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Simplifying Your Beauty Routine

So let’s be honest: Looking good has always been pretty important to me. But spending a lot of time fluffing and primping in the bathroom isn’t really a luxury you have when you have kids. Even now when my kids are older and I have a little more peace and quiet in the bathroom I still can’t spend hours in there unless I want to lose them to God knows what piece of technology. I am also pretty cheap when it comes to makeup so I am not one to spend $50 for eye shadow at the local department store. Simple and affordable is the name of my makeup game.

I think I have gotten to a point where my beauty routine is very streamlined and I am really happy with how it makes me look. I never look super made up, but I think I am making the most with what I’ve got and hopefully keeping a lot of the signs of aging at bay. ps. I have no intention of denying that I am getting older and firmly believe that aging is a beautiful and natural process. But I also hope to age as gracefully as possible along the way. Can I get an amen?

Meijer Beauty Box

Spring cleaning seems like a great time to ditch old makeup that doesn’t work for you anymore and try some new products that might suit you better. So I was super grateful when Meijer sent me a box of goodies to try. Because I buy almost all of my makeup from “drugstore” brands, I was excited to find some new products that have seamlessly made their way into my daily routine. I always find it super interesting what makeup works for people so hopefully you will enjoy learning a bit about my beauty routine.

Skin Care:

I confess, for most of my life I have taken HORRID care of my skin. Like go to bed with makeup on, never washing my face horrid care. Silly Jilly!! This past year as I am barreling down on 40 I have begun to take my skin care a bit more seriously. I wash my face twice a day and use an anti-aging serum and moisturizer. I also found that giving up gluten made a HUGE difference in my hormonal breakouts. Like I don’t even have them anymore. Hallelujah!!

I wash my face with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. It has been around forever, is super gentle and does its job. I follow with a serum. Right now I am digging L’Oreal Revitalift Daily Volumizing Concentrated Serum. It is supposed to add a bit of firmness and fullness to aging skin and I feel like it really works. I follow with L’Oreal Revitalift Daily Volumizing Moisturizer. Did you know that skin care products work better in conjunction with products from the same line? They are meant to work together. I don’t always follow this rule, sometimes I get distracted by other products, but I try to keep things in the same line as much as possible.

Face Base:

Now that my skin is prepped I like to do the base of my face. I consider this primer, foundation, concealer and contouring bronzer. This seems like a lot of steps, but it is really quick and I find my makeup stays on much better if I do them all. You can read about more about my primer cheat of using Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel in this old post. I still swear it works just as good as the expensive stuff. For foundation I tried out the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder I was sent by Meijer, but honestly I have been using loose mineral powder foundation for a few years (various brands) and that is what I am most used to and I love the way I can easily control the coverage. Currently I am using the Sheer Cover line which I was sent a sample of about 6 months ago. I also use their contouring bronzer as well, just under my cheekbones. For concealer I have tried them ALL and haven’t found one I am head over heels about, but right now I am using L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer. I like how quick and easy it rolls on and it does a decent job with my dark under eye circles. I also use it to prep my eyelids for shadow.

Eyes:

I am quite a novice when it comes to making my eyes look good so I just stick to a very VERY simple look. I use Milani Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast all over my eye lid. It is a chubby crayon so it is pretty idiot proof. Then I line my eyes with Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in black. I will say I invested in the Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush which is super expensive, but does an amazing job of getting the eye liner exactly where I want it. Recently I have added and extra step and I use an angled eye liner brush to sweep L’Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Black over my liquid liner. It allows me to get really close to the lashline and really sets the eye liner so it doesn’t migrate as much during the day. I finish with a few coats of mascara. These days I am flipping between L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara and Maybelline Lash Sensational.

Finishing Touches:

To finish off I apply Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer under my eyes. Yes, two concealers. This one is more of a highlighter and brightener and takes the final edge off my dark circles. I don’t always use both but I always use this one. (quick tip, don’t just sweep it under your eyes but in a v shape down to your cheekbones). Then I add a quick swirl of NYX Blush in Pinched on the apples of my cheeks. I have piles and piles of lipstick but lately I have been grabbing Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss in berry or nude. Not the most long-lasting, but I love the way it looks and feels. I also was sent some L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray and Makeup Extender and have been trying it out a bit and really do think it makes my makeup stay on longer.

Meijer Beauty

So typed out that kind of seems like a lot but it really is quick to apply and gives a very natural look. And as you can see, it is all stuff you can buy at your local Meijer.  As you can also see I apparently have had a thing for L’Oreal products long before Meijer sent me a few products to try. I think I should become their new blogger spokesperson along with Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez. I’d fit right in.

How do you simplify your beauty routine?

This post is sponsored by Meijer and I was given promotional products to facilitate this review. 

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