Updates to my Travel Skincare Routine

Three minis that saved my skin!

My skin tends to freak out when I travel; I get several tiny whiteheads on my chin and congestion in my pores on my inner cheeks, but then my nose and jaw are incredibly dry. It’s hard to balance changing climates between multiple cities and the utter dryness of planes. I don’t always get to bring my usual routine either since I want to pack light and generally don’t check a bag.

Thankfully, I received all of these cute minis in my October Allure Beauty Box and was able to test them out during my last three trips; I’m happy to say I’ve finally found a routine that works! I brought the Bliss Peel Pads (reviewed here!), Caudalie eye cream and my Drunk Elephant serums too, but here are three new products that I’m loving.

I’m quite impressed with Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser. It has a gel texture that turns into a gentle foam with water. It’s purifying without stripping my skin and now I’m wishing I had tried this earlier! Sometimes cleansers with clay or charcoal are too drying for me, so I had avoided trying this, but I love most things from SR, so I should have known this would work for me too! I think it really helped with congestion.

The Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum addresses the acne on my chin thanks to salicylic acid as an active ingredient. It makes a great spot treatment for me, but those with blemish-prone or oily skin can apply it all over. This has a very thin, almost runny texture so it layers beautifully with other products. I’m actually nearly out of my mini, so I will have to get the full size soon!

Lastly, all of my dry patches have been quenched thanks to the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty. I have used this in the past on my elbows, cuticles, and cracked heels, and it worked like a charm; my face never used to be this dry, so I hadn’t needed to use it on my nose or jaw until recently. It’s quite thick and soothing and I would definitely recommend keeping a jar around, especially in the winter (although I have to say this tube packaging is so convenient for travel!).

So there we have three little warriors that addressed conflicting skin issues during my last few trips. How do you prep your skin for travel or adjust your routine?

Quick Morning Routine (Post-workout skincare)

A fast, effective routine

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I usually stop at the gym after work or head to a dance class at night, so I have the time to do my full skincare routine afterward. Recently, I’ve been sneaking in a few morning sessions and then have to quickly get ready. So here’s my shorter, simple routine that refreshes my skin after a workout and preps my face for makeup.

First, I use the Bliss Oh My Gommage Cleaning Stick*. I especially love using an exfoliating cleanser after a workout to get rid of excess oil and sweat. This gentle stick makes me feel like I’m getting a thorough cleanse without stripping my skin. Full review here!

Then I squeeze in a quick two minute mask from Clinique. The Pep-start Double Bubble Purifying Mask starts out as a pink gel and then bubbles up as it pulls dirt from your pores. I love the pump packaging and it’s affordable! The mask rinses away really easily too, so you can quickly move to the next step.

Now I start the hydrating part of my routine. I use about one to two pumps of the new Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly to lock in moisture and protect my clean, happy skin from pollution. This sinks in SO quickly without any residue. I then layer First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer on top. I love the extra bit of hydration this adds while smoothing my pores and adding the subtlest glow. Full review here!

I finish my skincare routine off with the Nooni Applebutter Lip Mask* from Memebox. This is seriously one of my favorite lip products; it’s hydrating without being sticky at all. It leaves a pretty sheen that lasts quite a while too. To finish off my look, I add a bit of my current favorite concealer, mascara, and bronzer. Then I’m running off to work!

What’s your favorite post-workout product? Are you loving a short and sweet routine or all-out ten steps?

Current Wishlist

Dreamy items on my list

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Mejuri Travel Case and Twin Necklace – I have almost this exact same necklace, but from LOFT; I’ve been wearing it so often recently that it’s definitely time to invest in a higher quality version. This little case also looks perfect for safely traveling with your jewelry in a cute, organized way.

Frank Body Birthday Cake Scrub, Illuminator, and Lip Tint in Send Nudes – I basically want to try everything from this brand. These three products are topping my wishlist since I would definitely use all of them! I love anything Birthday Cake scented and I’m almost out of my Sol de Janeiro Bod Buff too. I think I only own one or two highlighters that I never use, but this one looks like a subtle shine that would be perfect for everyday, and I’m obsessed with tinted lip balms and this one can be used on cheeks as well!

Pur-lisse BB Cream – I’ve been looking for a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream with physical SPF and I’ve read great reviews on this one. Love Purlisse’s face masks and I’ve been wanting to try some more of their K-beauty inspired line.

Bite Beauty French Pressed Gloss in Salted Caramel – I’m super into glossy lips right now and this color looks stunning! I adore Bite Beauty too.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer – I’m loving the FAB Priming Moisturizer (reviewed here!) and would love to try their newest launch as well. IT’s supposed to by hydrating and stretch instead of crease, which sounds perfect!

Patchology Restoring Night Eye Gels – While I am slathering serums and masks all over my face and neck, I sometimes neglect my eye area. These seem like a super easy way to restore my delicate under-eye area overnight.

Ilia Summer Essential Face Palette – An all cream palette with usable colors! This screams summer and I would love to try more from Ilia, a clean beauty brand available at Credo.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow – I still haven’t tried anything from Farmacy… I know! What am I waiting for? I just have so much skincare to get through, but this AHA/BHA serum may be my next purchase. It also has honey and hyaluronic acid, which my skin loves.

I think I’m going to start doing a wishlist monthly! It’s a great way to narrow down possible purchases and see what I’m loving that month. The theme here is clearly soft pinks, nudes, and golds. Plus a pop of blue, which is my favorite color.

What’s on your wishlist? Anything I should try?

New Skincare Favorites: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer and Avarelle Acne Cover Patches

Two new skincare loves

I’ve recently been breaking out around my chin for some reason. Maybe because it’s the middle of summer and I’m experiencing more oil in my t-zone by the end of the day. Or that I’ve been taking more classes versus going to the gym where I can wash my face right after a workout. Either way, I’m super happy to have these convenient Acne Cover Patches Avarelle so nicely sent over.

My blemishes usually turn into whiteheads within a few days, but these Avarelle patches have been speeding up the process overnight! They seem to bring the pimple to a head and draw out the bacteria by the morning with Tea Tree Oil. I also love the inclusion of Calendula, which helps with redness and is one of my favorite ingredients in skincare.

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There are several different sizes from small and medium dots to large square patches. The dots are perfect for one off spots and the squares are great work well on areas of congestion. Reed has been using and loving these too! They’re really gentle yet effective, and I would highly recommend them!

Next, I won this cute First Aid Beauty Priming Moisturizer in a giveaway on Instagram and have been using it for about two weeks. It’s pretty lightweight and, true to its name, does feel like a mix between a hydrating moisturizer and skin smoothing primer. I love that it combines the two steps as I don’t normally use makeup primer. I hadn’t ever found one that I liked enough to use daily, but this changes that!

I’m not normally someone who likes “luminous” or “light-reflecting” additions to my skincare because they tend to be too shimmery/glittery and look unnatural. This one has micro-pearls which are surprisingly subtle and add a dewy glow to the skin that I actually enjoy.

FAB has been really impressive lately! I loved their Tinted Moisturizer as well and would have repurchased except it has Octinoxate as an SPF ingredient, so it’s not reef-safe. Their new concealer looks wonderful as well! I think that’s topping my wishlist right now actually.

Have you tried any new skincare lately? What’s on your wishlist?

Reviewing Minis from Tatcha, La Mer, and First Aid Beauty

Would I buy the full size?

I’m testing out three minis this week and I’ve fallen in love with one, am confused on another, and dislike the last. It’s so interesting how cult favorite products may or may not work out; I’m glad I had smaller sizes of these products to try out before deciding to invest in the full size.

Starting with the one I loved: The Deep Cleanse from Tatcha. I had actually posted about this when I first received it in January (see below for a very old, shadowy picture…) My normal to somewhat dry skin was a lot drier back then and it felt a tiny bit stripping. Which makes sense, because this cleanser is really for normal to oily skin.

Lately, I’ve been using it after a workout, when my skin feels sweaty and oily. I think – true to the name – it’s great for a deep cleanse. My skin feels clean without being squeaky and it’s also a little softer due to the luffa fruit fibers. It doesn’t feel tight or dry thankfully! I’m really happy I gave this a second chance with my skin changing as the weather does too.

I think my skin might be a tiny bit too dry still for the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer. This seems like it’s hard to blend in due to the thicker texture. I’m wondering if it would be better over a hydrating primer or maybe mixed with a facial oil. I’ll have to try it that way and update you, because I really love the natural finish.

It also evens out my skintone a bit (even though Fair is almost too dark for me) and helps with slightly diffusing redness. I love how easy tinted moisturizers are in theory, so I’d love to try out a few more and compare. The SPF 30 in this one was a huge plus for me!

Lastly, the Creme de La Mer moisturizer didn’t work out for me. It doesn’t sink in easily or quickly in my experience and I don’t like tugging at my skin. I also disliked the scent, which almost gave me a headache. It’s reminiscent of powdery rose. So many people rave about this brand, so I’m open to trying their other products. The new bronzer looks stunning.

I like the Tatcha cleanser enough to buy the full size and and I would definitely pass on the La Mer moisturizer. I think the FAB tinted moisturizer will be great with a drop of oil, so I’m still undecided there. Do you guys have any recommendations for tinted moisturizer?