My Makeup Routine & Favorite Skincare Products

by | Jun 23, 2021 | Lifestyle | 0 comments

Over the course of the past year and a half, I found a passion for makeup and skincare products. Today, I want to share my daily makeup routine and favorite skincare products with you.

makeup routine; 8 must have makeup items

These thoughts are solely my own and I have not been compensated by any company mentioned in this article for a review. However, this post does include affiliate links and I will receive compensation (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase! Click here to read my affiliate disclosure. 

Okay, I’ll be honest… What fueled my passion was joining Ipsy and BoxyCharm at the end of last year. Once I started to receive a TON of products each month, I started accumulating products and had really no reason to use them because nowhere to go because of the pandemic.

I will say that joining both beauty subscription boxes helped me find products to incorporating into my everyday makeup routine without having to spend a lot of money on them. Of course, there were some products that I couldn’t use because they irritated my skin, but overall, I was impressed with the selection I received.

My Daily Makeup Routine:

Now, in terms of my daily makeup routine, it’s super simple. I’m not one to spend hours in front of the mirror every day doing my makeup. I’m all about getting the look I want in a short amount of time. Also, it’s because I’m not a morning person and I don’t have time to put on a whole face before work. Real talk. But these are my 8 favorite makeup products that I truly cannot live without.

  1. Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Waterproof Easy Shape & Fill Eyebrow Pencil – For those days where I need a little help and shading, this pencil is absolutely worth it.

  2. Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Champagne Cream Highlighter – This has been a staple in my makeup bag for years. It’s a great highlighter and it’s super compact.

  3. MAC Lipstick Shine – Fabby – This mauve w/ gold pearl (frost) lipstick is amazing. It goes really well on top of my NARS lipstick pencil if I want a little extra sparkle.

  4. Urban Decay Naked3 Palette – I’ve wanted one of these palettes for years. Thankfully I grabbed a few on sale a few months back and fell in love with this particular palette.

  5. NARS Climax Mascara Explicit Black – This mascara WORKS. I love the length and volume it gives my lashes. My lashes are okay on their own but this gives it the boost they need! If you want more mascara recommendations, click here.

  6. NARS Satin Lipstick Pencil Rikugien – No wonder this is a cult favorite. It’s a gorgeous color and goes great with any outfit. 10/10 absolutely recommend to anyone and everyone. Go pick one up!

  7. bareMinerals Broad Spectrum Concealer SPF 20 – My tried and true powder concealer. I haven’t jumped into the liquid concealer world yet, so this is my go-to.

  8. bareMinerals Foundation – SPF 15 – This foundation has also been a staple in my makeup bag for years. I can’t even remember when I started using it, but it has worked great. I have one lighter and one darker shade. The darker shade works great in the summer.
makeup routine and skincare products

For years, I never really had a skincare routine. I know, I know… Bad Nikki! I really just washed my face in the shower and called it a day. I know how bad that is now and learned why my skin was always super dry. I’ve also struggled with acne my entire life and it continued even into my mid-thirties. I always see those memes of “If you had this item as a child it’s time for a serum” and it’s absolutely true!

There was a light at the end of the tunnel for me. I found skincare products that I absolutely love and honestly couldn’t live without. These 6 skincare products have truly changed my skin for the better. Some of the items are super cheap and others are expensive, but they’re all worth it!

My Favorite Skincare Products:

  1. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – My sister told me that this stuff helps clear up blemishes and man, was she right! I use this serum at night after I use a toner and before I moisturize.

  2. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – Hyaluronic acid is literally everywhere and in everything lately. But this serum is my morning go-to. I use it to hydrate my face before putting on some type of moisturizer. It’s great!

  3. Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner with Moringa + Papaya – I got this in one of my subscription boxes and I love it! It gently exfoliates while cleaning your pores. It’s a must-try. Farmacy has been one of my new favorite brands.

  4. Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer – This is the holy grail of moisturizers for me. I also got it in one of the subscription boxes and I am so happy I did! I put it on before I go to bed and my face is still moisturized in the morning. It’s insane. I’ve never had a product like this actually work on my face. Love it!

  5. Veriphy Skincare 20/20 Eye Cream  – Yet another subscription box find! This eye cream is added into my morning and night skincare routine and it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  6. Mediheal Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Mask  – I found about these masks because of the Mediheal x BTS partnership. This tea tree mask is my go-to face mask and I use it maybe 2-3 times a month when I’m absolutely in need of it. I love their brightening and hydrating mask too!

What did you think of my daily makeup routine, makeup recommendations, and skincare products? Tell me what your favorites are in the comments.

These thoughts are solely my own and I have not been compensated by any company mentioned in this article for a review. However, this post does include affiliate links and I will receive compensation (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase! Click here to read my affiliate disclosure. 


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