I’m having the laziest of Saturday mornings over here and can’t be bothered to get dressed for outfit photos, so I thought I’d instead do a little write-up on my beauty product arsenal.
I’m a skincare girl. I don’t do much makeup, so it’s all about a healthy complexion for me. That being said, I also believe in simplicity; no crazy, $800, 12-step routines. Less is always more in my world.
First up, Bioderma Crealine. This is the holy grail of makeup removers. I saw it on Fashion Toast years ago, and being a big fan of French drugstore products myself, decided to give it a try. Life = changed. It melts away my makeup and it’s so gentle. On my wedding day, one of my bridesmaids had a bad reaction to the foundation our makeup artist used. I whipped out the Bioderma- which she totally didn’t trust, but I talked her into it because we had no other option- and it saved the day. We got the offending foundation off, touched up with some light concealer, and she looked absolutely flawless.
Fresh Soy Cleanser is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. It’s not cheap and I use it daily, so it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. That being said, it’s super softening and my skin feels glorious after washing with it. Ultimately worth the price, in my opinion.
For exfoliation, I use Antonia Burrell Face Polish 2-3 times a week. It’s a polishing powder, so you put a small amount in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of water, then massage it onto your face. It’s gentle as long as you don’t overdo it, and it leaves my skin perfectly buffed and smooth. This one also isn’t cheap, but it lasts for ages. It’s taken me nearly a year to use a whole jar.
I’m not loyal to any specific face masks. I like to try new ones regularly, since they’re sort of a for-fun thing, in my opinion. My current favorite is the Blue Lagoon Silica Mud that I got in Iceland. I use this once a week (at most). It’s especially great for right before I get my period, because that’s when I sometimes get a blemish or two around my chin. If I put this on for 10 minutes at night, I’ll be cleared up by the next morning.
My favorite moisturizer is Kiehl’s. It soaks right in and leaves no trace of film or heaviness (I hate that sticky-moisturizer feeling). I’ve been using it morning and night for a few years now, and it’s never failed me.
On my lips, I generally use homemade lip balm that I make with beeswax and my favorite oils. You can check out the recipe here.
The only product I ever put in my hair is Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-powder (pictured above). I’ve tried other brands, I was even guilty of using plain baby powder for awhile, but B&B is the best. One bottle lasts for months, it never makes me look like I’m wearing a powdered wig, and it barely has any scent (I don’t like anything interfering with my perfume).
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big makeup girl. I’ve gone through phases where I tried to get into it, but at the end of the day, I feel better with a natural face. So, my makeup collection is pretty unimpressive. Feel free to give me recommendations.
For SPF and faux-foundation, I use EltaMD tinted 41. I didn’t think I’d like this, since I hate the look and feel of foundation on my skin so much, but it’s actually amazing. It blends right in with my complexion and it stays put all day. Once it’s on, I swear I can’t even tell I’m wearing it. Big bonus: it doesn’t rub off on things- so I don’t have to worry about ruining my (or Derrick’s) white shirts.
I’m not into any blushes or bronzers or anything with color, but I do love Nars Translucent Powder. The makeup artist at my wedding introduced me to it. I sweep the tiniest bit all over my face with a blush brush, and then do a little extra right around my hairline. It’s totally invisible and it keeps my skin looking and feeling super fresh all day long- even when Carl the Fog is making the city a damp, clammy mess.
Since I’m blonder than blonde and paler than pale, I need brow color, eyeliner and mascara. Without them, my brows and lashes are invisible and I look like a little girl. I use Glossier Boy Brows, Lancome Artliner and Diorshow mascara. Boy Brows is brow-life-changing and I would recommend it to everyone. Artliner and Diorshow work fine and stay put all day, which is really all I ask. I am, however, very open to better (cheaper) liner and mascara recommendations.
Last but definitely not least is perfume. If there’s one thing on my list (besides SPF), that I won’t leave the house without, it’s perfume. Spraying a little on always makes me feel so ladylike and put together. For everyday, I use Le Labo Bergamot 22. It’s light, floral, and a little spicy. For date nights, I like Bulgari Jasmine Noir (not pictured, because I just ran out). It’s heady and romantic and probably a little too sweet for most, but I love it.
That’s it. Now you know all my beauty secrets.