There is a big reality that started to set in a few years ago and is now hitting me smack in the face. With my 37th birthday just a few weeks away, I am noticing that my skin is a bit drier, the fine lines are beginning to appear, exhaustion is present daily and it takes a little more than lotion and soap to keep this face looking youthful. I firmly believe that when utilizing the proper products, you can help postpone the effects of aging. I used to be really good about posting on what I use daily and then I began to completely flake on all of you. After a weekend with my bestie, who is a product guru, I got excited about new products and sharing what I have found that works. So this post kicks off my re-introduction to some of the products that I use and why. I promise I will keep this going…
When it comes to what I used to do vs. what I currently do, things have gotten a little more complicated. When I was younger, there were three simple things I would put on my face before walking out the door. It was some eyeliner/mascara for the eyes, lip gloss for the lips and a quick powder or foundation (rarely) for the skin. One, two, three and done. It was really too simple. Now that I have gotten a little more mature (we will go with that instead of older), it seems those three quick steps don’t cut it anymore. It is just the truth. To achieve the same look it just takes a few more things. These are what I have added to the rotation…
Eye Masks and Concealer
So yes, I really do only wear eyeliner and mascara still, but I most certainly cannot stop there when it comes to my eyes. I tend to have dark circles thanks to exhaustion and perhaps a little puffiness thanks to not enough water in a given day (I try, really I do). In order to get the same youthful look, I have added these eye masks and this concealer. These eye masks help to reduce puffiness and light dark circles, helping my eyes to look a little less tired. They are perfect to use daily or simply before a night out on the town when you may be wearing a tad bit more makeup. This concealer, on the other hand, goes on before I ever step out of the house. Even if I have no other make up on. It is the only concealer I have used that does a phenomenal job of keeping me looking refreshed all day long.
Lip Mask and Red Lipstick
This lip mask is new to the rotation. I honestly have never really worried about my lips much but I am starting to notice that they are slowly becoming less full. I still love my lips but agree that they can use a little attention every now and then to keep the moisture and fullness alive. This mask takes 5 minutes and does transform your lips, removing the dry skin and increasing the fullness of your lips. As for the red lipstick, I have just become obsessed. I never wore lipstick (hence the mention of lipgloss) but the small addition of color to my lips transforms my look and really brightens my entire face. I am a sucker for classic red and usually stick with this at all times. I know a color this bright can scare people but the reality of it is, if I have this on with a pair of sunglasses at school drop off, I look way more put together than I really am. Smoke and mirrors people.
Vitamin C Mask and Primer
Oh the days of using just a little powder or foundation and then running out the door. I wish I could still do that. Youthful skin that was always hydrated and never needed coverage. I am jealous of my youthful self. Today, I need to work a little harder at it. I do think it is incredibly important to do masks throughout the week to keep your skin vibrant and youthful but one of my favorites is a Vitamin C mask. It adds hydration and brightens the skin all at the same time and I swear I look younger when it is washed off. A hydrated face wears makeup so much better than a dehydrated one and using this mask will help your foundation look better. That takes me to the primer. We all need primer. It preps the skin, allows your foundation to be applied smoothly AND helps to keep your foundation on all day. This one is my absolute favorite and I don’t plan on making a change any time soon. You can absolutely see the difference when applying foundation without it. No bueno.
There is a small start into the products that I use and I will keep them coming. It is always fun to share and I would love to hear what you love too! Feel free to share!