It’s Sunday night and I’ve had a hell of a week! I haven’t slept much, and stress has gotten to me a bit more than usual. My skin is the one area that is the first to show signs of stress and sleepless nights, and if it weren’t for a few favorite finds for my face, I wouldn’t look as refreshed as I have been. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying several products for my combination skin. And if there is one thing I have learned about taking care of your skin well it is that just like the season’s change and your wardrobe reflects that change, so should your skin care routine. Aside from drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet, having four or five favorite products for your face are the perfect way to stay above the fray of wrinkles, dark or patchy skin and the occasional breakout.
As we start to experience cooler days this fall and head into winter (it’s coming!), here are my favorite five finds for my face that I simply cannot do without!
I had no idea about micellar water until I did a little more digging into skin care routines and found that this is probably one of the best ways to really get your face clean for both your day and nighttime cleansing. I use it right after washing my face with an oil-based cleanser or using a Neutrogena cleansing cloth. Using a cotton round, I wipe any excess make-up all over my face and eyes-which is great because it doesn’t irritate my contacts. You’d be surprised how much one cleansing really isn’t enough, which is why I love using this after I wash my face. I happen to love the entire line of Caudalie, so this is a definite favorite find for me!
Kiehl’s has been a favorite brand of mine for as long as I can remember! This alcohol-free toner has probably been my favorite for the last 15 years! Before I began to use this toner, I did some research on the calendula flower learning that it had healing properties which is exactly what I needed at a time when my skin’s texture began to change. It isn’t a product where you will experience immediate results overnight, but it will benefit you long term and I’ve never look back since using it. It is refreshing on the skin (sometimes I refrigerate it and use to it on an impending breakout), and does not leave you with any sticky residue after use.
I have never used a serum before, then I discovered Aromatica and it changed my skin care life! This is one bottle I have almost emptied! I am already purchasing another soon! I use it nightly without fail and it has not only smoothed my finer lines and my skin overall, but also brightened those subtle dark spots that have begun to show up as the season changes. I put this serum on after I use the micellar water and toner as my third step to a fresh face at night. I use my hands and lightly pat it throughout my face avoiding my eye area. Rose is one of those products that you can find in many skincare lines, and it works well in this serum! A definite new found favorite this fall season!
SHOP Josie Maran
So I’m going to be totally honest here and say that when I first heard of Josie Maran cosmetics, all I could think about was David Blaine. Partly because I invited him to come and perform for my students once and he was brilliant, but also because he used to date Josie Maran (long ago!). Yet, that has nothing to do with the brilliance of this cosmetic line – luxury with a conscience! I am absolutely in love with the argan oil. I used to think an oil and your face did not mix. And boy, Was I wrong! My hairstylist convinced me to try it and after days of research I decided to give it a try. Now I cannot live without it. This bottle has lasted me 2 months and it is worth every penny. I pat 2-3 drops of the oil throughout my face after the Aromatica serum, and suddenly my face feels like it’s taken drink of water (ironic, I know!) after a day out in the sun.
Glossier is one of those brands that seemed trendy, and so I thought it really wouldn’t live up to my expectations in skincare because it hasn’t been around long enough to prove it’s worth. Yet, I’m here to tell you that many of their products not only deliver their promise, but are affordable and luxurious at the same time! One of the many products I’m currently obsessed with is their soothing facial mist; and when they say soothing, they mean it. This is my third bottle in 3 months, and it’s because I take it with me everywhere. I use it in the morning to set my make-up, in the middle of the day to freshen my face, and in the evening after using the argan oil before heading to bed. It has a light rose scene, but nothing overbearing or drying in the least. And if you have seen other facial mists out there, this by far is an affordable bottle for the size you receive. Definite favorite find for my face this fall!
Shop the Feature // Caudalie Micellar Water | Kiehl’s Calendula Toner | Aromatica Rose First Serum | Josie Maran Argan Oil (20% 0ff w/ code VIP20) | Glossier Face Soothing Mist
Some of these products can be found online, but if you are a Sephora VIB member (it took me two purchases to become one!), your entire purchase is now 20% off until tomorrow, so be sure to prepare to stock up on your fresh face finds before the holidays and winter weather!
If you get a chance to try or already have tried any of these products, I’d love to know! Leave a comment below sharing your experience. Love this post? Share it and let me know if you’d like to see more in skincare and beauty from me! Thank you for reading and stopping by!
Thanks for the detailed post babe! I really love the Caudalie product. Have a lovely week! <3
I’ve never tried Glossier products but I’ve heard so many good things!! Which one is your favourite?!
Thanks for recommending these great skincare products. I lovee the brand Caudalie and how gentle their products are for sensitive skin types like me. i7ve also been dying to try the brand Glossier.
I haven’t tried any – but they looks great and would love to try them!
Totally love this breakdown of your skincare routine! I’ve tried out some micellar waters but I always feel like it takes a lot more to remove my make up so I usually go for the full double cleanse (once with a cleansing oil to get my make up off and then with a cleanser that “does” something). Had never thought of refrigerating toners before–that sounds awesome! I swear by biologique recherche for toners, it is the one thing I’ve done that has made a noticeable difference in my skin. I love moisturizing with oils but argan in particular always makes me break out for some reason so I have to stay away. I’m also super into facial mist sprays so definitely gonna look into this Glossier one!
I also have combination skin and the cool dry air is definitely taking its toll! I’ve heard so much about Caudalie’s miceller water. I need to give it a try!
Amazing selection of products, I really like the Kiehl’s one, only if they’re not that pricey. I love also how you took the photos.
Oh dear! (And yes, you’re a dear too for that matter) These five finds were truly worth reading about and I’ve tried serums before, but I haven’t been consistent in using them so I should probably get this serum you recommend and start using it EVERY night instead of sporadically.
Thanks for all the great tips!
these products look amazing!! xoxo
I’m always open to try new products! Thanks for the review. I’ll have to try them.
All of these products look and sound amazing. I’ve only tried the Argan Oil and loved it, but I want to try the rest!
-Lily from With Love Lily Rose
U love anything Kiehl’s! I swear by those products!! I’ve used the calendula toner and it smells wonderful and works amazingly!!!
I need to try that Glossier mist! I love almost all of Glossier’s products and their packaging is super cute. I find that using mist is super helpful in all steps of my skincare process!
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I am IN LOVE with Josie Maran’s argan oil! I started using it again recently and it just works so well in dry weather. hope you’re feeling less stressful!
Thanks for the detailed post. I did not know about these products.
Definitely going to check them out,
X Charissa from http://www.ladygoldapple.com
Thanks for the detailed post on your products babe ! Definitely making me think about my own skincare routine.
Loving these types of post and hope you do more! They’re very insightful
Amazing Products Darling:) Love them all:) Kiss and happy Monday:)
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I could not live without those micellar waters, mists and oils! I use them everyday!
I think this week has just been a stressful one for every one. Onto the next though!
these products sound great! i need to try them out! thanks for sharing
I am always fascinated learning about new products. I am not a makeup person but when it comes to skincare I want everything. I’ve never tried any of these products but have heard of them before and now just try them after your reviews. Thanks for sharing! Xoxo, Christine
These are such heavenly looking skincare brands. I definitely have to take better care of my skin in the fall/winter because it gets sooo dry and nasty looking. I may need to look these products up. Thank you for sharing these!
This products looks very amazing. It is the first time I hear about them. Thanks for sharing sweetie!
Great review. I love Kiehls but have not tried this toner so I am going to right away ! I have other products from the line so this will be a great addition especially since you have been using it for 15 years !
I’ve seen so much about the Josie Maran and the Caudalie! I’ll have to try them out.