Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless serum primer

17 Aug

The job hunt and my search for my camera charger has kept me away for a while, but I’m back! (Please excuse the absence of a photo in this post, my Flickr search for “makeup foundation” yielded some startling results.)

I constantly rub my eyes, wear contacts and have allergies so once I heard about Mary Kay Eye Primer ($12) a few years ago I started using it religiously.

Since then I’ve kept my eye out for a drugstore brand foundation primer and bought the Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless serum primer ($16) as soon as I heard about it.

I’ve only used the primer for two days, but I already love it!

This is why I think it’s great:

  • It feels light on top of sunscreen and moisturizer
  • My skin feels smoother instantly
  • Foundation stays put when I use blotting sheets

I think this is going to be a regular in my makeup bag because I don’t know if I could go back to not using it every day.

Are there any makeup primers you can’t live without?

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3 Fun nail links

16 Jul

If you can’t already tell, I’m crazy about nail polish. (I always try to pose in pictures with at least one hand visible to capture my best accessory.)

Just a small portion of my nail polish rainbow

Check out these links that I peruse every so often when I want some nail inspiration.

  1. The Daily Nail: One nail-polish obsessed lady decided to use her recent investments to paint her nails in different designs each day for an entire year.
  2. Try It On: Virtually try on OPI nail colors by matching your skin tone and nail length on a flash hand.
  3. Nail Color Selector: Go one step further and digitally try on Sally Hansen nail shades that suit your nail conditions, length and shape.

Also, I felt that I couldn’t post something about nail polish without mentioning my friend Coco. She’s obsessed with OPI fingernail polish and we’ve spent quite a few meals over delicious Armadillo Grill queso and chips discussing nail polish colors. (Check out this cute poster she made for grad school.)

5 Shower essentials under $10

14 Jul
A thorough, fresh start is the only way to start any good beauty routine. Arm yourself with these shower beauty tools – all under $10 – to help make the rest of your beauty routine more effective.

Photo credit: Flickr user Guan Hua.

  1. Wide-tooth comb: Detangle hair in the shower while your conditioner works its magic.
  2. Loofah: Exfoliate and scruff off dead skin all over with a little bit of cleanser.
  3. Pumice stone: Do some extra exfoliation on tough areas like feet after soaking.
  4. Wash cloth: Wash and gently exfoliate sensitive areas like your face.
  5. Adhesive hooks: Hang up other essentials without leaving a mark behind.

It isn’t essential, but a rubber duck can make adult bath time fun too! Unfortunately, it won’t hang on your adhesive hooks.

The vacation beauty conundrum and TRESemme dry shampoo

8 Jul

You may have noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. I was on vacation last week in New England busy touring places like the Samuel Adams brewery and the House of Seven Gables.

However, I did take the opportunity to try the new TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo during my trip and have to say I’m a convert. In retrospect I realize that vacation was the perfect time to try it because I always prefer to sleep in and half-heartedly straighten my hair before I head out the door to whatever historic site I’m visiting that day.

At the House of Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace in Salem, Mass., with dry-shampooed and half-heartedly straightened hair

But that kind of beauty routine attitude leads to the vacation conundrum: you’d rather rest than put a lot of effort into getting ready, but vacations are always full of great picture opportunities that will most likely be broadcast to the world on Facebook.

This dry shampoo definitely helped my efforts during vacation and I’ve used it since I came back. Its formula of mineral clay and citrus helps prevent the gray roots look that other dry shampoos can cause and leaves your hair smelling light and clean instead of like Pine Sol.

I also want to try the TRESemme Fresh Start Waterless Foam Shampoo. Have you tried the new TRESemme Fresh Start line or have a dry shampoo you use regularly?

Confession: I’m a Never Nude about nail polish

21 Jun

So this post isn’t about one of my beauty finds, but I just thought I’d share this beauty revelation I had this morning. I am a Never Nude about nail polish.

If you’re an “Arrested Development” fan, you might get this. But if you’re not, you should be. A character on the show Tobias was a Never Nude, which means that the closest he would get to being nude is wearing a pair of cut-off jean shorts (jorts).

Well, I realized this morning that I’m the same way with finger nail polish. Maybe it was the five years I was a cheerleader that I wasn’t allowed to have painted fingernails for most of the year, or maybe it’s the way a fun color of nail polish can accessorize an outfit. Regardless of the reason, I’d rather not be seen in public without some sort of polish on my nails

This morning when I was getting ready to leave for work I noticed that the navy-colored polish I had painted on my finger nails was chipping horribly. So I decided to take it off. But then I saw that my nails were still navy-tinted and had a mini-beauty breakdown.

I grabbed the nearest nude-colored polish (Ulta salon formula nail laquer in Tutu – which is now discontinued) and painted them in a hurry, almost making me late for work. Below is the result.

My pre-work Ulta Tutu paint job

Granted, this isn’t by far my best work and you can still see some remnants of my navy polish. But I think it would have killed me to see my bluish nails while I sat at a computer typing all day.

Am I the only Never Nude about nail polish out there? Or are you a Never Nude about some other beauty product?

The Scrublet™: the next best thing to a Clarisonic brush?

17 Jun

First off, if you’ve never heard of the Clarisonic, this is probably the only beauty blog you’re ever read. Please, go educate yourself! I’d even say it’s the holy grail of beauty tools.

It was on my wish list for Christmas ’09 and college graduation, but was pushed aside for some Burberry rain boots and a MacBook Pro. So when I heard about the L’Oréal Paris Go 360 Clean cleanser and Scrublet™ ($5.87) that are supposed to produce similar results, I decided to give them a go.

A close-up of the rubber Scrublet™ that pops out of the cleanser bottle

I’ve never actually used the Clarisonic ($195) so I can’t compare it to that. However, I’ve used almost all of the cleanser and I do like it. My pores don’t seem to be less clogged, but it makes my skin feel smoother and removes makeup without dirtying up my washcloths!

I may be in love and will probably start using this regularly.

Have you tried the Clarisonic or found any products that yield similar results? Would you try out the Scrublet™?

5 Makeup bag essentials for under $10

16 Jun

No matter your budget, there are certain items necessary for an everyday beauty routine. Here are my top five non-makeup makeup bag essentials, all from Sally Beauty Supply and within the $0-10 price range:

My well-used makeup bag

  1. Tweezers: Shape your eyebrows or pluck stray hairs in between appointments
  2. Eyelash curler: Brighten a sleepy eyed look with a five-second squeeze before you apply mascara
  3. Cotton swabs: Smudge pencil eyeliner or touch up small makeup mishaps
  4. Cotton balls/pads: Remove eye makeup and finger nail polish, and apply skincare products
  5. Emery boards: File down and fix broken nails in a few swipes

Do you have any other non-makeup essentials that you keep in your makeup bag?