Let’s start by addressing the fact that my makeup routine has changed since becoming a mom. Pretty drastically. I’m fairly certain I went the longest stretch ever without wearing any makeup since I was 11 and not allowed. (Thanks, mom.) This is big for me because I used to be the crazy person who could barely go to the mailbox without putting on lip gloss and concealer. I’m sure it stems from always dealing with skin issues and never being comfortable with a “naked face”, but I’ve just always been a lover of all things beauty/makeup. So as you can imagine, going weeks without so much as a swipe of mascara was strange… but it was also pretty wonderful and liberating. It kind of forced me to get comfortable with my skin and the way I look without all the help of foundation and blush and all the other pretty things I loved so dearly and hoarded for years.
But once I settled back into work and started venturing into public spaces again, I slowly incorporated some beauty products back into the fold to help make me feel put-together, and am really loving the simple routine I’ve got going. It only takes me about 5 minutes to apply everything these days, and I have truly embraced a more natural look. That’s not to say I don’t still have drawers full of products that I keep telling myself I’ll use again “some day”, but I just did a big closet purge a few weeks ago and that was enough cleansing for now. Plus I’m pretty sure I’ll always be a lipstick junkie.
I’ve also found that I’ve cut back on the amount of products I’m using for the maintenance of my skin. I’m so much more concerned now with what I’m putting on my body and so I’ve cut out a lot of the stuff I felt was “junky” and unnecessary. And who has time for 20 minute showers and nighttime routines that don’t involve falling asleep with a baby monitor in your hand? Not this girl.
So here are the main products that I’ve been using and loving, a few of them brand-new to me in the last month or so. Let me know if you’ve tried any of them and what you think!
- It Cosmetics, Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector
New mom = bags under your eyes. That’s just math. But I actually didn’t buy this for that reason. One of the perks of my job is that I get to meet makeup artists on some of our video shoots and ask them all about their favorite products and what I should try. A woman whom I met recently on a shoot was telling me all about this stuff and how much she loves it. I started reading some online reviews and they were all consistently positive, so I figured I’d give it a try. This stuff is magic, y’all. It has a pretty thick consistency so the coverage is very full, and it does an amazing job covering scars and new spots, and it makes your under eye area much brighter. I use this as a concealer mainly, or I’ll stipple a bit all over my face when I don’t want to take the extra step of applying foundation on top but just want to cover problematic areas. The best part? It lasts all damn day. Oh, and I’ve been using it non-stop for at least a month and I’ve barely put a dent in it. Totally worth the cost.
- Clinique, Stay-Matte Oil Free Foundation (in Neutral)
Can you guys believe I’ve strayed from my BareMinerals? I feel like I’m breaking up with my high school sweetheart. (Not that I had a high school sweetheart, but I imagine it feels like this.) I just got tired of the fact that while it gave great coverage, it just wouldn’t stay in place. So when I received a sample of this foundation with another order I decided to give it a whirl and just fell totally in love with it. It goes on really evenly and again, lasts a really long time. The coverage is medium, I’d say, so it pairs really well with the corrector I mentioned above. Plus I feel like Clinique is one of the more affordable brands in the fancy section, and a little goes a long way. I don’t foresee having to buy this again for a while.
- Mario Badescu, Facial Spray
I’ve mentioned this one before, but I am still so in love with this stuff. I use it to set my makeup in the morning, and then spritz a little here and there throughout the day, especially anytime I apply powder if I get shiny. It smells so fresh and just feels luxurious. It just sort of revives your makeup, which is great if I have an extra long day of meetings and events.
- Honest, 3-in-1 Facial Towelettes
Another thing I’ve cut back on since having a baby is washing my face. I know. Horrible. But I don’t feel so bad about it when I’m wearing so much less makeup, and frankly, I just don’t always remember to do it before bed. Instead, I’ve started a new routine where as soon as I get home, I grab one of these to quickly take off all my makeup (and just the dirt from the day) so I can freely snuggle and kiss all up on my little bub without transferring it onto her or her clothes. (I remember reading once that your face is like the windshield of your car and to think about what that looks like at the end of the day. Did you just vom a little? I know.) But I seriously love how these feel on my face and they do an awesome job getting everything off, even mascara. They’re super soft and moisturizing too, so you don’t have that feeling like you scrubbed your face with a Brillo pad when you’re done. I do have one minor criticism, and that is if you use them to remove lipstick you’re left with a bit of a weird taste on your lips, so be warned.
- NYX, Slim Lip Pencil (Pale Pink)
It took me a while to get on the lip liner wagon, but since I did, I’ve never looked back. I definitely love it for when I’m wearing dark colors, or really vibrant reds, and need to keep the color in place, but these days I love it for a quick hint of color without having to commit to a full on lipstick. This pink color works great in all seasons, and it’s the perfect little hint of color when you feel you need something extra. This is one of my absolute favorites, and I always tell myself to but a few extras when I’m at the store so I can keep one in my purse, my car, etc. but always forget. #mombrain This color is really soft and girly, so if pink isn’t your jam, definitely try the mauve for a more muted tone.
So that’s the whole shebang. I’m currently in the hunt for a new mascara, I’ve used my current love (BareMinerals) to the point where I feel like I’m not even putting any product on my lashes anymore, I just hate to give it up. Suggestions?
(BTW none of this is sponsored, just stuff I’m loving. Kbye!)