1. Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Eye Creme // 2. Baby Bath Bombs // 3. Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover // 4. TopNotch Body Brush, Luxury Natural Bristles // 5. UD Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette
I’m not a big into buying beauty products. I’d rather spend my money on travel and food. But after five months of almost no shopping (not that it wasn’t available, it just wasn’t really a priority), I’m starting to feel a bit lackluster about my appearance.
The problem with shopping for makeup and beauty products is that once you start, it’s incredibly difficult to stop. You realize you pretty much need to open up a Sephora in your backyard to have all of the items recommended for this and that ailment, along with appropriate accessories for application and then cleaning products for those accessories, and then somewhere to store it all. It’s a black hole.
The other problem is that I’m incredibly inept at makeup and beauty stuff. I have no idea how to contour, or create a smokey eye, and forget about doing anything to my hair other than blow drying and maybe curling it. I got a free Clinique makeover when I was in sixth grade and started wearing makeup, and haven’t really upped my game since. I need someone to force me onto one of those makeover shows (not really, please don’t), or send me to beauty boot camp (not so much here either, it sounds hard).
About once a year I’ll decide I’m going to figure all this out, and go to Ulta and buy a bunch of products and doo-dads guaranteeing my model beauty in minutes. Then, when I can’t figure any of it out, I throw all the stuff to the back of the drawer in defeat and pretend nothing happened.
So, for the most part, I try to keep it simple. I managed to narrow my ‘Return to the U.S. Beauty Shopping List’ to five things I have to have when I get back, and then when my money tree is ready to harvest, I’ll go from there.
1. I’m turning 30 in five months, so I think it’s time to pay a bit more attention to my skin. I always moisturize my face, but usually don’t think about the eye region. This product, while pricey, keeps coming up when I search for anti-aging products for women in their 30s, so I’m thinking about giving it a shot. I’m also considering this Clinique All About Eyes Rich cream, since Clinique has always been good to me, but I worry it wouldn’t do as much to prevent fine lines.
2. My stepmom gave me a LUSH bath bomb for Christmas last year. I’d just recovered from the worst food poisoning ever, and Tom was sick with the not-flu that seemed to take everyone down last year. When we got back to DC from visiting family we were miserable and gross and stressed, so I used the bath bomb immediately and it was a transformative experience. Lovely scents that make your skin feel silky soft without leaving a ring on the tub. I love baths, but since we only have a “shower” here in Brazil, it’s been far too long since I’ve had a luxurious soak. I plan to remedy that very soon upon our return to the U.S. with these baby bath bombs.
3. After a few weeks in Brazil, I gave up on manicures. I go for a pedicure once every other month, but so many of my days were spent at home working and seeing very few people, or hectically traveling without time to worry about chipped polish. Plus, with all the beef I’ve eaten here, my nails are crazy strong and grow at the strength of light, which has been a nice change to the brittle, constantly breaking situation I was dealing with back home (probably from too many gel manicures). However, my cuticles are starting to look little ragged. I brought a cheap cuticle cream with me, but it’s not quite cutting it, so I’m going to try out this Deborah Lippman cuticle remover for a little extra oomph. I may or may not go back to the occasional gel manicure, but it really does save time (and money) not to constantly be worrying about your nail game. I like this this clear polish to add a little shine.
4. Dry brushing. I can’t stop hearing about it and how it will change my life. That whole turning 30 thing has my ears perking to all these ways I can improve my health so even though I really don’t understand the dry brushing concept at all, I’m going to give it a shot. To read about it from someone with more authority, click here.
5. I threw a ton of makeup away before moving to Brazil. I hate clutter, and makeup is the worst with all the various ways it can make a mess. What I brought here was basic: foundation and BB cream (actually, I bought these at Duty Free because I left my Clinique foundation and tinted moisturizer at my in-law’s house the night before we left, doh), mascara, blush (that broke a few weeks in, double doh), a few lipsticks and my trusty Urban Decay Naked Palette, which is now essentially empty. I’ve been eyeing the Naked3 palette because I love rosy, neutral hues. As much as I hate spending upward of $70 on makeup, my previous pallete lasted almost three years and I can apply it without looking like a sad clown, so it’s a worthy investment.
Have you guys tried any of these products? Any advice on how I can be less of a makeup rookie?
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