Skin and Makeup Routine

This is a very accurate/truthful view of my makeup/skin routine. I’ve accumulated so many beauty products over the years but after all this time these are the only products I’ve remained loyal to- This post will just remind me to get rid of everything else, just feel so guilty throwing it all away. There were a handful of people who asked for a beauty post so here it is.

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Most of you have probably seen all of this before..I think I’ve recommended certain products and I’m still using the same ones over and over again. I am completely loyal to this one brand of soy based moisturizer from Japan called Sana Nameraka Isoflavone Lotion. There are actually two kinds I use, one is like this thicker cream for when my skin is very dry but for everyday I use the lighter stuff. For years I’ve used very expensive creams (La Mer, for example) to cheaper ones like oil of Olay but this is my favorite so far. I like it because it moisturizes my skin without being greasy or too heavy. I also have a lot of their other products like make up remover and cleanser (the products with the japanese writing all by the same company Sana in the photo below). To the far left is my favorite hand lotion. I only started using this recently as my hands get dry very often, just from doing so many dishes and cleaning up from the food posts I do, the dish washer soap really dries out my skin. I use L’Occitane Hand Cream, it’s incredibly thick and creamy.

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My other favorite product are these Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains….Basically just the best exfoliating salt I’ve ever tried-I like that it’s just the grains and no creams involved- it makes for a very rough scrub on the skin. I only do it twice a week (max) I’m always tempted to exfoliate my skin every other day but I hear that’s bad for the skin, besides this little bottle isn’t cheap.  Cetaphil is something I use every day and night to wash my face..I’m always running out of this stuff.

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For eyes, I use shu uemura waterproof mascara, Yves Saint Laurent touche eclat (concealer)…and this generic eyeliner brand that I love from Duane Reade called
Fabuliner Felt Tip Liquid Eye Liner. Very easy to apply! I love the shu uemura mascara because it does not clump, and the touche eclat is great because it’s quite transparent on the skin.  If I had the time and staff to apply fake eyelashes like Kim Kardashian every day I think I would- I love the look of really long eye lashes but I am so bad at applying them and they end up looking so fake.

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Top 3 eye essentials:

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For makeup I use this customized case with shadows and blushes…this is from Trish McEvoy, and Chanel Rouge Allure, shade #84 “Flamboyante”. Most of my eye shadows are matte, I don’t like really sparkly shades because it just looks unnatural. I’ve posted this makeup case before and nothing has changed, been using it for about 4-5 years now and it’s the easiest thing for me because everything is in one place. I forgot to include the image of this lipstain that I recommend, it’s from Duane Reade but it’s something I use 10x more often than the chanel lipstick (don’t like the taste or look of lipstick sometimes): Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain. The color I use is “gothic”. Again, I’ve used expensive-cheap lipstain products before and this is my favorite so far. The best part is the balm included on the other side of the stick (kind of like chapstick). I apply the balm right after the lip stain goes on to keep my lips from drying out. About 3 years ago I remember I’d always do this manually, like I’d apply lip stain and then I’d need to the apply chapstick separately because the stain would dry out my lips. Love smart products like this that consolidate a process.

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..For a light scent I use diptyque solid perfumes, my favorite scent is definitely Philosykos.

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I saved my favorite thing for last…I work at the studio for long hours, and because there are so many machines, I have to keep this space very very dry. Dry spaces are great for machines but so bad for the skin. My skin is naturally dry, so once a week I use this moisturizing face mask for about 30 minutes before I go to sleep. It makes my skin feel amazing- like I got a mini facial, I highly recommend it. You don’t even need to wash it off, just dab your face with a warm towel after you’re done. It’s from the same japanese lotion brand. Sana By Noevir Nameraka Honpo Soy Milk Face Moisturizing Mask. I think the pack is kind of expensive considering there are only four…but  seriously…it’s done wonders for my skin.

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**This is unrelated to this post, but I am getting so many e-mails and comments about the candle sticks from the baguette post I did a while ago. I cannot find the exact one I have but I did find a very similar one on Amazon- You can see the link on my sidebar but here is the direct link.