While I’m much more interested in cooking than beauty or fashion, I make a big point of taking care of my skin and love finding new beauty products! Here’s my daily routine, with links to all of the products I use.
I use mostly Aesop skincare products…While expensive, they work extremely well with my dry skin, they smell good, and the packaging is spot on 🙂 I drink a LOT of water throughout the day which I think helps keep my skin clear, along with regular exercise and healthy eating.
I use my Clarisonic about 3x a week during my morning shower, with 1 pump of the Aesop Parsley Seed Face Cleanser. It’s a great product for dry skin like mine because it’s gentle, but it also gives me that “clean” feeling.
After I get out of the shower, I’ll put on moisturizer right away (Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream). I let that sink in while I get dressed and eat breakfast. For my body, I use Cerave Moisturizing Cream (and sunscreen if needed). It doesn’t have a scent, and it’s really thick (but not greasy) for my dry skin. For perfume, I use Diptyque (Tam Dao or Philosykos). For a cheaper option, and since I ran out of Diptyque a little while ago, I love the way this smells and use it almost daily!
I never go to bed without removing my makeup and moisturizing…NEVER. To take it all off, I use coconut oil. I just massage a bit on my eyes and face and everything melts off (even waterproof mascara). Then, I’ll wash my face with the Aesop Parsley Seed Face Cleanser, and then I use the Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Toner to make sure my skin is clean. About 4 nights a week, I’ll follow that with Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil; just a couple drops really hydrates my skin. Once a week, I use this Origins Overnight Face Mask…you’ll wake up with skin that feels like butter.
After moisturizing, I always start with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer. It comes with 2 shades that you can mix together to find the perfect shade for your skin. It covers everything, and brightens your face but looks really natural. I rarely use foundation, but I have this one from Chanel and love it since it goes on super smooth and is really lightweight.
After concealer, I’ll usually put on a bit of bronzer (Sun Bunny by Too Faced)- I’ve been using this same brand since high school! Then I’ll curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemera Curler I picked up in Japan- believe the hype about this curler, it’s worth the $$! I mentioned my favorite mascara in a previous post– it’s the Maybelline Falsies Mascara, and you can get it for like $7 from Walgreens. I use lip balm every day, usually Burt´s Bees since I love the tingle! And that’s it for my everyday…it takes about 3 minutes!
If I’m going out or want a little bit extra on my eyes, I’ll use the Laura Mercier Shadow Sticks (I have Rose Gold & Amythest). They’re super easy to layer and blend, and give sparkle without looking like a disco ball. For eyeliner, I have the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Bronze Shimmer Ink, and I also like the Revlon Color Stay Liquid Liners (I have a really pretty navy blue color). If I’m using liner or eyeshadow, I always start with the Smashbox 24 Hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer; your makeup won’t move until you take it off…it’s magic. Occasionally I’ll use RMS Living Luminizer to add a little extra glow. For lips, I like MAC “Nice to meet you”…it’s a pretty pinky/red.
I have long, fine, curly hair. Even though I really love my hair now, I didn’t always! When I was younger, I would straighten it almost every day because I didn’t know how to make my curls look pretty. Now, I wear it curly 95% of the time! I keep my hair long since it works best for my curls, and I get balayage about 2x a year. If you’re in Chicago, go to Salon U in Lincoln Park and see Elizabeth for balayage…she’s amazing! I shampoo my hair every other day, but condition it daily (I’m not very picky on brands of shampoo/conditioner).
This is the only product I use to style my curls. I’ve tried so many products, and this one gives me soft, defined curls with none of the crunch (and its only $7.99)! Scrunch a dime sized amount into towel dried and combed hair and let air dry…that’s it.
Once in awhile, I’ll blow out my hair straight. I had a stylist tell me once that If you’re blowing out your hair correctly, you shouldn’t need to use a straightener after. The key is that you need a lot of tension between the brush and the hair; pulling it taut, and learning how to move the brush is key. I always start with this Oribe Imperial Blowout Creme. It smells insane, and makes your blowout last for days. After working a small amount through my hair, I go section by section with my round brush and my hairdryer I’ve had for 5+ years. It’s worth it to invest in a great hairdryer; it cuts your drying time in half and doesn’t damage it as much as other models.
What does your beauty routine look like?