February Beauty Crushes
I’m not a girly-girl by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy feeling like I look nice – at least some days. Don’t get me wrong… I can rock a messy, grungy ponytail, make-up free face and yoga pants like nobody’s business. And if I’m not leaving the house, there’s no way you’ll catch me with more on my face than moisturizer and chapstick. It’s just not going to happen. But on those days I put a little more effort into me, there are products that I immediately reach for. Here’s what I’m reaching for this month.
Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid
Even if I don’t wear makeup, even if I don’t actually dry my hair, I always reach for my Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid. I fell in love with this stuff years ago. It does a great job at smoothing out the ends of my hair without making my hair feel heavy or oily. It gives me hair a nice finish, and it smells amazing! Also, my hands feel so good after I use it. It makes them feel smooth and amazing too! $28 for 3.4 ounces might seem pricy, but this little bottle will last forever! Even when my hair was over half way down my back, I never used more than three little pumps (barely more than a drop each!)
Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer
I have weird skin, or at least I think I do. Some spots are really dry, some are really oily. It drives me batty. I’ve had a hard time in the past finding a moisturizer that didn’t feel sticky, greasy or leave me feeling dry 15 minutes later. I don’t remember how I found Simple Skincare products (I think I spotted it at Target) but I decided to try the Replenishing Rich Moisturizer and I really like it! It’s thin, but not watery and leaves my skin feeling soft. It’s not sticky or greasy and has never made my skin sting or burn. If you have a hard time finding a moisturizer you like, I recommend giving this a try.
Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream
I’ll be honest… all of the BB, CC stuff confuses me. I really don’t know much about what makes each different, but I do know that after I used this the first time, I knew it would become a staple in my makeup bag. Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream is somewhere between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation. It has a little color, but not a ton – just enough to even out your skin and hide minor imperfections.
It also really brightens up your skin and gives you a slightly dewy look. It’s become my new “casual look” base. A little goes a long way with this, so a bottle will really last, especially if you aren’t using it daily.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
I have come to accept the fact that until my children move out (and possibly after), dark circles are just a part of who I am. I still don’t like it. I recently marched myself into Sephora, found a cute, vibrant employee and begged her to fix me. She did. After she matched up the right color and blended on some NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I looked in the mirror and decided I was coming home with that concealer, no matter the cost! At $29, it definitely ranks as one of the most expensive non-essential (at least to my husband) beauty products I own, but worth every penny!
My last beauty crush for the month is my BareMinerals Blush. My color of choice is called Beauty. It’s a wonderful blushing pink and works fantastic for those times when you want a little color, but works equally well for those times when you want a lot. If I wear no other makeup, most days when I’m headed out of the house, I will at least swipe on just a little Beauty. The only downside to the BareMinerals Blush is that it is a loose powder, and if you aren’t careful, you can make a terrible mess with it. Trust me.
What About You?
I know most people have a favorite just about everything. What about you? What beauty products are you crushing on right now? Is there something I just *have* to try?