I started growing a love for all things beauty when I turned 21 years old.
Mainly because I never had to deal with acne and pimples UNTIL I turned 21 *cue eye roll emoji here*
I feel like I should give you the breakdown really quick –
Once upon a time,
I used to have a busy social life where I would go out with my girlfriends multiple times a week, get dressed up… but wear no make-up. Yep, ZERO make-up on my face.
I’m not joking I would wear no make-up to the bars, downtown, parties, etc… meanwhile all my girlfriend’s knew how to make to glow up real with contour, etc…
I felt unstoppable though.
There’s nothing more sexy to me than rockin’ your natural skin and feeling so confident in it.
I didn’t even own any make-up – I think I had one mascara and that was it.
So then I turned 21 and so many things changed. My skin went CRAZY on me, my taste in food change, my self-confidence, and more.
Maybe you can relate but once I started getting pimples and dark spots on my face after 21 years of not worrying about that shiz, my self-confidence completely plumetted.
It definitely should not have affected me as strongly as it did… but it did.
So I went to Ulta & Sephora with one of my close friends who did amazing make-up and had her pick out ALL the stuff I needed so that I can get started on covering these pimps and dark spots ASAP.
$200 dollars later, I WAS READY!
Still absolutely clue less on how to do apply any make-up on my face, so I naturally I went to YouTube.
You know YouTube? The holy grail of all types of tutorials.
I started with Jaclyn Hill and then all the related “flawless foundation application” videos.
Still clue less but now had an idea of WTF to do.
Lots of caked up mistakes, lighter than my skin foundations, bronze heavy moments, and hundreds of dollars later.. I think I figured it out.
I think I got this shiz figured out, KINDA. NOT like a professional of course (or anywhere close, HA).
I still have tons to learn but I wanted to show you my HOLY GRAIL of my best of beauty in 2017.
These products have helped me feel so confident in the skin I’m in again by covering up my dark spots. I guess it’s more of an ease of mind type of thing. One less thing to be mentally stressed about ( feeling like everyone is staring, judging, grossed out by my dark spots ).
Typing it shows how over dramatic and how much over thinking I really do.
I’m working on it.
In reality though- who cares what anyone thinks. People are too busy worrying/thinking about themselves than to be obsessing over my dark spots. Some people say they didn’t even notice them until I pointed them out.
Away from make-up, I just want to say that me going this route was just a band aide fix to my acne and dark spot issues. I learned to actually fix this issue was to discipline myself with my skin care routine and what I was putting into my body (the right foods and TONS of water).
But let’s get started shall we?! Because even on my great skin days, these are still my go-to’s for my momentary GLOW UP.
I am listing them in the order I apply them. There isn’t a lot of products listed because I don’t use a lot of products. The less amount of product I’m applying on my face, the better.
ROSEHIP OIL: INSTANATURAL ROSEHIP OIL
I apply my rosehip oil every morning after I wash my face and apply my serums both morning and night. This has helped drastically with my dark spots. And also give more of a dewy look when doing my make-up.
CC CREAM: IT COSMETICS CC CREAM
I have been using this CC cream non-stop for YEARS. This is my holy grail of all because sometimes (most the time) I don’t have to wear foundation when wearing this cc cream because the coverage is buildable and so light feeling. OR I use it as a primer before I apply my foundation.
FOUNDATION: Armani Luminous Foundation
Just like the cc cream this foundation is buildable and I never get that cake-y feeling. It makes my skin glowy & look even and smooth. YES PLZ! Trust me, the hype is worth it – you need this.
(NOT PICTURED) CONCEALER: NARS Concealer always! I use the tone: Ginger.
I was gifted this for Christmas years ago and have not stopped reusing and repurchasing it since. My lips get so cracky and dry all the time. Like it’s a problem and I was ALWAYS am on the hunt for the best lip moisturizer & I found it. Just try it and thank me later <3
SHADE & LIGHT PALETTE: KAT VON D PALETTE
I use this palette all the time to set my under eye make-up, to contour, as eye shadow for the warm tones, I use it as a bronzer sometimes if I can’t find mine (I actually broke my Tom Ford bronzer and was devastated – still am because it broke my wallet and then literally shattered… I need to stop talking about it before I get into my feels). But this is definitely a one stop palette for all. I constantly am finding new ways to use it.
HIGHLIGHT: FENTY BEAUTY
I love to add highlight no matter where I am going or what I am doing. I add it on my cheek bones, nose, upper lip, corner of the eyes, and on my collar bones. The glow up is REAL.
You can find these products on my Amazon Shop as well! Amazon.com/Shop/TheLifestylePlaybook
None of these products were sponsored or given to me. I have purchased and repurchased all of these products with my own money.
I am interested in learning more about clean natural ingredient products as well so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!
LOVE YOU xx,