Sorry for the long absence – current favorite products

Hi Beauties,

As it’s been now three months (I think) since I last posted, I figured it’s time to get back into trying to post at least once a month if I can swing that!!

It’s been an very overwhelming and extremely busy past three months and I’ll explain why. Three months ago this next week, my second decided to make an early entrace into this world at 6 weeks early! He was born a mere 4 hours after my water broke on January 31st, 2017. He’s done nothing but surpass everyone’s expectations for him and he is thriving despite having been 6 weeks early and with his spina bifida.

Alright, anyway, life’s been hectic to say the least, but I’m hoping things are starting to calm down. In the meantime, I thought I’d list some of my current favorite products as I’ve done a lot of shifting in my makeup/hair routine recently including chopping off my waist length hair into an a-line mix of a bob/lob (long bob). I think I want to start up my youtube channel again, but we’ll see if that’s too ambitious for right now!

Okay, let’s start with hair!

With the shorter hair I’m finding I only need to conditioner it mmmaybe once a week. I need to get another bottle of co-wash, but for now I’m liking L’Oreal’s new clay shampoo.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I feel like it’s actually cleaning my hair. I haven’t noticed any build up yet, but I’ve also been (when I use conditioner) putting conditioner first then shampooing. This seems to help my hair actually get clean without stripping good oils. I find the scent refreshing and while I’m not entirely sure the “clay” is actually doing anything, I like to think that it is.

In trying to figure out my new styling needs with my new haircut, I accidentally stumbled upon what I’m using right now. Ironically it’s a product I’ve NEVER liked before with my longer hair and yet it’s the absolutely best product I’ve found so far with my shorter hair.

MOUSSE

I never liked how mousse would dry in my hair when it was to my waist. I liked cream/gels, but one of the things I specifically asked my hair stylist to do was give me as many layers as she could. I wanted, no CRAVED volume. I also knew that as soon as postpartum hair loss struck, I wanted a hair style I could get the absolute most volume I could. One day I decided to pull out my Garnier Fructis mousse and just give it a whirl. Holy cow, I got INCREDIBLE volume and my hair was SO soft. Check out the picture above, that was freshly washed and volumized hair.

Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Creation Mousse

The the last hair product I’ve been using this past week especially is a dry texturizing spray. I had found one by Garnier Fructis called Texture Tease last year at some point but with longer hair it was not a good product for my hair. I must have used enough of it last year because it only lasted a week! When trying to find the spray to replace my now empty bottle, I discovered that it appears to be yet another product that I’ve snatched up that is now discontinued! I then turned to the shelves of Target’s beauty section and stumbled upon a dry texturizing spray that I think is my new favorite product.

Umberto Dry Texture Spray 

I spritzed some of this on my hair after I got home this afternoon, and oh my goodness, instant revival of volume and without any crunchiness! I think I’m going to be reaching for this spray a lot.

Okay! Moving on to face products!

With having two kids now, one being an almost three month old who requires more doctors appointments than my first has had in his 3 years of life, my makeup routine has had to become very minimal. Honestly, all I’m doing right now most days is applying a BB cream after I put toner and moisturizer on my face after showering in the mornings, a little bit of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, and mascara, and that’s my beauty routine.

Let’s start from the skin out –

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner 

I’ve started using Witch Hazel two times a day and I’m really pleased with how my skin is starting to look! Especially with my body still full of pregnancy hormones and everything still settling after my little one’s intense arrival, my skin has been a bit unhappy with me. I don’t mind the slightly alcoholic smell of this witch hazel, it goes away as soon as it dries which is about 2 seconds. I just apply it with a cottonball around around my face, neck, and chest.

Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion

I used to use this lotion several years ago but I didn’t really know how to take care of my face so it didn’t work all that great. However, I started using it again and I really love it. It’s silky but doesn’t dry oily. I don’t break out from it and one bottle lasts for months.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream – Light/Medium 

OMG, this stuff is amazing! I put this on after the lotion above and break one of my makeup rules; I apply it with my hands! I found this works best for this cream because the heat of my hands helps the cream blend into my skin a lot smoother than if I used a sponge or brush. Also, it’s quicker. I apply the witch hazel, moisturizer, and the bb cream in all less than 3 minutes.

But, when I want to do a fuller face of makeup, I found another new favorite –

NYX BB Cream in Natural 

I ran out of my Rimmel bb cream and decided to try something a little different for my minimal makeup routine. I haven’t always liked NYX products, but have been very pleased with this cream. It blends almost matte once it warms up to my skin. And it goes on really smoothly with or without primer under it. Ha, yet another makeup rule of mine I’ve broken recently! I’ll tell you what, having two kids really makes you figure out how quickly you can do something in as little steps as possible!

So those are my current favorite products! Thanks for sticking around during my absence. Life’s been really hard and busy and intense lately, but I haven’t dropped makeup as it’s become a significant self-care thing for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to start posting with a little more regularity soon!

 

My Favorite Summer Products

Hi Beauties,

On Thursday, Beauties on Fire will officially start! I’m looking forward to having a weekly post already lined up since blogging is a little iffy for me right now. (P.s. go check out Elizabeth’s blog to find out how you can join up in this collaboration!!)

I realized I haven’t done a favorite product post recently, so I think it’s time to do that. I have been keeping my makeup very clean and simple lately, adding in maybe cat eyes or a vibrant lipstick every once in awhile. One of the things I’m sticking with consistently this summer is doing eyebrows, using eyelash curlers, and mascara. That’s the most basic that I get and honestly, I really like it. Okay, so now, here’s the list of the products I’ve been using nonstop and of course, WHY!

Starting at the first product, Eyebrows!

Eylure Defining and Shading Firm Pencil, Dark Brown. I have come to adore this eyebrow pencil and it is by far my favorite out of everything I’ve tried. I have also been able to figure out the best way to do my eyebrows and honestly can have them done in a minute. This may sound odd to some of you (probably most) but I always do my eyebrows first. Even before I put my primer one. This way, if I mess up, or need to correct lines, I can do that with whatever foundation and/or powder I use on my face for the day. This pencil is easy to us, easy to sharpen, and is a rather creamy formula. It also stays all day. And it’s not even half the price of Benefit’s brow products! Which, okay slay me now, I’m not really the biggest fan of. Granted, I haven’t tried very many of their new line of brow products, but honestly, the brow pencil I tried paled in comparison to this one from Eylure.

Next comes….Primer!

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer. I swear by this primer. It’s smooth, silky, DOES NOT have silicon in it, and it helps protect my skin from breaking out as well as keeping whatever else I put on my face from sliding off. I use about a pea sized portion, and apply it with my beauty sponge. NEVER my fingers. *hint hint never use fingers hint hint* Using a primer of any sort helps give your foundation, bb cream, cc cream, or even just powder, something to grab on to and hold while you go about your day. This is especially helpful and important when wearing makeup in the summer. It’s so hot and sticky (depending on where you live) and your makeup sweating off is a very real fear. Primers can help prolong makeup on a sweating face.

Okay, what’s next. Oh yeah, Foundation/BB cream/CC cream/Illuminator

Revlon Photoready Skinlights, Bare Light and Rimmel Wake Me Up BB Cream Radiance Foundation, Light.  Alright, so these are the two foundation “like” products I’ve been using simultaneously. I picked up the Revlon illuminator quite a while ago and it wasn’t until about two months that I really started using it. I got it originally to use as a highlighter and really didn’t care for it. But now, I use it as an extra for whatever foundation I’m using and it gives such a depth to an otherwise flat-ish finish. I usually use about a penny’s worth of the two combined so it ends up being a very light layer of foundation on my face. I’ll add more of the Revlon illuminator than the Rimmel BB cream as I like more of an almost glow-y look for summer time. Using my beauty sponge, I’ll dab and blend these two all over my face. And here’s a quick tip for you. Don’t blend in right away. Dab and leave it looks thick on your face but as soon as the product starts to set/dry, that’s when you can blend it in for a perfect finish. I discovered this by accident and have started taking these steps every time I apply foundation now. It really helps create a smooth finish! Also, the reason I’m really like the Rimmel cream right now is because it has SPF in it. I HATE putting sunscreen on and especially abhor putting it on my face. But when I can put on a bb cream that actually have 20 SPF in it, that’s a win win for me!

Now for the decorating! Blush/Bronzer/Highlighters!

Jelly Pong Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo and Essence Cream to Powder Highlighter, Bright Up Your Life

(I have two different products I’ve been using consistently for blush/highlighters. I can’t find the second product on Amazon, but here’s a picture of it. Target actually sells it.)

Okay, as I’ve actually gotten a nice little tan on my face and arms this summer, the darker colors of this bronzer duo actually do not both me, nor do they feel very dark. The darker brown is a really nice and perfect contouring shade for me, so that’s been fun to actually get some nice shadows! I wasn’t sure about the cream to powder highlighter, but it has also surprised me. It’s a beautiful subtle shimmer and I always apply the highlight first before blush. This helps create a not so in your face highlight and it gives something to blend your blush into. Sometime soon I want to do a “how to apply blush according to your face shape” post! I’ve had a lot of fun figuring out where to apply blush correctly on my face to enhance my features and not drag them down. Alright, so for the highlighter, I apply it at the very top of my cheek bones and sweep up following the lines of my eyes. I’ll then dab it on the tip of my nose, do a faint streak down my nose, and then a little at my cupids bow in my upper lip and a little on my chin. I actually avoid my forehead because I’ve noticed using a highlighter on my forehead actually makes it more oily. For the blush and contour, I’ll sweep the blush from the outer corner of my eye, almost at the top of my cheek bone and sweep up towards the top of my ear. For the contour, I can easily find the shadows of my cheeks now, so I’ll place some on those shadows, staying in line with the outer corner of my eyes, then sweep up towards the top of my ears and down towards the corner of my mouth.

Next, it’s Finishing Powder!

Essence All About Matt fixing compact powder. I really like this translucent finishing powder. My favorite part about it is that it’s only $3.99 from Target (and I believe at Ulta). It’s a nice blender and helps soften any drastic lines I may not have blended all the way. Another tip here, always apply your mascara last as it won’t pick up the finishing powder. I also do not blend with sweeping motions when applying finishing powder. I literally dab it and pat it on to my face. You don’t want to disturb or shift anything you already have on your face (blush, highlights, bronzer, contouring…) so take your time when applying finishing powder!

And last but not least, Mascara!

 

Stilla Glamoureyes, Black and Urban Decay Perversion, Black. I recently picked up a free travel sized Urban Decay Perversion mascara and wasn’t sure if I’d like it. As with any product I suddenly hear a ton of hype about, I’m cautious about trying it simply because of the hype (especially when said hype is coming from the parent company itself). But lo and behold, I am finding myself gravitating towards that mascara even more than my beloved Glamoureyes from Stilla. It’s smooth, does not leave huge clumps of excess mascara behind, and I find my lashes are extremely well defined once I apply the Perversion mascara.

Alrighty, so these are all my current favorites for the summer! Keep your eyes peeled for Thursday’s Classic Beauty post collaboration for Beauties on Fire!!