Be Well: Favorite Beauty Products (Round Two)

DSC_1538It's been awhile since my last favorite beauty products post, so I thought I'd do another! Here are a few things that I've been reaching for again and again recently:

#1: Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 SunscreenDSC_1568

This is the absolute best face sunscreen formula I've found yet. It goes on light, does a great job protecting your skin from the sun, never feels greasy, and even has a nice scent. I found it in last year's InStyle Best Beauty Buys feature (my once-yearly bible for great products), and man - they did not oversell this stuff. I can't recommend it highly enough.

#2: CoverGirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation

DSC_1571I've been struggling to find a good foundation for years. I have a lots of redness and scars on my face, so anything too light or shimmery draws attention to my skin's imperfections, rather than hiding them. On the flip side, I think it's a shame to bury 24-year-old skin in heavy, cakey foundation, and my oily skin makes heavy foundation look ridiculous anyway. As a result, my foundation has to walk a fine line between too matte and too shiny, thick enough to cover problem spots, but not so thick that it looks like I'm wearing a mask. CoverGirl's Naturluxe foundation walks that line better than any other foundation I've tried in the semi-recent past. The best part? You can buy it at the pharmacy. For under $10. Now we're talking.

#3: Nars Blush in Orgasm


DSC_1549This is probably the most ubiquitously praised blush in America. It tops almost every best makeup list I have ever seen, and if you walk into a Sephora and ask for a blush recommendation, the salespeople will almost unfailingly lead you to this one. As a result, I naturally assumed that it would look terrible on me. I don't know how much this shines through in my pictures on this site, but I have very fair skin. I usually wear the lightest shade of everything (second-lightest if it's the summer!) and anything with the slightest hint of brown or yellow in it makes it look like someone punched my pink-undertoned skin. When I walked up to the Nars blush display a few weeks back, I assumed that I would need the lightest pink shade. And you know what? I was so wrong. Just as promised, this pink/orange blush looks fantastic, even on my finicky skin.

#4: Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads

DSC_1561Reading up on a different Peter Thomas Roth product recommended in this year's InStyle Best Beauty Buys led me to these toner pads. Remember that fine line I discussed in reference to my foundation? I often have to toe a similar line when it comes to facial cleansers. I have oily skin, so strong, effective cleansers and toners are an important tool for me to maintain nice-looking skin. However,  I also struggle with allergies and general skin sensitivity, meaning I have allergic reactions to sulfates, benzoyl peroxide, and a bunch of other harsh products found in facial cleansers. Those allergies result in me usually only being able to use natural products formulated for sensitive skin. Unfortunately, many of those products just don't get the cleaning job done, but many of the best products at cleansing result in me waking up with my eyes swollen shut the next morning. I decided to take the plunge and try these facial pads out based on the glowing reviews for it on the Sephora website PLUS the fact that the product is made for people with sensitive skin (no sulfates - yay!). I haven't even used half the jar yet and I'm already in love. As I always say, this stuff won't clear your acne woes, but it can go a long ways towards keeping "normal" skin healthy. The formula smells SO nice (like grapefruit!) and my skin feels so soft and beautiful the next morning. Best of all, it doesn't make my eyes scab or swell, so I'm a happy girl!

One pro tip on this product (I got it from one of the Sephora reviewers) - cut the facial pads in half. Half of one is enough for your entire face, and that way the jar lasts twice as long!


Speaking of being well, I'm slowly clambering back up on the workout horse now that I'm in my fourth week of my new job. A new gym, a new work schedule, and a new commute have all combined recently to make my workout schedule sporadic at best, but I'm determined to start going to CrossFit (at least) three times a week. This morning's workout was tally mark #1 for this week - here's hoping I keep it up!

Have a great Wednesday.