I haven’t posted on this Beauty Blog in quite a while.
The reason is actually pretty simple.
I am currently in love with the products I’m using, and have not tried anything new.
This is a good thing.
When I first started this blog, I was trying new stuff almost every week. But everything was piling up – and it was expensive and wasteful – even though it was kind of fun.
But with all the purchases I have made – and there have been a TON – I seem now to have stumbled upon a combination that really works for me.
I’m sure eventually I may get bored with this look, or want to try something else, and I’ll be shopping again.
But in the meantime – I am LOVING the way I look and saving a lot of money.
So here’s what has been my go-to look for several months now:
Daytime moisturizer: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It’s light, fresh, absorbs easily. Perfect for summer.
Primer: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion in 902 Light. This is marketed as a highlighter and natural glow enhancer, and not necessarily a primer. But I find it works exactly like BECCA’s Backlight primer under my makeup and looks beautiful. I love a glowy look, and this is lovely. And it’s cheaper than Backlight.
Foundation: IT Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination in Medium. Like with the primer, I like the bit of glow I get from this foundation. And the coverage is very good without looking heavy. If I’m at my palest, I mix this with a bit of any lighter shade of foundation I happen to have, but Medium works better for me than Light. Plus it has an SPF of 50.
Concealer: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer in 06 Very Light. This concealer has great coverage for my undereye dark circles without settling into my crepey lines. It comes in a ton of shades too, so you can get a really good match. I only need the tiniest amount, and I spread a bit on my upper lids too to give me a nice even base. If I feel the need to set with a little powder, I use Clinique’s Invisible Blend loose powder – again just a bit. But the concealer alone sets quite well.
Bronzer: Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed. I have quite a few bronzers that I like, but this one – although it’s described as matte – gives me a lit-from-within healthy glow. I think this may simply be because it seems to be the absolute perfect shade for my complexion.
Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. This is described as a rose blush with champagne highlights. It’s a warm rather than a cool rose, and like the primer and foundation, gives the most beautiful glow. I brush this on the apples of my cheeks and then lightly go over the bridge of my nose too, to look like I have been at the beach.
Highlighter: Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter Duo in Warm Glow. Like with the bronzers, I have several highlighters that I like, but this one is not too “in-your-face” while still enhancing the high points of my face. It also doesn’t emphasize my crowsfeet.
Eyes: Aha! No Specific Shadow! Here’s what I have discovered (from a YouTube beauty blogger) that is easy, flattering, and pulls your look together. I am using my bronzer, blush, and highlighter on my eyes too. Bronzer in the crease, and with a fine brush, and as liner on the outer half of my eyes for definition. Then a touch of blush on the lids, which makes my blue eyes glow. As a final pop of shine, a tiny bit of my highlighter dabbed on with my finger right in the center of my lids… really opens my eyes up.
Liner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Earthquake. This is a bit of a splurge, but the lasting power of this liner is amazing. Plus, if you work quickly, you can smudge it just a bit so it doesn’t look too harsh. I line the waterline of my upper lid (nothing on the lower) and then smudge the very outer corners (upper and lower) of my eyes… like a V.
Mascara: Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect in Black. Where the liner is pricey, this is a steal at $4.99. And it works just as well as expensive mascaras.
Brows: Essence Make Me Brow Gel Mascara in Light. Another savings here. (I also like Ulta’s own brand of brow gel). I don’t have unruly brows and I have long bangs too… so I don’t need anything fancy. Just a little definition now that my brows are thinning a bit and going grey.
Lips: Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Send Nudes. It is difficult to describe the finish of this lip product. It has a sheen but is not glossy. It lasts, but it’s not matte. And the color is terrific… although it is described as a brown nude, it is darker than most nude lip shades and has a natural pink undertone. It’s expensive, but to me, it is worth every penny. (I also line my lips – because my definition is fading with age, and I like Rimmel’s Exaggerate lip liner in Epic…. but almost anything will do with this neutral lip color.)
Powder: I only powder one spot on my face – the tip of my nose. I have a freckle/age spot right on the tip of my nose that drives me crazy, and concealer can make it look weird and unnatural. But a dab of Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light applied with my finger right on the tip of my nose plays down that little freckle very naturally. I bought the small travel size to try this, and I am glad I didn’t buy the big expense one, since using it only on that spot, the small compact will last forever.
Setting Spray: Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray. If I need my makeup to last for hours, this is the setting spray I reach for. Mostly because I love the very fine mist. And it continues the dewy look I love without looking too sparkly. I use my beauty blender to pat it in place after spraying… it seems to give a natural understated and blended look.
This all sounds like a lot, but I can do it all in under 15 minutes, which I think is really quick, considering all the products I use and how polished – and beautiful – I feel.
And although I’ve said it many times, I feel the need to emphasize that I am 67 years old.
To look this beautiful – and feel this confident – when I am less than three years from 70 – well, – it may be a long while before you hear from me again, because why in the world do I need to shop for anything else?