Disclaimer: It feels sort of ironic to be writing this post this morning when I was just about faced with one of my biggest fears. Being the last car in car line for preschool drop off (we’ve never been late once) but one minute later would have forced me to walk the girls into school to their classrooms with my scary no-makeup zombie face, wearing full two piece striped pajamas, husbands slippers & un-brushed hair. So clearly I am an expert in beauty, let’s hop right to it.
First things first, skincare. I have been using this Yes To Grapefruit face wash for years & I still love it. It is a gentle exfoliator, smells so good & always keeps my skin from breaking out. I remove my eye makeup with jojoba oil, wash my face, and then use a few more drops of jojoba oil in & with a drop of Frankincense oil as my moisturizer. I know it sounds crazy to use oil as a moisturizer, but I love it more than any face lotion I have ever used, it dries quickly so it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy, and it also promotes healthy, glowing skin long after it is applied.
I use Laura Mercier Radiance Primer & Nars Tinted Moisturizer (in the color Alaska right now but usually go a shade darker in the summer) as my base. If I am in a hurry or just on a casual day, I wear the tinted moisturizer alone, it has great light coverage and goes on so soft and smooth. I use Mac Mineralize Concealer, which I absolutely love, I feel like it never creases and does a great job of hiding my dark circles, and I set my makeup with a super light layer of translucent powder. Nars Bronzer in Laguna has been my go-to for years, I will never use anything else, it has the perfect hint of ashy-bronze without looking orange, and stays on all day. I recently tried Pixi Glowy Powder as a highlighter and absolutely love it, there are a few different shades and I love using it on my cheekbones! I almost always use Stila Shadow in Kitten, it is super light & shimmery, but also very nude/sheer, this also works amazing as a highlighter! 😉
I have been wearing the same mascara for years, I swear I have tried them all but continue to come back to my favorite L’Oreal Voluminous mascara (the original!) and lately have been loving the Lash Primer as well. I don’t have my lash extensions anymore, and on a whim I will wear Ardell Wispies, they are really lightweight, look very natural & are easy to apply. My favorite Mac lip gloss was discontinued (tears!) and I am currently trying every shade of nude lipstick/lip gloss on the planet looking for a new fav (feel free to leave recommendations if you have a good one!). I love the Marvelous Moxie glosses, they’re minty & the perfect consistency! I also just found this Pixi Max Lip Lift nude gloss at Target last weekend, it is a little sheer but so far I love it as an everyday gloss.
I hope that is helpful in answering some of your questions, let me know if I’ve missed anything & I will be sure to answer in the comments! I also love hearing makeup recommendations & favorites, so if you have a good one, be sure to leave it below as well! XO
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