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14 of My Favorite Beauty Products
By no stretch of the imagination to I consider myself a beauty queen, mostly I struggle. But along the way, I found some fabulous, somewhat surprising beauty products that help me put my best face forward.
These razors are the bomb dot com. Three come in a pack for around $10. They make your legs (and anything else you shave) silky smooth and they don’t cut you up or leave a burn. I like that they are disposable unlike many of the Venus razors because after a while razor just get gross.
This blush comes in several colors, I like “Frat Boy.” I came across it in a Birch Box sample, from Birchbox.com. (PS If you don’t have a Birchbox account, get one because they have an awesome rewards program, whether or not you sign up for their monthly samples.) The color looks great and a little bit goes a long way.
This animal friendly moisturizer smells great and works wonders. The day cream is light and refreshing, I use it under my make-up everyday. It restores skin cell and protects against free radical damage. It is also sulfate, paraben, and cruelty free!
4. Urban Decay Naked Palette
I currently have the original Naked Eye Palette and the Smoky Eye Palette. There are so many things you can do with these colors. They go on so nicely and stay all day. I’ve had my original palette for almost 3 years, and I use it almost everyday. I was a little overwhelmed when I first purchased the palettes, but there are a lot of helpful YouTube videos out there, like this one.
I was tempted to add the foundation I use to this list, but instead I added the Sephora Color IQ. If you visit your local Sephora they hold a device to your face and it pulls a variety of make-ups perfect for your skin tone. Plus, the service is absolutely free! When I did it I was wearing Bare-Minerals, which didn’t even register as a recommendation. I switched to Lancome and was absolutely amazed at the difference.
I dread putting on self tanner. This self tanner last a good while, which means I have to put it on a lot less often. It has instant color so you can actually see where you are putting it. It smells great, and I can put it on my face. Make sure you wear gloves when you put on self tanner.
Dawn is amazing! I use it in my hair about once a week. After shampoo and conditioner I put a dime size amount in my hair, and lather and rinse quickly. It really gets your hair clean. I’ve used it a lot more often during both of my pregnancies because my hair gets so greasy, it is the only thing that works for me.
Lets see…pay someone to color my hair for $60-$100, plus tip, plus scheduling it, small talk, and at least a 1 hour appointment…or do it myself for $5 in 25 minutes. I have brown hair (and lots of gray), I always use the “Dark Mahogany Brown,” but there are many to chose from. Also it is ammonia free so you won’t stink up your bathroom.
I know that part of being a “grown-up” in that you are not supposed to go to bed with make-up on your face because it causes big pores, wrinkles, and acne…yuck. But Home Girl is way too tired at the end of the day and stand over the sink to wash my face. Does anyone stand over the sink and wash their face, or does that only happen in commercials? I always have a pack of make up removing wipes on my night stand to clean my face, literally right before I go to bed. Its always good to go with a sensitive type formula because they are typically scent free and easy on the face. Remember you are trying to fall asleep, not wake up.
If I can contour, anyone can contour. This is like paint by numbers! There is only one pallet which offers all the colors you’ll ever need. This is great for the transition from summer to winter. The brush is sold separately, bummer, I purchased it, but I’m sure other brushes would get the job done, just fine.
Chill. The “hack” is not that I used this to attract my husband. This stuff is a must have in the summer! If you ever feel like your deodorant just isn’t enough in the sleeveless months you have to try this stuff! Just put on your deodorant as normal, and then put a dab of this serum on your underarms (over your deodorant). Spread it around, a little goes a long way. Trust me on this one! I don’t wear anything sleeveless without this.