I always pre-cleanse my skin with Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleaner to get all of my makeup off.  I’ve used this stuff for years.  I’ve tried other makeup removers (wipes, liquids, other cleansers, etc.) and always come back to this.  A pea sized amount is all you need …a bottle lasts forever. This dissolves makeup (including pesky mascara and liners!) like a charm.

Then, I apply Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Cleanser to my face, neck, and decolletage with my Clarisonic brush.  The Clarisonic cleans your face six times better than traditional face washing, which helps your skincare products absorb better.

 This Neutrogena cleanser is almost completely natural, meaning no harsh chemicals, dyes, or parabens.  It has Willowbark in it, which is a beta hydroxy acid that detoxifies the skin.  It’s also packed with vitamins!

Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 3 makes all the difference for me.  It’s a toner that truly makes my skin feel clean.  I apply it with a cotton pad on my face and neck to absorb pore-clogging oil.

This is where my nightly routine differs every few days…

If my skin is lacking moisture and looking splotchy, I like to use Murad’s Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum followed by Origins High Potency Night-a-Mins Mineral Enriched Renewal Cream.  Together, these two help to add brightness, fade dark spots, and add in moisture to the skin.

When my skin is suffering from a breakout, uneven skin tone, dullness, and is just in huge need of cell turnover, I like to use a product with retinol.  I am loving Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer (Night).  Even my esthetician said she noticed a big difference in my skin when I started using it!

One thing that always stays the same is step five.

I always end with Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream.  It’s super moisturizing and I’ve even noticed a little difference in the dreadful fine lines I’ve started to notice under my eyes.  It’s also great for decreasing puffiness.

*For reference, my skin type is combination.



  1. May 22, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the great product recommendations. Just turned 30 so getting serious about my skincare routine and always like to hear about good products. Clinique is the shit…my mom has used it forever, it's definitely tried and true. I want to get that Rapid Wrinkle Repair serum! I hate that I'm 30 and I've got some crows feet popping up already! http://www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

  2. May 22, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    I'm definitely going to try the Murad Serum and the Neutrogena Night Moisturizer. Thanks for the recommendations! Have you ever tried the Olay version of the Clarisonic brush? I've been wondering if there's a big difference in quality (because there's a big difference in price 🙂


  3. May 22, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    Your blog is darling. You give me so many great ideas for my girls. Best wishes on your new marriage!

  4. May 22, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions! I'm definitely going to try some of these out. What is your morning skin care routine?

  5. May 22, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    I always love to see what beauty products other people are using – thanks for sharing!

  6. May 23, 2013 / 3:46 am

    For the first step I use pretty much the same products! Clinique & Neutrogena have been the best for my skin and I just started using the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier for the day. I have combination too, so it's been fun trying to find stuff that works that won't break me out or make my skin more-oily! Thanks for the suggestions! I really need to get a Clairsonic brush!

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