April 26: My Go-To Products. Okay, guys! A little update on our truck. The Ford Dealership was fantastic and got our new transmission placed in no time. It was only took about 3 days to complete. That’s super impressive, especially since they had to ship the transmission in. I figured that since most of the time we spent in Cider City, UT was surrounding our truck, I would do a dedicated blog post all about my go-to products. We’re talking hair, makeup, skin! That was so dramatic. I need to calm down. In all seriousness, I wanted to sit down and just show off my go-to products that I travel with and that I love. Most of these products I have been using for many years before we even set out on this trip. Of course, everything that I will show you if 100% subjective to my personal skin care needs, make up needs, hair needs. Some of these products might not work for you, but, I still want to show them off. So I am a simple women. I like simple things. That includes the products that I enjoy. The older I get, the more simple I like my make up. Especially now that I’m traveling full-time, I love a simple make up look or no make up at all. My skin is very temperamental. If it doesn’t like something that I apply on my face, it will break out in severe cystic acne. It took me many, many years and many, many tears before I figured out what works for me. My skin is always very dry. My body just eats up all of the lotions that I apply. My number one concern is moisture. I need it. Right now we are in Utah and this desert weather is really irritating my skin. I have to make sure to take the time to bring moisture back to it. So I would say that my number one product for any day are lotions and skin care. I see it this way. We only have one set of skin. We might as well make it look the best for the longest amount of time.
So, I guess that the first category is skin products.
So this is my routine for the day.. I honestly just use unscented Dove soap to wash my face. That might seem boring, but, that’s what I do. I find that it doesn’t irritate my face like some of the fancy facial washes. I always wash my face once in the morning and once at night. After I wash my face, I apply my facial moisturizers. I have repurchased this Lush facial moisturizer probably over a dozen times by now. I absolutely love it. It is the “Celestial” facial moisturizer by Lush and is $27. Celestial moisturizer was made for the people with super sensitive and irritated, dry skin. ME! I have tried so many facial moisturizers before and there is nothing that compares to this. My skin feels hydrated and supple. I make sure to apply a nice layer on my face and on my neck. Never forget to hydrate your neck! Next comes the under eye moisturizer. My trusted product for that is the “Chamomile Eye Cream” by Mario Badescu for $18. Okay, I know what you may be thinking. Why do you need that if you are also using something for your face? Even with the Celestial, my under eye area remained super dry, especially after applying a concealer. I decided enough was enough and to try out an under eye cream. I will never go back. My skin looks refreshed after I apply it and I have never struggled with any dryness underneath of my eye since. I love this particular product because it was created with chamomile which has calming properties for sensitive skin. It also has a mixture of antioxidant Vitamin A and E oils. This product has more of an oil texture to it, so a little goes a long way. Highly recommended! When I do wear make up, I take it off with the “Milk Cleanser” from Juice Beauty. This cleanser is $25 and was created to remove dirt or make up for people with all skin types. It works wonders for my sensitive skin. I have actually tried other, cheaper options that remove make up and always end up with cystic acne. I always just stick with this product. It is strong enough to remove my mascara, but, gentle enough where I can literally open my eyes in the process. After I use this product, I just go through the steps above: soap and moisturizers. And that’s it for my daily skin care routine! I didn’t want to apply a ton of skin care and have reactions from it. I find the less, the better. I realize that this is a simple skin care routine, but, this is what works best for me. The last product for my skin care is my body moisturizer. I have to use lotion everyday otherwise my skin will feel uncomfortable. I don’t know if you are familiar with having dry skin, but, it almost feels tight without lotions. I love using Jergens lotions for this job. There are many reasons why I like Jergens. One, it does the job just fine. Two, it’s inexpensive and found at all of the drugstores. I just picked up this Daily Moisture from Jergens and it was only $7. It has a very light, fresh scent to it as well. Win, win. Long story short, take care of your skin.
Second category: HAIR! I am probably a big embarrassment to all females in this world because I am honestly so lazy when it comes to my hair. This is my laziest category, for sure. I usually just wash my hair, put some product in it, brush it out, and call it a day. I do still love the hair products that I have.
No, I don’t use all of these everyday or even throughout the week. The two hair products that I use the most are the dry shampoo and a hair oil. My mom introduced me to the Chi “Silk Infusion” for $22. A little goes such a long way with this product. What I love about this hair oil is that is doesn’t make your hair greasy. I use this product almost daily and it never makes my hair feel gross. I have tried hair oils that completely ruin my hair and I have to rewatch it. This product doesn’t do that. Yes, it’s a little expensive, but, this product will last you a long, long time. My hair seriously feels silky smooth with it. Okay, next! I use dry shampoo daily. I want to wait as long as possible before washing my hair (usually about 4 days with my short hair). In the past, I have used the Batiste dry shampoo many times, but, decided to try to find a cheaper option. I have been really loving the Not Your Mother’s “Clean Freak” Dry Shampoo lately. I got this from Target for about $4. This is a great product with a great price. The only thing that I would say is that this product can leave your scalp slightly dry. Maybe I am just more sensitive to it because of my dry skin, but, that is my only con about it. The Not Your Mother’s Company has a lot of amazing, inexpensive hair products. One of my favorites is their “She’s a Tease” hairspray. What I love about this product is that it doesn’t leave your hair sticky or greasy. I can use this and not have to feel it in my hair the next day. I am also a huge fan of the “Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray”. It gives your hair some texture and helps create soft waves. I always loved getting out of the water at the beach and seeing how my hair dries. There is nothing like having sea salt in your hair. That’s what this product does. Make sure that you are aware of how much you are applying. Go less at first. And the last hair product is from Pureology. If you are familiar with this brand, you are aware that they are expensive. This “Hydrate Air Blow Dry Cream” was $29. I will say that it just about to run out and has lasted me for almost a full year. I use this right after I wash my hair while it’s still wet. It feels keep your hair silky and air dry beautifully.
OKAY. Last category: Make up! I love make up. I love doing make up on other people. I have just been wanting more simplicity when it comes to my make up than I did before. Part of that probably has to do with age and the other part with being on the go all of the time. I rarely ever apply concealer or blush or powders throughout my normal week, especially now that we are traveling. My normal make up routine was very simple to begin with: concealer, blush, translucent powder, brows, light brown eyeshadow, highlight, maybe a lip. I never ever wear foundation. I don’t even own one. I just hate how it makes me feel like I’m wearing a mask and that you can see it on my skin. I like enhancing my features, not hiding them. I used to really struggle with my acne scars a few years ago. I would always have to wear make up and cover them up with a concealer. I’m sick and tired of caring. If I have a pimple or an acne scar, so be it. I have gotten so used to feeling confident without make up, that it almost feels weird to wear it now. To be completely honest, I usually just apply my moisturizers and a highlighter and call it a day. Because I have such dry skin (take a shot every time I have said that, my gosh), I love looking dewy. That’s what the highlighter does. It makes me look moisturized, fresh, and youthful. Plus when I am hiking and the sun hits my face, some light is brought to my cheekbones.
My two favorite drugstore highlighters are both from Wet n Wild. They are hands down the best highlighters you can get at the drugstore. The first favorite from Wet n Wild is the “Precious Pedal” Megaglow highlighter for less than $5. You can’t beat that price. In my opinion, it is better than some of the more expensive brands. The second favorite from Wet n Wild is the loose powder highlighter in the shade “I’m so lit” (I can’t stand the names). This highlighter is a little more expensive than the last one, pricing at around $7. I will say a little goes a long way. I mean the slightest pinch of it can be too much at times. I could use this product every day for a year and still not make a dent. The last hightlighter and my absolute favorite is the Ofra Cosmetics highlighter in the shade “Everglow.” This is my fancy highlighter, being priced at $35. I did get this while the brand was having a sale, but, I would forever pay the full price for this product. It makes your skin looking so dewy and glowy. It’s like glass on your face (weird description). The formula for this product is very buttery and is so easy to work with. Another thing that I absolutely love about this product is that any skin tone can use this. You can really mix and match the colors to get a shade that works for you. I usually mix the two lightest shades for my cheeks. I have used the more bronze shade as an eyeshadow and it was stunning. So on a normal day while I’m traveling it’s just lotions and highlighters, however, I want to show you the other products that I use for my face make up that I know and love.
I guess that I should just go through the products in order for how I apply them. My go-to concealer has been the Morphe concealer that they recently launched. The Morphe brand came out with a huge shade range for concealers. They pretty much covered all skin tones and under tones: warm, neutral, olive, cool. I purchased this at Ulta (or you can get it on their website) for $9 in the shade C1.55. It is the fair neutral shade. What I absolutely love about this concealer is that is it very thin and lightweight feeling on the face, but, provides a lot of coverage. It doesn’t cake up on the skin and looks like you aren’t wearing any make up. I always make sure to set my concealer with a powder after I apply it. I have been obsessed with the Laura Mercier translucent powder for many years. This particular powder is quite pricey, costing $39. With that price being said, this powder will last me over a year. The powder is very light and doesn’t dry my under eyes out when I apply it. I usually apply a light, light layer just under my eyes, chin, nose, and forehead. For brows, I really love the “Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer” by Maybelline in the shade soft brown. This product is a brow gel that has little fibers to make your brows look thicker. I love using this product for quick make up days. You just have to brush it through your brows and on you go. I always make sure to go through my brows (after applying this product) with a eyebrow spoolie to make sure that my brows aren’t stuck together. It’s just my personal preference. For blush, I have been using this limited edition palette from Becca Cosmetics x Jacyln Hill for many years. Unfortunately, I purchased this in 2015 and it is no longer available. I do love the formula for Becca blushes. They are easy to blend and very pigmented. Another one of my favorite blushes are blushes from Wet n Wild if you are looking for a cheaper option. I usually stick with pinky blushes because I have a lot of pink undertones in my skin. My favorite mascara is the “Voluminous Original” for L’Oréal. It is fairly priced, doesn’t leave your lashes chunky, and gives my lashes some volume. I have only used this mascara for the past few years and love it. Last product for this blog post is my favorite eyeshadow palette. This is the only palette that I brought along with me for this trip, the Jacyln Hill x Morphe palette.
This palette is $38 and you can find it in an Ulta or on the Morphe website. You can tell that my palette has been well-loved. It has the best mixture of colors for so many different make up looks. The eyeshadows are very easy to blend and are very pigmented. I love the selection of browns and simmer shades. It’s just that go-to, ideal, everyday palette. If you have not tried this, please go pick one up.
Alright, I think that that is everything. These are my go-to products while I am traveling and on the road. Like I have said, some of these I don’t use everyday. It is nice to have them with me when I do want to use them. If you do end up trying out anything that I mentioned, let me know what you think! And now onto more adventures!
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