Friends, can we talk about something other than food for a minute?
Okay. Let’s talk beauty products.
I’ve always been a I’m a pretty low maintenance kind of gal when it comes to my beauty routine. Over the years, I’ve stuck with a small handful of products that I know will not cause my sensitive skin to freak out. Plus, I feel like I never know what colors complement my skin tone, so I mostly stick to the same five products that the Bare Minerals consultant recommended to me when I started using that line of make-up eight years ago.
Although it only takes me about five minutes to fix my face in the morning, I was starting to feel like my routine and my make-up collection needed a refresh for the new year. Luckily, a few generous family members provided me with Sephora gift cards for Christmas that made a mini makeover and shopping spree possible. I discovered a few new products that I henceforth will never be able to live without:
Clairsonic Mia 2: In spite of all of the positive reviews for this brush, I had avoided trying it because I was afraid that it would aggravate my skin. My aunt gave it to me for Christmas and now I’m sorry that I didn’t try it sooner! Over the last two weeks, I’ve noticed that my skin is less red and the dry patches that I tend to see this time of year have vanished. My skin feels cleaner than it does when I just use a washcloth or my hands, even though I just use my regular old cleanser.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: I always thought that primer was a waste of time and money. But, after one week, I’m a convert. This definitely helps my make-up stay in place and look fresh throughout the entire day. This product is light enough that you can’t even feel the extra layer on your skin between moisturizer and foundation.
Dior Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup: I’ll continue to use my Bare Minerals Foundation every day because this is too pricey to buy every month. But, I’ll be using this as my special occasion/when I need to look good in photos make-up because it makes my skin look totally flawless.
Hour Glass Femme Rouge Creme Lipstick in Grace and Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Pink Diamond: I’m listing these two together because the combination finally nails the perfect nude lip color I’ve been searching for my whole life. It’s a great everyday lip color, but also looks great paired with bold eye makeup for nighttime.
Laura Mercier Baked Smokey Eye Shadow Palette: I’m already a fan of most of the Laura Mercier line, including blushes, bronzers and mascaras. This eyeshadow collection has an awesome variety, from matte to shimmery shades, and lasts all day without creasing. I think this particular set was a holiday product, but all of the shades included are sold separately or included in other kits in the line.
So, now I have a few extra steps in my routine in the morning and I’m going to have to increase my make-up budget over the next year. But, I was reminded how much fun experimenting with makeup can be.
What are your beauty must-haves?