August 20, 2019

What I'm Using Now (August 2019)

The last time I did a post like this was way back in 2010. Crazy! I was 29 years old with different skin and preferences than I have now at 38.

You can find my old post HERE.

Here's how things have changed:

Shampoo and conditioner
Redken Extreme shampoo and conditioner
I have PCOS and over the years, along with a multitude of other symptoms, it's made my hair thinner. I was at the point where I was losing and breaking hair constantly. I honestly thought I'd be bald by the time I turned 40. I've been using the Redken Extreme line for 9 months now and it's made quite the difference. My hair isn't as brittle and doesn't fall out as easily. I also stopped using a flat iron which has helped immensely.

Styling products
Suave Naturals Dry Shampoo
It's cheap. It works good. And it smells amazing. Love it.
Redken Hot Sets
This protecting styling spray is the ONLY product that will hold a curl in my super fine hair I don't use it often, but when I do it's fabulous.

Shower Gel
I don't really have a preference, but I tend to go for more natural products because my skin gets dry easily.

Body Moisturizer
Aveeno (any type with low/no fragrance)
No explanation really...I just like their products and they work the best for me.

Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant
Idk...bought it recently and I kinda like it.

Fake Tan
I've even embraced my super fair legs and show them often.

Clinique Daily Face Wash
Within the last year I've fallen in love with Clinique skincare. Their Daily Face Wash is gentle on my skin and doesn't give me dray, flaky skin that some cleansers do.

2010 Me: Eh...none. I'm not a toner kinda girl.
2019 Me: Same.

Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream
It's what I'm using but it's not my favorite. It's gentle and moisturizing, but I don't like how my skin feels when I rinse it off. I really prefer Dermalogica Microfoliant...BEST EVER.

I don't even do this anymore.

I like to mix it up with whatever single use, $2-$3 face masks I can find at Target and Ulta.


I've also stopped this. I feel like the older I am, the less I feel like I need. Keeping it simple (with skincare...not makeup)

Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
I use this moisturizer day and night, and with it's lovely, lightweight gel feel, it makes a great primer for me too.

Primer is another thing that's been cut from my routine. I just don't feel the need (or like the feel) of another layer on my face. It's actually not even a product that I use on a majority of my clients unless they have a specific concern or issue that a primer would help.

Setting Spray
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist
I'm adding this category because it's something that I use daily that I do feel is necessary. There are so many good setting sprays out there, but I prefer one that really helps with longevity and the Morphe does that for me.

Foundation (in no particular order)
Bare Minerals Original Loose - Golden Ivory
Bare Minerals Liquid - Golden Ivory
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation - 003 Sand Beige
Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation - 201 Classic Ivory

Um yeah...I just really like foundations now. I will say though that the Catrice foundation is superb and is my current favorite. It just applies so evenly and wears all day.

Clinique Line Smoothing and Bare Minerals Well Rested
Again with the Clinique...this particular concealer is nicely smoothing and wears well. It has a nice amount of moisture without being overly sticky like some other moisturizing concealers.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Translucent Powder
Best setting powder EVER. It's smoothing and blurring. There's no crazy flashback. It doesn't look white on the skin (if you don't use a ton of it...come on people, stop). It helps makeup last longer. AND...and it helps lipstick last longer. I use a big fluffy powder brush and buff it all over my face when I'm done with all of my makeup (before mascara and lipstick). I use a little more over my bare lips before I put on my lipstick (this helps with longevity).

Then: Hahaha! My favorite blush. This is funny...says the girl with 30+ blushes.
Fast-forward to now: I don't have 30+ blushes anymore, but I still don't have a preference. Right now I'm using the BH Cosmetics blush palette in Nude. It has a nice mixture of colors and finishes.

wet n wild color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil
I tend to go for huge, cheap bronzers because they last forever. wet n wild's tick to Brazil has been a favorite of mine for a LONG time now. A little goes a long way.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter
I'm personally not a fan of obvious highlights on my own face. I like a nice, natural glow as opposed to the pinks, blues, and super metallic highlighters that are out now. The Essence Pure Nude is exactly that, and also super smooth to buff on.

Eyeshadow Primer/Base
Milani Eye Primer
Favorite eye primer ever. I've been using it since I first reviewed it 6 years ago.

All of them. K bye.

That's right. None. I'm currently just using eyeshadow. No eyeliner. But some of my favorites are the NYX Slide On liners, and Urban Decay 24/7 (forever favorite).

Revlon Beauty Shaper Eyelash Curler
Quite honestly, I just liked the color of this one (red and black), and I've always had good experience with with Revlon lash curlers.

Loreal Lash Paradise Waterproof - Blackest Black
This mascara rivals any highend mascara I've used, and is the closest to my all time favorite (Too Faced Better Than Sex - Waterproof). I do prefer too faced, but I'm not trying to spend $20+ a month on mascara.

Just my own, curled, with mascara.

Anything red
The number of red lipsticks I own is a bit ridiculous, but oh well. Currently loving, but not necessarily wearing daily: Urban Decay Spiderweb, Love Drunk, and Mrs. Mia Wallace; Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon in Own Your Empire.

Any random clear or red gloss (great for adding a little color to a nude lip).

Nail Colour
Orly and Essie
I don't really have a reason for this. I just gravitate towards those brands.
Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
Absolutely the best top coat ever. I even use it when I'm not wearing a colored polish for the shine.

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