There are endless options for skin care but sometimes, less is more. Bringing natural products into your beauty routine will give your skin a break and even let it heal and treat itself. I swapped out my normal moisturizer for Skin Owl's Beauty Drops in Lavender and am loving the results! It's soothing, light and even smells like a trip to the spa!
Lorac Pro Palette 2- great variety of neutral colors in high quality shadows that can be used for casual day look or a dramatic night out.
Dior Creme de Rose Smooth Lip Balm- rich, moisturizing balm that is perfect to keep on your vanity or nightstand to use before bed and before applying makeup.
bareMinerals Bareskin Foundation- lightweight, medium coverage serum foundation that brightens skin for a luminous finish.
Ardell Demi Lashes- perfect natural lashes to amp up any look.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer- creamy, blend-able concealer that works double time to conceal and brighten the under eye area without creasing.
Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder- fine translucent powder, perfect for setting under eye concealer and add an extra brightness.
Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer- all Smashbox primers are wonderful but for me, this one takes the cake by erasing pores and mattifying the skin.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads- these magical pads make skincare a no brainer and combine everything you need in 1 simple step- the even smell good!
Anastasia Dip Brow- this magical little pot is a as amazing as the brow wiz that's on everyone's favorite list, but it's waterproof!
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara- the dense brush instantly amplifies lashes, curling, volumizing and separating in a few sweeps.
There are TONS of eyeliners out there- gels, pencils, liquids, waterproof and who knows what else! Each liner can be used to achieve a different look, finish, staying power, etc. Need help de-coding the world of eyeliner? Here are my top picks in each category and price point.
Liquid usually dries to a matte finish and my favorites have a felt tip applicator to help create a winged look that anyone can achieve.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner $20
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner $9
Gel dries to a darker, inky finish and when applied with a an angled or skinny brush can be used to create any look- winged, cat eye, double wing, straight- whatever your heart desires!
MAC Fluidline Gel Liner $16
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $10
Pencils are the classic liner choice and come in tons of colors and finishes. The advantage over any other liner is the smudge factor, ideal for the perfect smoky eye.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $20
NYX Slide On Eye Pencil $8
Face masks are one of my favorite skin care products- but there are so many to choose from you may not know where to start. These are my top 3 favorite masks and they work for all skin types.
1. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask This mask is made with red clay and dries to a tight, peel off finish. Not only does it feel amazing to pull the thin mask off the skin once dry, it pulls off dead skin and cleans deep into your pores.
2. GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment This mask is perfect as our skin tends to dry out from colder weather. It's part of the noteworthy GLAMGLOW family and the clear gel hydrates and replenishes skin. Not ready to spend $69 on a mask? This comes in a nifty trial size for just $19!
3. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask Another great mask for this time of year- when we have been piling on makeup for celebration after celebration. This mask brings in the big guns to do the heavy lifting, clearing all of the unwanted "junk" from your pores. It works deep down to leave skin feeling amazingly clean and fresh. This overachiever comes in a trial size too!
After countless holiday celebrations, lots of makeup and probably a lack of sleep, our skin can use a little TLC to start the new year off right. A refreshing, exfoliating scrub is a great way to slough off dead skin and deep clean your tired, makeup covered skin. I love to keep these scrubs in the shower and follow with a rich moisturizer to hydrate the skin.
First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Polish is a deeper exfoliant with a more sandy texture- giving a buffing sensation to leave your skin smooth and glowing.
The St. Ives Even & Bright scrub is energizing and smells delicious! It's a much more gentle scrub and has a very small grain texture.