My Favorite Nighttime Beauty Products

When I was younger, I would always hang out with my mom while she put on her make-up and beauty products. She took great care of her skin and that has always stuck with me and something I try very hard to emulate. It is a daily morning and evening routine.  When I first started my skincare journey, it mainly consisted of me washing my face and adding Olay moisturizer (Olay is a family favorite). Now that I’m in my early thirties, taking care of my skin is the top priority in my beauty routine. I’m always trying new products and staying current in the beauty world.

I’ve been sharing several of my beauty favorites on Instagram Stories, but I wanted to put together a blog post talking about these products and why I love them. I’m in the process of putting together a similar blog post for my morning and travel beauty routines. Be sure to ask any questions in the comment section below.

Make up wipes

A super easy way to take off makeup at the end of the day is to use facial wipes. I do this while I work at my computer early in the evening. This is the first time using Honest beauty products and the facial wipes were a great introduction to their collection. I love that they remove all my make-up, while leaving the skin fresh and moisturized.

I also love Burt’s Bee Cleansing Towelettes. I’ve been using their exfoliating wipes to deep clean my skin, but I also love the Cucumber and Sage for an ultra fresh feeling. They also have wipes available for sensitive skin, making it more gentle on your skin for removing makeup while staying hydrated.


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Cleansing Balms

Although I always use facial wipes to remove makeup, I follow them up by using an oil based cleanser. I discovered cleansing balms earlier this year and I’m in love! The foaming cleansers leave my skin nice and fresh, but I feel they take away all my natural oils. My skin always feels dry and tight after using a non-oil based cleanser. For those days that I’m outside all day, leaving my face exposed and gaining layers of dirt, sweat and oil, I like to use a foam cleanser. It gets my skin back to feeling clean and refreshed.

The Erno Lazlo cleansing set is what first got me into this two-step cleansing method. Makes for a great travel set too.

Pestle & Mortar is a new brand to my skincare lineup. The Renew Cleansing Gel is a lightweight cleanser that leaves your skin bright and glowing . I had the opportunity to meet the owner, Sonia, and her passion and dedication for effective skin care products is shown in the quality of her products. Her story is quite incredible. Her family comes from a long tradition of health and healing practice in India. What’s even more incredible.. she’s a mother of five and works alongside her husband, a revered photographer. Take a peak at her story here.

You might remember my review on the Goop products. Well, they’re still going strong in my skincare routine. They have been amazing. The cleansing balm is by far one of my favorite beauty products. It feels likes it’s melting off dirt, makeup and other unwanted oils as I massage into skin. Using their muslin cloth, I wipe away any and all impurities, leaving my skin moisturized and refreshed.

There are several ways to exfoliate the skin. I alter between using a gentle facial scrub and my Clarisonic. I typically exfoliate anywhere from 1-2 times per week. I have dry  skin, so I  don’t like to stripe away the natural oils on my face.

 

Face Masks

Although I’ve been using sheet masks for years, I’m starting to have a new appreciation for them. I’ve always viewed masks as a “fun” beauty product that I use occasionally but not providing a huge benefit to my skin. Well, I was wrong. These little masks help bring my skin back to life after a long day at the office, a night out with friends or a restless night with baby. Erno Laszlo has an entire line of masks; everything from sheet masks to gel masks. The Firm and Lift gel mask hydrates your skin helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinol is one of the first beauty products that I used in my early twenties and started out using it around my laugh lines. I bought my first tube of ROC deep wrinkle night cream and I never looked back.

 

Retinol Products

Retinol is one of the best products to use to battle those fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps smooth out your skin’s texture and reduce hyper-pigmentation and other dark spots. Last, but not least, it helps reduce your pores from clogging, making it ideal for someone with acne.

As you might know, retinol is a powerful ingredient and if used during the day, be sure to use SPF and potentially consider wearing a hat to protect your skin. Retinol is something I only apply at night, because I know it’s too risky for me to remember to reapply SPF and keep my hat on the entire day.

I’ve used a lot of retinol products in my lifetime, but I’ve been using Dr. Brandt’s 2% Retinol Complex Serum as my everyday nighttime product. However, the Retinol Eye Cream from Dr. Brandt is quickly becoming my favorite. The lightweight cream can be easily applied under my eyes and I can immediately start to feel the cooling effects.

The Superstar Retinol Night Oil by Pastel & Mortar is one of the most earthy and organic products I’m currently using. The oil smells like it came straight out of the ground and I actually love that. The Superstar is interchanged with Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleep Night Oil.

Remember earlier when I said the Goop Cleansing balm is my favorite skincare product, the night oil by Sunday Riley is my #2 product in my skincare lineup. Beauty editors have referred to this skincare product as their must-have for years.

After apply the Sleeping Night Oil, I’ll wait five minutes and apply Sunday Riley’s Good Genes. I gently massage the product into my skin. Good Genes is lactic acid treatment. I’m no esthetician, but in short, lactic acid helps rejuvenate your skin, giving you a brighter and more even skin tone.


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Night Moisturizing

When it comes to creams and moisturizers, my view is the more the merrier. When I think about a night cream, I want it to have a light scent and a thick texture to seal in any moisture. The TULA products are some of the newest to my routine. The TULA Day and Night Hydrating Cream, along with the TULA Revitalizing Eye Cream are used daily, especially when I need an extra punch of hydration for my skin.

The Elemis Night Recovery Cream-Oil is a lighter moisturizer than TULA, but helps nourish the skin. Giving you a healthy glow when you wake up in the morning. The most important thing with moisturizers, is to use them! Don’t forget to apply them from your forehead to your neck. The nights I don’t apply moisturizer to my face, I can always feel the difference the next day and it’s not good. Apply, apply, apply.

Some nights I don’t make it through all these products but I try to be sure and cleanse, tone, apply  retinol, moisturize and hydrate. One final point, even though you probably already know this, but apply your products from the thinnest to thickest if at all possible.

Please share! What are some of you favorite night time skincare products? I’m always wanting to know what to look out for. Would love your suggestions. Leave them in the comments below!

xo, Olivia


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48 Comments

  1. Leiah wrote:

    Great post Olivia! Would love to try a few goop products one day.

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Thank you, Leiah!!! Yes, they’re so great!! Crossing my fingers for you!

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  2. Mallory wrote:

    Fantastic post! Cannot wait to try out some of these products myself.

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Thank you! Yes, would love any of your feedback on the products! xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  3. Allie Cooney wrote:

    i SO need to get better about using makeup wipes!! even after washing my face, there’s still makeup on my bathroom towel (and i don’t wear *that much* makeup)! will def try the burts bees one – i’m already hooked on their chapstick!!

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • Mariana Salerno wrote:

      Love the post! I want to try all the products!!

      Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      I feed the same way. I use the makeup wipes first and then wash with a cleansing balms. Seems to work, but makeup still always comes off on my towel.

      Oh yes! BB is the best!

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  4. Kerri wrote:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Kerri

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Thanks for stopping by, Kerri!

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  5. Great post! I’ve been wanting to try the Goop products, heard good things about them 🙂

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      You’ll love them!! Thanks for stopping by!

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  6. Lindsey Clements-Acosta wrote:

    Olay is a family favorite for us too!! Love watching your insta stories and reading your posts to help me make choices on what products to try!! Also bonus getting to see your adorable baby boy, Batman and kitty!! 😊

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Oh my goodness! Yes, OLAY was always my #1 as a little one. Still love using the night moisturizer.

      Hehe, love that you call her Kitty! Someone asked about her real name. So cute!! They send their love.

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  7. Kay wrote:

    Hi Olivia. Love love this post!
    I have dry skin too so I found your tips very useful!

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Hi Kay! Yes, if you have any tips you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them. I’m always wanting to learn more!

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  8. Emily wrote:

    Beauty is in the skin! Taking care of it is very important favorite skin care products from aveeno 🍃

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Oh yes! Aveeno is wonderful. What’s your favorite product from their line?

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  9. Christine Wright wrote:

    Curious to see if those goop products live up to the hype!

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      oh they’re good! I think they do. I had the same curiosity.

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  10. jessica wrote:

    Thanks, Olivia! You went over more products than I thought you would ( love!) and it’s given me a few new suggestions for my night routine. I currently use Olay to wash my face then I follow it with Estee Lauder Night Repair. I found Deciem (don’t know if you’ve heard of it). I’ve used a couple of the Ordinary products – Rose Hip oil and the Caffeine solution. I love trying new products!

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Thank you so much for sending over these recommendations. I have to the Caffeine solution!! The name is intriguing!

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  11. Gina wrote:

    Need to start using a retinol cream before it’s too late! Can’t wait to try the one you’ve recommended 🙂 thanks for all your expertise with fashion, beauty and travel. It’s given me the travel bug myself! Even wore a lemon dress today to complement some Del’s Lemonade ((Currently in Newport, RI ))

    xo Gina

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Why can’t our skin stay soft like little Sebastian’s skin?! Thank you so much for stopping by. Oh yes, take a little trip. It’s good for the soul, even if it’s a staycation!

      Oh yay! Lemons!!

      ps. We’re heading to RI soon!! I’ll keep you posted!

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  12. Desiree wrote:

    Such a detailed post Olivia! Thanks so much for the info, I didn’t know about Sunday Riley so I’ll look into that one!! I’m big on moisturizing and SPF – I use Shiseido.

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
  13. Caroline wrote:

    Really loving Sunday Riley lately — would love to check out some of the others you mention. Great post!

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
  14. Dima wrote:

    Such a great post! I’ve been struggling with my skin for a few months, I guess it’s chafing because I’ve gotten older or maybe it’s the seasonal change but Nothing seems to be working to make it better. Would love to try some of the products you recommended. Thanks!

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
  15. Jessica dominguez wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this post, I can never get enough info about skin care! I had never heard of a lot of the products you’ve mentioned so I’m very excited to check some out!

    Posted 7.6.17 · Reply
  16. Ilana Lind wrote:

    Love all things goop! 😍

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  17. Emily wrote:

    Love Dr Brandt! Would love to try the Goop products as well!

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  18. Sandra wrote:

    I love seeing all of your beauty posts, because it introduces me to new products! Having a night routine is so nice, because it helps you wind down, too. Put the phones away, it’s time for skincare to play!

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  19. Grace wrote:

    Love this post!! Really want to focus more of my skin care routine

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  20. Dina wrote:

    After removing make up I always use tonic, and one from KIKO cosmetics smells wonderfully. Love pictures 🙂

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  21. Myriam Andrade wrote:

    Hi Olivia,
    Ive always used Artistry creams from Amway, but I feel my skin needs a change the older I get the more I need to imcorporate retinol. I am going to try Dr. Bandt and the Goop cleanser. Cant wait!

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
    • Myriam Andrade wrote:

      Once again thanks for the tips! I loved them!

      Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  22. Tammy wrote:

    I just want baby soft skin like Sabastian’s 🙂

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  23. Meena wrote:

    My face routine is pretty basic (hello cetaphil), but I’ve been wanting to up my game. I can’t wait to try your suggestions!!

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  24. Shana wrote:

    Thank you for sharing! I love cleansing wipes! I need to get into a new routine and I’d love to try the Goop products!

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  25. Christy Joyner wrote:

    Great post!

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  26. Kelly wrote:

    For my night time skin care routine- I like to switch up my moisturizers! But I love the whole glossier line. I use their face wash, followed by witch hazel, then the glossier serum trio, then either the priming moisturizer rich, or neutrogena hydrogel moisturizer. I like the rich moisturizer for when my skin is really dry, and the hydrogel for when I want a lighter one. Thanks for sharing your routine- I’ll have to try some of your products!

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  27. Patrice wrote:

    Hi…here I am about to turn 33 and I don’t even use a daytime moisturizer. I was just telling my best friend that I think it’s time I look into something to preserve my sexy, lol. But I didn’t know where to start because there is just so much stuff on the market. Great post, thanks!

    Posted 7.7.17 · Reply
  28. Sayeh Arabi wrote:

    Great post! Your skin looks amazing. Always wanted to try the Goop products but they’re a little out of my price range. Xx!

    Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  29. Lydia wrote:

    Thank you for sharing! In my late twenties and never really made much of an effort in the skin care department, so really looking to build a routine, and these products are good inspo!

    Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  30. Hunter wrote:

    I LOVE this post! Thanks for sharing your beauty secrets with us! Hope to try some Goop products soon!

    Xoxo

    Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  31. Claudia wrote:

    I have been using a Dermalogica 0.5% retinol serum at night and can definitely see an improvement but I’m quite cautious mixing it with other products, great to hear how you made it part of your routine!

    Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  32. Katie wrote:

    Great post! Thanks for all the info!

    Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  33. Jo Marie wrote:

    Love this post! I didn’t even realize you could find exfoliating makeup wipes. I’ll definitely have to give them a try! Do you ever use toners at night? I noticed you didn’t mention any (unless I’m blind and missed it 🙂 haha). I just started using a toner and I usually only use it at night, but now I’m realizing maybe I should in the a.m.! I’d love to know your thoughts. Thanks!

    Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
    • olivia wrote:

      Thank you! I didn’t realize there were exfoliating wipes, either!

      Yes, I always use a toner. Day and night. Right now I”m using Kopari Coconut Rose Toner and FARMAESTHETICS, but I’m on the market for something else. Yes! I’ll likely write a follow up post, because I’m sure I’ll try out a bunch before I find the right one. Thanks for stopping by and following along! Appreciate all your support!

      xo, Olivia

      Posted 7.8.17 · Reply
  34. Jessica wrote:

    Wow so many products that look so amazing! If you could pick one that made the biggest impact which would it be? Thank you!! http://www.retinol.com

    Posted 10.24.17 · Reply

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