Our Beauty Routines

skincare essentials

I was surprised to have a few of you ask about my beauty routine. I mean, I’m always curious to know what other people use, but I thought I was just overly curious. I like to know the latest beauty products and see how they work on real people, not celebs. I seriously thought the only person who cared about my beauty routine was my husband who only wants to know “are you ready yet?” I keep telling him that 45 minutes to shower, dry hair, go through my beauty routine, put on makeup and get dressed (not just jeans and a tee, but really dressed) is not high-maintenance! I’m quick. But he just won’t believe me. I do believe I’m low-maintenance, at least when it comes to my beauty routine, but one thing I will never, ever skimp on is my skincare. We only get one shot and if we mess up our skin, that’s it.


1. Olay Regenerist micro sculpting cream – Once I started using this moisturizer, I started getting compliments. It took about a week and then people started asking me what I had done. I kid you not. And was it coincidence that we were asked to shoot our first magazine cover? (Yes, I said 1st — because you never know!) You be the judge. I’ll just keep using my Olay.

2. Olay ProX deep wrinkle treatment – My wrinkles aren’t gone, but they haven’t gotten any worse and I haven’t stopped laughing and smiling. Sometimes, I even think they are better, but I’m not sure how people measure these things.

3. Yon Ka Fruitelia Age Correction –  I haven’t been using this long, but I love it. Most anti-wrinkle creams make me break out. I have extremely sensitive skin and this has been amazing. You use it for a few weeks, then take a break and when your skin starts looking like it needs it, you use it again. Perfect for me!

4. The Everything Pencil EraseZit – I love this pencil. I use it under my eyes which have very, very dark circles from allergies or genetics or bad luck. Who knows, who cares, I just don’t want to see them and since this matches my skin perfectly, I can use it every day. And I use it on pimples. It treats them as well as covers them so they disappear faster.

5. Clarisonic Aria – Simply the best thing to ever happen to my skin: I couldn’t live without this… and didn’t think I needed it. Once you try it, you’ll wonder how your face ever felt clean before using it. There’s a reason everyone becomes a believer once they start using them.

6. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 – no matter what the weather is doing, I use SPF. It was a BB cream before the term even existed. And it’s SPF 50! It evens out my skintone and protects me from the sun. If I do nothing else at all, this goes on. The sun is my worst enemy. (And best friend – have you had your Vitamin D checked?!)

Occasional Use

1. YonKa Masque – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this masque. I don’t follow the directions at all. I just wash my face in the shower and leave the masque on while I wash my hair and shave. Then rinse. I do it 1-3 times per week. It makes my skin feel great!

2. Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 – Although not technically “skincare” it finishes my skin, so I’ve included it. When I’m heading out at night or taking a photo that I want to look super-fab in, I’ll dab this on. Note I said dab since a little goes a looong way. I think I might try more Bobbi Brown products.

3. CosMedix Pure C Mixing Crystals – I’ve been mixing a little of this powder in my moisturizer to brighten & firm my skin. I like that it’s separate from my moisturizer so I don’t always have to use it. Vitamin C definitely makes a difference so I seem to use it more when I’m tired!



I am not a huge make up wearer. I wish I was one of those girls who could just slap on some foundation and blush and look absolutely fantabulous, but I always feel like I look clownish. I don’t know what it is, but it’s the truth, my friends. I have been getting more into lipstick though so I might be starting to get into the whole makeup world.

BUT I have always been into my hair. I think I am addicted to getting haircuts, probably because I just like someone playing with my hair. In sixth grade I got my first straighter and ever since then I feel like I have to have my hair done in order to have a great day – regardless of whether or not I’ve just sat on the couch all day. At BlogHer this year, Mark Hill – yes, THE Mark Hill who is like hair royalty in England & knows every British famous person there is – invited us to have our hair done. When I got the e-mail I may or may not have squealed just a tad bit. Like I said before – I LOVE having my hair done! I never had a better hair day than when they did it (check our Instagram for the photo)! I truly felt like a princess during and after and I am now absolutely head over heels in love with the Mark Hill hair line. My hair literally bounces. Crazy, right? They just launched their line in Walgreens across the US so we finally have the chance to make our hair look royal too!

1 & 2 These shampoos and conditioners by Mark Hill smell almost as good as they work. Why did it take so long to get to the US? I don’t know, but I’m thrilled I can pick this up when I run out!!!

3. I need to start deep conditioning and I’ll use this one by Mark Hill. Curly hair and flat-ironed hair need more moisture, and I’m swearing by this.

4. Sometimes I like my hair straight and my ghd flat iron was worth every penny (especially since it was a gift, haha). It heats up a lot, so that’s why I need to condition, a lot! Higher heat means more breakage.

5. Sometimes I like my hair curly. And this makes the curl just how I like it.

And that’s it, our beauty routines: we each have our focus of hair or skin and maybe it’s because of our age. Either way, we’d love to hear what you focus on more!


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  • Jen West

    I use everything Moroccan Oil. Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Conditioner, Leave in treatment, I do it all. One of my fav lines of products. I don’t do too much to my face and hardly wear make up unless I am out in public, and then it’s just mascara and a lip gloss, Lol. Maybe when the little one gets older I can do that more often! I do use prescription Retin A, but because I have had a bad case of adult acne. (Boo) It keeps me out of the sun, but the benefit is it also helps reduce wrinkles! I want one of those Clarisonic Aria’s!!! That looks like it would feel so good!

  • http://www.fortsmithstylista.blogspot.com/ Jan Graham-McMillen

    You’re right … it is interesting to see what other women do to take care of the skin they’re in. Especially if they look as lovely as you do in yours! I’ve sworn by Roc for years, and am not sensitive to retinol …. except on my neck. The have a sensitive skin version that I switch to there.
    My skin has never been much of an issue, and I don’t hate my laugh lines at all. I noticed yesterday that I have some new ones when I grin … they look like big dimples, and I don’t actually mind when they show up.
    Like Jen, I want a Clarisonic … like you say, there has to be a reason.

  • Therese

    Oh that was fun! I feel like I’m always on the look out for my new favorite hair and makeup products. That’s just fun! And part of being a girl I suppose. I’m a big fan of the Regenerist line; I use that and Moroccan oil myself.
    Thanks for sharing ladies!
    Cheers to you and yours,
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

  • Wanda Hoffs

    Oh I need the everyday pencil! I’m starting to have dark circles too! I’m an Aveda hair lover and use Clinique skin are and makeup.

  • Kimber Ashley

    LOVE my clarisonic. I got the Rodan and Fields macro exfoliator for Mothers day and use them together. Its amazing what it has done for my skin! That pencil looks great! I use Maybelline Instant age rewind eraser dark circle concealer (wow that was a mouthful) – I dont think I could live without it!

  • http://www.brightboldbeautiful.com/ Laura Trevey

    I’ll give the masque a try ~ always looking for a good one!

  • Kimber Ashley

    GET a clarisonic! I LOVE mine. Seriously, my skin feels baby soft when I use it. I try to use it 3 times a week.

  • http://the-travel-guru.com/ Roni Faida

    I have the clarisonic, I love it. It makes my skin feel so good.

  • http://www.myshoppingspy.com/ Shopping Spy

    One minute you live blissfully unaware of what is out there in the world and the next you read a post like this and think you can no longer live without a “Clarisonic”. My face already feels a little dirty without it… :)

    Is this something I use every day (in the evening to take off my make-up)? What cleanser would you recommend to use with it?

    xx Kristina | Shopping Spy

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    You absolutely must try it! Chloe got hers first and her skin improved so much and I was thrilled with my skin when I got mine! I use it every day – there are different brushes for different skin types. You can use your regular cleanser, it just a much deeper clean than a washcloth.

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Isn’t it amazing what a difference it makes?

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Let me know what you think!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Ooh, I’ll check out the macro exfoliator, thanks for the tip!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Those are both great products! I just saw the pencil in a drugstore – you used to have to order it online – I’m thrilled because I go through them :)

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    You are so smart to take care of your neck! It’s an area I ignore and I shouldn’t – thanks so much for the reminder!!!