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My 2024 Double-Cleansing Routine

If you’re one of my YouTube subscribers, you may have already seen my video on my new double-cleansing routine. However, I thought it may be helpful to have a blog post about it, with some written details – for all my blog lovers out there!

My last blog post about this was four years ago, so you’re definitely due for an updated look at my new routine! Good news: it’s been simplified!

So, what is double-cleansing?

Double-cleansing is a two-step process where you first wash your face with an oil-based cleanser, then again with a water-based cleanser.

Who should double-cleanse?

From how I understand it, double-cleansing is beneficial for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin, and anyone who wears heavy makeup. I myself, have oily skin and used to wear heavy makeup, but have greatly simplified my makeup routine recently. Today, I still continue to double-cleanse – I don’t think I can stop! But here’s why: I wear a ton of sunscreen (hello, melasma) and will even reapply it throughout the day using powder sunscreen. I’ll also usually wear some makeup over my sunscreen. Combine all that with my oily skin – double-cleansing is a must for me.

How I double-cleanse

What used to be a routine containing 2-3 products, is now down to one product: One cleanser! I also take it one step further and have started incorporating my Nu Skin Lumispa (check out my blog post all about it here).

My first step is using this Soft Wash from Dr. Idriss on my dry face. What I like about the Soft Wash is that it feels like a mix of my Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm and a water-based cleanser, all in one. After massaging the cleanser all over my face, you can see your makeup start to melt off. After that, I rinse my face with water and continue to massage the cleanser all over my face.

My face feels pretty clean afterward and doesn’t feel stripped of my natural moisture. This cleanser is also great if you wear contacts or glasses, as it won’t sting your eyes when you open them (to check if you’ve covered your whole face!). Afterward, I dry my face with a dedicated face towel. I like this 12-pack of face towels from Amazon.

My second step is using the same cleanser, but washing my face with my Nu Skin LumiSpa. I’ll squeeze some cleanser on my LumiSpa, and dab it on the four quadrants of my face. I’ll then get a little bit of water on my LumiSpa, and then begin working it around my face – a total of two minutes! What comes off, is insane! Even if all I wore that day is tinted sunscreen, my “dirt swipe” from my LumiSpa is very brown. That reason alone, is why I can’t stop using my Lumi. I’ve got some before and afters of using my Lumi on that blog post linked above.

After being disgusted with my face, I rinse my face again and dry it off with a face towel. It is then, when I begin my nighttime skincare routine. Yes, I only double-cleanse at night!

While double-cleansing can be a process, sticking to only one cleanser that is gentle, yet powerful, can be life-changing for your skin! I absolutely recommend you give it a try if you have a similar skin type to mine.

Let me know how you double-cleanse and what your favorite products are!

*If you’re interested in getting a LumiSpa, send me a DM on Instagram. I’ll try to help you get a deal (like a discount or a free cleanser!)!

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PMD Beauty Personal Microderm Elite Pro | Review

This week’s YouTube video is all about skincare – specifically, the PMD Beauty Personal Microderm Elite Pro.

Apart from an aquafacial, I’ve never had any microdermabrasion work done, so I’m entirely new to this process and experience. What I like about this set, is that it comes with everything, including exfoliating discs of different strength levels. I also like that it comes with different caps, allowing for a more custom experience with your microdermabrasion.

You’ll see in my full video below that it’s important to use this on a freshly cleaned face. I personally like using this on a weekend, on a day when I don’t plan on wearing a full face of makeup. I think it’s important to allow your skin to breathe after using this – give your skin a good break!

The big question is.. does this actually work? I’m not an expert in this field, but you’ll get my full thoughts on this in my video below. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale

The Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale is something I rarely take advantage of. Why? Because I try to only stick to big purchases items on face makeup – foundation, concealer, and powder.

When it comes to skincare and other makeup products – including lipsticks, mascara, and eyebrow pencils, I tend to stick to drugstore items. I mean, right now, my lipsticks are from Kylie Cosmetics, so that doesn’t exactly count! But the point is, I try to only splurge on certain makeup/skincare products!

With Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale, I thought it would be nice to make you all a guide on the products I think are worth ordering online, as some items are online only. The sale runs from March 13th to April 2nd. 

So, without further ado, here are the products I’d recommend from the 21 Days of Beauty Sale:

Today (3/13) marks the start of the sale, but with this going up late on the first day, I definitely cost you two great items:

Thursday, 3/17

Friday, 3/18 

Wednesday, 3/30

Saturday, 4/2


As you can see, I don’t feel the need to purchase something on sale, every day. I’ve stuck to products I’ve tried that I know work well, and products I’ve heard have great reviews. This is also a great time to get something you’ve been wanting to try, but didn’t want to spend a lot on. Click here to check out the full list of products that are part of the sale. Oh, and remember, there are mystery items scattered all throughout the duration of the sale. Let me know if there’s a must-try item I don’t have on my list!

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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask | Review

Earlier this week, I bought the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I’ve heard so many positive things about it, that I knew I just had to buy it when I saw it at Target!

I thought the clay was already pre-mixed and ready to use as a mask, but you actually have to mix it with water or raw apple cider vinegar. I personally hate apple cider vinegar, so I used water.

What I love about the clay is that you use it in a way that works for you. So, you can leave on your face for five minutes, or even as long as 20 minutes! And you really feel your face pulsate! The tightening and lift you feel from the mask is unreal – it’s strong! But don’t worry, it’s not painful.

Immediately afterward, my face felt smooth and soft – better than any other beauty mask I’ve used. Yes, other beauty masks give me smooth and soft skin afterward, but this was different – like next level.

I definitely recommend this mask to anyone looking for a deeper facial cleanse and softer skin. The instructions say you can use it once a week or more often for problematic skin – I’ll be using it two to three times a week. I’m really hoping to see a difference in my pores after longer use of the clay. I’ll make sure to keep you updated on this too!

Watch my full demo:

Looking for more on skincare? Start with getting a good cleansing system down. I have a blog post on double cleansing you can check out here!

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Sephora Sale! | Spring Savings ends April 19

Looking to get some new makeup? Now’s the time to shop at Sephora for MORE than one item.

Makeup can be so pricey, I can hardly every buy more than one product at a time if we’re talking foundation and powders. However, now that there’s reason shop AND save, I thought I’d share my top picks with you!

The Sephora Sale is officially open to everyone. This sale is typically broken into tiers (similar to how Nordstrom did their anniversary sale last year), with VIB Rouge members shopping first, then VIBs, then Insiders.

Each member can get a different percentage off, depending on which bracket they fall into.

I haven’t shopped at Sephora much, so I have the status of Insider and can only get 10% off.

You can shop this sale in stores or online with code: OMGSPRING

While looking at the cart I just filled up online, I realize it’s a lot of basics and one skincare item.

I’ve definitely been through a phase where I wanted to try EVERYTHING and ALL the hottest skincare products, but I’m at a point in my life now where I know what works for me and I know what I like, makeup-wise.

I also like to use sales like these for pricer products, so I can save on them.

Here’s what I picked out from the sale:

IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better Foundation – It’s not full coverage, but good for everyday wear. For full coverage, I like Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation – it’s been my all-time favorite foundation. I wear the shade Tawny in this one.

For face powder, I’m pretty simple – I’ve used Mac Mineralized Skin Finish, Laura Mercier Translucent powder, and more recently, Charlotte Tillbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder. They all seem the same to me, and I have seen nothing amazing about either one. Let me know if you have a must-have powder product.

I added the Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner to my cart. Ever since I first tried this out, I never went back to pencil eyeliner again. It’s amazing and makes me feel good about putting eyeliner on because it goes on smoothly!

I added the Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette because I feel like eyeshadow palettes can be pricey, so save now. I like the colors in this palette with the reds and browns. I think these colors give a pretty neutral look, with depth.

Nars blush will always be my favorite. Not only does the color last long, but the product lasts long as well. I’ve tried colors in Orgasm and Deep Throat, and love them both. Right now, I’m wanting to try the color, Sin.

Can’t forget about bronzer! I added the Hoola Matte Bronzer from Benefit. I’m not too picky about bronzer, but I really like this one!

For skincare, I really like these Extra Strength Alpha Daily Peels by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. These are so expensive, so try to get them on sale when you can!

Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm – I LOVE cleansing balms, so I definitely recommend getting one. It’s amazing at taking off makeup and makes it easy to double cleanse. For more on double cleansing, check out my blog post here.

Lastly, I’d list the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer or Airwrap, but they’re already out of stock! That’s what I don’t like about tiered sales – the hot ticket items sell out way before the general public has access to the sale. I have the hairdryer, and I definitely recommend! It’s quieter than a normal hairdryer and dries my hair really fast – worth it!

Those are my pics from the Sephora Sale! I hope you found my list helpful! Overall, I never go too crazy over this sale, I just stick to basics!

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JUNO & Co. | JUNOSKIN Cleansing Balm | Review

My office in our new home is almost complete! It feels great to have a space dedicated to the work on my blog – I’ll be sure to show you the finished look!

This week’s blog post is all about JUNOSKIN. I’m fairly new to JUNO & Co. and I’ve been enjoying learning about the company, which makes affordable skincare and makeup.

I reviewed their Moonshine Miracle Cream a while ago, which I think is comparable to SmashBox’s Photofinish primer.

If you’re new or just getting started with cleansing balms, I highly recommend checking out JUNOSKIN’s Clean 10 Cleansing balm.

It’s so incredibly silky and quickly melts in your fingers. It makes your makeup removal process so smooth and easy. Because it’s so silky, I was expecting it to leave a little bit of grease behind, but it doesn’t!

I’d say it’s comparable to Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. The big difference is that JUNOSKIN’s balm is silkier, has a very mild scent, and has dark spot brightening properties! That’s something that really sparked my interest in this product, as I have numerous dark spots I’ve been working to brighten.

Want to try it? Get 15% off with my code: DAWI15

Get it here: https://rb.gy/celfwt

Check out my full review:

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