Let’s talk skin care….

Hi friends!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this and probably should have made a post about it, but I am currently enrolled in a makeup artistry course.  I am absolutely loving the course and am learning so much.  At the end, I’ll officially be a licensed makeup artist and I cannot wait!!  The first thing we went over when starting the course was skin care.  Honestly, if you don’t take care of your skin, it doesn’t matter how much makeup you apply, it just went look as flawless as you would want due to skin issues.  Now before anyone harps all over me, I totally understand that there are some serious underlying skin care problems that can’t be helped, but regardless, it’s so important to take care of your skin.

Now I think I’ve mentioned plenty of times, I have combination skin.  Combination skin is where part of your skin is more on the oily side and the other is more on the dry/normal side.  Usually it’s the t-zone that is more oily and the cheeks are more dry.  This is how it is with my skin.  My t-zone can be a real pain in the butt and unfortunately, I am more prone to breakouts because of the excess oil.  My breakouts really are at bay and are minor but when I do have a breakout, I tend to get cystic acne and it is so painful…and of course there is just no hiding an inflamed, cystic pimple.

The main thing that I have learned in my course is that I was caring for my combination skin all wrong.  It is so important to find products that are meant for your skin type.  I thought I could use just any cleanser for acne prone skin and it would work but boy was I wrong.  I was using a cream cleanser for acne prone skin and, although it did help to a point, switching over to a gel cleanser made a world of a difference for my skin.  A gel based (or even a foaming cleanser) really targets the excess oil that combination skin tends to have.

While picking up a few items from Target, including the cream cleanser that I was almost out of, I came across the Garnier Shine Control Cleansing Gel.  The keyword that really got my attention was ‘gel’.  After learning that combination/oily skin can really benefit from a gel cleanser, I just had to purchase this cleanser and try it out.  This cleanser also has charcoal in it which is fabulous for blemish prone skin.  The charcoal acts as a magnet and truly pulls out your impurities.  It’s crazy how well it works.  This specific cleanser has been such a game changer for me.  I’ve only been using it for about 2 weeks now and I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin.  My pores are starting to become smaller and my excess oil in my t-zone is a lot more at bay then it has been.  Now, since the gel cleanser is meant for more oily skin, to balance out my dry areas, I do use two different moisturizers on my face.  One moisturizer is meant for combination skin and I use that strictly in my t-zone and I use a more moisturizing moisturizer in my dry areas.  At first this was kind of a pain but after adjusting my skin care routine, it’s become as simple as that–routine.


I’m going to back up a little bit and talk about what you should be doing prior to cleansing the skin.  In fact, I probably should have talked about that first but…well…oh well.  Prior to cleansing your skin, you really should take the time to remove your makeup.  Although some cleansers can to a fairly good job removing your makeup, it doesn’t hurt to do a preemptive strike and make sure that you truly are removing all of your makeup in preparation to all the skin care you will be doing after cleansing.  Now I always go in with an oil free eye makeup remover to remove all of my eye makeup and especially the lash glue that tends to be stubborn and stick around on my lash line.  I swear I spend so much time removing this damn glue, but it’s so worth it!  After removing my eye makeup, I go in with a makeup remover wipe all over my entire face several times to make sure that I am removing a huge majority of the makeup before going in with the cleanser.  I love makeup remover wipes and probably will still continue to purchase them but I found a new product (well it’s new to me) that I am absolutely in love with to remove my makeup.  The Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is what I am currently using to remove my makeup and oh my freaking heck!  This stuff is ridiculously amazing!  I swear I’ve been stuck under a rock when it comes to this product because I have no idea how I’ve lived without this stuff!  Garnier has two different Micellar Cleansing Waters.  They’re both all-in-one but they do have one specifically for waterproof makeup.  I’m a little biased when it comes to my oil free eye makeup remover so I didn’t purchase the waterproof version.  I am so impressed with the way this product removes my makeup.  All I do is take a couple of cotton pads and soak them with the cleansing water and then wipe them all over my face to remove the makeup.  My gosh!  I thought my makeup remover wipes did a good job but I really feel like the cleansing water does such a more thorough job.  After using the cleansing water and then cleansing my skin with the gel cleanser, my skin truly is free of all of the makeup, dirt, and oil.  How do I know this?  I always use a toner after cleansing because a toner also helps aid in removing dirt and oil and my cotton pad is always free of any dirt, oil, and makeup afterwards.  It’s amazing!!


I will say that for the first few days of switching up my cleanser and using this cleansing water, my skin did break out a bit but I know it’s because the combination of the two truly went in and cleared out all of the dirt and impurities that were left behind even though I thought I was getting it all.  It’s crazy how well these two products have been working for me.  I know that everyone’s skin is different and everyone has different needs.  What works for me may not work for you but I just had to talk about these two products because I am so in love with them and they truly have been such a game changer for my skin.  I have tried everything from high end expensive skin care products to $5 skin care products so, for me, it just doesn’t matter the price of a product…it’s what the product can do for your skin that matters.  Funny how the most inexpensive products can work miracles for one person but be horrible for someone else and visa versa with high end expensive products. All I know is that these two drugstore finds have been a lifesaver for my skin. So if you have combination skin or are looking for a new makeup remover to try, check these out and let me know what you think!!