Skincare Routine That Actually Works

Hi Everyone! Happy Friday!

So I am pretty brutally honest with my struggles with adult acne, picking at my face, and searching for my perfect  beauty products. Recently, I have FINALLY figured out what combination of products helps my skin the most, and I will tell you why they help as well!

My Skin Type:

  • dry/combination skin
  • acne-prone
  • acne scars
  • uneven skintone

These products that I talk about really target all of these things and many more as well, so even if you don’t have the same type of skin as I do, I still recommend reading!

My Morning Routine

My morning routine is pretty simple!

When I wake up, I:

  1. Wash my face with the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Spa Face Wash


I have tried SO MANY different face washes, but this is the first one that I have used that I truly feel doesn’t dehydrate my face, fights acne, ad gets rid of discoloration. Tea Tree oil is supposed to get rid of bacteria when applied to skin, so it makes sense that it works so well!

2. I take a cotton pad and put some Garnier Fructis Micellar Water  on there and wipe it all over my face and neck.


I use this stuff RELIGIOUSLY. I feel like it really takes away any access stuff off of my face.

3. I moisturize with the Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream.


Ok SO! This is THE BEST moisturizer I have EVER used. It leaves my skin moisturized all day with or without makeup on, it doesn’t leave it oily, and it doesn’t clog my pores. It is a bit pricey, but I PROMISE you if you’re looking for a seriously effective moisturizer, this is the best one I’ve found. & trust me, I’ve tried a lot of different ones.  Tula also claims that since this is a probiotic item, it will also help with wrinkles and discoloration of the skin.

Onto the Nighttime Routine!


  1. I start off with the same Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Spa Face Wash.


2. I use the same Garnier Fructis Micellar Water . 


3. THIS STEP IS NEW! I use the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal    Retinol Treatment.


I will be honest, this item is the most pricey, BUT it is also the most effective. This is basically a high dose of pure retinol without it being prescription. & the benefits of retinol are:

  • They stimulate the production of new skin cells.
  • Help to fade dark spots resulting from photo-aging, hyperpigmentation, hormonal changes, and blemish scars.
  • Renew the skin and treat acne
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines
  • Help with skin discoloration.

So basically every benefit that someone would want for their skin. I have used this product for about two weeks now, and I saw results after THE FIRST USE. I use a pea-sized amount every other day because it is very, very strong and you have to make sure you apply it after cleansing and before moisturizing.

4.  I moisturize with the Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream



**All of these masks are vegan & paraben, paraffin, silicone, & mineral oil free **

Once or twice every week, I use face masks after cleansing and before the retinol and moisturizing! These are my favorite ones that I’ve used so far!


Maelle Thermal Action Rebalancing Mask


This mask is filled with A BUNCH of good things your skin needs. Its goal is to purify, revitalize, resurface, and moisturize skin. It literally heats up as it is on your skin, so you feel it working so well!

The ingredients in this mask include:

  • Vitamin E: High in antioxidants, to help protect and repair the skin
  • Macadamia Oil: Rich in Omega 6 essential fatty acids to help nourish, soften, and replenish the skin
  • Kaolin Clay: A mild and gently clay that naturally draws out impurities, helping to recharge a sluggish skin tone, leaving your complexion clarified and glowing.


The next two are from The Body Shop & right now, they are 30% off site wide, which means these are both under $20!

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask


This mask is supposed to:

  • Moisturize, soothe and tone the skin
  • Reveals a fresh-scented, dewy glow

What’s in it:

  • Real rose petals
  • Rose essence
  • Rosehip oil
  • Organic Community Trade aloe vera


Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask


**Side note: This is THE BEST smelling face mask I have ever used. Like, I sometimes use it just to be able to smell it. **

This mask is supposed to:

  • Draw out impurities
  • Refine the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows
  • Absorb excess oil

What’s in it:

  • Bamboo charcoal
  • Green tea leaves
  • Organic tea tree oil (can you tell I love tea tree oil?)


That’s that! If you have any comments, suggestions, or if you get or use any of these things, let me know!!


Stay curious & kind,





Favorite Everyday Make-up Products

First of all, Happy Halloween!

I am a huge make-up person. Ever since my sister-in-law came into my life & I worked at Ulta the summer after high school, I’ve been hooked.

I’m not a guru at all, but I just enjoy it and have been complimented on my skills, so I figured if anyone wanted so simple motivation or tips, that I’d be your make-up SupermANNA.

Like I said, I am no expert, I just dabble. Some days I don’t even wanna touch it. (tbh, I sometimes get lazy and throw some concealer and mascara on and call it a day. BUT when I decide not to be a potato, this is my routine!)

If you’ve never heard of Ipsy, thank goodness you’re reading this, and you’re welcome 😉


I wish I could be like an Ipsy spokesperson because I am a HUGE Ipsy advocate!

Ipsy is one of the best things that ever happened to my wallet, my time, & my face, hair, and skin.

  • Ipsy is $10 a month for easily over $40 of product
  • Comes in a cute lil travel bag that’s different every month.


All you have to do is:

  1. Go to
  2. Take a personalized quiz & it sends you make-up, skincare, haircare, brushes, nail products, etc. all based on that quiz.
  3. Sign up
  4. Get your “glam bags” filled with 5 BOMB products
  5. At the end of the month, rate your products & they will send you stuff with the updated reviews.

I’ll mark everything I received from Ipsy with a star (*) & bold it so you get an idea of how much awesome stuff I got & use literally everyday (and this is just the make-up. No skincare or haircare.)

Let me know if you want me to send you a free Ipsy bag for a test run in the comments below!

I get to send 5 of them. Every Ipsy member does! So I’ll share the love since I think this is an amazing company!



  • L’Oreal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Liquid Facial Primer ($1249 at Walgreens)
  • * Elizabeth Mott Face Primer
    • I’m not too educated on primers, but the L’Oreal is the best drug-store find I have used! 


  • L’oreal True Match Lumi (natural beige) – drugstore ($7.29 at Target)unnamed
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay – neutral light-medium – high-end ($39.00 at Ulta)
    • Honestly, I’ve caught myself going for the L’Oreal more frequently than the Tarte if that tells ya anything! 


  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (light)– drugstore ($5.29 at Target)
  • * Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (light-medium)– high end
    • both of these are equally as magical

Loose Setting Powder:

  • Dermablend Loose Setting Powder ($27.00 at Ulta)
  • * Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

If anyone uses the Laura Mercier loose translucent or RCM podwer, lmk

shoppingCompact Powder:

  • Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder (light/medium) ($8.06 at Walmart)
  • * Manna Kadar Cosmetics Flawless Finish Dual Powder in C3 – Flawless Linen


  • *Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
  • *Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer


  • *Kaleido Cosmetics in Primadonna  —>   
    • I usually go for peachy, sublet blushesfileAsset


  • *Morphe High Impact Highlighter in Spark
  • *Urban Decay Afterglow In Sin
    • I go for a less blinding look, so if that’s not your jam, sorry 


  • Too Faced Better Then Sex Mascara ($24 at Ulta)
    • If you’ve never used this, save up your pennies and get it. I promise it’s worth it! 
  • L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise ($7.49 at Target)
    • such a good dupe for the Better Than Sex


Favorite Lip Products:

  • *Steve Laurent Beauty Lip Gloss in Café
  • Kopari Lip Gloppy (a Chapstick on steroids) ($12.00 at Ulta)
    • literally the most soothing thing that has ever touched my lips


Setting Spray:

  • Morphe Setting Mist ($15 on
    • I live by this stuff. Never going back to any other setting spray! (Thank you, Jaclyn Hill) 

I didn’t cover contour or eyeshadow since I don’t usually do that on days that I do my full everyday makeup.

I love love love make-up, skincare, and haircare, so if that is something you would be interested in reading about, comment below and like this post!



Listening to: Haunt Me by Molly Coleman

( a new and rising artist and friend of mine! Check her out on Spotify!)

Watching: The Resident on Hulu, on NBC

Drinking: water & coffee w/ a lil cream (what I usually drink when I’m teaching)

Excited About: getting to trick or treat w/ my niece after school

Planning: on how to expand this blog! Feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments or message me privately!


“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” 


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