I hesitated a bit about even writing a blog post on this particular topic. I was on vacation in Milan (God how I love Italy) and while I’m sorting through pictures (I just finished editing them today) I wanted to post something fun, especially since I’ve neglected this blog for a few weeks now.) I am not a beauty blogger, nor do I aspire to be one. I mean, I like things related to beauty, but it’s not something I keep up with on beauty blogs and whatnot. I have no idea if something is a new release or limited edition, etc. I don’t even like switching up my routine. Once I find something that works for me, I generally don’t change anything. Makeup is one thing, (I do tend to have a few palettes at any time, which I then wind up giving to my nieces and sticking with the same palette I’ve been using forever, 😀 ), but anything other than makeup has pretty much been in my routine for years. So without further ado, here is my list of favorite beauty products.
I got this when I was in Milan last year and I have been rationing it off trying to make it last. This time around I tried the Tesori Di Miele and I loved that as well. I even bought the shampoo and conditioner so I can have like a 3 step system, which I’ll be reviewing in an Italy beauty haul at some point. This deep conditioner is amazing, and I don’t say that lightly. I have naturally curly hair which I straighten every day, and have done ever since I can remember. In the winter time when there isn’t much, if any, humidity, my hair looks pretty good. In the warmer months it looks like someone kicked a radio into the shower with me. Once a week I like to use a deep conditioner. I usually use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, which I love, but I like this one even better. So thick and creamy that you only need a tiny bit, it coats your hair and washes clean away, leaving you with soft, silky, frizz free hair.
I fight with my hair using a hair dryer and a round brush and use Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave in Conditioner mixed with 3 drops of Living Proof. I used to use Citre Shine Shine Miracle but they discontinued it a few months ago. I used it for sixteen years! (See what I mean about sticking with something that works for me?) Living Proof is wayyyyyy more pricey but it’s the only thing that I’ve found that works with my hard to manage hair. After all that it’s time for flat ironing to make sure that my now straight hair doesn’t frizz into oblivion. I separate my hair down the middle and use about a dime sized amount of Moroccan Oil on each side. I section each side into 3 pieces and start the surprisingly quick flat ironing process. In total, it takes about 45 minutes everyday to do my hair. Yes, that’s a ridiculous amount of time but such is the struggle of curly haired girls.
I don’t really like perfumes because they can be a bit too strong no matter how little you use (even though I do love Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue) so I generally stick to body lotions. I’ve used the lotions and body sprays from Bath & Body Works for years. Beautiful Day has been my favorite scent for at least 5 years because I remember having it with me when I visited Ahmed in Germany back in 2013. I love how it’s the perfect in between scent of floral and perfume-y, not leaning too much towards one or the other. The scent is light and it lasts all day, which is a drawback of perfumes in that they go on heavy and then fade away to nothing, which seems like such a waste considering how much they cost.
I’m not a beauty blogger but I do hear about a lot of products on beauty blogs/YouTube videos (don’t judge me, 😆 ). One was Moroccan Oil and the other is Bioderma. I’ve only found two places in New York that sell it. I used to go to this place in Soho but now I get it from New London Pharmacy on 8th Avenue & 23rd St. in Manhattan (16.7 oz for $15). I love this stuff. I take off my eye makeup with it and don’t have to rinse my face after like I did with other eye makeup removers. I use it on my face as a toner before I use Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream (and the day version with SPF 30 in the mornings.) My skin has improved so much since I started using these products, and as someone who has battled with acne since I was a teen, this is always a good thing. I like how the Protect & Perfect just sinks into my skin leaving it soft but feeling like skin. I tried another Boots cream one time that even hours later, if I touched my skin, made my skin have that thick, greasy feeling.
Except for the hair, my “beauty” routine is surprisingly low maintenance. Even my makeup only takes about 5 minutes and that’s because I let the eye primer and cream eyeshadow base dry for a minute each. I am pretty low fuss when it comes to getting ready. When I was in my 20’s (and was still getting used to my body after I lost almost 40 pounds when I was 17) I used to be all about dramatic makeup, high heels (never even owned a pair of sneakers), and nice clothes and accessories. I guess that’s what your 20’s are for. Now, ballet flats and leggings with long shirts (leggings are not pants!) are about as dressed up as I get. I even ordered 2 new pairs of sneakers since I’ve pretty much worn out my beloved Converse galaxy sneakers. I do admit that I have flashes of nostalgia for my 23 year old self when I was in Italy and saw all of these beautiful Italian women in gorgeous clothes and stiletto heels, but I’d only last about 5 minutes at the most in either the heels or tight clothes. I’ve learned to embrace the Tina in her 30’s who prefers sneakers and leggings to stilettos and skinny jeans. At least the sneakers and leggings Tina no longer has to deal with sore feet and an aching back. 😆 Everything has a bright side, right?