Friday, 28 March 2014

Luvania's Overnight Beauty Regime

Today I wanted to delve into another topic which is a first on FTTN, skincare. You're probably wondering why I'm starting with a night time regime as opposed to day, and that's simply due to the fact that its finals season at university and my skin has not been up to shape as of late. Seeing as how I'm sure many of you are going through finals as well, or just stressed and bogged down in general, we have teamed up with HSN Community, which is the Home Shopping Network in the U.S., to provide you with tips and products that I use and HSN's beauty blogger, Carly Woods, recommends. Although it may seem like a lengthy regime, there's really 4 key products, which I'll note below, that are vital to incorporate in your night time regime, especially during stressful times. Before we go any further, I should mention that my skin type  is combination/oily, and the level of oiliness really depends on the season - of course dryer in fall/winter and oilier especially during the summer months. You will notice that there are quite a few Body Shop products, and that is for good reason. 

If you'd like to head over to read Carly's original post, click here. I've also left the links to all of the products for your convenience. I hope you find this post useful and good luck to all of you with final exams, projects, and papers on your plate!



When they say sumptuous, they really mean it. For the last couple of years, I've gone back and forth between facial wipes and cleansing oils and I have to say, I' sticking with this cleansing butter. Its oh so creamy, gets out all of your make up and just allows your skin to feel so refreshed. Especially great on those days that you've been wearing your make up for what feels like forever. I usually use this with a muslin cloth that I ran under hot water, but it also works great if you choose to wash it off with your hands (I've also done that on lazy days). 

To feel extra squeaky clean, I like to use a cleanser after removing my makeup. I specifically use this one at night as its very gentle, has a light and refreshing smell, and also has tiny microbeads that really help to clean out your pores. A little goes a long way with this one - I use about a pea sized amount and it still lathers up very well. 

This one is going to be a hard one for me to part with once its finished. If you haven't already noticed,  I've become quite the fan of the new Korean-based makeup and skincare company, Nature Republic. Their products are affordable, yet great quality in my opinion. As for this toner, it isn't heavy on the alcohol, which I've found a lot of toners to have, and has witch hazel to control sebum. I've also noticed that my pores  are tighter after using this. 

The first stop on our first of four key products - base/facial serums. I've been a fan of serums for about the past 2.5-3 years now, but I only use them during the night. I find that for me, serums are too heavy to use during the day and its just one more thing under your make up - which then can cause your makeup to come off faster, which of course we don't want happening! I started out with using high-end serums and have now delved into a mid-ranged serum by The Body Shop. So far so good, I'm about half way done with this and I can say that I will go back for seconds. I've also noticed that my level of oiliness has also been controlled with using this. 

Run, don't walk, to get on the oil-serum treatment, which is our second of four key products. My co-blogger, Fatima, has mentioned to me how much she loves the Josie Maran argan oil for both day and night, but I never got the hype of it until I tried The Body Shop's Vitamin E serum. This is a new addition to their line, so I was lucky to pick it up during their introductory offer of CAD $18 (normally CAD $28). I'm not sure if the stores are still running the promo, but definitely worth checking out if you've been intrigued by the thought of using an oil treatment. This product is truly a game-changer for me. Just after the first time using it, I noticed my skin much brighter, and as Carly mentioned in her post, plumper

6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream + Aloe Soothing Night Cream

Stop number three of four are moisturizers. Moisturizers are truly essentially, especially if you are using serums and oils, you need something to keep that in place overnight. You of course can just stick with one, but I've opted for two just because I like to utilize my sleeping time as much as I can! The Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream provides a ton of hydration and the best part, it has super-fine light-reflectors, which is great to use for the day too as it adds some oomph to your skin under make up. I've included a swatch of this "oomph" I speak of, so hopefully you can kind of get a sense of what I'm talking about. I also use the Aloe Soothing Night Cream for that added smoothness and comfort. 

7. Vichy Liftactive Global Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Eye Cream

We have come to our fourth and final key product, eye cream. I realize that eye creams are a somewhat "controversial" product, some believe that you absolutely need it, while others feel that your regular moisturizer will suffice. My take on it - do what makes you happy, but I personally choose to use one because your skin under your eyes don't have the same thickness and elasticity that the rest of your face does. While I can't exactly speak about the anti-wrinkle properties of this cream, I will say that it does have a smoothening and firming element to it. Although you may think that you're too young right now to use an anti-wrinkle eye cream, its much more effective to start now by using them as a preventative measure, as opposed to later on when the "damage" is done and you're trying to correct them. The goal is to stay away from botox for as long as possible, am I right? A tip that Carly notes is to only use a tiny amount, as I mentioned that our skin under the eyes is different than the rest of our face, loading on too much eye cream can have adverse effect such as puffiness and breakouts.

That wraps up my night time beauty regime! Please do stop by Carly's post and check out other informative posts, I personally liked her most recent post on how to get your make up to last all day - I feel like that's an area I'm constantly researching about.

*All products mentioned in this post have been purchased with my own money and all opinions expressed are my own.

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