Wondering how to mix drugstore products with K-beauty? How much does your daily beauty routine cost? Welcome to The Klog Beauty Diaries. Inspired by Refinery29’s Money Diaries, we thought it would be fun to recap a day in the life of people with different occupations and highlight their beauty routines. In this Klog beauty diary, we feature a 28-year-old fire and theft investigator in Houston who loves mixing her Korean products with Paula’s Choice.
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Occupation: Fire and Theft Investigator
Location: Houston, TX
6:15am- I wake up for work. With Houston traffic being so terrible, I have to make sure I get up at a reasonable time to make it on time at the office (even though I hate the mornings). First thing I do is brush my teeth and put in my contacts. Then I wash my face with Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($5.39) using White Rabbit Plain Cotton Pads ($13.99). These are my favorite cotton pads. They’re so gentle on my skin. Afterwards, I moisturize my face with Simple Replenishing Rich Facial Moisturizer ($9.22). Simple is my favorite drugstore line and I love the moisturizer. After I eat breakfast and 15 minutes before I head out, I apply my all -time favorite sunscreen, the Neogen Day Light Protection Sun Screen ($30.00). I also apply my favorite fragrance: Givenchy Dahlia Divin ($110.00). This is my favorite perfume at this moment.
12:00pm- I take lunch. I read different information about re-applying sunscreen: Some say if you are not directly in the sun, applying it once all day should be fine. Other information states it’s fine to lightly re-apply. I am heading out to lunch with co-workers and just prefer to re-apply my Neogen sunscreen liberally. I also mist my face with my Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Mist ($12.00). It’s so hot in Texas!
7:30pm- After coming home from an extremely busy day and getting a workout in, I prepare to shower and do my nightly routine. My favorite soap to shower with is Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar ($8.70). I have always used Dove soap and probably always will. I prefer to go makeup free (I love being bare unless it’s a very important event) so no need for me to double cleanse to remove any makeup. I use Paula’s Choice Hydra-light One Step Face Cleanser ($26.00). It’s hard for me to find a quality cleanser so I always make sure to purchase this one. After cleansing my face, I exfoliate with Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid ($23.20) and then follow up with Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner ($4.68).
8:30pm- After eating and chatting with my husband, I continue my routine and move onto my essence/serum. I usually alternate between the Hanskin Bio Origin Ampoule Serum ($64.00) or Missha’s Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist ($49.00). Missha wins tonight. I apply Missha and call my best friend back to chat.
8:45 pm: I sometimes use Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Repair Eye Cream ($16.49). My dark circles come and go and this has been very helpful in alleviating that issue.
10:00pm- Time for bed! Before I go to bed, I moisturize my face again with Simple Replenishing Rich Facial Moisturizer. It’s a fave and I can not live without it! Before I get into the bed, I apply Jergen’s Ultra Healing Lotion ($5.99). I have to be moisturized from head-to-toe prior to bed!
Total Skin Care: $223.97
Total Hair and Body: $124.69
Total Makeup: $0
Grand Total: $348.66