I left the house today without wearing any makeup and it didn't dawn on me until I was already done buying cat food and back on my way home. See, there was a time when I was a teenager when I didn't leave the house without a full
mask face of makeup, sans eyeshadow. Guys, there was eyebrow makeup involved. I had terrible skin, or at least I thought I did, so I caked on that foundation until you could barely tell there was a human under it all. I was also convinced I was the color of a vampire, which is seriously not true. Once I finally bothered to match foundation to the color of my skin, I looked like an entirely different person.
I'll be back later with more pictures of my kids doing normal kid stuff and my dogs eating fish heads but, for now, here is a list of the things that help make me the most bonerific Midwestern mom of them all.
Basic every day things? Soap, lotion, deodorant and shampoo (and toothpaste, never forget the toothpaste.) I'm not loyal to any type of shampoo, it either needs to be moisturizing or I slop some conditioner on afterwards. I have a bad habit of never remembering to rinse out conditioner, so 2 in 1s are alright by me. I think the kind I have in the shower right now is the Costco brand, but I'm a fan of the Garnier stuff from Target. Nothing fancy, that's for sure. I buy my soap from Etsy or the farmer's market, the hippier the smell the better. Yes, I'm the girl who uses stuff that smells like patchouli and a compost pile. I love anything from Oakmoss and Elegant Rose Boutique. Anderson Soap Company is next on my list of soaps to try. Deodorant is Tom's or Secret when it's hot like an effer outside. Shea Nation lotion from Target is perfect for me, it's super moisturizing and makes me smell just a little dirty. Good stuff.
I don't wash my face. I splash water on it in the morning and do the oil cleansing method at night. I get a random breakout here and there (I put some tea tree oil on when I do get one), but I credit this as the reason I feel completely comfortable going out with a bare face now. I mix jojoba and castor oil because I tend to have oilier skin and I put in a couple of drops of argan oil if I'm a bit dry. Massage it in, let it sit for a second, put a warm wash cloth over my face for a bit and then wipe it off. Voila.
I always thought that oil + oily skin = one giant zit for a face. It took me a long time to realize that this is just a stupid myth. In fact, the more oil I slop on my skin the better it looks.
Cosmetic Lad is the greatest moisturizer to ever be made. Seriously. It sinks right into my skin and I have never, ever felt oily from it. It moisturizes the dry parts and helps out the oily patches. It's great for a guy after shaving, for soothing irritated skin or even if your cuticles are a little dry. I love it. The Roc stuff is a newer purchases and I put it on at night. So far, so good. I really like it a lot.
If I ever need concealer, I go with the CG Olay stuff for old ladies. The Dream Matte powder is the most perfect powder ever, and the NYC bronzer in Sunny is the only bronzer I will ever let get near me. I'll put a little on my nose and cheeks, or sometimes I will use it as eyeshadow.
(Side note, I've gotten some great things from Good Earth Living, but it looks like they've closed up shop until the end of the month.)
(Baby Lips in Pink Punch and Cherry Me, Maybelline 14HR Lipstick in Enduring Ruby, Revlon Super Lustrous Creme in Certainly Red, Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Honey.)
(Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Honey, Baby Lips in Cherry Me and Pink Punch, Maybelline 14HR Lipstick in Enduring Ruby and Revlon Super Lustrous Creme in Certainly Red.)
I do own lipsticks, though. The Baby Lips from Maybelline are my go-tos because they are easy like a lip gloss but have just enough color to make me feel all done up and purty. The other three cover the basics, a long-lasting darker color, the perfect red and a go-to everyday stain. If you like things in tube form and want a little color, Burt's Bees Tinted balm in Honeysuckle is awesome. I would have included it, but I recently lost my tube. It's very similar to the Just Bitten Honey stain, so I haven't felt the need to replace it yet.
Do I use eyeshadow? Sure but, as you can tell, I'm not super comfortable with it and thus, have three packs of the same colors. The one on the left is Wet N Wild's Walking on Eggshells and the one on the top right is Cover Girl's Shimmering Sands. I just got the Mary-Lou Manizer from the Balm in this month's Birchbox and it's become my every day "shadow." It's really a highlighter and can be used all over your face, but I like to use it on my lids.
Hair care? Eh, not really. I had two hair cuts from the time I was pregnant with Eli until after I had Sam, so it was never high on my list. I hate sitting in a chair and making small talk, and I tend to go to crappy places that give me terrible cuts, so I never put much importance on the need to keep my head groomed. I recently tried a place and LOVED it (dudes, my stylist is a puppeteer, for real) and figured out that not keeping my hair up in a ponytail for months really does wonders for my self confidence. So, I blow dry quickly in the morning and put a little bit of this dry shampoo in and I'm good to go. Please note, get the gold bottle from Suave and NOT the silver bottle. The silver bottle is gross and makes you look like you get your hair color from a can, like this guy.
Is there anything that you love that I should know about? Leave suggestions in the comments, I'm always up for trying new stuff.