Before we even begin, let’s talk about my lazy eye in this pic. Do excuse it. I have been wearing contacts since I was nine and every once in awhile I wind up with an infection that leaves me looking like I belong in a bell tower somewhere…
My makeup/hair/beauty routine has been about the same since 7th grade. To say I’m an au-natural kind of girl is an understatement, and obviously, with two dreadlocks and a mane like that, a polished and primped look isn’t my default.
I’ll always stay true to that on some level. It’s who I am. But let’s face it (heh, heh, get it?) I need to grow up and into a more adult beauty routine. Like, put some real makeup on and look like the educated, responsible 23 year old woman that I have grown up and in to.
So! I’m on a beauty journey and I’m racking up some serious rewards points at Ulta. Some new things have been well worth taking the chance and spending the money and some have been a bust. Here are my spring favorites, the things that are perfect for using/wearing on a chill day.
1. Clairisonic Mia 2 ($150): YES this is expensive and if you have naturally beautiful skin, just skip down to numero dos. But I have struggled with skin issues since high school. I’ve been to dermatologists, tried a million prescription and over the counter products and nothing has come close to the magic of the Mia 2. It’s easy to use… just wet your face, put some cleanser on the brush head and hit start. I love this product instruction guide and user tutorial.
I bought it in January, yes I’m behind the times, but my skin has never been as gorgeous as it is today and I really believe this baby did the trick.
2. Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser ($25-$35) – Again…in terms of skincare, nothing cleans and feels as good as this product. It says it’s fragrance free but I think it smells like Eucalyptus to me…super fresh! This and the Mia are like my Batman and Robin of skin care.
3. Big Easy Complexion Perfector ($38): I blogged about this before but it’s worth repeating. I have normal to oily skin, especially in the spring and summer, and this foundation (more like BB cream) goes on like a liquid but finishes like a powder. I love the matte look, plus it’s a light to medium coverage which is nice for chill spring and summer days outside. PLUS it has SPF 30, and SPF is a makeup must for me. No wrinkles ever please and thank you.
And the packaging is beautiful.
4. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids ($8): Drugstore price, amazing pigmentation and when I’m really down playing my makeup for the day I think lip color is the easiest way to incorporate a bright, springy vibe. I’m wearing Fuchsia Flash and I absolutely love it, and I think the color will continue to translate well as I get darker during the summer.
The final frontiers of my makeup journey include finding THE PERFECT MASCARA (for the love, please help me, leave your fav in the comments!) and finding a brow pencil I like and learning how to even use it. I have light brown lashes and even lighter brows, and while I’m not crazy about the bold brow trend, I do want some definition.
What are your favorite mascaras or brow pencils? Do you love investing in name brand or are you a drugstore kind of girl?