Know Your Face: My Evening Routine – Plus, A Celebration!

Petite Curves Ahead celebrated a big milestone this week. Lauren and I are very grateful that our amazing readers have helped us grow from a fledgling idea into a blog with three digits worth of posts; our last two #OutfitSelfie posts represent numbers 100 and 101!


Thanks for the love, #PetiteCrew! It’s a thrill to know you’re along for the ride. 

I’m also thrilled at all the love my Know Your Face posts have gotten; it’s lovely to share my little obsession with you guys. Today, following up on last week’s morning routine, I give you my evening routine!


First things first: taking off all your makeup and washing your face at the end of a long day is the WORST. Even when you’re obsessed with skincare, the way that I am, the actual practice is painful. Your brain and your heart scream, “I JUST WANT TO GO TO BED,” but your pores say, “LET ME BREATHE WHILE YOU SLEEP.” And honestly, it’s really bad to sleep in your daytime grime. Eye makeup is terrible to sleep in. PSA time: never sleep in your mascara.

Even if you don’t wear makeup, it still matters to clean thoroughly before sleeping. While you sleep, your pores are breathing deeply. Do you really want all the oil, sweat, and/or pollution your face has accumulated throughout the day seeping into your pores while you sleep? No. No, you do not. In fact, if you can only manage to wash your face once a day, you should skip the morning, not the evening. But don’t do that.

Anyway, as a result, I force myself, no matter how badly I want to skip it, to clean my face nightly.

Okay, with that out of the way, here’s what I do. First, I remove my makeup. Doing so gives my cleanser greater access to my face. I use Clinique’s Take The Day Off for my eyes and brows and smooth a few pumps of Estee Lauder’s Take It Away over the rest of my face. Following that, I’m prepped for cleanser. I like to use Origins’ Checks and Balances at night; it works into a very rich lather that cleans deeply but also moisturizes. Nighttime is the time for added moisture. Who cares if you get a little shiny while you’re sleeping?

After cleanser comes toner. And you guys, I’ve said it before: the Pixi Glow Tonic is truly magical. It controls shine in the daytime and exfoliates in the nighttime. Done.

Then, serum. I have a rotation, as you know, but my main standby is Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid, which moisturizes without using oil, and my skin glows as a result. Next is my eye cream, and the choice depends on my needs. If I need a deep treatment, I use Advanced Night Repair Eye, which is a balm-type product that really delivers a boost to my circles. If I want something lighter, I use Dior’s Hydra Life Sorbet Eye Cream.

Finally, I moisturize, and I moisturize deeply, using Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. This stuff is the business – leaves my skin buttery soft without feeling buttery greasy. When I look back in my older age, I’ll thank Clinique for preserving my beauty.

If I have any blemishes, I’ll use one of my various spot treatments, depending on the need. Most frequently it’s Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, which sucks the impurity from my pores like a vacuum. Then, finally, a swipe of deep-conditioning lip balm (I’m partial to Smith’s Rosebud Salve) before I turn on whatever TV series I’m currently dozing off to (right now: Frasier) and slip into slumber.

Next week: my Sunday night personal heaven.

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