THE BEAUTY BASICS
My favorite routine products
Skincare and haircare routines for everyone is so different. Those "cool girl cult favorites" don't always work for everyone and I can't afford to try out all of them anyways. I've gathered together a few of my favorite products that I feel like I've always used since I started wearing makeup, and mixed in a few new favorites I've found more recently.
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It wasn't until recently I really started to think about taking real care of my hair. I would leave it natural when it was long and just shampoo and condition like normal but now that its shorter and I've dyed it and use heated styling tools regularly, I've noticed my hair becoming fragile and lacking that natural shine. I've also tried to become much more aware of what's in my products, or rather, what's not in them, so you'll find most of these products will be cruelty free, paraben free, made in the US, or use natural ingredients.
1. PREP: REGIS DESIGN LINE OLIVE OIL MASK
Need help with.... damaged or dyed hair, chemically treated hair, split ends, dull looking hair, or protecting against heated styling tools?
This mask helps with damaged or dyed hair. You work it in midway through your hair to the tip where some breakage might be. It is a smooth cream and doesn't have an overpowering smell. I put it on maybe once every week to 2 weeks and leave it in for about 15 minutes and then go shower like normal. It doesn't hurt dyed hair color and is actually made to help repair chemically treated hair. It's rich in vitamin E and K, isn't tested on animals, and is made in the US. I purchased mine from my hair salon but I found it on Amazon of course, so I will link it.
If you're looking to take care of the scalp and roots a little more, I sometimes use coconut oil on my roots and massage it in, then apply this mask to the rest of the hair and wash it all out at the same time.
2. WASH: FUNCTION OF BEAUTY SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER
Need help with.... finding the perfect mixture to compliment your hair, feeling a "waxy-ness" to your hair after showering or finding all natural products?
I saw function of beauty through instagram actually and was super interested but the price made me a little nervous to try it out so it wasn't until recently I decided to go for it but it's really been so amazing. Things I didn't even know I really had a problem with in my old shampoo and conditioner were resolved. I noticed after using my function of beauty combo that my hair felt lighter and less like I had a build-up of product in my hair. You can choose your "hair goals" and make a profile just for you and your hair through a little quiz on their website. They make a special bottle of both shampoo and conditioner with all the ingredients you need and put your name right on it! You can choose everything from the color to the scent, and I highly recommend eucalyptus + mint by the way. They are also paraben free, they don't test on animals, made in the US, and no toxins! But, if price is still the issue, follow this link for a little $5 off coupon!
Check out the website and take your personalized hair quiz!
3. MAINTAIN: BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO
Need help with... maintaining the freshly-showered look to your hair or need a little styling trick for more volume?
You're probably thinking, "Groundbreaking. She uses dry shampoo like everyone else." But I wanted to add this product to my routine list because of how often I actually use it for styling too. I have naturally wavy and thick hair so when I style or straighten my hair, it's usually the day after I wash it so I can give it a day to chill out. So by then it's a little flatter at the roots. I like to use it to lift just the roots when I'm styling and get it back to it's freshly washed look. It doesn't cake up or turn your hair white as much as some other brands I've used.
4. PROTECT: OLIOLOGY BEAUTY OIL- COCONUT OIL DRY OIL MIST
Need help with... taming frizzy hair, protecting against heat styling tools, reducing your blow-drying and styling time, adding natural shine to your hair?
This is one of the newer products I've gotten but I love it. It's an oil spray but doesn't weight your hair down or make it greasy looking. It adds back your natural shine and protects from heat tools. You wash your hair like normal and then when your hair is damp, spray a few mists into your hair and massage it through. My hair takes 20 years to dry so I never really try to blow-dry it that often because it just poofs up, but this spray reduces the drying time and tames the "poofy-ness". I found this spray at Marshalls for $6.99 with a bunch of other products by the same brand so definitely keep an eye out there but I'll also link an online version.
This spray also says that you can mist it onto your body and massage in for a "fresh glow", so really a two-in-one!
I frequent a good Marshalls and have really started to browse through the beauty section more often. That's where I've found the best makeup wipes, face masks and makeup for super good deals. This is also where I've been more prone to check the label and see what's in the products and check for cruelty free brands because there's honestly no reason for that.
1. PREP: ST. TROPEZ- GRADUAL TAN IN SHOWER
Need help with... the summery glow, non-streak self tanning and staying on schedule to actually use a gradual tanning product?
This is one of those "cool girl cult favorite" products that all the bloggers will tell you is a must try. I wasn't convinced enough to purchase the $25 bottle when I've always used Jergans growing up but of course I saw it at Marshalls for only $10 and decided to give it a try. I wish I would have taken a before and after but I honestly didn't think I'd see all that much of a difference but after the second use I could already see it working. You keep it in the shower too so you can always remember to put it on. It's much easier to apply because it mixes with the water from your shower, it smells better than normal tanner and gives you natural looking color. Plus, you don't have to wait around after you put it on so you don't stain things. You just dry off and can immediately get dressed! St. Tropez also makes instant self tanners and other products but I would say it's definitely worth trying out!
PS: it comes in light, medium, and dark! Mine is dark and I haven't had problems because it is gradual.
I came across the mask at Marshalls first actually. It caught my attention because the label on the back said it was paraben free and cruelty free, plus it had a soothing and clean scent that wasn't overpowering. Being apart of this "self-love, grab a face mask and some rose water and relax" movement that's been going on I decided to try it and it's my favorite. I really don't like sheet masks. They freak me out and I don't like the feeling of something hanging on my face so I always look for cream or clay masks that are more than a one time use thing. This mask leaves your skin feeling so soft and refreshed. I put it on after a shower and leave it for 15 minutes and rise it off with warm water. It's affordable and will last you a while!
Of course, I went back to Marshalls recently after finding the mask and saw the Alba Botanica label again on multiple products there. I had just ran out of my grapefruit Neutrogena face wash so I was looking for something new. (I do love Neutrogena products but the face wash had started drying me out recently) I found this face wash and keep it in the shower. It's a clear face wash with a floral-like scent that's not overpowering. It lathers on and leaves your skin hydrated and smooth. I added the label on the back above so you can see that little note I've been talking about.
The Alba website is super helpful too to help you pinpoint the issue with your skin and find the best product + where to shop and find it.
I'm really not a big makeup person. I like natural and easy looks that I can do in a few minutes if I'm going out for the day. Recently, to spruce it up a bit, I've had more fun with my eye makeup. I've ventured out and tried new colors and new brands and splurged a little to get
products I really love.
1. PREP: BECCA FIRST LIGHT PRIMING FILTER + CLINIQUE EVEN BETTER FOUNDATION + NYX HD CONCEALER + BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTER
This combination is great for healthy, dewy looking skin. Its fresh, clean and these products don't cake up.
I. BECCA FIRST LIGHT PRIMING FILTER:
This foundation primer is smooth and has a slight shimmer. When I got it, it came in a little duo pack with the Becca shimmering skin perfecter in the travel sizes and they are amazing. They leave your skin looking refreshed and hydrated without being too thick and overwhelming.
II. CLINIQUE EVEN BETTER FOUNDATION:
I love this foundation. I used it in high school because it was great for covering up acne or imperfections but it was a little expensive for me when I was on the college student funds so I tried different brands in the meantime until I eventually came back around to using it again. It's not thick and cakey but somehow gets the job done with only using a pea size. I love it because it feels clean and it still let's my freckles show through. It also has SPF 15. I wear shade 14 creamwhip right now but might go darker on my next bottle for the summer.
III. NYX HD CONCEALER:
No this isn't the most high end luxury brand for concealer and I'm sure there's better products in the higher price range but $4.99 works great for me. It's thin so it doesn't cake up under the eye in creases and such. It actually has great pigment though and covers up the dark circles and imperfections and is a good base for contouring if you want to go all out. I get it at Ulta or drugstores of course but you can also find a ton of NYX at Nordstrom Rack too!
IV. BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTER:
This was the other half of my duo that came in a pack with the primer from Sephora. I didn't know I needed it until I had it. You just apply it after you have your base completed along the top of the cheekbone, on the tip of the nose, cupids bow, chin... Wherever you would basically put highlighter! It adds a dewy look and your skin will look so hydrated and shimmery. I put it on by itself if I'm running out for a little and just add winged liner and mascara and I'm done.
I use these in combination with each other for everything from easy, shimmery day time look to adding some of the reds for a darker smokey eye at night. The reds and purples I think work great for brown eyed people in particular but the reds are so summery and fun for anyone. I got both of these palettes for Christmas and they are my go-to's. The Becca palette has similar shades to their highlighters. They don't have the Becca palette at Ulta or Sephora anymore but I'll link the one I found on Amazon!
I used to have this thing where I would wear lipstick everyday in high school. No matter if it was 9 am or 9 pm. I had just about every color. I chose to talk about this brand in particular though because they are new to me but they rock. I've never had a lip gloss or lipstick that worked so well in the sun or throughout the night. I never worry about it smudging around or wiping off on everything. You can actually use a napkin without worrying about ruining your lipstick. These colors are matte and they're affordable! I think I have one in every bag and purse I own. Thank you Drew Barrymore :)
4. BROWS: ARDELL BROW CONFIDENTIAL - BROW DUO
From someone who never would worry about doing her eyebrows before because she was too nervous of butchering it, do your eyebrows this way. I was nervous to join in on this brow trend and didn't really know how to make mine look good with a pencil but was hesitant to use all these gel products and such. I got this little duo in a giveaway box actually from Instagram and would have never thought to try it otherwise. It's been so easy. I use the "taupe" color and it look so natural and makes your brows look thick without being overpowering or drawn on. If you're nervous about doing brows but kind of interested, you should try this out. You define and "sculpt" with the gel bristle brush on one side, fill in with the fiber powder on the other side, then you're done! Super simple.
Once all the makeup is ready to be taken off, it's time to prep for next time. I like using waterproof mascara so the makeup remover is a must. I've always used Neutrogena products and love how gentile the remover is and it gets all the waterproof and long wear makeup off. In the winter particularly, I would use the Estee Lauder cream to hydrate my dry skin. Usually after taking my makeup off and washing it, I'll put this cream on to go out for the day just to add some shine to my face and it has SPF so its protecting my skin during the day too.
I didn't add a few things to this post like liner and blush and all that but maybe a little tutorial will come soon when I feel confident enough to make a video and talk on camera :)
I hope you found this blog post fun and maybe saw some new products you really want to try out! I'd love to hear what you think about any products maybe you've already tried or if you have questions about any of these! I linked all the products to where I found them for the best deals online but you can always search them and find your preferred store. I'm not sponsored by any of these brands so this is just my honest opinion and what I really use in my normal routine.