Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Putting my face on

I've been wearing make-up regularly since middle school. And, if we're being honest, I've been exposed to it longer than that, because I wore it for dance recitals and gymnastics meets when I was littler. So I'm going on at least 20 years of make-up wearing, which means I've certainly done a lot of things that are wrong for me. I definitely wore blue eyeshadow in the 90s thinking that it would enhance my blue eyes (wrong, so wrong), and I've certainly used too much bronzer (accept the pale-ness!) and all the wrong colors of blush. Some of the pictures of me from the "good ol' days" are completely cringe-worthy, thanks to the make-up that I must have thought looked good. (Bless my mama for letting me do me, but... sheesh. I'd have been embarrassed to be seen with myself! Ha)

Luckily, over the last few years, I've finally settled into some products that are just the right ones for myself. I've slowly but surely cleared out my makeup bag, getting rid of 97 random colors of eyeshadow and 14 different mascaras and a blush for every day of the week. I have whittled my routine down to five items that run the gamut of needs and get the job done for me every day. Additionally, they simplify my life and help me so that I can get my make-up done from start to finish in the morning in under 10 minutes. I figured that if these are the things that work for me, maybe they will work for someone else - so I'm sharing them with you today! Keep in mind, for every day, casual make-up for work or whatever, I usually go for a minimal look, with gentle enhancements without looking overdone. For special occasions, I add a few more products - but this is what I go with Monday - Friday! Take a look.

[all images sourced from links below]

1. Garnier BB Cream // BB creams are all the rage (or were? I don't know anymore) and I'll admit that I don't usually jump on bandwagons quite so hard - but BB cream solved a problem I'd been having for a long time. I have some redness to my face and a few places where my skin is uneven, and for year I'd been applying liquid foundation to try to solve that problem. Newsflash: it never really worked. BB cream was like a gift sent from the gods - I tried the Garnier version first and never went back. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

2. Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder // after the BB cream, I apply a light dusting of this powder to my whole face. I've tried about a jillion pressed powders over the years, and have been using this one for the last 18 months or so. It covers nicely without caking, and the shade actually matches my skin really well.

3. Lancome Blush Subtil // this is a makeup splurge, sort of. As far as blush goes, this is not cheap, but it is highly pigmented and lasts FOREVER. I asked a consultant at the Lancome counter to find me a color for everyday wear, and this is what we settled on. Again, I've never looked back. It is well worth the money (and time to get a recommendation from a professional), because I can't tell you how much money I've thrown away over the years on blushes that just don't provide good color or are generally crappy.

4. Naked Palette // do I really even need to say anything about this? If you don't own a Naked Palette, do yourself a favor and buy one today. You will not regret it. It hurt me to throw down the money for this the first time I bought one, but it is now the only eyeshadow I use. Also highly-pigmented, it, too, lasts FOREVER (I'm talking like a year with just one palette - and I use it daily). The colors all compliment one another, and I can mix up any assortment of things and it generally looks good. I use the black shade in this as eyeliner with a separate brush, so it's a 2-in-1 for me in the mornings.

5. CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara // I discovered the LashBlast Fusion on my wedding day when one of my bridesmaids handed it to me for a touch-up (I know, never share eye make-up, blah blah) and have literally never used anything since. It is hands-down my favorite mascara. Granted, I have pretty good eyelashes naturally, so I don't need a huge enhancement the way some people prefer, but this mascara provides a nice coat that makes my lashes look longer and fuller without clumping. Also, it's cheap. Don't hate it at all.

If you're looking for a tried-and-true product, one of these might work for you! I am all for efficiency in the morning (every extra minute in bed counts) and I know that I can go from looking like a hot mess to polished in just a few minutes. Who doesn't need that?!

Note: there are no affiliate links or any other crap in this post; these are all just the products that I use and love. Promise!

So tell me...
  • What's the #1 product in your makeup arsenal?
  • Do you believe in make-up splurges or savings? I'm a mix, obviously, of drugstore and higher-end products.
  • What is one thing making you happy today?


Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

I love this! I've never really jumped on the BB train (I have SUPER sensitive skin, so I'm always worried about shelling out money to find out after one try that it doesnt work for my skin), but I love everything else! I'll have to take a look at this blush. I have one I love from Benefit, but it's definitely pricey, which I dont love so much. I recently found a decent replacement from the Milani brand at CVS that is WAY cheaper. And yea... I've been eyeing one of the naked palettes for like... a year. I just can't figure out which one I want!

Lisa C said...

I also use BB cream and the Naked palette. The Naked eyeshadow lasts so much longer than my major brand stuff from Target.

Merrissa said...

I can't live without my "Super Goop CC Cream". I don't wear a liquid foundation just that CC cream and powder. It has done wonders in smoothing out my complexion!