Evening Skincare Routine

Hey everyone!  Today we are talking more skincare.  I like my evening skincare routine to be super simple and fast. I’m usually tired and want to cleanse my face as quickly as possible and hit the hay. I can usually brush my teeth and complete my skincare routine in about five minutes!

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First, I like to use a product that is specifically designed to breakup my makeup. I usually switch this up and like to try new things. I’ve been using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water lately and really like it. I just soak a couple cotton rounds with it and use one to remove my eye makeup and the other to remove the rest of my makeup. It’s super gentle and doesn’t burn my eyes and it does a great job at getting my makeup off. This product is great because you don’t even have to rinse it off if you don’t want to, just moisturize and you’re done!

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After I’ve removed my makeup, I still like to make sure my face is clean of any extra makeup, dirt, and oil. I love the First Aid Beauty Red Clay cleanser. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve repurchased this in the past few years. It deep cleans my skin without making it feel stripped or tight. I really think this product has helped immensely in keeping any breakouts away and shrinking my pores.

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Sometimes if my face is really dry or irritated if I’ve been out in the wind, I like to apply a face oil before my moisturizer. I love the Josie Maran Argan Oil and the Fresh Seaberry Oil. I just pat a couple drops of one into my skin to help give it an extra boost of hydration. You can also use these on your hair and any dry patches on your body.  I usually buy the small travel sized bottles if they’re available because they tend to last me a while!

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For my bedtime moisturizer I’ve been loving the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream. This is a newer addition to my routine, but after using the Fresh Rose Face Mask, I knew I had to try this. I gently press it into my skin and it makes my skin so soft and smells like actual roses!

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I really like to apply a hydrating eye cream at night, and I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye cream for a while. I like that it is nice and moisturizing, but isn’t heavy or greasy.

After that, I finish up with some lip balm and hand cream and I’m off to bed!
-L

Flawless Foundation Routine

Hey everyone!  Here is how I apply my foundation…everything from primer to highlight.  I love this look for date night or any special occasion… Or sometimes just because it’s Tuesday!

List of Products Used:

Makeup Forever Step 1 Smoothing Base

Bobbi Brown Corrector (Light Bisque)

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Stick (115=R230)

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer (R22)

MAC Prep N Primer Highlighter (Radiant Rose)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Ethereal Light)

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Benefit Cheekathon Palette (Hoola and Dandelion) – These are also available individually

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder (Highlight 01)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (Dim Light)

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream (White Russian)

 

Morning Skincare Routine

Let’s talk about one of my favorite topics: Skincare! I’ve found a skincare routine that I really like and works for me. I used to have pretty oily skin, but during my last pregnancy, it shifted to more normal, with occasional dry patches. My skin is also very sensitive and will quickly react to something it does not like, so when I find products that work, I generally stick with them and don’t change much up. I love my morning skincare routine. It’s fast, it’s easy, and gets my face ready for my favorite part of my morning routine… makeup!

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Cleanser – The products I use to cleanse my face vary by what my skin needs (or which cleanser I find first!). If I was super naughty and slept with my makeup on, I like the Philosophy Purity Facial Cleansing Gel. It does a great job of breaking up all the makeup and deep cleaning my skin without making it feel stripped. If I need a little exfoliating and/or have some breakouts, I like to apply the GlamGlow Supercleanse to my face, let it set a couple minutes, then use my Clarisonic.

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Serum – I LOVE the Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum by Origins. It isn’t greasy, soaks into my skin super quickly, and smells like oranges! Somedays, I just use this as my moisturizer. It does help any red spots fade quickly after a breakout. I’ve used this product for a couple years and it will always be a staple in my skincare routine.

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Moisturizer – Depending on the time of year, I either use the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion or Cream. Lately I’ve been reaching for the lotion since it’s warming up outside.  I love Fresh skincare and it loves my skin. These products leave my skin feeling so soft and hydrated without being greasy.

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Eye cream – I’ve been using the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Eye Cream for a couple years. I love how the pink tint to it helps brighten my under eye area and the metal applicator tip is always cold and helps perk up my skin the morning.

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Sunscreen – This is a newer step in my skincare routine. I know, I know, I should wear sunscreen every single day. Frankly, I hate the way most sunscreens smell and are greasy on my skin, so I depended on my foundation to take care of an SPF requirements. I recently purchased the Every Sun Day sunscreen from Dr. Jart and my first impressions are great. It does have the sunscreen smell that I’m not a huge fan of, but it absorbs into my skin quickly, and it is supposed to be color correcting and great for sensitive skin. So far I really like it, and it hasn’t made me break out. I think this will be a winner!

And that is it for my morning skincare! It may seem like a lot, but taking time to take care of your skin will help your makeup apply easily and look flawless! What skincare products are you loving?

-L

 

Top Makeup Brushes

The key to easy and beautiful makeup application is a good set of makeup brushes. If you’ve ever watched a makeup tutorial on YouTube, you may think you need every kind of brush they use to recreate their look. But guess what? You only need a handful of brushes to apply makeup to your entire face and here they are! You can definitely add more brushes, but these are the ones I think are all you need. And, the majority of my brush picks are very reasonably priced and can be used in more than one way. I have mostly Sigma brushes in my collection. They are amazing quality and their prices are amazing. I’ve had some for three or four years and they still are in great shape. If you take good care of your brushes, they are definitely a good investment to make.

-MAC 239-

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This brush is used to pack eyeshadow onto the lid. It picks up the perfect amount of product and doesn’t leave a mess all over your lid. Another alternative is the Sigma E55. This brush is slightly wider and has thicker bristles, but it does a great job as well.

-MAC 217-

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Where do I start about my feelings toward this brush? This is my all-time favorite brush, ever! I use this brush to blend shadow into the crease and to apply a slightly darker shade to the outer V of my eye. The bristles are a little more densely packed than other blending brushes, but I prefer this brush because I can apply the eyeshadow exactly where I want it. An exact dupe for this brush is the Sigma E25, and it will save you some money. I have both brushes and use them interchangeably and don’t notice a difference in them except that the Sigma brush does tend to fluff out a little more over time, but it still works great.

-Sigma E30-

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I love this little pencil brush. I use it to apply highlight to the inner corner of the eye and to blend eyeshadow along the bottom eyelashes. You can also use it to apply shadow to the outer V of the eye if you want a more intense look.

-Sigma F35-

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This is called the Tapered Highlighter brush. If you use highlighter, this brush is a definite must have. I use it to apply highlighter to the tops of my cheeks, Cupid’s bow and down the bridge of my nose. This brush can also be used to set your under eye concealer with powder.

-Bobbi Brown Blush Brush-

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I’ve used several kinds of blush brushes (try saying blush brush five times fast!) and this one is my favorite. Yes, it is pricey, but I don’t mind investing in a little more expensive brush on occasion.   I love how it’s dense, but fluffy and makes blending blush easy to apply. If you don’t want to invest in the Bobbi Brown brush, then try the Sigma F40. It isn’t a dupe for the Bobbi Brown one, but it is still a great brush. The F40 can also be used to contour with. I’ve never tried the Sonia Kashuk brushes, but I’ve heard that the blush brush is really good, and less than $20 at Target.

-Sigma F23-

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I talked about this brush in my first post, and I just had to include it again. This brush makes applying bronzer and contour so easy and quick. You could also use it to apply blush as well! I love this brush so much that I now own two of them!

-Sigma F20-

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Everyone needs a large fluffy powder brush in their collection. This brush can be used to apply setting powder and bronzer and is also great to have around to blend out your makeup, say when you get a little heavy handed with the blush, like I like to do!

Your fingers also are a great tool to use when applying makeup. They’re great for blending in foundation and concealer because they warm the product, helping it blend better into the skin. You can also use your finger to apply and blend powder and cream eyeshadow. Just make sure you use clean fingers to apply your makeup to help minimize the chance of breaking out.

When you are shopping for makeup brushes, you may see that there are synthetic brushes and natural bristle brushes made from various animal hair. The main difference in the use of the two types is that synthetic brushes should be used when applying cream or liquid products because they won’t absorb the product like a natural hair bristle will. Synthetic brushes can be used with powder product too, but I think natural bristles work a tad better with powder products.

I also think everyone needs a BeautyBlender, but my love for that makeup sponge is so deep and so real, it will need its own post! Stay tuned for that one!

-L

Spring Cleaning Time!

It’s that time of year again! Spring cleaning is here! Time to bust out your cleaning rags, declutter the house, and get everything shiny and smelling fresh! While you are making your spring cleaning to-do list, don’t forget to add your makeup bag and bathroom cabinets to the list of things to clean out. Old makeup can be a harbor for bacteria growth, causing breakouts and even infections. Here are some general guidelines I like to follow when going through my makeup stash and bathroom cabinets:

– Toss it if it smells “off”, is dried out, or the color has changed.

– On the bottom or backside of most products, there is a small picture that looks like a jar of cream and it has a number on it. This is the manufacturer of the product’s recommended time period at which to toss the product. For instance, if it says 12M, then they recommend to toss it after 12 months.

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– Cream products (blushes, gel liners, cream eyeshadows), liquid products (like liquid eye liner), mascaras and lip glosses generally have the shortest shelf life and should be thrown out and replaced the most frequently, usually between 6 to 12 months. I never keep mascara past three months. I tend to toss lip glosses between 6 to 12 months, depending on how they look and smell.

– Most liquid foundations are good for 6 months to a year. If the product contains sunscreen, there is usually an expiration date on the package, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the foundation is still good.

– Powder products, such as setting powders, bronzers, blushes, and eyeshadows, are usually good for 12 to 24 months. I’m especially weird about keeping eyeshadows for more than 2 years because those products are applied to the eye and I like to keep things hygienic!

– Pencil eye liners and lip liners are also good for 12-24 months, and you can keep your lipsticks for up to 2 years, just as long as they still smell okay.

– Also check any skincare, body lotions, and body washes for recommended beyond use dates. Don’t be afraid to throw away anything you think is getting old, especially if it is in a jar container, since those can be the biggest areas for bacteria growth.

– As far as makeup application tools go, make sure you wash your brushes at least once a month. This keeps bacterial growth down and helps extend the life of your brushes. Not to mention, it makes your makeup apply a gazillion times better! I tend to make my Beautyblender last about 6 months since they are pretty expensive. I do wash them at least once a week, and to kill any bacteria, I microwave them in a bowl of water for 30 seconds. If you aren’t sure what to wash your brushes and sponges with, I recommend the Beautyblender solid cleanser (Sephora has one in their own brand that’s comparable as well). If you aren’t feeling spendy on a brush cleaner, good ole baby shampoo will get the job done too!

Hope this helps, and happy cleaning!!!

-L

Lauren’s Loves

Hello!! Since my blog is new, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to post about first, I figured I would write about something that everyone loves to talk about with their friends; our favorite things. Here are a few things that I’ve been loving lately!

-Buxom lip glosses-

These glosses are an old favorite that I’ve discovered. My favorites are the Full-On Lip Creams in White Russian (pink nude), Pink Champagne (light pink), and Pink Lady (electric pink). If you do not like thick glosses, these may not be for you. I love them because they have a nice vanilla/cupcake scent, are plumping, and tend to stay on longer for me than most other glosses. Some plumping lip products can dry lips out, but I haven’t had any issues with these. I prefer the lip creams because they have a nice tint to them and no glitter, which I’m not a huge fan of in a few of Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polishes because some of the more glittery formulas tend to leave glitter stuck to your lips when the rest of the gloss has worn off.

Note: I have discovered that the Pink Champagne shade is limited edition, so I’m so sorry if you aren’t able to find it! I’ll always try to have things on here that you can find!

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Top to Bottom: White Russian, Pink Lady, Pink Champagne
Top to Bottom: White Russian, Pink Lady, Pink Champagne
-Soap and Glory Flake Away Scrub & Clean On Me Clarifying Shower Gel-

A couple years ago, I used the Hand Food hand cream from Soap and Glory and loved it. Around the holidays last year, I noticed Ulta started carrying Soap and Glory, so I picked up a few things from their line. First off, I love the scent. It has notes of rose, vanilla, and musk, and I like that I can still smell it on my skin after I get out of the shower. The scrub has helped keep my skin exfoliated and soft during the dry winter months. The shower gel has a nice and rich lather to it. I use it to shave my legs and it doesn’t leave my skin dry. And I’m a sucker for any kind of cute packing, and Soap and Glory has some of the cutest. And if you watch the Ulta ads, you can get Soap and Glory buy one, get on half off!

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-Too Faced Mascara and Tarte primer-

My natural eyelashes aren’t too exciting. They’re blonde (aka invisible), and don’t have a ton of length and volume. I love to create dark, voluminous eye lashes, but false eyelashes aren’t really my thing, and I’m currently not interested in putting the time and money into lash extensions, so I thought I would venture into trying eyelash primers. After doing some research on Sephora, I decided to try the Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer with my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. These two are a match made in heaven. First, I curl my lashes and apply a coat or two of the primer and let it dry a couple minutes, which helps hold the curl in place. Then I apply the mascara, which is a nice fluffy, voluminous formula. Even if you aren’t interested in trying a primer, I would definitely give the mascara a go. Too Faced just released a waterproof version as well!

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-Alex and Ani bracelets-

Almost six years ago, I was wandering through a boutique and found the cutest bangle bracelets by Alex and Ani. I wasn’t familiar with the brand, but wanted to give them a shot, so I purchased two of them. Long story short, I’m still rocking those bracelets, and my love for the brand has only grown over the years. They have a variety of charms and styles and are routinely releasing new ones. I now own almost a dozen of them in gold and silver. I love to wear several of them at a time and for whatever nerdy reason, I like the little jingle they make. They are durable and have held up well to my daily abuse to them. They can be a little pricey, depending on the specific bracelet, so my favorite place to stock up on them is Nordstrom Rack, where they’re usually half off!

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-Sigma Soft Angled Contour and the Benefit Hoola bronzer-

Now that we are getting into warmer months, I like to add a little deeper bronzer to my makeup routine. My go to bronzer is usually the Too Face Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer, but I recently pulled out the Benefit Hoola bronzer from my stash. I’m sure glad I did! It’s a nice matte bronzer that isn’t too warm/orange. It’s easy to blend into the skin and it doesn’t look overdone, even with my fair skin tone. I love to apply it with my Sigma F23 Soft Angled Contour brush. This brush blends the bronzer into my cheekbones, around my face, and the sides of my nose so easily. This brush is definitely a staple in my makeup brush collection!

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What are some things you’re loving lately? I’d love to know!

-L