It feels like ages since I last posted. Well it kind of has been – a few weeks! With a full-time job I must admit it’s a little hard to find the time to take pics – I have to do it during the day before it gets dark, and I hate to bug my coworkers to step away from their work to take photos. Then my weekends are filled with activities with the kiddo and the time spent in yoga pants has grown increasingly (it’s a slippery slope!), so that makes it hard to get photos in any sort of decent outfit on the weekend (hmmm, maybe I should start posting about yoga wear I love/need?!). PLUS, my husband decided to make it his New Year’s resolution to spend a LOT less money…and unfortunately he added me into that equation. Basically I got forced into his “spend less, save more” New Year’s resolution. Or what he likes to call the (I’m shuddering) “spending freeze.” Lame. Does my hubby not understand how hard it is to blog about fashion if I am on a spending freeze?! We’ll see how long it lasts. I did at least get gift certificates for Christmas, so there’s that.
In the mean time, I figure I can do a beauty-related post. I have some beauty products that I am absolutely 100% obsessed with and no spending freeze will keep me from making sure I am stocked up on these items! I’ll just name my top 5 for now so you don’t get bored and then do another top 5 later (well to be honest I’m just trying to save something for another post during The Great Spending Freeze of ’14).
5 of my beauty obsessions:
1. got2b Dry Shampoo, $5-7
You know how there are some things you wish you could say you invented? For me, dry shampoo is one of them. I mean, how effing brilliant is it?! I used to have to wash my hair every single day or it would get gross. Even though I’d read in magazines that it’s bad to wash every day, I just couldn’t stand to not wash it. Then I discovered dry shampoo! Obsessed! Some dry shampoos seem a little pricey to me (e.g., I hear people swear by Klorane’s dry shampoo, but I never tried it because I didn’t want to spend $18-20). So I’ve been trying out the cheaper brands and my favorite is got2b. It’s cheap (often on sale at Walgreen’s), smells pretty good and doesn’t leave my hair looking white and powdery.
2. Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, $52 (Refills $40)
Foundation is one of the items I do not want to buy at a drugstore – I am willing to splurge a little. For years I used liquid foundation but then tried out that Bare Minerals stuff. I did not care for it. Then I started hearing from various people who work in the skincare/esthetician industry about Jane Iredale products. So I tried this out and loved it. Jane Iredale products don’t contain the nasty chemicals that so many beauty products contain. The PurePressed powder feels so weightless, even when I apply more for fuller coverage. Plus it’s got sunscreen! Bonus tip: The key for me is using it with the Jane Iredale Handi Brush. I had never spent a lot of money on brushes but after trying this one out I was willing to spend the $45 for this brush. It made a world of difference in how the powder applied to my skin.
3. COACH Poppy, $65 (1.7 oz)
I’ve always been a one-perfume kinda gal. I pick one I like and use it daily rather than switching it up. In high school I favored Davidoff Cool Water for women. Then I went through a DKNY Be Delicious phase. Now I’ve become kind of sensitive to perfumes and most of them give me a headache. If you’re like me and need a perfume that’s not super bold or strong, Coach Poppy is the perfect floral fragrance that’s sweet & light.
4. Clinique Lash Building Primer, $15
I have yet to find a mascara I really love. I am not loyal to any one mascara and am constantly trying different ones. I’ve even tried the ones people swear by – both drugstore kinds (like Cover Girl LashBlast Clump Crusher) and department store brands (like Benefit’s They’re Real!) but none of them really impress me. I’m starting to think my eyelashes just suck. The only thing that does seem to actually help out is my Clinique Lash Building Primer. This stuff does a good job adding a bit of length and thickness before I apply my mascara.
5. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips, $10
I have zero patience for nail polish. Every time I apply it I manage to smudge it because I can’t just sit and wait for it to dry. I’m a busy, working mom; I have shit to do! Laundry to fold! So nail polish strips are an easy way to get my nails looking pretty without the annoying dry time. I’ve tried other brands but I love Sally Hansen ones because they come in a gazillion colors/prints. They do have basic colors but I love getting the fun prints! p.s. – if you look closely I’m wearing another set of polish strips in the dry shampoo pic.
Well, that’s my beauty must-have roundup for now! What are your beauty must-haves – are any of these your faves??