Recently I've been putting more thought into my beauty/makeup routine. I still wouldn't describe myself as wearing a lot of makeup, but it's definitely more than what I used to. I found that I would apply a little makeup and like how natural it looked in the mirror, but then I'd get a photo back and think that I looked washed out and as if I didn't put any makeup on at all. That's when I started perusing some makeup blogs and youtube videos and trying out some new products. My makeup drawer is now a collection of some higher end products (still nothing crazy) and some drug store picks. I've decided that I'd rather have a drawer full of products (high and low end) I love and use than have a ton of free gift products that I never use.
Just this past fall, I shared some of my favorite beauty products. And while many of them have stayed the same, these are the products that I've added to my almost-daily routine.
Starting with the face. I am still using the Mary Kay Acne System and if anything, I've gotten better at using it twice a day. I've even started using the cleansing brush when I wash my face at night. I definitely feel that my skin has improved since using it, making it that much easier to apply makeup to. I still use this foundation, but now I use a primer first and use the beauty blender sponge to apply it. I've also started using these two concealers (first in light to cover my dark circles and then the brightener to add some highlighting). While I still use powder to set everything and a bronzer for some extra color, I find that I'm using less and less bronzer as my skin improves. I also just recently purchased this highlighting palette and love the subtle glow it gives me.
Next up, the eyes! Before, I would just apply a little bit of cream eye shadow and some eyeliner While I still do that on days where I'm rushing out the door, I've added a few new products to my arsenal. The biggest thing is that I am now obsessed with mascara, this one in particular! I've also purchased some neutral eye shadow palettes to play around with when I have more time and want a more dramatic eye. The most recent development in my eye makeup routine is this e.l.f brow kit. While my eyebrows are pretty full on their own, I find that this just gives them a little oomph. While I don't use it on a daily basis, if I'm dressing up (or taking outfit photos), I find it helps my eyes stand out even more.
And now the lips! Since my last post, I've also gotten into wearing lip color more. I still wouldn't describe myself as a bold lip kind of girl, but I'm definitely branching out to wear more than just chapstick. Right now, these are my go to colors. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!
Revlon balm stain - honey
And finally, the body. Now that summer is here, and more of me is showing on a daily basis, I want my skin to look it's best. I suffer from dry skin, so I've started using a body scrub in the shower a few times a week to help with exfoliating. And while I will now be getting a natural tan, this sunless tanning mousse was very helpful this spring when I was pasty white!