My current daytime skincare routine (dry/sensitive skin)


Solidifying my skincare routine has probably been one of the longest personal processes I’ve ever went through! I have dry, sensitive skin, and am allergic to a lot of ingredients that are in heavy moisturizers, so finding a routine that works for me has taken a lot of trial and error.

I have been using my current routine for the last 6-8 months, and I finally think that I’ve found the perfect combinations! It’s a mix of budget K Beauty and high-end products from Sephora, but everything works together extremely well. My skin is calmer, more hydrated, and less prone to irritation than it has been in several years.

Toner: Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Toner — This product has been the most recent addition to my routine. Before this, I was using a rich toner by Lancome that was good but, honestly, not the best thing for my skin. I decided to take a chance on this and ordered it from Amazon (bless Prime 2-day shipping). This toner contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which are both essential for hydrating the skin and repairing its moisture barrier. The results weren’t seen overnight, but after roughly 6 weeks of daily use, I can say the texture in my skin has diminished, my face is not as red, nor is it as easily irritated.

Essence: Mizon Water Volume EX First Essence — This is another amazing product by Mizon. It is a hydrating essence that contains snow algae extract, hydrasalinol, and moringa extract, and ceramides to hydrate, calm, repair, and soothe the skin. This product has been hard to find recently, and I’ve heard rumors that it has been discontinued, but I’m hoping Mizon will re-release it in the future! It’s a wonderful product and the best essence I’ve tried. I would hate to have to use something less effective.

Serum: Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum — This serum has been in my routine for about 4 years now! It’s packed with hyaluronic acid and grape seed extract, which hydrate and protect the skin from free radical damage. At $49 a bottle, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but one bottle lasts me 2-3 months and the benefits of using this serum are more than worth the price tag!

Ampoule: Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule — This ampoule contains 80% snail mucus extract, which has anti-aging properties and helps skin regenerate. Peptides and vitamin 5 round out this powerhouse formula to nourish, brighten, and firm the skin. I have also used this product for years, and I definitely notice a change in my skin when I don’t have it in my routine.

Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion — This is perhaps one of the best moisturizers I have ever used, and I’ve used it since I first started experimenting with a more complex skincare routine! It’s thick enough that it keeps my skin hydrated all day, but it doesn’t contain fatty alcohols, which is so rare in a moisturizer formulated for dry skin! It does, however, contain mineral oil, so be aware of that in case you are sensitive to it.

Oil: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil — Finding the right oil for my routine has probably been the most difficult part of solidifying my routine. Some oils are too greasy, others clogged my pores and caused breakouts, and some just weren’t rich enough for my skin. But this oil by Drunk Elephant is a holy grail product for me. It’s not a particularly heavy oil, but it delivers a lot of hydration nonetheless. I mix 2-3 drops into my Clinique moisturizer to apply it. It really helps “seal in” the many layers of my routine and helps my face stay hydrated all day long! This oil is $72 per bottle, so there are cheaper options out there, but I do have a certain level of brand loyalty to Drunk Elephant. I respect their vision and I trust their products, so it’s well worth the price to me.

Please comment below and let me know what you think of my routine, and feel free to share yours too! I am also happy to answer any questions you might have about these products.

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation!

Hey everyone! I recently picked up L’Oreal’s new True Match Lumi Cushion foundation at Ulta. Cushion foundations are starting to break onto the scene due to the surging popularity of K Beauty.

loreal true match lumi cushion foundation

The Lumi Cushion foundation comes in 12 different shades in warm, neutral, and cool undertones. I’ve never worn L’Oreal foundations before, so I chose N2 to try out.

The packaging for this foundation is so great! It comes in a sturdy plastic compact, metallic rose gold on top and white on the bottom. When you open it, there is a space to keep your applicator puff, which closes over the foundation cushion. Cushion foundations are great for travel and for girls on the go because they’re so easy to apply and touch up!

The formula is very lightweight and comfortable. I used the puff that came with the foundation to apply it and I got light-medium coverage from just one layer. I applied one more layer over problem areas, like the redness in my cheeks, which didn’t conceal all of it, but that rarely happens so I’m cool with that haha.

After I applied the foundation, I forgot I had it on! It’s so lightweight and breathable that I felt like I had no makeup on. This foundation is perfect for everyday or if you want a fresh, dewy look.

The only real quibble I have with this foundation is the price. I paid $16.99 for a 0.47 oz product. Given that most foundations are 1 oz, this price point is on-par with a standard mid-range brand. I personally don’t mind paying for a product that works, but I know the cost of this foundation will alienate some customers.

What do you guys think of cushion foundations? Have you tried this one? Let me know in the comments! ❤