For the past few years I've worn Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (SPF 20). I wear it most days, I like how it doesn't make me breakout and my sensitive skin doesn't get angry when I put it on. I wish I would have started wearing SPF makeup sooner! I've noticed as my skin has aged some recently, it doesn't give me the same results it once did. I find it sits on top of the skin and rubs off easily and makes my skin greasy by the afternoon (even with oil-free setting spray).
When I saw a Pinterest ad for the new Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer (Complexion Rescue), I was intrigued but skeptical. The first real makeup I wore was their powdered minerals but grew out of it as my skin started to age. I tried and HATED their cream makeup a few years ago. But I kept seeing this ad, looked at online reviews all over the place (all super positive) and decided to take the plunge.
I was color matched at Ulta, and was surprised that when she put it on it wasn't obvious that I was wearing something. I went home and took everything off to start clean and put this on with the brush they recommend. WOW. My skin looks amazing and radiant! It isn't greasy. It did sting a little when I put it on, but I think that's because I had just rubbed my face a bunch to get the other stuff off. We'll see. My skin looks radiant and dewy and doesn't feel like I have a heavy mask on. It doesn't smell or have any added scent.
This isn't an ad. They aren't paying me to say this. I just like the product!
I've been wanting to do a run down of my favorite beauty products, and this dovetails nicely. Here's my list:
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $9 - My go to lotion. Have used it for years. Unscented. Light enough to use on my face AM and PM.
Mary Kay Timewise Moisturizer, $24 - I use this on my face (PM) in the winter when I need a heavier moisturizer.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, $38 - I use it nightly. It makes a difference. Lasts forever.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 20), $42 - I'm sure I will still use this and still highly recommend it.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue (SPF30), $30 - see above
MakeUp Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $42 - These are OK. I have a couple I mix together for a decent color, but still isn't my fave. I wear this when I'm going out at night as there isn't any SPF in it (which can show up weird in pictures with flash).
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Primer, $36 - I LOVE this stuff. It helps makeup stick and not slide off. Makes pores and lines look softer. (Word on the street is that the Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel is the same thing and only $6...)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $20 - Eye makeup sticks to this and even after a day with smoky eyes, it doesn't budge. Lasts forever.
CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara, $8 - No matter what I use I always seem to come back to this one. Waterproof, Absolute Black.
Loreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara, $10 - I love what this does to my lashes, but can't wear it everyday because it starts to flake after a few hours. Good for short term use. Weird to remove!
NYX The Skinny Mascara, $7 - I use this to line my lower lashes since the brush is tiny. Love it.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Liner, $20 - I don't use anything else besides Black (for extra drama) and Rockstar (daily wear). Urban Decay liners are my religion.
Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil, $13 - Too many brows are overdone these days, but I love how waxy this is and adds a little oomph to my brows (pic here)
Lorac PRO Contour Palette with brush, $43 - I cannot say enough about this. It is SO subtle you guys. You would never know that I contoured, but it makes a huge difference. The brush is fab and the product particles are super small and blend amazingly well.
Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm, $8 - I can't get enough of these, and it annoys me that they are $8 and I can't seem to duplicate it at home no matter how hard I try. I have these stashed everywhere.
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Free Setting Spray, $30 - I spray this on after I put on my makeup and everything sticks and I don't have to blot all day. Love it and lasts forever.
I use the oil cleansing method to take off my makeup at night in the shower. Equal parts castor oil, sweet almond oil, 1/2 part jojoba oil, 10-20 drops tea tree essential oil. Rub gently into dry skin (the longer you do it, the better the effect). Take off gently with washcloth.
Vasanti BrightenUp Face Rejuvenator $34 - I love this scrub and use it weekly. It smells nice and is like a fine crystal texture. Lasts forever.
Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, $15 - This take off stubborn waterproof mascara and liner like it's washable Crayola marker. Best I've ever found or used.
I have a host of other makeup products that I use on occasion, but what I shared above is usually what I stick to most days (or if I wear more) and what I go back to if/when I try other products. I find most eye shadows are interchangeable, but I have a MAC compact as well as a Covergirl compact I especially like. Oh, and when I say lasts forever, I mean it takes a long time to use it up. Obvs not forever.
That's my list!