Skincare + Beauty Favorites

Somehow in the last year I became a beauty and skincare junkie, testing out new products for my skin and scouring the internet for more beauty bloggers to follow for their recommendations. Since I have problem skin and I prefer a more natural look with make up, I’m sharing my favorites that enhance natural features, are easy to use and aren’t crazy expensive. I’m still on the hunt for a great cleanser that fights acne, so always open for suggestions!

1. Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Gold, $11.99. Since I’m no expert in applying blush, I usually reach for this one since it’s easy to blend and builds easily.
2. Buxom Lash Mascara, $19. I recently tried a sample size of this and it became an instant favorite. My lashes appear thicker and longer. It also strikes the balance of being buildable, but one coat looks great too.
3. NYX Eyebrow Marker, $9.69. Merl of Clyde’s Rebirth had this at her apartment last time I visited and it’s revolutionized my make up application. I hate when eyebrows look too drawn on and this one looks so natural and easy to apply.
4. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, $4.39. I’ve had an issue with over-drying my skin, which I didn’t think was possibly with my oily skin. I shower sometimes twice a day because of my workouts and I was over washing my face. I’ve found that using this between workouts works well for me.
5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free, $43. Since my skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts, I prefer a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and this product has worked the best. Nothing too heavy, but provides decent coverage without that caked on look. There are so many shades it’s easy to match up too.
6. Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Light, $48. I always thought I didn’t need a moisturizer because my skin is oily, but I need it especially during the winter and between my chemical peel visits.
7. Maybelline Baby Lips Medicated, $2.99. My lips are so dry this time of the year, I’m constantly applying this in the non-tinted version and I’d like to scoop a couple tinted versions up now.
8. Buxom Full On Lip Cream, $19. I also got this sample a month ago and I love a lip plumper in this soft hue.
9. elf Studio Tone Correcting Powder, $3.00. My skin looks anything but dull after this powder. I’ve bought pricy powders in the past, but this one works better than those and $3 isn’t a bad price either.

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  • Angela Minicuci
    January 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    It's not a cleanser, but I swear by this! I use Oxy Face Wash on my face, chest, and my shoulders. My shoulders and upper back are prone to breakouts just as bad as my face is since that's typically where I sweat most (gross, I know) but this stuff works like magic for me and unlike other products, it doesn't dry out my skin: Thanks for the recs!

  • Anonymous
    January 9, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I swear by Simple Moisturizing Face Wash. I also use the wipes post-work out. I use the face wash every day, twice a day, and it is the only face wash I've used that doesn't break me out. I have oily, acne-prone skin as well. Plus it's inexpensive and often comes packaged with a free sample of the face wipes (at Wal-Mart, at least).

    Also, about two months ago I bought the Neutrogena Dermabrasion kit. It's only about $20. I use it every other day and it has helped so much with fine lines, acne scars, and texture. I had no idea my skin could be so smooth! I've also been impressed with how it's reduced my time-of-the-month breakouts. I know a lot of brands make them, but this one is inexpensive and it works!

    Definitely trying the Baby Lips soon, I've been hunting for a new lip balm!

  • Lauren
    January 10, 2015 at 3:10 am

    The Buxom mascara and lip gloss are two of my faves!


  • BritneyN_0518
    January 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Try the Simple face wash, I love it and it's gentle enough to use every day. I have bot the Facial Moisturizing Wash (white bottle) and the scrub (green bottle). The scrub isn't rough like some others and it's cleanses my face and gets all of the makeup off really good.

  • libys11
    January 13, 2015 at 3:15 am

    I'm totally all for the simple wipes, buxom lip products and the josie maran argan oil!!! πŸ˜€

    have a great week!
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  • Megan
    January 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    CeraVe is one of the best cleansers out there for acne/breakout prone skin. As someone who deals with that it has done wonders. If you are serious about skincare check out for all the info you'll ever need about taking care of your skin… it's been a lifesaver for me!