I’ll do the skin care items from left to right, and then come back to the two compacts sitting in front. Here we go:
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer: I wanted a primer that would double as a moisturizer, since I’m not into layer upon layer of skin care and makeup items like I used to be. This one smells like coconut and doesn’t feel greasy. It really does make your skin look healthy and radiant, so you need less makeup.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue SPF 30 Tinted Gel Cream (Shade Opal): Thank goodness BareMinerals has branched out into more foundation products than their original mineral powder foundation. I swirled, tapped, and buffed for so many years, I no longer have patience for it. This is one of the best tinted moisturizers out there, and it has a broad spectrum SPF 30, so you don’t need to apply additional sunscreen. The colors are a bit strange since I wear Medium in the mineral powder, and I’m Opal in this, which is the lightest shade. You can just slap it on and go, or use a brush, but it’s not a requirement.
BareMinerals Mineralixirs Five Oil Blend Face Oil: This is one of the greasier face oils out there, but also one of the more affordable ones. I like to use it as a night-time moisturizer, because it does feel a tad heavy. In the morning, you wake up looking fresh and glowing.
BareMinerals Mineralixirs Nourishing Eye Oil Balm: I wrote about this one a couple months back when I was experiencing the most bizarrely dry skin around my eyes. This worked to get rid of it, and I still like to use it a few times a week. I wouldn’t recommend using it under makeup; unless the smeary raccoon-eyed look is what you’re after.
Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil: This is the product that started the face oil craze, and in my opinion, it’s still the best. I don’t like to wear it under makeup, but it works well on a bare face during the day, if you apply it sparingly. I go to town with it at night, especially if I’m using a retinol product. I’ve even been putting it in my hair lately to combat the frizz of my burgeoning curls.
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment: Now that it’s gotten much cooler where I live, I’ve been using this almost daily as my serum step. It’s wonderful under argan oil, and believe it or not, it makes the oil sink in more effectively.
Pixi Glow Tonic: This is another product I’ve raved about previously, and it is still top of the heap for me. It is an alcohol-free 5 percent glycolic acid toner that does wonders for your skin. It’s not drying, it vacuums all the dirt out of your pores and it makes your skin soft and smooth. My only complaint is that it’s available in the U.S. only in puny 3.4 fl. oz. bottles. Pixi is a U.K. brand, and over there, you can purchase it in the convenient 200 ml (about 7 fl. oz.) economy size. Rumor has it that size will be stateside in the new year.
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant: I needed something to supplement Pixi Glow Tonic, or I’d be spending all my money on those ridiculously small bottles. I used this salicylic acid toner years ago, but wasn’t thrilled with it. Since I’m now older, I thought I’d give it another go. This is also very gentle, and works just as well as the Pixi product. It does contain alcohol, but it is derived from flowers, so it doesn’t sting your face. I have mixed feelings about alcohol-based toners, but if you find one that doesn’t burn your skin off, why not?
Tarte Maracuja Oil: Yes, I realize I have a bit of thing for face oils. Maracuja is actually passionfruit, and the oil the fruit produces is similar to argan oil. The texture is a bit lighter, and better for oilier skin, or if you live in a warmer climate. I love using face oils as moisturizers year-round, and I can’t have just one.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Shade Diffused Light): After chemotherapy sucked all the moisture out of my skin, I swore I’d never go near anything powdery again. Unfortunately, medically-induced menopause made a liar out of me. Hot flashes are another way my body likes to mess with me, because they always flare up when I’m attempting to put on makeup. I needed to find a non-powdery powder and this is probably the best out there right now. It is very finely milled and literally disappears into your skin without leaving you looking like you got into a fight with one of those old-fashioned bath powder-puffs.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Shade Diffused Heat): I love the texture of the powder so much, I had to try the blush as well. The shades are all beautiful, but because of the amalgamation of color in each shade, you should really try them in person rather than attempting to decipher them online. They look completely different when you swatch them, and that makes a huge difference when choosing the color.
Well, there you have it. Please leave me comments about what you’ve been using and loving lately.