I swear to God that finding a skin care routine that works for me has caused me half of the wrinkles that said routine is currently trying to fight.  It is product OVERLOAD.  I’ve tried more than my fair share of them- expensive, cheap, specialty, drugstore, and everything in between.  Especially after having kids, because OMG - post-baby skin is no joke!!  

The products I settled on unfortunately ended up being on the more expensive side, but if I'm being honest, my skin just isn't something I'm willing to compromise on.  I've also had luck addressing some skin care concerns with the Dermalogica line, but Ole Henriksen's line is my comfort zone.  I still work on fine-tuning my routine all the time, though!  I'd like to note that the success of these products are based on my personal opinions and experiences, the results may differ for you.  So without further ado, here are the steps I take and the products I use!   



Step 1 - Eye Makeup Remover - I use Bioderma Eye makeup remover (it is THE. BEST. EVER.)… you can buy it at Shoppers Drug Mart or here it is on Amazon as well.  


Step 2 - Face Makeup Removal - I either use a cleansing wipe (Sephora Collection Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes in ‘Coconut Water' are my favourite) or I use Precleanse from Dermalogica to take off my face makeup.  I just find that cleanser can do its job better if a lot of your makeup is already off.


Step 3 - Cleanser -  Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser


Step 4 - Toner -  Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner


Step 5 - Serum - The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (currently trying to add more The Ordinary serums to the mix but please Sephora do me a favour and stock up on this stufffffff). THE PRICE OF THESE THOUGH.  Hallelujah.  


Step 6 - Moisturizer - Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator from day to day, but if I need some extra hydration I top up with Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Mattifying Moisture Creme , and I also love Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair  

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Step 7 - Mask - I don’t do one every night, maybe twice a week if I’m lucky, and it really just depends on what I’m trying to address.  For blemishes, I use GlamGlow Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment, for hydration I use Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment, and for brightening and under eyes I use various Sephora Collection Face & Eye masks! 


Step 8 - Spot Treatment - If I have a blemish or breakout, I usually spot treat it specifically overnight.  I use EradiKate by Kate Somerville and let me tell you this shit is THE BEST.  Love it! 

I know, it seems like a lot of steps - but it doesn’t actually take me long at all.  I DO NOT sleep with makeup on.   This is non-negotiable.  Okay fine, not long ago I slept with some of my make up on.  I had a few too many at a 5 year old's birthday party (do. not. judge) and Kev, bless his soul, half ass tried to wipe some of it off with a face wipe, knowing how passionately I feel about not wearing makeup to bed.  What can I say?  I don’t have naturally nice or radiant skin - it’s something I really have to work at and stick to otherwise its f***ing breakout city.  Honestly, I know I’m not going to look like Jane Fonda when I’m 80 but I’ll be damned if I didn’t try!