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Hi Temptalia – I love your MAC blog entries! But for skincare I am a big fan of Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser. In the morning I wash with that, apply a thin layer of La Roche Posay’s Active C, wait 20 minutes and then apply Shisedo’s SPF 55 cream. In the evening I again wash with Purity Made Simple, then apply a thin layer of Olay Regenerist serum. Once a week I apply the serum, wait 20 minutes and apply Retin-A for anti-aging. I will also sometimes throw in Paula’s Choice BHA lotion overnight – depending on my mood. 🙂

MAC is not quite known for their skincare even though they do have a decent amount of products in their skincare line.

Does the Purity Made Simple wash away makeup, too? I really need SPF 55 face cream…

Great routine!

Purity does remove all my makeup but sometimes I still have remnants under my eyes (I like to pile on the mascara – to a fault!). So I’ll quickly follow up with MAC Gently Off remover.

i’m still trying to find something that will really work, but this is what i go with now:

1. wash with Clean & Clean Oil Free Face Wash

2. small amount of St. Ives Apricot Scrub

3. Toner (Sea Breeze? i dunno)

4. Clean & Clear Persagel 10% BP cream

5. Khiels’ Blue Moisturizer (for acne prone skin)

can you tell i have skin issues??? LOL

after years and years of acne I have finally found the holy grail of skin care – Eminence – all organice and super gentle. Everything else under the sun makes me break out…not this stuff. I buy it directly from my skin care lady, and believe that its only sold at reputable salon type places. On Thursday I have my first appt to have laser resurfacing done on my face. Cost 800$ and my Derm suggested that I will need 3-4 sessions to rid myself of the acne scars. I am excited to see the results.

I’ve thought about microdermabrasion myself, but can’t quite afford that luxury yet!

I’ll have to look into Eminence!

For my combo/oily skin, Lancome products have worked the best. I use Lancome’s Gel Clarte cleanser then Bright … toner. I use Lancome’s Exfoliance Clarte for a scrub (or good ol’ St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub), and Lancome’s Resurface Peel when I want to do a glycolic-esque peel at home.

I’m a Lancome baby when it comes to skincare!

Clarins and Chanel have awesome products as well. Clarins Bright Plus Serum is amazing for clearing blemishes and making skin glow, and Chanel’s Hydramax+ Serum is great in the winter when your skin’s lackluster (and it smells great, too).

I have oily skin that’s acne-prone, so I like non-drying, gentle drugstore cleansers (Neutrogena Visibly Even, Clean & Clear for sensitive skin.)

Lately I’ve bene too lazy, but sometimes if I’m feeling the spirit I’ll use a toner, like Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner.

I then follow up with *obscene amounts* of sunscreen. Seriously, sunscreen with save you from a wrinkly pruned life. I swear by it.

Ohh, drugstore finds, yay. What’s the best face sunscreen? Everyone I try is too oily/heavy. I want it to disappear after a few minutes!

I read your interview over at makeup bag, you should put it up here!

My skincare goes a little like this:

Makeup removal:
Baby wipe to remove everyday makeup (I don’t wear a lot during the day and find that baby wipes are mild and remove make up really well.

For heavier make up I use ‘simple eye make up remover’

Then wash my face with a clean and clear face wash and mositurize with Clarins dramatically different moisturizer.

My skin is very well behaved so I don’t need to many spot fighting products (hope I don’t curse myself for stating that!)

I do get dry skin in winter for that I mix in a small amount of E45 cream with my moisturizer.

I really don’t do much, for some reason I break out more when I use all of these cleansers and toners. I ALWAYS wash my makeup off before bed though, and I use Johnsons baby shampoo to take the liner off of my waterline on my eyes. I got a clogged gland there before and it was NOT fun. So now I always use the Johnsons. Another staple is Neutrogena SPF Oil Free Face Lotion. It’s not too heavy and a little goes a long way. As for a cleanser I think right now I have Neutrogena, but I’m not loyal to any one in particular. Since I am in the upper part of my mid twenties I do want to try and find an anti-aging lotion. Any recommendations? 😉

lol! Isn’t that worse? You spend MORE time on your skin and it backfires? Ugh, I hate that.

Wow, baby shampoo! I never would have thought 🙂

There are so many anti-aging creams out there, and I have yet to be experienced enough in the aging process to see what really works. I know people DO swear by La Mer products, and they were lovely when I used them (though my face did not revert to me at 12).

Olay makes a good range of more affordable products and I like them as a brand!

Night routine:
1.Loreal Eye&Lip Makeup Remover
2.Hydra Cleansing Milk
3.Hydra Toner
4.Hydra Eye Serum
5.Hydra Eye Cream
6.Vitamin Plus Night Cream (face & neck)

Day routine:
1.Hydra Cleansing Milk
2.Hydra Toner.
3.Loreal SPF50 Sunblock

I have combination skin, so for the cooler months, I’m getting ready to change my routine. I use Fresh Soy Cleanser as a makeup remover and a cleanser (no stinging eyes!), and Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer at night. In the morning, I use Neutrogena cleanser in the shower and the Philosophy Moisturizer. Once a week, I use Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion scrub as an exfoliant, and my skin has really turned around!

I use Lancome gentle cleansing milk 5 days out of the week and the dry skin scrub also from Lancome 2 days out of the week. (I have dry combo. skin, but I use my cleanser year round and still works great!) After I wash my face I put this yellow Asian cream on blemishes or spots. Then I put Cliniques All About Eyes Rich on my eyes, perfect moisturizer for my eyes. Then I put this Lancome Primordorial gel on cheeks, nose, and chin. It’s light yet moisturizing and smells great! I finish off with a Lancome lotion, High Resolution, only on dry dry spots. And that’s it!

Simple is a brand in the UK. Its 100% oil free, contains vitamin B5 and is deratologically approved. Its brillant for removing eye make up and it doesn’t use alot of ingrediants which can amke you break out. What do you use to remove eye make up?

Thanks for the info, Jet Black! The UK has some nice brands!

Right now, I use Almay’s Oil-based cleanser to remove eye makeup.

Hmmm, drugstore sunscreens! Well I *love* Oil of Olay complete because it’s not heavy at all!

For my neck I use a “dry” formula ’cause I can’t stand having a sticky neck – yuck! I like Neutrogena Dry Touch and Aveeno.

And did I mention that they’re all about $10 or less?!

I really need to make that run to the drugstore! But my wallet is still recovering from the PRO store. Sigh!

Thanks for the recs 🙂 And under $10, score!

In the morning I use Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash, then I moisturize with SI Antidote Quenching Daily lotion, and after I apply my make up I mist with SI Arctic Face Mist to set my make-up and to help keep irritants away from my skin. (It also helps a lot after the gym.) At night my routine is basically the same except I use SI Oxygen Infusion night cream and SI Icelandic Relief Eye Cream. I want to add a sunscreen to my skincare, but the ones I’ve tried have all felt too heavy. I used to just use drugstore face wash, but it wasn’t really helping and I also started worrying about wrinkles when I saw a 22 year old with a ton of wrinkles. (I’m 21, and I didn’t think I had to worry about that yet.) The Eye cream really helps with baggy eyes. I didn’t even notice I had bags until I didn’t have them anymore. =p

-Olay Clarify & Cleanse Daily Scrub
-Eskinol Papaya Whitening astringent (can be found at most Filipino/Asian stores)
-Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum
-Olay Complete All Day UV Moisture Lotion (for Sensitive Skin)

Night is the same regimen unless I’ve worn make-up in which case, I’ll use Benefit’s Not On My Pillow make-up remover (which I don’t think they make anymore :-/)

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