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This New Year I've been making a conscious effort to go make up free a few days a week. Is there a benefit? For me it's an awareness of appreciating my skin at my age. It's an awareness that instead of always covering it up you're learning to love your skin and your natural beauty. Maybe you're already there! It's a day of dedicated skin treatment >

I start everyday make up or not with The Ordinary Caffeine Solution for the eye area. It's around $10.00 and I love it. Next up Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum followed with Merit Great Skin Instant Glow Serum. Hello soft smooth skin with a soft glow from the Merit Great Skin. My one cheat is Ilia concealer, just a dab under the eyes and then Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Don't be fooled into thinking this lip mask is only for bedtime.. it's my daily go to.

This three step skin care routine is a daily one with make up as well. I was using the Merit Glow Serum just for these make up free days as when you apply it it has an oil texture. I tried it once under my foundation and I didn't find it a good fit. Fast forward and I tried it again. I know the intent is for it to be a daily wear so I applied it and just gave it a few minutes to absorb or soak in.. then continued with Ilia True Skin Medium Coverage Serum Foundation with Niacinamide. It's lovely. I had been using a moisturizer instead at this step and I really like the switch to the Glow Serum.

Tonight I'll continue the skin love with a microneedling that I do once or twice a week followed with Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. The thing I love most about this mask is it's pure moisture, and you don't really wash it off. A dab with a warm face cloth at the end and it continues to sink into your skin. Next Up the Sunday Riley Go To Bed With Me AntiAging Night Routine. This gorgeous gift from my Mom for the holidays is one I have been using since and truly enjoying. Taking the time to follow each step really settles you into a great evening routing and each product really speaks for itself, but as you use them as a set they play off one another. Following the Luna Sleeping Night Oil with Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment is the best tingle, then the Ice Creme Hydratante soothes the tingle as a rich night creme.

Maybe I'm new to the no makeup days.. it's never been something I was really comfortable with in the past or ever really thought of doing. Getting ready in the am has been an auto pilot and makeup was always one of those steps! If you take a day off makeup, enjoy it.. look in the mirror a lot and love what you see back, x


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