Right now my skin routine can be described in one word: minimalistic. And by minimalistic I mean: one facial cleanser, one eye cream, a day moisturizer, a night moisturizer, and the best daily scrub under $8. While most of my skin products are high-end beauty brands, my Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub complements my entire beauty routine. This formula is infused with moisture-rich soy extract with microbeads to gently exfoliate and wipe away dead skin cells, only to leave a smooth clean canvas (but not overly dry like most facial scrubs). While I normally stay away from exfoliating on a frequent basis, this tube is gentle enough to use daily—no redness or irritation. Goodbye flaky skin, hello smooth and bright complexion!
A few readers have been asking me for recommendations on quality makeup brushes. Almost always, price is a valid concern and while there are a bevy of affordable makeup brushes on the market, there are only a few brands I’d actually recommend that are effective.
If you’re on a budget, I highly recommend the EcoTools Complexion Collection, a bundle of natural makeup brushes perfectly priced together for under $25. These duo fiber brushes are made with soft, cruelty-free bristles, recycled aluminum ferrules and sleek bamboo handles. These brushes are super soft and easy to clean. I’ve been using these on a daily basis and today I’m sharing a few of my favorites that I’ve incorporated in to my beauty routine.
The Correcting Concealer Brush is my go-to when I’m applying my Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener. Normally I apply concealer in the shape of a piece of pie and blend with my finger or sponge but by lightly patting product on with this brush this really perfects my look for an even finish.
The Skin Perfecting Brush is my favorite brush from the collection and here’s why: I really don’t like the feeling of applying tinted moisturizers (like NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer) and other BB creams with my bare hands. This round edge brush is precise when I’m applying around my nose and under my eyes.
The Mattifying Finish Brush is perhaps the softest makeup brush I’ve ever used (yes, even better than high-end brushes). You can use this for loose or pressed powder. I’ve been using this brush when applying my Stila Custom Color Blush.
Special thanks to EcoTools for sponsoring this post.
The fragrance: Cherished Eau de Parfum Spray
In three words or less: Light, fresh, dewy
The story: Flower by Drew Barrymore was designed with a modern day “every” woman in mind; juggling love, friends, family, work—life. Basically she made this fragrance for me. This is one of three fragrances from her Flower Makeup Collection, appropriately titled Cherished. These fragrances (Cherished, Radiant & Sultry) can be worn alone or layered together to create your own perfume cocktail.
The notes: Morning dew, sparkling cassis, Italian lemon blossom, Irish petals, cabbage rose, and Lily of the Valley. Think creamy base notes like clean cotton, vanilla and sandalwood.
My thoughts: I don’t think I’ve ever tried a drugstore perfume… especially one priced just under $25. But what I love most is how sweet and simplistic this particular fragrance is. I’ve always been honest about the fact that I don’t have a signature scent. While I envy the women that do, I enjoy choosing a perfume based on my mood. Cherished has a soft powdery vanilla smell to it, making this cozy and feminine, and something I could easily reach for every day. I’ve been spritzing this on my neck and wrists before I go to work and I love that this scent isn’t overpowering because nothing is more obnoxious than having the entire office smell you from a mere three cubicals away. I definitely feel like I have a high-end fragrance without the expensive price tag and the packaging is super cute—a flower cap and quilted square bottle that complements her makeup collection.
Cherished Eau de Parfum Spray, 1 fl oz., $24.97
It’s rare to find a revitalizing drugstore anti-aging mask that works wonders in just 10 minutes—but lucky for me (and you), I found one. Hada Labo Tokyo is a Japanese skin care line that has seamlessly crept in to my daily beauty routine (I use its Age Correcting Eye Cream daily). I’ve been experiencing a mini stay-cation as I transition in to a new full-time job and it has allowed me to enjoy some serious “me time.” This traditional mask contours to the shape of your face and is easy to apply (just be careful you don’t rip the mask when opening it up to place). It’s drenched in its serum formula and has a refreshing cooling effect on skin. I have sensitive skin so I highly recommend this if you need something effective but safe on all skin types. I filed my nails as I relaxed for 10 minutes with mask (I also scared my cat as he walked by on his way to the litter box). After I removed the mask, I gently patted the excess product on my face and décolletage. My complexion felt soft and supple, not to mention looked as though I had just experienced a luxury facial at a spa. One box includes four facial masks but the price is so right (on sale at Ulta right now for $12.74), it’s definitely worth buying in bulk.
Shop more of my Hada Labo picks below!
I hoard sunscreen like no one else. And rightfully so. I’m like Goldilocks when it comes to testing sunscreen. We all know SPF is an essential ingredient but some tubes are better fit for specific complexions. Most of the time I experience too many greasy, sticky, heavy duty formulas that make me break out which is what prompted my search for the best drugstore sunscreens for every skin type. If you have dry skin, buying a hydrating lotion or cream with aloe will keep flakiness at bay. Stay away from sprays and gels because those types will dry you out. If you have acne-prone skin, oil-free formulas will help protect you from harmful rays but won’t clog pores. And if you have sensitive skin, look for fragrance-free formulas with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (physical sunblocks are easier to wear). Perhaps what I love most about sunblock is that you don’t need to empty your wallet to get the protection you need. In fact, I prefer drugstore sunscreens to any high-end alternative. From lotions to sprays, I’ve rounded up my favorite tried-and-true drugstore sunscreens for every common skin type for Glitter Guide. Read the full post here. Do you have a favorite drugstore sunscreen? Sound off in the comments below!