With Fall in full swing, and especially since we’ve had our first snow of the season, I have been changing up my skin care regimen.  Many of the products I’ve been using are new on the market or old favorites, but they’ve ALL been working towards keeping my skin acne free, keeping me looking glowy, and repairing my skin from the summer sun (I’m still waiting for my freckles to fade).  Did I list your favorite?  If not, please tell me about it in the comments section…I’m always looking for new miracle products to try!  In the meanwhile, take a looksie at some of my favorites- there are many higher end and lower end on here sure to satisfy your need for luxurious or simple products.

I’ve gone through several tubes of this in the past few years.  It’s way better than any of their facial soaps they have, and trumps their most popular Facial Soap Mild.  I am thinking about buying a replacement, but I have a lot of other cleansers in stock in my bathroom so we’ll see.  For around $20 this bottle doesn’t look huge per se, but it does last forever.  My skin never feels cleaner than when I use this!  The Simple brand cleanser pictured above is another that I’ve been enjoying lately.  It’s a gel cleanser with great ingredients that works really well with my skin.  That one is super cheap so I won’t think twice about picking that up when I run out!

I normally have my mom do my facial wipe reviews (you can see her post on her favorites HERE) but won’t make it to the post office before Christmas so decided to review these myself.  I normally hate facial wipes, so I’m always skeptical of them before I even start.  These ones smell AWESOME and herbal-y and are very soothing.  I still wash my face with cleanser after using these, but I do feel like it gets the majority of my makeup off.  In a pinch, you could use these by themselves if you had to remove eye makeup and face makeup, but I’d still follow up with a toner if you could.  I know I’ve seen other products by Blum Naturals at the grocery store, but I don’t think my local store carries these.  You can see if they carry them at a store near you by clicking the link above.  I would recommend these even for the scent alone!


This product is supposed to be a major exfoliator without the harsh abrasion, getting rid of dead skin skills to show a more youthful skin tone.  It’s to be used 1-2 times a week.  I’ve been using this once a week, pumping the liquid onto a cotton ball and applying it to my face and neck.  I’m not wild about the pump top, which is hard to use and squirts the (expensive) liquid halfway across my bathroom.  I have noticed a major difference in the glow factor of my skin though, more so than with other products I’ve used for removing dead skin from my complexion.  The first time I used this, I got a skin compliment from someone, so I’ll call that a win!  For $90 I will be sad when I’m out of this.

This product contains a bunch of ingredients that claim to even out the skin tone and lighten up dark spots.  I was especially excited to give this a shot after the summer months when my skin was full of dark spots and freckles from sun damage.  I pumped the pump top about 45 times and couldn’t get anything out so I pushed the tube until a bunch of air came out, and realized it was about half full of just air!  For $70 it’s not ok with me when a product is half full of air.  It also smells terrible.  But…after applying this only at night I did notice a slight lightening of some of my dark spots.  I will keep using this until it’s gone and report any miraculous results I achieve.

I’m automatically suckered into anything that promises to fix my dark circles.  That’s why when Clinique came out with this product I was in the store the next day to pick up a tube.  I have used their Even Better Serum before and their foundation with that formula, and both have helped me kick dark spots to the curb.  I haven’t seen miraculous changes in my eye area with this product YET but it does claim to take 12 weeks to kick in.  Also against my favor, the lady at the counter told me to use this in the morning, and use my eye cream at night, however looking at the back of the tube I now see it advises me to use it twice daily.  I will start using this in conjunction with my eye cream day AND night and report back anything amazing that happens.  In the meantime, it feels soothing when I apply it with its metal tip and the formula feels silky and soft on my eye area.

Once upon a time, I bought a large size of Advanced Night Repair.  I couldn’t buy groceries that week because it was so expensive, but my skin’s never been better.  There was a mini sample of this in my gift with purchase recently, so I get to give it another go.  I apply this serum at night and put some moisturizer over top to seal it.  I swear my skin glows when I wake up in the morning after using this.  It is THAT good.  Is it $55 for a tiny bottle good?  Let’s put it this way, one of these days when I am feeling rich I will happily go and buy a big bottle of it but until then I will be stingy with it and use just an itty bitty bit of it to stretch it out as long as possible.  In my rich future fantasy life, I apply it to my whole body every night.

The whole idea of this brush is kind of ingenious.  It was invented by Mary Kay’s personal makeup artist after she got skin cancer.  There’s UVA and UVB protection in the mineral powder that’s housed in this little tube.  I’m always applying SPF in the morning, but duh, it fades off your skin after a couple hours.  I don’t really feel like reapplying SPF lotion to my face after my makeup is already done.  But I don’t want to subject my skin to harmful rays either.  That’s why this stuff is so fantastic- you can brush it on over your makeup to reapply whenever you want!  It’s kind of magical and I recommend it!  I wish I had this in the summer but keeping your skin safe is important in the winter too, so I’ve been putting it on.  

Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel
This is a light oil-free serum that helps soothe and calm irritated skin.  There are botanical extracts and lots of things involved that will take down inflammation and redness.  It is a bright green liquid that reminds me of algae when I put it on my face!  It’s really fun to use actually.  It’s kind of a watery formulation and hard to tell if it’s really helping my skin because I am not normally super red, but I plan to start using it after I use my PMD system which I’ll be talking about shortly….

Beauty Tools:

I’ve been using two beauty tools lately, the Light Stim and the PMD (personal microdermabrasion). I will tell ya’ll what I really think in a different post so you can determine if it’s something you might want/need for your own skin.  They are both expensive as eff but the problems they treat are more expensive to fix in other ways.  More on that later.


This is a facial cream that promises to show you advanced anti aging- lines and wrinkles will lift away, cells will repair themselves, and the skin’s texture will be improved.  Did it live up to its claims?  I don’t have a ton of wrinkles but I do have pesky little fine lines in some places on my face.  I did feel that my skin plumped out and I could no longer visibly see my fine lines.  My skin was incredibly soft and moisturized, and perhaps the most exciting change I noticed was my skin seemed to be brighter after use of this product.  It is very creamy and the application is great- you push on a pump and it lets out just enough product for one use.  I was lucky enough to have a PR sample, but if I were to buy it at retail it would cost me $150.  I don’t think I’d shell out that kind of money for the results I saw, but if my fine lines were deeper and more of a concern for me  (basically- if I was about 10-15 years older) I would consider it.  Many people on review websites are claiming this is a miracle product so perhaps if your skin is in desperate need of a cream for deep wrinkles, this could be for you.

Has anyone else tried this?  I really like it and have been using it non stop at night lately.  It makes my skin feel really soft and hydrated without feeling oily.  It seems to really sink into my skin and absorb immediately, rather than being like other moisturizers that take a few minutes to really absorb.  I really love it and it feels high end to me.  It also smells decent which is a huge plus.  The only weird thing about it is that it’s $18 which seems super high for a drugstore brand.  Although, that seems to be the trend lately with a lot of cheaper product lines.  I’ve noticed they are coming out with new products, new packaging, and other things that make them “look” high end and marking their prices to match that.  Would I pay $18 and repurchase this?  I’d think about it…but for just a few bucks more I could get one of my favorite high end products instead.  It does feel super nice though!
That’s it for my current skincare.  As you can tell by the sheer volume of products I’ve been using, it takes me forever to get my skin ready for the day or night. I’d love to hear about your experiences with any of these products or as always anything you would suggest to me that I might love!
Thanks for reading!

1 Comment on My Current Skincare Routine Fall 2012

  1. Jeannie
    November 25, 2012 at 5:45 am (5 years ago)

    I really like the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream as well but I agree that $18 is too steep.


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