I've watched many hair and makeup tutorials and thought "I wish I could do all of that". But alas, even the simplest makeup tutorial has me coming out looking like I just applied clown makeup or had a 4 year old do my eye liner.
If you are someone who is seasoned when it comes to applying makeup, this tutorial will not be for you. I'm a makeup minimalist. And when I say that, don't mistake it for a snobby or snarky comment. It's not that I don't like makeup, I actually like wearing it, I'm just not very good at it. Oh, and I also love sleep way to much - I would give up a 10 minute makeup routine if it meant 10 more minutes in bed. I'm that bad.
Anyway, I made a few changes over the last few months to the way I do my hair and makeup. While I still don't wear makeup every day, there are times that I really need to, so these are my quick and dirty tips and tricks. Below is a video that will take you through my routine. Then I will review each of the products I used individually.
Milkshake Color Maintainer Shampoo and Conditioner
I was introduced to this product by a childhood friend who is now a hair dresser. She told me I would love this shampoo and conditioner, and she wasn't kidding.
The first thing you will notice is the amazing smell. It's like smelling cupcakes that have been placed right in front of your nose. So good! Warning: may make you hungry. But even though the smell is amazing, once you're done in the shower, the smell isn't strong. I say that because I know many work places are scent free these days, so people are nervous about whether the smell will linger. It really doesn't. If I pull my hair right up to my nose to smell, I can get a really faint scent, but someone would have to be pretty close to you for that to happen.
My hair also has also had noticeable changes since I started using this shampoo and conditioner. It's got a shine to it, and again, very soft.
Milkshake has a number of products including purple shampoo and styling products. Sales of these products are generally limited to beauty salons, and even at that, they aren't available at every salon, so they can be hard to come by. I have found some websites that sell them, so it may take a little searching to find them.
A bottle of shampoo generally runs for approximately $22*.
Pantene BB Creme
I seriously love the way my hair feels every time I use this product. You would think that would motivate me to use it every time, but unfortunately, I don't always use it. This product has many benefits, including heat protection, anti-frizz, and moisturizing components. What I love about this product is that my hair feels so soft and manageable when I use it. I live in an area where we have a lot of fog and it helps manage the frizz that type of weather produces.
Purchased for $6.*
Moroccan Oil Heat Styling Protection
I've had many a hair stylist gasp in horror when I said that I didn't use any product in my hair, not even a heat protection product. Well stylists, worry no more! I'm sold on this Moroccan Oil Heat Styling Spray. Not only does it protect my hair from the high heat of my hair dryer and hair straightener, it tames my fly aways that seem to always pop up through out the day and helps keep my hair in place. Not quite a hair spray, but does help a little with my style.
Purchased for $21.*
TRESemmé Dry Shampoo
While I didn't mention this product in my video, I thought I would include it in my review anyway. There are days that I wake up late and just need to run out the door. That being said, I have combination hair (dry at the tips, oily at the roots). So, it doesn't take long for the oil to take over the roots of my hair. If I go beyond a day and a half without a shower, it's noticeable. My friends have been raving about dry shampoo for a while. I experimented with some, but TRESemmé's dry shampoo is the first one that helped control the oil in my hair. In a pinch, I can use this as I head out the door. I simply part my hair in a few different spots, lift a small layer at each part and spray underneath the layer , near the root and it keeps my hair looking fresh!
Purchased for $6.99.*
L'Oreal Paris Ultra Even Lotion
I have really dry skin, especially in my "T-Zone" area (above my eyebrows down on to my nose). I don't exfoliate as often as I should, and I need regular moisturizing. This product makes my skin feel and look great, and it has SPF 15, which is great because an important part of great skin is protection from UV rays!
Purchased for $7.99.*
e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer
I'm new to makeup primers. Some may use this instead of a moisturizer before applying makeup, but I use both. This smooths my skin's surface and helps set my makeup. You don't need much to apply, a little goes a long way.
Purchased for $5.99.*
Super C.C. Cream by Physicians Formula
I'm also new to Physicians Formula makeup. I decided to give it a try, as I'm always experimenting with new products.
Again, it doesn't take much to go a long way. I didn't breakout with this makeup. It went on easily and stayed on, but was easy to remove as well at the end of the day.
Purchased for $13.99.*
Physicians Formula Super CC Color-Correction + Care Instant Blurring Eye Cream
This is also the first time I tried an under-eye makeup (a lot of "firsts" for me in this review). I had been using concealer to disguise the darkness under my eyes, but this cream works so much better. It really covers the darkness well, and the cool applicator tip helped reduce the puffiness under my eyes.
Came free with the Super CC Cream.*
Mabeline Color Show Eyeliner
As mentioned in my video, I haven't been wearing eyeliner very long. I've always been nervous putting things that close to my eyes. I'm still not great at it, and I have a shaky hand, so that just makes it even more difficult. I tried a liquid liner, but you really need a steady hand for that. This pencil is perfect because it's easy enough to erase if you make a mistake, but it glides easy for those of us who have difficulty putting liner on.
Purchased for $2.99.*
Wet n Wild Max Volume Mascara
I'm not usually seeking volume for my lashes, just colour, but I do like this mascara. The brush has great bristles that separate your lashes to give them lots of definition.
Purchased for $5.99.*
Avon Marbelized Baked Eye Shadow - Rose Gold
I'm not one for wild colours for my eyes, so this is the perfect shade for me. It's sort of a pink/purple that is perfect for a daytime look.
Purchased for $4.*
Avon Be Blushed Cheek Colour
I'm all about simple makeup. The easier it goes on the better. That's why I love this cheek colour. A stick similar to lipstick, but just a little thicker. Apply directly to your upper cheek and blend. Some people use it for lip colour too, but I haven't tried that. I do find that since the texture is thicker than a powder, when you blend it makes the colour look deeper than it is. Give it a minute before you panic and start taking it off.
Purchased for $9.*
And that's it! Feel free to leave any comments, questions or recommendations! As mentioned, I'm not the most versed in makeup, so if you know of a product that is simple to apply that you think I should try, let me know!
* Note: Prices were at time of publication. Some items I purchased on sale. Please see your local supplier for up to date pricing.