Holy grail skin care products

I am turning 25 in a matter of days and in the past six months I have transformed into a SKIN CARE JUNKIE!! This all started when I got one of those magnifying mirrors.... I would catch myself about 1 cm away staring intensely at my under eye circles and teeny tiny fine lines scolding myself, "You're 25 Alex, take better care of your skin for god sakes." First of all ladies, step AWAY from the mirror. It is not doing your self-love journey any good. On the contrary, getting a head start on preventative skin care is a great way to practice self-love. 

You may be thinking, where do I start? -- Which is the same thought I had.

I mean if I am too tired to take my makeup off at night or put my under eye cream on, I am DEFINITELY too tired/busy/stressed to trial and error a bunch of skincare products. Good news, I have done the tedious work for you.  I have found the holy grail of products for a freaking RANGE of skin types. You can thank the magnifying mirror that I stashed away in the back of my vanity for this.


Meet Alexandria, She has skin that is DRY AS THE SAHARA DESERT. She is what I like to call a LAZY CONSUMER. She likes products that have the flexibility and strength to work even when she is inconsistent with using them because let's be real, consistency isn't her strong suit. She is not a skincare expert or a dermatologist, just a regular gal with dry skin trying to keep it dewy dammit! She is willing to invest and be loyal to a brand if the product works. She also is talking about herself in 3rd person which is weird.

Okay, let's get to it. Here are my FAVORITE EVER skin care products.

Drunk Elephant is currently my go-to favorite skincare brand. Yes, they are luxury which means it comes at a cost, but it is so so worth it. I mean you only get one set of skin am I right?  I am currently on a quest to try EVERY product they make. But if you want a place to start -- here is where you can.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concertrate
Drunk Elephant Night Bright

1. NightBright Duo - for retuxturizing + moisture

$28 | Sephora or

This dreamy duo works while you sleep to retexturize and refine skin texture and tone while it intensely hydrates and nourishes for a gorgeous, youthful glow by morning. This high-tech gel resurfaces dull skin, gently lifting dead skin cells away by dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. I am mostly obsessed with the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and use it NIGHTLY and in the mornings and in the afternoons, I basically bathe in it. It is so hydrating and leaves the skin silky smooth.

How I Use it: I use the Marula oil whenever my face feels dry which is always. 2-3 drops on face, neck, + hands. I use the T.L.C. Framboos Serum once to twice a week 2-3 drops on face and neck.

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2. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

$34 | Sephora

The Truth Serum changed my skin for the brighter -- this product is for SLAYING AGE + glowing to the gods. I LOVE the face wash + the serum to death -- but could probably live without the moisturizer creme (Clearly I am a sucker for a gift set). The Truth Serum is an age-defying serum, with vitamin C and potent antioxidants, that helps to brighten and firm skin as it delivers all-day hydration. The gel cleanser leaves your skin feeling hydrated + deeply clean.  I love this product because it BRIGHTENS while also hydrating!

How I Use it: I use the Truth Serum every morning + the gel cleanser every day in the shower.


3. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

$47-$123 | Purchased from MCX or Online

If you are a tired, overworked, sleepless, stressed out grinch like me, you NEED this product. This little gem is a nighttime facial oil that visibly restores the appearance of our skin. When I wake up after using it I am like HELLO BABY ALEX, NICE NEW SKIN YOU HAVE THERE. IT'S SOFT, IT'S RADIANT, IT'S BRIGHT. What more could you ask for?  If I could suggest one product to use before your shoot - this is it. Get this, and smother it all over your face, bask in it, repeat.

How I use it:  At night to become a new person, Apply 2-3 drops to face & neck 3 nights a week (or more).


4. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Cream

$37 | MCX or Online

Imagine that - this line also has an eye cream that is TO DIE FOR. THIS is #1 this is a DARK CIRCLE eraser, ever. I have terrible dark circles because well, I am tired and don't sleep. So I put a band-aid over it with this stuff. Say goodbye to dark circles after like 3 uses. 

How I Use it: Every night that I have my shit together and remember. 

Purity Made Simple

5. Philosophy Purity Cleanser

Purity $11-$55 | MCX or ULTA

When I am not using my Ole Henriksen face wash (Orange one up there ^^^) I am using PURITY. This melts away the makeup while subsequently keeping your natural oils! It's magic.

How I use it: Every day in the shower leave on for like 20 seconds to break down any makeup or grossness.

Microdelivery exfoliating facial wash

6. Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash

$15-$60 | MCX or ULTA

With dry skin comes flakey grossness, so I use this product in the shower to get that ish off my face so it doesn't clog my pores and cause all sorts of problems. You leave the shower feeling smooth and ready for moisture!

How I use it: I typically leave it on for 30 seconds in the shower once-twice a week to give myself a little peel.

Tarte Maracuja Oil

7. Tarte Maracuja Oil

$48 | Ulta or

Moisturizer is not really my thing (except one we will talk about in a minute) and that is because I prefer to put STRAIGHT UP OIL ON MY FACE. This was the first oil I tried and LOVED. Mainly because it works so well before putting on makeup + has anti aging benefits. I like to think about it as the primer before the primer. It gives my dry ass skin enough moisture to make sure my makeup doesn't look cakey, flakey, crusty....all of those bad things.

How I use: Apply 2-3 drops onto clean, dry skin on face and neck before makeup or 1-2 drops with your moisturizer or liquid foundation for enhanced hydration benefits.

clinique mosturizer

8. Clinique Dramatically Different™ Moisturizing Lotion+

$27 | Belk, Ulta, Or Online

I have been using this moisturizer for YEARS! Seriously since middle school, so for that reason it had to be on the holy grail skin care products list. I always revert back to this product, it is my cornerstone. And also for some weird reason, I never run out of it. It isn't too thick, it is super hydrating and it is OG. What more can you ask for. I have a travel size of this in my purse at all times.

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9. Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner

$10.95 | Target or Amazon

I love this toner because it doesn't leave your feeling skin super dried out + you can now get it at Target (just another excuse to go there yippeeee). I really feel like this takes off any dirt/oil/buildup without stripping too much. Plus you get to wake up and smell the roses! 

How I use: After I wash my face I put a few drops on an exfoliating pad and rub in small circles on my face & neck. I follow up with moisturizer. 


10. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Lotion

$10.99 | Target

Being a pale af I do not leave my house when the North Carolina sun is shining without putting on sunscreen. I apply it everywhere. AT ALL TIMES. To my face, to my hands, to my neck. EVERYWHERE. and you should to. 

How I use it: I use this when I am makeup free! Apply an abundance!


favorite skincare products boudoir

1. NightBright Duo |

2. A Brighter Truth Set |

3. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate |

4. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Cream |

5. Philosophy Purity Cleanser |

6. Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash |

7. Tarte Maracuja Oil |

8. Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion |

9. Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner |

10. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Lotion |