I sat down earlier to peruse the internet for various articles of cute clothing. And you know what I found?
I feel that a moment of silence is in order.
Maybe I’m just not in a clothes kind of mood right now. Or maybe there are only so many ruffled jackets and tunics that a girl can get excited about.
Or maybe I spent the afternoon taking Caroline to gymnastics and waiting in a lobby filled with toddlers who haven’t discovered their inside voice and then followed that up with an early dinner at Chick-fil-A and 278 other families that had the same idea. And coming home only to face the reality that Caroline had a folder full of homework and very little in the way of time management skills.
I may have said something along the lines of, “QUIT MAKING TURKEYS OUT OF THE CROSSED-OUT WORDS AND JUST WRITE THE SENTENCES” right before I blacked out from the frustration as she began to draw another turkey.
Whatever the case, I decided that today is not about clothes. Today, my friends, is about beauty products. Because as Wes from The Bachelor sang, “Love don’t come easy…” and neither does beauty.
Here are the products that are currently in rotation at my house:
1. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer
I’ve never been a huge fan of foundation because it always ends up feeling too heavy on my face. I just need a little something to even out my skin tone and hide the ever-increasing imperfections. Which is why it was a happy day when I discovered the tinted moisturizer.
It provides just enough coverage, but still looks totally natural. It’s a better version of my normal face.
The Laura Mercier can be a little pricey, so I alternate it with Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer tinted moisturizer. It’s very inexpensive and I use it on days when I’m just going to HEB and leaving a trail of sugar down all the aisles.
I just bought this a few weeks ago and the verdict is still out. I like it a lot because it goes on light and easy, plus it helps my makeup stay on all day.
There are a ton of primers out there and, at first I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side.
What was I talking about?
Oh. Primers. I was skeptical at first, but I have come to the conclusion that using a primer makes a big difference in the staying power of your makeup. And on another note, the salesgirl at Sephora told me not to use one with sunscreen in it when I knew I was going to be photographed because it can give your skin a weird tone in pictures.
I wish she would have told me a way to avoid having a totally fake smile and awkward-looking hair while being photographed.
This is my old standby. I use Cetaphil at least once a day to wash my face. It’s gentle and it doesn’t dry out my already dry skin.
4. Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
I discovered this about six months ago and have used it every day since. And P even uses it now. Because as you get older, dead skin cells tend to accumulate on your face and make your skin look dull. Nobody wants that.
This scrub is gentle enough to use every day even with my sensitive skin. And I do think my skin looks brighter. Or maybe I just have higher wattage light bulbs in the bathroom right now.
5. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream for Night
Y’all don’t even want to know about the laugh lines/deep wrinkles I have around my mouth area. Especially on the left side. If I weren’t afraid of needles and/or long term side effects of botulism, I would check into Botox.
But I am a big chicken. So I use this Anti-Wrinkle cream with retinol instead. And it helps tremendously.
According to Gulley, I have no wrinkles on my forehead. She doesn’t either. Although one of her favorite things to do is lean across the table as we’re eating lunch and ask me if I can see all the wrinkles on her forehead while she makes a facial expression that would cause a newborn baby to have wrinkles.
6. Hummingbird Farms Lavender Lotion
This lotion is the only thing that keeps me from drying up completely during the winter. I honestly don’t know what I did before it came into my life. And even P is now addicted and when we run out I have to hear him talk incessantly about how his neck is SO ITCHY because it’s so dry.
Which is why I try to make sure we never run out.
7. L’Oreal Everstrong Bodifying Shampoo and Conditioner
Sophie is the one who told me about this. I went and bought it for two reasons: It smelled delicious and it’s inexpensive and I’m always a fan of the inexpensive.
I truly love it. Especially the conditioner because it really conditions my hair without making it too greasy or lifeless.
Originally I walked into Sephora last year to investigate the Nars blush with a name I’m not going to mention because I want to avoid the google searches. But it didn’t really work for my skin tone even though it’s supposed to work for almost everyone. I’m a bronzer anomaly.
So they suggested I try the Laguna bronzer and I adore it. I wear it instead of blush and it looks totally natural on my skin. I’ll buy this over and over again.
9. Covergirl Lipslicks in Daring
I have at least thirteen tubes of this scattered throughout the various purses in my closet because it’s so inexpensive and I seem to buy a tube “just in case” almost every time I go to the grocery store.
(Just in case of what? What exactly do I think is going to happen to cause a lipgloss shortage? I am an episode of Hoarders waiting to happen.)
It comes in other colors, but I like Daring. It looks dark, but when you put it on it’s just about the color of your lips when they’re chapped. I mean that in a good way.
Listen. If there’s a chance you’re going to find yourself in a tornado or a mild hurricane, this is the hairspray for you. I don’t know what is in it, but I can tell you that I have to wash the spray nozzle down with hot water at least once a week because it gets all clogged up. Which is the universal sign of a hair spray that isn’t playing around.
I don’t use this every day and I don’t recommend it for every day use unless you’re trying to replicate Loni Anderson’s hair from the early 1980’s. But when I want to tease my hair at the crown to give it a little height before I pull it back in a ponytail? This baby is the best.
And did you not see that you can get a two-pack from Walmart for under $12.00. If that doesn’t let you know it’s capable of eroding the ozone, I don’t know what does.
11. Amplify Thicklift Liquid Volumizer
This is another favorite. I put a big dollop of this all through my hair from the roots to the end before I blow dry it and it gives my hair the best volume, especially after I roll it with my giant set of hot rollers.
Yes. I live in Texas. Why do you ask?
12. Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
I was a big fan of Covergirl Lash Blast up until I decided to try this about a month ago. I’ll admit that I am a sucker for marketing and the promise of a million lashes did me in. I was powerless to resist.
And while I don’t have a million lashes, it does provide great coverage with a mascara wand that is very similar to the Lash Blast. It definitely seems to make my lashes look thicker without any clumping.
So, now for some quid pro quo. What are your must-have beauty products right now? I must know. I will not rest until I know.
Actually, that’s not true because it’s late Thursday night for me right now and I am exhausted. But, still, you get the point.
Y’all have a great Friday.
Wow, love this list! I actually did this not that long ago on my own blog with stuff I love, and I was going to list them here but honestly, all of that HTML makes my mind kind of explosive right now, so here’s a link to the blog post where I blogged about my ten favorite beauty products. No changes since I wrote it, either, which is always good news!
I am going to Sephora tomorrow. I will try anything to get your flawless skin! It is beautiful, I have admired it all 3 times I have seen you. 🙂 Hope you have a great Friday! BTW, I don’t think you have any laugh lines around your mouth, never noticed them!!
love cetaphil also.
also love the newborn wrinkle test.
that laura mercier stuff is bought in bulk at my house! i love the lipslicks, too!
Love Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. I wear it infrequently though because God blessed me with good skin. I take rotten care of it. But it is kind of impervious to abuse. I still love Maybelline Great Lash (pink tube) in Very Black. I rotate eyeshadows. I adore Smashbox eyeshadows from Sephora but right now I’m in my El Cheapo persona so am making do with some Maybelline. Cannot live without Aveda moisturizer for my face (every morning and night) and I love good old fashioned Jergens (in the old Cherry scent) for all over moisturizing. The thing I couldn’t live without is my brush set that I purchased LONG ago at Sephora. Expensive to purchase but so worth it in the long run. Those little foam applicators can’t hold a candle to a good brush for eye shadow.
Crabtree and Evelyn makes a product called La Source Hand Therapy. It comes in a metal tube with a stubby little twist-on cap, but it feels SO good going on. I’m one of those people who put moisturizer on and then wash it off because I can’t stand feeling greasy, but this stuff is lovely.
I agree on the tinted moisturizer. Life-changer. I just wish to add that I love Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. It’s minty and has an awesome cooling feeling when I put it on. Often. And I have recently become a fan of Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller. I have terrible dark shadows and puffiness under my eyes, a gift from my maternal grandfather. It plagues multiple generations of aunts and cousins. Anyway, I find the Garnier product actually helps. Wonderful!
And Hello to Heather. I have sooo missed reading your blog. You are a beautiful person inside and out. I completly understand that you had reasons to go private with the blog. (And that makes me sad because you likely experienced some unpleasantness that made going private necessary.) I just want you to know how much I enjoyed reading it and I hope you and your beautiful family continue to be blessed.
I have been using Diorshow Mascara for about 8 months now…and I do think it is quite amazing.
I was walking through Macy’s minding my own business when one of the Makeup Girls told me they had a special artist for the weekend, and would I want a quick makeover. I just knew it was going to be Bobby Brown, or something —so I said yes….. but, it wasn’t her.
Anyway – she told me they sell one tube of Diorshow Mascara every 8 minutes around the world…..or something like that, so I HAD to have it after that fact was presented…. It’s pricey mascara, but I’d say it is completely worth it.
I just realized I’ve admitted that I’m several months overdue on replacing that tube.
You answered one of my burning questions: Is it just me, or is my Freeze IT nozzle always clogged? Glad to see I’m not the only one with that problem. The hairspray is wonderful!!
Amanda @ Serenity Now
We got a Sephora a few months ago at our mall, and do you know I haven’t been able to really shop there yet?! There’s just something about dragging your 4 and 2 year old in there along with you that sort of puts a damper on the makeover experience. But I get to go to Tyson’s Corner (“where the stores are!”) tomorrow up in DC with a girlfriend. They have a Sephora. And a Williams-Sonoma. I am a happy chick.
Loved your list today! Sometimes it’s nice to change things up a a bit.
Do you know that after “Bachelor Pad” I decided I don’t hate Wes quite so much anymore??
That’s all I got. Happy Friday!
I was a fan of Cetaphil until I discovered CeraVe. The cleanser is so gentle and non-drying, and the lotions are fantastic, too. I still have my jar of Cetaphil, but CeraVe is my true love.
CeraVe is my new favorite too! After snagging a sample at the dermatologist’s office, I am a true convert! And I also have dry, acne prone skin, that is starting to show signs of aging – go figure, a trifecta – and the stuff is rocking my world!
I have been using carmex since I was a fetus, but recently, I have strayed. Have you tried the Blistex Silk and Shine? Ohmagoodness, baby butt lips in seconds. Sadly, this is all I have to offer, since I have 2 kids under 4 and I spend so much time kissing lil foreheads and cheeks no makeup could up against the baby love. 🙂
Great post. One day when I am no longer covered in baby goo, I will have to try some of these. Thanks!
I’ve seen ads for Carmex with a tint! I wonder how it compares? I haven’t actually looked for it yet in the store.
I use Maybelline Lash Stiletto – ever since I found out that’s what Melissa Fitzpatrick uses, I was in! I love it because it doesn’t flake off at all and irritate my contacts.
A side note – why is it that we get wrinkled so much faster on the left side of our faces? My friend and I decided it was from driving carpool and exposing that side of our face to the sunlight more often. I wonder if there has been a study done on this important subject…..
I have had to find blush with absolutely NO glitter in it. Any glitter just highlights the wrinkles I am trying to hide. SO I swear by Mac’s Pink Swoon. It does not go on the color that it looks like in the compact. It just looks like a healthy flush. I have tried to love the tinted moisturizer but for some reason (am I getting the right one?! I don’t know!) it just looks terrible on me, so I use the Neutrogena Helathy SKin Glow SHeers. I have really loved it, and have continued to use it through 3 tubes (which each last me forever.) I can name very few other products beauty wise that I can swear by like that.
You know, you really should get paid for this advertising! I am making a mental list of all these things so I can try them! How old are you? 47? Cuz it really looks like we use the same kinds of products for the same reasons!!!
Great suggestions…thanks! I hope you have a great Friday, too!
Wow, I completely agree with you an all these items… except I’ve never tried the Nars primer! Is it expensive? I love my Sephora, but that kind of stuff is usually way to pricey for me!
I LOVE L’Oreal Everstrong shampoo and conditioner! I was a total sucker for the advertising. I stupidly bought another brand a couple months ago (more advertising), which of course was really expensive. Kronos is the brand- claiming to use “T-sphere technology,” which enables nutrients to penetrate the hair folicle, or something like that. I hated it. It dried out my hair, spit-ends multliplied, and my hair was totally unmanageable. So, I’ve switched back, never to stray again! Unless I see some really good advertising. :-/
I love this list! I am a big chicken when it comes to trying new products – especially makeup! I am definitely with you on the Hoarders-level amounts of lip gloss. I had the same thought when I cleaned my purse last month. I had three tubes of lip gloss, six pairs of earrings, four necklaces and more. Where exactly do I think I am going that I’ll need all those “emergency” accessories???
Anyway, I wanted to wish the Aggies well tomorrow. I’ll be watching the game from my home in Huskerland and cheering for the other side! =) Be sure to teach Caroline to cheer, “GO BIG RED!”
I have the Covergirl Lipslick in Daring too! I love the way it looks and feels, but it only seems to last about 5 minutes on me. Maybe I should get another tube to keep in my purse for touch ups. I recently started using Garnier’s 3 Way Resurfacing Cleanser and I like that a lot. It’s a scrub, but it doesn’t irritate my skin. I found out yesterday that my teenage son likes it too. Now wonder I was running out so fast! His skin will now be wrinkle free. 😉
You have hit on a HUGE topic! Someone could write a 365 day-a-year blog about women’s skin care and there would be something new every single day, seriously!
I’ve been using Clinque facial lotion for a while now and so far I like it. I’m not a big make-up gal but at age 50 I need all the help I can get. However, I don’t think Botox is in my future so I also use L’Oreal night repair creme on face and neck (nothing like having “turkey skin”). I’ll look for lotions for dry skin as our winter weather is so drying and itchy. Thanks for all the great products.
i cannot live without my Bare Minerals Foundation and Mineral Veil. I never have to use concealer and I feel like I have no make up on. It’s wonderful. I use to be in pageants and would wear all kinds of foundation and tan. When those days ended and I went back to paleville, I decided to switch over to this. I’ve never received more compliments on my skin and I’m barely wearing anything. It’s awesome. But I am definitely going to try out that tinted moisterizer. Anything to make life less complicated.
I just made a list of about 5 items from your list…going out to buy them later today. I have come to like Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme for my hands and body. Hate scented stuff and this is like body butter, it also comes in a purse sized tube. In the dead of winter I get really bad dry skin on my hands because I wash them so much during the day so I found this stuff called “Surgeon’s Secret”. It comes in a tube and you roll it up, it’s kinda like wax but it melts, sounds weird but when one has cracks in the skin that sometimes bleed, it really works…
P.S. Love your blog, love your humor…
I think I live in a cave…or maybe a home where Nick Jr rules our airwaves, and Nick Jr doesn’t advertise beauty products! Anyway, I use Mary Kay foundation with a green concealer underneat b/c my skin has red spots and for some reason acne! I never had acne as a teenager, but something about turning 30 has done me in!! I usually just use Dove soap to clean my face with Melaleuca Renew lotion for moisturizer. Any other suggestions for acne prone skin???
I’m allergic to most creams, shampoos and makeup so my selection is slim. The only cream I can use and not break out in hives is Burts Bees Marshmallow cream, marshmallow (which is a herb) has a calming affect on skin, I use the Burts Bees lavender toner also, that also calms my skin. I started to use Biolage shampoos recently, its expensive but you don’t have to use as much of it each time and it ends up lasting about six months. I have really long hair too and its thick and curly so if I can use less shampoo and conditioner its a miracle. I can also comb out the tangles easier with the biolage conditioner. They just came out with a body wash too for about 4 bucks for a large tube, I have been using that for about a month and have not broken out in hives yet so I might be able to use that too. Sometimes it takes a while for the hives to show up. I also use Bare Essentuals for makeup, I couldn’t use foundation ever until I discovered that, it also seems to hold the moisture in my skin longer also. I am interested in that lavender lotion you use I think I know where you get that at, its in Texas right? I will have to follow the link.
I recently discovered a new hair product: Moroccan Oil. I.am.in.love!
It adds so much shine and it conditions and aids styling, but the scent is fantastic! It is only sold in salons and is rather expensive, but you just use a small amount and a bottle lasts forever. It is made in Israel and every time I use it I picture Mary pouring it on Jesus’ feet and wiping them with her hair.
I have grown my hair to just past shoulder length after having short hair my entire life (I had always wanted long hair but wasn’t ever able to make it past the painful “growing it out” stage). I had become very frustrated with styling my hair and was ready to cut it all off until I discovered the Moroccan Oil. I even had a stranger in a restaurant compliment me on the shine of my hair! Check out their website: http://www.moroccanoil.com
I saw that Clinique has a new anti-spot cream thing, and I have a Macy’s gift card burning a hole in my wallet. Well, that might be a fib. I got the GC for Christmas last year, and I’ve been holding onto it until I lose weight. Obviously, THAT hasn’t happened, so I’m gonna spend it on a beauty product…because there is an empty space next to all of the other beauty products that have failed to remove those spots from our glorious tanning days. I’ll let you know if this one turns out to be more than just a dust collector!
I am so happy you posted about this today. I love to see what other products people use. I also have a problem with buying a tube of lip gloss every time, “just in case.” I have CO Bigelow’s tinted lip glosses in almost every purse. I just started using Hourglass’s Mineral Primer, which does have an SPF, so I’ll need to remember to not use it whenever I get snapped by the paparazzi. But it’s really good and has done many good things for my skin. Did you stop using that expensive hair spray? And speaking of expensive hair spray, when are you going to do another podcast?
Thanks for sharing! I use Aussie Instant Freeze hairspray. It smells good and if I am wearing socks when I spray it on, I kind of stick to the bathroom rug from the fallout. So I figure my hair will stay where I put it! (very straight hair, with a wave where it feels like it :/ )
L’Oreal EverPure has changed my life…. okay that might be a ‘slight’ overstatement, but I ‘might’ dye my hair red & red hair dye is a cruel, cruel mistress. A little piece of your soul dies those first few hair washes, when you see that precious red color go down the drain… But That Doesn’t Happen Nearly Has Much WIth This Shampoo/Conditioner. I love it.
Bare Minerals is a biggie- I’m loving the ‘Faux Tan’ all-over-color. I’m liquid paper white, but it gives me a sun kissed glow without, you know, the sun.
I also love Big Sexy HairSpray. It’s slightly more expensive than my standby “White Rain”, but it holds. And it keeps volumn and curl.
And I must have Carmex. At all times. There must be a tube of Carmex somewhere around or I start walking around my house like a junkie looking for my next hit.
I would have absolutely loved this list about 3 weeks ago, before I discovered the website www. cosmeticsdatabase.com and typed in all the stuff I used… I got into looking around to what IS good for my body as a mother! I found a product line called Ava Anderson Non toxic that scored a 0 out of 10, I got myself hooked and ended up selling it! Read into what you are actually using and putting in both you and Carolines body, I was never a health freak, but if you can do a little part, what can it hurt:)
check it out:)
My only can’t-live-without product is Kiss Me mascara that you can get at Sephora. It really was life changing because I NEED mascara but every other (and I have tried EVERY other) mascara quickly ends up under my eyes. The Kiss Me mascara comes off in tubes, only with effort. Pricey, but for me I would forego all other products for my one true love :).
I keep meaning to try Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, you’ve given me the push to go check it out. I absolutely looooove Laura Mercier eyeshadows…they’re like a whole different product than the other kinds I’ve used, so buttery smooth and easy to blend. If money were no object, I’d have every color, but since I haven’t figured out the whole “independently wealthy” thing, my go-to shades are Sandstone, Topaz, and Sable. I also wouldn’t want to live without Carmex.
well praise the lord
cuz i am always needing help in this arena
i worked for lancome when i was 20
i was a total skin care snob
except for who cares when you’re 20
now i’m 44 & would love to be a skin care snob
now i shop the famous T and walmart
so i’ll take all the help i can get
just bought some kenra hairspray stuff in the fancy silver canister
& it smells wonderful
that’s all i got right now missy but i sure am off to pickup some of these goodies
I love, love, love Maybelline Falsies mascara. I have had numerous compliments on my lashes since I started using it. I also love Mary Kay’s concealor to hide the bags under my eyes. I chose a shade lighter than my makeup and put on my lids too and it really brightens up my eyes.
Did you read and hear Joan Collins, yes THAT Joan Collins of Dynasty fame, say all she uses is Vaseline for skin care? She says she hasn’t had any plastic surgery because she’s needle phobic and good grief does she ever look good! So now I smear Vaseline all over my face because if it can cure my dried out sandal feet I figure Joan Collins must know of which she speaks.
when my hair is wet before i blow dry i use two pumps of SMALL TALK by BedHead. (i have to get my hair girl to get it for me from the supply store and she sells it to me at cost, they are real proud of that product!) and then as i pick up sections of hair to back comb i sprinkle some POWDER PLAY by Big Sexy Hair into the roots of the hair that is about to be combed. its a white powder so you have to kind of rub it in (dont worry i am a brunette it doesnt leave your hair looking grey it rubs all the way in)… and then back comb and oh. my. gosh. you wont believe your eyes! your hair will be HUGE! and isnt that what we are going for? the bigger the hair the closer to God and i think thats really what we are all about 😉 fav perfume as of late is Sara Jessica Parker NYC i get it from the fakey fake store here in lubbock, tx its called Scents ‘N’ Lotions http://www.scentsnlotions.com/ go there by some do it now. its sooo cheap so you can squirt as much as you want with out breakin the bank! (i go through a 1.15 oz in 2 weeks running me $13 a bottle, could you imagine how much i would spend if i was buying at dillards! THE HORROR!) favorite lip gloss is A KISS OF SHINE by NIVEA the only place i can find it is wal-mart. i dont hold that against it.
Thanks for this list – this is great! I’m in great need of mascara and I love volumizing my hair. I’m not only from Texas but I miss the 80’s 🙂
If, for whatever reason, you need your hair to withstand gale force winds, I highly recommend Tri Covert Control hairspray. While with regular use it does cover your bathroom counter with a residue, it’s water-soluble. So, it’s all good.
the Magic Eraser sponge is truely magic on hairspray residue—all surfaces. even the door knobs.
Thanks for the great list! I’m definitely going to check out the tinted moisturizer. I wear foundation, but don’t like the heavy feeling. I use Paul Mitchell styling spray and the nozzle gets clogged sometimes, too. I can’t stand the taste of lipstick! Am I weird? I’m a Blistex/Lip Smacker kind of girl and have tubes in my purses, at home, in my pocket, in the car… lol
And it is very important to have a BFF who will be honest about your wrinkles! Personally, my BFF and I have promised to tell each other if we ever need to shave a mustache! 😀
try the Burt’s Bees colored lip gloss in the skinny tubes. It’s wonderful and minty.
Quirky is a Compliment
This is a fabulous list! I’ve written down the names of about a dozen things that you and the commenters like. My cannot-live-without thing? Neutrogena Sesame Seed oil. LOVE THAT STUFF! It feels great and soaks in well and makes my skin smell simply delicious! But there’s a trick to it. For some reason, Neutrogena sells it in just a flip cap bottle, which makes it impossible to use. So I switched out my flip cap for a pump spray from an old bottle of hair spray, and it makes spritzing it on so much easier!
I wear absolutely ZERO makeup but a tinted bronzer sounds interesting….
Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector. Thick – rich. And absolutely dissapears into your skin. I use it on my knees, hands, and elbows.
Dial Soap – really.
Nutrogena oil free moisturizer.
I also ADORE and own about 7 tubes of Daring Lipslicks. Its been my go to color since high school.
I’m a total skin care slacker. I could blame it on having kids (5, 3, 2, on-the-way), but really, I was before also.
So. Thanks. I’ve been thinking lately my 30-something skin really could use some TLC. I’ll be going to my local drugstore (I live in the middle of nowhere and need real-live bottles to look at versus internet) tomorrow to see what I can find!
Hoarders: Purse Edition
Love it! I’d be on episode 2. “How many Sonic peppermints does a person really need?”
I do not have a SINGLE thing on your list. I see a trip to Walgreens in my immediate future.
Did anyone mention Carmex? My favorite product is whatever is in the Impulse Buy spot at the ULTA registers.
It’s not really makeup per se but the Clarisonic is a staple that everyone should own! I got a sample of Dr.Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliating cream from Sephora a while back. A little dab of that on my Clarisonic brush and my face feels like silk! The only downside is that the cream is quiet pricey ($75). I never would have tried it on my own, thinking that there couldn’t be that much of a difference between my apricot facial scrub, but I have to admit there is sadly a HUGE difference.
I love the new Pantene line of hair care products especially the shampoo for fine hair….my hair is worse than baby hair and needs washing everyday. With this product I can get away with every other day. And it volumizes really well. Olay makes the best line of skincare creams and I swear by the Pro-X Anti-wrinkle cream. Now I’m a grandmom in my sixties and this stuff has miraculously smoothed out the deep wrinkles around my eyes. My 36 yr. old daughter uses it too and she looks like she’s 22. It’s good stuff. I’m going to try the Freeze-It hairspray…just what I need. And Magic Eraser for hair spray film….brilliant. Love those things.
I LOVE the Sephora store but sadly, it drains the wallet pretty quickly. Recently switched from Clinique (the skin care of the teen & twenties, I learned, because it is very drying and when you are in your teens & 20’s that doesn’t make you look like a prune like it does now) which I was using for years to Boscia. It is for “mature” skin and is luscious! Love it!
The Shu Uemura lash curler is a MUST!
I have had a long, incurable addiction to Carmex.
BLINK mascara – it “tubes” the lashes. Expensive but AWESOME!! Cult following worthy. : )
tinted moisturizer! I’m right there with you, hate the feel of heavy makeup, and most days at the lake just throw on some moisturizer, but tinted…. That would be better. looking for it this week, thanks!
I just read your suggestions and I would ilke to add I have very sensitive skin and roseca on top of it – I started using Olay smooth skin cream scrub right along with some cetaphil – I get more complements than I ever had about my skin – Also, if you ever want a great foundation, try Dior Forever – just a tiney bit goes a long way and will last – I tried the primer and really never could tell a difference. If you need a great concelear try Boing from Sephora – I have dark circles and a little hides them all day long. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Carrie in NYC
So, I feel compelled to tell you about a product that I recently started using and LOVE. My friend works in marketing at Estee Lauder, and she gave me a trial of their DayWear Tinted Moisturizer (http://www.esteelauder.com/product/688/3281/Product-Catalog/Skincare/By-Category/Moisturizers/DayWear-Plus/Multi-Protection-Tinted-Moisturizer-SPF15/index.tmpl). For someone who doesn’t want to wear a foundation or something pretending to be foundation (I, too, had been wearing the Mercier Tinted Moisturizer), I think this is the best. I put it on and rub it in with my fingers just like I would with normal moisturizer, and voila, I am moisturized and have more evenness and a bit of color, all in one step! The one drawback is that you have to wash your hands because there will be some color left on your fingers, but I’ll take the clean hands over having to fool with moisturizer AND tinted moisturizer/foundation, plus a sponge or another type of distribution device.
i am almost out of my lash blast and was wondering about the newer better versions…i will make the switch!
You should do face and makeup products again! I love hearing recommendations of things other people like/love! And I definitely could use tips in the makeup department!
As a former cosmetologist, I admit, I am a hair and skincare product junkie…. I love looking at new products, and trying them out. Aveda has a skincare line (Botanical Kinetics) that is amazing. It TRULY takes years off of your face. I have some deep lines between my eyebrows (16 years of giving “the teacher look” will do that!) and I swear it makes them soooo much less visible. It is pricey (just the samples of the 3 product are around $41, but since they are so concentrated it doesn’t take much when you use it.
SO I came back to this post to make a list for when I go to the mall tomorrow and try not to break the bank in Sephora. I overlooked when you mentioned on #8 about trying the blush by NARS but didn’t want to call it by name. I have that. I sort of “blushed” when purchasing it and my mom wanted to see what I got. ha!!