16 March 2011

beauty staples + my regimen

16 March 2011
beauty staples

i've been thinking about sharing my arsenal of beauty products for some time now because i love them so much! on weekends, i rarely wear makeup, but every weekday i use each of these products.

since the winters in chicago are so cold, moisturizing is a necessity. the best lip balm by far is smith's rosebud salve - in the tin, not the tube. it leaves a pretty sheen, without being greasy, so i usually don't wear lip gloss or lipstick over it. neutrogena's oil free spf moisturizer is the best for my sensitive-yet-combination skin.

as you'll see, i use several products to mask dark circles, so a moisturizing, healing eye cream is a must for me. i'm a huge fan mario badescu products and love trying out the numerous eye creams. right now i'm using the chamomile cream and it's divine.

my makeup regimen:

1. my makeup routine always starts with using an eyelash curler. i have long eyelashes, but unfortunately, they're stick straight. i've tried dozens of eyelash curlers and shu uemura's is the best.

2. since i was "blessed" with dark circles, i focus most of my makeup attention to the eye area. laura mercier is my go-to brand for makeup and i love her for making such great concealer. after applying eye cream, i put on the rosy-colored "secret" concealer, which provides a base for the "undercover" concealer. it seems strange to put a pink color under your eyes, but i promise it works. i then apply the undercover concealer by blending both colors in the pot and then dab the finishing powder that screws off the bottom portion.

3. the eye basics is a cream applied to the lids that can serve as a base for eyeshadow or to brighten the eye, which is what i use it for.

4. the secret concealer is for any blemishes or unevenness. it's a hugely popular product because it conceals so well!

5. i then apply the "coffee ground" eye shadow as an eyeliner with an angled brush. it gives good definition but eyeshadow has a softer look than traditional eyeliner.

6. maybelline's mascara is ranked #1 for a reason. by far the best i've used to give length and volume without clumping.

7. i usually finish off with a dash of blush high on the cheekbones for a healthy glow!

wow, okay, that looks like a lot, but i promise it doesn't take more than 10 minutes! anyway, hope i inspired you to try a new product or two! what are your favorite beauty staples? anything, i have to try?


kristin said...

clarins makes a great "perfecting touch" concealer that comes in a tube with a little brush at the end - never leave home without it! their face powder is also great (and smells good too!) i never run out of maybelline's mascara, and usually have a backup, lastly - glominerals lip gloss in "blushing". yay for wknds without makeup, i do the same!

Staley Mc said...

I love the Maybelline Great Last Mascara too. It is seriously the best, I have used others but I always go back to it!

things that sparkle said...

I love these kinds of posts! Thanks for sharing your secrets. Happy to have found another Chicago blogger!!

la petite coquine said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only girl with a routine in the morning! Love sneaking a peak into someone else's makeup bag!

Yours Truly said...

THanks for sharing!! I love Laura Mercier anti aging wrinkle cream (haha I know I am only 23) but I have never tried her makeup. Looks like I will now!!


Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Those are some great staples...I'm pretty sure I'm feeling some makeup envy! (c: i may or may not be heading to the store right now...hehehe

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Anna Katrina said...

great beauty finds - love your blog

stop by sometime<3

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

so lovely. x hivennn

Sara Louise said...

I LOVE Rosebud Salve and use Laura Mercier concealer everyday! I'm all icky looking without it :-)

Roxy Te said...

ANYTHING philosophy! Their products have garnered me many fantastic skin compliments :) My faves are hope in a jar, the microdelivery peel, and turbo booster c!

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