My Winter Skincare Routine

Hey guys! So, it’s a little cold outside which means that my usual skincare routine is changing a bit. For those of you who don’t know, I have super dry skin. Like dryer than the Sahara desert dry. Plus, I have rosacea so my skin is also sensitive. Basically, when fall comes around my skin starts to get even drier than it is in the summertime, which means that my skincare routine has to get tweaked a little.

Over the years I’ve established a pretty decent fall/winter skincare routine that works to keep my skin hydrated. I figured I’d let you in on what products I use!

The Ordinary – Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

A friend of mine started using some of the products from The Ordinary over the summer. Her positive reviews is what got me into ordering a bunch of their skincare products. In those products was their salicylic acid (add full name). Although, I don’t have constant acne, I do get hormonal acne every month for a few days and it’s always such a struggle to deal with. Since I got this salicylic acid I’ve notice that my acne goes away much quicker than before and sometimes it goes away before even becoming a full on zit. Since it is an acid and I do have dry and sensitive skin, it’s not something I use every night but only during those few days that I can feel my acne coming up or when I wake up with it. I do also love the other products I got from The Ordinary such as their hyaluronic acid, ‘Buffet’ and the moisturizer.

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

Like I mentioned above, I have very dry skin! And it gets awful during winter – like flakes off when I put foundation on awful. Thankfully, I found out about this hydrating serum and I find that it really helps. I usually apply it in the morning after using my toner pads but before using my moisturizer. It has a cooling sensation and my skin always feels hydrated and plumped after I use the serum. If you have dry skin like me and are looking for a serum I highly suggested you try this one out!

Tatcha – The Water Cream

Oh my god, I’m truly obsessed with this cream! This moisturizer makes my skin feel so refreshed and extra hydrated! I feel like my skin never flakes off and my makeup always looks better when I use Tatcha’s water cream. It is a bit on the pricey side but I genuinely feel like it’s worth every penny.

First Aid Beauty – Facial Radiance Pads

I got these a few months back by a Sephora employee’s recommendation and I do not regret it! I feel like my skin is smoother and just overall better when I use these toner pads. Also, I feel like they really help with clearing up my skin and getting rid of acne as well as those weird little white bumps I occasionally get. I tend to only use one toner pad every day, in the morning, to not dry out or hurt my sensitive skin.  

LANEIGE – Water Sleeping Mask

This is a product that I tend to use 1-2 times a week when my skin is feeling extra dry and dull. After I wash my face and remove my makeup I’ll spread this night mask all over my skin and leave it on overnight. Once applied, the mask has a soothing cooling sensation and it almost feels like you’re putting water on your skin. When I wake up the next morning my skin is brighter and way more hydrated than it was the day before.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for these products my skin would be a total mess. Since I started using them it’s really made a big difference in how my skin looks and feels, plus how I feel about my skin. Feeling good about one’s skin isn’t always easy, especially if you have acne or discolouration or anything that makes affects the way you see yourself. I’ve definitely struggled with my skin and how I feel due to my skin so it’s really nice to be able to look in the mirror with no makeup and not feel awful about how my skin looks. Of course, these products are not the only thing that has helped my skin, a prescription cream to help with my rosacea and bettering my self-esteem has helped a lot too.

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

What I got for Christmas 2017

I know this is a bit late but I finally got some time after dealing with a basement flood to sit down and write. This year my family and I celebrated Christmas at our cottage which was lovely. I always love coming home for the holidays, even though Ottawa is usually much colder than Toronto. Instead of writing about everything I received I decided to highlight my favourite gifts. So, here are some of my favourite gifts that I got this Christmas.

Kate Spade bag

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I’m so happy to have gotten the Cameron street Candace satchel in tusk from Kate Spade. I’m obsessed with this purse! It’s so pretty and has loads of space so I can carry around so many things. It’s definitely my new favourite purse.

Ann Taylor necklace

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My mother got me this adorable necklace from Ann Taylor. I love that it has little pieces inside the main pendant. She knows that I usually only wear gold jewelry so I love that she saw this and just knew I would like it and wear it often (which I have been). I didn’t own a low hanging pendant so this is a perfect addition to my small jewelry collection.

My 2018 planner and new journal

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I’m obsessed with how sparkly my 2018 planner is! I love getting yearly planners to write down what I have to do. Plus, it’s always a cute addition to my desk.

I also got a new journal with “Everything starts with a dream” quoted on it. I think the quote is so cute and totally applies to me because I’m always daydreaming and thinking up new ideas for stories. I decided to make this journal my ‘idea’ journal where I could brainstorm story ideas, character names, lyrics, T.V. show ideas etc…

Two books

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I absolutely love reading and escaping to a fictional world so it’s no surprise that I got some books. I’m so excited to put my reading socks on and wrapping myself up in a blanket to read my new books!

Skin care products

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I’ve been getting super into skincare products recently so that my dry and dull skin can be revived. First Aid Beauty is a brand that I’m hoping I’ll love all the products I got for Christmas. GlamGlow is another brand that I’ve been intrigued by lately so I was glad to get the Supermud clearing treatment mask. Hopefully these products will help my skin stay hydrated and bright during the winter.

Overall, I’m super happy and grateful for the gifts my family and friends got me. I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas. Hope everyone else enjoyed their holidays!

Xo,
-Melissa