Blogger Beauty Routines: Alanna
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I start my mornings off by receiving my usual morning face cleansing from my dog. Afterwards, I wash my face with CeraVe's Foaming Facial Cleanser and lukewarm water. I have combination skin, and this cleanser doesn't strip away my moisture barrier while also getting rid of any gunk I've accumulated on my face overnight.
I pat dry my face and use Milk Makeup's new Watermelon Brightening Serum. Unfortunately, it doesn't actually smell like watermelons but I use this product both in the morning and at night. The stick shape is really convenient and quick to use, and it gives a quick moisture boost to my skin. For SPF protection, I use Neutrogena's Daily Moisturizer with SPF 50.
At night, my routine is slightly more intense. I use DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil which removes any makeup from my face, and acts as a very gentle daily cleanser. I also use my CeraVe cleanser afterwards for a more thorough cleaning. Afterwards, I use Sunday Riley's C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, which I got from an Allure Beauty Box a few months ago. My skin has been flourishing with it, and a most of my hyper-pigmentation has faded with the serum's help.
Once a week I use The Ordinary's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution to get slough off whatever my face has accumulated over the week. This definitely has evened out my face's skin tone and texture, which has suffered through years of stress acne.
For moisturizer, I use CereVe's Moisturizing Cream. My skin is super reactive to fragrances, so keeping it simple is key for me. I usually wake up with hives on my face if I use anything else, so you'd have to pry this cream out of my cold, dead hands.
Depending on how busy I'll be, I switch between two base products. I prime with Touch in Sol's No Poreblem Primer. The texture is liquid and spreads easily, and fills in all my giant pores, which is what I look for in a primer. Usually I grab my 3CE Fitting Cushion Foundation. I absolutely love how it evens out my entire face to a dewy, flawless finish, eliminating any additional texture my primer can't solve. It can build up to a very high-coverage, so it's good for bad skin days. I set my nose with Laura Mercier's Loose Setting Powder.
I dab on some of Milk Makeup's Holographic Stick in Stardust for blush. It's a really pretty pearly, iridescent pink that I love using all over my face, which is great for a lazy day or if I want to do a monochrome look. Since it's iridescent I usually also use it as my highlighter, but if I feel like blinding people with my cheekbones, I stick with Becca's Pressed Highlighter in Opal.
For my eyes, I rotate between an embarrassingly large amount of neutral palettes (I swatched them all and realized I essentially own 60 shades of brown, please don't judge me). Right now, I've been making a small indent in my Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette. It's the perfect blend of matte neutrals for me, and I also use the middle contour shade as eyeliner using a thin brush.
No day can begin without brows, and I use NYX's Precision Brow Pencil for them. I prefer NYX's pencil over Anastasia's since products look the same on me but the NYX pencil is less than half the price.
On my lips I use Etude House's Dear Darling Tint in a pinky shade. I lick my lips a lot throughout the day, so tints are the only thing that survive throughout the day.
I set my face with Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray at the end to bring back some moisture the powders took from my face.
I like using Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner. Naturally my hair is pretty wavy and frizzy, and after many years of testing and many bad hair days I've settled on this brand. My hair requires a lot of moisture, so I finish off my hair with OGX's Argan Oil of Morocco Weightless Healing Dry Oil. Beyond that and the occasional blast of Batiste Dry Shampoo, I let my locks have free reign. I've decided not to fight it on whatever hair shape of the day it wants to be.
At the end of my entire morning routine, I spritz a cloud of Hermès' Un Jardin sur le Toit, and walk into it whilst pretending to be classy. It has a wonderful fresh scent, floral and fruity just like the garden it's supposed to describe. I also love citrus scents, so I'm hoping to add a full-sized version of Commodity's Mimosa at some point as well.
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