Part of being a woman in this culture is being concerned about youth and beauty. Fortunately, looking young has yet to be an issue for me. However, I do agonize over looking good for my husband on almost a daily basis. Maybe it’s the 25 lbs. I gained after we got married, but I never want to feel like I’ve gotten lazy when it comes to my appearance. I want my hubby to always find me attractive.
When it comes to beauty regiments, there are two issues that daunt me: time and money. There was a time when I would wake up an hour and a half early just to make sure that my hair and makeup were perfect and that my belt, bag, and shoes matched… then I graduated from high school. Today, I am all about “low-maintenance”.
Let me preface the following information with this disclaimer: I am not and have never been a cosmetologist, makeup artist, or beauty consultant. I am just a woman who likes to find simple ways to accentuate my best features while still looking natural. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite beauty products!
Recently, I experienced a breakout due to an allergic reaction which left me with acne that was worse than anything I experienced as a teen. I tried everything to calm my irritated skin, and then I remembered how well Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser worked for me in the past. Let me just say, this was a life saver! For less than $8, it completely cleared my skin, and it leaves my skin feeling exceptionally soft! I also love how well this product balances my combination skin. As an added bonus, I think it smells really nice.
Another product I love is St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It’s great to use in the winter for dry patches, but it also helps lighten acne scars. I also like to use this product prior to getting a spray tan. This product is less than $4.
If I had to splurge somewhere in this step, it would be the moisturizer. I absolutely love Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Again, this is a great product for balancing combination skin. Even better, it leaves your skin feeling smooth instead of sticky! My husband has even been known to grab this moisturizer in place of aloe to treat a peeling sunburn. A small bottle will cost you $13, but a little goes a long way. However, you could wait to buy this during Clinique “gift” time and walk away with a makeup bag filled with quality freebies (which is what I like to do)!
I am very particular about my foundation. This is another beauty product I believe should be purchased with quality in mind. I prefer Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra. Not only does this product feel like you’re wearing nothing at all, but it has superior coverage to every other foundation I have ever tried. It will cost you $44, but I promise it is worth every penny. On the bright side, you really don’t need press powder with this product. You can purchase the “Fresh Wear” version with SPF 15 for $34 though. This is another product that you can save for “gift” time with Lancôme too!
I love playing with makeup, and I have always felt that when it comes to color, you can afford to be cheap. I will say that the more expensive the product, the more highly concentrated the pigment is, so you won’t need as much of it. You can make the most of the pigment in a cheap product by purchasing a quality primer though.
I have relatively sensitive eyes, and the best mascara I have found for my sensitivity that also lasts all day and is easy to remove is Avon Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara. This will cost $6.50 when it’s not on sale. If you don’t know an Avon representative, have no fear. You can be matched with a representative in your area online, and many representatives are opening their own Avon stores.