I was fortunate in that I caught on to the idea of washing my face before bed every night by the time I was twenty one. By twenty six I had discovered the wonder that is anti aging cream. And my skin does not greet the sun without SPF. These days, however, I'm a full-fledged beauty addict. I am also fortunate in that, over the last 5 years, I've finally found what works best for me...and it only cost a small fortune. My skin hasn't made it easy, either.
Last time I was at Sephora, they announced my "Beauty Bank" had 1900 points in it. I wanted to simultaneously hang my head in shame while patting my own back. I'm a bonafide Beauty Insider, yo! As much as I hate to admit it, good quality (i.e. expensive) products are worth it in many cases. I'd spent years believing it was propaganda, meant to fleece the women of this country of their husband's hard-earned cash; but alas, there is some truth to it. Except for mascara. Five dollars max...but more on that later. In some ways I've actually saved money because I didn't have to go through twenty foundations to find one that matched; and if it aggravates my skin, it's gladly accepted back. So I thought I'd share a few of my favorite face and lip products.
First, I'm going to blow your mind with my expensive, hard to find makeup remover. Yep, this is it. Pampers Sensitive baby wipes. The same thing you use to clean a baby's bum. Other makeup removing wipes are ridiculously expensive and typically give me a rash. On my face. I tested a few different varieties and settled on this one almost 10 years ago. It removes all traces of makeup and gently exfoliate (you know, the rubbing part). Also, it is wet enough that it doesn't pull on my skin. Other brands were just too dry. I buy cases to make sure I never run out.
As I've mentioned before, I'm a sample whore. Therefore, I have tried a zillion different anti aging face products and when I do buy them, I don't buy the same one twice. Some people believe that mixing up your products keep your skin "guessing" and are therefore more effective, but I don't buy in to that necessarily. I just have moisturizer/serum/face cream ADD. There are about a million products out there and a good portion of them are really nice. So I tend to go from sample to sample and keep one purchased product on hand for when I run out. Pfff...like that would ever happen. Still, I'll give you some of my favorites so far.
|Ole Henriksen Truth Serum|
|Vichy Aqualia Thermal or Lift Activ Nuit|
|Kiehl's Abyssine Cream|
|Philosophy Hope in a Jar|
This was in my full size rotation, so I've used a whole jar. It's great stuff. I wish I could eat it. Maybe it would be good in a smoothie. My insides would glow like my outsides did. Too far? Sorry. I have been using a deluxe sample of Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector lately because I tend to get freckly. That's what I tell myself. They are just freckles. They are just freckles. Age spots are scary and I don't feel that I've reached that age. Denial is not just a river in Egypt, folks.
|Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer|
Sometimes a drugstore buy does prove its worth. I've been using this for many years now and like it a lot. I might even go so far as to use the word love. It goes on great under my makeup, has a nice SPF factor, and never, ever stings my eyes or irritates my skin. A bottle lasts forever, making it a permanent fixture in my skin routine.
|Sephora Collection Oil-Free Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer|
|Tarte Cheek Stain|
|Hot Mama All-In-One Blush, Shadow and Highlighter|
|Philosophy Lip Shines|
True story: My absolute favorite flavor/color is Melting Marshmallow. Last year I needed a new one. When it came, it said "Marshmallows for Toasting" and I didn't think anything of it. However, they drastically changed the flavor. One night I was applying it as my husband and I were driving to a movie date. It was dark, so my husband didn't see me doing it. All the sudden he swerved off to the side of the road.
Mario: "Crap! We have a radiator leak!"
Me: "How can you tell?"
Mario: "Don't you smell that? It's radiator fluid. The sweet smell."
Me: "Oh. It may be my, um, lip gloss?"
It was. Now I don't apply it in the car. Another time my son goes, "Who, might I ask, is eating french toast?" It smells just like maple syrup, not marshmallows, so I get paranoid that people think I was just stuffing my face with breakfast pastries prior to seeing them. So if you're reading this, Philosophy (I know you aren't), bring back the real marshmallow flavor! Still, I love, love, love these. They go on thick but not sticky (no awkward hair removal on a windy day) and moisturize like crazy. I'll rub my lips and think, when did I put on lip gloss? because it lasts for hours. Plus, there are a million different flavors and even more around various holidays. I have probably consumed gallons.
|Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Bramble|
|Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey|
|Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint|
Okay, so my beauty hoarding tendencies are probably becoming apparent at this point. But in all honesty, I use only a handful of products. Lotion, foundation, blush and lip gloss are about it in terms of my face most days. That's what an addict would say, isn't it? Just wait until I get to eyes.
Any favorites? Share? Pretty please?