I thought I'd try something a little different today and do a beauty post instead of fashion. One of my favorite parts of the day is when I'm "primping" in my room getting ready for the day. I can sip on my tea, get myself put together, and start the day feeling like a million bucks.
I always start out with Simple Moisturizing Face Wash in the morning and night to rinse off any oil or makeup. It takes both off fantastically without leaving any residue behind and most importantly not causing any breakouts. I've used this since it came out a few years ago and have never looked back. Secondly, I use Proactiv Step 3. As someone who has suffered from acne most of my adult life, this has been a life saver more times than I can count. I know it works for some and others claim it does nothing, but for me, I need it to keep my skin smooth and I do notice a difference when I stop using it. Only a small amount is needed, about the size of a dime. The other steps I find unnecessary and too costly. Lastly, for both morning and night, I use Philosophy's Hope In A Jar original formula. I have never used a better moisturizer than this, which my mom actually got me to start using. It has a whipped consistency and only the smallest amount is needed for your face, neck, and chest. I feel that Proactiv and Hope In A Jar combination is the only thing that has kept my skin clear. Before I used the Hope In A Jar along with Proactiv, I would still get my monthly breakouts.
Now onto the fun part! I've used Neutrogena products since college and have found they work just as well as the higher priced items. Mostly everything I use, except Proactiv and Philosophy can be sound in your regular drug store like CVS or Rite Aid. Anyway, I use the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup and their Healthy Skin Bronzer. The foundation gives my skin a little glow that I love and the bronzer is matte without any shimmer so it looks very natural. Next, I apply the Loreal True Match concelar, in "light cool", to my cheeks, forehead, under my eyes, and chin to hide any shadows or post acne marks. This blends quite nicely into my skin and does not feel cakey at all. I use a beauty blender sponge for any blending with the concealer and bronzer. Blend, blend blend!!! After the concealer I use the Neutrogena bronzer and Revlon Highlighting Palette to add some warmth to my face. Both are applied to the hollows of my cheeks and the bronzer to my forehead, sides of my nose, and under my chin. The last product I use for my face is Revlon's Photo Ready Blush. It is a cream and blends fantastically with a blush brush. It gives me the nicest flushed appearance.
Lastly are my eyes. I started using Maybelline's The Nudes Eye Shadow Pallete when it came out and fell in love. I use the nude and champagne sparkle shades on my lids, and a darker taupe in my crease. Next, I curl my eyelashes with E.L.F.'s Eyelash Curler. It's only $1 and works perfectly! I then apply Mark's Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo, the only one that I have ever used because of how preciously it works without much hassle, to create my winged cat eye. It's the one makeup product I would say is my signature item. I look very different without it! Lastly, I apply two coats of Circa Beauty's Absolute Icon, wait about one minute, and then apply two coats of Maybelline Lash Sensation. The Circa line is new, but I've been using the Absolute Icon for about two months now and can say that it feels great on my lashes. No clumps or stickiness and it even has avocado as an ingredient for moisture. Love that!
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