I’ve simplified my daytime skincare routine over the years, because I usually let my coffee cool as I’m applying these products. BASICALLY I like a routine that’s short and simple so I can get back to sipping my coffee and applying my makeup! I have combination skin– oily T-zone and dry everywhere else– and these products have worked really well for me!
Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick- I’ve fallen in love with this product! It lasts so long and is easy to travel with because it’s a solid formula! The cleansing stick never dries my skin out and the rose petals in the formula lightly exfoliates!
Pixi Glow Tonic– I’m very prone to breakouts because of my combination skin, and I feel as though I haven’t had any in a while thanks to this toner! I just apply this on a cotton pad and rub it on my face focusing on my T-zone. The smell is also heavenly and is very refreshing in the morning. The glycolic acid in the formula helps exfoliate lightly and helps prep for my moisturizer.
Burt’s Bees Day Lotion– I’ve recently discovered this moisturizer and so far I really love it! However, because of the spf 15 there is a white cast when you first apply it to your face. If you continue to rub this product into your skin the white cast tones down and doesn’t look as ghostly. My CC cream has spf 50 so I feel as though the spf 15 in this product is perfect for me.
Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist– When my skin is feeling pretty dry, I like to mist this either before my moisturizer or before and after my makeup. I’ve been obsessed with face mists and love to refresh my skin with them throughout the day!
Evan Healy Wild Carrot Eye Balm– I love the formula of this product, and again I love how it’s so easy to travel with because it’s a solid formula! I typically put this under my eyes and in other areas that are prone to wrinkles like my smile line areas and forehead. I find that it’s a perfect base for undereye concealer, which is why I like to use it during the daytime!
Stay tuned for my current nighttime skincare routine! I’d love to hear about your routine as well so leave yours in the comment section below!
Creating a cool gallery wall is easier than it looks! I really thought about my aesthetic and my favorite things. I also tried to keep a color scheme of black, white, and red.
I purchased an Alexander McQueen Calendar when I was in NYC at the Met’s Exhibition of Savage Beauty a couple of years ago. I decided to frame two of the pictures that worked with other elements of my gallery wall. The antler jacket matched my chrome gazelle hook, and the Scottish kilt dress matched the reds and greens in the Phantom of the Opera poster.
I wanted to leave space in the middle to highlight the smaller pieces, such as the plates and the air plant house. I also liked adding in some phrases in order to break up some of the images.
Fun Fact: The frame that states “Of course, there’s always my way…” is a quote from the beginning of the Haunted Mansion ride, which is my favorite!
Some of my favorite spooky gallery wall finds under $50:
Smoke Blue Antlers Wall Decor • Pier 1 Imports • $39.98
Asstd National Brand Stratton Home Dcor Black Baroque Mirror • Asstd National Brand • $47
Melody Rose – Skull In Red Crown Side Plate • £21.35
Merci Merci La Lune Art Print • Urban Outfitters • $19–199
Set Of 2 Trigg Small Wall Vases • CB2 • $24.95
Dormify Sketch Skull Print • Dormify • $15–29.99
Very often I find myself between a binary that typically doesn’t come together. On one hand I love spooky vibes like skulls, Tim Burton films, the band Sisters of Mercy, and many other dark aesthetics. On the other hand, I also love girly aesthetics such as light pink, Hello Kitty, and Gossip Girl.
Both styles were present while I was growing up, but recently I’ve learned to incorporate both aspects into my personal style. Piecing together my own unique style was as difficult as solving a 10,000 piece puzzle. I often got comments on how I wore all black one day and a pink sundress the next day. Instead of dressing with one binary in mind, I learned to incorporate both vibes into single outfits as well as my own room decor.
For example, pairing a pillow that says “Good Morning Gorgeous” in gold script with a pillow with an anatomical skull on it displays my style perfectly. Pairing my Marilyn Manson T-shirt with a full face of makeup, contour and all, is another way I combine my own unique style. Gossip Girl and American Horror Story will also always be some of my favorite shows, to which I no longer need an explanation.
Hiding the darker side of my style often faced me with feelings of incompleteness. Giving myself a chance to explore my love of everything spooky provides me with self-acceptance. Don’t let anyone put you in a box or limit you to a certain aesthetic. Let yourself explore your own unique style or vibe!
For an everyday look, I like to keep it light and glowy! Here’s a list of the products I use almost every single day in the order I apply them! I didn’t include my favorite brow product I use everyday, but if you want to read about that then check out my other post on Brow Products.
1. Shiseido Pureness Matifying Moisturizer – I like to use this as my primer!
2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
3. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
4. Too Faced Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer
5. Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner – Sometimes I opt not to wear eyeliner! Either way is tres chic!
6. Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara
7. MAC Lipstick in Taupe – The taupe shade is my favorite! My lips are naturally dark, and this shade is two shades darker than my natural lip color! A nude lip is ALWAYS chic!
The first product I’ve recently purchased is the Anatomy of a Fragrance Honey Rose Perfume, which is HEAVENLY!! Another rose product that I’m obsessed with is the Rosewater spray I purchased from Whole Foods. I like to spray this product on my face before makeup, after makeup, and throughout the day! I always feel super refreshed after using it!
The It Cosmetics CC Your Skin But Better Illuminating Cream has been a life saver for me! I use it almost everyday because I feel like it brightens up my skin even when I’m tired! Another skin care product I’ve just started using is the Bioderma Micellar Cleansing Water. When I take my makeup off at the end of the day (or if I’m too lazy to actually wash my face) I just use the micellar water with a cotton pad to cleanse my face quickly! The Vaseline Pink Bubbly Lip Balm is another product I love to use at the end of the day. Honestly, it smells exactly like a sparkling pink champagne which is why it’s my newest favorite.
Recently, I’ve also gotten my hair dyed and I want to keep it looking fresh until my next haircut! My stylist recommended the Kevin Murphy Shampoo and Conditioner in the Plumping Wash. The smell is so sweet and light because it’s formulated with ginger root and nettle extracts!
Finally, I’ve just started trying out more Korean skincare products. The TonyMoly Intense Care Snail Hydro-gel Mask has become one of my favorites. Sheet masking is such a fun part of my weekly routine! I’ll take 20 minutes while taking a break from homework or studying to sheet mask, which is such a treat!
Thanks for reading!