Eww get your mind out of the gutter! I mean, like, face cream and makeup. (Apparently I’m often accusing my readers of being pervs: see here and here. I apologize for this. Sort of. I mean, that’s where my brain goes, so maybe I’m the perv.)
Since the age of 13-ish I’ve had somewhat temperamental skin. I’ve never had serious acne, which I’m grateful for; however, I do get monthly hormonal flare ups, which are not only annoying but also super painful. On top of that I have ridiculously sensitive skin that tends to react negatively to almost every product I put on my face (whether by causing acne, rashes, redness, or peeling).
As you can imagine, testing new products on my face is not only a big risk physically but also financially. I have literally spent thousands of dollars on different products, most of which I end up throwing out. Fortunately, Sephora has an amazing return policy, and so now that’s the only place I’ll buy new products.
For my daily routine I use a combo of products I’ve recently found and love as well as those that have stood the test of time. If you experience similar skin issues to mine, maybe these will help alleviate some of your skin frustrations. Just be sure to purchase them somewhere you can return them if not!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $43
This is a new recruit to my makeup army, and I’m not exaggerating when I say it has literally transformed my skin. Not only does this product provide long-lasting coverage for my oily zones, but also it provides intense moisture for my dry zones (how my skin manages to be oily but also peel is a mystery I’ve yet to solve!). It doesn’t increase the severity or frequency of my breakouts, and it provides light coverage that can be easily built for a heavier coverage, but without looking heavy. Keep in mind this product is a little pricey, but it’s so worth it.
Almay Clear Complexion Foundation, Concealer, and Pressed Powder, $10 to $16
These guys have been in my beauty arsenal for 10 years, no joke. They provide great coverage and they don’t make me breakout. In all the years and products I’ve tried, only this line has prevented my skin from getting worse. Maybe it’s the anti-acne ative ingredients, or maybe it’s the light formula–I’m not sure, but I also don’t care so long as it works. The only issue I have with this line is it’s quite drying, so I tend to use it only on the oilier parts of my face, like my chin and forehead.
Nars Blush in Orgasm, $30
Another newb to my makeup bag, this blush is new new fave. It’s hyper-pigmented, so you don’t have to use much. But thanks to the super luminous formula, even if you are generous with the blush (as I often am), you won’t look like a hooker, which is always a plus except when attending a WTP.
Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara in black-brown, $10
When it comes to mascara, pricey doesn’t always mean better, at least in my opinion. I’ve been using this product for over a year now and I’m smitten. It does what it says it does, plus holds a nice curl, and adds a little but of length. A few months ago I even caved and purchased a $28 department store mascara that I’d liked in the past and ended up returning it because it didn’t even compare to the Cover Girl formula.
Gosh Intense Eye Liner Pen in Brown, $15
I hated eyeliner until I found this product. Pencil liners would end up halfway down my face by mid-day and liquid liner would have me looking like a 13-year-old who just discovered her teenage sister’s makeup stash. This hybrid product, however, both stays in place and looks natural enough to wear on an everyday basis. Plus the pen shape makes it super easy to use and allows for a clean, controlled line–perfect for a sexy cat eye look.
Dermalogica Ultra-Calming Serum Concentrate and Barrier Repair, $74 and $56
When it comes to my face, I’m willing to shell out a few extra dollars for a quality product that works for my difficult skin. These two products are prime examples of this philosophy: expensive but worth every penny. The formulas contain natural ingredients such as oat and evening primrose oil to alleviate redness and provide intense moisture but without the greasy after feel. In fact, the Barrier Repair acts as a sort of primer, smoothing out visible pores, but without clogging then as I’ve experience with other primers.
And that’s it! These are my go-to face products. And no one even paid me to write any of this. Which would have been awesome because, well, money.
Also, since I didn’t provide a video makeup tutorial, please watch my fave makeup tutorial of all time. It’s what I do.