Monday, March 5, 2012

Operation: Beauty Intervention

I have been wanting to do a post on beauty products for a while and have kept putting it off. Then, the other week Jen did a post on her favorite products and it prompted me to get going!

I have been slightly obsessed with makeup and beauty products since I was a kid.

I would watch my mom meticulously put on her makeup and do her hair everyday. I even still have the old red Revlon eyebrow brush that she used.

Needless to say, I have been through lots of different products over the years. But, here are the ones that I have been using recently.

Face wash:
I have actually been having the most 'success' with just plain ole Noxzema lately. I also used it 'back in the day' and I'm not really sure why I ever stopped. Oh, I know. Because I can't resist trying new products!

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Makeup Remover:
I heart Almay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. It does a great job at removing the makeup and not being greasy or irritating.

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I also use Olay Refreshing Toner after washing my face.

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Whenever I get a pesky bump (which I have been getting the past week...stress??) I always use Clean & Clear's Maximum Strength Persa-gel 10.

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Hair Products:
Oh, the hair products. In high school I had this crazy, huge, frizzy ball of hair that I called my 'Lion's Mane.' Over the past few years however, it has finally chilled out and I honestly believe it's because 1) I only wash my hair every 3 days or so. Don't judge me, I shower about twice a day! I just don't wash my hair because it's not necessary! 2) I don't ever straighten my hair anymore and I only blow dry it about once a week.

When we wash and blow dry our hair every.single.day it can be so damaging. Not to mention using a straightener. But, some people really have to wash their every day and that's cool, just make sure you are using protective products so the hair doesn't become seriously damaged.

Shampoo & Conditioner:


I am really enjoying Organix's Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. My hairstylist suggested it to me because I mentioned how much I love the Moroccan Oil Treatment.
The Organix brand is MUCH more affordable.
I also prefer to use the Intense Moisturizing Treatment in comparison to the traditional conditioner because my hair tends to get dry.

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Treatments:
Of course, I love the Moroccan Oil Treatment. I have bought the Organix brand as well and it works great if that is what fits in your budget. But, if you can, the original is worth the splurge if you have hair that tends to be frizzy, etc.

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Makeup:
Ohhhh, now to the good stuff! This is going to be pretty hard for me to narrow down. I will pretty much try any new product I see at the store. Also, I should mention that for the most part I don't spend a lot of money on makeup (aka Sephora, etc.) and I get most of it from the local Rite-Aid down the street from me.

Foundation:
Let's split this up into Everyday and Special Occasions.

Everyday:
This would be a tie between these two-

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The jury is still out on the BM Foundation. I like its easy application, etc. However, when I tried it years ago, it made my face break out and I'm afraid that is what is happening again...we will see. I will also say that their Mineral Veil, Blush, and BRUSHES are must-haves with this foundation! I have been using their blush since High School, love it!

Special Occasion:
I wore Mac's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation for 6 weddings back in 2009 and it never let me down! Their primer is also worth the splurge because it really helps even out the foundation. (If Mac is a bit too pricey, Revlon Colorstay is an excellent alternative. I used it for YEARS.)


Concealer:
I have used this concealer for as long as I can remember. It goes well with every type of makeup I have ever tried. (so far)

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Blush:
Like I said above, I have worn Bare Minerals blush for years. For me, it is definitely worth the price because it is a great color and lasts a really long time (both in the sense of application and the amount provided)

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Eyes:
I love this Covergirl Mascara. I keep trying other kinds, but I always end up coming back to this one. If you have always used a 'traditional' brush, this one may take a while to get used to, but I love it. It does a great job of preventing clumps, etc.

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I never really use the same eyeshadow, but I will recommend any of the Revlon Eyeshadows. They always have great staying power and good pigment. I typically use something along these lines, or something a bit more mauve.

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Liner:
I also use several different types of liners, but my go-to liner lately has been Revlon's Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner in Black. (What can I say? I'm a Revlon girl.)

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Lips:
I wear this chap stick pretty much every.single.day. It has the perfect red tint for me and it's moisturizing.

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If I need something a bit more bold and that lasts longer, I have been wearing Revlon's Just Bitten Lipstain. It kind of looks like a permanent marker, but I have liked using it lately! I have it in red. (I like red, obviously)

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I'm going to stop here for now.

What are some of your favorite products?









7 comments:

  1. oh wow. i need this post. i am pretty much clueless on beauty products and it is great to see what an everyday person uses! i can't wait to try some of these out - i always feel like i am just shooting in the dark. and, while we are on the topic - your makeup is always perfect (and i may or may not be slightly jealous of you for this) - so if i take advice on beauty products from anyone - you are a good one!

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    1. Thanks! It was really hard to narrow the makeup down because I literally try new stuff all of the time! So, these are just the ones I have been liking recently. I hope you find something you like!

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  2. I went to the dermatologist recently for the first time because I was getting awful breakouts. The doctor gave me a list of make-up products to avoid, and BM Foundation was one of them! My breakouts have mostly cleared up, but I can't say for sure if it's because I stopped using BM or because of the acne meds they gave me. Just FYI!

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    1. Hi Sara! I wouldn't doubt it about the BM foundation unfortunately :( That's what it did to me years ago when I tried it. I am only trying it again because I got a good deal for it lol! I have only been wearing it about once or twice a week, the other days I wear Neutrogena. I will say that the bumps are starting to go away now that I haven't used BM in a few days. Bummer!

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    2. ps- Although I will say that BM Blush has never made me break out in all of the years I have been wearing it, so maybe its ingredients are a bit different? I'm not sure. And thank you for reading! :)

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    3. Yeah, I'm not 100% sure that it's what cause my breakouts -- my breakouts started a few months after I had been using it -- but my face looked so horrible that I'm not going to risk trying it again. Now I'm using plain ol' Neutrogena tinted moisturizer.

      And you have a great blog! I discovered it by Googling The Grit's feta lasagna recipe when my cookbook was hiding. :)

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    4. Aw Thank you!! I'm so glad that you like it!! :) That recipe is consistently one of my most viewed posts! I need to go back and re-do the pictures on that one because they look rough! haha!

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