Friday, March 11, 2016

Things Life Taught Me || A Make-Up Routine

I got my first tube of liquid eyeshadow and mascara nearly fifteen years ago. They were tucked unassumingly in my Easter basket, leaving me speechless before Sunday church. I remember leaning over the bathroom counter with my mouth wide open as the mascara wand clumsily marked up my eyelids again.

Now, fifteen years and a graduation from pure Tom Boy life later, I'm much more skilled at applying my mascara, but still learning that make-up is fun. In the last few months I've acquired three things that help my daily make-up routine go from basic to beautiful.

1. Nivea Aftershave Balm

A friend mentioned that she uses this as her primer before putting any make-up on her face. She said after doing research she realized the ingredients are the same between the two, but for a lower price you get lots more from Nivea. I've been using it for almost two months and I'm obsessed. I don't know that this is a fact, but I also believe the alcohol in the balm has helped clean up my bad skin.

2. The Beauty Blender Sponge 

I got one of these in my stocking at Christmas. After watching a few YouTube videos on how to use it, I got started and I won't stop from now until forevermore. The blender truly provides a wonderful layer on my skin, without being too caked. I do believe I look more airbrushed than ever before (but without the price).

3. Matte Setting Spray(or an organic substitute Rosewater Facial Spray)  

One of my most terrible of habits is touching my face. I swear my make-up is off by noon because I can't keep my hands to myself -or at least away from my face. This spray has stopped me in my tracks. There's nothing linking the lack of touching to this spray, but knowing that my make-up is extra-protected from the elements helps me to keep off. Add to that fact that this spray stops the shiny look of late afternoon and we have ourselves a must.

I refuse to spend an arm and a leg on my make-up. Outside of my Naked make-up palettes, all my product is drugstore variety. I believe in convenience so I don't miss what can't be purchased at Target or CVS.

What are YOUR favorite beauty products and make-up cheats?

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