I’ve seen a few of these beauty blog questionnaire’s around & thought it would be a great thing to do since I’m brand new to the community. I was trying to find one with questions I could actually give good answers to, & randomly found this one through a quick Google Search. Thanks for reading, & if any of you decide to do this, leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!
Natural Hair Color
I honestly have no idea. I think it’s pretty neutral though.
Most Prominent Facial Feature
My eyelashes. Is that even a facial feature? But I have super long, thick natural eyelashes & that’s the only thing any has ever commented on in terms of my face.
Favorite Facial Feature
I love my eyes; color & size. & my lashes, of course.
Feature You Would Change
I have the driest lips, which is something I never really took notice of until I wanted to start wearing lip products. I def notice now & it drives me crazy! I’m currently on the hunt for a SERIOUS lip moisturizer. Carmex [in the tube] has always been my HG, but I’m convinced there must be something better out there. Suggestions are welcome!
Key Point Of The Face
Definitely the eyes!
SKIN & PERSONAL CARE ROUTINE:
First Personal Care/Beauty Step In The Morning
Favorite Skin Care Products
I have Keratosis Pilaris & always thought I was just doomed to arms that felt like I had constant goosebumps, especially because my doctor never took me seriously about it & wouldn’t send me to a dermatologist. WELL. Turns out, there are some really great over-the-counter products out there that help a lot! One of them is Cera Ve SA Renewing Cream. I like the one in the tub, & haven’t tried the lotion version, with the pump. I just assume that the cream, because it’s so thick, somehow works better. I also have Amlactin, which also works well, but after trying it for a few days I got this weird rash on the inside of my elbows. I’m pretty sure it was just heat rash that came on at an inopportune time, but now I’m a little afraid of trying the lotion again, just in case that was the cause!
Most Important Skin Care Routine Step
For me, putting that lotion on my arms regularly so they feel nice & smooth!
Often Neglected Skin Care Routine Step
Well, now that I’ve gotten in the habit of putting lotion on my arms regularly, I would say putting lotion on my legs. It’s just too much work & I don’t care about them that much, even though they have KP too. Maybe someday I’ll be able to add it into my routine without being too annoyed.
Most Important Skin Care Product
Probably sunscreen. Especially because I’m pretty fair-skinned. I’m terrible about using it though because it’s gross & slimy & greasy. BUT I did start using Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with SPF 15 recently. I’m not sure I like it, actually.
Cannot Live Without
Cera Ve SA Renewing Cream! [Can you tell this stuff has changed my life?]
First Step To Makeup Routine
Washing my face with an apricot scrub! I always wash my face in the shower. I’m currently using an off-brand of St. Ives Apricot Scrub for blackheads & blemishes. It works so good & makes my face feel super clean & smooth.
Most Important Makeup Tools
Welp, I recently discovered the magic of good eye-makeup brushes. I mean, I OWNED them, I just had no idea how to use them properly. I used to just use the little sponge ones that come with palettes [ick, I know]. It just took the right tutorial & the right outcome to make me realize it’s ALL IN THE BRUSHES. Now I love doing my eye make-up because I know I can get the shades blended out right with no harsh lines. MAGIC!
I’ve only ever used one primer, & it’s the Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer. I recently bought the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro 002 [as you saw in my huge haul a few days ago], which I’ve seen great reviews for but I haven’t had the opportunity to try out for myself yet. So far, I’m really liking the Elf primer. It makes my skin SO SOFT & silky, & makes my face makeup look way better than it does without primer.
I haven’t really used a foundation yet. Lately I’ve been using Covergirl CGSmoothers BB Cream in 805 Fair to Light, which is great for me since I don’t need much coverage. I did buy Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 120 Classic Ivory & Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in 103 True Ivory to try, but I haven’t yet. It’s just too damn hot here to think I could possibly have a good first experience with foundation, ya know?
I don’t use concealer. I don’t really need to. I feel like it’s something I should have on hand in case I do need it someday though, so any drugstore suggestions would be welcome!
I have a few powders, & I kind of alternate between them. The first I ever bought was NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Powder in 701A Translucent, which I actually originally bought for creating a lasting matte lip look. Then I bought the Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 120 Classic Ivory to match the foundation I bought, & most recently I purchased the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 Transparent to go with that foundation I bought [also part of the other days HUGE haul]. I guess I think that the powders from the same line might work better with their own foundations? I don’t know. Am I right, or just crazy?
Well, I currently own four blushes & have little to no experience with any of them. The one I’ve been off & on using lately is the Loreal Project Runway Limited Edition Blush in 326 The Muse’s Blush. It’s a gorgeous coral-pink color. I also have another from the same line in 626 The Mystic’s Blush. I think something I really like about these blushes is the packaging. They’re cute & compact, but the blush pan is quite large, making it easy to swirl a brush in it. I also like that it doesn’t come with or tempt you with one of those crappy blush brushes that always come with drugstore blush. And I got them both at Big Lots for like $1.50 each. Who could pass up a deal like that?
The only bronzer I own is Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 021 Sun Light. Pretty sure I also bought this at Big Lots for like $2 or something. I didn’t have bronzer & was scared to death to try it, so to find it at a discount store where I wouldn’t regret spending so little money was nice. I used it once & my mom was like ‘omg you have a brown streak on your face’. Clearly I have not mastered that usage yet & have since been afraid to try. SOON.
I don’t own or use highlighter specifically. I do have an Elf All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade that I like. I think it’s a little too shimmery to be used as blush, but it’s too dark/bright to be a highlighter. They have other, lighter shades that I think would be great for that, though.
This is an area of makeup I have not even tried yet. I have SUPER light eyebrows, & many of the eyebrow sets are way too dark. I’m also terrible about keeping up with getting them waxed & sometimes grow a minor unibrow, but since I have such light brows it’s nearly impossible to see [it DEFINITELY is to me though]. Any suggestions in this area are welcome.
My favorite way to ‘prime’ my eyelids is with Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadows. This seems to keep my eye makeup from creasing or fading, & adds another dimension to the color. I’ve also used Elf Essentials Eyelid Primer that I got for $1 at Target, & that seems to work just fine for me.
My recent fave has been Wet N Wild eyeshadows. They have some fabulous palettes, & I can create endless awesome looks from them. But as my latest posts show, I recently bought some Elf palettes, an Urban Decay palette, & some Maybelline palettes. Honestly, I’m not real picky about eyeshadow. If the colors are nice & it lasts on my lids, I’ll take it!
Another thing I’m not real picky on, especially when it comes to pencil eyeliners. When it comes to liquid eyeliner I’m a little pickier though, because I’ve had bad experiences with super low-end [like dollar store] liquid eyeliners cracking after they dried. After that experience, I bought Loreal Telescopic in 810 Black for some banquet I went to & really liked it. Now, if I want the liquid look, I almost exclusively use the Elf Cream Eyeliner in Black.
Mascara is my favorite make up product & I think I’ve tried just about every drugstore brand. Since I was blessed with naturally lush & long eyelashes, I’m not usually real picky about mascara, so I always have a variety. I’m currently using Covergirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast in 800 Very Black & am enjoying it. It works really well, def lives up to it’s ‘clump crusher’ name, & because of the curved brush, it curls well. My absolute favorite mascara is Revlon Photoready 3D Volume, which I originally tried randomly just because it was on sale at Rite Aid. Now I have several backups & when the times comes to buy new mascara [which will be a VERY LONG TIME by the looks of my stash] I will buy that.
I’ve been using John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo & I really like it. I don’t think it lightens all that well, but J love how clean it keeps my hair. I’m someone who typically showers ever other day or so, & this shampoo keeps my hair clean for days. I love it.
John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Conditioner
Brush & Comb
Oh my. Uh… some silvery paddle brush with holes in it for blowdrying? I think it might be Conair. I don’t usually use combs unless you count my teasing combs.
I’ve been using Sun-In a lot lately. Not only does it actually work to lighten my hair several shades, it also makes my hair super soft. I’ve been blowdrying my hair a lot lately & this seems to keep it from getting super frizzy & ugly. When I don’t want to lighten my hair though, I’ve taken to using the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine line. I love their Blow Dry Perfector Straightening Balm. I have trouble with products making my hair, which can usually stay clean for days & days, greasy almost immediately. This doesn’t, & it makes it super soft & straight[er]. I still have to straighten it, but it makes it much easier. I also own the Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist, but I haven’t used it yet. Not only do I not often straighten my hair in the summer because it’s too hot & I wear it up most of the time, but I’m also a little afraid of it for previously stated reasons about product build-up/greasiness.
I recently picked up some Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo & Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask, & I use these products together every 2 or 3 weeks [since I only shower 3-4 times a week]. I had never really heard of clarifying shampoo’s before & since I rarely used product in my hair, it didn’t matter much – but I really enjoy using one now just because it makes my hair squeaky clean. & I was on the lookout for a new deep conditioner, so I bought these two items together on a buy one get one deal. I used Aussie’s Three Minute Miracle for a long time, which worked great for me but I wanted to try something else.