I thought it might be neat, and maybe helpful, to show you some of my skincare line ups. To see what order they go in, for me. I love to layer products. So my simplified steps are still quite a few steps. My extensive, more in depth routines include weekly or bi weekly routines. It gets very confusing on my Instagram (@lovemascara) and I get a lot of questions about when I use this or that, where do I use this or that in the routine, and what's my AM routine is like.
So I thought it'd be easier if I didn't over explain in depth about the products them self and what situation exactly I would use a certain product is. I'm simply going to add in some routines of products that you've seen often, briefly explain what they are and where they go in my routine. I also think I'll break this up into AM, PM, Extensive Treatments, Multi Masking/Pamper/Selfcare Sunday. With a new category named "routines" on the blog which will be different from the category "go to routines" which target a specific concern I'm having with the skin.
I have NEVER done this before but I thought it would be fun to do a few predictions of what I think will be popular in the skincare and makeup world for 2018. Not just popular things but also a few things I think will decline in popularity as well. I could be totally wrong, I've not talked to any brands I'm just having a bit of fun, and taking a guess with what I'm seeing lately.
Lets run down some of recent skincare faves real quick. There's been a lot of great products that I've gotten to try. These are the ones who stood out for me.
Take it from the top:
**Picture above is from @thegranolagoat on Instagram**
For a while, I've been trying different balms from all over, big and small companies. I have a bit of an obsession that started with May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon which is a cult favorite. So through the last year I've found some really awesome ones. However, I have found one that has taken place of Blue Cocoon for me personally.
The sale is over, Christmas is coming up. It's absolute chaos with all the dang sales we're seeing. This year has beat anything I've ever seen Black Friday wise and Holiday sales. I'm not complaining but I gotta pump the breaks. So lets talk about what I did actually pick up for the Friends and Family sale.
I've got to play with most of it so I can actually give you my thoughts on a little of it too.
So apparently 2017 is nearly over. When did that happen? Anywho, Christmas is literally a month away. The shopping season is here and I'll be honest, there are so many deals going on that it is hard to keep up. So I'm not going to bother with trying to tell you all the Black Friday sales because I like to have a plan and I am not the type to go out and be amongst the crowds on that day. I will say, check out the Sephora Sale section online and on the app, Ulta is having killer sales as well as Belk. Basically any place that sells makeup is having very impressive deals. More so than ever before I think.
What I'm going to do is give you some gift ideas for makeup and skincare in different price ranges. At the end for kicks I'll give you some items that aren't in those categories in case you want to switch it up.
I recently got the opportunity to try a really amazing eye cream. I've been testing it for around a month. I'm going to start by saying that up until this, I didn't feel like eye creams did anything other than soothe the eye area. I didn't notice great benefits from them and for a long time I didn't bother using a specific eye cream and would often use a balm or bring my super thick or rich creams, that were safe to use around the eye, up around the eye area. This changed my mind.
It's time for a "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. This time it's hard to say what this product is other than a base. It's the Color Me Underglow Hydrator and I love it. I've worn it as foundation, I've used it under foundation, and over foundations. I've used it as a base for highlight on the cheekbones. So for me it's very versatile.
I'm going to be honest, I'm not a Charcoal fan that much. Not that I hate it, I just haven't seen as many benefits from it in order for me to really love Charcoal products. However, I love Exuviance. So when I got to use the Detox Mud Treatment (mask) I was happy to give it a whirl.
I feel like I don't get to discuss makeup with you as much as I'd like to. I'm definitely more invested and passionate about skincare than I am makeup the older I get. Which I never thought I would feel that way but I truly do love my skin and I try to show it love lol. Anyway, I love makeup too and through the past few months I've got to try a lot of makeup that's both new and some that I just discovered for myself. From high end to drugstore we're gonna talk about all the products I've been using the most here lately.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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