My Every Day Face

Happy Friday! I’m so behind on everything this week because my final project was due for the class I am currently taking. We were only given one week to work on it, so it has been tough! Thankfully it is all finished and I have a break this weekend to relax.

This week I’m going to do something a little different and show you all the make up that I use on a daily basis. One of my favorite things to read on other people’s blogs is the combination of products they use to put on their “every day face.” I like trying out new products and switching up my routine every once and awhile.

These are my every day products:

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Make Up Forever HD Powder

Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality Highlighter

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil

L’oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

L’oreal Voluminous Manga Mascara

MAC Mineralize Blush

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

My eyeshadow varies daily and my blush often does as well. Right now I’m looking for a blush that lasts ALL day. By lunch time mine has already worn off. Does using a cream blush and applying powder blush on top help it last? If you have any tips or product suggestions let me know!

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Have a lovely weekend!

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Friday Favorites – Winter Skin Care Products

Happy Halloween! Life is pretty crazy right now with school and work. Everything has transitioned so fast from summer to fall and now winter. Stores already have Christmas decorations out. Christmas has become a holiday that we begin to celebrate a good two months before the actual day. It really is the most anticipated day of the year for those who celebrate it.

Anyway, Christmas makes me think of the bitter winters here in Pennsylvania. My skin gets very dry and itchy. These are my go to products to stay moisturized during the season.

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1.) Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Hands down the best hand cream I have ever used. A tiny bit goes a long way! I prefer the fragrance free. The regular product smells like baby powder.

2.) Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub This stuff is wonderful to get the dry skin off chapped lips. I constantly have chapped lips this time of year, and after using some scrubs my lips get irritated. I use this as often as every other day some weeks and have not had irritation.

3.) ChapStick Classic Skin Protection Forget all of the fancy ChapStick options stick with this good old one.

4.) Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturizer I love the convenience of lotion in a spray bottle! It is not super moisturizing but does it’s job and dries really quickly.

5.) Natural Loofah Luffa Loofa Body Scrub Pads Take a hot bath, get out your favorite body wash, later up one of these and scrub! These scrubs help remove dead skin cells and will ultimately help keep your skin smoother. After using one of these I recommend lathering up with the next product.

6.)  Bath and Body Works Super Rich Body Cream with Shea Butter This is indeed “super rich” and smells amazing. It is one of the only body creams that I feel locks the moisture into my skin. Again, Bath and Body Works always has great sales and coupons. I can’t remember the last time I paid full price for anything at their store.

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Eyebrow Evolution

evolutionAs a teenager when I first started wearing make up I neglected my eyebrows completely. I went all out and wore foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick.. the works. I never once filled in my eyebrows or plucked them. Eventually I jumped on the plucking bandwagon and tweezed them down to a thin line. It was awful. It would have honestly looked better if I just shaved them completely off and drew them back on. Since I over-tweezed my brows for years, and got my eyebrow pierced at one point, the hair never grew back fully. I let my brows grow back in and cleaned them up a little to give them some shape. Here is an old blurry photo of how my brows looked once I stopped plucking and filled them in with powder.

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Getting my brows shaped by a professional wasn’t something I ever considered at that point. I heard so many horror stories from friends about waxing. Some ended up with blisters because the wax was too hot or half an eyebrow because the person wasn’t trained properly. Then I heard about eyebrow threading. Our local mall just opened up a store that offered the service. My husband and I decided to try it out one afternoon. I admit that it does look very intimidating and the first question everyone asks is if it hurts. Personally, I do not think it is any worse then plucking. On the plus side it goes much quicker then plucking and the results last about two weeks until you need to go back for a touch up. For the past several years my husband and I go to get our eyebrows threaded every two weeks or so. The girls at our shop do an amazing job shaping the brows.

Here is a photo of my brows before I begin filling them in. I had them threaded two days ago so as you can see they did a great job of shaping.

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I’ve been using the Brow Wiz pencil by Anastasia Beverly Hills. To sketch out my brow shape.

First I use the brush end to brush up the hair on my brow so I can begin to line underneath it.

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Next, I outline my eyebrow shape with the pencil. By doing this I can control the shape. If I’d like make them a little thicker, I can, if I mess up all I have to do is wipe the pencil off.

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After I finish the outline I just fill my brows in with a little of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder. If I am starting to have some regrow I’ll use some brow highlighter underneath my brows. It gives them an extra pop but also conceals light regrowth.

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I like to keep my brows looking more natural where as some people really accentuate the arch. The powder and pencil combo has always given the most natural look in my experience. I’ve used other brow products, but I prefer Anastasia because the quality is amazing and they last a long time.

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Skin care routine

When I was younger I totally abused my skin. I rarely washed my face with anything besides water in the shower, never took off my make up nor used SPF, and spent a lot of time in tanning beds. To my defense, I was never really educated enough on how to take care of my skin. Growing up the only skincare knowledge I got was out of Seventeen Magazine. 16 years ago not very many people had computers and even if you had the luxury of owning one beauty blogs and YouTube didn’t exist back then. Plus could you imagine trying to watch a video on dial up?

For a couple years on and off I frequented tanning salons and did not wear any protection on my face. I laughed at the people who told me how tanning reeked havoc on skin but later regretted not listening to them. In my early 20’s I started taking care of my skin and developed my own routine by trial and error. Here is my typical routine:

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1.) Yes to Grapefruit Face Wipes First I use wipes to take off my makeup. I found that the “Yes” brand that Target sells are excellent. I’ve tried several other brands but these actually stay moist after you open the package.

2.) PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple I have never disliked a Philosophy product that I’ve tried. I use this face wash on my skin every night before bed. I have really sensitive skin and this formula is really gentle and non irritating. I apply about a quarter sized amount to my face nightly and the $20 bottle lasts me a few months.

3.) CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ I use this every night after I wash my face. It does not have an SPF so I wouldn’t wear it during the day. I also think it is a little too greasy and runny so I avoid putting it on my chin, otherwise I break out.

4.) Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer This is the ONLY moisturizer I have used for the past 10 years. It has SPF, oil free, and is reasonably priced. I noticed that Neutrogena does have a moisturizer with 30 SPF that I may change to. I’m not sure if it is oil free, which is essential for me.

5.) Clarisonic Mia I use the Clarisonic about twice a week to exfoliate. Yes, the Mia is expensive but, seriously worth the price. Nothing else I’ve ever used has exfoliated my skin so well and made it soft.  Amazon sells generic replacement brushes super cheap.

My Morning Routine:
Wash face with cold water
Apply SPF Lotion

Nightly Routine:
Wipe make up off skin
Wash face with Purity or Exfoliate with Purity
Apply Moisturizer

Always make sure to wash your face before bed even if you are NOT wearing make up! To keep your skin looking great it is important to establish a skin care routine and force yourself to abide by it and make it a habit.