Today when I was doing my makeup, I realized how many little things are sitting around my vanity area that I use all the time, but don't actually talk about in videos. So I decided to give some love to these products that I'd be lost without! :)
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Face Wipes: I originally got these to use as face wipes, but I've really stuck with my old faithful Olay/Equate Daily Facials cloths as my favorite method for makeup removal. I do a lot of makeup swatching on my hands/arms, and recently I noticed some irritation developing, which I think was caused by some cheap wipes that I'd been using to remove the swatches. I thought these Aveeno wipes would be more gentle, and sure enough, they are! I always need some sort of wipe handy to quickly clean up my hands while shooting videos or blogging.
Vaseline: Nothing too Earth-shattering here! Sometimes if my skin is super dry around my mouth or nose, I'll put some of this on and it seems to couter-act the dryness pretty well. Also great for just softening the lips before applying a lip liner or lipstick. Every now and then, I'll put some of this on my lips, and then dab on a powder blush to create a new lip color. It's fun!
Altoids: I know you can't smell my breath when you watch one of my YouTube videos (thank goodness that technology hasn't been developed!) But for some reason, I usually pop an Altoid before doing a video. I don't know if the coolness just makes my mouth feel more "ready to go"? Not sure. But it's become a bit of a ritual.
Hair Clips: This clip is representative of a small army of clips that congregate where they're not supposed to (my makeup area). I really dislike having any hair in my face when I'm doing my makeup, so I always clip at least some of it back.
Matte Powder: This particular powder is the Sexy Mama Translucent powder from The Balm, but any powder of this kind will do... I also have one from ELF sitting around. But I like to use an oil-free powder of this kind underneath my lower liner- especially if it's a liner/shadow that doesn't have the best staying power. Just a tiny bit of this directly under my liner seems to make a difference most of the time.
Floss Pick: Tyler uses these all the time, and he's rubbing off on me. A lot of the time before I shoot a video (if I haven't just brushed), I grab one of these and check over my teeth. When you need floss, you need floss!
Mini Scissors: These have helped me open stubborn products countless times, but I also use these to trim up false eyelashes if they're too long for my eyes (from left to right). They're so precise, I can see exactly how many lashes I'm removing from the strip, and make sure I'm taking off the same amount from the other side. Don't know what I'd do without a tiny pair of scissors!
This is a little note I wrote to myself a year or so ago on the back of one of my business cards. I remember watching Oprah talk about living in the moment and sometimes it's hard to keep yourself there. This sits right on top of my makeup mirror, and is my visual reminder to "Be Present" and enjoy the current moment I'm in- as opposed to getting ahead of myself or getting worried about what's to come. When I glance at this, I think it just helps me put life in perspective as well, you know? I might be sitting there doing makeup, but it's not really that important if my eyeliner isn't just so. What's important is enjoying the moment, being grateful for that moment, and making the most of it by helping someone in whatever way I can. Do you make any visual reminders like this to yourself?
So those are the items lurking around my makeup room that I wouldn't want to be without! Glad to finally be giving them the recognition they deserve! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a fantastic weekend!
- I'm thinking about my friends out west- and those here in the midwest! The weather is going to be wild this weekend in both places, but for different reasons. I hope everyone is extra safe if they have to get out!
- I have a new Best in Beauty video up, if you'd like to check it out!
- There's a Papa John's pizza ad on that video (at least there was just now)- and it looks delicious- but also kind of strange. Has anyone ever had cheeseburger pizza? There are pickles on it!!
- I am wearing the softest, most comfortable leggings I have EVER WORN right now. I got them at TJ Maxx and the brand is Kyodan. They're grey with a bit of a print. Love them!