Not going to lie, when it comes to a morning or night routine I’m not that great. Not until college did I start using face moisturizer, I only owned a straightener and looking back at it, my poor eye brows were failing at everything. So much changes in the makeup and skincare scene that I just can’t keep up. And to be honest, I don’t really care that much. Until I’m making a pretty penny and I can fit in a “makeup” budget, then what’s up Walmart!!!! Kind of kidding, I get some stuff at Ulta or Target… tiny bit classier.
I’ve tried new things here and there (rashes or something terrible happen on occasion) but I’ve finally nailed down a pretty good routine that I’ve been enjoying. Here is my advice (take it for what it’s worth) on my morning & evening routine buys:
1. Find a good makeup remover
The blue package Neutrogena make-up towelettes are the greatest things since sliced bread. I’ve tried a few variations of generic brand versions and they do.not.do.the.same.thing. As much as you want to think the 2 buck cheaper version is worth it, it’s not. Neutrogena’s are the softest on my face. They leave a slightly wet feeling at first and then dry out… best feeling ever! Other variations will leave my under eyes DRIER THEN A SLICE OF PEPPERONI IN THE DESERT. And these are the best for any lazy girl out there… there’s a little bit in all of us so don’t roll your eyes. I’ve also tried out Clinique’s remover as well. A tad more ‘greasy’ but also a nice option if you want to switch things up.
2. Moisturizer will be your next best friend
That is, if it’s not already. My friend Bri used moisturizer in college after every shower and then again every morning. I finally was like what are you putting on your face? Can I try some? Cue the singing angels. I didn’t know your face wasn’t suppose to feel tight.. like all the time. She used Olay so therefor I used Olay. Ever since I have not deviated from this plan, if anything I’ve changed to a different option within the brand. Also, highly suggest one that has SPF in it! Not fun looking like a leather purse face in 15 years. I use the Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer: Normal and it has SPF 15. I don’t use anything fancy, I use what works for me.
3. Eye shadow is the cheap girls guide to killer brows
I’m obsessed with Elvis Duran in the morning show! And about a year ago now, Bobbi Brown was on there giving advice and accepting callers. She said that if you have light eye brows or are just getting into brow shading, try using a light brown eye shadow and brow brush. I literally was like PEOPLE WILL KNOW, THEY WILL JUST KNOW. But I said f*ck it and and gave it a go anyway. I started out with some light shading because I get way to nervous with any big change. But now I’ve gotten a bit more daring and actually shape and color in my brows EVERYDAY NOW. Never thought I could committed to something/anything everyday!! Lol. But in reality it completely makes me look my age and it gives my face so much more umfph! I use the color ‘Tease’ in my Naked 2 Palette. It’s perfect for me and my hair color! Might venture out soon and try an actual brow pencil/gel but we’ll see.
4. Don’t forget your Face Masks
On the cheap girl theme, face masks are so great if actual facials are not in your financial future (fingers crossed for one day!). I recently tried out When Face Masks and they are so awesome! Not only is the packaging enough to sell me, but they are in my budget! At $7 each they are perfect for a girls night or something super easy to add to your week or monthly routine. When uses all natural bio-cellulose sheets that just lay on your face (with the funny eye and mouth holes). They are SO soft and and gentle enough that they can be used on burn patience. So, anyone who has SUPER sensitive skin you’ve gotta give them a try! They are at Sephora, Ulta, Anthropologie, BirchBox and more… all the places you frequently visit These masks are no joke the softest and most delightful things I’ve put on my face. They are SO much better then any type of cream or face gel I’ve ever tried.
5. Don’t pay over $100 for any hair tool
If you think that a nice hair tool is only available at a high price point, you are incredibly wrong. I use a 1990’s curling iron and a straightener from Walmart. My lovely beachy waves are created by a cheap curling iron that gets wicked hot and is a normal shape. No need for these INSANELY shaped wands or whatever, just go basic and go middle of the road price wise. I do my beachy waves in about 15-20 mins in the morning and I hold them in for no longer than 8 seconds each. There are tons of Youtube videos out there to help, but the more you think about it the more you’ll look like Shirley Temple. I don’t think I will ever pay over $100 for any of my hair tools unless it somehow wins me a date with Derek Jeter…
Like I said in the beginning, I’m no professional when it comes to any of this. But no one has said I look that ugly so I must know kind of what I’m talking about! Everyone has their own go-to’s but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for $20 mascara so knowing what else is out there can be helpful! I just cannot wait for the sun to finally come out so I can get a tan and get darker foundation…
++This post was sponsored by BrandBacker but the above opinion is my own.++