My Skin Care Routine #2014SkinCare {Beauty & Fashion Blog Community Blog Hop}

Hi Lovelies!  I have joined forces for this post with the lovely ladies of the Blogging Beauty & Fashion facebook group.  Check out the links to their pages at the end of my post!

First off – I have combination (oily/dry) skin.  I think its important to point that out right away because what works for me might not be good for someone with dry, sensitive, or oily skin.  My skin is also somewhat sensitive.  I try to avoid moisturizers and serums with fragrance because those tend to make my skin flip out!  My cleansers are lightly scented but if they came in unscented, I’d be perfectly fine with that.

For my post I’m going to share a typical day and at the end I’ll share my little extras that I do when I have \time of my skin needs something a  little pampering.


Morning Routine: (Click image to enlarge it)

Facewash: Boscia Black Detoxifying Cleanser $28 (Sephora)

What it is:  A warming gel cleanser that deeply cleans and detoxifies the complexion.

I LOVE this cleanser.  First – its sulfate free so it doesn’t lather up like some do.  Sulfates can dry my skin out so I like to avoid them. I use about half a pump every morning.  The coolest thing about this is it’s warming as you work it into the skin – it’s not hot by any means but it is kind of a neat feature.

Eye Cream: Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment $38 (Sephora)

What it is: An intense, maracuja fruit- and vitamin C-infused, multitasking eye-treatment that visibly hydrates, firms, and brightens the delicate eye-area.

*Disclaimer – I got a deluxe sample size jar of this over the holidays that I’ve been using once/twice a day for a couple months.  I have dark under eye circles (mostly hereditary and some times a little sleep/stress induced!)  Lately I’ve caught myself thinking I have mascara left behind from the night before smudged under my eye lashes…NOPE just my dark circles.  I have quite fair skin so my circles are in the blue/purple family.  I have tried various eye creams that claim to help however some are too sticky or greasy for my skin.  This one is light and absorbs fairly fast.  I haven’t noticed any huge differences so I think I’ll try something else next.   It was part of a kit so I want to use it up but I can’t really tell a difference when I don’t wear it so that alone is a bit of  deal breaker for me!

Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Gel $26

What it is: A lightweight, oil-free hydrator for combination and oily skin.

This has been my go-to, holy grail moisturizer for the past 4+ years.  I have tried drugstore dupes but keep coming back to this every time.  It is the perfect consistency to soak right into my skin in seconds, and light enough that if I need a little extra I can add a layer of the Moisture Surge in some dry or tight areas with out a problem.  It is part of Clinique’s 3-step system but I’ve never really used that so if that has been holding you back, I would highly recommend this.  I did dry their updated dramatically different Lotion+ and that was way too heavy/greasy for my skin and caused some excess oil & breakouts.


Evening Routine:  (Click image to enlarge it)

Eye makeup remover:  Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips $18 or Equate (shown) $4

What it is:  A makeup remover that quickly lifts away long-wearing eye and lip makeup without tugging.

I have tried a few different versions of eye makeup remover and the clinique is my favorite.   It works without requiring any extra pulling or tugging, and is also great at helping remove lipstick stains that remain after wearing some brighter colors.  I am currently using up the Equate one I bought around Labor Day and its okay but not as good as Clinique in my opinion.  Clinique is much better at breaking down waterproof mascara for me.  I have several travel size bottles that I’m using up and then I’ll buy a full size when I’ve managed to get through my stash!

Facewash: Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash $21

What it is: A face cleanser that cleverly balances dry and oily places.

This is perfect at breaking through a day of makeup.  For evenings I want something with a little extra cleaning power and I feel like this is it.  It also has aromatic bergamot, spearmint, and lavender so its very refreshing and soothing at the end of the day.  It does leaving my skin feeling a little tight but I don’t mind because I follow up with a moisturizer or face oil.

Undereye Cream: Tarte (see above)

Treatment: RoC Retinol Correxion Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System $22.50

I did mention a little teaser in my empties post about trying something new.  I have been using this for a few weeks and am really happy with the results.  I have a crease across my forehead that is driving me nuts!  I have tried Clinique’s Laser Focus (no results that I could see) but figured I’d try this at half the price.  I just apply this to the line across my forehead and pat any excess around my outer eye area to avoid any creases or lines.  Its a two step system and I feel like it is helping.  I’ll have a full review up after I’ve used it for a while to let you know how it goes.  Right now – I’m impressed and wish I would have tried this line sooner!

Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Gel or Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel $49.50

During the winter specifically the dry air really parches the dry parts of my face.  I love this – its a thick gel that absorbs pretty fast and leaves my skin feeling soft and wonderful after I apply it.  I almost feel like my face says “ahhhh” after I put it on!  I rarely use this during the spring and summer because the dramatically different gel is enough.  There is a Moisture Surge “intense” version that I tried this fall by mistake, and it was way too thick and left my skin feeling greasy and oily.  Luckily I got it at sephora and was able to return it shortly after.  I recommend this in a heartbeat if your skin sounds similar to mine.



Extra’s that I’m loving right now:

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Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask $34  – I have been enjoying this pretty large sample that I got at Sephora a month ago.  It was a generous amount and I’ve been using it about once  a week.  I’m not a huge fan of the scent but it does leave my skin feeling really

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask $34 – I enjoy using this during the summer when my skin is oily and I feel like I have extra blackheads.  It is literally like a giant biore strip for your face.  It is black – and you’ll look funny wearing it, but peeling it off makes up for it.  It can be a little painful until you get used to it but its fascinating and disgusting to see what it pulls up.soft.  I like to use it after I’ve exfoliated my face.

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask $25 – This is my mask when I just want a chill night and can kick back with a clay mask.  Its white so its not as creepy as the black one, and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed.  I snagged a full size for $10 on black Friday with some pore strips and really enjoy it.

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial $48 – I got a deluxe size sample of this a while back as a 100 point perk from sephora.  I was hesitant at first to try it because I was afraid it would leave me greasy and its more scented than my others.  It works like a dream, I’m not sure that I notice any brightening but it feels good, and my skin looks a little refreshed when I wash it the following morning.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil $46 – This is my first use of an oil and its a deluxe sample size that I picked up in a black Friday special.  I wasn’t sure if I’d like using an oil, but a few drops pressed into my skin works pretty well.  I will say that I haven’t noticed any huge differences while using it, but I like it as an alternative.  I usually use it on the weekends when I’m not wearing makeup and feel like I can let it work better.  It does not make my oily like I thought it would, and does leave me moisturized.

Thank you for stopping by Gracious Luck and making it to the end of my skin care routine!  Please visit the ladies linked below for their routines posted in blogs or vlogs!

Pretty in the East 
The Beauty Deputy 
The Feminine Files
Coconut & Cotton
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Etta’s Threads
Jolie Pagaille
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Lipstick & Yarn
Jumping Mouse 9 
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28 thoughts on “My Skin Care Routine #2014SkinCare {Beauty & Fashion Blog Community Blog Hop}

  1. beautifulgoodies says:

    I’ve heard really good things about Boscia, but I’ve never tried any of their products. I might have to remedy that and pick up a product or two. And I LOVE Tarte, but have never tried any of their skincare products. Very interesting….
    – Michelle

    • jen says:

      I’ve had good luck with boscia, and it’s sort of mid range in the prices at sephora. They also randomly have kits that are great for trying the line out.

  2. The Beauty Deputy says:

    Hey!!!! For some reason I had to re-follow your blog. I know I followed it before!! Anyway great post! I also had that eye cream on my blog hop post! I am waiting to use it up and haven’t noticed any differences with it. I also have that tarte maracuja oil too. My mom uses that yellow Clinique moisturizer and she loves it.

  3. socialworkerangela says:

    Of the posts I have read so far many use the tarte undereye cream. What I like about these kind of hops is sometimes we do use the same things but you get all the reviews at one general time … the two before had me sold and now i am back to meh not sure if it will work for me. THanks for sharing your thoughts on it too!

  4. Sam says:

    I love your blog! It’s so clean and easy to read, and you provide all of the information in a clear and concise way.

    I don’t wear waterproof mascara because it’s difficult to get off, so it’s good to know there’s a makeup remover out there than can handle it!

    • jen says:

      Thank you for the nice comments! I have a love/hate relationship with waterproof mascara and most days don’t wear it, but then i do, what i have works! 🙂

  5. Nancy says:

    Great post, I love the tarte oil as well. I was using Clinique take the day off and someone recommended Neutrogena oil free make up remover to me and I love it just as much, $6 dollars for 6 ounces if you want to try it out 🙂

  6. Pretty in the East says:

    Great post!! I had a sample size of the Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover and thought it worked really rally well! I totally have to purchase that full size! Also, I have been dying to try that Korres sleeping facial! I once had their wild rose 24 hour moisture one and LOVED it!!! Korres is an amazing brand!

  7. Kristina says:

    I have heard that ROC products are really good for the price, i’ll have to try that b/c I am getting deep set forehead wrinkles too! AND that Black Mask sounds AWESOME I want to get that for my next mask! Lost of great products I had never heard of…love this post! 🙂

    • jen says:

      Thank You! I love the black mask and recommend it quite often. I’m also going to be trying another roc product soon, and so far I’m really happy with the brand over all.

  8. Ashly Eyler says:

    I had no idea Tarte dabbled in skin care! Oh the magical things I learn through this FB Community. Thank you for sharing your skin care routine with your readers! I definitely need to get myself a good eye cream 🙂

    • jen says:

      Its alright for an eye cream, but if you are trying to help w/ dark circles, its a toss up if it will make a difference for you! As with most things in the skincare & beauty world! 🙂

  9. Christine says:

    Awesome post!! I LOVE the Korres sleeping facial. It’s amazing! I am going to have to try some of the Clinique products you mentioned. I struggle with moisturizers because some areas of my face seem oily and others are dry..

    • jen says:

      Thanks for stopping by! The Korres facial is pretty great, and I love clinique’s moisturizers but some of their other skin care has been a bit of a miss for me! I am oily with dry patches here and there as well and these seem to help combat dryness.

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