“Secrets” is a strong word for what this is, but stay with me, ok? 😉
Confession: I am THE WORST girly girl. I had to find YouTube tutorials explaining how to apply makeup like an adult before I filmed everything over the past year and I have NO idea how to properly blow-dry my hair. Pretty much any time I attempt to, it looks like I just stood in a wind tunnel.
Yet somehow I still get questions about what beauty stuff I use, so I figured why not bore you to death with a blog post about it! 😉 Truth be told, I love these types of “nosy” posts from other bloggers, so maybe there are a few people out there like me…
I’m not really one to drop hundreds of dollars on super pricey “must-haves” and my style is definitely functional over flashy and quality over quantity. One thing I do take super-seriously is sun protection. I think most people’s mothers have a signature scent (like Chanel No. 5 or something) and my mom was no different. Though hers wasn’t perfume as much as it was coconut! Weird, right?! It’s because she seriously wears sunscreen every day of her life from head to toe. Actually, I’m pretty sure sunscreen is her religion, and let me tell you, it’s paid off. She turned 50 this year and every time we go out, people make comments like, “Oh, must be sisters’ day out!” and no matter where we are she gets carded for buying alcohol 100% of the time.
But I digress. My point is that I’ve seen how profoundly premature aging can be slowed by taking good care of your skin, so I’m no different.
1. I wash my face with Alaffia Black Soap + Clarisonic brush.
Yes, the brush is pricey, but I absolutely love it. I’ve seen amazing differences in my skin and don’t think I’d ever go back, though on the same note, I’m pretty confident just about any gentle cleansing brush would give comparable results.
The black soap is detoxifying and most important, totally natural without any additives. I have really sensitive skin and this never over-dries or irritates.
2. My “toner” is organic rosewater. Seriously, that’s it. I put a few dabs on a cotton ball and brush all over.
3. Once the toner is dry, I moisturize with pure organic argan or jojoba oil. That’s it! I use Josie Maran for the argan oil and NOW Solutions for the jojoba.
Umm, have I mentioned that I’m pretty minimalist about makeup? Here goes!
I get a little gray under my eyes so to avoid looking like I just walked out of the Zombie Apocalypse, I use Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer. Even if this is all I wear, it brightens my face up SO much and really makes me look refreshed and awake.
2. Daily Foundation
I despise the feel of creamy foundations and always feel like I’m wearing a mask, but because I’m neurotic, I don’t trust powders because OMG WHAT ARE YOU INHALING WHILE APPLYING THEM?! Right. So I stick to pretty simple stuff and swear by Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream and LOVE it. It’s seriously the only foundation I wear and I can’t say enough good things about it. Anytime I spend outdoors, I wear this on my face as my sunscreen and I’ve never been burnt or even picked up much color. The sunscreen in this is that good.
Can’t live without eyeliner and mascara! I buy pretty cheap pencil eyeliner and usually roll with a navy blue or deep purple (whatever Sephora’s brand is). For filming I wear liquid and it’s Laura Mercier Crème Eyeliner in Espresso.
Mascara is my favorite thing ever. If I wear nothing on my face, I always wear mascara. If I’m going for super BOOM-POW I wear Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash in Extra Black (NOT waterproof because it will seriously never come off, and I hate this, haha). My daily mascara is Clinique High Impact in Black. It gives a nice fullness without being overly dramatic.
Burt’s Bees for the win! All day every day. I think I literally own one tube of lipstick and almost never use it. I love Burt’s Bees because there’s also no junk in there. No petroleum, no chemicals, just pure moisturizing goodness.
That’s all from me for now! What do you guys swear by?