Hello, hello! How was your weekend? Mine was full of various errands and a little soccer (literally a little, because my team in a tournament at work lost our first two games in a double-elimination setup. But I did “forget” to put sunscreen on my face, so I at least got some color).
Today, since I mostly review newer beauty/skincare/hair products on the blog, I thought it would be fun to share the ones I’ve used for years and keep returning to even as others come and go. Also, I have spent a lot of time hunched over my monitor at work like a gremlin as of late, and nothing particularly unique came to mind for this post.
While I continue to wait for the mild acne I’ve had since high school to disappear on its own, Proactiv Solution keeps my skin looking healthy. The 3-step system above has cleared my skin more effectively than anything else I’ve tried, from the Proactiv knockoffs at Target to prescription-strength treatments from a dermatologist. Actually, eating clean helps quite a bit, but…Marie Callendar’s frozen chicken pot pies.
Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
This mascara adds both length and volume to my eyelashes. It doesn’t dry into clumps that pick at all day, but it’s not so wet that it smudges and smears when I rub my eyes. The formula is fragrance-free and non-irritating, and I definitely don’t mind the $8.50 price tag. P.S. – I wrote about some other budget beauty favorites here and here.
Lancome Energie de Vie Cleansing Oil
I use Proactiv to wash my face each morning and night but sometimes want to cleanse in between – say, to remove my makeup before a workout. If I use another cleanser aimed at clearing acne, my skin becomes too dry, and if I use more moisturizing washes, my breakouts get worse. This cleansing oil, however, keeps my skin balanced and has the most amazing piney scent- it’s so refreshing to use.
Stila Convertible Color
This is the first product I ever bought at Sephora, which means it’s been around almost ten years – always a good indicator of quality. You can apply the creamy formula to both your cheeks and lips; I almost always use it as a pretty, natural blush. This compact is also great for travel, as it includes a mirror and you don’t need to bring a brush or sponge.
Bumble and bumble. Styling Lotion
I feel naked whenever I blow-dry and/or straighten my hair without this product. It smells great, protects from hot tools, adds a little volume, and provides all-day hold without crunch. It’s a little expensive at $30 for 8 ounces, but a bottle of that size will easily last six months.
Your turn – what products are essential to your routine?