The phrase “no makeup, makeup look” enters quite a gray area when entered into the Google-sphere. Many tutorials sprout about informing the reader on how to obtain the highly coveted and trendy runway beauty looks with step-by-step details documenting and explaining the motive behind every how and why. There’s just one problem, all involve makeup – minimal at that but still makeup products are turned to. When I envision a true no makeup look, the last thing I want to use are makeup products. After all it’s in the title, right?
I absolutely love makeup, it’s one of the best parts of my day when I shamelessly get to be a girl and dedicate an hour (give or take) to applying a full face. That being said, you couldn’t light a fire under my ass when I decide to take a day off from all product, even so much as slapping on a little concealer to go and run errands. I will have none of it. Never have I been afraid of essentially baring it all, it’s my face – don’t like it, don’t look at it. Yet, there’s an emptiness once you remove the makeup process all together. On my off-days, my moral inclination tells me to heavily focus on skincare instead. Whether I leave the house or not, catering to my skin is on the agenda because to me healthy skin is gorgeous skin, and it’s where it all starts.
It’s difficult for me to get even remotely excited about starting my morning with any face cleanser, on my off-days however I do look forward to using the good ole Philosophy Purity Made Simple for a quick, deep rinse of the pores washing away the figurative sleep creases. With gentle, circular motions using my fingertips I softly massage my mug awake to unveil brighter skin by essentially restarting its blood circulation. To cultivate on the start of bringing my face back to life, I perform my twice-weekly exfoliation treatment using the Bliss Micro Magic Spa-Powered Microdermabrasion Treatment focusing on the three main problem areas. Lightly scrubbing one minute each on the cheek area, the forehead and the chin area. After thoroughly rinsing off the residue my face feels as soft and smooth as a baby’s be-hind.
To prep my skin for the next step, I remove any and all underlying dirt as well as face wash residue with the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. This toner is very refreshing as it conditions the skin as opposed to being too harsh unlike some other formulas I have tried in the past. Personally, toning is a necessary step in my routine because of not just removing what I couldn’t in previous steps, it almost feels like sticking your face in an ice bucket by shocking it awake. I kinda love that rush. Paper masks are a once to twice-weekly ritual for me. The sometimes disgustingly soaked, sticky paper sheets that have me looking like Jason for 15 minutes are drenched in essential nutrients, various natural extracts, even collagen to give skin an extra boost of nourishment. The miracle of these paper masks lie in that they enforce your skin to absorb all of it proprieties by directly laying atop of your face and hydrates better than any topical cream you could ever massage into it. I absolutely love how my face feels afterwards because the results are immmediate so it can become addictive as well as a spendy hobby. In my recent Sephora haul I ordered all 6 of the Sephora Collection Face Mask varieties, as well as the Karuna Skin Transformation Kit. It may only be a minor problem, no need to stage an intervention just yet.
Since these sporadic hormonal breakouts have rendered my skin with tiny dark spots in the chin area specifically, I started using the Mario Badescu Whitening Mask three times per week for 10 minutes at a time. I kind of rolled my eyes at incorporating yet another step into my already lengthy skincare routines but hey, I don’t want to play connect the dots with whatever is happening on my face, either. A key ingredient to infuse in the journey to brighter skin is definitely Vitamin C, for that I use the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster. This specific serum helps to boost the natural collagen production, as well as brighten skin and diminish fine lines. The final step is of course moisturizer. To seal in all of the moisture and glow, I need my skin to remain properly hydrated throughout the day and for that I like to use a face oil. Before I finish I use the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argain Oil for a quick face massage to keep the blood further circulating and by forcing a deep penetration of the oil for a energized feel and look.