I’ve been searching for the perfect makeup and skincare products for years! Now I’m finally starting to find what works for me and what items will be keepers…maybe for the rest of my life. Here’s what’s in my simple makeup bag.
Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know that I like to do a different type of post for my birthday! My annual tradition is to publish a list-style post, something more personal. Last year I shared 29 habits, recipes, and things that simplify my life. In the years before I’ve done:
- I’m Not Jo March (and Other Shocking Things I Learned Before My 28th Birthday)
- My 27 Favourite Heroes, Heroines, and Villains from Classic Literature
- 26 Things I Need to Nail Down Before I Get Any Older
- 25 Things About Me
This month, I turned 30! I thought it would be fun to share the makeup and skincare products I use, since I think I’ve finally found most of the go-to products I’ll be using for the rest of my life! (Or at least the next 30 years?)
It was always my plan to hunt down the “perfect” products for me…and then when I found them, to stop looking. I didn’t think it would take this long, but maybe I just didn’t know myself well enough in my teens and twenties. Although there are a few makeup and skincare holes I’m still looking to fill (like a good natural facial sunscreen to go under makeup), for the most part I’ve got my boxes checked and I’m really happy with my routine. I’ll update this post if anything new becomes a keeper.
Of course, a list of 30 items would fit the birthday age theme, but I actually don’t have that many products in rotation! I suppose that’s what comes from keeping your makeup minimal and always simplifying(:
So here are the 15 products I use the most–some every day. I lean towards natural ingredients and brands, but you’ll notice a few exceptions (I’ve loosened up in this area just a tad).
Note: I’ve linked to these products on Amazon so you can read more reviews. However, I’d do some price matching! Sometimes the prices are cheaper on Amazon, but sometimes they’re actually cheaper in store or on the company website.
What’s in my (mostly natural) makeup collection:
What can I say? This foundation is IT for me. Really, the whole brand is. I discovered RMS a couple of years ago, and loved everything about it–the aesthetic, the mission, the ingredients. The “Un” Cover-Up can be used as a concealer but also works for a light all-over foundation, which is how I use it.
And I plan to use it for the rest of my life! It gives me the perfect “no-makeup” makeup look I want. The pots are small and pricey, but the product is very concentrated and lasts a long time, so I’ve actually found it very cost effective! I like that I can apply the product with my fingers–no need to buy (or clean) makeup brushes ever again!
Note: I found this review very helpful, if you’re new to the world of RMS.
This gorgeous coral colour serves as my only blush. It’s lasting me forever, because the colour is so concentrated. You just need a tiny dab on each cheek, and then you blend it in with your fingers. It’s one of those shades that will look good on practically any skin tone!
This light, silky powder goes on if my makeup gets too oily late in the day. A few dabs is all I need, so this one lasts a long time, too! Noticing a pattern with RMS? It’s good quality, and it lasts!
I finally tried–and instantly fell in love with–this cult classic a few years back. It doesn’t look makeup-y; just a lovely, natural flush of colour to enhance what nature gave ya. Black Honey is supposed to be a universally flattering shade, and I believe it! Also, it’s pretty foolproof to apply–you don’t even need a mirror.
I’ve used many natural lip balms, but in the end nothing really works like this [admittedly not very “natural”] classic! I used to have chronically chapped lips (no, I don’t lick them), and Smith’s Salve has finally given me a clean canvas for applying that Black Honey I love. I’ve learned that some of the common ingredients in natural lip balms can exacerbate chapped lips, which could be why I’ve had such mixed success with them.
This is labeled as a clear mascara, but I don’t really use it or apply it that way. I rub some on my finger and then gently rub it onto my brows and eyelashes as a conditioner. (Rubbing the stick straight on my eyelashes tends to pull at the hairs too much.) The stick contains black castor oil to help hair growth, although it doesn’t add any colour.
Sadly, I don’t think I’m a mascara person, although I still sorta want to be. All the natural ones I’ve tried always seem to smudge for me, and I’m not comfortable using a conventional mascara because of the ingredients. I’d love to know if you have a favourite natural mascara I should try! Is there really a smudge-free option out there? Any recommendations??
My (mostly natural) skincare go-tos:
I love the scent of almond. This jar of super-hydrating cream has a permanent spot in my nightstand! I only use it before bed, but it keeps my skin from getting chapped, even in the winter.
This is my current face wash and I’m decently happy with it. I like that it’s inexpensive, but I might look for something else next time. Any suggestions? Do you have a natural face wash you love? I’ve never yet found one that I just “have” to stick with. (Note: I linked to the product on Amazon, but it’s currently much cheaper at Walmart!)
Toner is a fairly recent addition to my skincare routine, but I’m hooked now. Toner helps to remove makeup residue after you cleanse, plus it helps to keep your skin clear and moisturized, and balances your skin’s pH. All that! I’ve definitely noticed a nice difference in my skin.
I use a few drops of this a my facial moisturizer. I’ve tried many different natural oils, but this is my favourite for the face! It’s not heavy, so I use it year round. Mine comes from family-run Wilder Supply Co. You can get a 10% discount from them when you click through this link!
Wilder Supply Co. Radiance Body Oil in Grapefruit
This is what I use for an all-over moisturizer. It absorbs into skin quickly, and has a light, refreshing grapefruit fragrance. It’s also good for taming frizzy hair and flyaways.
I’ve been pretty pleased with this brand of natural deodorants, which includes a baking soda free option if you have sensitive skin. (And baking soda free is hard to find in the natural deodorant world!) I get mine when I place an order from Grove Collaborative.
Yardley London Bar Soap
We prefer bar soap in the shower, and these are inexpensive, easy to find, and have a pretty simple ingredient list. (I believe it’s about a dollar per bar at the grocery store.) The almond scent is delicious but not too girly, so my husband and I can both use it. For the record, I love the soaps that Lexie:Naturals and Wilder Supply carry, but it’s nice to have a go-to soap that I can buy in the grocery store!
Herbal Essences Blue Ginger Shampoo and Foam Conditioner
Currently, shampoo is probably where I stray the most from natural ingredients. I’ve been on a years-long quest to find THE perfect natural shampoo for my hair…and I finally gave up. Natural shampoos just didn’t do it for me, and at last I came to the realization that my hair needs a little SLS to get a good clean. I’ve been enjoying Herbal Essences’ Blue Ginger variety, which does have better ingredients than some of the other conventional choices. I know it’s not ideal, but I’d rather my makeup be natural than my shampoo. After all, I wear makeup all day, but shampoo gets washed out after about a minute! (Note: this duo is much cheaper at Walmart than on Amazon, currently!)
Update 2019: I’ve also been trying and enjoying this brand of SLS-free shampoo, which seems to work great. I get mine at Walmart.
So there you have it…the 15 skincare and makeup products I use the most! I know makeup can be a very individual thing, but hopefully you’ve gotten some fun ideas for new things to try out. Please tell me what your “must-have” skincare and makeup picks are in the comments below!