Well this is a first for me, I’m doing a Favorite Beauty Essentials post. It’s funny because I am not one to wear a lot of make up. Why Maritza? Well, 1. I don’t really know how to do all that makeup contouring, shadowing, blending, and whatever else to make me look totally different than my regular self. and 2. I ain’t got time for that! My makeup routine is no more than 7 minutes tops and I’m out the door. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t take care of my skin (after all I am 45ish) and good beauty products are a must for every age. First, I wanted to share the absolute best dry shampoo I have ever tried. If you have oily hair (as I do) dry shampoo is a must unless you want to shampoo your hair everyday. Therefore, I compared these two popular brands and here were my findings:
If you have fine hair (again me) these two dry shampoo’s work well, but the Dove leaves a hair spray type texture and smell to your hair. Your hair becomes stiff and hard to brush, you can’t even run your fingers through your hair. I don’t know about you, but I hate that feeling. That is why I don’t use hair spray! Now, the Batiste brand is amazing!! It smells fantastic, it leaves no film or hard residue on your hair and most important it doesn’t make your hair stiff. I can actually run my fingers through my hair and it really works on taking away the oil build up in your hair. It is definitely #1 in my book. Next, is hair volumizer, again if you have thin hair you know how it can become limp and blah looking (yeah, happens to me almost on the daily) well friends I found one that will get that hair looking full and beautiful.
I happen to stumble across this Schwarzkopf volume root lift in Marshalls’ (to my surprise) while perusing the beauty section of the store one day. Guess what? It really works well without being too overpowering or stiff. I don’t use it everyday, but when I feel a need a little extra “oomph” in my hair it is my go to volume root lift. Just make sure you only spray your roots and not your full scalp. Been there done that. Now, lets move on to the makeup products shall we. I have tried many brand name makeups and as you can tell that oily seems to be a trademark with me (yup you guessed right, I also have oily skin) and sensitive skin to add to it. I have become a sort of science experiment when it comes to finding a makeup that doesn’t result in breakouts. After many years of trying different brands I have found the one that works best for my poor oily, sensitive skin. Have you heard of “it cosmetics”?!
I first tried “iT Cosmetics” a couple years ago as a trial pack (as seen here) that they had during the holidays. I figured it was a perfect time to try it! They were travel size and the price was just right. If I didn’t like them I hadn’t spent a lot and didn’t have to worry about having all this makeup left over that I would never use. Well, I have to say that I loved it! The makeup is not heavy on your skin and most important it didn’t make me break out. This makeup line has everything you need, it not only covers, but protects your skin from the suns damage. Living in Florida I can use all the 50 SPF protection in my makeup without having to add extra creams to my daily morning routine.
What I like best about the “it” line of cosmetics is that their compacts come with the application brush. I buy my makeup through QVC because if you buy them at other beauty stores you have to buy the brush separate and I can get the brush included at a much lower price. Besides that the brushes are so soft (you won’t believe how heavenly soft they are) but believe me they are the best brushes I have ever used. This is the Confidence in a Compact which is a cream compact and I use it during the fall and winter months. It feels really silky and not heavy (pancake) makeup on your face. It blends in evenly and leaves your skin feeling soft and natural looking for all day wear.
For the spring and summer months I like the powder compact because it is too hot here in Florida to wear anything heavier on your skin. I use the it Celebration Foundation which also has 50 SPF protection for my skin. It’s a soft powder compact foundation that gives me the coverage and protection my face need for hot Florida days.
Finally, if you didn’t already notice I wear the Medium tone because I have light skin, but it works well and blends in to my skin tone during the summer and winter months. If you have oily or sensitive skin and you are looking for a makeup that will give you coverage without making you break out, I say give “it cosmetics” a try. Now these are my own opinions and I am not affiliated with “it” or any other product here in any way. I share with you my peeps what works for me in hope that if you are looking or are in need of a good beauty product I can help. Do you use any of these products? Maybe you have found one that would help me. If you do share them because I would love to hear from you? Well friends thanks for stopping in and visiting me here on the blog today as I share my Favorite Beauty Essentials with you. See ya again on Friday! xoxo