In recent months, I have had quite a few ladies ask what my beauty routine entails so I figured I would deliver. If you saw what I looked like right now, I’m sure you would ask yourself “what beauty routine? She looks like a homeless person.” Thus, the title of this post. I do not wake up without blemishes, perfect hair and a sparkling smile. But I have found a lot of amazing products that help me look like I Woke Up Like This 🙂 Snapchat filters also do the trick…just sayin’…
Let’s start with skin care. It has taken me quite a few years to find products that work for my skin, and every person is different. I tend to have more oily skin, so I cater to that. My two go-to facial cleansers are Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub and Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. I use Biore in the morning, which really scrubs off the excess dirt and leaves my skin feeling hydrated. I use Dermalogica at night as it prepares my skin for sleep. This is a microfoliant which comes out as a powder type substance, and you add a few drops of water to create a paste. It honestly feels like you are getting a facial at the spa and leaves your skin feeling super soft. I’ve found with more oily skin, I benefit from scrubs more than a foam cleanser. You can find Biore at pretty much any grocery or drugstore, and it’s budget friendly. Dermalogica is a bit more expensive, but worth it.
Since I do wear makeup quite often, I use Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes twice a day to make sure I’m removing it completely. I remember in college I used to sleep in my makeup–which is so bad for your complexion!
Once a week I also use a face mask to detoxify my pores. My favorite is Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes while I’m making coffee or feeding the dogs. This is another great product for oily skin, and can even be used as an overnight spot cream.
So when I have achieved clean skin, I move on to my moisturizers. I have had great success with Mary Kay’s Timewise Collection. I’ve used these for the past three years and have noticed a huge difference in my skin. This collection focuses on protecting your skin from aging and wrinkles. When I first tried the collection, I wasn’t totally worried about the anti-aging aspect of it, but I am glad that I started it at a younger age. It is truly amazing how the sun can damage your skin–I look to my hands for instance. Growing up riding horses and working outside during the hot summer days, I never thought to put sunscreen on the tops of my hands. Who does?! I look at my hands now and they honestly look older than the rest of my body! I’m glad I wore a hat most days to protect my face.
The Day Solution I use every morning after my face is clean. It is a strong SPF 35 and acts as a shield to the sun’s rays. I apply it liberally to my face and my neck, even in the winter. Next, I slather on the age-fighting moisturizer. It is super light, makes my skin glow and absorbs quickly.
The firming eye cream comes next, and I dab it under both of my eyes. I use my ring finger because it’s the weakest finger. Why? Because the skin underneath your eyes is very thin and delicate, and you want to be very careful applying too much force or pulling that skin. It’s amazing to see the difference this firming cream makes, especially after a late night.
Finally, I use the foundation primer, that smooths out my pores for flawless foundation coverage. This also has an additional SPF 15 so you are double protected.
After my Mary Kay routine, I spray my face with rose water, which acts as a natural toner and tightens pores. You can buy this anywhere, and it’s pretty much all the same. This has been a recent addition to my beauty arsenal, as I was just introduced to rose water. The esthetician who was doing my facial had recommended it to help keep my pores in good shape, especially during the dry winter climate.
After I’ve removed my makeup for the day and washed my face, I move onto my nighttime routine, which includes the Night Solution serum and the cooling eye gel. The Night Solution is basically like an overnight vitamin for your face. It replenishes vitamins that were sucked up during the day.
The cooling eye gel I apply just as I applied the firming eye cream. It takes away all of the puffiness and acts as a soothing agent. I also use dab on some moisturizer and spritz my face with rose water before I hit the hay.
When my face is prepped, I’m ready for my favorite part–makeup. I use Clinique Beyond Perfecting Concealer/Foundation. It is a two-in-one, and full coverage. Since I use the Mary Kay primer, the liquid glides on flawlessly. I also use a makeup sponge to blend and blot the foundation–I have found that it works a lot better than a brush and gives you a more finished look.
After my foundation is blended, I look to my contour palette. Contouring has been a fairly new makeup rage and I really like the results. This particular palette is by Rumio and I honestly found it on Amazon for a bargain. I apply the white highlight under my eyes, middle of my nose, and above my brows. The dark shades I use to contour my cheek bones and under my jawline, along with the sides of my nose. I finish off with blush on the apples of my cheek. I use brushes to blend the powder together (I use Ulta’s Professional line of makeup brushes–they are awesome)
To seal all of my makeup sorcery, I use NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder. I use a larger brush to dust it from my forehead down to my chin. It’s translucent, so you don’t see any white powder. This powder helps with oil too–it acts kind of like a blotting sheet and locks in my makeup all day.
Next I grab the eyebrow pencil to fill and shape. I naturally have a full brow, but I like to fill them in for a more polished look. I use Maybelline Define & Fill, which has brow powder with a blotter on one end, and a pencil on the other end. It works great and is super cheap.
As far as eyeliner goes, I love love love the cat eye look. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Eyeliner is my go-to when I need a little drama. It’s fairly water resistant and is highly pigmented.
My favorite highlighter/all over eye shadow is the Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer and I use it every day! I apply it as a base for all my eye shadow colors and dust the top of my cheekbones for a pop of glimmer.
The eye palette of choice is Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes. I have Naked One currently, and I love the array of dimensional color to choose from. This is one of those palettes that can give you a Day to Night look using mostly neutral shades. I also use the glimmer shades to compliment any highlighting on the cheek.
We are almost there! I love dramatic lashes so much that I have been getting eyelash extensions the past couple months. Which means that I don’t need to use mascara! I get them filled every two to three weeks. I wash them each morning with a special eyelash extension foam cleanser that keeps them looking and feeling great. It is a time saver in the morning for sure, especially if I wear minimal makeup or go bare faced. It’s an instant confidence booster, even if I’m running to the grocery store or going out to feed the animals. The goats might not appreciate the luscious lashes, but I do 🙂
To finish any look, lip liner and lipstick is a must. I have always loved lipstick and experimenting with different shades. Red is pretty much my favorite though. As of late, I have been addicted to NYX Soft Matte Lipstick and lip liner. It leaves a matte finish and stays all day long and you can literally buy it in any color. My splurge lipstick is Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss in the shade “Adora.” It’s a beautiful red with a golden shimmer–I can’t wait to wear it for Christmas.
So, I know that seems like a lot! However after a lot of practice, it’s just routine. I enjoy the process and like making myself feel and look good! Over the years I have come to realize that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on expensive makeup, but more or less, find what works for you and splurge where you want to. I love Sephora and Ulta, but I also love walking down the cosmetic isle of King Sooper’s or Walgreens. Or scrolling through Amazon Prime because it’s way easier.
I hope this post answered some questions, maybe offered some inspiration or maybe you want more? Maybe a video tutorial? Comment and let me know your thoughts…
Thanks for tuning in 🙂