Enter the essential beauty items found in this post! These items are key to my getting ready process in my now everyday basic beauty regimen. These items make life just a little easier and quicker while not compromising on a great finish!
Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
This mascara is a game-changer! I had heard good reviews and seen many ads for it, but didn’t actually try it out until around Christmas when I received it as a gift! Boy, do I wish I had tried it sooner!
This mascara is perfection—it is a little on the “wet” side when it comes to mascara formulas, but once it is applied, it lengthens, darkens and separates your lashes impeccably! It is not a formula that you can layer, so once it dries, it needs to be left alone, but the good news is that it doesn’t run! Instead, it comes off easily by just wiping down your lashes with a cloth without the mess!.
To top it off, the Orchid Stem cell Complex helps stimulate and support longer, healthier lashes over time and all of Thrive Causemetics products are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free & sulfate free!
Anyone who knew me prior to my stay at home days knows that i never went anywhere without my full-coverage liquid foundation! And while that is still my go-to for a night out or some time of event, my new everyday foundation is the Young Living Savvy Minerals Foundation! (I use shade Warm 3) It is a mineral powder foundation, can be light to medium coverage and is buildable! My favorite way to wear it is over my Tarte Shape Tape concealer (I use the shade Light Sand) that does the "heavier duty" but quick coverage under my eyes and in all the highlight areas.
This foundation is very lightweight, feels like there is no make up on your skin, but gives a great blurring effect to make your skin look naturally smooth and clear! You don’t have to use much product either, so the lifetime on this product is well worth what you pay for! Young Living's products are some of the cleanest (paraben-free, sulfate-free, talc-free, etc) products you can find, which is definitely something I have been striving for in my beauty regimen!
I’ve also been a Young Living member for several years, so if you need some guidance with any of their products or becoming a member as well, be sure to contact me!
You guys...This. Stuff. Is. BOMB!
When I DO get a chance to wash my hair, I have been throwing it into french or dutch braids, throwing a hat on and running out the door. Up until recently, I had been putting just regular hair gel in my wet or damp hair before braiding (or really just nothing in it) and getting a frizzy-type of wavy hair look when I took the braids out.
Not anymore! The Beachwaver Co. is a company I’ve been loving for awhile and their braid balm is just one more reason! It takes away any frizz and gives you a beautiful wave to your hair when its time to unbraid. The balm is a liquid to foam formula and is also a paraben-free, sulfate-free, formaldehyde-free, phthalate-free, mineral oil-free, benzophenone-free & vegan product! (wow) Best yet--the company is WOMAN-OWNED! The Potempa sisters have created this amazing company and are so supportive in empowering women to be strong, independent & successful!
I’ve also used their Beachwaver curling iron and heat protectant hairspray in a past post & Youtube video tutorial so be sure to check that out here!
I’ll admit it. I HATE doing my brows. It is my least favorite makeup step. Its stressful, time consuming, well, I just really don’t enjoy it. BUT, on a lighter makeup day I love using Benefit Gimme brow as a quick and easy fill in!
Rather than using my usual pencil, the Gimme Brow formula acts similarly to the Thrive Mascara as it builds onto the existing brow hairs and makes them look more full and even. It is probably one of the easiest brow methods and yet still makes all of the difference after applying!
In keeping with finding cleaner and healthier beauty products, I’ve also taken to creating my own skin care support! Using several Young Living oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, Geranium, Copaiba) paired with organic Jojoba oil (Amazon) and witch hazel (Target), I’ve started making and using my own Glow Face Serum (recipe from Dani Hampton @danihamptonessentials).
This serum has made such a difference in the moisture and appearance of my skin over these freezing Illinois winter months! I have combination skin, but in the winter my nose and lips get especially cracked and dry, so I usually focus the use of it on those areas and other spot treatments morning and night after cleansing and before my normal moisturizers. I love that I know exactly what is in this formula because, well, I made it! And I know that all of the products I use are well-sourced!
Here’s the recipe (dropper bottle from Amazon):
I hope you enjoyed my run-down of my current favorite beauty products! Share some of your favorites with me in the comments! Have a great week everybody!