Growing up for as long as I can remember, my mom barely used any makeup, just her Olay moisturizer and a red lipstick that she would blot off almost completely. Sometimes I didn’t even see the point of her putting lipstick on, but it probably just made her feel good applying some makeup. Well, I can tell you that my mama has aged gracefully, she had fewer wrinkles at 50 and 60 than most people her age did.
When it comes to skincare and makeup, we all have our theories on what you should do and should not do. Despite me using good quality products most of the time, my beliefs are as follows:
a. the makeup on my skin will clog up my pores.
b. the chemicals on my skin do more harm than good, and may perhaps be speeding up the aging process.
It’s probable my theories are just myths, but for these reasons alone, I refuse to use makeup every day with the exception of my moisturizer and chapstick. I, like many of you women out there, have many looks which translates to…
|1. the au naturale look||staying home||=> hence no makeup!|
|2. the casual look||going to work, visiting a friend||=> bare minimum.|
|3. the I feel pretty look||going out to dinner, vacationing||=> a little makeup.|
|4. the HOT look||going clubbing/attending a wedding||=> I may end up wearing everything I own!|
1. Neutrogena Acne Wash Redness Soothing Gentle Scrub
In my 20s I suffered from mild to moderate acne, and just as a precaution I still use an Acne Scrub to make sure I don’t breakout. My all time favorite cleanser is this Neutrogena scrub with aloe which helps reduce redness, prevents future breakouts, and exfoliates my skin leaving it soft and smooth. I have been using this cleanser for the past 4 years and I love it. The key ingredient is Salicylic Acid. ~ $8 @ Ulta
2. Bobbi Brown Protective Face Lotion w/SPF 15
One moisturizer that remains at the top of my list is this Protective Face Lotion by Bobbi Brown. As soon as I put it on my skin, this stuff absorbs into my skin, it doesn’t just sit there on top as I’ve noticed with other drugstore brands. Additionally, this Bobbi Brown lotion contains antioxidant Vitamin E which helps fight skin-damage. This lotion works best on my skin during the spring, summer, and fall seasons and leaves my skin supple and glowy. Love it! ~ $48 @ Bobbi Brown
3. MAC Eye Kohl Liner (Smolder Intense Black)
Eyeliner is one makeup product I cannot live without. The first thing people notice about you are your eyes, enhance them! On days when I need extra sleep, such as on days I go to work, eyeliner really helps me look fresh and awake. Personally, I wish I was able to use liquid eyeliner, but unfortunately I can’t stay still and end up creating a bigger mess around my eyes. This MAC liner glides on smoothly and is a soft-on pencil. ~ $16 @ MAC (smolder intense black)
4. ChapStick Classic Cherry Skin Protectant w/Sunscreen
My Cherry ChapStick is my favorite non-makeup item for my lips that alleviates chapped lips and protects them against the sun. I also believe there is a hint of color in the cherry flavor because my lips appear a teeny bit pinker after I wear my Cherry ChapStick. ~ $4.50 (set of 3) @ Walgreens
5. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (Nutmeg)
Speaking of lips, on days when I want a hint of shimmer, I love the nutmeg shade from Burt’s Bees. This stuff tastes like peppermint and contains antioxidant-rich fruit oils and Vitamin E. My lips feel moist and less chapped. It’s a great way to add a little color without bothering with the fancy glosses and lipsticks, this lip shimmer by Burt’s Bees is actually good for you and 100% all natural. ~ $2.50 @ Amazon (nutmeg)
6. NARS Bronzing Powder (Laguna)
Ever since I found out Lauren Conrad uses this bronzer amongst other celebrities, I just had to try it on and see what the hype was all about. This NARS bronzer in laguna gives my natural complexion skin tone a sun-kissed glow. This is my go-to makeup for a night out with my husband and/or friends. Love LoVe LOVE this stuff which is my most favorite makeup product after the eyeliner mentioned above! ~ $36 @ Sephora (laguna)
7. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara (Very Black)
When it comes to mascara, I don’t believe in spending much because the chemicals can’t clog your pores, obviously. Every year when those beauty awards come out in all the magazines, the Maybelline Great Last Mascara and the Dior Mascara are always the most recommended, but I figured I’d start small and purchase the former. Prior to applying mascara, I use an eyelash curler to lift and curl my lashes, and then I apply this mascara which most definitely elongates my lashes. Also known as America’s Favorite Mascara, the Maybelline Great Last comes in at a very reasonable price. ~ $5.50 @ Ulta (very black)
8. MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer
I am someone who sleeps a LOT on the weekends and I’m proud of it, and thus it’s rare for me to have bags under my eyes. And the other half is genetics, I am lucky to have parents who didn’t have bags under their eyes in their younger years, now that they are older it is a different story, obviously. Having said that, there are times when I need a little cover me up under my eyes when I’m functioning on just 6 hours of sleep, and I swear by this MAC concealer. It is fantastic and covers up those dark circles efficiently. Just FYI, when it comes to eye concealers, you want to make sure the color is one or two shades “lighter” than your complexion, and NOT the same color. ~ $18 @ Nordstrom
9. Victoria’s Secret Color Drama Lipstick (
On my reception, I was going for a soft glowy natural look, and my makeup lady who did an amazing job on my makeup applied Victoria’s Secret’s Dusk lipstick on me. Since I’m more of a lip shimmer type of gal, it’s very rare for me to wear lipsticks unless they are a light color with a matte finish. Unfortunately though, Victoria’s Secret has discontinued the color in Dusk, and so the next best option by VS is Incognito. Love the name. ~ $14 @ Victoria’s Secret (
10. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15
The very LAST piece of makeup I ever use is foundation, and I only use it on really special occasions and if my skin needs a little boost. In the past when I’ve used foundations, certain brands almost made my skin appear cakey, flaky, and dried up to the point where my skin ended up looking even worse. For this reason alone, I don’t like using foundation. However, the skin foundation by Bobbi Brown is a breakthrough product that is so lightweight and almost makes your skin appear natural and flawless without anyone even suspecting you have foundation on. And the best part is, it contains SPF. At the end of the day, I use this stuff sparingly since it goes all over my face and I am paranoid about clogging up my pores and adding unnecessary chemicals on my face. Again, less is more! ~ $47 @ Nordstrom
11. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
The last time I used the Estee Lauder serum was over 5 years ago and it was one
of the best serums I ever used. I still remember the night I applied this serum
to my face followed by a moisturizer and the next morning my skin felt like a baby’s butt, seriously! This
stuff improves skin’s overall texture and keeps skin looking younger and
smoother. The reason I stopped using Estee Lauder’s serum is due to its long
list of ingredients, but I may just go pick one up and see if it still has the
same magic it once did. Additionally, this product has won many beauty awards. ~ $55 (1 oz.) @ Nordstrom
TELL ME: What is one product you CANNOT live without?
What are some recommendations for MOISTURIZERS with SPF for women who are fighting the aging process in their 30s?
What are some recommendations for EYE CREAMS?
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