Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fall Beauty Basics

The older I've gotten, the more I've realized how important it is to have a good beauty regiment. I have been blessed with resilient skin, so I never worried about breakouts growing up. Because of this, I didn't take as good of care of my skin as I should have (ironic, I know). Nowadays, I never go in the sun without a strong SPF (thanks, mama!), and I've realized how important a good cleanser and moisturizer system is. 
Here are a few beauty essentials (makeup included!) that I'm loving this fall.

I don't use Estee Lauder DayWear every single day, but it's certainly a good one to use. I will often use it if I have just washed my face and it's going to be a little while before I start my makeup routine. It makes for a very smooth surface -- no greasy feelings.

Smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer
I absolutely love Smashbox Photo Finish. It is a perfect primer before applying makeup -- and leaves an ultra-smooth finish.

Even Better Makeup SPF 15

It's a toss up between these two. I used Clinique Even Better foundation on a recommendation, and I really liked it. When I went back to get more, the makeup artist asked if I wanted to try DiorSkin Forever. And in the store, the Dior was a clear winner! A few days later, I switched back to the Clinique to use what was left -- and realized I liked it almost as much. The Clinique is certainly a cheaper option -- but it is unclear as to which is my favorite!

Heading out for the day and want your makeup to stay in tact?
 Urban Decay's All-Nighter makeup setting spray is a major part of my makeup routine. 
Before I do my lips, I most always spray this setting spray on -- and it definitely helps makeup stay all day!

Beauty Sleep Concentrate
My mom gave me Neal's Yard Beauty Sleep Concentrate, and I love it. It is designed to help give you a good night's rest (think soothing aromatherapy), all the while helping your skin recover from a long day while you sleep. I would definitely recommend this product.

Want to know more about my favorite beauty essentials and secrets? Ask to find out more!


  1. Such good suggestions here! I'm realizing it's time to start having some kind of "beauty routine", so, of course, my go to place for suggestions are blogs!

    Maggie | nineteenmays.blogspot.com

  2. Will definitely be adding the UD All-Nighter to my Christmas list!

  3. Love the suggestions and I definetly agree with a lot of them! I use Clinique's Even Better foundation every day and it is by far one of the best products I have ever used.

  4. You make me want to try the setting spray from Urban Decay - I am loving all of their products right now!


  5. I love the Urban Decay setting spray. Their products are amazing. I'd really love to try the last one. It sounds great to have aromatherapy as you fall asleep.



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