Late last spring I became keenly interested in perfecting a beauty routine that works for me. My skin, hair and nails have their own little quirks and I realized I’d been using the same products for years simply because they were … okay. Not because they were spectacular. My routine continues to evolve and my product list continues to grow, but for now, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far.
These favourites are, clockwise from top left: MarieNatie Cosmetics lip gloss, Smashbox photo finish primer, Prince Reigns nourishing serum, Moroccanoil hair formula, oatmeal and organix moroccan argan oil lotion.
I’m not even close to being an expert on these items, but from personal use and experience, here’s what I think.
MarieNatie Cosmetics lip gloss: I am a self-professed matte lipstick girl. However, these glosses rekindled an older, glossier-inclined version of myself. A few years ago, you couldn’t find a coat pocket of mine without a tube of lip gloss in it. This line is beautifully sheen without being too thick, and it compliments a matte lipstick as a top coat.
Smashbox photo finish primer: Never again will I wear foundation or concealer without primer underneath. I first purchased this product when I wanted my make up to stay put for hours at an outdoor wedding, and it worked. Primer gives your skin a soft, smooth, even base to apply make up to. Will never go back.
Prince Reigns nourishing serum: I would call this a miracle product. I’m prone to bumps and ingrown hairs on my thighs, especially in the summer, and once I worked this serum into my routine they were completely gone. I can’t recommend this enough if you suffer from the same frustrating problem!
Moroccanoil hair formula: I’ve been raving about this one to everyone I know for years. This treatment allows me to blow dry my hair & go – something I’ve never been able to accomplish without the help of a hot curling iron or flat iron. If your hair is at all frizzy, run to purchase this product.
Oatmeal: I’ve been using this face wash method since it was introduced to me by Jen of Her Waise Choice. She recommend her readers watch this video and I was sold immediately afterwards. My sensitive skin is prone to dryness and uneven tone and washing with oatmeal has eliminated my need to use anything else. Trust me on this one!
organix moroccan argan oil lotion: I literally covet the feeling of moisturizing with a well made, beautiful-smelling product after a bath or shower. This is my favourite. It smells amazing and the scent lasts for hours. I use this as a body lotion, everywhere but on my face.
I hope you enjoyed this new feature! I want to note that I was sent two tubes of MarieNatie Cosmetics lip gloss to try (thanks Jennifer!) and all opinions on it are my own. All of the other products are simply my absolute favourites. I wasn’t compensated in any way for this post. XO