I don’t change up my skincare regimen or makeup routine a whole lot, but I’ve been getting back into fabulous beauty trends and trying out some new techniques/products, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites here if you’re like me and have a. combination/acne-prone skin, b. curly/wavy hair, and c. a love for beauty/makeup. Here’s what’s currently working for me and some links to what I used to do in terms of hair/makeup/skincare. Hope you like!
BEAUTY // Missha BB Cream, ELF eyeliner, Estee Lauder lipstick
For years, I’ve used the Missha BB Cream and I’ve never found a product I like more. I stipple it on using a foundation brush and blend in circular motions. I don’t even have to prime my face, because this stuff is primer/foundation/moisturizer all in one, and because it’s a Korean product, it’s also meant to be good for your skin. Which it is, I’ve found. It’s also mad cheap on Amazon, which is where I buy it. One bottle lasts me about a year, and I use it every single day.
Second must-have is my ELF eyeliner, a gel liner that costs me $3, and which is comparable in quality to Make Up For Ever’s $23 number. I’ve been using this liner for about six months, every day, and it has never failed me.
Last is Kendall Jenner’s Estee Lauder lipstick, which was a luxury item for me. Still, I’m so happy I bought this beautiful matte red-orange shade, because it’s unlike anything else I have or have tried. I wear it once or twice a week, and it’s an instant feel-great product.
SKINCARE // Cold cream, Burt’s Bees, Clarisonic
First of all, I have been acne prone my whole life. When I was a teenager I tried ProActiv and like a lot of other people have said, it worked great…until it didn’t. Since then I’ve tried dermatologist visits, holistic approaches, benzoyl peroxide, and basically everything under the sun. Until I realized one annoying fact: that my skin was oily and acne prone because it was dehydrated. That was a hard pill to swallow.
So I took my mom’s advice and gave cold cream a try. COLD CREAM, that stuff your grandmothers swore by. Well now, I do too.
Cold cream is basically an oil, so how it works with my skin is that it nourishes my skin and stops excess oil production, which leads to breakouts and a face full of blackheads. Since starting to use cold cream in the fall, my skin is butter soft, my blackheads have basically all cleared out, and I no longer have those tiny, white pimples all up and down my T-zone. I’m flabbergasted by how good it works.
I basically slather cold cream all over my face and then use a makeup remover wipe to remove it, along with all of my makeup. Then, I take another trusty product: Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Facial Cleanser, and use that product with my Clarisonic (Mia 2, on the faster speed). After that, I put on St. Ives Collagen Moisturizer, and I spot treat with tea tree oil if I want to dry up any (rare) breakouts. Winter skin has never been the same.
HAIRCARE // DevaCurl One Condition, DevaCurl towel, Lavish Curl Refresher
I used to use all DevaCurl products a few years ago, but they became way too expensive a product for me to buy regularly. If you’re into the products but can’t really afford it like me, buy two things: the One Condition and especially the towel. Using these in conjunction when you want a really hydrated, defined curl is essential—at least, that’s been my experience.
The One Condition I use with any shampoo, about 2-3 times a week when I wash my hair. But the towel is, I think, the most indispensable tool. Regular towels make curly hair frizzy, dry, and gross because they suck out moisture. This towel was meant for curly hair—it absorbs just enough moisture but it seals the hair cuticle and defines the curl, especially if you use it while scrunching wet hair right out of the shower. Using this technique, I don’t have to put any curl product in my hair at all, and I still get the good, natural wave I want.
On the second/third day, I’ll spritz some Lavish Curls 2nd Day Curl Refresher on my hair to refresh my curls! I just spray some in my palm and work it through my hair, to make it shinier and more defined after having slept on it.
I love these products, and they prove you don’t have to spend money on ridiculously expensive products to achieve a good look. Hope this helps someone out there!