FBFF: Daily Beauty Products

Today’s Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday post is all about our daily beauty products.  Here’s the handful of beauty items I use every day, that I just can’t live without.  Most people are surprised at just how few there are for me…

1. Face Wash
I wash my face every morning with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.  At night, I generally don’t wash my face unless I wore a full face of makeup (which is rare) or worked out.  I know all you beauty mavens are freaking out, but even using a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil makes my skin get dry if I wash too often.  I’ve tried a bunch of different cleansers, ranging from Neutrogena Oil Free cleanser to various products from Lush, and Cetaphil works the best for me overall, so it is what it is.

2. Moisturizer
For quite a few years I was using Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.  I switched to it from Celstial from Lush, which just got too expensive for me (though I did love it).  Cetaphil was doing it’s job ok, and the price was more than right at $8.49 for 8 ounces (that’s $1.06 per ounce)… but I felt my face needed a little extra boost some mornings, and especially in winter.  I remembered how great I felt after my pre-wedding vitamin C facial and decided to find a moisturizer that had vitamin C in it.  I didn’t have to look very far.  I came across Avalon Organics Vitamin C Sun-Aging Defense at my local Walgreens, and while it was slightly pricey at $17.99 for 4 ounces (a whopping $4.50 per ounce), I’ve found that a little goes a long way, especially if I mix a dab with Cetaphil.  It also has SPF 15, which the basic Cetaphil doesn’t.  Adding the Avalon moisturizer into my routine was a good choice–it smells nice and gives me a little pick-me-up every morning (which I need, because I’m most definitely not a morning person!)

3. Mascara
Mascara is my single must have makeup item.  Without it, I feel completely naked.  I have even stopped at the store on my way to work or an event and grabbed a tube if I’ve forgotten to put it on in a rush.  No joke!  I’ve tried a ton of different brands and types of mascara and have 3 favorites.  My go-to, daily mascara is Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion.  It’s a good mix of length and volume without being too much for daily wear.  There’s no clumping and none of that “spider eyes” stickiness going on.  And despite not being waterproof, it stays nicely without smudging.  On days where I want a little more definition (particularly on my bottom lashes), I turn to Maybelline Lash Discovery, which has a supertiny brush that’s perfect for lower lashes.  I always buy the waterproof formula since I use it mostly on my bottom lashes, and have never had issues with smudging.  And for those days (or nights) where I really want full lashes, I use the waterproof L’Oreal Voluminous.  This one gives lots of volume and stays put until I take it off with remover, which is great for long wear.  All 3 mascaras play together nicely, making layering them up to get that perfect look a breeze.

4. Lip Balm
I’ve long been a fan of Burt’s Bees, but after the holidays I had $50 to spend at Bath & Body Works.  They were having a buy two, get one free sale on C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve and I decided to give it a shot.  I’ve got one at work, one in my purse, and one beside my bed, and I’m hooked!  Sometimes, it’s a little inconvenient that it’s in a tin, but I like it regardless.  A little goes a long way for softness with this stuff, and if you use a little more you get a nice gloss, so it’s kind of like a 2-fer in that regard.  I use it every night before bed and have noticed a significant difference in how soft my lips have been, even in winter (when my lips tend to get really chapped).  It smells really nice too, which is always a plus.

Sidenote: There’s actually a buy 2 lip products, get one free promo going on at Bath & Body Works right now!

5. Makeup Remover
I have two makeup removers I use–one daily, and one for travel and the gym.  My daily, at-home remover is Up & Up Makeup Remover.  It’s comparable to Neutorgena’s Oil Free Makeup Remover, but costs only $4.54 for 5.5 ounces (so $0.83 an ounce, compared to $4.94 for 3.8 ounces, or $1.30 per ounce, of the Neutrogena remover).  It’s one of the least-irritating removers I’ve found, and doesn’t burn if I accidentally get it in my eyes.  It’s oil- and petroleum-free too, which is good.

For travel I use the Neutrogena Pre-Moistened Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes.  I have tried a few other brands, but I find these work the best for removing more stubborn waterproof mascara ,and are soft enough where they don’t irritate the delicate skin under my eyes.  They’re $6.49 for 25, so about a quarter each, but the cheaper ones just don’t compare.  Either they’re too rough, or don’t remove enough and I’m stuck using more than one.  A pack of these usually lasts me pretty long too, since I don’t travel very often and very rarely shower and get ready for anything at the gym.  But they’re definitely a must for me when I go anywhere and have to bring makeup remover.

That’s it!
That’s right!  I don’t wear concealer, foundation, powder, or even blush or bronzer, every day.   Partially because I thoroughly enjoy sleeping in as much as possible, but also because my skin is really pretty good, and I don’t have very much that needs covering up.  Plus, if I do get a breakout, I feel like covering it up prolongs it, so usually I just suck it up and deal with it being on my face (and spot-treat at night).  I’ve never been much of a lipstick girl, though for nights out I usually bring a pretty lipgloss, and have recently discovered stains as well.  But I generally don’t do lipcolor for everyday wear because I never remember to touch it up, and then I feel like it looks icky.  So yea… not my thing.

I did think about talking about hair products, but with my transitioning to long hair, my daily products are changing–mostly from “tons of stuff” to “nothing at all” to “maybe I’ll try this and this” and back to “nothing at all”.  Since this is the longest my hair has been in at least 5 years, figuring out those long hair products is still a learning process for me.

What are your must-have beauty products? What about your daily ritual?  Let me know in the comments below!  Katy at ModlyChic usually has a linky up to see what other FBFFers have to say on the subject, but I haven’t yet seen her post today.  You can still visit her site at www.modlychic.com though.

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