A while ago, my sister did a post on what was in her makeup bag, and I realized how lurky I am when it comes to what sort of skincare products and cosmetics people use! Considering there are so many products out there, I'm always curious to know which ones a person can't live without. I'm actually quite low-maintenance when it comes to skin care (and makeup, if I may be so bold) but there are a few things that I definitely swear by. Inspired by my sister, I figured I would give you a peek into my makeup bag!
But first? Here are the products I use on a daily basis to clean my skin:
- Olay Refreshing Toner
- Olay Foaming Face Wash
- Olay Complete Moisturizer
- St. Ives Apricot Scrub
First off, I have a confession. I've never washed my face before going to bed at night. Horrible, right? I've been lucky enough to have been blessed with a nice complexion, so I haven't ever had to worry much about blemishes (aside from my favorite monthly breakouts) and, as a result, have been quite lazy with my skincare routine. I'm ashamed. In addition to that, I've never used an actual facial moisturizer until last month (when I was inspired by this post over at Apricot Tea). I have very fair skin, and I decided that it was time to actually apply a daily SPF to my skin to protect it! Let's just not think about the first 26 years of my life that I did not, mmmkay?
Now that I've gotten that off my chest...
I need to sing the praises of my face wash. No, really. This is the only face wash I have used since I was 13 years old, and I have never found another face wash that even remotely compares! It leaves my skin soft and smooth. Like buttah. And the Apricot Scrub is my second favorite skin care product; I've used it religiously for the past seven years and will probably use it forever. It's that fantastic. Best of all, you can get both of these products at Target (or wherever you choose) for less than $5 each. Sometime cheaper, if you can find a sale or use a coupon. (Have I mentioned I'm cheap?)
As for the lotion and toner? They are both quite nice, but I can't say that they're anything you couldn't find in another brand. But I'm definitely happy with them either way.So, on to makeup!
It will soon be painfully obvious to the world how I am in no way, shape or form a makeup snob. There are a few items that are completely and entirely worth the extra expense (even to me), but the rest of what fills my makeup bag can easily be found at any drugstore. Also, I'd love to say this is going to be in some kind of order, but I'm not that organized right now:
- Cover Girl eyeliner (in gray and black)
- Maybelline Great Lash mascara
- Stila Pretty In Paris compact (lipgloss/eyeshadow)
- Benefit Hoola bronzer
- Shu Umemura eyelash curler
- Maybelline Cover Stick
- Maybelline Ultra Liner
- MAC Studio Fix powder
- mark. lipgloss
- Sonia Kashuk blush
- Sonia Kashuk brush set
So, most of what I use is based on what is on sale when I'm at CVS or Target. That's how I roll. I've been on the never ending search for the perfect blush, mascara and eyeshadow, but have yet to find anything that truly makes me swoon. Also, I'm lucky enough to have sisters who buy me makeup I'm too thrifty to purchase on my own (see: Stila compact). However, having said that, there are definitely a few products that I refuse to live without:
I am head over heels for this Hoola bronzer by Benefit. I use it every day to add a bit of a glow around my forehead and cheeks. And nose. And chin. It is perfect for fair girls because even after I assault myself with it, I don't come out looking like Snookie's BFF. It is definitely one of the pricier items in my makeup bag, but to me it is worth the $28 price tag. (And I only have to buy it once a year!)
The second item I refuse to compromise on is my MAC Studio Fix powder. I've never used any sort of liquid foundation because it would be too much on my skin. This powder is what I've used for the past 5 years and I absolutely adore it! It gives me the lighness of a powder and the coverage of a foundation. I only use it in the morning, though, because I've found if I use it for touch-ups throughout the day, it gets to be a bit much. As long as I only use it in the morning, it is the perfect amount of coverage without looking like I'm wearing any sort of foundation! For touch-ups, I make sure to carry around my favorite Cover Girl powder. (The same powder I've been using since I received my first compact at the age of twelve! It is my hero. Although, they did recently change the packaging which made me grumpier than perhaps it should.)
And as for the eyeliner and cover stick...I'm a creature of habit (for the most part) and these products have never done me wrong. I've used them for the past decade and I'm hesitant to try much else!
I'm curious, though...what are some products that you simply can't live without? Any recommendations for the greatest blush, mascara and eyeshadow in all of humanity? (I'm ready for my search to be over, quite frankly.)