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Now I split my budget 50/50 for make-up and skin care, if not 30/70 to be totally honest. It really depends of the seasons since the products usually last for quite a while. With time I've perfected my routine and I am quite happy with it now. One of the key things I've noticed is that my skin's needs change almost constantly, there are days where it just needs nourishment, days were it needs something soothing, days where it just wants to feel extra clean and purified. I've used for a long time the Clinique 3 step and really liked it. It was super simple and easy. Yet it doesn't seem to work for me anymore and what really does the job is changing products every other day. So let's put it that way : I don't have a proper routine but I have some favourite products that I like to mix up whenether I feel like my skin needs something special. And yet I follow the same "steps" everyday, it's just the products that will change. So I have 3 cleansers, 2 scrubs, 3 creams, 3 toners, 2 eye creams a couple of oils and serums and a couple of face masks and I am fully set for the whole winter season. I know... It's a LOT. But pampering and cleansing after a long day is such a relaxing and enjoyable moment, I like to appreciate it at 100% and use products that I enjoy and take time to choose through recommendation or by trying samples. Since I have very short nights, I really need some extra attention so that my eyes don't look puffy or features seem tired. Now my routine consists of 3 proper steps and it takes me approximatively 15minutes to finish everything.
I'll start with the preparation of the skin with a thermal water just to soften everything up, I like to use Avène, then I'll use a cleansing balm (I never use foaming cleansers, they are the least natural ones and don't work for my skin), my favourite is by Eve Lom (even though it has mineral oil in it, it just works for me) that I'll use with a face cloth and some tepid water. Then comes the second cleasing step, now we're going to deep cleanse. I have different cleansers, currently I use a clarifying one from Ren, one for radiance by Guerlain and a gentle one by Kiehl's. Once I'm done I'll have another spray of Avène's thermal water to calm my skin after the deep cleansing and take off all the chlore from the tap water off my face. That's when the fun begins. Now you have the option either to exfoliate (I am madly in love with Fresh's sugar face scrub which you'll leave on as a face mask after exfoliating, the one from Dr Brandt is also great) or to use a treatment mask. If you're done then the toning begins. I use everytime two toners. One which contains acid and one hydratating spray (I love the one from Dr Hauschka and Ren!). After that I'll apply my eye cream and all the serums/oils I need. I really enjoy Estée Lauder's advanced night repair (I think it's supposed to be for more mature skins but it works like magic on mine), the Josie Maran argan oil if I really need some deep hydratation or if I need something extra I'll just have Kiehl's Midnight serum and nothing else. I finish of with some cream! The ultra facial cream from Kiehl's is so great, especially during these cold days. I also like Ren's creams and Kenzoki. If you have any spot problem I totally suggest you to check out Eve Lom's Dynaspot as well as Aesop's Chamomille mask followed by some of their control gel.
There you go guys! Hope this all helped you out. Nice pampering :)
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