Okay, so, I’m like, a sucker for reading posts about people essentials when it comes to skincare or makeup items. I just don’t like reading about how moisturizer is one of your three things that is MUST HAVE. Like. Yeah. I know. And yes, I know that a good cleanser is essential because how else you gonna get those three pounds of no makeup makeup off your face?
Which is what prompted me to write about a few of my essentials – besides the basics.
SOME SORT OF EXFOLIANT
I remember when I first started exfoliating my face, it was such a game changer for me. My face finally felt so squeaky clean and the crap that had been sitting on my skin was gone – all thanks to brown sugar.
Using something that’s not specific for a certain body part really opened my options, as well as being cost efficient. For my chapped lips especially, I took some coconut oil (or honey) and brown sugar and scrub, scrub, scrubbed.
Another product that is one of my absolute faves is the St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. The Green Tea one is especially to help blackheads and calming redness, but I like to use it whenever I get a little breakout on my cheeks. It’s less than $4, a good amount of product, and easy to find.
SEPHORA LASH PRIMER + ESSENCE BROW MASCARA
Having my brows done is the TOP thing I will do if I’m running late, and the ONLY thing I will do when I go out to run errands or work out.
After watching this Instagram video I’ve been using this combo more and more. Although it’s not the only thing I’ll do to my brows, it’s very low maintenance and I like the look it achieves.
A NUDE + A COLOR LIP
I feel like people who wear makeup are broken up into two categories: those where the statement lip is your go-to, or the ones who can’t leave the house without a coat (or two) of their holy grail mascara. I fall into the former category.
That being said, having a good nude shade is always handy. You can never go wrong with one.
My newest favorites are either the Maybelline Truffle Tease, or L’Oreal’s J Lo. Truffle Tease is more of a light brown nude as opposed to J Lo, which is more pinkish.
As for color, Nyx’s Soft Matte Lip Creams have never failed me. Berlin is my new recent favorite which is a more brownish neutral color, but a classic deep red is Copenhagen.
BRONZER / CONTOUR SHADE
Even though I am very much a person who enjoys the glowy look more often than not, I find a bronzer or contour shade more versatile and better to use when paring down to my makeup essentials.
At the risk of being cliche, my top pick for this is the Hoola Matte Bronzer – a cult fave for good reason.
However, ever since I figured out how to blend the NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick so it doesn’t look like my sunburned skin is peeling off my cheeks, I find myself reaching towards it more often than not. I don’t actually think it’s meant to be a bronzer, but what works, works.
What are your skincare or makeup essentials?