Ever see those articles of all the 'best' beauty products people can't live without, then click to buy a few and quickly realize you're spending more on face creams than you do groceries, shoes and jeans...combinded? Yeah, me too. It's left me feeling a bit sorry for myself and my mostly drugstore routine, but I have to keep reminding myself that my goal isn't to have the BEST beauty routine, but to have my house paid off. So like most things, I work to keep it lean and mean. It's what I like to call loving discipline on myself, meaning I'm willing to sacrifice some short-term things for bigger and better long-term things. Let's be honest, does anyone have time for hydrating facial masks anyway?
So here's what's actually in my morning routine, day in and day out.
Cetaphil. Would you believe me if I told you this is all that I wash my face with? No creams, no oils, no hydrating masks. Just a simple wash every night and that's it.
Foundation. Okay, so this isn't drug store, but I'm willing to pay a bit more for foundation and think you should too.
Primer. I'm on a roll, also not drugstore, but I've really loved this product, it gives you that dewy look. It lasts FOREVER because you don't use very much.
Eyeshadow. Again, not drugstore and you're probably thinking I'm a liar by this point, but it is affordable. I've had mine over a year and it comes with brushes. Stays on, doesn't smudge and is a good simple palette that you can apply minimally or intensely for different looks.
Lips. I'm addicted to these. They are a matte finish, don't smudge and the best part, when you do go to wipe it off, it still leaves your lips a bit tinted, which I'll soften up with my favorite chapstick. I've bought several colors, linked up my favorite, but I haven't been disappointed yet.
Mascara. I've tried a handful of the drugstore variety and I can't quite this one. It stays on and gives a full lash.
Leave-In Conditioner. I love this, especially in the summer months, when we're in and out of the pool so much and my hair is so dry. It works wonders.
Dry Shampoo. Works good, smells better.
Texture Spray. Better than hairspray, helps to give that Day 1 hair the feel of Day 2 hair.
Tanning Lotion. I've used this for over 10 years and still love it. It works, is easy to apply and never leaves me orange. I've also used this spray when I need more coverage than just my arms and legs for those Spring Break trips.
Tinkle Razors. Honestly, I've used these for over 5 years too and I love them to get all the fuzz off my face. Your make-up goes on sooo buttery smooth after a quick swipe of the Tinkle...not too quick though, remember they're razors.
Hair Ties. A friend introduced me to these at a Favorite Things party and they have not disappointed.
Hope you find some new simple favorites to keep you looking your best.