Although I haven’t ever worn much makeup in my life (and even less since I married Jon, because he doesn’t generally like it on me), there are a few beauty products & services that even a minimalist like myself cannot do without:
1 – Multiple favorite skin care products: I take pretty darn good care of my skin and always have. I exfoliate regularly, use several kinds of moisturizer religiously, and I never, ever go outside without sunscreen. For years, my go-to daily moisturizer with sunscreen has been classic Oil of Olay fluid, which I slather all over my body, as well as my face. I still use OoO a lot, but I am finding that I need a heavier, more intensive daily moisturizer with sunscreen as I am getting older, so I am on the hunt for that. (All recommendations welcome, except I can’t use Neutrogena products without breaking out in a rash)
2 – Eyebrow tweezers and an eyebrow pro on call to shape and clean my brows up at least once a month.
3 – Lip stain and lip gloss: I’ve never been able to pull off full-on, traditional lipstick, but I’ve been hooked on lip gloss since I first discovered Bonne Bell Lip Smackers in middle school, at the height of their popularity.
Remember these? I definitely do! But I digress…
Today I wear a lip stain from The Body Shop (I use it on my cheeks too when I need a little color. I never use blush otherwise), and then I wear Clinique Superbalm Gloss over that. Sometimes I just go straight to the Gloss. I have tubes of the stuff tucked away in every bag and pocket so I will never be without. Love it.
4 – Mascara and an eyelash curler: There was a time, before Jon and I began dating, when I literally NEVER went anywhere without applying at least a little mascara, followed by thoroughly curling my lashes. But Jon is not a fan of eye makeup, period. So I wear mascara less than I used to, but I can’t give it up completely. When I do want a pop of color around my beady and quite unremarkable little eyes (they really aren’t my best feature), I go with one of the Almay colored mascaras, like their Intense i-Color Mascara, Purple Amethyst 021
And despite the fact that I don’t use it as much as I used to, I will never give up my beloved Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
One makeup item I have never been able to pull off is any kind of “foundation.” I’ve always found them to feel like a mask on my face, to rub off on my clothes, and to generally make me feel old and overly “made up.” I know that there are many lighter and less old-lady like foundation makeups out there these days, but even when I have tried a few of those, the color always looked off and I just felt like I was wearing a mask that people could tell I was wearing. I’ve also tried a few tinted moisturizers, but honestly didn’t see any difference in my skin tone with the tinted stuff as compared to my regular moisturizer.
However, I somehow recently ran across a story in a magazine about this new kind of foundation make up that’s become all the rage. These are called “BB” creams, and they are apparently like a cross between sunscreen/moisturizer/ and a foundation that looks really natural and really brightens up uneven skin tone.
So on a whim, I headed out to Walgreens and spent under $10 on a tube of “Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream”, which I bought in the “light/medium shade for my relatively fair skin.
The next day, before work, I smoothed the liquid BB cream over my daily moisturizer as evenly as I could (remember, I’m not good with the whole “foundation” makeup thing) and went in to my office. Almost as soon as I got there, someone commented on how pretty my skin looked – just totally out of the blue. And this happened at least three times that day – coworkers/friends asked me what I’d done to my skin to make it look so good.
Wow! I have never once in my whole life had that happen. Needless to say, I have been wearing the Garnier BB cream regularly since then – sometimes on top of my daily moisturizer and sometimes alone, since it has moisturizer and sunscreen in it. It goes on very liquidy and is absorbed into my skin immediately. The difference in my skin tone is subtle but immediate. It never rubs off on my clothes and it’s never gotten cakey or streaky. It just kind of fades as the day goes on, and I often apply it again a second time later in the day, just like I already did with moisturizer. It’s great at making under eye circles disappear, and just generally making my skin look more “finished” without looking “made up.”
I really love this stuff. I wish I’d discovered it sooner, but now that I have, I figured I’d tell y’all about it in case you might want to try it too.
So how about you? Do you have a few “must have” skin care and/or make up products that you really depend on? Have you tried one of these new BB creams? What did you think?
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