Hi gorgies! Today I wanted to share some of my beauty faves/getting ready essentials. Just like there are people that are foodies and obsessed with all things food (guilty), there is also an equivalent for beauty products. Yes, I’ve been known to get my rocks off finding the perfect mascara that makes your lashes POP or the perf lip color shade for my skin tone. I’ve searched high and low for the best of the best in products since I was allowed to start wearing makeup (I won’t say how long ago that was, but long enough to know some sh*t). I am also really into making at home-beauty treatments (which I will save for another post) and boy oh boy did I have some beauty adventures/disasters (try washing a homemade mashed banana moisture mask out of long, curly hair). Along the way, I’ve learned some stuff and wanted to share the products I swear by (hand on Chanel).
1. Dior DiorShow Waterproof Mascara
This mascara is the queen of all mascaras. It really gives your lashes a fuller look without looking fake, Kardashian-esque or clumpy. It doesn’t flake off as the day goes on and decorate your under-eye area with black chunks, and it stays put. It’s lasted full-blown teary melt downs, getting thrown into a pool, and stand-up paddle boarding (to name a few). I swear by this mascara, and have bought it for years! It is the one beauty product I will not leave the house without – #redheadproblems include having red/blonde eyelashes that don’t really pop without assistance. The. Best. It really allows you to put your best lashes forward and get your flirt on. 😉 And, (B will attest to this), I frequently send snapchats with the sole purpose of sharing the fact that I’m having a great mascara day (you may laugh at this, but my eye makeup game is on fleek).
2. Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner
The second product I won’t leave home without is this eyeliner. When my sister saw my eyeliner routine (sometimes I go back for a second round if one side is darker than the other – hello, it’s got to be even!) she laughed and said, “You’re such a Paisan!” – um, I obviously need to make these Italian eyes pop like a boss. This eyeliner should be the DiorShow mascara’s Ride or Die b*tch, because it stays put nearly as long. There have been nights of me going out (not as frequent as they once were!) where I fall asleep without washing my face, don’t sprawl around all that much, and my eye makeup is still perfectly applied with limited smudging the next morning (if you don’t believe me, ask the Medford Housewives – they’ve seen it in action at 7:30 am Saturday morning).
3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
I am pretty fair, and I’ve got a ton of freckles, and finding a tinted moisturizer light enough for my complexion is a challenge. Obv, walking around in life with your face a remarkably different color than your neck/chest is a “no” on the highest level (you would def be a Glamour “Don’t”). This tinted moisturizer is light and sheer, but still has enough pigment that it evens out your skin tone to a gorgie make-up-free-and-fabulous look. I appreciate the fact that it doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin or cause breakouts (I mean, they usually just happen sometimes). It also has SPF 20 which is a plus (everyone should wear at least SPF 15 on their face/neck everyday – no exceptions!), and is hydrating to boot. Pretty much a winner all around.
4. Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve
The stand-by classic. I always have a tin of this in my purse. It gives just the most subtle touch of rosy color and shine, and keeps your look natural and low maintenance (I love that we as women – prepare yourself for a broad generalization that may or may not apply to you – spend time and money to look like we just rolled out of bed and #wokeuplikethis – but really, it does take some effort and time to make yourself presentable on a daily basis/maybe only if you have a hot date and want to look nice. Idk. I hope you know what I saying here – it definitely takes a few key products to achieve the fresh-faced look I want to present to the world). This really is a great product; it conditions your lips and makes them look very kissable.
5. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion in Replenishing Cocoa Butter
I was walking around the gym last week and someone looked up from their locker and exclaimed, “Someone smells like chocolate! Like chocolate brownies!” …It was me. 🙂 I love this lotion, because not only does it smell amazing (cocoa butter-based lotion has been my Go-To since I’ve been shaving my legs), but it is thick, creamy, super hydrating and moisturizing for my sensitive, dry skin. It feels like a special treat every morning when I do the post-shower lotion application, and my skin is still smooth and moisturized when I’m putting on my comfy pants at the end of the day. It’s a must have. And, out of all of these products, it has 100% vegetarian ingredients and is cruelty-free (score!).
6. Chanel Chance
Ever since this perfume was introduced in 2003, I have owned a bottle. I am obsessed (I had a semi-meltdown when my roommate’s cat stealthily broke into my bedroom, climbed on my bookcase and up-ended my bottle all over the floor in college. But then I wasn’t that mad because my room smelled ever-so-slightly like Chance for the rest of the year). I am a Chanel fan regardless (Coco is a bamf, obv) and when this scent came out I ran, not walked, to Sephora and scooped one up. The scent is a lovely mix of freshness meets flowery notes upon first spritz, and then mellows to a sensual spicy composition. The best part is that there are now two additional Chance spin-offs, both of which are fantastic and I also own. I rotate between them based on my mood, what I’m feeling for the day and the season. I own other perfumes too, but this is the one I keep coming back to. It’s like the Mr. Big of perfumes (So is it the best? Abso-f***ing-lutely).
I hope that you guys enjoyed reading about my hands-down faves. Hope you all have a beautiful Thursday! 😀 😀