While I mainly write about clothing here, I do take care of my face as well, to complete the look. So I'm going to start adding some beauty content to my blog as well. To kick things off, here is a quick look at my daily routine, from morning to night. I went through a pricey Clinique/MAC/Sephora phase back when I was young and had few financial responsibilities, but more recently I have found great staples from my local drugstore, Target, and Ulta that produce the same (or better) results.
Queene Helene Oatmeal 'n' Honey scrub (1) and Clean & Clear Morning Burst Shine Control Facial Cleanser (2). (Are you still following? That breaks down to about two scrubs and two morning bursts per week.) The scrub is extremely fine and gentle on the skin, while the other cleanser just has the moisture beads that pop. Afterward, I always use Olay Complete moisturizer for combination/oily skin (3) with SPF...always SPF. Time: 2-3 minutes.
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation (1) which is nice and light, and then use L'oreal True Match concealer (2) to cover up any red spots. For blush I'm currently using Maybelline's Dream Mousse blush (6), although I also keep this NYC powder blush on hand for days when I want a bit more color. I put a very very very light dusting of L'oreal True Match powder (5) on top to set the makeup without ruining the matte dewy finish. A swipe of Sonia Kashuk Brow Gel (3) keeps my eyebrows in shape, and I swear by Maybelline Volume Express Classic waterproof mascara in very black (4). This stuff does not budge and makes my lashes look amazing (or at least I think so). On weekends this routine is basically chopped in half. Time (weekdays): 5 minutes.
Sugar's Day Job eyeshadow palette (1) is appropriately named--I've worn all these colors to work before (although for the green and blue it's usually very lightly). When I'm not feeling a full lid of shadow, I swipe my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (6) across the lids for a light bronzy sheen. Other than that, I usually stick to a small arsenal of eyeliners: Sephora retractable waterproof eyeliner in gray (2), Cover Girl Perfect Blend Eyeliner in taupe (3), Jordana brown eyeliner (4), and Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in purple (5). Sometimes I don't use any of these. Time: 2-3 minutes.
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer (2) for my DIY brows, Sephora lip brush (3) which I use for eyeshadow, and Revlon eyelash curler (4), a must when you have straight lashes like mine.
I didn't include any lip products above, because that part of my routine is less, well, routine. I usually don't put anything on in the morning because I know it'll wipe off by the time I eat breakfast and have my morning coffee. That's not to say I don't have the collection of lip products and use them, but that's another topic for another day.
What are your beauty standbys and how long is your routine? What other beauty topics would you like to read about?