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.
Dry skin, an issue most people face during the cooler months. Now that I am knocking on 30’s door I feel like my skin is becoming noticeably more sensitive and dry when the seasons change. This blog post has been a long time in the works, I have been working on it for weeks because I wanted to ensure all products were the tried and truly the best for dry, sensitive skin.
When I was 15 years old I started using anti-aging products, it probably was younger than that but that is the age that I remember receiving my first complete kit of anti-aging products. When I was that age I wanted to be Katie Couric when I grew up so I knew it was important to preserve my skin. In my opinion, you are never too young to start a proactive skincare routine. The most important aspect to maintaining youthful skin is SPF and moisturization, two things acceptable for all ages. It’s so important to keep my skin care routine really locked down because I like my makeup to look flawless and you can’t achieve flawless makeup without flawless skin.
On top of dry, sensitive skin, I also have very fair skin. I use SPF every single day, doesn’t matter the weather or my sun exposure, I always have it on! If your skin is darker than mine, SPF is super important to help eliminate preexisting scars and unwanted dark marks. I got in a really bad car accident when I was 17 that left me with over 40 stitches on my face, from that point on I did everything in my power to keep my face protected from the sun when outside. All the extra measures I took seem to have really helped, all of my scars have pretty much disappeared.
For some reason when the weather changes my skin goes crazy. Any issue I have with my skin intensifies by 10 folds. My skincare routine is very important to me, VERY important.
Not only is my skin dry it’s also very sensitive, it gets irritated really easy and hates most skin products. Occasionally, I break out in these very painful rashes around my eyes, not exactly sure what it is but it also happens regularly to my dad. With all of my skin issues, there are a few brands that I swear by; Aveeno, Aveda, First Aid Beauty, and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (his stuff is a bit more expensive, but worth every darn penny). I know if I purchase a product from one of these brands that my sensitive skin will be happy with the results.
My skincare routine:
Every day I wash my face in the shower with Aveeno Absolutely Ageless, if my skin is super dry or irritated I use Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser. Post-shower, I immediately put a face oil on; I switch off between Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil, both are super hydrating and affordable products. I really hate the smell of Argan oil so that is one downside. After that oil I put on a Vitamin C Serum, vitamin C has done wonders for my complexion, it has brightened my skin and has reduced the appearance of scars and any other issues. I like to let those products settle into my skin before I put on my daily moisturizer. For daily moisturizer I use the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer, honestly, I should work for Aveeno because I love their products SO DANG MUCH. This moisturizer is great not only is it the perfect recipe for dry, sensitive skin, it also contains SPF 30, most daily moisturizers only have SPF 15. The combination of the face oil, serum, and daily moisturizer really seem to keep my skin hydrated all day long
Pro Tip: When putting on skin products always start with the most lightweight product and work your way up.
I never, ever, ever sleep with makeup on. I can be completely exhausted, walking into my house at 2AM and will promptly remove all makeup from my skin. I wash my face with the same Aveeno product I use in the morning, apply one of the hydrating face oils listed above and then top with Belif- The True Cream Aqua Bomb.
Multiple times a week when I am home catching up on housewives I will put on the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque and let my skin soak up that goodness. Its an all natural, moisturizing mask that seems to brighten my skin and add some deep moisture to my skin.
At least once a week I like to do an at-home peel of some sort, I switch off between the two listed below. The Divine Skin Peel is much more affordable but the Dr. Dennis Gross Peel delivers much better results. Once I have done the peel I immediately put on a sheet mask, your skin absorbs the sheet mask best when your skin is a clean slate.
Divine Skin Peel: I bought this one on Amazon and I love it!! It’s a mild, at-home peel. It does require some planning around because when you use this product you are supposed to stay out of the sun and not wear make up the next day.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel: These are expensive but I am not kidding when I say they are worth every last penny. The first time I was introduced to these a makeup artist in San Fransisco used these prior to doing my makeup and it felt like I had brand new skin. Two days later, I went back to work and one of my coworkers asked if I had a facial. I can’t sing the praise of this product enough!
Sheet Masks – I like to use masks with one or more of these ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid Collagen Vitamin E Honey Rose Petals
When I lived in Birmingham I was getting a twice a month facial and it was MARVELOUS!!! Now that we live in Palm Springs that is no longer in my budget. I’ve gone down to an every other month kind of schedule. I love a deeply hydrating facial, I think estheticians are magicians with those magical hands of theirs.
Pro Tip: If you live near an Aveda school they offer CHEAP facials. The students have to do X amount of supervised hours so they offer amazing facials at a very discounted cost. The Birmingham school felt like a very upscale day spa and was always the highlight of my week when I went to visit.
My lifestyle is pretty healthy, full of healthy fats and tons of water. Drinking tons of water seems to really help my skin, I know 64 ounces is the recommended amount of daily water intake but I drink about 100 ounces of water a day. I will say if one weekend I drink a bit too much wine or bourbon my skin will immediately feel drier than normal.
I have not yet invested in Botox but I am absolutely not against it. I have always said when I hit 30 I was going to do it, I am turning 30 later this year so we will see if I actually go through with it.
Is your skin dry and frustrating like mine? What’s your go-to skincare routine? Next, I am going to do a blog post on the best foundation for dry skin because I have tried every dry skin foundation and have read every article on the subject, I feel like a true professional at this point.
I love beauty products, all of it, but makeup and beauty products get expensive fast. Sometimes the most expensive item doesn’t mean its the best product. There are so many amazing beauty items that can be purchased at a drugstore and are just as good, maybe better, than their expensive counterpart.
Over the years I have used hundreds of drugstore beauty products tons I loved, and tons I have hated. I’ll save the ones I hated for another day but today lets talk about my FAVES! All of these products listed below I use on the regular, I would say every day but there is never a week where I wear makeup every day.
Best Mascara I have ever used! Ever! Its the dupe for Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but I swear its so much better! It’s good, really really good. If you are like me and like a thick, long eyelash than this is for you. I could go on forever about this mascara, it’s so darn good.
If you are into a long-wearing liquid lipstick, then this is the product for you! With a price point this low, you will want to purchase the entire collection. My two must have colors are baby doll and lipli. I use this as the base, let it dry, and top with lip gloss and will have high pigmented lips all day.
I have used a beauty blender for years but recently changed over to the real techniques sponge and am so impressed. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Face Sponge is for those of us who like more of a full coverage when it comes foundation. This sponge gives a true flawless finish.
Such a great everyday face lotion. Scent free and the perfect daily lotion for sensitive skin. This product gives your skin so much moisture but feels light, not greasy at all, and is great to use under makeup.
I have to use a very gentle face wash because of overly sensitive skin and this stuff is great. So creamy and perfect for dry, sensitive skin. It doesn’t foam so that took a bit to get used to but past that it removes all make up right off.
What are some can’t live without drugstore must-haves that I need to purchase? I really would love to find a nonchalky, drugstore bronzer, suggestions?
I have finally come to a place in my makeup routine where I have a few beauty products that I use every day, I think I have perfected my everyday beauty routine. If I want a more glam look or maybe a more polished look for a meeting I’m going to, I will alter a bit but for the most part, I like sticking to the basics that work best for me. I have dry sensitive skin so I am very particular with what I put on my face both for skin care as well as makeup.
This post is in order of application:
Primer: After I complete my skincare routine (that’s a whole different post coming soon) I always start my makeup routine with NYX Professional Makeup Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray I realize its a setting spray and not a primer but it really does wonders when applied first. It helps my foundation stay on my face all day even in this extreme heat we have been facing here in Palm Springs.
Foundation:Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup this stuff is legit magic. I have seen this foundation on social media for years and finally decided to purchase and was blown away. I have a hard time finding makeup for my dry skin that can also stand the heat of Palm Springs and this one does it all. I really love this product because a little goes a long way. I put one small dot on my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and just press it into my skin and seriously FLAWLESS. This is a full coverage foundation but it really does feel so nice and lightweight.
Setting Powder: Sephora Collection – MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder if you have dry, patchy skin this powder is a necessity! In 2016, I had my make up done in San Francisco for a wedding and the makeup artist used this and I was blown away. It is light and perfect. A little of this product goes a long way! One compact will last approximately 6 months, super economic.
Bronzer: Then I quickly use a matte bronzer just to warm up my face a bit. I find most matte bronzers to be chalky and a weird consistency but have had great luck with the Two Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, I’ve used this in the past and have always loved it and last week I found it at TJ Maxx for $3.99!!!! legit, what a steal. I apply this to under my cheekbones and the top of my forehead, I have a huge forehead and this helps to minimize the appearance of my extra large forehead.
Blush: On a recent Ulta haul I bought the Morphe Blushing Babes Blush Trio this collection is $12 and it’s so rich in color. That price point for beautiful, perfect blush is mind-blowing! I buy the pop of pink pack and its the perfect trio of blushes for my fair skin.
Highlighter: I’m super weird about highlighter, in that I have lots of opinions. I stay far away from highlighters with a white undertone, these look fine until you see a picture of yourself the next day and completely regret the bright white highlighter. I generally go with a yellow undertone as this looks the best with my skin tone and honestly photographs best. When it comes to highlighter I’m a bit of a hoarder. My current favorite is a combination. I take Milk Makeup Highlighter and rub the product on the back of my hand to warm it up then I take the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and apply it to the spots on my face I want to be highlighted. I normally do my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and a few light dabs on my chin. Then I lightly apply Jouer Powder Highlighter on top and it makes the most beautiful highlight.
Sidenote: I used the Beauty Blender for ages but one day I was looking for a cheaper alternative and purchased the real techniques version and will never ever go back. I’m obsessed. Its so good and legit a quarter the costs of the beauty blender.
Eyebrows: I have naturally very thin eyebrows so the obsession with dark, thick eyebrows will never work on me. I line the top of my eyebrows and softly fill in my eyebrows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil and am good to go. This product is the best, I’ve had the pencil for over a year and it still has plenty of product left.
Eyeliner: In an effort to make my eyes look a splash bigger than they actually are, I take the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the color desperation and very softly line the top lash line. I don’t personally like black eyeliner if feels too drastic on my eyes.
Mascara: If you follow me on Instagram, if you don’t follow me here, anyways I am constantly talking about one thing and that is my love for L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, I wear the color Blackest Black in the waterproof version. It’s the holy grail of mascara, seriously. It makes my eyelashes look more voluminous and longer than ever before. I curl my eyelashes then heavily layer this mascara on its so good.
I love makeup and am always searching for new products, spending hours in Ulta or Sephora testing out every new product sounds like the perfect Saturday to me. I read a lot about new products and always try to stay up to date on new releases but on top of that my best friend works in the beauty industry and she is constantly giving me new products that I usually fall in love with. Luckily, we have very different skin tones so she always saves all the fair shades for me, she keeps my make up vanity FULL!
What are some holy grail products that you can’t live without? I love new products and I am sure my husband loves when I add to my makeup collection.
I love lipstick. Actually, I love all lip products; matte lipstick, natural lipstick, lipgloss, nude lipstick, glitter lipstick, bold lipstick, you name it and I love it. To be completely honest, I am a bit embarrassed by my lipstick collection, it’s excessive.
My favorite girl, Rhinanna, once said this about her favorite beauty product, “Lipstick. It draws attention away from any flaws. When someone is wearing lipstick, you just assume they’re wearing a full face of makeup. And guys are stupid–they won’t notice when you’re not.”
Let me tell you that quote has stuck by me because boy do I believe it. Lipstick can take a mascara only day into a fully polished look. I love all lipstick looks but this summer I have my favorite everyday, nude lip look. This look is created by three tried and true products that once they are layered together make a long lasting, high shine nude lip.
To achieve this look I start with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in the color whipped caviar, I line my lips with this liner then I fill in my lips completely with this lip liner. Once that is done I take NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick and layer that on top of my already lined lips. Once that is on I wait a complete minute to allow that to dry on my lips, this minute of waiting is super important for long lasting lips. Once the product is dry I then apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in the color Vintage over my lips. This product is amazing, it’s like nothing I’ve ever used. Its super high shine and long-lasting. $16 for a lip gloss might seem a bit crazy, but it’s SO WORTH IT!
NYX Lip Liner
NYX Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Lip Gloss
My skin tone is pretty light, even in summer, but this color trio looks great on a variety of skin tones from fair to deep skin tones.
This is my everyday look but when it comes to a night out or a more high glam opportunity I live for a bold lip, I can’t wait to write about my favorite bold lip products. I HAVE A LOT OF FAVORITES! What are your favorite lip products? I am always looking to expand my ridiculous collection!