If there is anything I am really passionate about, it is my skin and taking care of it! As a natural redhead, I have pale, sensitive skin that needs extra TLC. Unfortunately, when I was in high school & college I didn’t have those same thoughts. My goal was getting as tan as possible (shockingly, I can get a lot of color for a redhead…), whether it was laying on the beach for hours, covered in oil by the pool, or in the tanning bed (not a proud moment and never happening again!)
Now, I’ve grown up and realized my health is more important than having a darker glow. Mario Badescu, Josie Maren, and St. Tropez are my favorites for getting my skin in shape, and just how I like it! Mario Badescu is fresh and soothing for my sensitive skin but gets the job done! I see an improvement with every use! After washing my face, I can feel pretty dry due to my sensitivity, that’s where Josie Maren comes in. I love love love her Light Argon Oil! I put it all over my face before I go to bed, and mix it with a matte foundation during the day! It gives me a natural dewy look that is perfect for Spring & Summer!
To finish it off, since we are getting back into those pool and beach days, if the rain ever stops, I still like to have a nice glow! Usually 1-2 times a month I will go get a spray tan as it looks more even and it doesn’t rub off on my clothes. Then I will use the St. Tropez Bronzing Mouse between visits to keep up the color. It has a natural, brown hue, instead of the orange tint like most and it goes on easy with the mit!
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So here is my tried + true everyday makeup look. I don’t usually get too fancy on a day to day basis, I just like to look fresh, bright, and put together!! Here is what I use to achieve this look
F A C E
For my face, I used my trusty Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation to give me a light coverage. I never really used foundation that much, I’m more of a tinted moisturizer type of girl but this stuff is AMAZING! Afterwards I pair it with my Maybelline concealer since I work weird hours and get next to no sleep….. I use a beauty blender to blend it all out for a nice finish!
C H E E K S
Since we are in the winter months, I use my Hoola Bronzer to give myself a little more color so I actually look alive. I do a very light contour just to look more polished. I don’t used highlighter everyday, but when I do choose to, I will use my favorite from Becca Cosmetics!
E Y E S
I really like doing a champagne color scene for my everyday eyes. It’s super simple but still looks like you tried just a little when you were getting ready in the morning. I use the Too Faced Silk Teddy shade all over my lids and then add their Cashmere Bunny to my outer corners. I like to do a slight winged liner with my Maybelline Gel Liner because it has a really black finish that I love. Then I finish off the look with my favorite Clinique Mascara!
L I P S
Last, but certainly not least are the lips. I always, always, always put chapstick on my lips before I put any makeup on my face. That way my lips absorb all the moister and are really soft my this point. My favorite go to lip color is NYX Eclair lip gloss! It is the perfect nude pink color.
Face: Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation + Maybelline Concealer Lips: NYX Eclair Butter Gloss Cheeks: Benefit Hoola Bronzer Eyes: Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette + Maybelline Gel Liner + Clinique Mascara
While the winter time is so beautiful with the sparkling lights, holiday decor, and parties it is definitely not so pretty on your skin! When it comes to taking care of my own skin during this harsh time of the year, I’ve found some products that I truly can’t live without! These products give my skin the extra boost of moisture that it really needs without making it go completely crazy!
My all time favorite brand is Mario Badescu! It is so gentle and refreshing while still removing all the dirt that has piled up on your skin throughout the day! My favorite items from their collection are the rose water spray (smells just like roses, so good!) and the drying lotion. The rose water can be applied anytime of day, especially if your feeling on the dry side. It really just refreshes your skin. The drying lotion really helps with any redness or breakouts that might occur with the climate change. Wear it overnight and all your problem areas will be erased, its amazing!
My next favorite is the Josie Maran Argan Oil! This stuff is life changing and can be used in so many ways! You can put it in your hair for an overnight treatment, use on your face to heal any dry or cracked skin, or drop some in your bath for a full body treatment! I prefer to use this at night so that I don’t look greasy during the day!
The Aveeno Positively Radiant Collection is perfect for the daytime! It keeps your face moisturized all day long without creating a shiny look or clogging your pours!
I am a huge supporter of exfoliating all the time! I don’t feel like anything is getting clean unless I do it every night. And the Lush Sea Salt Scrub is the best! It’s all natural and gets all in there to make sure your skin is clean and fresh at all times! The color and smell is also really nice!
Last but not least, is my ride or die, Carmex lip balm! I collect this stuff! I have drawer in my desk dedicated to at least 75 of these things! If you haven’t tried this, you really need to ASAP! It’s also super affordable and you can find it anywhere!