DIY-er beauty

Happy Saturday!

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:

Fruity Petutie
All Fired Up (great for pedis!)
Shall We Dance, so pretty and soft
Commander In Chic, the perfect purple-ey grey
Seriously. It's practically all I wear.

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??

17 comments

  1. I am quite low-maintenance as well, but I don't have a problem spending more money on quality stuff - especially when it's going on my skin! One of my faves is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (it has SPF!).

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    1. Ooh, thanks for the tip! I love the idea of tinted moisturizer but have never found a good one.

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    2. It's wonderful! It's *pricey* but you can probably get a trial size, or just test it out at Nordstrom's or Sephora. Laura Mercier's stuff is supposed to be all-natural. I use her finishing powder over the moisturizer as well.

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  2. I just wanted to tell you that the Sally Hansen stuff is all I use too... and the two most common colors I use are Commander in Chic and All Fired Up too!

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  3. I love to wear make-up. But I don't wear it every single day. When I put it on, I'll use a moisturizer before I put my make-up on. Untill lately I didn't spend a lot of money on make-up either. But recently, they opened a MAC-store near the place I work. Pure out of curiosity I went by and I have to admit, I lover their stuff! Especially their Dipdown Fluidline. Soooo much easier than the regular liquid eyeliner and it holds better.

    But as for nails and stuff, I still go for the colors I like, no matter the brand, even though I usually wear a french manicure instead of painting all my nails one color.

    Oh, and every once in a while I do use a scrub for my face and a purifying peel-off mask.

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    1. MAC is fun... I remember in high school I liked all the crazy but beautiful colors of eye shadow, haha!

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  4. I love Sally Hanson! I am a nail polish addict, but I prefer Sally over Opi, Essie, and China Glaze... I just wish they followed the nail polish trends more. As for makeup, I only use mineral. I buy it all at low prices from etsy sellers, and it's just as good, if not better, than Bare Minerals!

    If you don't want to shell out a lot of $ for makeup, I highly suggest buying mineral makeup on etsy. It'll be the best thing you do for your face.

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    1. Great idea, I would never have looked on Etsy for mineral stuff! I have been wanting to switch to it.

      I agree--Sally Hansen works much better than some of the fancy brands!

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  5. If you want your nail polish to last longer, use a top coat! I used to have the same problem where it didn't last very long but now that I use a clear top coat it lasts almost a week. My fave so far is Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Anti-Chip Top Coat (Obnoxiously long name I know). It comes in a red bottle, in a box. I love it!

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    1. Ooh, thanks for the tip! I use a top coat on my pedicure and it sometimes lasts a whole month!

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  6. I like finding out that other people out there are low-maintenance too! I don't use any kind of soap on my face either - warm water and a wash cloth for me, and grapeseed and tea tree oil. I wash my hair with baking soda about once a week, and use coconut oil to smooth the ends of my hair. So easy!

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    1. Warm water works just great for me too! Never tried the natural shampoos but good to hear they're effective!

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  7. Commander In Chic is my favorite nail color! I've got it on my nails right now :) I've bought a few high end make-up brands, but I feel like a lot of the stuff works just as well as drugstore brands. The only products I would consider purchasing high end would be foundations. Everything else I just stick with drugstore.

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    1. Good call!! Yep it's a great color!

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  8. Anonymous5/16/2012

    Are you still finding the SonicDermabrasion is still working well? I have read mixed reviews and am very interested in purchasing one.

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    1. Yeah, it still works just great! I even use it in the shower!

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