3 step skin care routine

An old and new skin care favorite.

July 20, 2015


When you are so busy you barely have time to brush your teeth and get dressed, a skin care routine almost feels overwhelming. Up until this past year, I was crashing at night not even washing my face, and maybe taking my makeup off. It wasn’t good friends. Mid-winter my dry and patchy skin was a little wakeup call to put in more effort to take care of my skin, even if more effort was just a few minutes a day!

When I started the search for a good skin care routine, I had a few goals…

1) The products were all from one line.
2) The products would last a long time and were cost effective.
3) It would be a simple and manageable routine.
4) The results would be quick (no patience here I readily admit;)).

I wasn’t too thrilled with the prices of some of the skin care routines I was reading about online, and I didn’t trust some of the drug store namesake ingredients even though prices were lower. I picked up a few things I liked here and there, but nothing consistent. This is why I was really looking forward to a visit to the Clinique counter……the old high school and college flame! I realized the main reason it had taken me so long to make a consultation in recent years was my drudgery of malls these days. (I can’t even handle.) I got over it, and found a Clinique station close by that didn’t even require me to enter a mall, soooooooo WIN. As you can see I kind of almost fell asleep in the chair to the soothing hum drum of the Sonic System Cleansing Brush.


After determining my skin type, I went with the Type 2 combination in their 3 step skin care routine. I can handle 3 steps;) I have been using it every night, since it only takes me a few minutes to complete. Patting myself on the back for being consistent for the first time in years! I know consistency is the key to best results, and I have already noticed my dry patches are gone, and overall moisture has improved. This totally motivats me to continue. And as I had hoped, a little goes a long way, so these bottles will last me FOREVER.

Side note on the Custom Repair Serum . I just took home a sample that lasted a few days, and WOW. Immediate glowy skin for hours. I was in awe. I am saving up for this one.


Are you all consistent with a skin care routine? Any tips on helping you stay consistent? I’d love to hear! Hope you had a grand weekend:)

P.S. You can also check out the latest lip trick I tried and loved here.

*Photos by Chelsey Heidorn. Product photo by IHOD. This post is sponsored by Clinique, a company I genuinely value. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that make this blog possible!

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  • I love CLONIQUE products! I have a few myself

    Happy Medley

  • I’ve been riding the skincare struggle bus for yearrrsss. YEARS! Late last year I discovered acid toning, and it has worked miracles. My favorite product for the past 6 months or so has been the AHA Souffle. It’s 12% glycolic acid, which is way less harsh than it sounds. One bottle has lasted me all this time, and it was only ~$12!

    For toner, the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner costs about $8, and a single bottle lasts me about 8-9 months. Sometimes I use it in place of my morning face wash, because it’s really good at removing dirt and oils. In regards to face wash, my dermatologist has always told me those don’t matter as much, since it gets washed away immediately. However, every one i’ve been too has always suggested I try the old-school, orange-colored Neutrogena. They’re not lying when they say it’s “Dermatologist recommended”!

    I’ve never been fortunate enough to use products from the same line; most lines usually only have one standout item for my needs. The dramatically different lotion is my favorite from Clinique.

    Also, I wish I wasn’t too lazy to use a Sonic brush, regularly. ūüôĀ

    • You are awesome for dishing on your finds sista friend, thank you! I was always told some of those products had alcohol content that dries out your skin, but if it is dermatologist recommended, well hey! I think every person’s skin is so unique it probably takes a good amount of trial and error no matter what. I agree though – that moisturizer is fantastic.

  • Nicole M

    I had struggled for YEARS with sticking to a skincare regimen, but I think that was purely because I never seemed to find anything that worked well with my skin. Having rosacea, a lot of products tend to irritate my skin. After a chance meeting with a wonderful woman that also happened to be an Arbonne consultant, I was introduced to their Calm skincare line (4 steps!) and their RE9 anti-aging line (more steps, but literally only takes 5 minutes!). Both of them work really well with my skin and I tend to mix the two. And I am happy they do not have any nasty chemicals, mineral oil (developed from crude oil), preservatives, etc. I was put off by the price at first, but a little bit truly goes a long way. It’s not unheard of for my cleanser, moisturizer, etc. to last a good 6+ months. Since falling in love with the skincare and company philosophy, I took the plunge and also became a consultant and am loving every minute of it! And, of course, the discount, too. ūüėČ

    Hubby has fallen in love with the men’s stuff, too!

    • Nicole, I heard Arbonne is really good for rosacea so that is awesome! It is hard to find products that aren’t made with harsh ingredients. That is why I appreciated the clinique line too! Happy you found a good fit!

  • Chelsey Ross

    Interesting post!

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