Sunday, August 11, 2013

Best In Beauty, For A Non-Makeup Girl


I'm the first to admit that I am not a makeup girl so this post will not be chock-full of the latest and greatest beauty products.  Rather these are the products I've been using for years and go through bottle after bottle of.  My everyday, holy grail, must haves.  Enjoy!

Este Lauders Advanced Night Repair has been a game changer for my skin.  This is without a doubt my number one beauty product.  For 10 solid years I struggled to find something, anything that would help reduce the redness in my chin and cheeks (rosacea).  I shelled out endless amounts of money to no avail.  I went to the dermatologist and used harsh retinols that not only failed to help but also dried out my skin.  I was starting to feel defeated until two year's ago when I picked up a bottle of Advanced Night Repair.  I've never looked back!  In fact, I look for the largest bottle possible because I don't ever want to go a single day without this gem of a product.  The icing on the cake is that it's also reduced the size of my pores making any makeup I do wear look a lot more flawless.

I pull out my foundation for special occasions ;-).  For whatever reason, a full face of makeup just doesn't feel good to me.  Bobbi Browns Tinted Moisturizer is the perfect compromise (bonus it has SPF 15).  It's very light, almost watery and goes on super easy.  It's build-able too, but I find just a pea size drop will do, paired with a sheer powder.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream has been a go to for me for quite awhile now.  I use it in the morning after I've washed my face and again at night after I've applied Advanced Night Repair.  After years of having dry, flaky skin I've finally found something to be completely nourishing.  The price is right too!  A huge pot lasts me months and can be found for under $50.   

For $5 each you can get some of the best shampoo and conditioner on the market.  I absolutely love this stuff.  My hair is medium length, but really thick and a lot of shampoos and conditioners tend to weigh it down.  I curl my hair almost daily so I need something that will leave my hair clean and moisturized without making it heavy.  This is it!  My hair is bouncy, full of life and has great shine.  If you haven't tried Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care pick some up the next time your at your local grocery store.
Bobbi Browns Sheer Finish Pressed Powder is the newest product to be added to my daily routine.  This powder is the perfect compliment to the tinted moisturizer.  I didn't use powder for years, again because of my dry, red skin (do you see why Advanced Night Repair is my all-time favorite!).  Now that I can, I feel lucky to have found something that leaves such a nice sheer matte finish.  More is definitely less with this product line which is probably why I love it so much!

Love, love, love this polish.  Essie's Meet Me At Sunset was part of Essie's Summer 2011 line and I've been wearing it every since.  It looks amazing on my fair skin and even better with a tan.  I think this is a color anyone can wear. 

For someone who doesn't like to wear a lot of makeup, finding a mascara that doesn't make you look like you're wearing false lashes is getting harder and harder to find these days.  I have very long lashes naturally and would be completely happy wearing no mascara at all if my lashes were a little darker in color.  Adding a little color really does help define the eyes.  I like Maybelline's Great Lash in Blackest Black with the curved wand because it doesn't dry super fast and allows me the time I need to separate my lashes so that they don't clump.

  Burt's Bees Lip Balm is a no frills item but an absolute necessity.  I keep one on my nightstand, in my purse, in my car and on my desk at work.  I usually have a few on standby as well.  

   No joke, this Jergen's Original Scent is my grandma's lotion.  She's used it for at least 30 years now and there's something to be said for that.  With all the lotions and potions out there this is the only one I've actually used up and repurchased.  The scent is clean and not overpowering and it leaves my skin feeling amazing and moisturized.

Last but not least, my beloved Lola by Marc Jacobs.  I received my first bottle as a 30th birthday present from my best friend and have been in love ever since.  This is not a scent for the faint of heart.  It's deep and bold, a scent for a woman :-).

Well, there you have them.  What are your Best of Beauty products?  I'm still on the hunt for an awesome face wash and eye liner?  Any recommendations?

Have a great Sunday and Bee Happy!

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