My Skin Concerns – And How I Am Addressing Them

I have been wanting to share my skin concerns with you for awhile now. The drastic change in weather lately has brought my skin routine to the forefront and I have been paying extra attention to it. Firstly I will tell you a bit about my skin. I have mentioned in previous posts that I have fairly normal skin however I do have some dullness, dehydration, and my biggest concern which is pigmentation.

I have a pigmentation spot on my cheek that was caused by a laser treatment. I was getting laser for a pigmentation on my nose and somehow they managed to burn my cheek. I went for a few treatments to get rid of it but I wasn’t consistent in going back—oops. Skin pigmentation marks are a buildup of melanocytes (cells containing melanin) under the skin typically referred to as freckles and age spots on the hands, face and body areas. The laser treatments help to get below the skin surface to break up the pigmentation. Does anyone have any recommendations for products or treatments you use for pigmentation? I would love to try out some new places and products!

To address both the dullness and dehydration I have switched up my skin routine from the last time we chatted. I absolutely love my dewy skin makeup products to combat the dullness, but lately I have also been incorporating it into my skin care. One of my new favorite products in the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask. After just one masking session my skin is glowing! I have added to my routine at least once a week.

Below are the other steps to my routine that I have switched up for not only this upcoming winter weather, but also because I want to tackle that dullness and dehydration head on!

Cleanse: Fresh Seaberry Cleansing Oil followed by Ren Cleansing Water (Always double cleanse!)

Tone: Darphin Intral Toner – Completes the cleansing process with a good dose of hydration.

Treat: Sunday Riley Good Genes – Ingredients like licorice, lemongrass and aloe help you achieve an even complexion. Perfect to help with my pigmentation and add radiance!

Moisturize: Drunk Elephant La La Retro Whipped Cream – The whipped texture absorbs quickly and contains six rare African oils to recover and lock in intense moisture for hours after application. Bye bye dehydration!

I also try to go at least once a month to get a professional grade facial. I have tried them all – exfoliating, hydrating, anti-aging. Do any of you have a facial or spa you absolutely cannot live without?

Leave me some comments below and tell me how you are tackling your own skin concerns. I hope my product recommendations are helpful to you and as the fall and winter seemingly drag on forever – happy hydrating! (But please bring back the sun okay?!)

Dewy Skin – Even in the Winter

I absolutely love dewy skin. No matter what season it is I want that natural glow. I love my skin to be youthful and have a bounce that only comes with healthy skin. Below I am going to outline my favorite products that always give me a beautiful glow, even in the winter. 


Before I get into the details I will tell you a bit about my skin. I would say that my skin is fairly normal, although I do experience dehydration all year around. When choosing masks I usually opt for the most hydrating or calming. In the winter I do experience more dryness than usual, which can sometimes make it more difficult to achieve the glow. Stay tuned for another post about some of my skin concerns that include irritation and break outs.

Let’s get glowing!

1. Prep – I always use my be all end all the Josie Maran Argan Oil (are you sick of hearing about this oil yet??) and I follow it up with Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Cream. It is very hydrating and smooths out my face making for a great canvas.

2. Foundation – I love Becca Aqua Luminous foundation mixed with Becca Opal Liquid Highlighter. By adding a drop or two of the liquid highlighter I can achieve an all over glow.

3. Set – I set only in the areas that are needed (mostly my under eye) with the Laura Mercier Universal Setting Powder. This goes on smooth and never leaves flash back in my photos.

4. Bronze & Highlight – I love, love, love the Profusion Bronzer from Makeup Forever. It is just the right color for all year-round bronze. It gives just the right amount of “sun kissed” to my skin. I am a huge fan of all things Anastasia Beverly Hills including her highlighter in So Hollywood. She has multiple highlighters, but this one gives me a Bronzy glow, so I tip off my bronzer with this.


This is really my everyday routine. To finish off my look, and take it up a notch, I use Sephora Collection Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, the Guerlain La Petite Noire mascara, and my current obsession from Buxom the Power Plump Lip Balm – The Big O. Last, but certainly not least, the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist to finish the look.

These are just a few of my all time favorite products! What are some of your favorite dewy skin and glowing makeup products? Some of my favorite products have been from recommendations and I need to keep this glow glowing!


Fall & Winter Skincare – Updating Your Routine

I know this is coming a little late in the season, we may already be closer to winter than summer, but my denial that my favorite season is gone has been keeping me from finishing this post!  

It’s no secret I am a summer girl. I love the long nights, cold white wines, and of course the hot weather. In the summer my go to skin care item is always SPF. Those hot, sunny days call for protection, protection, protection. But what happens when the days become shorter and the air becomes cooler? What do I always do to transition my skin care routine by season? Keep reading!

Below I am going outline my fall/winter routine step by step and give you some insights into my favorite skin care products and brands.


1. CLEANSE – No matter the season we always need to cleanse. I will always recommend a double cleanse – using one cleanser to clean away dirt and makeup and another to cleanse your skin below. My first step in double cleansing is always an oil cleanser. I have always been obsessed with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. This oil cleanses deeply without drying out the skin. I know a lot of you may be nervous about using an oil cleanser because it might leave your skin feeling oily, but the Shu Uemura does not leave any residue. Use my code MINAXSHU for a discount site wide and free shipping with a $50 purchase

2. CLEANSE PT.2 – I can’t forget the tool I cannot live without – my Clarisonic. Nothing gets my skin as deeply clean as this. Use code Mina15 for a discount site wide and free shipping over $50 as well!

3. EXFOLIATE – Honestly exfoliating is necessary in any season, but for the colder months when my skin may be drier than normal I love the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. If you haven’t tried this yet you must! Most days I am exhausted at the end of the day and I don’t want to spend too much time on my skin so I love that Exfolikate is a 2 minute exfoliator. It is made with papya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes which leave the skin with a beautiful glow.

4. MASK– After being out all day in a colder temperature (and lots of rain in Vancouver!) I love giving my skin something to soothe and calm. Ren’s Evercalm Ultra Comforting Resue Mask is the perfect combination of Beta-Glucan and White Mushroom Extract which both calm redness and support the skin’s natural immune system to fight winter weather irritation.

TIP: I love this on a long flight too to prevent jet lag to my skin!

5. OIL – Last but certainly not least my holy grail skin product – Josie Maran Argan Oil. No matter the season or time of day I love, love, love this product. It leaves my skin refreshed, hydrated, and glowing. Use alone or under makeup.

That’s it guys! These are the few products I either love all seasons, or add in for these cooler months. If you need me I will be looking at photos of beaches, drinking a nice cold glass of wine, and impatiently waiting for summer to come back.


Let’s Cleanse

Let’s talk brush cleaner. I’m always looking for a great cleanser that will thoroughly clean out ALL of my brushes.  I’ve tried all sorts of cleansers and have fallen in love with one only, Cinema Secrets. If you haven’t tried that, do it now and you’ll thank me later.  I was however searching for a new solid cleanser and came across Ativo Natural Skincare . They have one of the BEST solid cleansers out there. 

Now you might already have your favorite, but I encourage you to check out their site or Instagram page to see all of the amazing products they have. 



















I love this cleanser for a few great reasons;

  • They added Argan and Apricot oil….. YASS!
  • Vegan & Organic
  • Conditions my brushes– I spend a lot of $$ on my brushes and like to take care of them. 
  • VANCOUVER based brand. I am ALL about supporting local brands.

Check out their page and if you want one for yourself, use the code MINALOVE to receive $5 off their product. 

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