My Beauty Basics

As I sit here, more than one month since my last blog post, I am realizing…. I don’t have a whole lot of free time! I have a four-year old and a ten-month old… enough said.

So, as I sit here realizing another week has come and gone with no glamorous makeup tutorials, swatches or product reviews, I thought it would be a good time to tell you what my everyday makeup routine looks like. These kids may give me a run for my money… I may not always be able to spend the amount of time on my makeup that I would like to… but I do my best every day to look like I’ve got it somewhat together.

Regardless of time, or lack there of, I can always pull off these beauty basics:

IMG_2280Skincare

My go-to cleanser and moisturizer are my Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel and Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost from tarte cosmetics. On a good day, I do like to incorporate a serum and other products, but these are two steps that I never neglect.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is a daily cleanser and waterproof makeup remover that is loaded with vitamins and anti-aging properties. It removes all traces of my makeup without the need for makeup wipes or greasy eye makeup removers. My skin is left feeling hydrated and balanced, not stripped and dry like so many other cleansers have done to me before.

The Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost is a lightweight gel moisturizer that wakes my skin up and gives it the hydration it needs without feeling heavy or greasy. This moisturizer has a soothing, cooling sensation when you apply it and the citrus smell is so refreshing! My makeup glides on so beautifully over this moisturizer that I don’t even need a primer.

IMG_2281Face

Foundation is my non-negotiable. It is so incredibly rare for me to leave my house without foundation; In fact, I will let you in on a little secret – If I tell you “I’m not wearing any makeup,” odds are, I am wearing a BB or CC cream – and in my world that is not wearing any makeup!

My favorite foundation is the tarte Hybrid Gel Foundation. It feels like a moisturizer but gives medium-to-full coverage without looking heavy or caked on. This foundation is super hydrating so if you have oily skin, this foundation may not work for you; If I oIMG_2284.JPGpt for a “no makeup” day on the weekend, I’m typically wearing either the tarte Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturizer or the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream.
I could leave it at that, but I usually don’t. I like to warm up my skin with at least a little bit of bronzer. If you are a fair-skinned girl like me, the Hoola or Hoola Lite bronzers from Benefit are great options and two of my favorites!

Eyes & Brows

IMG_2282 If I am pressed for time, I can leave the house with just a little brow pencil and mascara.

I have only been filling in my brows for about a year or two, but once I started, there was no going back. I have a scar in my right eyebrow and I dabbled in some over-plucking in the early 2000’s, so I need to fill them in so that they look a little more like sisters and a little less like cousins. My favorite brow pencil is the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil because it is just that… goof proof! The pencil is a double ended tool with a spoolie on one end to brush your hairs into place and an angled pencil on the other side to fill in and define your brows while keeping them looking natural.

Now, let’s talk mascara. I feel like the search for the perfect mascara is much like the search for the fountain of youth… it just may not exist! There is almost always a tradeoff when it comes to mascara but I have a few that I find myself reaching for on a regular basis, and even repurchasing.

I have really been loving the Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express for a soft, natural look that is perfect for everyday wear – and you can’t beat the price! If I am looking to amp up the drama, tarte Maneater mascara is my #1.  Maneater gives major volume, length and curl with no clumping, very minimal smudging and almost zero flaking.

If I have a couple of extra minutes in the morning I will pop a neutral shade into my crease just to warm up my eyes and give them a little more definition.

IMG_2283 Lips

When I am going with a simple look, I tend to keep my lips neutral as well. My Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick is on me at all times and sometimes that’s all that I use. If I am looking for a nude gloss I reach for my Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in either White Russian or Blushing Margarita.

This routine is what I end up doing on most work days when I am pressed for time in the morning. It is quick and easy to do, plus I can easily build on it later to amp up my look. There is room to build up any shadow, throw on some eyeliner or even a bright lip color.

What does your everyday beauty routine look like? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you would like to see full reviews on any of these products!

xoxo

Products Mentioned:

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel & H20 Hydrating Boost tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Benefit Hoola Bronzer Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick Buxom Full-On Lip Cream tarte Maneater Mascara

Dupe or Duped? Pixie H20 Skin Drink vs. Dr. Jart+ Water Drop

I have been a fan of gel moisturizers for quite some time now. I started using Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel Cream when it was first released a few years ago and I have currently been loving the tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost moisturizer.  Gel moisturizers are fast-absorbing, lightweight and are typically good for all skin types. They are refreshing and cooling on the skin and I find that makeup applies nicely over them.

Dr. Jart+

I received a deluxe sample of the Dr. Jart+ Water Drop in my Birchbox a few months back and this was by far the coolest gel moisturizer I had ever tried. When I first dispensed the moisturizer from the tube, it looked like any other gel moisturizer. As soon as I started to rub it in, the gel cream burst into little water drops before it was quickly absorbed into my skin, leaving my face so completely hydrated.

The downfall? This moisturizer retails for $36 per tube in Sephora.

Pixie by Petra H20 Skindrink

While migrating away from the household shopping that I had told myself I was there to do, I found myself in the beauty isles of Target. I picked up a skinny tube of moisturizer that made the same claims as Dr. Jart+. The Pixie by Petra H20 Skindrink moisturizer is a gel formula with encapsulated water and aloe vera. I picked it up and took it home because I figured if it worked, I was making out like a bandit because this was only $22 in Target as opposed to the $36 Dr. Jart+ in Sephora.

I took it home and the same thing happened. I dispensed what looked like a typical gel moisturizer that went on to burst into little drops of water that quickly absorbed into my skin.

The catch? The Pixie tube was only 1.18 oz. of product compared to Dr. Jart+’s 3 oz.!

Valiant effort, Pixie, but as much as I enjoy your product and a good dupe, I also enjoy value and Dr. Jart+ is actually less expensive and a better value when you do the math.

You can’t dupe the duper.

Let me know if either of these are your favorites in the comments and what products you would like me to find a dupe for in future posts.

xoxo