What’s up Wild Child?
One of the few things my mother instilled in me as a young girl was to always take care of my skin. She would hound me every night to make sure I washed and moisturized my face, even as a 10-year-old. Thankfully, something stuck and even today it is an absolute taboo to go to sleep with a tired make-up caked face (my pillows hate it too).
I learned from her (and from multiple unfortunate experiences) that it is unwise to skimp on skincare. Over the years I’ve developed some tried and true favorites that never seem to fail & a couple recent discoveries I don’t think I could ever live without.
Early on my mom introduced me to Clarins. She has been using this French skincare and make-up brand for probably longer than I’ve been alive! And I can honestly say it’s done her wonders! Clarins is my numero uno skincare brand when it comes to the basics such as cleansers, masks, and moisturizers. They have also introduced a new line of lip oils that you absolutely MUST HAVE in your life. My favorite perk about ordering from Clarins is that always give you at least three nice sized samples of your choice, and often times, up to seven or so samples depending on the sales and promos they are running at the moment. I literally have an entire vase full of their samples that I use to pamper myself with on a weekly basis. SO worth it.
I have been using this cleanser for at least 10 years – yes, it is that good! With a rich and creamy texture, it feels much more luxurious on the skin than the price of $26.
I have been using this cleanser for almost as long. This is the perfect pick-me-up exfoliator for your skin! During the dry months, I use it every other day to slough off all of the dead skin.
Let’s be honest here. This is the only moisturizer my skin loves. I go through it so fast it’s hard to keep one in my home. It is like my skin breathes a sigh of relief everytime I put it on. They also have a gentle night cream.
Originally, I received this product as a sample and used it for about a year since it lasted so damn long! A little really goes a long way with this mask. Think of it as an exfoliating spa treatment in the comfort of your home. When I’m really having dry skin problems, or just want a soft, youthful glow – this is what I use. Definitely, a MUST HAVE.
Clarin’s introduced their lip oils within the past 3 years or so and, Holy Moly, are they good. As someone who absolutely can not live without chapstick or lip hydration, these lip oils were sent from the heavens above. Ranging in different colors, I carry them in almost every bag you can imagine.
I was only recently introduced to this luxurious and simplistic Swiss brand by my boyfriend. He swears by their cleansers (so you know it’s good), and made me try it out. After using the cleanser toner duo, I swear I saw a difference within days in my skin’s tone and evenness. The cleanser is a nice fresh cream base that makes your skin feel very clean and fresh after washing. It has since become my new go-to cleanser, even taking out my long-time favorite, Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser! I also sampled some of their liquid foundations and I must say it would be worth trying again.
After just one day of using this cleanser, I saw a difference in the tone and evenness of my skin. The days following, it was like my skin was in complete harmony with my skincare routine. I restocked a few months ago when I started getting low on my first tube. Don’t let the price scare you. The cleanser is well worth it and lasts (for me) around 6 or 7 months.
It is never too early to start prepping your skin for aging success! Toner is a part of my skincare routine that, well, I routinely dismissed. However, it is one of the most important aspects of cleansing and maintaining great, flawless skin. I really loved this toner because it didn’t burn and hurt my skin like other toners I have tried, and it was non-drying. If the price scares you, I would say that the toner lasts as long as the cleanser, but I also have a couple other great toners I would recommend coming up in another post! (SO STAY TUNED!)
When it comes to skincare for the body, L’occitane does it right. Everything about this organic French (yes, I have a slight obsession with French skincare) brand will make you feel absolutely decadent. I could go on for days about how much I love their products! I tried my best to narrow it down to my four or five favorites!
My mind goes into a euphoric state just thinking about this shower oil. Oh, it is so divine. Smells heavenly and leaves your skin feeling even better. Plus, it’s all natural. Can’t beat that. If you are looking for a nice gift for a loved one and don’t feel like hitting up Bath and BodyWorks, this is the place to go!!
Smells just as good as the shower oil and isn’t overly oily! Very light oil that sinks into the skin leaving it feeling refreshed. This is definitely a go-to during the colder months when my skin is drier. I love to spray some on my hands and smooth it over my dry spots.
Another great gift item! This rich and creamy balm will keep you moisturized for hours on end! If you are not into oils, this is a great alternative.
With a hint of sparkle and a scent of an actual cherry blossom, this lotion has my heart. I usually apply it to my whole body after I shower. My only qualm is that I go through it so fast.
Phew! That was a lot of info! If you have gotten this far into my post – CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU. Let me know by giving this post a like and leaving a comment below about what your favorite item was!
Rarely do I ever get the privilege of using all of these items at the same time, rather I make do with what I can. But if you are looking for seriously flawless everyday skin, these products are a GREAT start.
xoxo h a d d e n