It’s List Week here on Sarah with an h. I love lists and lists for lists, etc… So, this week I will have a list a day on various themes. Please feel free to add along!
Oh how I love beauty products. I could spend hours touring around the brightly lit Target beauty aisles. When I was in 7th grade, my girlfriend, Valerie, and I would regularly spend Saturday buying the newest eye shadows, lipsticks, nail polish, and hair gadgets and testing them out on each other. A couple times I came home looking like a street walker and another time my hair looked like I stuck my finger in an electrical outlet after a bad experience with foam curlers. But, I still like to test out new stuff (in the privacy of my own home), and I thought I would share some of my favorites:
1. Baby Oil: I know what you are thinking. This is a strange product to have as one of your favorites. And I thought so, too. Until after a couple weeks of using the stuff and now my skin is like brand new. Per the directions, I lather up right when I am still damp from the shower and just lightly pat myself off with a towel. This stuff has made my skin super smooth and it smells really nice. This is the perfect product to use to get your skin looking nice for the summer after a drying winter.
2. Cover girl smoky shadow blast: One would think since I have been working on the art of eye shadow application since 7th grade, I would be awesome at contouring eye shadow after more than a decade of practice. And you would be wrong because I still struggle with eye shadow application. So, I decided to try out these Covergirl eye shadow pens, and they are effortlessly easy, which is great for me because I do not have eons of time in the morning before work to achieve a great look. So, for those of you like me with eye shadow application difficulties, I recommend trying these pens. Note: they are also super easy to wipe off if you should make a mistake and get eye shadow in your eyebrows….
3. Hot rollers: Not to be confused with small foam rollers. Those may work wonders for some ladies, but all I know is last time I used them, I came out looking like Shirley Temple crossed with a poodle. Not a good look for me. However, large hot rollers are awesome. Just roll those babies onto dry hair, leave them in for as long as you can (I try for 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how much time I have), take them out, and you have instant volume. Please note, I am not really trying to make curls, which is why I selected the large rollers; I am more interested in springy volume. I am not sure how they work on all different types of hair, but they work perfectly on my thick strands. It might help if you gave each section of hair a sprits of hair spray before rolling and then another sprits all over after you get the rollers secure on your head. Dan likes to make fun of me and ask me if I am getting signals from my home planet when I wear my curlers, but I always get the last laugh because I have much more volumized hair then him. Ha, ha.
4. Physician’s Formula concealor (green and yellow): For whatever reason, my issues with acne did not start until I was in college. I was pretty annoyed because I got through high school almost completely unscathed by pimple attacks only to break out like a teenager at prom in college. What gives, I do not know. Ugh, adult acne, how cruel you are. Anyway, there are various medications one can use to prevent/heal acne, and that is all well and good and very dependent on your type of skin, etc… So, first I recommend finding yourself a super awesome dermatologist to get you straightened out. Next, I recommend Physician’s Formula concealors. When I need to cover a break out, I use both the green and yellow concealors. First, I use the green to neutralize the red when I do something dumb like decide to perform surgery on a zit only to have it redden on me. Second, I use the yellow on top of the green to camouflage the breakout. These are both light formulas, so I do not get that lovely “caked” look.
5. Cover Girl lipstains: I am not really a lipstick-wearer. However, I pretend to be, and I find myself standing at the checkout line at CVS with a handful of tubes that I know will just make it into the bottoms of my cosmetic bag and die along with all those other tubes I bought with good intentions. I bought the lipstain in Berry Smooch (note: I also purchased Wet Slicks in Raspberry Splash to go over top). When I went to apply it, it definitely did not “glide” like a lipstick, but the color definitely adhered to my lips. So I just kind of continued drawing it on my lips and smooshing them together until I felt I covered enough ground, and I topped it with a light coating of the Wet Slick. I did draw outside the lines a little, but I easily wiped it off. And I liked the results – very much like I just finished a delicious red-flavored popsicle, but in a nice way. The best part was how the lipstain really did stain my lips. As in I drank several glasses of water and ate dinner, and my lips remained a nice pinky shade. They even still looked perky and pink after I work up – the next day. Now, they did not maintain the same brightness as when I first applied the lipstain, but it definitely had nice staying power. I even preferred the sort of more lived-in lipstain look then after its initial application. Much more au natural.
So there you have it, five beauty products from a beauty junkie. Now, tell me what products you use or play along on your blog and share the link. I am always on the prowl for new stuff.