Skincare Regimen

Okay, this is something I’ve gotten lots of questions about and have been super excited to share about. I actually changed some items in my skincare routine recently when Beauty Counter came out with some new items that seemed like they fit my skins needs better than what I had been using.

Lets start with this. MY SKIN IS NOT PERFECT. In some pictures you can tell.. in some you can’t.. but if you look really closely – I’m sure you can find my imperfections I fight with daily. When I was younger.. I had really bad acne. Thanks Dad! Haha! But now, I have scars from that. I also have large pores that drive me crazy. So to describe my skin – I would say its combination. It gets very oily at times but dry in certain areas as well. My number one skin issue is my pore size. After that.. I would say the oiliness as it messes with my make-up sometimes. Beyond that.. I would say dullness/uneven skin tone thanks to all my lovely skin issues and being scared to use anything too moisturizing because I was afraid it would make it even more oily.  I’m giving you all this information so you can see where I went about making this skin care choices for myself.

On to my regimen.. most people have 3 steps in there routine. Clean, Tone, Moisture. I have FOUR:

  1. CLEANSE
  2. TONE
  3. TREAT
  4. MOISTURE/PROTECT

Now, I usually use different things in the morning than I do at night. For my daytime routine.. I’m focusing on combatting the oil since I have to wear a full face of make-up to work. For nighttime – I’m focusing on treating my skin and and getting some good moisture soaked in while I sleep. So lets get started!

AM

{CLEANSE}

  • CounterControl Cleanser or Charcoal Bar – (How do I decide which you ask? I keep one in my shower and one by my sink so that wherever I am washing my face.. I have one of those faves at my fingertips! I also use a Clarasonic with my face cleanser which I keep right next to my face wash by my sink!)

{TONE}

  • Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner – I choose this because it controls oil and helps minimize the appearance of my pores.

{TREAT}

  • Always either Countercontrol All Over Acne Treatment or the Countermatch Moisture Serum. Here’s where I always say listen to your skin. If I’m feeling extra dry or dull, I use the moisture serum. If I’m feeling extra Break-Outy haha.. I use the acne treatment.

{PROTECT/MOISTURE}

  • Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream followed by the CounterControl Matte Effect Gel Cream

PM

{CLEANSE}

  • I usually use the Cleansing Balm because its FANTASTIC at removing makeup! If I still feel like I can feel the makeup, I might do  a quick follow up cleanse with the Countercontrol Cleanser that I use in the am. If I dont have any makeup on, I’ll just use that as well instead of the cleansing balm.

{TONE}

  • Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner or the Rejuvenating Toner Pads if I feel like my skin got a little dried out that day. Again – Listening to the skin.

{TREAT}

  • Same as Day –  Either Countercontrol Acne Treatment or the Countermatch Moisture Serum – Same as before – choosing based on my skins needs at that moment.

{PROTECT/MOISTURE}

  • Rejuvenating Eye Cream followed by the No. 3 Balancing Face Oil – If skin is extra dry.. I’ll even layer the Rejuvinating Night Cream or the Countermatch Moisture Lotion with the oil to really give it a dose of moisture while I snooze.

I feel like to most people that probably sounds like a lot. But coming from someone thats always had skin problems, there’s one thing I’ve learned – CONSISTENCY and a solid routine are key! It’s 4 steps twice a day that take maybe 5 minutes each time. That’s 10 minutes a day TOTAL to keep your skin looking its best. I’m only getting older also, which means the problems are gonna keep adding on.. So the earlier you can get in the habit of a solid routine – the better it will be for you down the road. It doesn’t need to be complicated. I can’t have it be anything but easy and quick because I’m busy enough as it is.

Now there are other products I randomly use on my skin and work in time my routine. They just aren’t items I use every single day. So I DO want to share some of those items with you because you may already have a routine you love but are just looking for a few things to use on the side with it to amp it up a little bit. So here are my other go to’s for when need be!

  • Countercontrol Spot Treatment – I use this when I get a major breakout (usually that time of the month). But anytime you get a zit or pimple you can’t be havin – put this bad boy on there twice idea and watch it quickly disappear before your eyes!
  • Overnight Resurfacing Peel – The name literally describes it! Its the miracle product that I put on probably the times a week before going to bed in my treat step that improves my skin texture, minimizes my pores, fine lines and dark spots all without drying my skin out! But again.. consistency on this one. I shoot for every other night. If you go too long in between uses.. it won’t give it enough time to do what it needs to do!
  • No. 3 Balancing + Charcoal Facial Mask – You can use it 2-3 times a week.. I feel like I’m lucky to get my once a week in! But I really try to make it happen at least once! You name it – it does it – absorbs excess oil, draws out impurities, minimizes pores, exfoliates and smooths the skin.
  • Eye Make-up Remover – This item was a 2018 Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards Winner. Its made without silicones and my go to for removing that stubborn eye makeup prior to cleansing the skin!
  • Makeup Remover Wipes – Removes makeup and cleans skin in one step, although the only times I use this as my cleansing method is when its been a late night and thats the only way my makeup is coming off hehe – but I do like having them on hand for that reason since they’re safe to use on and around my eyes as well since they’re safe and clean! I also like to use them after a good sweaty work out followed by the next item:
  • No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist –  I use this for multiple things. Which is why I love it. It can 100% be used as a toner. Thats not usually why I use it however. I use it after using the wipes on my face after working out (or whenever I’m using the wipes) to just refresh the skin. It will also calm redness if my face is red from working out. It can also be used as a setting spray for make-up. I keep it in my workout bag which is usually at work with me too cause I go straight there most times after working out.

So all that being said – These are all the things you will find in my Beauty Cabinet that all get used at least once a week – some every day. Hopefully I help you fill a hole in your skin care routine where you are missing something. This is the first thing people see when they look at you – Your face! Do what ya can to make it a good one. I’m obsessed with this skin care line and think you will be too if you give it a try.

Not sure what you need for your skin type? This company has a quiz you can take where they will recommend 4 products for you and sell you that set for 10% off.. then also recommend 2 more products that would also benefit you if you are looking for a little more! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can just answer a few questions about your skin and bam you’re on your way with exactly what you should be using! I’ll include that link below! I encourage everyone to take it!

https://www.beautycounter.com/quiz/skincare?step=4

Date Night Make-Up Look

I get a lot of questions about Beauty Counters Make-up. Recently, they came out with some new make-up items. So – especially now – the questions have been rolling in. I’m SO excited about some of these items they came out with y’all! Mainly the Liquid eyeliner (because I usually use liquid over pencil), new eyeshadow palettes, and a new powder highlighter (they had one already but it was a cream and stick).  For those of you not familiar with Beauty Counter – it is a company that has very safe and clean, all natural beauty products. You will never find chemicals in their things and this is something I’ve been trying to be more conscious of lately with all categories of things we use/eat/etc. The thing I love most about this company is they’re actually fighting to get the Beauty Laws changed in America. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day. The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned close to 1,400 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date. That is insanity. Beauty Counter has a giant “Never List” of chemicals you will never find in their products. Which I love! Don’t get it twisted, I still use all my Sephora faves as well. But its nice to have options to swap out for.. and especially for me being in this industry – its nice to have options for my clients that are allergic to certain ingredients, and have options for that are clean for people who also care about that sort of thing as well!

All that being said, I decided to do a make-up look using the new Beauty Counter Make-up items that just came out! They just came out with some new eyeshadow palettes that are AWESOME! 

Items used:

Tint Skin in Shade Linen – $42

Concealer Pen in Light –  $33

Mattifying Powder –  $38

Satin Powder Blush in Guava – $30

Powder Highlighter in shade Halo – $39

Statement Velvet Eyeshadow Palette – $50

Lengthening Mascara – $29

Liquid Eyeliner – $28

Color Intense Lipstick in Twighlight – $34

Whats super nice with these new eyeshadow palettes, is they are currently offering small make-up kits that include a new paletter, an eyeliner, a lip color, and a bronzer or highliter priced at $115 – which if ordered separately would run you around $145! So, its really a great deal and something to take advantage of. I’m including the link if you would like to browse safer options for your self 🙂

https://www.beautycounter.com/kathleenburke

 

Blue Oil

So, I was chatting with a client the other day when we got on the subject of tension headaches and just aches from tension in general.. Something I’m all to familiar with thanks to my job. I’m constantly asking Skipp to massage my neck, shoulders, etc. It was in that moment I realized I needed to share with her one of my favorite products! Hence, you all as well!

I learned about this product when I worked for Aveda. When I worked for them it was called Blue Oil. This is a product that I still find an Aveda store to purchase after not working for an Aveda salon now for 5 years now! After going to purchase it recently, I realized they have changed the name to Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate. I was skeptical at first thinking this meant the product itself had changed too. Well let me assure you, it has not!

The oil comes in a roller ball or a larger bottle. Now, while I realize the larger bottle is the more economical purhcase.. I LOVE THE ROLLER BALL! It is $22 of heaven if you suffer from tension like I do! If you choose to do the larger bottle – you’re looking at $35.

That being said.. Lets get into all the ways I use this oil!

  • The place I use the oil most is at the base of my skull. More descriptively at those 2 little pressure points (which I believe are sometimes called Heaven’s Gate) I apply it with the roller ball in a circular motion then move down my neck wherever else I’m feeling tension.  I then use my hands to massage it into those areas. You will instantly feel a tingle and cooling sensation followed by relief.
  • The next place I use frequently is my temples. Just as above,  apply to the temples in a circular motion followed by massaging it in. This is FANTASTIC if you have a migraine or headache of any sort.
  • I also use on my shoulders the exact same way. My shoulders are always so tense and tight and this is the perfect at home remedy between massages. HAIRDRESSER FRIENDS: If you’ve never worked for Aveda and are unfamiliar with this product.. Get it! You will thank me!!
  • I suffer from anxiety. Like in all forms haha! But especially traveling! I’m that anxious person that always thinks I’m going to be late, miss a flight, get stuck in traffic or by a wreck, that I’m gonna forget something. It’s seriously the worst. So, I always take this with me traveling. Whether on a plane, in a car, etc., apply this oil to your inner wrists and just take a couple seconds doing some deep breathing with it by your nose. It instantly calms me down and settles my anxiety.
  • Got a pesky bug bite that you can’t stop clawing at? Roll this Blue Oil Over it to take that itch away!
  • Last but not least, I’ve been told if you rub it on the bottom of your feet, it can help bring a fever down. This is yet to be proven on my account but I’m rarely sick. But listen yall… I’ll try any natural remedy when it comes to being sick because I hate medicine and I quite honestly.. your girl doesnt have time to be sick! I’m a busy busy woman!

Well.. I hope this makes you guys wanna run to your nearest Aveda store or salon to snag this miracle oil! I can promise you, you won’t regret it!