Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ($29)
For some reason my skin has been freaking out lately, big time. I had to completely change my skin care routine to control the breakouts, but I finally found the magic combination. This cleansing balm does an amazing job at taking off makeup, even waterproof mascara. If I wear a face full of makeup, I’ll use this and then give my face one more quick wash with an acne-fighting cleanser.
Beauty Secrets Acetone Nail Polish Remover ($2.29 with Beauty Club Card):
This nail polish remover is pretty great. It is really affordable, nourishing, works well, and I think it actually smells good! Don’t judge me until you try it.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($55) and Destiny Boutique Charcoal Facial Detox ($9.99 at T.J. Maxx)
I had really bad breakouts for the first time in years recently, so I had to revamp my routine. I had tried Dermalogica in the past, but lately had been using more affordable products. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I went ahead and bought this daily microfoliant and it has greatly improved the texture of my skin. I keep it in my shower because it is this weird powder you have to mix with water to form a paste. When I’m not using the microfoliant, I have been washing with the charcoal facial detox, and so far my skin is pretty happy. According to their site, “NO ETHOXYLATES, MINERAL OILS, FORMALDEHYDE DONORS, SULFATES, PARABENS, ARTIFICIAL COLORS, FRAGRANCE or any of that scary stuff.”
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)
This drying lotion is amazing, trust me. You take a Q-tip and dab it on the spot to work its magic overnight. I don’t really have much else to say about this stuff. Best spot-treatment ever. There is significant improvement in just one night.
Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lip Gloss in Kinky ($22)
This lipgloss is a really beautiful nude shade. The formula is not too sticky, long-lasting, and it doesn’t dry your lips out. I actually purchased this for $11 during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty (whoot whoot!), and I will definitely buy it again. P.S. it comes in 22 shades.
Maybelline Eyestudio Colortattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow ($6.99)
These eyeshadows are SO GOOD! I use my fingers to put it on my eyelid, and then I blend it up and into the crease with a blending brush. So easy, but it looks like you tried way harder than you really did. Perfect. I will line my upper waterline, throw this shadow on, then a quick coat of mascara, and eyes are done. I especially like this specific eyeshadow because they aren’t too expensive, you can find them really easily, and they come in a lot of shades and several finishes.
Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel ($24) and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)
Most often I put these two things on, put some bronzer on my eyelids, and call it a day. I got Gimme Brow as a sample from Sephora, and I love it. I think it’s better than the Anastasia brow gel- the applicator is precise, and it dries quickly and doesn’t go anywhere. The Better Than Sex mascara is super volumizing, I’ll grab this when I’m in a hurry (okay so that’s most of the time), because it just takes one coat and you have lashes for daaaays, honey.
Benefit Posietint ($30)
Love this stuff! Super easy, very pretty and natural-looking. It can go on lips and cheeks *bonus*. It’s my go-to lip stain, and one of the few things I’ll wear to work because you apply it once and then you’re good to go! I’m also not one of the girls who has mastered eating food while wearing lipstick, so I’ll wear this to dinner dates and not worry about it getting all over my face/teeth.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter ($38-$48) and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy ($5.50)
This Kiehl’s lotion is my favorite part of my beauty routine. The whipped texture is so light, the lotion absorbs really quickly, it makes your skin amazingly soft, and it smells SO GOOD! I tried this lotion at my best friend’s house (heeeey Katie!) and I wish I never had. I usually ask for this as a Christmas gift, and the large tub will last me months and months. Since the Creme de Corps is expensive, I go with the Cocoa Butter most of time. I actually like the Palmer’s lotion quite a lot, it smells yummy and keeps my skin hydrated!
Macadamia Oil Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea at Sally’s)
I just picked these up recently when I ran out of the stuff I was using, and so far I am really liking it! I have decided to grow my hair out again so I can donate it, so I am determined to keep my hair extremely healthy. My hair is naturally curly, and I am always looking for a good moisturizing combo. This shampoo/conditioner makes my hair feel very soft. I will report back if I’m not as impressed after continued use.