Feb 1, 2010

What's in my bag?!

Hey everyone! I know i've neglected this blog a bit lately, and that time has got to change!
I'm really hoping to pick up my tutorials and such again for you! But i also want to use this venue to chat to you about some other makeup and beauty related things, current product trends, upcoming trends, product reviews, etc maybe without videoing everything. Videoing is easy... editting, not so much! haha! And with a full work schedule and 2 little guys at home, the editting part gets put to last and well, then there is nothing going up on the blog!

So here's something new... every month or so (i'm going to try to shoot for the first of the month! haha) i'm going to do a little bloggie post about "what's in my bag!" This is going to just be what my current top picks are... the stuff i use daily, etc. Hopefully this gives some insight to what some rockin' products are and helps you plan what you might like to try out next!

So.... What's in my bag?!

Let's start with my basic skincare routine.... my skin is super dry and even worse in the winter months, but i still have some combo oily areas.... joy.

I wash my very sensitive dry skin with Aveeno Ultra Calming Creme Cleanser....

As you can read on the package... it has no fragrance which is good for those with skin sensitivies... it also has feverfew which is fabulous for those with roseacea problems (thankfully, not a problem that i have) and it's a cream base which is good for those with very very dry skin. They also make a foaming cleanser that i havent tried, i don't do the suds.

Next at night i use pure Evening Primrose oil. I'm old school. If it worked for grandma then it can work for me! My grandma is 95 and looks 15-20 years younger than her age. I trust her. haha! But seriously, if you have skin as dry as mine and is sensitive, a lot of the moisturizers you might be using may actually make your skin more dry believe it or not. There are some pure oils that are fabulous for your skin, and are natural oils so they wont blog your pores. :)

Another skincare line i use a lot is Aloette.... Its a fabulous skincare line. Their enzyme peel is AMAZING! Its super gentle so it doesnt irriate my skin at all (which is hard not to) and just gets rid of all the flaking dead skin cells on top. I often use this on clients before i apply their makeup to get the smoothest possible start. You only need to use this once a week or so. THe price seems high, but i promise this stuff lasts forever!

And one more skincare product that i just have to mention is my new love for a moisturizer! I mean this stuff boots my others (except for my evening primrose oil for the super dry days!) to the curb! It's by RareMinerals (a branch of the Bare Escentuals company)

It's a super lush feeling lotion that is paraben free (major bonus!) but does not feel even the slightest bit oily to me. I had no flakey skin issues for the entire day the first day i tried it! Love this stuff! I definitely recommend it!

Ok, so thats that for the skincare routine! Now let's move on to my current everyday makeup routine. Now remember, my daily wear is not extensive! I'm a mom! Just an everyday mom who does a lot of other stuff, so i dont have a lot of time to spend dolling myself up for the day especially if my biggest plans are to hit Target. I barely even get dolled up for a makeup job anymore! haha! I keep it basic and save all the fun stuff for everyone else! hahaha!

Ok, so here is my current makeup choices....keep in mind the weather plays a major factor in what i choose for makeup. I do plan on doing a special video tutorial on dry skin makeup application. :)

Foundation... i love the new Stila One Step Foundation.

Bugger is it doesnt come in a tone of colors so finding your shade might be tricker. But the new release of the larger size bottle provides 8 different colors... which i havent tried all of yet, but my guess is it'll be easier to match than i might think. :)

Next is cheek color and in dry months i usually always opt for a cream color. My current favs are the Nars Multiple in Malibu and the Stila Convertable cheek color in

There are other cream blushes out there of course, but these are my 2 favs and in my 2 fav colors. :)

My favorite eyeshadows remain the velux or satin mac shadows. I dont even use them on a daily basis (a litte cream blush on the brow bone is fast and very fresh looking, check out my 3 minute makeup video - that i need to reshoot... haha) for more info on that!
But my favorites in these shadows are
Rice Paper, Arena and the Notoriety Quad (skipping the 1st color, i dont like the lustre finish)

My favorite mascara is by sheer cover because it doesn cake on and removes easily without a black runny mess down your face, though from what i've read and heard from others, the closest rival is the new tubes mascara by Loreal. I just havent tried it yet.

And last but not least, my favoritest lipgloss.... i fear i'm going to have to pick a new fav soon because mine is almost out and the color is no longer available! But the lipgloss is sheer and not sticky, truly beautiful! It's by Bloom Cosmetics and my favorite color is Dolce. :)

So thats it for this edition of Whats in my Bag! :)

Tune in next time... hehe.