel
I have a bit more complicated of a routine with my anti agers and acids. I use Retinol Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri, spot treat with Mandelic Acid Wed/Sat and finish the week with the Enzymatic Peel on Sundays.

WHAT I USE:

Zo Retinol Skin Brightener – .25% Retinol


I use this in the mildest strength and it’s kind of become my miracle product. I have used stronger Retinol but my skin was never able to adjust and was chronically dry and peeling. We don’t even want to talk about the 6 month purge with Retin-A, I still have nightmares. This Retinol has kept my skin glowing and manages to keep the breakouts at bay. My skin looks more even and who doesn’t want that? I’ve been told many times that Retinol is the best anti ager and I’d love to at least LOOK younger. I’m almost afraid to talk this up because I don’t want to jinx it!

Zo Enzymatic Peel


I keep this to once a week and it does such an excellent job of removing all those pesky dead skin cells. I wake up with baby soft skin. I won’t increase my usage as with the retinol it’s already a lot of exfoliation.

Almond Clear Body Clearing Serum – Level 2


I will apply this nightly to any body breakouts that I may have. Now, if you have been following this blog, you will know my love for this product! I will also use it twice a week on any face breakouts to help bring them down, but I won’t mix it with my retinol so it does limit my use.

Step 3 – Night Cream

WHAT I USE:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Firming Collagen Cream with Peptides


Feels so soothing when I pat this in and I love that it keeps my skin from dying out but doesn’t make me oily or clog my pores. It’s also great for sensitive skin like mine!

Step 4 – Eye Cream

WHAT I USE:

Ren Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream


Let’s be honest for a second, does any eye cream really make that much of a difference? Personally, I don’t see a massive change in dark circles from any eye cream. That being said, this eye cream gives my under eyes the hydration that they need and over a period of time I have seen a slight improvement in dark circles. I never get milia from this and that’s HUGE in my books!

Step 5 – Lip Balm

WHAT I USE:

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – Original


The OG. This is my favorite part of going to bed. Just slathering this lil guy all over my lips and waking up to those pillowy soft lips. LOVE.

JENNIFER

NORMAL SKIN // SOMe DRYNESS IN COLDER SEASONS // some dark spots

Step 1 – Cleanser

I’m lucky enough to not have to leave my house for weeks at a time if I so please (& I do, I do please) so I don’t wear makeup unless I’m going out for dinner or something (only if pics are on the menu) or if we’re shooting content. I do workout every day so, even though I have no war paint to remove, cleanser is necessary to rid your skin of the day. Sweat, dirt & whatever miniscule filthy particles that attach themselves like leeches to our skin need to GET THE HECK GONE before I hit the pillow. My sheets are too nice to sully anyways.

WHAT I USE:

Philosopy Purity Cleanser

Purity Made Simple Cleanser - philosophy | Sephora

I’ve been using this since the mid 2000’s & have continued to do so because it’s the PERFECT one step cleanser (at least for me). It removes a full face of makeup (including mascara) with just a dime sized amount, it doesn’t irritate my skin & it smells nice and fresh. You know I need some kind of scent to my products and this one is just soapy CLEAN. I’m a huge fan of most Philosophy products and this is by far my most used.

Step 2 – Serum and/or Toner

WHAT I’M USING:

Ole Henricksen Glow 2OH Dark Spot Toner

Ole Henriksen Glow OH Dark Spot Toner – Review and 1.5 months progression  pics! – Our Beauty Cult

I tend to get dark spots after a random PMS zit and it just drives me crazy because I’m not exactly acne prone so while my skin does a great job of keeping blemishes at bay – Aunt Flo swoops in on her broomstick and is like “let me do my worst.” So, although I’ll treat said zit with drying lotion or another acne solution it sometimes leaves a dark mark that takes it’s sweet time leaving me in peace. I started using this toner for this reason specifically (and I have some sun spots that I don’t think are all that cute). It contains  AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) so I don’t feel like I need to add any serum to my routine when I use this since it can counteract & sometimes too much is TOO MUCH. I don’t think I use it consistently enough for it to really make a significant impact but when I have aforementioned zit it’s mark will dissipate much quicker than if I wasn’t using the toner so there’s that. I also don’t use it on the daily because that’s where the next product shines so it’s not as necessary.

Fenty Beauty Fat Water Serum

Who Is Fenty Skin Fat Water Best For? | I Tried Fenty Skin's Fat Water, and  the Toner-Serum Hybrid Improved My Skin in 1 Night | POPSUGAR Beauty Photo 5

I love this product because not only does it seem to do the trick – combats redness, clogged pores, fine lines & dark spots – it’s multi functional. I’d like to get back to Money Heist as quick as humanly possible so although my PM routine is self care and feels all spa-y and luxe, I ain’t got time to waste on all that. This is a firm nightly product & if you don’t have extremely sensitive skin like Jasmine then I suggest you give it a try.

Step 3 – Night Cream

Night cream is a must. There’s rarely a time when I’ll skip my routine (even when I’m traveling) but if some undesirable, unforeseen moment turns up then at the very least I’ll cleanse, moisturize and apply eye cream. I’m not very picky when it comes to my moisturizer – some others I use and love are: Ole Henricksen Goodnight Glow, Fresh Deep Hydration Face Cream, & Drunk Elephant LaLa Retro Whipped Moisturizer. Anyways, moisturizing is my fav step and it’s not only because what I use smells so delicious.

WHAT I’M USING:

Fenty Beauty Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream

Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream - Fenty Skin | Sephora

Sense a theme here? I mean I wouldn’t be using it religiously if it wasn’t that dang good. (I also love the refillable component of the Fenty Skin lineup). It’s hydrating, smells like a bouquet of roses, keeps my skin feeling tight (but not in an uncomfortable way) & combats redness and dryness which would be my two complaints if I were to choose. I also like the lil scoopy scoop provided.

Step 4 – Eye Cream

WHAT I’M USING:

The Inkey List Brighten-i Eye Cream

Inkey List Brighten-I eye cream – Planting Seeds Digital Pop Up Shop

I’ve mentioned this lil ditty on IG a few different times and it’s because it’s one of the only eye creams I’ve ever used that has significantly reduced whatever dark shadows/circles are under my eyes. I’ve been using it habitually since I was introduced to it back in Feb/March and am really happy with the results so far. It’s affordable as it gets and I especially like the applicator – makes for a nice, cooling application.

Step 5 – Lip Balm

WHAT I USE:

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Apple Lime)

Laneige Korea Lip Sleeping Mask (20g/0.7oz.) - Apple Lime

Kinda stoked that this wasn’t just a hype product back when it was debuted. I can’t fall asleep without it. Ok, fine. That might be a slight exaggeration but only a slight one. I put it on instantly after brushing my teeth because that’s just how I do and I wake up with soft lips that aren’t nearly as parched as I’ve been at 430 am all Summer long. I don’t find a tangible difference between the different flavors like Jasmine does but sometimes I think I’m a lot less pickier than she is HAHA. I have noticed a difference between this specific product and a whole bunch of other lip balms and lip chaps and I can confirm with gusto that this stuff takes the cake especially in the category of dryness and longevity. Oh, I like the scoopy scoop for this one too.

So there you have it. You can now say that you’ve gotten un-ready with us. Just don’t ask to see what we look like devoid of makeup. Baby steps.

Makeup Tips – How To Keep Your Makeup From Melting in the Heat

Now we don’t know about you (although we can rightfully assume) but we spend a significant portion of our money on makeup & skincare and when we take the time and effort to get dolled up – we don’t want it sliding off our faces & into a puddle at our feet. It’s an exaggeration sure, but not a stretch. We’re in the middle of Summer & even here in Vancouver the temps have hit the 100’s so we’ve done a little recon on how we can keep ourselves lookin (somewhat) cute and not like we just got a drink thrown into our faces.

We’re no experts – we like to remind ya’ll just so you don’t get the wrong idea (& blame us for a mishap ha ha) but we’re out there in a full face of Sephora in 96 degree weather and have lived to tell the tale so take our word for it – these tips will come in handy the next time you’re at the beach OR if you leave the house pretty much any day in the Summer and have a tendency to sweat like you’ve just ran a 5k. Ahem, Jennifer.

READ ON…

Jennifer’s Tips

NORMAL SKIN // PRONE TO DRYNESS IN CERTAIN SPOTS // SWEATS LIKE EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS

GO OIL FREE

If you sweat like the Devil is on your shoulder then using a daily moisturizer that’s oil free is very helpful. Why add to the greasy, sweaty feeling you’ll be experiencing because of the heat? If you wear foundation, which many of us do – opt for an oil free one as well. The point here is to stay away from extra slickness.

These are some moisturizers that you might find useful:

Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Oil Free Moisturizer

Philosophy Purity Oil Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer w/ SPF

PRIMER – NOT JUST FOR PAINTING

Well, we’re painting our faces so yeah, it makes sense. Now you might think that adding an extra product to your makeup routine sounds unnecessary (especially in the warmer months) but using primer actually helps makeup stay put & most are so barely there that you won’t notice it. Think of it as a super stealthy secret agent who has your back but is hidden in the shadows. They have those right?

I love the Benefit primer for how smooth of a canvas it creates and the Becca primer adds the perfect amount of radiance without looking shiny:

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer

Benefit The Porefessional Pore Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer

BYE BYE LIQUID BRONZER

We all know contouring is a thing & a part of the makeup process that we might not be so keen to let go of (thanks Kardashians – only very semi sarcastically) – BUT if you tend to have oilier skin or hate how the heat messes with the masterpiece on your face then try your hand at using powdered bronzer to contour. I’ve actually been doing it this way since the get-go because it’s easier to blend and keep as natural as possible AND in this case, easier to keep from sliding around your face. Bronzer is also insanely handy for when you’ve kept your face hidden from the sun while the rest of your body has basked in it. Instant tan & it saves you from having to switch up your foundation shade. Oop.

The Marc Jacobs bronzer is one I’ve been using for years & I never stray. The Physicians Formula bronzer is excellent for creating a natural blended look with a hint of luminescence because of the variety of colors it has:

March Jacobs OMega Bronze and if that’s Out of Stock you can find the Coconut version at Sephora here.

Too Faced Chocolate Matte Bronzer

Physicians Formula Argan Ultra Nourishing Bronzer

LEAVE THE DEW FOR THE GRASS

A glowy, dewy face is a whole look – we know. It’s youthful and shimmery and shiny and makes you look like you’ve descended from the stars above BUT in the Summer it can also make you look like you’ve just lost a match with a duvet cover. You know what I’m talking about. (Side note: anyone privvy to a struggle-free tip for stuffing your duvet into it’s cover because ya girl NEEDS ONE)?! Carrying on – you want to avoid creamy foundations and products like cream blush, cream contour, cream whatever. It’s nice to have an easy creamy application in the Winter but these days? Let’s not. Humidity and dewy products don’t mix easily. Just like me at a party.

Here are some oil free foundations to keep that dew at bay although if you tend to have drier skin make sure you use it with a good moisturizer/primer duo:

Marc Jacobs Oil Free Foundation

Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation

BLOTTING PAPERS

Oooh yes girl. Get you some of these. They’re like $2 at Sephora (or just about any other place they sell makeup). A little dab across your makeup and all that “very not cute” sweat & shine is mopped up like Cinderelly herself came and un-willingly did it. Oh, and blotting and then swiping a bit of powder across your face not only refreshes your makeup but gives you a bit of radiance.

Here are a few that are readily available:

Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Papers

Sephora Brand Blot It Blotting Papers

Rare Beauty Blot & Glow Touch Up Kit

Jasmine’s Product Suggestions

sensitive skin // acne prone // reactive

To be honest with you all, I’m not a primer girl. I know they are raved about and set the canvas for foundation but primers don’t do anything special for me, or perhaps I haven’t come across the right one. I have sensitive, acne prone skin and primers tend to break me out and don’t have my makeup lasting any longer or doing anything that my regular old moisturizer can’t do.


I do follow a couple of steps to make sure that I am getting longevity out of my makeup, whether its winter or during a heat wave, my steps don’t change. I always use an oil free moisturizer before putting on makeup. I do not use dewy foundations (my face would melt off), so it’s usually a matte to semi-matte foundation for me. I ALWAYS set with a powder, very lightly with a big fluffy brush. I don’t like to look too powdery or flat so this is just to set my makeup and concealer. I don’t always use a setting spray, I save that for those days and nights when I’m out and about and need to keep myself looking fresh. I’ve listed some of my favorite products to get a smooth matte canvas that won’t be dripping off my face, check em out!

Di Morelli Oil-Free Moisturizer

My favorite day moisturizer of all time! Gives me the moisture I need without making me an oil slick.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation

Ride or die foundation. This lasts all day and can be sheered out for a lighter look or you can keep it full coverage.

Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder SPF 20

Nothing like hot summer days to help remind me why I will never give this powder up. I use this as a setting powder year round for that extra SPF protection and because it just looks so damn good and keeps my base in place. Even on the hottest days it made me feel not only protected but like I didn’t need to touch up every five minutes!

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This setting spray really does lock it all in! If you want that smudge proof makeup that doesn’t immediately melt off your face, well look no further, this is the little guy that will help you with that. It does an amazing job of keeping the makeup looking intact and fresh even several hours later. This will be the perfect finishing touch to add for a beach day or for dancing the night away.

If you have any other tips & tricks for not melting our faces off we’d be overjoyed to hear em!

And remember to slather on that SPF beach babes!