(Closed) I am totally clueless about beauty and need help!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 4
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well, I guess it depends on how much you are willing to spend.


I have a regimen with Origins.  I have five steps, and once a week, six steps.

First I use their cleanser

second their toner

third it’s called Dr. Andrews WEIL Plantidote.  I honestly don’t know the function of it but the sales woman sold me on it and I just been using it ever since.  it’s some kind of expensive face serum

fourth I use the moisturizer

fifth I use their eye cream

and once a week I use their exfoliator mask.  I love it because it’s made with rice and it seriously smooths out your skin.


I know it sounds like a lot, but it is literally a 5 minute or less procedure.  I bought all 6 products at one time for around $250.00.  Now I just purchase items one at a time when I run out of it.  Most of the products will last you at least 6 mo if not longer.



Before Origins, I used the Mary Kay cleansing products.  I stopped using them only because if I ran out of something, it was more difficult for me to get a replenishment.


Hope that helps a bit.

Post # 5
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree it depends on your budget but typically what I use

1) face wash

2) toner

3) blackhead serum (every other day) and/or face lotion with spf and anti age complex

4) eye creme

5) face primer

Post # 6
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have a look online at lush.com its a British company, but I think they ship to America and have shops over there. Anyway they do AMAZING face masks and cleansers. Soap is often quite drying for skin so try a cleanser instead because it’ll keep your skin …. well whatever the skin based opposite is of dry. And then use a face mask once or twice a week  – don’t leave it on too long or it’ll dry out and irritate your skin.


also you could invest in some very expensive moisturizer with exiting ingredients but I use E45 cream which is a brilliant cream originally designed for eczema but is a great moisturizer for anyone generally – I know you can buy it here in Britain but I have no idea if you can buy it in America.

Make sure you clean all your make up of really thoroughly and if you live in a really fumey (if thats a real word) city then try then keep some wipes with you to help stop spots from all the pollution – another random tip – unless its too fumey try and keep your bedroom window open to get fresh air while you sleep to help keep your skin clear and fresh.

Hope I helped!!

Post # 8
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hmm, well, I’ve used Shiseido for years for my face-washing and moisturizing regimen so I’d recommend that since I tried changing things up 5 years ago but couldn’t find anything i liked as a replacement.

Before that, though, I used the Clinique moisturizer and I think that works well on almost everyone. Another Lush shout-out (they have U.S. stores, but will also ship): some of my friends use Lush moisturizers, and they’ve been pleased with them. Cetaphil is good too.

Really expensive, but almost miraculous in its effect: Fresh’s Black Tea Age Delay Cream. Of course, ask for a sample and see its effect.

I highly recommend Lush’s Crash Course mask. It’s a fresh mask so it needs to be refrigerated and is perishable (so not a once-a-month thing), but it’s uh-maz-ing. Best purifying mask I’ve tried thus far.

Oh, and don’t forget sunscreen! Neutrogena’s dry-touch line is great for additional SPF and doesn’t leave your skin oily or smelly.

Also, check out former Bee blogger Miss Rainbow’s posts. She is a MUA, and while I don’t remember any beauty regiment posts exactly, she’s given some product recommendations.

Post # 9
1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been using Olay moisturizers for years and I’ve always been happy with it. I use their SPF 15 cream for day and active hydrating beauty fluid at night. I’m using their foaming face wash now too, and it’s nice. 🙂

Lush is a really fun store if you ever get a chance to check one out. There are Lush counters at Macy’s department stores too, at least in MN.

Post # 10
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Target also has Yes to Carrots moisturizers. They are 99% all natural and very afforadable. I love them!

Their night moisturizers, cleansers, eye creams and mud masks are amazing.


Post # 11
4 posts
  • Wedding: March 2001

Hi, I worked for a couple of different companies in the beauty industry…including Origins. One problem with Origin’s products is that you may have a reaction to the many ‘natural’ ingredients. Some women said it was too harsh for them. I had to deal with constant returns while working there.

 The brands I’ve always gotten really positive feedback on were Cosmedicine, Dermologica, Murad, and Exuviance Skincare.

Personally, I’ve used ALL of these to give feedback to my customers on what I thought about each line. Cosmedicine and Exuviance are my personal favs…

Exuviance has a great line of products. Here are my favs…the anti-bacterial face wash which helps keep pores clean and protects against aging. Washes away makeup as well. The bottle will last you around 6 months and runs $26.00 A pea-size is all you need to wash your entire face. Also, their moisturizers are great.

Cosmedicine has a great set with 3-steps. Face wash, exfoliater and moisturizer. The 30 day ‘try me” kit I think is $25…it lasted me about 6 weeks though. The exfoliater is awesome! It grabs dead skin and rolls it up, so when you rinse it off – viola! Smooth skin. Use it 2x a wk. The small size WILL last you about 2 months. Use a dime size amount. They also have a great moisturizer! Really light weight but does the job. The trial pack doesn’t look like it will last that long, but trust me…it does!

Both of these have great benefits, won’t break the bank, and last a long time! A little goes a loooong way. Good luck!


Post # 12
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

i’m a big fan of cetaphil cleanser and complex 15 moisturizer–both affordable, gentle and effective. and don’t forget some kind of sunscreen (or buy a moisturizer that already has sunscreen–oil of olay and neutrogena have some good products).  i’d say start out easy if you don’t have a regimen already, no reason to overwhelm yourself.

as for a weekly treatment, i use the oil of olay microdermabrasion kit. i also have a jurlique mask, but that’s definitely a splurge.

good luck and have fun!

Post # 13
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

1) Face Wash: Mary Kay Combination or Skin Food exfoliating wash

2) Toner: L’oreal (pink stuff)

3) Moisturizer: Summer: Oil of Olay or winter: Caudalie Vinosource Anti-Wrinkle. I also have Shishiedo Pureness Oil Free Mattifying Moisturizer. I use what I need depending on how my skin is acting that day

At night I use a Vitamin A, C, and E serum.

Post # 14
2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ Jeli824 – Yes, Origins is way too harsh for my sensitive skin! I’ve try a few things there, and they just tear me up. I love Murad products, though!

And my daily regimen is:

1. Wash with cream cleanser (Murad)

2. Toner (either Murad or CO Bigelow, depending on if my skin is irritated or not)

3. Eye Cream (currently use Eye Hope by philosophy or Renergie from Lancome)

4. Blemish serum from Aveda

5. Moisturize (I choose from a few depending on what my skin is doing that day)


But @ daniellayls: I have really sensitive skin, so I have to care a lot about what I put on it. If you have pretty hardy skin,though, I think the best thing to do is to try a few things from Target or the drug store and see what you like. I think at the very least, though, you should be using a good cleanser, a toner and a facial moisturizer. Also, with 2 months before your wedding, you have time to get a facial, which is also a great time to talk to a professional about your skin. They can help you come up with a regimen if you’re still at a loss. And even with my sensitive skin, facials are a great addition to my skin care! 


Post # 15
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I wash with Cetaphil at night and Aveeno daily brightening scrub in the morning. I put on neutragena salycylic acid to control breakouts. And I use Olay spf 15 moisturizer. I spray neutragena spf 45 “dry” sunscreen on my hands and dab it on my face too. It works well for me…

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