About a month ago I asked for your input on some things here at Seasons + Salt. One of the suggestions that several of you had was to share a beauty-related post. Makeup and skincare is not something I typically blog about, but I do love reading about other peoples’ beauty routines, so I thought it’d be fun to share my own! This is not a sponsored post, all of these items I’ve purchased with my own money, and I am simply going to share what I love and talk about how I use them. :)
I honestly don’t do a lot with my skin. I don’t even wear sunscreen as much as I should, but I have found a pretty good regimen that works for me. I have combination/oily skin, but if I use a heavy duty face wash, my skin breaks out. Several years ago a friend told me about CeraVe, and I have been hooked ever since. I used to have to go to the dermatologist office to buy it, but now I am seeing it around more at places like Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Here is my little routine, and how I use the above products:
1| CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – I wash morning and night with this. At night, I use makeup remover to take my mascara off first. This cleanser is amazing because it almost moisturizers while it cleanses. It is not drying at all, but my face always feels very clean.
2| Origins Charcoal Mask – About once a week (or more), I need to give my face a good scrub. I used to use something by Mary Kay that I loved, but it’s a little harder to come by. After searching for something new, and trying several different samples, I have fallen in love with this charcoal mask! I am not really a mask girl, but this one is super quick and always leaves my face feeling like a baby’s butt (no joke!).
3| CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion – As I said above, I am a bit of an under-moisturizer, partly because my skin isn’t too dry, and partly because my cleanser is really hydrating. But, I always try to apply moisturizer around my eyes really well. And, if I use my mask, I always make sure to moisturize thoroughly afterward.
4| La Roche-Posay SPF 50 – I bought this after seeing it reviewed on Cup of Jo and thinking it sounded pretty great. I mostly like it, but I don’t love it. I wear it about 50/50 of the time and I mix it in my hand with my moisturizer before I apply it. I don’t really like wearing sunscreen because I can always feel it on my face. I have yet to find one that really soaks in. This does the job well enough for now though, and I am determined to finish it before I move on.
5| CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum – I’ve recently added this to my routine and I love it! It seems like it really ‘freshens up’ the skin around my eyes, and I feel like I look a little less like a tired mom! I dab this around my eyes after my moisturizer has dried, morning and night.
6| Crystal Essence Aluminum- and Chlorohydrate-Free Deodorant – I stopped using antiperspirants years ago for two reasons: the potential health risks (which are debatable) and I don’t like the way it makes my skin feel. I want my skin to breathe (even my pits!) and antiperspirant blocks them from sweating, which feels icky to me. Since cutting out antiperspirant, I believe my skin has adjusted and actually sweats less. I have tried a few other deodorants, including Tom’s of Maine, and this Crystal Essence is my favorite.
And… About every other day I use Dickinson’s 100% natural witch hazel toner on my t-zone. I find this can be particularly helpful at removing any makeup residue still left after cleansing. However, I am struggling to find a less wasteful way to apply it. I currently use cotton balls, but would like to find another method that does not require throwing something away every day. I have tried cloths or toilet paper, but they absorb too much of the liquid and then it’s hard to get it on my skin. I’ve even tried splashing it directly on, but I tend to get too much on my skin, which can be drying, and I always end up losing some witch hazel down the drain in the process. If you’ve found any good reusable alternative to cotton balls or cotton rounds, I’d love to hear!
This looks like a lot of products when it’s all laid out, but it’s a pretty quick process – about ten minutes. In all honesty though, I’d rather spend my morning applying makeup than doing hair any day. I dislike doing my hair, and that’s probably why I only wash and style it every three days!
Here is my makeup routine in order of application:
1 | Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil (Medium Brown) – My brows are naturally thin, and certainly suffered from the over-plucked era of the 2000’s so they need all the help they can get. The first thing I do every morning before I start my makeup is fill them in. I like this brow pencil quite a bit, but the tip of the pencil can be rather soft, I intend to try the Brow Wiz for a more defining line when this one runs out.
2 & 3| Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation SPF 30 (In the Buff – discontinued shade) & Tarte Creaseless Concealer – I always do my base makeup (very light foundation in my t-zone) and my concealer at the same time. I mix a little foundation with my concealer to make it slightly less bright. I use so little foundation that I’ve been working on the same bottle for nearly a year. It goes on like moisturizer and gives me a bit of coverage in my red areas. Sometimes in the summer months I shelve it and just use a little bit of the powder (see below). This concealer formula is pretty thick, but it’s moisturizing and, if applied well, it does not sit in fine lines.
4| Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation (Light-Medium Natural) – I’m a big fan of Tarte because they don’t use parabens in their products. I feel like overall their products enhance my skin rather than clog it up. I use this powder daily; my only complaint is that I can go through it kind of fast.
5| Wet ‘n Wild Fergie Take on the Day Eye Primer – This little drug store goodie competes with some of the best primers out there. It holds my eye shadow in place, without creasing, all day. It’s a strong formula so I put it on rather lightly. The only draw back is it gets a little thick as it gets older, and doesn’t work as well. Hard to beat for the price though!
6| Yves Saint Laurent Color Palette 07 – I think I should have photographed this one open, but I didn’t think of that ’til afterward! I like warm, pink-toned neutrals for eye shadow and this palette is my favorite I’ve tried so far! I bought and returned the Naked 2 palette because it was just too cool for me. I love the idea of the Naked palettes, but I am pretty sure I’d never use that many shades! Or I’d get overwhelmed by the choices. I don’t wear a ton of eye shadow, but I like a little bit to brighten my eyes, which are a bit deep-set. This palette is also great because there is a darker shade that I sometimes wear on my lids for a more dramatic look.
7| bareMinerals Bronzer – This is so old, it came in the first bareMinerals set I bought years and years ago! I feel like bronzer lasts forever, as in it could take me years to go through it! I am naturally warm/darker complected so I use just a dash under my cheekbones to give my face a little more color.
8| Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Dazzled) – By now you can tell I love my Tarte products. ;) I use just a touch of this on the apples of my cheeks to bring some life to my face.
9| Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Lengthening and Volumizing (Black) – Mascara is a big one for me! It’s my never-leave-the-house-without-it product. I am thankful to have naturally long eyelashes and, when I add mascara, it brings my look a lot of pop. I have tried many different mascaras and, for me, this one is worth the money! I like it because it stays on really well, and doesn’t ‘fall’ under my eyes throughout the day like other ones do. It’s not labeled waterproof, but I find it comes off best with some simple makeup remover before I wash my face. I tried Tarte’s mascara and found the formula to be a little on the clumpy side for me.
Many days I skip 5 & 6 and go bare-lidded, so I can get ready even faster! And other days I’ll add a little liquid liner for an amped-up look, but I am still reaaallly slow at getting those perfect wings. I didn’t include lip color because I feel like that could be a post on its own! I love lipstick and have a few favorites that I wear regularly. If you guys want to know more, I’ll be happy to share, just let me know.
I really enjoy makeup, and whenever I go to Sephora I truly feel like a kid in the candy store! Do you have any makeup/skincare favorites? I’d love to hear what works for you!