Beauty Ritual


Beauty Ritual - The Life StyledEvery now and then I like to check in and assess the current status of my beauty regiment. I often find that I've just gotten used to using a product without actually asking myself if it's making a difference, or I simply forget how things were before I started using it. It's important to take note of how the investment is working out. This is one area of my style that gets a lot of my {financial} attention since I'm such a sucker for a luxurious product with pretty packaging, and I'm constantly testing out new things. There's room for one tray on my bathroom counter which of course is reserved for the most used, most tried and true products of the daily routine. So without further ado, here's the breakdown what I'm using these days...

Beauty Ritual - The Life Styled

Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash - Just a great daily face wash that's no frills, but nice and gentle on your skin.

Shu Uemura Beauty Cleansing Oil - Double cleansing is a new part of my routine and I don't remember what life was like before I had this product. It's that good. Cleanses all the makeup off without leaving my skin feeling drained of nourishment. Fiore Beauty did a great post about double cleansing so be sure to check that out and pick your oil of choice.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence - I had been hearing all sorts of praise about this product and I finally had to try it for myself in order to understand why all the hoopla over a water-like substance that costs as much as a pair of Eddie Borgo earrings. Luckily it comes in multiple sizes so I picked up the smallest one for a trial and I think I get it now. After one month of using it day and night, I'm really seeing a difference in my skin. It's more youthful, glowier, and more hydrated. I'm very curious to see how it holds up to cold east coast weather over the holidays since winter usually turns my skin to stone.

Cle de Peau Gentle Nourishing Emulsion and Gentle Protective Emulsion - These day and night lotions are another splurge for sure, but they've lasted me a year and are still going strong. Even with my skin as naturally dry as it is, I love that they are lightweight and non-greasy while still hydrating enough - especially when used in a routine with the rest of the skincare products in this post.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion - This product is my first purchase from Sisley and I can definitely say it won't be my last. I'm always intrigued by a brand that's popular in Europe due to good performance, and not as popular in the states due to the fact that they just can't be bothered to advertise here. This stuff is super hydrating and smells absolutely heavenly. I am savoring some other samples from the line and will be going back for more very soon. Thanks to my beautiful mom for bringing this line to my attention.

Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique - My hair's poor ends are hurt and confused by my constant hot tool abuse, and this helps keep them protected without weighing them down.

EOS Organic Lip Balm in Sweet Mint - This one speaks for itself due to the adorable packaging and refreshing price point, but I also love it because it's a nice consistency that actually moisturizes my lips and tastes delightful.

Grande Lash MD Eyelash and Eyebrow Serum - I have tried a few different things for luscious lashes. For me, extensions are too high maintenance and false lash strips are only for special occasions. After using this for three months, my lashes were transformed - no appointment necessary. The best part is they're MY lashes so I don't even have to be wearing makeup to reap the benefits, and I can wash my face thoroughly without worrying about losing a lash.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime - This is my holy grail product for my hair. It conditions the ends and basically erases damage, making my hair silky soft. I even layer it on top of the Ciment Thermique and it's never too much for my hair to handle. Love.

So tell me, have you tried any great products lately that I should get my hands on?