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Updated Holy Grail Skin Care Routine for AM & PM

At this point, most of you know I am a complete & total skin care product junkie and have tried and tested so SO many things - many I have liked and many I have hated. I finally have it narrowed down to what I truly LOVE. While there are many things I have tried and liked, I still didn't repurchase some because I have streamlined and focused on high-quality products that I see a big difference with.

That said, I have also moved to using as clean of products as I can for skin care (and all body related products like shampoo, body wash, shaving gel along with food - mostly!). So some of these are pricey and some of them have maybe 1 ingredient I still don't love, but it is certainly a huge improvement and better than before.

I've listed them all out in the order of use - I don't use them all every time, but I noted that below! I probably only wear makeup 1-2 times per week at this point, so I have made skin care the focus and where I spend way more. Makeup always looks better on a good canvas.

I have used these for months now and have noticed such a difference in my skin texture and tone. The only new ones below are the melting butter and makeup eraser and I have been using a different variation of it. These have even pretty much stopped hormonal breakouts (fingers crossed) so I have full faith and it goes to show how much crappy chemicals irritate your skin more than help. You may recognize some of these from the Sephora Sale post I just did and it's because I stocked up! That sale is still happening until 5/06!

skin care holy grail product routine


Drunk Elephant Makeup Melting Butter - I use this to remove my makeup first

Caudalie Makeup Removing Oil - If I have a lotto eye makeup, I use this there too

Makeup Eraser - Along with the first two, I use this to wipe away the makeup with water

Drunk Elephant Pekee and Juju Bars - I'm a fan of double cleansing so I wash with these

Caudalie Deep Exfoliator - If I need to really exfoliate, I'll use this instead of the bars


Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Serum - This is exfoliating with 12% AHA/BHA (pm only)

Vintner's Daughter Botanical Serum - This is pricey but the best - packed with all needs

Augustinus Bader Riche Cream - Testing this but doubt I'll rebuy - Vintner's the splurge

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream - I think I am losing the undereye line battle this helps


Drunk ElephantProtini - This is packed with peptides and really hydrating

Farmacy Lip Balm - for the morning

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask- for sleeping



Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar

Vintner's Daughter

Augustinus Bader

Drunk Elephant Eye Cream

Farmacy Lip Balm


Makeup Removers if needed

Drunk Elephant Pekee or Juju Bar

Drunk Elephant Glycolic Serum

Vintner's Daughter

Drunk Elephant Protini

Drunk Elephant Eye Cream

Agave Lip Mask

If Needed:

Drunk Elephant Daily SPF - I do not wear spf daily (bad on me, I know) but oh well

Coola Anti-Aging Face Tanner - If I tan my body, I use this on my face mixed with Protini

face masks and tools

Masks for Fun:

Estee Lauder Eye Masks

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask - great for moisturizing

Dr Jart Rubber Lover - great for moisturizing

Caudalie Moisture Mask - great for moisturizing

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial - great for exfoliating

Origins Charcoal Clearing Mask - great for clearing skin

Caudalie Detox Mask - great for clearing skin

Sand & Sky Pink Clay -great for shrinking pores / blackheads

Dr Brandt Pore Vacuum- great for shrinking pores / blackheads

TaTa Harper Resurfacing Mask - great for texture

Origins Retexturing Mask- great for texture

Other Tools:

Dermaplaning - I do this one every few weeks / when I remember to really exfoliate. It helps products sink deeper into skin and gets rid of dead skin then use my usual products

Facial Steamer - I use this before a clearing/pore shrinking mask to steam my face and open my pores

Pore Vacuum - While steaming, I will use this to literally vacuum my face. sounds crazy but works and I apply a charcoal mask after! Cleanse, steam, vacuum, mask, products

Microneedling - I do this when I remember as well (theme for all of these things) and it helps to boost collagen production and allow products to penetrate further

*I also have and like ice rollers, jade rollers and the gua sha tool. None of these tools and extras are needed, but they're fun on a relaxing Sunday and do make a difference if you have the time/dedication.


If you only buy a few of these, The Drunk Elephant Framboos Serum, Vintner's Daughter and any good cleanser would be the musts! I use masks for fun and if there is some sort of issue I am having so I do not by any means use all of those all the time! I have tried and liked them all though.

As rule of thumb, the brands I lean toward that are cleaner are Drunk Elephant, Caudalie, Origins, Farmacy, Herbivore and others I haven't used as much but fit the bill are Tatcha, Youth to the People, Indie Lee, Supergoop, Biossance, TaTa Harper and REN.

Follain has a really good guide and ingredients list to avoid along with Drunk Elephant and you can always check EWS and Think Dirty for product ratings.



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