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Skin Care Junkie | Monthly Beauty, Makeup & Skincare Favorites

Welcome to a new Skin Care Junkie post! Going forward, I’ll be sharing a round-up of a few of my favorite beauty, makeup, and skincare products for the month.

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Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? 

Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging ProductsTravel Beauty, Current Beauty Must Haves, Daily Beauty RoutineSelf Tan Luxe Face Oil, My Latest Sephora Order, My Favorite Cleansers, and 5 Minute Makeup Routine

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Skin Care Junkie | My Favorite Cleansers

Over the last year I’ve turned into a bit of a cleanser junkie. I love my skin care routine, but I LOVE my cleansers. The feeling of fresh, clean, shining shine is just amazing. I look forward to my evening washing routine every day.

Hey – Don’t judge me.

Since there may be some more clean skin lovers out there, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite products right now:

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Every Day Clean Boscia Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser. This is one of my long time favorites, I keep trying new brands and products, but I always come back to Boscia. It’s a clean formula with no sulfates or parabens, gentle enough for daily use, and super effective.

Quick Clean – Sometimes in our busy world there isn’t time to pull out cotton pads or giant bottles of product. Sometimes there isn’t even a sink! My go-to for a quick clean is the Josie Maran Bare Naked Wipes. They’re perfect for after the gym or on the plane or just to clean up your skin while running around during the sweaty Summer months.

Travel CleanEve Lom. This little balm is a lifesaver when you’re traveling. It’s not a liquid so TSA won’t try to steal it, you can apply it without water directly on to dry skin, and the container lasts for ever. Bonus? It’s ultra hydrating and feels wonderful on your dry, tired skin while you’re traveling.

Deep Clean – I’m pretty obsessed with the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser paired with my Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa System {you can read more about it here}. This baby is vegan, cruelty free, clean, and works oh so well.

Do YOU have favorite cleansers that I should try? Share!

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products?

Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging ProductsTravel Beauty, Current Beauty Must Haves, Daily Beauty RoutineSelf Tan Luxe Face Oil and My Latest Sephora Order

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Skin Care Junkie | Latest Sephora Order

I’m a total Sephora junkie, it’s where I order 90% of my skin care products and makeup, so I thought I’d share my latest order with you. I don’t love the “haul” blog posts or YouTube videos, but when I see someone who’s opinion I value in a particular area, I do like to see what type of products they’re buying. I thought it would be a good chance to share how I shop for skin care and beauty, and my first impressions on a handful of products.

To begin with, I adore the Sephora website. Their searching capabilities are outstanding – You can adjust the product list by your goals, your age, ingredients you want or don’t want, and more. I also love reading reviews on the site, if I’m on the fence about a product I’ll sort the reviews by Lowest and see what people didn’t like about it.

In general, try not to buy products with sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. But sometimes I let something slip through if I’ve heard raves about a product.

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Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment: First up, this smells amazing. It also feels really great, and has a bit of a granular texture which is nice for rubbing on your skin before washing off. Overall I really like this, though there isn’t an immediate change your skin.

Tarte Hampton’s Weekender Contour Palette: I adore Tarte products and this Summer-ready palette is no different. Great packaging, beautiful colors, great staying power. Definitely recommend this baby!

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil: I’ve never tried Sunday Riley before but have heard and read great reviews of these products in the past. I decided to try two new products, including this blemish clearing face oil. You can use it as an all over product or for spot treatments, and I tried it both ways. First thing to mention – This has a very strong smell. One of the main ingredients it tea tree oil so if you’re not ready, it’s a bit overwhelming. That being said, I like this so far. I didn’t cause any break-outs and the spot treatment function seemed to work well.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment: The second Sunday Riley product that I ordered was this anti-aging lactic acid serum. Again, this product has a fairly dramatic scent, but I’m enjoying it. It feels great going on and I haven’t seen any of the dryness that some of the reviewers mentioned. I started out using it once or twice a week and am now using it every other day in the mornings.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder: I really enjoy bareMinerals so this setting powder seemed like a no-brainer. I don’t wear foundation or BB/CC cream daily and sometimes need a little oil control by the end of the day, so I thought I’d give this lightweight powder a try. It has a bit of shine, almost like a highlighter, but it’s really subtle and pretty so no objections here!

Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover: I think of this as the ultimate make-up remover, its old school, but still great. For traveling I wanted a little bottle of makeup remover so I swooped up this baby. The Boscia Charcoal Cleanser and Eve Lom Cleanser are still my all-time favorites, but when you’re traveling for events, like weddings, and are packing on the make-up, it’s good to have a dedicated make-up remover as well.

Are YOU a Sephora fan?

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products?

Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging ProductsTravel Beauty, Current Beauty Must Haves. and Daily Beauty Routine. & Self Tan Luxe Face Oil.

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Celebrating Earth Day with FRÉ Skin Care

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle is something that I think about on a daily basis. Do I really need to buy more things? Am I buying the right things? Am I disposing of things in the best way possible? And this furious internal dialogue always reaches a fever pitch when Earth Day rolls around each year.

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And I am grateful that in one aspect of my life, I don’t have to wonder. FRE Skin Care offers amazing products, yes, but they also offer you a way to do you part for the environment.

Whenever a 123FRE set is sold, the company plants an Argan Tree of Life in Morocco to help fight deforestation.

To celebrate Earth Day, they’re joining forces with Arbor Day Foundation and will be planting a tree in America as well as Morocco. They’re offering a generous 25% off discount on their 123FRE sets for the next 48 hours.

They’re challenging eco-minded consumers to help them reach their goal of planting 1,000 Trees of Life for Earth Day in the #Plant1KTrees challenge.

Head over to the website and use my code MCLV and join the revolution!

What will YOU do to support the planet for Earth Day?

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Skin Care Junkie | Daily Beauty Routine

I love trying new products and mixing up my beauty routine, but I also know that you need to give products some time to work their magic. My usual approach is to develop a morning and evening routine that works for me and then use it daily for 8-12 weeks, or until I run out of products. And then I try cycling in new brands and products. There are some items that I always go back to, but I also like trying out new goodies.

Here’s a peek at my current beauty routine that I’m really enjoying.

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Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser + VanityPlanet Cleanse, Exfoliate & Massage Ultimate Skin Spa System:

This combination is a game changer for me. I love cleansers and have been very preoccupied with keeping my skin clean lately. These two products together – The cleanser and the silicon skin spa brush – Is amazing. My skin feels fresh, invigorated, and ready to go after this daily ritual.

Balanced Guru Facial Toner:

After cleansing, I spritz my face with the Balanced Guru Facial Toner. It gives me a really refreshed feeling and smells great, it’s almost therapeutic. 🙂

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence:

Once my toner sinks in I’ll drench a cotton round with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and gentle press it into the skin of my face and neck. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling very clean.

Dr. Roebuck’s Serum:

I love the smell and feel of this product. I feel like I’ve just left the spa after applying a thin layer of serum. It leaves your skin silky soft! I’m dying to some of their other products.

SK-II Eye Cream:

A small dot of SK-II Eye Cream under each eye and patted in with my ring finger is the next step in my routine.

Origins Plantscription SPF 25 Power Anti-Aging Cream // Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Soft Cream // Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil:

After giving my serum and eye cream a few minutes to absorb, and maybe running my jade roller gently over my face, I’ll move onto the final step.

In the morning it’s an SPF – I’m really liking the Origins Plantscription. I never leave the apartment with SPF. Ever.

At night I’ll either apply the Caudalie Moisturizer or the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil.  I’ll generally go with the moisturizer, but if I’m feeling dry or traveling, I’ll use the facial oil.

What’s YOUR skin care routine? Do you like trying new products?

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging ProductsTravel Beauty & Current Beauty Must Haves.

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