I have been searching my whole life for a mascara that, after 4+ hours of wear, doesn’t end up all smudged under my eyes. I’ve tried them all from the pink Maybelline one that’s always rated top on Allure’s list to the most expensive one at Sephora. Nothing has stood the test of time. My eyes tend to tear, so I’ve always tried waterproof, but is that the wrong approach? I’m stumped. So, I’m turning to you, dear readers: Got any ideas? What’s your favorite?
And, while I’m at it, I take horrific care of my skin. I use Cetaphil in the morning and at night and a lotion with SPF during the day, but that’s about it. I know I need to do more, but I just don’t want to take the time to do too much. I also don’t want to wake up in 15 years kicking myself for not doing more. Got any low-maintenance skin care tips or products you like? Or, any beauty products in general that make life better for you?
Since we’re on the topic of beauty products, I thought I’d mention a few I can’t live without. No affiliate links or disclosures or any of that bullshit, just the stuff I use and love.
Chanel lip gloss. It’s by far the best I’ve found– it stays on, it’s silky and it has no taste- good or bad. I keep trying to find another that I like as much for less, but I just can’t. I just bought the grossest one ever from Revlon that went on like a glue stick and tasted like crap, so I’m sticking with what works. My favorite Chanel colors are from the Glossimer line. Coupled with a cheap lip liner from Target, it’s all my lips need.
I often get asked what products I use in my hair. I love Ouidad, a line specially made for curly hair. Their climate control gel is awesome and they have the best deep conditioner in the world for curly hair. If you use it and stick a shower cap on and sleep in it, your life will change. Seriously. I also use Curls Rock from Bed Head Tigi. It’s got a kind of nasty Something About Mary consistency, but it takes away frizz and really curls my hair up. If I’m broke, any gel from the drugstore will do, I just have to expect a little crunch with it.
The one trick that I consistently use for my hair is using a deep conditioner as a leave in. Most leave-ins are formulated to be light and not weigh hair down, but that’s the last thing I need to worry about with my moisture-needy hair. I use about a quarter size on wet hair and it really makes a difference. Oh, and I either let it air dry or use a diffuser made for curly hair. And, I never, ever brush it. Just a wide-tooth comb when I get out of the shower.
I’ve also been using a cellulite lotion by Nivea that I really like. The cellulite ain’t going anywhere, but the lotion smells amazing and absorbs really quickly. Plus, dimples are cute, right? Or, not.
Those are all my beauty secrets. What about yours? What are you using that we should be?