Fifth and Adams was created by Holly to showcase her love of all things beauty, food and fashion with a sprinkle of lifestyle elements thrown in.

Morning & Evening Skincare Routine

My skincare routine is an ever-changing system. The more I learn about my skin and its weird quirks the better I am able to treat it, plus I am the guinea pig that loves always trying new things (this may not be the best for your skin...or mine).

My skin is sensative, combonation / oily and acne prone. After years of using harsh skincare I have learned (for my skin) that less is more. Less harsh and less products seem to keep my skin calm, with less redness and less breakouts.

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In the morning my skincare is very basic, I don't even wash my face most mornings, many of you may be disgusted by this, but I find I don't need to cleanse after doing a deep cleanse at night. Instead of washing my face I have been using the L'oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (sadly I picked this up in the UK and I don't know if it is coming out here. For something similar try Bioderma or Sephora's Version), which is like a very mild mild mild toner. It helps remove any excess makeup as well as gently remove any excess oil and impurities.

I simply follow up with my new favorite moisturizer, Mary Kay Timewise Moisturizer and with a hydrating eye cream, like the Bobbi Brown one.

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In the evening my routine is a little more complex, some times I will pair it down if I am feeling lazy or too tired (let's admit that some nights you just can't be bothered).

Starting on a dry face (full of makeup), I apply Lush Ultrabland balm cleanser (I love balm cleansers) which helps gently breakdown your makeup as well as cleanse your face. Typically I remove the cleanser with a warm damp wash cloth or, occasionally, I will use a makeup wipe (if I am feeling particularly lazy). Some nights I just stop here, cleansing wise, especially if my skin is feeling particularly sensative, then move onto serum and moisturizers.

If I am feeling the need for a deep cleanse, I will follow up with the Mary Kay Timewise 3 in 1 Cleanser (I have been loving the Mary Kay line, because it is both fragrance and oil free (the bad kind) and is very mild). It has a few (empasis on few) little exfoliating beads to help keep you smooth in between exfoliating (more on that in another post).  

While you sleep your skin does a lot of it's repairing, I like to use this time to use a serum that will help my skin look better and more radiant during the day. My go to serum of late has been the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, it is a lightweight oil (the good kind) serum. Since using it I have noticed my skin is less red and more glowy in the morning. I know the price tag is expensive at $46 for 1 fl oz, but you only need about 4-5 drops for your entire face, I am pretty sure this bottle is going to last me for an entire year.

Even with oily skin, I find that my skin looks better and produces less oil when using both an oil based serum and a heavier moisturizer in the evening (no necessarily together, but together is how I have been doing it. especially in the winter). The moisturizer I have been reaching for is Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, it sinks in the skin quickly leaving it moisturized and soft. 

Of course I also use my Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream again, because nobody wants wrinkles.

Then I finish up my skincare routine with not really a skincare item, but I decided to throw it in the mix. For the last 2 years, I have been using Rapid Lash on and off, when I am consistent I definitely notice a difference. My lashes are a little bit longer, but mostly they are thicker and more lush. It is worth every penny of its $30 something price tag. I have never tried any of the high end, doctor required, eyelash serums, I took a chance on this one and it has definitely paid off. So far I have finished 3 tubes of this, and I will forever buy it and use it. 

There are more things to my skincare routine that I did not discuss, such as face masks and exfoliators, because I do not use them on a daily basis. In the next few days I will have another post including all my skin care extras that I like to use to pamper myself.

What are some of your favorite skin care products?

High Five for Friday

Another week gone, I cannot believe how fast this year is going (yes I know we are barely out of January, but it still seems to be flying by). This week has been relatively uneventful. The boyfriend and I have come down with colds, but that hasn't stopped us from enjoying some fun. 

As always I am linking up with the lovely Lauren Elizabeth to treat you to some of my favorite things this week.


1. This weekend was different from my typical, I spent it having a brunch / housewarming / girls afternoon and it was fantastic. We all brought different dishes, I brought a delicious and easy Orange Cream Cheese Sticky Bun cake. The most amazing dish had to be this cheesy chorizo dip that I have to get the recipe of, I could eat it buy the gallon. 


2. At some point this past weekend, we stopped for some late night snack and junk food at the best place in NJ to ward off a hangover. White Mana is a NJ institution and they make some of the best late night burgers ever. There is actually 2 White Mana/Manna's in NJ, both owned by different people, both claiming to be the original. I have yet to try the other White Manna, but definitely if you are around you should try it out.

3. There was a Goose Island takeover at my favorite craft beer bar this week and my boyfriend and I made a point to stop buy. They had both my favorite, Sofie and his favorite, the Bourbon County Stout on tap. We haven't been to our favorite craft beer bar much since we moved away, but it was great to have a chance to go back.


4. I got the prettiest new nail polish this week. It is always a treat to get a pretty new color. This picture honestly does not do L'oreal's Sexy in Sequins justice. It is one of those textured polishes that has a sandpaper look to it when it is dry, but it is honestly one of the most sparkly eggplant / gold polishes I have ever seen. If you are in the drugstore anytime soon, you have to check it out.

5. With both of us being sick, we have spent a lot of time on the couch streaming movies and TV shows. Lately we have been marathoning, Veronica Mars. I completely forgot how amazing that show is, and I even got my boyfriend addicted. With the trailer for the movie floating about, I am even more excited to go and see it when it comes out.

What were some of your favorite things that happened this week?