Skincare and Beauty Rituals

02 December 2014

I'm not a beauty professional at all but for some reason, I've always been really into makeup and learning how to apply different products. However, something I'm really really REAAALLLYYY bad at, is cleaning my face off.  I know!! It's so crucial for young skin, it's seriously never too early to start a skincare routine.  This past year I've collected several face products that I swore I would use and since this year isn't over yet, I'm going to start using them.  What better way to start the new year off than with fresh, bright skin right?  So for the next 30 days, I VOW to take care of my skin and come back with a fun before and after product review.  For now, here's what I'm using:

Beauty Routine

Beauty Routine by brocadecloset featuring Clinique

First thing's first, clean the face!  I enjoy easy makeup remover wipes and Cetaphil's gentle skin cleanser.  I just started using the gentle skin cleanser and it leaves a very silky feel once I wash my face off-so far I'm loving this product!  My major trouble zones are my t-zone, cheek acne, and dark under eyes.  To solve my oily t-zone, I bought Clinique's 3 step system.  I used this system for a week before I "forgot" about it ;) but, during the process, I did notice my oily t-zone tone down A LOT.  I also bought Clinique's dark spot corrector for my acne spots.  A few of my friends have used this to correct their dark spots and have had great results, so I'm hoping for the same!  Benefit's eye cream is fun to use in the morning when I wake up because it feels like it soaks in all my puffiness and really does minimize my dark circles for a more 'awake' look.  Annnnnd the last item on my list is my trusted Boo Boo Zap.  I've used several acne spot removers and none have worked like this!  Apply it on at night for a noticeably smaller pimple the next day.

Make-Up Essentials

Make-Up Essentials by brocadecloset featuring black eye makeup

My makeup products are really basic, like it doesn't take too long to apply all of this on haha.  After my face is nice and clean, I dab Benefit's powder under my eyes, around my cheeks, chin and forehead.  I've used this powder for a few years now and love the way it's so soft.  After my powder is done, I contour the cheek bones with blush.  I usually go for rose gold blush tones, it's always been my favorite and just feel like any other colors are either too faint or too bold for me.  Then comes the eyewear!  I've tried every mascara in the market and haven't given up on this one.  Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara brings so much length, thickness and darkness to your lashes you would really think they're fake.  I've been asked if my lashes are real on many occasions and it's always my absolute pleasure to refer people over to the Benefit counter.  As for eyeliner, I've experienced with both pencil and liquid.  My favorite? Liquid!  It's easy to draw with and even easier to remove in case of a 'winged line gone wrong' situation.  Liquid isn't for everyone but I promise it's worth the try and practice :)  Annnnd finally, the lips.  I enjoy colored lips but it's also good to switch it up now and then.  No matter what, I carry around a brownish/nude color just for fun.

I can't wait to show you all my results, this process is going to be so much fun!

xo..Brocade Closet 

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