Hey Spark Friends! At the request of my friend SHERLYN-WILL (who is forever TOO SWEET and complimentary! Love her!!), I decided to put together a little joint VLOG & BLOG about a few of my "favorite things" when it comes to taking care of myself appearance-wise (outside of food & fitness!). I've also had a few people asking what I do for skin-care and my hair styling (not that it's particularly special or anything... LOL!), but just for fun, here are my favorite products I use to pamper and take care of myself!
* Face wash: Cetaphil Antibacterial Cleansing Bar; it's not glamorous, and costs about $3, but it's got a nice sudsy lather, and is effective and gentle to clean skin and remove makeup. I recently also splurged on Peter Thomas Roth (PTR) Beta Hydroxy face wash ($35 -eep!) because I got a sample of it from Sephora and used it for a week and LOVE LOVE LOVED it! Can't wait to add this wash to my routine!! :) I will probably use this only for night, and then my cleansing bar in the shower in the AM.
*Face Lotion: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (comes in a bit 16 oz tub for about $12); again, not glamorous, but VERY effective. Super hydrating, and I love it for winter. I have combo/oily skin, and even though this is for DRY skin, it helps reduce the dry patches I get from treating blemishes and winter air without making my skin greasy. Also, I received Philosophy's 'hope in a jar' as a Christmas gift and have been LOOOOVING how it's making my skin feel. It's pretty expensive, though, ($38 for 2 oz... yikes) so I'm not sure I'll be able to continue using it regularly "for all time." LOL
*Face Mask: Peter Thomas Roth (PTR) Cooling Sulfur Mask (this is a splurge at $40, but it's a decent amount of mask and a high-quality product; got it from Sephora.com). This is the first and ONLY face mask I've found that effectively dries up and zaps my zits/problem areas, without actually drying out my SKIN!! Most acne-type masks use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid (both harsh chemicals), but this mask does not. The key ingredient is the natural SULFUR. Awesome stuff!
*Blemish Treatments: Bare Escentuals RareMinerals Sulfur Powder ($19). Again, NATURAL treatment of problem zones with pure sulfur/mineral powder. Works great, and isn't abrasive or drying! Have been using this for the last couple weeks, along with my PTR Mask, and my skin is looking and feeling healthier than ever before. (I've always had oily zones with mild acne-- nothing serious, but enough that it's really aggravating and makes me self-conscious w/o makeup). Alternative spot treatment FAVORITE: PTR Acne Spot Treatment with sulfur. Same concept, but in a "cream" rather than a powder, and has a higher concentration of sulfur, which SERIOUSLY zaps the zits! Miracle blemish fixer!
*Exfoliation: [For Face] St. Ives Apricot scrub (for oily skin)-- about $3. [For Body] LUSH "Buffy" bar-- natural exfoliating soap with shea butter, almonds, and other yummy things! It's very hydrating, too, and completely organic/vegan ($11 per bar).
::::MAKE-UP:::: [I RARELY spend more than 5 min. on my make-up routine in the morning! I'm a "quickie" LOL!]
*Foundation: Bare Escentuals Mineral Powder foundations, and illuminating mineral veil. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS STUFF. I've been a B.E. advocate for the past 3 years, and will never wear a different foundation again. It's all natural, healthy for my skin, and gives GREAT coverage-- whether you're looking for light or full coverage-- and feels like you're wearing no make-up at all! It's the BEST!
*Blush: Sephora brand powder blush. Bought this a few months ago and really love it! Nice color with slight shimmer that stays pretty well.
*Eye Shadow Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion-- THE BEST STUFF!! I started using primer this year, and it's an absolute necessity for anyone who wants to ever wear shadow! You can use ANY type of shadow (expensive or cheap stuff!) and it stays put for the whole day! I never get creases on my lids anymore, and I love experimenting with new eye shadows because of this primer.
*Eye Shadow: Tarte holiday set of shadows (16 shimmer, 16 matte shadows, plus full size bronzer & illuminating powder, 8 lip gloss palettes, and 5 eye liner). This was the BEST BUY before Christmas! Not sure if they have it still, but it's the "jewelry box" set and came with a necklace and a cute little gold box. :)
*Eye Liner: Sephora brand retractable waterproof liner-- love that it has a smudger, and stays put all day!
*Mascara: Cover Girl Lash Blast... but I've used lots of different drugstore brands, and haven't really found one that I LOVE more than anything; I won't splurge for mascara, since I can't tell a difference in the expensive stuff to the cheaper stuff (but maybe that's just me). :)
*Lip Balm: Smith's Minted Rose balm (rosebud perfume company). THE. BEST. STUFF. Use this multiple times per day, and it comes in a nice big container and lasts for a super long time! Best stuff before bed, too!
::::::HAIR CARE & BODY::::::
I don't really splurge on anything when it comes to haircare, since I haven't noticed a real difference in my hair styling or health when I HAVE bought the expensive stuff (as opposed the differences I definitely notice in my skin care and makeup, which makes the money worth it for me).
*Shampoo/Conditioner: I use Tresseme brand in the big pump bottles-- lasts forever, has a nice clean scent and seems to work well for my baby-fine straight hair. I like the volumizing version, but lately have been using 'anti-breakage' which is fine too.
*Body Wash: Whatever I get as gifts or is on sale. LOL :) I like changing it up every time I run out!
*Body Lotion: Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion; It's the best daily lotion I've found, and it's super light-weight and nongreasy. Love!
*Mousse/styling products: Tresseme Maximum Volume mousse. It's really lightweight and I've been using this for years and years. It's cheap, and works. 'Nuff said. :)
*Hair Spray: Again, Tresseme Maximum Hold spray (aerosal... bad I know).
*Perfume: I LOOOOOVE perfume! It is the finishing touch to every outfit for me. :) I currently have 3 favorite scents: Chanel "Chance," Philosophy's "Amazing Grace," and Danica "I am me." All different styles, but so lovely! I tend to favor fruity/floral scents, that have a warmth and almost spicy undertone to them.
Okay... I THINK that covers most of my "beauty" product favorites!! Can you tell I'm a girlie-girl? LOL. I don't really consider myself "high maintenance" as I usually take only 30 minutes to shower, lotion, brush teeth, contacts, make-up, and hair in the morning... But! I do love all my products that help ME feel good about ME. :) I hope you enjoyed a little step into my world! Hehehe! Have a great day, friends!