Audrey Hepburn and I have similar beauty philosophies: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
That said, I do acknowledge that my skin is changing as I tiptoe into my 30's and that my skin will be with me for a lifetime. I want to do due diligence - taking care of my largest organ and creating good habits that my daughters can emulate as they grow up.
As it stands, I would describe my make-up style as "minimal." I prefer the rosy-cheeked, natural look AND I prefer products with a short ingredient list.
Here's a peek at my beauty routine at age 31.
My sister-in-law bought me a big jar of organic virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe's about a year ago. I now use it as an all-over body moisturizer about every other day. I apply it right after I get out of the shower - with extra attention to my elbows, knees, and heels. Sometimes I slather it generously on my feet and then wear socks to lock in the moisture overnight. The smell is lovely.
Though titled a "day & night moisturizer," I typically only use this moisturizer at night - often right after a shower. It's super "light" feeling - not at all greasy or thick. Perfect for my combination skin. I'd like to get in the habit of using it 2X/day. It came with a miniature booklet of facial exercises to help build tone and prevent wrinkles, but I haven't had the time/interest to add them into my routine.
As summer approaches, I like the look of bronze skin...but I also want to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Skin cancer remains the most common form of cancer in the USA and I do my best to avoid direct sun at midday. The true natural brand of self-tanner is a breeze to apply and looks ultra-natural. Best of all, it's vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free. Though not completely scent-free, it's also not stinky. I especially make it a point to apply self tanner before heading to events or media appearances where photographs are likely. A warm tan can do wonders when you're behind the camera.
After trying a number of different deodorants and antiperspirants, several Facebook fans recommended alcohol. Yes, alcohol. The kind you get for under $5 a bottle at the grocery store. I apply it at least once daily with cotton balls, swabbing generously. It's strong enough to kill bacteria and doesn't "trap moisture" in my body like antiperspirants do.
Since my hair is naturally curly, my hair care routine is about two minutes. I don't even own a blow dryer, curler, or bottle of hair spray. On most days, I just scrunch my hair with gel straight out of the shower and let it air dry. This tub o' custard by Kinky-Custard is pretty amazing, creating defined ringlets with very little effort. Even my husband noticed the difference in my hair when I switched from Herbal Essences to Kinky-Curly.
After reading that most women ingest 4-9 POUNDS of lipstick over a lifetime, I switched exclusively to the "long-lasting" varieties many years ago. Revlon ColorStay and CoverGirl Outlast are my go-to brands because of affordability and ease of use. The colors are great and they really do last. I typically have to "scrub" the color off of my lips in the shower at the end of the day - which means I'm not eating (much) of it. Yay.
In my current season of life, I only wear mascara about once a week. Maybe less. My most recent purchase was lash fusion blast by CoverGirl, but I'm non-impressed. Which mascara is in your cosmetics bag?
While wandering the beauty aisles at Target a few days ago, a beautician in black asked me if I needed any help. I blinked and nodded, explaining that I was looking for a BB Cream. Up to this year, I've always opted for a tinted moisturizer - or nothing. Lately, though, I've been wanting to try something with a little more coverage. She introduced me to No7 True Identity Foundation and let me try it on in-store...so wonderful for this "clueless in cosmetics" woman. So far, I really like it. Easy to apply. Exactly the right color. Light coverage. I'm happy.
If you don't have a favorite brand of tweezers, you've never tried Tweezerman. The points are super sharp. The handle is easy to grip. And they're pretty, to boot!