Even though I’m happy with my current mascara regimen, I can’t help but but ask every beauty store clerk I encounter what their favorite formulation in the store is, because my quest for perfection in that realm is real. On a recent visit to Sephora, I was directed to this Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, which is pretty fantastic: it goes on quite glossy and very black, and the volume it imparts is intense.
When it comes to lip color, my main priority (aside from the just-right hue) is something that goes on and stays stays put. I am also partial to matte as opposed to glossy, cause glossy is always so sticky. I am very much liking my new Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in a color called Warm Leatherette. It’s on the pinkish side of berryish, so it’ll be even better when spring rolls along, but I’m wearing it now on those drab days when I need a little lift.
Until quite recently, I am embarrassed to say, I didn’t moisturize: everything I tried on my sensitive skin has played hell with it, and felt too heavy to wear under makeup. But Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Instesive Hydration Gel is so super-light you can scarcely feel it on your skin, and it hasn’t caused any irritation.
After I put that on, I apply Drunk elephant C-Firma Day Serum, which is also quite light and does a good job of evening out my skin tone, which can be all over the place. If you are interested in either of these Drunk Elephant products but aren’t certain about making the (not small) cash outlay, try this travel size duo.
Bloodshot eyes can ruin a good look, so on the days that mine are less-than-pristine, I use Rohto Cooling Eye Drops and they get an almost otherworldly white.
I loathe putting lotion on my hands, because it takes forever to absorb and I’ve got better things to do than just sit there and wait. But this Brazilian Bum Bum Cream sinks in shockingly fast, and smells delightfully of a Caribbean vacation, too.
Every few days, I wash my hair—I try to go as long as I can between shampoos but it tends to get wild—and the most boring part of my day is always the time I spend blow-drying. I have come to loathe it. So, in an attempt to minimize this time-suck, I took a chance on this little turban, which is made of what is purported to be ultra-thirsty fabric. The trick, I have learned, is to twist it super-tight—if you don’t do this, nothing special will happen—and to keep your hair up in it for several minutes—say the time it takes you to do your makeup. Your hair is still damp enough when you remove it to apply heat-styling product, but dry enough to significantly cut down the amount of time you spend styling. A minor miracle.
I wake up with atrocious dark circles and puffiness under my eyes. Like, scary-bad. I don’t bother with concealer most days because I’m so awful at applying it, and fear I just make the situation worse. It has been my belief that there isn’t an eye product out there that can do a damn thing about the circles, but this eye gel does appear to minimize them, and to reduce—if not eradicate—puffiness.
I love this Japanese drugstore blush—like all of my Japanese drugstore beauty products, it took forever to arrive but was worth the wait: it goes on really clean and luminescent and endows me with a nice post-yoga glow even on the days I skipped yoga.
This luminizer from RMS is a relatively new addition to my beauty arsenal. It is a product about which I had heard raves, so—even though luminizer confuses me—I decided to give it a whirl. I apply a touch to my cheek and brow-bones, and down the bridge of my nose, as instructed. It definitely adds a very nice, quite subtle, glowiness.
I don’t use this product daily—I just pull it out on days when my eyes are on the red, irritated side. You apply it to the lower waterline—that’s the inside—of your lashes, and at first it looks a little extreme, but then it blends in quickly.
Lipstick never lasts too long on me, and I can’t bear not to have lipstick on at all times if I’m out (I fear look washed-out without it) so I’ve been on a quest to find a really good primer because that is supposed to help. This is the first one I think is worth getting excited about. It’s kind of a pain if you’re in a rush because it’s best to give it a moment to dry after application, but if you’ve got the time, it’s worth the extra 70 seconds or so.
Last week’s post on everything I put on my face got such a big response that I decided it might be fun to share my tonsorial products as well (and have you share yours in the comments, please). Hair is actually such an important part of my life that it’s surprising I don’t write about it more here—there’s a whole chapter in the book on it. Mine, left to its natural devices, is corkscrew-curly (I like how curls look on others, but not on me) and painfully thin. So I have extensions, and use this shampoo because it doesn’t eat away at the bonds.
You’re not supposed to use deep conditioners every time you shampoo, but my hair is so dry and damaged that I do; it just drinks this stuff up, and I’ve noticed a real change since I started using it.
I towel-dry my hair and then apply more of this than is probably recommended, but it is just so good: it detangles beautifully and leaves it feeling undamaged and even smooth.
This blow dryer is really fast, and lightweight too.
I heat style with a curling iron: even though the look I’m going for is relatively straight, I’ve been warned off of anything like a straight- iron. Still, to protect it from damage and to impart a little shine, I apply this before the iron goes through my hair.
I go section-by-section with my hair and run it all through this curling iron to get my hair as straight as it gets.
Please share in the comments which products you rely on daily; I’m always curious. Here are mine, starting with Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream, which I switched to a while back because it has SPF 35. They also have a tone that pretty closely matches my skin, and it goes in super-light, which I appreciate. This goes on right after I wash my face.
On days I want a little boost (which is most days), I go for Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow, which I tried after hearing raves, and it does indeed impart a certain luminescence.
I wrote about By Terry’s Tea to Tan not long ago, but it has become such an essential that I don’t mind revisiting its wonderfulness. The deeper into winter we get, the more horribly pallid I become, and the more I rely on a really quality bronzer to salvage matters. This stuff imparts a fantastic, natural color and I am addicted. The only drawback is that it has the consistency of water and is a little messy to apply.
I have been using Ecobrow for a couple of years now—it’s a waxy pomade that really makes me look like I am in possession of nice, full brows even though the exact opposite is the case. I have tried every brow pencil out there, and nothing worked quite well enough until this. Here’s the brush to apply it with.
The easiest eyeliner to apply, and a nice, rich brown (too many brown eyeliners are wimpy).
Given how often I switch loyalties in this category, it’s amazing I’ve stuck with Diorshow’s Pump N’ Volume for as long as I have. But it’s just a really good, rich, almost-clump-free mascara. People have actually asked me if I have eyelash extensions when I’m wearing it.
My favorite lipstick of the moment is this, from Hourglass. It goes on as a a nice, plummy red. Which sounds maybe like too much, but it’s not.
OK, splurgiest first: for a while now, I’ve been using this bronzer from By Terry, and the crazy price is worth it to me because it works perfectly with my skin tone, and that’s tough to find in a bronzer. It also goes on super-creamy.
And now the cheapest: these makeup remover wipes from Neutrogena, which truly do get off everything, and aren’t the least bit greasy.