One of the best instant refreshers for warmer spring weather is a new lipstick, right? With Living Coral selected as Pantone’s Color Of The Year, it’s a great time to take to invest in some of the prettiest coral (and pink) lip colors for spring. These fun spring lipsticks will definitely convince you that the temperatures outside are warmer than they actually are.
Are you ready to update your makeup bag with beautiful coral lipstick? These are my spring favorites…
If I am honest, Coral lipstick is definitely out of my comfort zone when it comes to lipstick. I am trying to add more color to my wardrobe and that definitely includes lipstick as well. Traditionally, I am a nude lip girl through and through. Recently, I have shared my everyday lip combo on Instagram but if you are interested in the perfect year-round nude lip, I have linked it below.
What is your favorite lipstick? Do you change up your lipsticks for the seasons?
I have dry skin; itchy, uncomfortable, dry skin, and these skin issues only escalate in the winter. The weather where I live is not actual winter weather and yet my skin is a mess in the cooler months. Not only do I have dry itchy skin but I also get really bad eczema around my eyes. When I have an eczema flare up it’s so painful and makes it impossible for a flawless face of makeup.
My skin is so dry and sensitive so I am always on the hunt for new products. While hunting for new skincare products I target products that are fragrance-free, help dry skin and prevent all signs of aging on my face. I try to do a lot of preventive skincare in hopes of minimizing my reactive skincare. In fact, I have been using preventative skin care products since I was 15! A few preventative steps I take: I use sunscreen every day, drink tons of water and never, ever, ever sleep with makeup on.
In the spirit of being completely transparent, I have not yet had any injectables. I always said when I hit 30 I was going to start botox and well I just hit 30, so a trip to the dermatologist is in the near future. Once I jump on the botox train, I will document every aspect of it. I only mention this because a lot of bloggers began botox around 23 so even with a great skincare routine, our skin looks very different.
Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin
I constantly get asked on Instagram my skincare routine so its time I share my exact skincare products and routine. I am ALWAYS on the hunt for skin care products that are affordable and help with dry skin and eczema. My skincare routine is pretty locked down right now so I wanted to share the exact steps I take. After tons of trial and error, I have finally discovered a skincare routine that works for my dry, sensitive skin.
Daily Skin Care
Face Wash – Using Baby Shampoo for face wash is a very new addition to my life but I swear by it. If you are struggling with overly sensitive skin or eczema then you need to incorporate baby shampoo into your skincare routine. I’ve started washing my face with baby shampoo and it has transformed my skin. I talked about my eczema issues on my Instagram stories and a dermatologist reached out and suggested Baby Shampoo as my face wash and WHOA! life has been changed. Not only is it great for sensitive skin but it’s also a really great makeup remover.
Okay, this these next steps are super important; once I wash my face I layer these products on from heaviest to lightest. I start with my daily face moisturizer, hydrating serum then rosehip oil. Layering the products like this helps lock in the moisture for the entire day. I repeat the face wash and layering steps morning and night, the only difference is in the evening I use a heavier face cream better suited for overnight repair.
I still get eczema flare-ups on my face and when I do I use the Aveeno Maximum Strength Formula Anti Itch Cream. To effectively use any sort of eczema cream you must put it on as soon as you get out of the shower, in order to really absorb the benefits of the cream, your skin must be damp.
Weekly Skin Care
On top of my daily products, I always map out at least one night a week to incorporate a much more intense skincare routine. You will need about 30 minutes to complete this and I would suggest doing this close to bedtime.
I start by washing all of my make up off and then follow all of the steps of the Smooth and Radiant Face Peels. When I am done with that I put the Aveda hydrating mask on and then top that mask with an additional sheet mask. I always have a stash of sheet masks, I like to use moisturizing sheet masks that contain hyaluronic acid. I leave the sheet mask on for the recommended time normally around 15 – 20 minutes, once I remove the sheet mask I rub the Aveda mask into my skin as much as possible and sleep like that.
This is the holy grail of products. I am not kidding, ask anyone who has used it and they will agree. It’s a bit on the pricey side but oh so worth it!!!! It legitimately erases fine lines in front of your eyes. If that sounds too good to be true, its absolutely true. The directions say to use this product every day, I can’t afford that so I use it once a week. This sounds like this is sponsored and boy do I wish it was, this stuff is my all time favorite skin care product. The best thing about these peels is they are suitable for all skin types.
Aveda Hydrating Mask– This mask is a necessity in the winter. Not only is it super moisturizing but also very brightening. I wear it before bed and then in the morning I wake up and my skin is glowing.
Sheet Masks That I Love
A very important note for anyone with dry, sensitive skin – never, ever use products with any added fragrance. I know that sounds ridiculous but products with added scent really aggravate sensitive skin.
Now that I shared my go-to beauty products and routine I would love to hear what you are doing to help your skin get through these winter months. Are there any must-have products that I need to try?
Earlier this year I finally listened to all the hype and purchased the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and let me tell you my life was forever changed. I’m always on the lookout for new foundations to help give the appearance of flawless skin and Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation does all that and more. Before I purchased the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation I normally wore the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation or It Cosmetics CC Cream, I love all of these products but nothing compares to the Estee Lauder Foundation.
As much as I just went on about my use of high-end makeup brands, let’s get one thing straight, I love drugstore make up. I exclusively use drugstore mascara and most of my lip products are from a drugstore brand. But as it turns out I am a bit of a snob when it comes to foundation, if you haven’t read my favorite foundation blog post, it’s a good one.
Okay, story time – the day before Thanksgiving I was at Marshalls looking for a new pair of boots to wear over the long weekend. When I was checking out the girl in front of me in line was staring at me and said, “Can I ask you a really random question?” I of course smiled and said yes. She proceeded to ask me what foundation I was wearing, she told me she was a makeup artist and was very impressed with how perfectly the foundation fit the texture of my skin. Such a specific compliment, but I will take it. I was even more shocked because I wasn’t wearing my normal Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, I was wearing Revlon Color Stay and couldn’t believe I was getting complimented for it. I ended up telling her about how I am trying all of the Estee Lauder dupes and at that moment I made a believer out of the Revlon Color Stay Foundation.
In this picture, I am wearing an Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation dupe and LOVE the flawless finish.
Since I wrote the post on the best foundations, I have been searching and testing all foundations that promised similar things as the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and have finally narrowed my list down to the top four.
The biggest difference between the Estee Lauder foundation and all of the dupes is the amount of product needed. When using the Estee Lauder foundation you can literally use 3 drops for complete coverage with the dupes you have to use a lot more product to get the same coverage but with the costs difference, it is OKAY!
I have tried all the foundations listed above and I definitely have a favorite and a least favorite.
Favorite: Revlon ColorStay. It is the one foundation that is closest in texture and staying power as the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. When I use this product I do put tons on but it looks good and it has some serious staying power.
Least Favorite: Rimmel Lasting Finish. This product starts out great but it quickly begins to fade and quickly shows every imperfection on your face.
If you have tried any of these Estee Lauder Double Wear Dupes? If you have, what was your experience?
Now that Christmas is right around the corner its the perfect time to update your makeup and start getting ready for holiday parties!!! What better way to update your makeup than with a perfect red lipstick. I freaking love a bold lip!!! There is something so classy about a clean face with a pop of a bright red lip.
Why do I love bold lips? These shades draw attention to your face, make your teeth look whiter and make your makeup look polished. Give any of these reds a chance and I swear, it will make you a believer in lipstick.
The Perfect Red Lipstick
A good red lipstick can be tough to find because it often depends on your skin tone. One that looks good online may look awful in the natural light of your home. What you thought was pure red now looks too orange or too pink, too dark or too light. So to share my love of a bold, red lipstick, I’ve picked out the best shades that would look good on any skin tone and in any lighting! Just pure, perfect, beautiful RED.
The best thing about lipstick is some of the very best out there come at a price point under $10. Score! I previously posted about the perfect nude lip but now its time to talk all about RED!
Turn heads in these bold shades as I share with you the best red lipsticks that look good oneveryone!
Its that time of year again where my skin just goes to hell in a handbasket. I have insanely dry/ sensitive skin and anytime there is a slight weather change my skin immediately reacts to it. My skin usually has the most reactions around the eyes but increasing dryness all over my face is normal as well.
Even with weather changes I still like to look cute and wear makeup almost every day. The irony is as I am typing this up I have no makeup on because I have a very bad eczema outbreak around my eyes, happens every fall and never gets less annoying. I am always on the lookout for new foundations to combat my dry skin symptoms, I have tried at least 100 different foundations over the years and think I have finally pinpointed the best of the best.
For the most part, I only use drugstore make up, with one exception, foundation. I love drugstore products, I think there are so many great products that you can purchase at a very good price but I am always willing to spend a good bit of money on the best foundation for my skin type. Doesn’t matter if your eyeshadow and lipstick look great if your foundation is a mess then it distracts from everything else.
In the spring of this year, I started using Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and my life has been changed. I like a full coverage that lasts all day long and this is the holy grail of staying power. I can’t recommend this enough, IT IS EVERYTHING!!!!!
Now let’s get to the best of the best foundations. I am typically a full coverage kind of gal but there is always a time and a place for a nice, light coverage.
Best Foundations for Dry Skin
Most makeup tutorials recommend a setting powder post foundation but with dry skin, I prefer to use a good primer and a setting spray and skip the setting powder portion. Skipping the setting powder step allows for less caking on the skin and helps to ensure flawless foundation all day long.
Best Primers For Dry Skin
Best Setting Spray For Dry Skin
If you don’t own the up all night setting spray run fast and buy it, its everything I could hope for and more.
I am working on collecting foundation dupes for these products because I know these price points are not in everyone’s budget. Next month, I will be putting out the best foundations under $20 but I need time to test everything out so please hold on that post.
Hope this post helps you look beautiful and flawless and winter long.