If you are a minimalist and realistic like my beautiful friend Ardith, then you will enjoy reading this article by her. She always inspires me to go above and beyond and we learn from each other. I am so happy to have met such a lovely soul, thank you Ardith ! Amy
There is always something to learn, especially about yourself, within the beauty universe. It certainly is never dull.
Take your skin, for example. Unless you are the rare creature who was born with perfect skin and you still have it to this day, it changes over time. It will let you think you’ve mastered it for a time, but your skin generally is just lulling you into a false sense of peace and stability.
This little game of bate and switch has been the story/bane of my beauty life. Perhaps I am fooling myself, but I think I have finally reached a truce with my own skin.
Of course, this truce is most likely the result of my lowering my expectations. I’m older now and have fewer illusions about how good I can look. That’s not to say I don’t wish to be attractive, even beautiful. I simply cannot pretend my face doesn’t show its age.
That said, I have collected a pretty nice stash of skincare and makeup products. I can actually breathe a little sigh of relief and satisfaction.
Let’s review, shall we?
First, let me state that my main objective with skincare is to pare down, to simply what I use. At long last, I think I’ve got it. So, here goes.
Cleanser: Hada Labo cream cleanser, applied with facecloth
Moisturizer/night cream: Ponds dry skin cream
Backup moisturizers: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre + Hada Labo Rohto Goku-Jun New Hyaluronic Cream
Ha, take that you five-step (or more) skincare regimes!
Foundation: L’Oreal True Match Lumi, True Match
Concealer: Neutrogena Hydro Boot Hydrating Concealer
Blush: e.l.f powder compact or Stila Convertible Color cream compact
Powder: e.l.f Prime and Stay Finishing
Eyeshadow: Rimmel Magnif’eyes Nude Edition palette
Eyeshadow: bh Cosmetics Nude Rose palette
Eyebrow pencil: NYX
Eyebrow gel: L’Oreal Boost & Set
Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly
Brushes: Shanegyang small brush, set of 5
Lipstick: L’Oreal Color Riche
Lipgloss: Jordana Gloss Sensations, NYX Butter Gloss
As you’ve probably noticed, there are no high-end, expensive products on these lists. Sure, I’d love to be able to purchase a product like Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Rich Cream on a regular basis…but that’s just out of the question.
Fact: In pursuit of an affordable dry skin moisturizer I probably spent more than the cost of one jar of the Premier Cru cream. Nonetheless, I am gobsmacked by the fact that my $4.99 jar of Ponds Dry Skin Cream makes my face so dang happy! Who knew?
Each and every product I now have “sparks joy” in one way or another. What they all have in common is that they perform well and don’t cost me an arm and a leg to keep in stock.
My affordable and happiness-inducing beauty stash gives me the grace of a streamlined life and relaxed beauty style. There’s a lovely sense of freedom in this.
How is your skin treating you? Do your skincare and beauty products spark joy?