My June Skincare Routine

I’ve made a lot of changes to my skincare routine and I’ve found some products that I’ve completely fallen in love with. Being in the middle of summer meant going lighter and more simple ingredients, creating a skincare regiment that leaves me refreshed and protected.

This will be an overview of my morning skincare routine. My night-time routine hasn’t changed so if you want an overview of that click here!

First is a cleanser that I have talked about, again and again, it’s the Soy Face Cleanser

I’m on Retin-A so I need a cleanser that isn’t harsh on the skin. This cleanser is light and hardly foams, keeping my skin from getting dried out.

I don’t double cleanse in the mornings, but when my skin feels a little gross and in need of an extra step I use Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.

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This balm is still my favorite. I’ve repurchased the full size and it just is a luxurious balm that is a staple for my skin care routine. If you want more info on this I talked about it in my post about cleansers

Next is January Lab’s Daily Brightening Tonic

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This is my daily acid toner! I feel like this really wakes me up and gently exfoliates the skin. January Lab’s has two products I use in my routine now, thanks to an amazing video Caroline Hirons posted with January Lab’s CEO. You can watch it here

I’m currently on the lookout for a slightly stronger acid toner on the days I really need it so let me know if you have any recommendations! However, I really do love this toner and is perfect to use every day.

My favorite step: Hydrating toner! I use the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

I use two layers of this stuff and it never feels sticky. It is hydrating and leaves my skin plump and soft. It doesn’t break me out thankfully. This his minimal scent which is always important for me. I break out really easily to heavily fragranced products so this one is great for my sensitive skin. I used to think hydrating toners were essentially useless. But after layering them and using this one, I am now an advocate for these toners.

I am currently trying out a bunch of hydrating toners (two that are VERY exciting) and I’ll be posting a full review and breakdown at the end of this month so stay tuned!

The oil I’m currently using is Herbivore’s Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil

I did an entire brand overview on Herbivore, and this product is the one out of their lineup that I keep reaching for. I’ve recently purchased a fair amount of oils and this one is the one that I really am enjoying. I have been breaking out recently. This doesn’t really help my hormonal acne. However, the ones I get from eating too much dairy or going on a particularly long road trip are kept at bay with this oil. I highly recommend this for acne prone or oily skin types, it’s been a lifesaver for me!

The moisturizer I am using is January Lab’s Moisture Balancing Lotion

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This is my favorite find of the month. I will be repurchasing this again. I am always on the lookout for new products, and this moisturizer has won my heart (and my money). I cannot stress enough how light and wonderful this feels on my skin. It is amazing for the summer time. It has no scent and is a sensitive, acne-prone skin’s dream! I absolutely love this moisturizer and is my summer staple

Lastly, and most importantly, Dermalogica’s Pure Light SPF 50 

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So I love this stuff and plan on using this until it’s gone. I talked about this in my last routine update, and am still using this. HOWEVER, I am done spending 66 dollars on a sunscreen. I’ve been trying four different sunscreens that I am going to be posting about that are much cheaper. I know that this sunscreen targets hyperpigmentation, but I’d rather pay for another product that does that specifically and get a cheaper sunscreen. It’s too soon to share the sunscreens that I’m loving but in next month’s routine update be on the lookout for a new sunscreen.

Bonus Item: Fresh’s Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing eye cream

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Listen, I’m young and eye cream has never been a priority for me. Recently, my eye area has been pretty dry so that changed that. This eye cream was an option on Sephora’s rewards and I got two. I really have enjoyed the luxury of this product and going to be using this stuff up. I will not be purchasing it, mostly because its 68 dollars and eye creams are just not on my priority list. So if you have any suggestions on eye creams that are hydrating that don’t break the bank, let me know in the comments! I do love the thick texture and you can tell this cream is luxurious in every way. The scent smells like its expensive. However, again, it’s just too much for me.

That’s my skincare routine for June! thanks for listening and I’ll see you all next Monday!

Herbivore Brand Review

Featured image taken from herbivores website

Hey everyone! I know I’ve been AWOL this summer, but I’ve been interning all summer (thankfully paid). I’m back and I have so many posts coming your way. My June skincare routine will be posted next Monday and I have some really exciting products to share.

I have been trying herbivore products for the past three weeks. I bought two value sets:

1. True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo $29

This includes their resurfacing clarity mask and their Lapis balancing facial oil

I LOVED the facial oil. Has a very strong smell, but it was light and I really felt like my active pimples time on my face was cut in half.

The face mask gives off the same smell, it’s a fairly thin mask with a dark blue color. I felt like this didn’t really affect my skin but it was a nice cooling mask for when my skin was just looking kind of dull and tired.

2. Hydrate + Glow Natural Skincare Mini Collection $39

If you’re anything like me then you get super excited when a product has the word “glow” in it. I was initially really excited to try on this set versus the clarifying one. It comes with a moisturizer, their regenerating facial oil, a face mist, and a “instant glow” mask. I really enjoyed their face mist, It has a VERY strong rose scent, but the feel of it is so refreshing. The mask was very lightweight and did make my skin glow, however overall I’d say none of these products changed my skin dramatically over the course of a month. I hardly reach for the regenerating face oil (because I adore their balancing one), and the moisturizer is nice and light weight, but I hate fragrance in my moisturizers (personal preference)

Top 3 herbivore products

1. Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil

2. Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist

3. Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask

Worth the splurge?

I think both value sets contain a fair amount of product for the price. I think that although the hydrate and glow collection had more, I personally found a lot more benefit from the clarifying duo. If you do not have acne prone skin like mine it might not appeal to you.

Herbivore overall has some nice light products that really feel luxurious. There were some hits and misses, but these products are not agitating at all and a great brand to dabble in (which is why these value sets are so amazing) do beware of the strong fragrances most of these products contain. If you can get past the strong perfume, herbivore contains some promising products and I’m excited to see them grow in the future.