Makeup Skin Care

#ITGTopShelf

One of my absolute favorite beauty blogs is IntoTheGloss. I check it almost daily (and kind of obsessively) for new content, and while all the articles are good reads, I especially love when they post The Top Shelf. The Top Shelf is a series of articles that cover interviews with real girls and sometimes celebrities about their makeup, skincare, and all around beauty philosophy.

It’s so fun to see what other girls are doing for their beauty routine, and it’s a great way to pick up tips and find out about new products. In lieu of waiting until I get my own #topshelf, I’m writing my own.

Head on over to check out The Top Shelf’s on IntoTheGloss, and keep reading to see mine.

“Most of the time I spend on myself revolves around my skin. When you have blemishes and scars like I do, it’s hard not to. Actually, I feel like if it weren’t for struggling with acne I wouldn’t have the same relationship I do with makeup and skincare as I do now, and to be honest I love this world and exploring new products. But anyway, I think looking and feeling good starts with healthy skin, and I admire those that have a great glow about them.

I do think that what you put inside your body shows itself on the outside, for some people more than others. I’ve been vegetarian for the past 3 years and while I can’t say that it’s had any big effect on my skin, it’s helped me to pay attention to what I eat. Although I do have quite a big sweet tooth and I think kicking that sugar habit is good not only for your skin, but your health as a whole. I’m trying!

I take Jarrow’s probiotics when I remember, and drink spearmint tea religiously ever since my dermatologist told me that it could prevent hormonal acne. It works so well for me, and it’s become just as big a part of my skincare routine as anything else. Apply nightly moisturizer, drink spearmint tea!

I won’t go into the details of my skincare routine as I’ve already covered that, but I do want to share some of my favorite products and a few things I’ve discovered since sharing my routine a few months ago. First off – I frantically buy Cailyn Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Balm every time I run out. I just love everything about it. It takes off all your makeup, it’s a gorgeous pink color, it doesn’t break me out, and it’s just so fun to use. You scoop it out with a little spatula and it melts all over your face. Another thing I can’t live without is my Biologique Recherché P50. I use the one without phenol. I know people talk about this stuff all the time but I just love it. I started using it years ago and at first I had some purging, but once that cleared my skin has been better since. Not perfect, but still better. I recently started using the kiwi sheet mask from innisfree and I think that’s something else that will become a staple for me. It’s not too expensive and it moisturizes like crazy. I think that some people with acne are actually over drying their skin, as that used to be the case with me. This sheet mask leaves your skin so glowy. I leave it on for as long as I can and just let the serum soak in. I used it before applying my makeup one night and I was left with the most perfect glowing skin, and that’s not something I can do often.

I recently talked about my foundation routine because I love it so much. I mix 2 colors of Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer together on the back of my hand with Acure Argan Oil. Then I apply that with a slightly damp beauty blender. Actually, I used to use a Beauty Blender, but then I read about this Real Techniques sponge that works just as well for like a quarter of the price. So far it’s working great and I’m planning on repurchasing. I love this foundation because it’s so pigmented, so you don’t need to use a lot and it doesn’t feel heavy at all. It’s super buildable so if I need to cover something more, I just go over that spot again with another layer. Even when I sweat or get oily it seems to stay on.

I move onto my eyebrows next. They are dark and in general I like them but there are some spots I need to use a pencil to fill in. I read about Lena Dunham using Revitabrow to grow back eyebrow hair so I purchased some. I haven’t been using it too long and I forget to use it some nights, but it seems like it might be working! I would love to not even worry about filling in my eyebrows, and just focus on shaping them. (Note: I took some pictures so I’m planning on documenting whether Revitabrow worked for me… look for it in a couple months!)

My big goal in life (dream big) is to do as much skin care, hair care, and preventative stuff so that I don’t have to worry about covering up with makeup or styling my hair perfectly every time. I think this might be an impossible goal, but a girl can dream.

Anyway, back to makeup. I change mascaras everytime I need one, but I’m using a new one from Revlon now and I really like it. I’ve only every bought drugstore mascara. One tip I learned recently is to coat the top of your eyelashes first, and then apply on the bottom like normal. It makes them curl better and look fuller.

For lips, I love Buxom Full-On Lipstick. It stays on so well and looks great, I need to buy more. I just started getting into ColourPop as well, I have one of their lip pencils and I can’t wait to get more. There’s just so many colors to choose from, I wish I could have them all!

Speaking of ColourPop, I use their Wisp highlighter and blush in Birthday Suit. I love highlighter, but I’m scared of looking too shiny. I use it on all the normal places like the nose, cupids bow, and around the eyes – I feel like once you add highlighter you just look better, even if you can’t pinpoint why. For bronzer, I’ve used Nars Laguna Bronzer for contouring and bronzing for a while, and I’m hitting pan pretty bad now but I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase or not.

I’m not very good at eyeshadow, but I have a palette from Covergirl that’s just perfect. I just do browns, nudes, and golds and hope it works out for the best. Most of the time, I’ll just use bronzer in my crease and add some highlighter. For eyeliner, I almost always go with a cat eye. My trick for that is that create the flick with black eyeshadow powder first, it makes it less scary when I go in with my gel or liquid liner!

My makeup changes with the seasons and how I’m feeling that day, but overall I’ve learned that less is more. At least for me. Sometimes it feels like too much when I try to do some crazy makeup and I don’t feel like myself. Going in with a goal to focus on defining my features and creating glowy skin has always worked out the best!”

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