So, wanted to post these today because sometimes I get very sweet emails and comments from you readers out there asking about how I do my hair or keep my skin healthy. I've always been a little clueless on the beauty front--by choice, really; I tend to flip past the "Beauty" section of my Lucky Magazines--but I think I've got a pretty good, low maintenance routine worked out. And it only took me, what, 15 years of trying to make myself look nice? ;)
The thing is, I'm a DIY-er by nature, and you probably are, too, which may be why you're reading this blog (if you're not, that's okay, I still like you!). As such, it's like, physiologically impossible for me to get a professional manicure (pretty much ever), and I've literally had one facial in my life and I left wondering why I didn't just do it all myself at home. (That's not to say there aren't benefits of professional spa services! But I'm pretty happy with what I can DIY.) (I am also, by nature, thrifty--and a saver. I would much rather save my money for later than spend it now, most of the time!)
Of course, I rely on some storebought items and tools to keep me handy at home. My latest fave for skin is along the Clarisonic trend (those $250 things they have at Nordstrom and Sephora--how I wanted one for so long!). I found this SonicDermabrasion one on Amazon a few months ago and was seriously skeptical because it was so cheap but I bought it and it works amazingly well! Highly recommend it!
Every day I wash my face with warm water and a wash cloth, no soap or cleanser or anything, and I use the brush every other day or so. I wear moisturizer with sunscreen every single day. Every single day! Hope I'll see the benefits when I'm much older--trying to prevent problems later!
I haven't bought fancy makeup much since high school, so most of mine is from Target or wherever, and I don't care enough about it to be picky about brands. But, I can totally recommend this lipstick as an awesome everyday make-you-feel-more-glamorous-without-being-over-the-top essential. I put on Revlon ColorStay liquid in #1 Nude every morning and it sort of stains my lips because it's the liquid kind. Then I reapply Burt's Bees throughout the day. I discovered it before our wedding since I didn't want my lipstick wearing off, and wore Prized Peach, and then bought #1 Nude as a more everyday shade! (I also have Top Tomato for when I want a super long-lasting red!!
Also gotta give you rec on nail polish. I am horrible with nail polish, and can usually only make it last 4-12 hours, which is soooo frustrating. The only kind I've found that works at all (I can sometimes get 2-3 days of wear out of it!) is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. It's amazing! I have so many colors! Here are my faves:
|All Fired Up (great for pedis!)|
|Shall We Dance, so pretty and soft|
|Commander In Chic, the perfect purple-ey grey|
So, that was fun, sharing my cosmetics pics, but whew, that's enough beauty talk for me. I'm not enough of a girly girl to keep blabbing about it. Sometime soon I'll share my hair routine system! I do have a very few fave hair products as well!
Hey, what about you, DIY-minded ladies? What are your fave easy beauty products and ideas??