Happy THURSDAY! (Whaaaatttt??)
I feel like the first half of the week went by slowly, but the second half really snuck up on me! So cheers to the almost weekend–love when that happens, right?
I’ve received a lot of beauty questions from you guys over the past few months–many having to do with budget friendly buys, questions about sensitive skin, what products are worth the money, and more!
That being said, I thought it would be fun (and more importantly, helpful, obviously) to do a little beauty Q&A to answer your most common Q’s!
I have to admit, I’m definitely a beauty minimalist compared to a lot of women (who has the time, ya know?) but I do try a LOT of products–so there are plenty of details to be shared with you.
So, if you’re looking for some new product recommendations or beauty tips–you’re in the right place! Read on as I answer five of your top beauty questions!
Have more? Just leave ’em in the comments below–we can always do another round!
Q: What are your favorite products for those with sensitive skin?
A: If you’ve been following along for a bit, you’ll know it’s no secret I struggle with majorly sensitive skin. My skin, like anyone’s, goes through phases of being well behaved and very very badly behaved, but for those with the most sensitive of skin, I can’t recommend CereVe products enough–I swear by their hydrating cleanser and their lotion. Cetaphil is also another favorite–I like their mild face wash and their body cream is great in the winters when my skin needs extra hydration.
I also tend to use a lot of Clinique products that are really great for sensitive skin–like their gentle foaming cleanser.
Q: What are your favorite drugstore beauty buys?
A: SO MANY. Hmmmm. This is very hard to narrow down. I would probably say Ardell false eyelashes. I’ve been getting into them a lot more lately–if you buy the “natural” looking kind–they really are lovely and don’t look too over the top. I love wearing them on date nights and whenever I go out. (Which might sound like a lot of work, but keep in mind A. I’m a grandma and go out like once a month and B. They’re actually a snap to apply once you’ve gotten the hang of them!)
ELF also makes good false eyelashes! Speaking of ELF–I love their blush/bronzer duo–it’s almost identical to the ones NARS makes but costs literally $3.
Additionally, I recently tried Maybelline’s “Fit Me” Foundation–I can be finnicky about drugstore foundations because, again, my skin is psychotic, but so far no issues–it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedigenic. It’s really hydrating for my dry skin, and has this amazing dewy finish. (Although, I definitely would not use it if you tend to have oily skin–try their matte version instead!)
Q: What are your favorite beauty splurges?
A: Too many to count–seeing as I can’t walk into Sephora without spending $200–one that stands out at the moment–random–but perfume. Perfume is so expensive, but it’s so worth it.
I’ve worn Stella by Stella McCartney since college–my friend Courtney got me hooked on it, and it’s what I wore when Neal and I started dating–he loves it. There’s something about scent that can totally change your mood and set a tone–splurge on the good stuff! I mean, it lasts forever. I also love Chloe Rose–but nothing can top Stella in Neal’s mind.
I also recently discovered Bliss’ “Incredi-peel” glycolic face wipes–I must have gotten samples of them somewhere (I stumbled upon 5 or so in my drawer when I was packing for the move) and I’ve only used them for a couple nights and can ALREADY see a difference in my skin tone and texture–it’s a lot more even. I just looked them up to order more of them ASAP, and they’re $50 a box, but I can already tell they’re totally worth it. Also–they’re on sale now at Ulta for $40! So I guess they aren’t that “splurgey” after all!
Also–high-end primer is always worth it. Always. Smashbox all the way. I also love Benefit’s “Hoola” bronzer and their “Erase Paste” concealer. I’ve also been a fan of BareMinerals forever and will always be a fan–ComplexionRescue especially is a lifesaver in the winter.
Q: What curling iron do you use/recommend?
A: I use my Beachwaver curling iron a LOT. I don’t straighten my hair, so it’s either air-dry or curling iron for me. I have a ton of hair, and with the Beachwaver my hair can be done in less than 10 minutes start to finish. (Which, if you also have very thick/long hair, you know is unheard of.)
I like that it auto-rotates, which I thought was totally stupid and unnecessary before I really got the hang of using it–but then I realized how fast it works and how even it heats your strands. Another great thing–it will NEVER pull out your hair. Before this, I had both ConAir and Hot Tools brands, and they would rip my hair out every time I used them. Not cool.
However, lately, I haven’t even been using the auto-rotate feature, and have been using it as more of a wand, and since it gets so hot, it’s super fast and effective to use that way, too!
It’s definitely a splurge–but I’ve never loved another curling iron like this one. Eventually I think I’ll upgrade to the Pro version (currently on sale!)–it has a longer barrel, which would be awesome for long hair.
Q: Do you have any anti-aging or other skincare products you love?
A: One thing that’s a little out there–cod liver oil capsules have really helped my skin in the past (on that note, I totally fell off the wagon with taking these, need to start again!) Reason being, they are very high in not just Omega-3’s but Vitamin A, which helps heal your skin from the inside out–calming breakouts and improving your skin’s texture.
I’ve been taking these gummy vitamins with collagen and also the hair skin and nails version. I don’t know if it’s a placebo effect, but I really do think my skin looks healthier and my hair is shinier.
Also, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair has been my favorite anti-aging serum I’ve tried so far–it made my skin noticeably brighter, more even and smoother after just a few weeks. I’ve also tried BareMinerals SkinLongevity which I liked, but I don’t think I saw the same results as I did with Estee Lauder’s. I plan to go back to Advanced Night Repair soon!
Additionally, you know I struggle with acne scars and dark spots–Clinique’s “Even Better” Dark Spot Corrector has really helped that! If you also have uneven skin or dark spots–give it a try, you won’t be sorry!