Michelle's Beauty Products
My everyday shampoo is Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo. It is loaded with ingredients I love. My hair is naturally wavy, but I always wear it straight, so I search for products with smoothing Keratin in them. Coconut oil is known to strengthen hair and since it is hydrating, makes it soft as well. Plus, the cocoa butter makes this product smell amazing in the shower.
I really love when my hair looks clean, not greasy or weighed down by a product's residue or wax. So, about once a week or so, I use Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo. This gets my hair seriously clean. Plus, it is really cheap! Love.
Not only is my next product new to me, it is new to the market as well. Luckily, new products are often discounted. I love Dove soap, so I wanted to try out their new conditioner, Dove Regenerative Nourishment Conditioner. This rich formula is designed for damaged and over-processed hair. Since I use a blow dryer and flat iron everyday, my hair happens to qualify. I think it does a good job. It contains the Keratin that I love. Please note, you have got to like the smell of a bar of Dove soap because this product's smell is a concentrated version of it. Luckily, I love this perfumed clean scent. I am a loyal Dove customer.
Kérastase Nutritive Fondant Nutri-Thermique is one of my most expensive products, but it is like two products in one. It's both a conditioner and a heat protectant. This French product comes highly reviewed and I like how this intense product works on my hair. I buy from the brand's US website.
Twice a month, I do a moisturizing hair treatment. Knowing that my Pantene mask contained wax that weighed my hair down, I discovered Palmer's Coconut Oil with Vitamin E Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack in this Real Simple feature. I use half of one of these packets each time. This product is really rich, moisturizing. and makes my hair touchably soft. Again, this little gem is packed with favorites coconut oil and Keratin. I love it.
Whenever I use the Dove conditioner, I use a heat protectant on my wet hair, before I blow dry. I have been using Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide for years and years. I pick it up at a hair salon.
I mainly use hairspray at the roots of my bangs in order to hold some volume. This strong formula in Suave Max Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray lasts all day (when I do not fiddle with my bangs that is). On trips or overnights, I have a travel-sized bottle of Dove Extra Hold Hairspray which has a flexible hold that is not as strong and often frustrates me! Anyway, sometimes, I'll use a bit on unruly hair on top of my head.
As previously noted, I love Dove products, so it should come as no surprise that I love Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash. I like the scent, the fact that it's moisturizing, and putting a bit on a loofah for some exfoliation in the shower.
Following a shower, I like to apply a body lotion to my arms and legs. My favorite is Bath and Body Works Paris Amour Body Lotion. I adore its perfumy floral scent. I elaborate in this post.
A Dove White Beauty Bar will always be the beauty product I've used for the longest time. I grew up with it. I love its scent. Often when I came out of the shared bathroom, my college roommate would comment on its scent, something like that whenever she smells it in the future, she'll think of me. I use it to wash my body, hands and face, as a shaving cream, as a face cleanser and as an eye makeup remover. I will eventually own a separate product for each of those different uses, but I simply cannot afford to do so at the moment.
I believe that I discovered Epicuren Volcanic Clay Purifying Mask in one of the Madame Chic books by Jennifer of The Daily Connoisseur. My face feels deeply clean after my once-a-month (maybe twice...) application. I try to limit myself since this little tube is $19 a pop on Amazon. It's worth it. It's the only thing I've found that even begins to work on the huge pores on my nose.
The Daily Connoisseur inspired me again with St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. My skin feels soft after a deep exfoliation twice a week.
I use Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 on my face and a bit of my neck every single day. I like that it provides moisture and sun protection. It's supposed to even out my skin tone; let's hope so!
I used to apply the strong Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment on a daily basis, especially right before going to bed, but as I grow older, I simply don't need it as much anymore. It's nice to dry out a zit pronto when needed though.
Makeup and Primer Products and Tools
I used to use e.l.f. Mineral Face Primer, but a tube of Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is so much easier to use and to tell when I'm running low, for a penny less. It definitely doesn't erase or even minimize my pores, but it's a decent clear primer, so that my makeup I apply on top looks a tiny bit better than if I didn't use a primer. I had wanted to wear primer for awhile, but Oksana of Foxy Oxie finally inspired me to try one over two years ago.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original is magic potion! Be sure to blend your eyeshadow well because at the end of the day, it will look exactly how you applied it. It just barely settles into my deepest lines on the eyelid, a vast improvement when compared to using any other primer or none at all. This is my first tube, so I ordered the mini one from Sephora. When I replenish, I will go with the standard size.
I know that these Revlon Tweezers are a beauty tool rather than a product, but they are so important. One's eyebrows should always be well groomed. (I have been wanting to try an affordable brow powder to fill in my brows, so if you have a recommendation, please comment.)
I don't use my Urba Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette for le no makeup look everyday, but I still like to keep this high quality cosmetic around to have options or to primp before going out. I ordered it on Ulta.com.
I use the following beauty products every single day to achieve a natural polish, le no makeup look. The first is Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light. I like its heavy coverage for my dark under eye circles, on my eyelids as well as covering any blemishes.
I like that L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup in Classic Ivory n2 matches my skin and goes on effortlessly. Plus, the coverage is good since I use less than I did with a CoverGirl foundation. I also appreciate the included SPF. This product scores a stamp of approval from this perfectionist since I can achieve a fairly even skin tone with it. I tried this after Oksana of Foxy Oxie recommended it in this post.
I've been using a CoverGirl Clean Normal Skin Pressed Powder in Classic Ivory compact for many, many years.
I used to buy the CoverGirl blush compact in Rose Silk until I noticed that the regular packaging of CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Classic Pink that resembles eyeshadow is cheaper. I think the color is natural, pretty on me. I know that a peachy-pink is often flattering, but I've never loved peach...
I believe that the e.l.f. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer is only $1 at Target. I have a square face so I actually do a bit of contouring, blending just a bit of where the corners of my square would be: at each edge of my jaw and forehead. I also lightly dust even less product down my nose, where the sun would hit me. (I would love to read your recommendations for powder and blush brushes to apply these three powder products. My cheap e.l.f. brushes fall apart so quickly...)
I actually use CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 1 Kit Shadow in French Vanilla as a highlighter in three places on my face. This shimmery cream shade is perfect for the purpose. First, I brush under the arch of each eyebrow. Second, I dab a little around the inner corner of each eye. Lastly, I sweep a line on top of my low cheekbones. I spend time blending each spot well for a more natural look. I don't wear a color on eyelids for everyday very often anymore.
Another tool rather than a product, but amazingly crucial. My long eyelashes are one of my favorite features, so I like to curl them so that they stand out. I always heat this Revlon Eyelash Curler up with my flat iron first for even better results.
I love this mascara! The CoverGirl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara by lashblast in Black is light and clump-free for a natural look. I wish it was just a bit more water resistant, so I would never have a dark smudge under my eyes ever.
I am still thrilled with my new NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita. In fact, I will have to replace at least one of my first two tubes in upcoming months. This is one of my pricey finds and I order it on amazon. So natural on me, I love that this is the color of my bottom lip and that it gives me more of a top lip. I also adore the feel of it. And it has an Italian name! Perfetto!
Whew! That's 27 products! I hope this helps you, dear readers, in your makeup routine. If you have any suggestions for me, please let me know.
This happens to be my 8th post this month. I know that I promised 9 every month in this post. Life has been rough. Exactly how will remain a mystery as those things have no place on this positive blog. Still, I feel bad for breaking my promise already. Usually my word is as good as a contract... I was committed and have been trying though.
I also want to change that rule. For months with 31 days, I must post 9 times as promised, but I may post either 8 or 9 times during the shorter months of February, April, June, September and November.
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