by Christina in


As a beauty blogger and lover,I tend to get the question quite often- asking what products I personally include in my own skincare routine. There are also many requests in regards to any tips and tricks I might have when going through my normal regimen. If you've ever felt lost when trying to decide in what order your products should be applied, the best way for application, and more- then you're probably not alone!

I have definitely felt this way myself and it's easy to see why...there's a tremendous amount of marketing, advertising, and products available with the click of a button- they can all be purchased without ever evening leaving your home. Although there are a lot of positives from all of these changes over the years, there's a downside as well: it's become increasingly difficult to score the right products for the right price, while still getting the results you are looking for!  

With all of the new technology, tools, and products out it's fairly easy to get overwhelmed. No worries! That's where I come in- I thought I would share today the tips and tricks of my nightly skincare routine, in addition to the product line-up I'm currently using and why ;) Now of course this routine is not a one-size-fits-all solution and it should be noted that although this will work for most people, you may want to use this as guideline and tailor it to  your specific skin type as needed.

As a bit of background about me, if you're new to The Beauty Closet's blog: I have very fair and sensitive skin that's also prone to breakouts, cystic acne, and skin irritation. When it comes to difficulties with one's skin, I'm very familiar with it's challenges. These tips are things that I've picked up on through the years and seemed to have worked well for me :).


1. One of my biggest tips for keeping my skincare working effectively is to "mix-it-up". What do I mean by that?! For example: I utilize 3 special facial treatments a week, that I apply each product only one time during the week.

My top 3 picks:

Mondays- [re]fresh Skin Therapy Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel [$34.95]*as needed!

Wednesdays- dr.brandt PoreDermabrasion treatment [$58]

Fridays- Oz Naturals Amino Herbal Hydration Mask [$12.77]

2. Make sure that you have the right cleanser for your face! If you have super oily skin as I do and are prone to breakouts, then you will probably want to stick with oil-free and foaming clarifying cleansers that are gentle as well. I utilize a different cleanser at night than I do in the am. as well. Why?! Your environment and skincare concerns are not the same during your days versus the nighttime. 

My FAV nightly cleanser right now: obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser

3. Try a Konjac Sponge! You may have seen these different colored sponges around lately [only the natural ones are colors of dark red, white/cream, and black!] and they really are one-of-a-kind. Not only will this sponge allow your cleanser and remaining products to penetrate deeper into the skin, but you will get softer and healthier skin as a result. 

Looking for a great one to try? : Konjac Facial Puff Sponge in Bamboo Charcoal from the Konjac Sponge Co. [$12.37]

4. Once you've washed and lightly patted your face dry with a towel, follow with a toner that contains brightening and pore-reducing properties.

The toner I use on a nightly basis: Yalmeh Glorifying Vitamin C Toner [$20.15] . This stuff WON'T cause more breakouts for me and smells wonderful- plus it brightens my skin and leaves it feeling ultra smooth and soft. 

5. Don't forget to moisturize! I'm sure you've probably read or heard this one a time or too, but it's super important- even for those of use with sensitive or break-out prone skin. Without it, you're left with imbalance that can leave your skin looking and feeling may even end up with MORE breakouts :0

What works for me?! : I use boscia's Sake Treatment Water [$46] and it works perfectly at providing oil-free hydration and brightening properties all at once :) 

6. Have you added a serum to your routine?! If you answered no, I would DEF pick out one that works and addresses at least one concern. You want to take care of your skin now and prevent things like those dreaded signs aging before they actually start! Get a "leg up" on problems and beat them at their game ;) 

My top pick and current nighttime serum: Manuka Secrets Deep Nourishment Manuka Honey UMF 18+ Serum  [$55.99]. I absolutely LOVE this serum- it's perfect for those with even acne-prone skin and has the fighting power of certified organic UMF 18+ Manuka Honey that makes it a serum that's difficult to beat-especially when it comes to effectiveness and quality!

7. When I'm almost near my routine, I address the concern of my eyes and undereye area. For me, I've started to see some small signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, puffiness and dark circles. There are TWO products that I utilize every night to tackle these issues:

*Anaiti Advanced Eye Gel [$39.99] & dr.brandt glow revitalizing retinol eye cream [$55] . Both of these product have worked wonders for me- the lines around/underneath my eyes are disappearing, the puffiness and circles are all but gone, and the area around my eyes is much brighter. It should be noted however, I didn't see big results with either of these until about the 1 month mark and it's continued to get even better as I round several weeks for each :)




8. If you have blemishes or spots that are prone to breakouts...OR you can see one that's around the corner- prevent it from getting worse than it already is or even starting in the first place. I apply small dots of acne treatment gel before the final step in my pm. skincare regimen and then allow the product to fully dry! 

Is there one that works for me? Yes! Try: ClarityMD Clarifying Serum [$23.20]. It only takes a small dab on each area and around 3-5 minutes and you're all set! This stuff really works and I normally see either the blemish gone or greatly reduced the next morning. 





9. Once a week: to ensure that you're removing the layer of dead skin [yes, yuck!] that's built up over the past few days. I do this at least once a week, sometime twice a week if it's needed. 

What I currently use weekly: Peter Thomas Roth Strawberry Scrub Fruit Enzyme Polisher [$38] . This product will rejuvenate your skin and leave it smooth, super soft, and it smells awesome as well :)

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CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 


Do you ever have those days where you don't exactly feel all that glamorous?! I admit that with all of the business of school starting back up, family, 2 jobs, and the blog- it's been quite a challenge to both look and feel  glamorous lately ;) There's also the fact that I don't exactly have my own personal makeup artist, loads of money and/or fame [lol!], which makes it a bit harder to lay on the glitz that often.

I am of the opinion however, that a woman should try and give herself a special treat every now and then. Whether it be a nice relaxing bubble bath or getting "dolled up" and going out with some girlfriends for the evening, it's good to feel a little glam sometimes! It's not always been super easy I've found, to create the perfect glamorous look- a makeup artist is definitely one way to go but usually not affordable for most of us ;)

Recently though, I had the luck of stumbling upon a fantastic beauty guide that has it all AND allows even the perhaps challenged girl, to achieve a glamorous look for themselves! What better way to get the look you see on the women in Hollywood than to get your very own DIY guide- from a top celeb makeup artist, Gary Cockerill :) Check out my review of this wonderful beauty bible below:

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CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Simply Glamorous

by Gary Cockerill

This is hands down the BEST beauty book I've found in quite a while- which is why it made my TOP PICK of the YEAR! :) I am impressed from start to finish on how well-designed and thought out this awesome beauty guide is!

It's hardcover makes for a great decor item and for added protection and is broke up into 3 main sections: Face, Eyes, and Lips. In the intro, Gary Cockerill shares his experience of trying to find who he wanted to be; he knew that he wanted to be an artist although he wasn't exactly sure in what capacity.

After landing a job that was a stroke of genius for Gary, painting mannequins- he began to see how to paint a three-dimensional face and things really began to click for him! Gary states that this eventually led to unpaid "testing" work for photographers and agents until he was able to start getting his own bookings.

He admits that it still wasn't easy for him in the beginning as his make-up style was the polar opposite from those around him, but he remained dedicated and didn't give up. I really LOVE that attitude of dedication and motivation- it shows that Gary Cockerill is super serious about his work and loves what he does.

You can really see that too throughout this book- every single one of his looks are absolutely beautiful. He's got 10 great tips-"Gary's Guide to Gorgeous" and there were a couple of things that I hadn't thought of before- that's fairly rare for me as I've shared many of my own and read too many to count. His 9 "Tips for healthy skin" were no-brainers for me, but they are all good choices that are easy changes to make.

There are a few more sections following these tips, right before the glam looks begin and they cover everything from how to contour, correct and conceal, to detailed pages on skin tones and which foundation shade/type to choose. The main portion of the book is broken up really well with each look getting its own unique "transformation" name- like the "Sun-kissed Goddess Transformation" or the "Color Rush Transformation".

As an added bonus, Gary strategically placed Tutorial pages that have detailed info on how to do sometimes difficult tasks like False lashes application or How to choose eye color. At the end of the book, there are a list of his fav products for skincare and make-up, in addition to his top tools and brushes :) 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

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