When it comes to my ‘beauty’ routine, I definitely put in the time and effort. I like having polish on my toes, product in my hair and makeup on my face. Shortly after L was born, I recall a fellow mommy friend asking why I bothered putting on makeup when, with a new baby, it was socially acceptable to not wear any. My reply was that it helped me feel like myself. With my life as I knew it in total upheaval thanks to a newborn, my daily beauty routine was the one constant I could count on. It was definitely modified due to the lack of time I had to myself but it was still there! All that to say I like taking the time and energy to try to look pretty 🙂
However, when it comes to the beauty products I use, I’m pretty impartial. I usually just buy whatever is on sale. I’m not loyal to any specific brands or even specific products. If I need hair product and gel is on sale, that is what I will buy. If the same gel isn’t on sale the next time I visit, it’s not uncommon that I will come home with something completely different like a mousse or curl cream. The same goes for makeup, face products, and any thing else that I use on my body.
I am starting to reconsider this approach after reading How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank. The author lists a ton of tips and tricks from the beauty business on how to look great on a variety of different budgets. My favourite part of the book was the many product recommendations she provides.
Here are some products I’m looking to integrate into my beauty routine:
Conair YOU Reel 2-in-1 Styler
Remington T-Studio Ceramic Pearl Professional Styling Wand
Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Wide Straightener
Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum
John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Stying Spray
Dermalogical Dermal Clay Cleanser
Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion SPF 15
RoC Retinol Correxion Daily Resurfacing Disks
Olay Professional Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser
Do you have any product recommendations? What can’t you live without day-to-day?