Man do I love my products! While I try to branch out by buying different eyeshadow colors, lipsticks, etc., I tend to stick with the same makeup routine day after day, but I think it’s worth sharing! So here are my beauty go-tos:
Sense a theme here?
1. NARS Corfu cream shadow, NARS Red Square lip pencil
2. Essie nail polish in Clam Bake
3. NARS eye liner in Kyoto, NARS bronzer in Laguna (this is a MUST BUY – works on almost everyone), NARS blush in Orgasm, Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (oldie but a goodie), NARS eyeshadow primer, NARS Earth Angel eyeshadow
I have green eyes and medium skin, but the NARS Laguna bronzer and Orgasm blush seem to be universally flattering (when experimenting on my friends). The Kyoto eye liner is a great alternative to basic black or brown. Kyoto is a green color with hints of gold and looks great on all eyes but especially green, hazel and brown. NARS Earth Angel eyeshadow duo is by far my fave of the eyeshadow duos. The earthy tones bring out the color of your eyes and can be worn for day or night. To make sure the shadow lasts all day and night I use the NARS eyeshadow primer beforehand, which helps to avoid creasing and enhances the color of the shadow. When it comes to mascara, I don’t care what people say – I am sticking to Great Lash! I really don’t think any other mascara compares and I have been using it since highschool and it hasn’t done me wrong! Save the $20 and go to CVS. For night, I usually dab NARS Corfu, a gold shimmery cream shadow, on my inner eyes for a little bling and if I’m feeling really adventurous, I skip the Corfu and do a red lip with the NARS Red Square pencil.
While the above stays relatively stable, my lotions and potions tend to vary, and I love to exchange knowledge with fellow junkies. So tell me, what is your day and nighttime routine in the lotions and potions department!? Here are my top picks:
In order: Fash wash, toner, eye cream, vitamin C serum, anti-aging serum, tinted moisturizer, anti-aging moisturizer, night lotion
I am always surprised by the number of people who don’t use lotion. I might be an extreme case, but I have been using lotion ever since I was little. Every morning, I lather up head to toe and if I don’t my skin feels tight and uncomfortable. Maybe I’m crazy, but I have dry skin and a serious fear of getting wrinkles (SPF4 for most of my life hasn’t paid off…should’ve listened to my mom). SO because of these factors, I have a love for trying new products and figuring out which ones work best. Don’t get me wrong, I do not use all of the above on a daily basis, but when I do, I swear I look ten years younger…
JUSTTT kidding. But they really do help! My daily routine is typically wake up, workout, shower/wash face, then apply toner with cotton pads (new addition), Ole-Henriksen serum and Origins tinted lotion (or regular lotion if I don’t want any coverup). Because my skin is dry, the Origins woman suggested this “treatment lotion” toner, which not only brings your PH balance back to normal, but also retains moisture which makes your regular serum and moisturizers work better. I had never used toner until about a week ago, but I really have noticed a difference in my skin and the glow it gives you, which is always appreciated as the tan starts to fade (at a rapid pace). The Ole-Henriksen serum is a collagen boosting product, which means it noticeably fills fine lines and wrinkles and also helps your lotion and makeup absorb and stay put. As an alternative, the Skinceuticals vitamin C and CE Ferulic serums do unbelievable things to your skin in terms of tightening, brightening and filling lines, but I have been milking a trial size for a while now because they are a bit expensive (hence the reason it’s not in my daily routine). However, if you’re willing to dish out the dough, I think Skinceuticals is definitely worth every penny! Next on the list, the Origins VitaZing lotion with Mangosteen. Ohhh, the love I have for this little white tube of perfection. I have tried other tinted moisturizers, like the famous Laura Mercier version, but for some reason could not find a match with my skin (maybe it’s the freckles). Finally, when I tried a sample of this Origins version, I nearly cried tears of joy. The lotion is very light but hydrating and appears off-white with little brown microbeads in your palm, but then somehow blends in and finds the perfect tone to match your skin. I don’t know how they do it. I don’t ask any questions. But I am telling you, you need to go out and buy this product! Now I sound like a used car salesman… but seriously, trust me on this one! It makes skin look even and polished without looking cakey or streaked. It also makes your bronzer and makeup look better.
Moving onnnn, when I don’t want any “tint” I use the Origins Perfect World lotion, which literally feels like a cold mud facial and has SPF 25 to boot. The texture is so soothing it brings a smile to my face and the scent (as with most Origins products) is out of this world (pun intended). When it comes to eye cream, I always tend to forget to put it on, but when I do, I love the Kiehl’s avocado based cream, for it’s refreshing, dewy formula, which is delicate enough for your sensitive eye area but still packs a punch (to get rid of oncoming wrinkles). Last but certainly not least, NIGHT-A-MINS! The smell, is again – delectable, and the product moisturizes and recovers like no other. You definitely shouldn’t use this if you have oily skin, but for combination or dry skin it’s a must have!
Now that I have bored you with every detail of my daily skin regimens (can you tell this topic excites me?), tell me what you do on a daily basis? What are your top makeup and lotion finds? Where do you shop for your makeup and skin care?
PS – While we’re on the subject, I am in the market for a new perfume – any suggestions?