I don't know that I have any real secrets, but here's my beauty routine:
As far as makeup is concerned, I use a mix of Merle Norman and Clinique with some other brands thrown in every once in a while.
Night: To take off my eye makeup, I use Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover from Target. I have always used Clinique's Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips, but at $18 it's nearly four times the cost of Target's version (and nearly an ounce less!) which I find works just as well as Clinique.
I use All About Eyes along with Superdefense (both Clinique) every night.
Primer, Concealer, Foundation, Powder
I then use Ultra Chiffon Power (I can't seem to find a link to this product) and top that off with LUXIVA Flawless Effect Loose Powder (both MN). I've found after using only a pressed powder or only a loose, the combination of the two make really sets well.
Eyes: No matter what, I always use either MN LUXIVA Lasting Cream Eyeshadow or Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow as a base. I've used the Clinique (in all it's forms included Touchbase) since I started wearing makeup when I was 13 or 14, so 10-11 years ago and recently tried the MN Cream Eyeshadow. Both the creams work well, but I've been using the MN consistently for the past few months. To me, it feels creamier and lighter than what I've always used.
I have tons of eye shadow, so I thought I'd share my daily colors with you. Depending on what I'm wearing, I either do browns or silvery grays for eyeshadow. I usually use two or three colors. I use these colors for nights out as well, but make them more dramatic.
Coulour Surge Eye Shadow Duo Like Mink,Coffee Shop. These two duos are a staple.
Merle Norman: LUXIVA Lasting Eye Color Rosewater, Lava, Ebony & Ivory. I use these three together. I also use Champagne, Cocoa, and Chocolate Sun.
Soft Touch Eye Pencil Teak, Hazy. I don't think the colors on the website show true for these two. I use Hazy almost everyday. It's a dark gray on me. Teak is a brown.
Clinique: Quickliner for Eyes black/brown; Cream Shaper for Eyes Egyptian. Egyptian doesn't look as green on me as it does online.
High Impact Mascara black.
Merle Norman: LUXIVA Supreme Lash Mascara black
Clinique: Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher Pink Blush; Fresh Bloom Allover Color Peony, Posy, and Almond Blossom
Merle Norman: I can't find it on the website, but I love the loose mineral blush. The color goes on so easily and stays on all day.
|This photo shows what's currently in my purse.|
Estee Lauder: Pure Color Rose Tea; Pure Color Gloss Pink Kiss, Plum Divine
Burt's Bees: Beeswax Lip Balm. I can't live without this.
Merle Norman: Clay Clarifying Mask. This mask works great. I try to use it every week or every other week. LUXIVA Micro-Refiner. I try to use this the weeks I don't use the clay mask.
Clinique: Moisture Surge Extended Thirt Relief. This is an awesome product. I use it in the summer when I've gotten too much sun on my face, shoulders, and chest. I also use it in the winter when my skin feels dry from the heat. If you have chapped lips or really dry lips, I'd recommend putting just a dab on your finger and smoothing across your lips at night.
Hair and Body Care:
I use a lot of different shampoos. I like Herbal Essence, Aussie, ISO, and another kind I bought at my salon, but I can't remember the name of it. I love the Herbal Essence and Aussie conditioners. I have thick hair that has some natural wave in it, so I try to use a smoothing conditioner. I don't condition my hair every day. Actually, I probably only condition it twice a week. Some mornings, like today, I use an Aussie spray on conditioner.
I blow dry my hair, flat iron it, and use a curling iron to curl the ends most days. I've been wearing it straight the past two days though. It's long with long layers, so I'm really lazy in the mornings and use my curling iron as an excuse to not straighten it all the way. If anyone has tips on how to get gorgeous, smooth hair, please share them!
I switch shower gels a lot. I use Bath and Body Works, Caress (I love Tahitian Renewal Body Wash) , and whatever else is in my shower.
I love Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator and Olay Quench Moisture Body Lotion as well.