Whether I'm pregnant or not, these are my top three beauty products. I try to stick to a pretty simple makeup routine because if I make it complicated I'm less likely to do it, but I know I feel so much better if I just put something on, even if it's just mascara. First up, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. This is a pretty new product for me, but I loved it from my first application, and it hasn't disappointed yet! My OB wants me to wear something with at least SPF 30 on my face (apparently pregnant skin burns more easily) and since my motto is the simpler the better I wanted some sort of multitasking tinted moisturizer, and this is what the kind people at Sephora helped me find. I tried on a few different kinds, and this has the best shade for my face, plus some of the others don't go up to an SPF 30. It's heavy enough to provide coverage and make me feel like my skin is flawless, but light enough I don't ever feel like I've got a makeup on, just a nice moisturizer. Plus it's a major multitasker, moisturizing and protecting and a bunch of other things that are mostly mumbo jumbo to me.
My second favorite product is clear mascara. I always use Maybeline's Great Lash because it's easy to find in the drug store, and it does it's job, which is not on my eye lashes. No, my friends, I use this product on my eyebrows. Now, maybe I'm the only one, but I have seriously unruly eyebrows. They hairs tend to go every which way, so I used to spend time with a nice eyebrow brush trying to get them to all go the same way. Then, an hour later they'd be all skiwampus again. (Is skiwampus one of those made up words?) So, then I would take hairspray and spray my eyebrow brush, and it worked in keeping my eybrows in place, but they would be crusty from the hairspray. So, finally I heard about clear mascara, and I've never looked back. My eyelashes stay in place all day and I feel more put together. This is one of my most basic products, I'll use just this and regular mascara on my easiest days.
And finally, NARS eyeshadow base. Did you know that eyeshadow base even existed? I didn't for a long, LONG time. I would get so tired of my eyeshadow either coming off halfway through the day, or just creeping into my creases so it looks like I drew lines on my eyelids. And I thought, hey, they should make something that takes care of that problem, like an eyeshadow base. So, I went to Sephora to look for an eyeshadow base, but in my typical Sephora fashion I got so distracted by all the pretty! new! products that I forgot about the eyeshadow base. Until I got to the checkout line where they were giving it away as their sample! It was fate! I took it, I loved it and went back probably the next day to buy the full sized version. Or maybe I ordered it online because these were the days before we had our very own Sephora in Utah. You know what? I wear eyeshadow a lot more now that I have this base. It works perfectly, it's easy to wash off, but doesn't let my eyeshadow disappear or smudge or smear all day long. Love it.
What about you? What are your live without beauty products? I'm still looking for the perfect mascara. One that's not too goopy, but I don't have to put on several coats, but also comes off easily when I wash my face at night. Suggestions?