Hey Ladies! Les here, I wanted to share some beauty products I swear by!
I want to start with introducing my favorite skin care products. Say hello to my facial cleanser; Philosophy’s “Purity,” and my facial moisturizer; Philosophy’s “Hope in a Jar.” Like many of you, I have struggled with acne, uneven skin tone, oily and dry skin. I have tried everything from Retin a micro (doctor prescribed treatment) to Cetaphil and Bior products. Some of these products flat out killed my skin, while others actually worked pretty good at moisturizing. But only at moisturizing, not at diminishing my pores or helping with my uneven skin tone. So I was out to find a product that would do all of the above. Low and Behold Philosophy’s skin care:
I’m quite the girly-girl when it comes to cosmetics. I have vivid memories as a little girl watching my beautiful mother every morning as she applied her make up; in a velvet blue robe lined with lace and usually her hair pulled up in a towel as she sat in front of her vanity, probably listening to Whitney Houston (RIP), Amy Grant or Michael W. Smith. I’ll never forget the smell of her lipstick and the times she let me put some on. I am my mother’s daughter.
I enjoy starting off each day in front of the mirror experimenting with makeup. Call it vain if you want…but I call it art. As finding the right facial cleanser and moisturizer is important for the health of your skin, so is finding the right makeup. A couple years ago I switched from using Revlon’s “new complexion” foundation to Bare Minerals. I will never go back. Since using Bare Minerals I now have fewer breakouts and I don’t ever feel like my skin is caked with make-up, nor do I fear that I look like an oompa loompa. Thank you Bare Minerals!
Side note: I’ve recently started using a face primer before putting on my make up. It does 3 things for you: Creates a layer between the makeup and your skin to protect your skin, it allows your makeup to go on smoother, and it helps the makeup last longer.
Moving on to my Eyes: Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer, “Sin” is what I use before I apply my eye shadow. It adds a subtle golden shimmer and allows my eyeshadow to stay on all day without smudging!
I use Sephora’s Smoothing & brightening concealer under my eyes (before I apply my bare minerals, and after using my face primer) It covers dark circles and brightens my eyes without making them feel heavy.
DiorShow Mascara. Yes, it’s a little pricey so I only allow myself to buy this a couple times a year, and I try to use it sparingly to extend its life for my lashes ;o). It doesn’t clump as much as other mascara’s I’ve used and it stays on all day without smudging (waterproof).
Side note: If you’re desperate to get the Dior mascara look without spending the $$, I suggest using Maybelline’s Magnum Volum Express, or Sephora’s Outrageous Volume.
Bonus: A great tip for those of you who use eyelash curlers; try putting your curler under hot water for 30 seconds, dry it off and use it. It will work like a curling iron for your lashes and doubles your curl! Voila!
Kat Von D’s Eyeliner. It’s liquid but very easy to use. It doesn’t go on heavy and it comes in many different shades.
Lips: I use Burts Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm. It’s a great lip moisturizer, inexpensive, and offers a variety of shades. It goes on light and adds a subtle color.
Lipstick: I use Clinique’s High Impact Colour which has an SPF of 15. I’m currently wearing the shade “Go Fig”.
Hair: I have fine long blonde hair and it is difficult to maintain. I use “BigSexyHair” products up the wazoo! I use the root pump every morning after I get out of the shower along with “It’s a 10” Miricle leave-in product. When I add curls to my hair I use B.S.H. “Hair Spray & Play”. I use B.S.H. “Dry Volumizing Shampoo” for those mornings I sleep in, and I recently started using B.S.H. “Powder Play” to add thickness to my hair.
Cosmetics are a blast to play around with and I really do see it as an art. But, I believe it’s important to be careful not to get sucked into the world’s standards of beauty. There is a balance and it is at times difficult to find that balance in my own life.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” -Proverbs 31:30.