I've had many requests for an updated beauty and makeup post, so today I am sharing everything I use! I'm still working at perfecting my routine, but I feel my skin changes so much that I am always trying new products and application techniques.
**Not everything I use is photographed. The struggle is real to remember everything**
I wash off all of the product from the night before with my Clarisonic. This is great to use if you are using serums and oils to prevent clogged pores. I follow with my Kiehls daily reviving essential oil blend and use either my Kiehl's cream or, if I am wearing makeup, my Charlotte Tilbury's magic cream. I really like the way it preps my skin before I do my makeup. (I have repurchased both of these)
I recently picked up this Tata Harper resurfacing mask because it says "for an instant glow" (we know by now that I am obsessed with that word haha). This mask did not disappoint. I was skeptical and the price was a little high for such a small jar, but you don't need to use a lot of product to get the job done. I really like the consistency of this mask and how gentle it is on my sensitive skin. It definitely gives me a nice glow!
I've mentioned before that I always clean my face twice. First, using my Bare Minerals cleansing oil and then with my Clarisonic brush and cleanser. Next, I'll apply my Estee Lauder advanced night repair serum and then pat on a few drops of my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I mentioned that I picked up Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream. Everyone raves about this and I needed a cream to hydrate my eyes without giving me dark circles. It sounds crazy, but every eye cream I have ever tried has made my dark circles worse, so I really love this product so far. I'll apply a generous amount before my cream or overnight mask.
I always keep my skin super moisturized. I go between three different moisturizers; Bare Minerals Butter Drench; Kiehl's Rosa Artica lightweight moisturizer (currently being price matched!); and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. I really love using my Kiehls cream one night and then using the Korres advanced nourishing sleep facial for the nights in between. I'm obsessed with this overnight facial. I wake up to my complexion dewy and glowing from the moisture, and a noticeable difference in the evenness of my skin tone! It's also really nice how it soaks into your skin and doesn't feel sticky on your pillow.
I will also use my SKII brightening serum a few nights out of the week if I feel that my skin needs it. So when I do use this serum, I'll apply it before my Estee` Lauder serum and then my moisturizer. The facial treatment masks are also still my favorite!
[[ I use all sigma brushes and a damp beauty blender for my foundation. ]]
Foundation - I use Estee Lauder double wear (in Desert Beige) and if I don't need a full face of makeup, or I'm just running errands that day, I'll use It Cosmetics CC+. I love my double wear for the flawless coverage, but mostly because it doesn't transfer onto my clothes or my kids. Once you use a non transferring foundation, it's hard to switch to anything else. I really love my CC+ and how it makes my skin look (especially because it doesn't feel heavy like my double wear), but it does tend to come off throughout the day.
Concealer - I've always used IT cosmetics bye bye under eye, and while I still love that one so much, I wanted something that wouldn't crease. I found myself patting around my eyes to remove creases from squinting throughout the day and I figured there was something out there for just that. After watching a makeup tutorial on Youtube, I found Tarte creaseless concealer, and I LOVE how thick this is. It truly does not crease.
I apply my concealer and blend, then I use Laura Mercier translucent setting powder on top of my concealer. I apply a generous amount of the setting powder, wait a few minutes (this technique is called baking, but I'm no pro at this yet!), and then lightly dust off the excess powder. I began doing this last week and now it has been a part of my everyday routine. Ever since, I have gotten so many compliments on my makeup and how it looks!
Contour - Bronzer- I still use my IT cosmetics palette and MAC mineralize skin finish in "global glow"
Highlight - I use a couple different products for highlighting. I still use my Too Faced candlelight glow, IT cosmetics "Hello Light" illuminating powder, and I recently picked up Hourglass's new strobe lighting powder! I am obsessed with these products! I use "Incandescent" and "Brilliant", and I also use the strobe light sculptor to apply them. It's the same concept as a beauty blender, but used for highlighting. Honestly, I didn't think it would make a difference, but it totally does! One side is for applying the powder, and the flat side is used to blend. It's kind of amazing!
I use my Sigma tapered face brush to apply my Hello Light illuminating powder, and my Sigma small contour brush to apply my Too Faced highlighter. I also use the small contour brush to apply the Laura Mercier setting powder!
Blush - I love my Bare Minerals blush brush, and still use MAC mineralize blush in color "Dainty"
[[ I set my makeup with Urban Decay setting spray. ]]
Eyes - I still use Charlotte Tilbury eyes to mesmerize in color "Marie Antoinette" and apply with my Sigma Firm Blender brush.
Brows - Recently picked up the Anastasia brow definer. A definite game changer!
Mascara - I swear by Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Dior Addict It-Lash mascara! I also recently started using Maybelline "Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express" and now my lashes look huge.
Lips - My all time favorite lip colors are Charlotte Tilbury in "Miss Kensington" (sadly sold-out, but I'm currently on the hunt for more!!) , MAC "Viva Glam II", Nars "Heat Wave"
Scent- I'm currently wearing Tory Burch. I absolutely LOVE her new scents and dying for this one! I'm very fond of any scent with rose!
If I missed anything, please let me know!
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