Dear Carissa- What Do You Use Everyday?

I would love to peek into your cabinets and see what you use every single day!

Salt Springs, FL

Well Meghan, here you go. A complete snapshot of what’s in my cabinets this very second. Maybe next time we’ll do makeup, today I only had the strength for skin care.
And although it might change 10 more times by the end of this year, this is my current daily (and nightly) skincare routine.

From left to right: Olive Oil, Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator, Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Weleda Refining Toner, Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment, Obagi Exfoderm Forte, Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair, SkinCeuticals Serum 15, Obagi Healthy Skin SPF 35 Moisturizer, Latisse.

What I do-


Cleanse:        Weleda
Toner:             Weleda Toner
Treatment:    SkinCeuticals Serum 15
Moisturizer:    Obagi Healthy Skin SPF 35
Eye Cream:   Blue Copper


Pre Cleanse:  Olive Oil
Cleanse:         Liz Earle Hot Cloth
Exfoliate:         Either Suki or Liz Earle
Toner:              Weleda
Treatment:     Obagi Exfoderm Forte
Moisturizer:     Liz Earle Light Moisturiser

Sidebar; I do this every single night. Doesn’t matter if I get home at 4am, I always take time to wash my face.

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Break it down-

Liz Earle:

I know I’m not supposed to be super partial to any one line, but I have to get something off my chest: Liz Earle is one of the greatest lines on the planet. There I said it. Her Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is one of the best cleansers around (so popular it comes in a 3 pack and a year-long subscription).

I’m also quite sure that the Skin Repair Light Moisturiser would turn any moisture-phobic into a devout super fan. Its pump dispenses a tiny amount that disappears right into the skin without a hint of after-feel.

I’m big on exfoliating, so I have two that I rotate out. Earle’s Gentle Face Exfoliator is the one I use when my skin is acting up because its soothing jojoba beads inside a creamy base sweep away dead skin without any harsh scrubbing.


I kept reading review after review from people raving about Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser so I decided to pick it up at Whole Foods. It’s a sweet smelling sugar-based exfoliant I use when I mean business. It foams up and buffs away every last impurity imaginable leaving behind totally soft skin.


I didn’t get a shot of it because it’s in my shower, but Weleda’s silky new Gentle Cleansing Milk is what I use every morning always following it with thier Refining Toner. I’ve always preferred a post-cleansing toner for an extra clean feel and this one is a simple base of Witch Hazel with Lemon Juice and botanicals that cleans up what you didn’t cleanse away without stripping or drying out the skin.


My skin really turned a corner a few months back when I started using Exfoderm Forte every night. It felt smoother, looked clearer, and my breakouts were much less frequent. It’s a glycolic-based exfoliant that chases dull surface skin away. I’ve been recommending it to just about anyone who is looking for an overall skin improvement that doesn’t leave the skin dry and flakey.

I could also see a difference around my eyes when I started using Elastiderm Eye Treatment , their much raved about eye cream. It’s what I slather on at night so I wake up with fresh looking eyes that aren’t crepey.

Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 is my favorite physical SPF I’ve tried yet. It’s totally non-greasy and doesn’t leave a hint of white behind. It’s also a big tube for the price, mine will last about a year.


Under makeup during the day, I use Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair so I can get some added firming benefits around my eyes. My makeup goes on smoothly over top because the formula is a perfectly weighted gel that soothes sleepy eyes into looking more awake.


I’m a big believer in using Vitamin C serums in the day to protect the skin from environmental damage and Serum 15 is the perfect kind to use. It’s L-Ascorbic, the best absorbed Vitamin C with a fantastic delivery system to ensure maximum penetration. Even if I’m heading to yoga knowing I’ll wash my face again later I apply it in the morning, the formula can’t be wiped or washed off for 72 hours once it’s in the skin.


No, I’m not wearing false lashes so please stop asking. And to answer the questions I always hear; yes, it itches a little sometimes when I apply it and yes, the skin along my lash line is slightly darker now but I don’t care. The benefits far outweigh the slight disadvantages.

Okay, I promise next time we’ll go over makeup.


  1. Hooked On Beauty says:

    I use it to loosen up makeup before my cleanser. It's a big help so I don't scrub my eyes as much. I also pat a little around my eyes or on my skin when it feels dry. It sinks right in and isn't greasy. It's pretty amazing. Give it a try!!

  2. Can I ask why you use the olive oil? I've never heard that before and I am very interested.

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