I read a post from Kerri that other day that really stuck with me. How do you know when bloggers are being true or when they have to talk about something because they were gifted or PR sampled it. I will be completely honest with you, I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years, you get on a lot of random PR companies mailing lists. Except I’m not on the IT Cosmetics lists, hey girls hook me up if you are. I will share any contact you want in exchange, dang those PR samples they send are Ahhhhmazing. Anyways, this is not to brag but to let you know I get a lot of products sent to me on a weekly basis. Now, here is the thing. I usually always go back to my tried and true favorites. There are some products that have been sent to me that are now my go to and I end up repurchasing on my own. My sister the other day when I was shooting an Instagram behind the scenes texted me and was like that product looks amazing do you honestly love it? I have a clause on my blog and I share with anyone that ever wants to send me a product, that it may not ever see the light of day on here because I only share what I actually like. That is my true transparency with you. If I did receive any compensation, I will share it in a disclosure to let you know. So I thought today I would share a total OG type of blogging post with you. There are no pretty DSLR camera pictures. Actually, most of these pictures are kind of dark because I took them at 630 when I got home from work and a barre class. This way you can HONESTLY see what is in my bathroom and what I use on a daily basis.
Okay here is my bathroom. It is one of the few rooms that I organized so I actually know where everything is. I got bins for under our cabinets at Homegoods to make sense of all the products that Mark and I both have.
Here is my makeup organizer. I have no idea why everything likes to lean to the right. I probably use 5% of what is in there.
Here is my makeup drawer, one side is mine, it is divided with a large Q-Tip box and Mark has the other side. I can’t believe I am sharing a bathroom with a man again. Our condo had two bathrooms and I never went into his lol.
Here is pretty much all the makeup I ever use. I will differentiate between my 5 minute work get ready and my little more involved when I go out on the weekends/shoot for the blog etc.
I alternate between the Beauty Counter foundation and It Cosmetics. The Beauty Counter is better for daytime in my opinion because it is a pretty matte finish without any “luminance” like the It Cosmetics one. I bought the It Cosmetics as a small size to try it first and it really lives up to its hype. I apply with this brush and put it on this palettewhich is looking a little rough, grab this one on Amazon instead. For my 5 minute routine for work, I usually swipe on the above, then use whatever is leftover on my makeup brushes and finish with this all over powder (ethereal light). It makes you look airbrushed and is worth the price tag. For more heavier coverage at night, I love this foundation stick from Makeup Forever. It has lasted me forever! It definitely makes you look airbrushed and covers all imperfections. I love this blush for daytime, n.504. It was a PR sample but absolutely love it (I actually shattered it but this trusted tutorial brought it back to life). For a dramatic nighttime, I love this blush, in Mata Hari. I was sent this blush brush from ELF and it’s so soft and picks up the best amount of color to distribute, highly recommend for the price point. I contour with this powder, it has no microglitter and is great for creating that deeper contour. It was a PR sample but I LOVE this brand now. My favorite daytime lipstick is this one from Givenchy (nude in the dark), it was a PR sample but it’s honestly the best natural flush lip color. My go to going out lipstick is from Laura Mercier (fuschia mauve) that I picked up at Sephora. If I remember to swipe this over my under eyes to complete my highlight/contour I will. It was a PR sample but it lives up to its hype, it seriously gives the best I’m awake now concealer/brightness. All my lash girls out there did you know that using eyeliner and product around your lashes make them more likely to fall out? The grease and pigments in a lot of liners are really bad for staying power. I got this liner from Dlux Professionals from my lash girl that is “lash approved” it’s a liquid liner and I really only use it for adding dramatic flair (ask the next time you go what they have). I got a small sample from Sephora of the Anastasia brow kit and I totally get why everyone goes crazy for it. It’s super natural with great staying power. Now, to make everything stay put especially in the Summer seal your face with the Urban Decay setting spray. I have a mini for travel and big one for home, it’s that important. As you can see I get most of my products from Sephora. I love their samples, customer service, and return policy. Anything I ever want to buy, I try it first and usually end of buying it afterward.
Skincare products, daytime and nighttime.
In all transparency, I had a campaign with Skinceuticals that is how I was initially introduced to the skincare line. Now, since I’ve had the opportunity to use it for a few months, I can HONESTLY say, no other products can hold a candle to it. Yes, the price tag is up there but the products have lasted me months without even a dent in them, a little goes a long way. The Vitamin C serum is a daytime must and you have to use it for prevention/correction. I have noticed such a difference in the overall appearance and look of my skin since using it. I had such a problem before with dry patches with oil and it’s finally all resolved. If I could tell you two products to honestly buy it would be the Vitamin C and the lipids moisturizer. The lipids moisturizer is super hydrating and does not break your skin out. I use the Metacell at night with the lipids and it feels like rejuvenation every night. When I went to Boston this last time I had some Origins samples in there and used those, my skin felt SO dry and lifeless and I couldn’t wait to get home to my Skinceuticals. I know it sounds dramatic but true. I love this product line so much that I’ve already have it budgeted in when I run out how I’m going to get another supply. It is that good in 100% honesty. I add the HA Intensifier at night when I need extra moisture and the SPF sunscreen is one of my favorites, nongreasy and absorbs so well. A lot of dermatologists sell this or high-end med spas. Try some samples first, you will be just as hooked as I was.
Here are my tried and true hair products.
The tool I use for beach waves, my flat iron I’ve had since I believe college. My three favorite dry shampoos in order, Redken, Clairol hair food, and Klorane (PR sample but really like it). The best hair oil that will not make it greasy, weight it down but still gives the best shine and frizz control. My wet brush has seen better days and I probably should order another one. My hairdryer is a PR sample from when I first started blogging 4 years ago and the name is rubbed off of it……sorry about that one lol.
These are my shower favs.
I alternate between this shampoo & conditioner (PR sample) and this one from Alterna. I wash my hair twice a week (maybe three times) so shampoos/conditioners last me forever and I have no problem splurging because they last so long. My hairdresser talked me into this Redken repairing/protein strengthening mask. I’ve had it for years and put it on my ends. It makes such a difference and I think that is why my locks are able to grow so long (that and the prenatal vitamins). I love the smell of this Beauty Counter body wash and lotions. I just feel like anything I slather on my body I want as free of toxins as possible. I am newly obsessed with this Volition line from Sephora. It’s a super cool concept. Developers submit their products and thousands of people vote on them, the best make their way and are able to distribute in Sephora, so it’s essentially the best of the best voted by real people. I was sent a PR box and this one product really stuck out. It’s a tumeric body and face scrub that brightens the skin and seriously makes it feel like glass. It has quickly become of my top favorites right now. When I could use self-tanner, St. Tropez is the tried and true best. My hands down favorite nail polishes are LaKur, best-staying power, with the least amount of icky chemicals and a great gel finish. My favorite way of removing my makeup which I honestly believe has lead to my face staying clear. Finally, I slather this coconut oil on to hopefully prevent stretch marks, then I rub it on my nail beds and over the ends of my hair.
So there you have it. These are all my products that I actually use day in and day out. As you can see they are used and abused with how much I use them. What that said, if I took a picture of Marks products, it would consist of like 4 things. Men have it so much easier right? I should also say I made all these links with my rewardstyle or Amazon affiliate links. If you buy something from my link I get like $1.20. If is no different to you with your shopping experience but it does give some validation to my husband as to why I stay up till 11pm writing blog posts. Thanks for all your love and support as always! What are some of your tried and true favorites? Did they make my list? Were there some new products on here that you hadn’t heard about before? I’d love to hear your feedback!