Happy Fryday and welcome to our latest reader request: beauty routines! Specifically, what works for busy moms who want to put their best face forward. Reading about other people’s beauty routines is a definite guilty pleasure of mine, I find it so fascinating! So I am totally into this and excited to go first! Check back over the next couple weeks to read all about Jenna and Nicole’s as well.
You should know that I am pretty low maintenance. I only wear ALL of these things if I have an event, or night out, on a regular day I’ll modify this down to something a lot less product heavy, but for today I wanted to share what I love for a full face!
You all know how I feel about my skin. It is sensitive, normal and oily, just give it a minute and it will change. I am prone to stress break-outs, hormone break-outs, sleeping on my face break-outs, and if I eat too much cheese or chocolate break-outs. Getting a hold on my skin has been an adventure to say the least, but I’ll tell you what absolutely works!
Kiehl’s Scrub – I had a dermatologist tell me that my skin doesn’t “turn over” as quickly as it should. Meaning the top layers don’t slough off like usual. So a mild exfoliating scrub is a must and this one is so great. I love that the ingredients are recognizable!
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – I’ve already shared my love of this stuff before, it dries out zits, sort of deflating them until they are hardly noticeable. It’s magic and everyone should have this in their drawer.
Hada Labo Hydrator – I’ve found the less layers I have on the better my skin does. So this stuff is great in place of a moisturizer because it’s anti-aging, hydrating, and tightening all in one. It does the job of a primer while still leaving my skin feeling soft.
I love this studio concealer by Mac to even out any discoloration or blemishes!
As a stylist, I get to spend a lot of time with make-up artists behind the scenes on photoshoots. They probably hate me because I hover and ask 100 questions, but my last shoot’s Make Up Artist used Maybelline’s FIT ME! foundation and I couldn’t believe how dewy and perfect the model looked at 6 am! Could it possibly work the same magic on a lowly non-model citizen such as myself? It totally does, and I stopped using my super expensive foundation altogether.
EYES + BROWS:
I know there’s a lot of talk of “Brow Game” around the web and I’ve fallen hook line and sinker, too. I have a bundle of brow products and the only ones anyone needs are Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade (I use blonde and it’s still pretty dark!) and then Almay’s Brow Pencil/Brush combo to create sharper lines and the brush to even out the pomade.
I got CK One Mascara in a sample bag from Ulta and surprisingly, I love it. It’s lengthening, doesn’t flake or smudge and doesn’t burn if I get emotional. I get emotional all the freaking time so this is a must-have.
Stila Liquid Liner is one of the few products I will buy over and over again. I get product A.D.D. and want to keep trying something new, but there’s no need with Stila. It’s the best for fine lines and cat-eye and stands strong all day.
I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown Brick since high school, but it wasn’t until this year that I figured out how to really make the most out of it. It has every color of shimmer you need for a contoured face. I start at the top of my cheekbones and the apples of my cheeks with the middle pinks, then take the dark brown and brush under the cheekbones (make a fish face and hit the indentation) then take the the white highlighter and hit the very top of my cheekbones and up around my brow bone in a “C” shape. Then I take a blush brush and blend it all together! I love that I can do all of this with one product.
These limited edition Mac brushes come in white, black and charcoal. They’re gorgeous and a great deal for a bundle of brushes!
I have a lot of favorite scents, but the one I get the most compliments on is Givenchy Simply Irresistible.
I wash my hair at the most once a week, I just love how it looks with some grit in it. The best it looks is day four or five and to keep it feeling fresh I am obsessed with Alterna Dry Shampoo. Mango coconut amazingness!
I love playing with different lip colors, and here’s my favorite three in the rotation currently. Pure Zen for a perfect soft pink, My all time favorite nude, Peach Kiss by Baby Lips, and for Fall, Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless.
Since I cycle through so many different lip colors, Too Faced’s Borderline is my favorite product of the year. It’s a reverse liner, so you go up and above your natural lip line, and it leaves a light waxy finish so your lipstick doesn’t creep up and feather. Even better it’s clear so you can use it with ALL your different lipsticks without having to buy matching liners. GENIUS!
Do you use any of these? We’d love to hear what you love and have tossed out!