My Current Daytime Skincare Routine

Here’s what I use on the daily to keep my skin healthy and glowing!

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared my update skincare routine, so today I’m laying it all out for you. I’ve been struggling a bit with acne recently so I’ve switched over to some products that are helping to control it. In addition, I’ve been using some products that help with the texture and enlarged pores. Let’s dive in shall we?

#1 Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

This is the cleanser that I’ve been using to combat incoming acne and pimples that have already surfaced. It has salicylic acid which is a chemical exfoliant and helps to break down impurities!

#2 Sunday Riley Good Genes

To get rid of my acne scars I’ve been using the Good Genes because it has Lactic Acid. It exfoliates the skin and helps to unclog pores, even out texture and reduce dark spots. I’ve found that after using this for even just a month my scars have lightened quite a bit.

#3 Swiss Line Recovery Serum

Basically this serum helps to revive the skin. So whether it’s because I’ve been out drinking too much or maybe eating poorly during the week, this serum improves my skin’s self-renewal. The signs of fatigue and stress are much less visible!

#4 Swiss Line Perfection Booster

This is a booster that I mix in with the Recovery Serum. It has 10% lactic acid which again helps to exfoliate the skin. Basically this booster helps to resurface and smooth skin texture and reduce the size of my pores.

#5 Decorté Overnight Performance Cream

This cream hydrates, lifts and firms my skin. A little bit goes a long way and I love it because my skin feels so moisturized when I wake up! The ingredients in it help the skin to look more youthful and bouncy over time.

#6 Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask

Under my eyes I use the jetlag mask because out of all the eye creams I’ve tried, this one truly helps to reduce puffiness and darkness when I’m extremely tired.

#7 Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I don’t remember the last time I had chapped lips and this sleeping mask is why! It’s super thick and smells amazing. It keeps my lips super hydrated and plump.

What are some skincare products you’re loving right now?

xoxo,

Haley

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My Current Skincare Routine: AM & PM

As you know, my skincare routine changes almost every month and over the past few weeks I’ve been on a routine that has done wonders for my face. A couple of the products I’ve been using are newer to me, but they truly work and I’m super happy with my results. My newer products are from The Body Shop’s “Drops of Youth” line. I was introduced to this line about mid-January and have been using them day and night ever since.

A skincare routine for me consists of serums, moisturizers, eye creams, lip products and face wash. Since I have combination skin, it’s often difficult to find a balance between all of those products and find something that works for every part of my face. Luckily with the products I’m using now, my skin is looking and feeling amazing.

A routine that works for me tightens my pores, rids my blackheads, keeps my skin feeling hydrated, prevents breakouts and improves the texture (smoothness) all around. Enough of the chit chat though, below are the products I’m using and loving.

Morning Routine

Face Wash: Tatcha The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser

Serum: Alumier MD EverActive C&E Serum

Moisturizer: Drops of Youth, Youth Cream

Sunscreen: Coola Sun Silk Drops (SPF 30)

Evening Routine

Face Wash: Tatcha The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser

Serum: Drops of Youth, Youth Concentrate

Moisturizer: Drops of Youth, Youth Cream

Eye Cream: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

None of the content in this post is sponsored however products were gifted to me a while back. Most of the skincare I use is gifted, and that’s only because I hate to waste what I receive! When I recommend products, I genuinely am using them and loving them. These are the ones that are on heavy rotation atm.

xoxo,

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Product Review: La Mer Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream

I never thought that I would ever get to review or even put on a $315 face cream, but here I am ladies and gents and let me tell you, it feels luxurious. My skincare collection just went from a 7/10 to a 15/10 just because of this one product, hah!

The La Mer products have always been the type of skincare that I dreamed of owning, but last month I was reached out to for their Vancouver event and that’s how I got my hands on this product! Unfortunately I ended up having to go on a last minute work trip and missed the event, but a girlfriend of mine was able to snag my goodie bag anyway 😉

I’m so happy she did because otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been trying this cream for a few more years (aka when I could afford the luxury). Enough of my chatter though, let’s get into this review!

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Texture & Feel

The first time that I applied this cream I put on way too much and quickly realized that a little goes a long way. The texture of the cream is silky smooth (no exaggeration here) and literally glides on and sinks into the skin. It’s also feather light which makes it great for daily wear under makeup.

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In Combo with Makeup

I’ve only been wearing this cream in the daytime, both with and without makeup to really see how it works and benefits the skin. Without makeup it actually smooths the skins appearance and hydrates throughout the entire day. With makeup it creates an amazing canvas for BB cream, what I use daily, and doesn’t affect the oiliness of my skin. This is something that really impressed me, but I guess because it’s such a light gel cream, it works well with other products!

Benefits for the Skin

Since using this I have seen a change in my skin in terms of pores, glow and texture. The pores around and on my nose have visibly reduced in size creating a smoother appearance. Also, my skin feels much more hydrated and definitely looks like it, increasing my daily glow! 🙂

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Thoughts on Price Point

I’m in no position to be spending $315 on a 2oz container of moisturizer but if I were I honestly think that this might be worth the money! In under a week I’ve already seen how well the cream works so I’m sure that using it long term would really show great results. Not to mention, the ingredients that are used in this product are fermented which is pretty impressive and I’m sure it adds to the price point.

Have you babes tried any of the La Mer products? I would love to know what your faves are if you have! Comment your thoughts below 🙂

xoxo,

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The Best Facial Serums – Tried & True

I’ve noticed over the past week that majority of my skincare is SERUMS! Somehow from all of the PR packages, events and my own purchases I’ve ended up with 6 different serums and yes I use them all. But not all at once obviously! 😉

Each of them are similar in certain ways but also different in the specific benefits that they provide to the skin. Today I’ll be sharing each and every one of them, rating them from my favourite to least favourite!

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Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

This one ranks number one simply because it’s the one that works the quickest, in my opinion. A little bit of it goes a long way and it leaves your skin feeling and looking smooth and supple. After just 7 days (which is the expectation) I actually saw a change in my skin. I used it from the very first day I received in (about a week ago) and my skin hasn’t felt this good in a long time!

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Biotherm Aquasource Aura Concentrate

No matter how much I moisturize I tend to get dry in one area of my face when I apply makeup, my chin and around the corners of my mouth. However when using this product my skin instantly feels packed with moisture. It also leaves the most gorgeous glow on the skin, something that I find rare in most serums! I like pairing this with the aquasource gel from Biotherm for best results.

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Image Skincare Vital-C Serum

I am obsessed with this new vitamin A, C and E serum because it literally gives my skin a refresher overnight. Plus it smells like a basket of oranges and lemons and who doesn’t love a good smelling product! 😉 I don’t need much of this to cover my whole face and when I apply it I can instantly see the hydration happening on my skin. The first time I used this my jaw actually dropped when I woke up because my skin looked so brand new LOL.

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Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum

This is a newer product that I just started using and I’ve got to say the snow mushroom really does hydrate the skin in ways I’ve never seen before. The snow mushroom can hold 500x its weight in water, hence making this product absolutely amazing for dry skin. It also helps promote cell renewal and helps the skins collagen production! I love the way this serum makes my skin feel, smooth, plump and hydrated.

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Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

When I’m looking for an all natural serum this one is my go-to, which is usually when I have acne on my face. I don’t see a very drastic change in my skin after using it but it definitely gives my skin the hydration it needs when applying drying acne treatments!

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Michael Todd Vitamin C Complex Plus Retinol Rejuvenating Serum

I’ve got to say that although this is supposed to be a rejuvenating serum, I really didn’t see or feel a change in my skin when using it. Even after a few days of continuous use day and night the only change was hydration! It’s supposed to also reduce the appearance of pores and dark spots but unfortunately I can’t say I saw a difference 🙁

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What are some of your favourite skin serums babes? Share them in the comments! :*

xoxo,

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Is Hand-Washing Your Face Bad For Your Skin?

We should all know that there’s no point in using skincare if you’re not applying it to a clean palette, AKA your face. For many of us washing our face involves just our fingertips, a cleanser and water but since I started using a Sonic facial cleansing system a question popped into my head. Is using your fingertips to wash your face actually bad for your skin? I did a bit of research and came up with an answer which of course I’ll be sharing with all of you because it’s quite interesting what I found!

Apparently using your fingertips to wash your face is one of the best things you can do for your skin! Your fingertips serve as a gentle massage for your skin and help to stimulate circulation. There are no facts that go against using your fingertips to wash your face, in fact it’s recommended by many beauty experts over the daily use of a cleansing brush!

A few things that you should keep in mind about washing your face is the temperature of the water, what type of cleanser you’re using and your method of washing. Take a look below to see some important points on these topics.

Temperature

While cold water temporarily tightens pores and hot water feels best, both of these temperatures can actually have a negative effect on your skin. Cold water doesn’t do a great job of thoroughly cleaning and hot water can leave your skin irritated and dry. The best temperature of water to wash your face with is lukewarm.

Type of Cleanser

This is an entirely different topic but it’s important to educate yourself on the skin-concerns that you might have so that you use the proper cleanser. Acne prone skin often requires drastically different cleansers than normal skin. Dry versus oily skin is the same!

Method

The best way to wash your face, a way that has been working for me, is to rinse your face, apply the cleanser and massage your skin in small circular and upward motions. Even though I love my Soniclear Petite cleansing brush from Michael Todd, I’ve decided to use it only 1-2 times a week to protect my sensitive skin. Even though the bristles are extremely soft and it has a very low speed setting, it still serves as a form of exfoliation which isn’t necessary every day.

The Verdict

While cleansing systems and brushes are huge in the market, they’re not always the best way to wash your face. Your fingertips are your best tool indeed and a brush should only be used a few times a week for a deep clean and exfoliation.

xoxo,

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The Best Affordable Concealer

Although I’m not a full-face of makeup kind of gal, I do like to use concealer to cover up blemishes and marks on my face. I also aim to buy affordable products that I know I’ll be buying often, AKA, concealer. It took me a while to figure out which concealer was best for me and I went through tons of affordable to expensive products before finding the perfect one (which happened to only be under $15).

I’ve now been using the same concealer for 4 years and I can honestly say that it’s my favourite (even over the NARS creamy concealer, can you believe it?!?). This is literally the only concealer in my makeup drawer, and I’ve got two shades, one for my paler seasons and one for when I’m tanned 💁🏽‍♀️

I use concealer the most on my under eyes and on my chin where I have a couple dark spots that I’m trying to get rid of. Right on top of my concealer I put on a pressed powder from the same brand and the two together make a flawless complexion 🙌🏽 .

I don’t wear foundation so I can’t speak to how the concealer sits overtop of it but wearing it bare has worked very well for me! It’s buildable, just the right consistency and has great coverage. In addition, it’s oil free which is important to me because I’ve got naturally oily skin.

And the concealer is…..Drumroll please……Maybelline’s Fit Me Liquid Concealer!

Some of you may have tried this already but if you haven’t I highly recommend that you do!! Especially if you’re looking for a more affordable option 😉 (not sponsored or an ad, I just truly love this product).

I use the shade 25-Medium for my natural skin colour and shade 35-Deep for when I’m tanned. I use my fingers to do the primary blending of the concealer and then follow it with a beauty blender to get an extra natural look.

The pressed powder that I use on top of this concealer is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Pressed Powder in shade 220 – Natural Beige. It takes away any natural shine that I have and it’s great for touching up throughout the day!

Have you guys tried either of these products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 💕

Xoxo,

My Favourite Face Mists

Whether it’s hydration, brightening or calming effects that you need, a facial mist is always a great way to wake up your skin.

I personally love using facial mists before applying a moisturizer, after showers and after my workouts but these bottles of miracle liquid also serve as a nice pick-me-up throughout the day. However it’s important to know what you’re actually spraying on your face because depending on the ingredients, each face mist will act differently on your skin. That’s another long post that I could write about so let me know in the comments or by Instagram DM (@haleyestradaa) if it’s something you’d like to see!

For now, here are a few of my favourite (tried and true) facial mists…

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

This oil-free spray is formulated to replenish the skin’s moisture level and serves as a great skin refresher. I use this spray before applying my nightly skincare, before my daily moisturizer and right after workouts. I’ve found that this spray really keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day, but especially if I apply the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel Cream afterwards. This is a very affordable face spray, retailing at $32CAD for 125mL at Sephora.

Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

Mad Hippie has taken Hyaluronic Acid treatment to another level with this plumping and smoothing face spray. This spray includes the ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate which plumps and moisturizes the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Other contributors include Vitamin C, Green Tea, Pomegranate Seed Extract and many other natural ingredients. I apply this spray to my hands and then pat it onto my face before my Vitamin C Serum (also from Mad Hippie) and it leaves my skin feeling glowy, plumped and smooth as ever. You can find their affordable range of natural products at Urban Outfitters or on the Mad Hippie website.

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist

This is an essence and a toner in one that works to replenish moisture and reduce the appearance of pores. The name is no joke because honestly this spray leaves my face dewy throughout the entire day! I use this one all the day underneath the rest of my skincare and on top of a makeup look for a glowy finish. This once again is an affordable spray, going for $34USD on the Saturday Skin website.

What are some of your favourite face mists? Comment them below! 💕

Xoxo,

6 Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing During Winter

With colder than ever temperatures and low humidity levels Winter is one of the worst times for our skin. That’s why it’s super important for us to be pro-active and take care of it before cracking, flakiness, and irritation starts.

  1. Wash in luke warm water rather than hot. Using hot water strips your skin of oils that are essential to keeping it hydrated and glowing. Lukewarm water will prevent this from happening and will result in more hydrated skin.
  2. Moisturize right after your showers or baths and face washes. If you apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin it locks in the hydration.
  3. Use oil-based moisturizers instead of water-based. Your skin requires more oils in the Winter due to the colder weather.
  4. Don’t forget to use SPF. You may think that because there are clouds in the sky the sun can’t get you but you’re wrong! The rays of the sun are hitting you no matter what’s in the sky and if there’s snow on the ground then the reflection of light can cause even more skin damage.
  5. Drink water! This is a little obvious, but something that people tend to do less in cold weather because they turn to teas and coffees for quenching their thirst.
  6. Exfoliate your skin one to two times a week. Dead skin builds up quickly and requires attention, so don’t forget to rub it off with an exfoliator a couple of times a week.

What do you do to keep your skin glowing in the Winter time? Share your ideas in the comments below!

xoxo,

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The Eye Cream That I Swear By

It wasn’t until I discovered Rodan + Fields that I started using eye cream, but boy am I happy that I did! A lot of people think that eye cream is only necessary for “aging” skin and only works as an “anti-aging” product but that is far from the truth. The eye cream that I swear by and use every single day not only works to reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet (which I do not yet have) but it also reduces puffiness and darkness underneath the eye. That’s exactly what I need as a student juggling work, full-time classes, blogging, YouTubing and a social life! Phewf!

I’ve been using the Rodan + Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream for an entire year now and I’ve had dark circles or puffiness under my eyes probably 3 times out of the whole year (due to reasons besides fatigue). My under-eye areas are not a huge problem anymore and I definitely don’t feel the need to apply concealer all the time.

If you hold back from including eye cream in your skincare routine now, I guarantee it’ll be a problem area later on in life. Taking care of each part of your face is crucial at every stage of your life and in my opinion, as a 19 year old I feel like my skin is in its prime and I should be doing everything I can to keep it this way! Eye cream is just as important as moisturizing your face to prevent dehydration and future wrinkles.


If you’re interested in trying out this eye cream you can shop it here!

xoxo,

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The Importance of Removing Your Makeup at Night

We’ve all been there, done that. Removing your makeup can become a chore after a long day and unless you know the real reason behind the task you probably won’t do it. Even if it is just a swipe of mascara or a couple dabs of concealer, by leaving it on your face overnight you’re doing more harm to your skin than you think!

I’m no dermatologist but I do know a thing or two about proper skin care, so here’s what can happen when you don’t remove your makeup before bed.

CLOGGED PORES

You don’t need to be an Einstein to know this one! Your makeup collects environmental bacteria throughout the day so it’s obvious that if you don’t wash it off it will most likely be seeping deep into your pores.

ACNE

In follow up to the clogged pores issue, the bacteria that sits on and eventually in your skin can cause acne to form. The solution for this is as simple as using a facial cleanser!

DEHYDRATION & DULLNESS

A lot of the makeup that we wear has drying effects because it’s not meant to sit on your face permanently. Facial coverage makeup like primers, concealers and foundations are probably the worst out of all for your skin if you’re sleeping in them. They’re thick, often oil-based and completely block your pores. Your skin has a certain routine to renew itself and if it’s clogged with product then it definitely can’t do its job! If your skin can’t breathe properly then you’re likely to see a dehydrated and dull face in the morning.

WHAT ABOUT EYE MAKEUP?

Believe it or not, eye makeup can still do damage while you sleep. Unless you stay in one position the entire night, you’re bound to rub your eyes on your pillows or even with your hand. Smudging the eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara into your eye and all around can cause a lot of irritation which might lead to puffiness, redness, and even small bumps. If the makeup happens to clog the oil glands or hair follicles then bacteria can form and result in styes and inflammation.

A MAKEUP REMOVER TO TRY

Over my years of wearing makeup I’ve tried a few different removers, but one of them has continuously impressed me. I have combination skin and it’s also quite sensitive so this remover is gentle, oil-free, and works like a charm for regular and waterproof makeup.

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Rimmel London – Gentle Eye Make Up Remover

So what will it be…facial cleanser or blackheads, acne, dehydration, and dullness?! What are your thoughts on removing your makeup before bed? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

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Resources

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/a35556/why-is-sleeping-in-makeup-bad/

https://www.neutrogena-me.com/en/expert-centre/makeup/importance-removing-your-makeup-going-sleep