I love beauty products, y'all. It's bad. That's why I refuse to even walk into Ulta or Sephora; I can't even afford my loot at Target, so it's just an unnecessary temptation. I did splurge on some anti-aging night cream the other day, and it just reminded me how much I love luxurious little routines (and how old I'm getting), which is why I figured I'd share some of my recent favorites with you guys. If you'd like, you can skip down the the bottom to get your shop on, too.
Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow
This is my favorite product of them all. I first tried it years ago for a review, and it took a long time before I was willing to shell out the dough for it, but I'm so glad I did. The design is rad -- the brush handle fits nicely into the top of the bottle, and the gel formula doesn't make your brows crunchy even though it's water-resistant and keeps them in place. With a little combing out after application, it looks totally natural. I've been using it just about every day about three months and I haven't even made a dent. If you have unruly or even just thin brows, I highly recommend this product.
Simple Face Wash
I like Simple products because I know they don't contain harmful chemicals (or test on animals), so when my skin is not breaking out like crazy, I use this moisturizing face was in the morning and at night. It doesn't dry me out too much, and it's a great way to get rid of oils, makeup and crap that collects throughout the day before applying lotion.
Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen
In case you don't follow me on Snapchat (@marymackensie), I'm a nanny now! I take my little babe on long walks out in direct sunlight each day (don't worry, she's covered), so I wanted to make sure I was protecting my face, neck and chest from the UV rays. I bought this face-specific formula in SPF 55 to avoid breakouts and burns. I love it so far. It doesn't sting sensitive skin and its non-greasy formula is great for applying before makeup as well.
Dark Eyelash Glue
I used to think fake eyelashes were the hardest things to pull off ever until I discovered dark tinted eyelash glue. So simple yet genius. It's way harder to mess up the application when the glue itself blends into the lashes. Who knew?
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
I ran out of my fancier foundation and was too lazy to order more, so I opted for this cheaper option and I've actually been pretty impressed so far. It's not too thick, but it has good coverage and doesn't seem to upset my skin at all. Plus, there are plenty of shades to pick from.
No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream
This was the big splurge of the month (I mean $20 isn't that much, but for me it seemed like it). It smells amazing and I have fun pretending I'm battling all future wrinkles that could ever try to get at me each night. I'm not sure if it actually works for reducing fine lines and what not, but so far I'm stoked about it.
e.l.f. sent me this lip shade to try fo' free, and I wasn't all that excited about the color at first, but it actually looks great on. It's subtle, mature and only $3, so you don't have much to lose.
e.l.f. daily moisturizer
This guy was free too, and I will say I'm not a fan of the dispenser. I love the color of the bottle, the smell of the lotion and everything, but the dispenser itself stopped working about a quarter of the bottle into it. I just twist it off now, and I use it in the mornings so I can save the sunscreen above for when it's actually sunny out.
Jergens Firming Lotion
I'm pale and I have curves, so when a lotion promises to give me some color and firm errythang up, I'm down to try it. Again, I have my doubts about its ability to "reduce the appearance of cellulite" but if nothing else, it'll reduce it by making my butt tanner and that's okay in my book. It smells really good, like, way better than any other tanning lotion I've used and it's subtle enough that it won't leave streaks or stain your hands. Win-win.