Stuff We Like: Skincare & Makeup

Hello, Bitchery! It’s Amanda. I’m relieving Sarah of her duties and taking over Stuff We Like this week. This edition is going to focus on my recent skincare and makeup journey and while I don’t have a regimen quite yet of perfect products I love, I have definitely found some winners.

I’ll also be discussing some of the skincare problems that I have, so if you’re sensitive about that, you may want to skim or skip around.

SKINCARE

Within the last few months, I’ve decided that I want to develop a skincare regimen to make my face healthier and less prone to breakouts. And like most things, it’s all about trial and error! Oh, and waiting. Results don’t happen overnight. As of right now, my routine consists of these steps:

  1. Makeup removal
  2. Cleanse
  3. Acne treatment
  4. Moisturize

I might throw in a face mask or treatment here or there for fun, but those are the four steps I try to adhere to on a nightly basis. I’m also not going to talk about everything I use, since some of it is just okay. I’m going to solely focus on what I’ve found to be a staple in my routine so far.

Cleanse: I haven’t found a cleanser that I’m in love with just yet. I use a softer foam cleanser for days where I haven’t worked out or worn a ton of makeup. For “dirtier” days, I use an exfoliating cleanser or something a little harsher. However, there is one cleansing tool that I’m totally in love with: my jellyfish brush!

Pink exfoliating brush made of silicone with a tiny face on it shaped like a pink jellyfish

The inside contains a sponge that you wet. I put a dollop of my Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser on top and boy, does it lather that sucker up. The bristles on top add a deeper clean than just using my hands.

And, if you notice the “frequently bought together” section on that page, I own the cat headband as well.

Terry headband with tiny pink cat ears on top

Love it for washing my face, putting on a mask, or doing my makeup!

Acne treatment: I will forever swear by the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches. Admittedly, I’m a picker. If my hands are idle, they will immediately go to my face. It’s a horrible habit, I know.

A package of pimple patches with Teen Vogue acne award and FDA seals on top

These patches help keep my fingers from picking, but they also reduce redness and swelling of pimples. They’ll even last through the night. It’s also highly satisfying to see all the oils the patch has sucked out of the blemish. My only complaint is that one pack doesn’t come with a ton of patches, so buy in bulk! Note: I use these after I finish everything in my nightly routine.

Moisturizer: Earlier this year, I started working out a few times a week. Since then, my skin has gotten really oily, which has been a huge struggle for me. When it came to finding a moisturizer I liked, I didn’t want anything that would add more oil to my face.

If you have oily skin, I really recommend L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Face Moisturizer. It’s a liquid moisturizer instead of a cream. It’s lightweight, absorbs into the skin quickly, and I love the smell. If you don’t want to order through Amazon, I was able to snag this at my local CVS.

A glass bottle with a blue hue with a pump.

Other: Going back to working out, I now get acne elsewhere, too. Fun! On workout days, I make sure to use a more exfoliating body wash and I’ve really enjoyed Tree Hut’s sugar scrub selection. The sugar scrubs aren’t too harsh on my skin and they have this nice gel-like consistency, which makes it easier to get the product out of the jar.

I’ve been using the Moroccan Rose scent, but they have so many others, such as Italian Mocha, Almond & Honey, Original Shea, and more.

A short plastic jar with a light brown lid. The Moroccan Rose sugar scrub inside is a light pink.

MAKEUP

Don’t ask me why I’m on a makeup kick lately, but I have officially decided I want to do more with my makeup. Normally, I’m just a foundation kind of girl. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll throw on mascara and lipstick. I also definitely needed to get rid of some old products because makeup has expiration dates, who knew?!

If you want to join me on my makeup journey, here are a few things I’ve learned and loved.

Resources: When it comes to makeup retailers, I prefer Ulta over Sephora. Their rewards program (which is free!) is much better. With Sephora, you accrue points that you can use on free samples of varying sizes. With Ulta, your points go toward taking money off your next purchase. They also always have a coupon available, too. However, I believe Ulta stores aren’t as widely franchised as Sephoras and buying makeup online can be a crapshoot.

If you’re on a budget, TJ Maxx and Marshalls are your friends! There can be a lot of stuff to weed through at these stores, but I’ve been able to find some big name brands at a discount. I’ve found lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills and Smashbox and eyeshadow palettes from Bare Minerals and Too Faced. But be sure to check the products inside the box before purchasing. Sometimes, the product might be missing or broken.

YouTube has also been a huge help for me. I love Tati Westbrook because she features “drugstore” products and does videos like Best Under $25 at Sephora. She’s a huge help for the more budget conscious consumers like me.

Beauty News is amazing, as well. Featuring two Aussie women, they test out products, divulge the latest beauty gossip, and smash up cosmetics (which is very satisfying). The smashing has a reason though, I promise. They’re aiming to see if you get the same amount of product as advertised on the box and figure out what consumers are actually paying per gram of makeup. It’s extremely helpful if you’re trying to decide whether or not a makeup purchase is worth it. I appreciate their news sections too, since I want to be sure I’m not supporting shitty brands.

Lipsticks: Man, I never thought I’d love putting stuff on my lips, but I am a huge convert. I tend to gravitate toward reds and plums and I love matte shades. There are two products in my collection that I highly recommend

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream is available at most drugstores and makeup retailers. It’s a liquid lipstick that dries really quickly into a powdery matte finish. I own several shades in this, though my favorite is Prague.

Sephora’s own brand of cream lip stains is wonderful. If you’re looking for a great, vibrant red, I recommend Strawberry Kissed.

Eyeliner: I always have mixed feelings on eyeliner and whether to use a pencil, gel, or liquid. For someone who isn’t used to doing their eyeliner or wants a more steady hand, I’ve gotten great results in L’Oreal Paris Super Slim Infallible Liquid Liner. It looks like a skinny felt tip pen and it allows for great control.

Powder Foundation: I don’t think I will ever buy another powder foundation again after discovering It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation. It is rather pricey at around $35, but allows for medium to full coverage. It also has built in SPF!

Lastly, if you have a ton of makeup, I highly recommend these organizers! They’re light weight and it’s possible they could fit in a drawer (except for the tall one), if you’d rather not have them take up counter space. I own four different kinds:

Amanda's current dresser layout. A black dresser with several clear organizers filled with makeup.

Let me know which products you absolutely love in makeup and skincare! I love experimenting and trying out new things!

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