Friday, July 30, 2010
I know I’m not alone when I say that in my past life (before kids…LOL) I had much more time to focus on myself and my appearance. Now that 3 little sweeties take up so much of my time, there isn’t a whole lot left over to spend on myself. However, I L-O-V-E make up and beauty products as well as fashion, and feel so much better when I can actually spend those 10 minutes getting ready for the day.
Right after high school, I went to school to become a hair dresser and worked briefly doing hair and make up for photography and weddings. Shortly after, I went back to university for a degree in Communications, but have spent the years since pursuing the perfect beauty products…and I am excited to share with you a handful of my faves.
Let’s start with a clean slate…or face… and talk about skin care. I was a looong time Lancome fan, and still love their products, but about 4 years ago, I got hooked on a skin care line called Arbonne. Their NurtriMin C RE9 anti aging skin care line is amazing, and I was an instant devotee from the first time I tried it. I love how it leaves my skin feeling, and the clean citrus scent is heavenly. Their Swiss formulated products are all natural, made from botanicals and have some wonderful and unique anti-aging properties. You can see the full line of Arbonne products here.
Next up on my top pics list is a line called Make Up Forever, a French company that has been around since 1984, but has only emerged in the main stream in the last several years. Make Up Forever has been widely used in theatre, film and broadcast and is best known for its use the Cirque de Soliel productions. I have been cursed with dark circles under my eyes and have tried every concealer known to man. Their HD Invisible Cover Concealer is hands down the best concealer on the market, in my humble opinion. It is a full coverage product that is not cakey and does not streak. The silicone applicator allows a smooth application with a small amount of product.
Make Up Forever HD Liquid Foundation is another favorite in my arsenal. It is a full coverage light weight foundation designed for use with High Definition cameras, but you don’t have to be behind a camera to reap the benefits of this fabulous product. I love the flawless appearance this product offers…Lord knows I need it!!! Lastly, I love the staying power of Make Up Forever’s Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner. My favorite shade is Nude Beige 1C. All of the Make Up Forever products are available at Sephora.
It is really important to “set“ a liquid foundation with a translucent powder. Some powders on the market can be heavy and cause your face to look cakey and too heavy. I LOVE to pair my foundation with one of 2 light and FUN powders from the Benefit line. Most often I use the Georgia pressed powder which has a subtle peachy tint AND scent. I am always impressed with how it alone makes my skin glow, and it doesn’t hurt that it is named for my home state…and that my husband’s nickname for me is “Peach”…LOL! Alternately, I also really like Benefit’s Dandelion powder which has a pink-ish hue and sweet smell to match. They are sure to perk up your face and set your foundation like a dream.
I am SO fussy about mascara, because I have the puniest scraggly eyelashes in the world. Thank heavens that my kids got their Daddy’s gorgeous long lashes. I have used Lancome’s Definicils mascara for years but recently discovered Benefit’s Badgal mascara which is a drier application and separates my lashes more effectively. If you have puny lashes like me, give this product a try…I think you’ll like it. You can also find Benefit products at Sephora or most any department store cosmetics counter.
Last but CERTAINLY not least is my most favorite lip gloss on the planet…Bath and Body Works Liplicious Pink Grapefruit. I have used it for years and have about 4 tubes on the go at any given time. I keep one in my make up bag, one in my purse, one in the car, and one on my desk. I am A-D-D-I-C-T-E-D…seriously. I’m sure that not every husband knows what lipstick or lip gloss their wife uses, but ask my husband or my kids, and they can all tell you…I LOVE IT!
I hope you’ve enjoyed a sneak peak into my make up bag…and I hope you’ll go out and try one or all of these awesome products, I think you’ll be just as impressed as I have been. I have been depending on my “full coverage” products to work over time for me this week (and next) while I’m back home in Georgia for a visit with my family. Traveling alone with all three monkeys has been interesting to say the least, but thanks to my make-up partners, I’m still fresh faced despite being dog tired…LOL! Hope you all have a great weekend!!!