I'm jumping in with all the link-y fun today over at Momfessionals to chat about beauty routines, because I love, love, LOVE that kind of stuff.
I'm not even going to pretend I'm low maintenance (we all know that according to Harry, they're the worst kind, the women who think they're low maintenance but are really high maintenance).
First up, I use Cetaphil cleanser (not pictured, sorry) or Purity to wash my face every day. I've been using my Clarisonic Mia for the last few years and it has made a huge difference in my skin. If you've been on the fence about whether you need one in your life, get off of that fence and treat yo' self! I use it once a day, usually at night, to deep clean my face and get my make-up off.
Thanks to Shay and Melanie, I recently tried Dr. Gross Glow pads for a facial self-tanner and they are great (I talked more about self-tanners here).
I've been using Young Living essential oils for the last six months or so and they have also made a huge improvement in my skin's texture and appearance. I use a few drops of Frankincense and Lavender morning and night all over my face, Sheerlume at night and Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil) for occasional breakouts (although I'm not getting as many as I used to before I started using oils regularly).
This is my current make-up stash.
A few months ago I gave up trying to do my make-up in our bathroom because it's always too hot for me back there, and moved into our family room/kitchen area for better air flow and to save my sanity. At first I hauled my big make-up basket back and forth but then I ended up combining two of my favorites, Fiesta and make-up and now I leave it on the corner of one of our kitchen counters. #whateverworks
I like to use a pore minimizer/wrinkle filler type product under my makeup (when I remember!) and have liked Maybelline's Baby Skin. I've used L'Oreal Revitalift before and really like it but for a drugstore product it's kind of pricey. I've heard good things about Benefit's POREfessional but haven't tried it.
For the summer I've been using It Cosmetics CC+ cream for light coverage along with 50 SPF sunscreen. I mix a drop or two of light and medium and blend in with my angled foundation brush.
To brighten and conceal under my eyes I've been using L'Oreal's Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer. I also like NYX High Definition concealer and Maybelline's Age Rewind (with the sponge applicator).
I lightly brush a bit of It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation over my face to set everything.
Some days I like to use Laura Mercier's mineral powder foundation and on days where I want more long lasting coverage I use Revlon Colorstay foundation. I've used both the liquid and the whipped and like them.
For bronzer I use either MAC Blunt or the bronzer in the It Cosmetics Vitality Face Disk, which also has a pretty peachy-pink blush and highlighter all in one compact.
I've recently become a fan of Milani baked mineral blushes, they're colorful and not too spendy (like $8-$9 at CVS). The peachy one is called Luminous and the bright pink one is Delizioso Pink (don't worry, it's a nice pop of pink, not too much I promise).
For my eyes, I use MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (a nice beige-y-neutral) for a primer (far right), applying it with my finger. I tend to always stick with neutral eyeshadows, usually shades of brown and grey. I have a stash of MAC eyeshadows that I love but lately I've been alternating between Urban Decay's Naked 2 basics palette (it's AWESOME, totally worth the price!) or these Milani gel powder eyeshadows. Clockwise from the far left, Bella Ivory (I use a tiny bit as a highlighter under my brows and in the inner corners of my eyes), Bella Taupe in my crease, Bella Mandarin (I know, it's orange and you probably think I'm crazy now, but trust me, it goes on as a beautiful peach shade that just warms things up nicely. I use this just under my brow bone, lightly over the Bella Taupe) and finally, Bella Cappucino which I use all over my lid.
Some days I skip eye shadow all together and just use a bit of highlighter under my brows and in the inner corner of my eyes. This one is a creme base by MAC in Shell. It's also great for upper cheekbones and any other area you want to highlight.
These are my favorite mascaras right now. From left, Maybelline Rocket Volume Express, L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly, Old-School L'Oreal Voluminous and L'Oreal Voluminous Manga.
Apparently I love L'Oreal.
In the summer I don't always wear eyeliner, but when I do it's usually L'Oreal Infallible gel liner in black, it's a pencil but goes on like a gel and you can smudge it out with the rubber tip on the other end or L'Oreal gel pot liner in Espresso. I've tried more expensive gel pot liners, like MAC, Buxom and Bobbi Brown but have hated how they dry out. At least if L'Oreal dries out (it hasn't yet) it wasn't very expensive. Sometimes I use a smidge of MAC Teddy under my lower lashes and blend it with a Q-tip.
A few months ago I discovered It Cosmetics Brow Power and fell in red hot love with it. One end is a universal taupe pencil that's buildable and the other end is a spooly brush for blending.
Now for lipsticks and glosses...
These are the ones I've been carrying around in my purse like Linus' blanket, so they are my current can't live without favorites.
Truth: they're all basically variations of the same shade of pinky-nude.
I have a problem.
From back left: Revlon Primrose, L'Oreal Julianne's Nude, L'Oreal Jennifer's Nude; bottom row: Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue (this one is clear, but I have several colors too. I love the menthol-y scent!), MAC Blankety and MAC Cream Cup. The glosses starting at the top right: NYX LipButter Creme Brûlée, NYX Lip Butter Eclair, Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Forbidden Nude and MAC CreamSheen gloss in Boy Bait.
And that's just my purse stash.
I try brighter colors but always go back to my tried and true pink-nudes.
And that, my friends, is my beauty routine (nails and hair not included, this post was already a beast).
Like I said, high maintenance.
And that's okay.