My 4-step minimal beauty routine:
Argan oil – I’ve used Josie Maran for years, but decided to try Acure (also 100% organic Argan Oil) instead because it’s $26 for more than 2 ounces to $48 for Josie Maran’s 1.7 ounces. I also use it in my hair, so it does double duty; totally worth it. The one thing I will say about Acure is that it smells not-so-good. I remember having to get used to the smell of argan oil in the beginning, but I don’t think it was ever THIS bad. All I can say is that it disappears rather quickly, so it’s not a big deal.*
If I’m going au natural that day, I’ll just put some Shiseido sunscreen on and call it a day.
If I want a little more color or interest, I’ll either use a Bobbi Brown bronzer stick on various places on my face (I have no idea where you’re SUPPOSED to use it…), or this Givenchy cheek balm (I love how hydrating it is, and it leaves a nice natural glow), and maybe some mascara.
I do still have some Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer that I use sometimes, but the Amore Pacific cream is far superior. I also love the RMS un-coverup for coverage, and use it periodically if I want more coverage, but I’m trying to downsize, and products that multi-task (like the Amore Pacific cream with SPF already in it) win out over products that don’t. But if I can, I will keep some of the RMS beauty product around for extra concealing.
After everything that I was using, this is a drastic change. During the summer months, I am pretty lax about skincare, makeup, etc., anyway, but I don’t see a lot of reason to start using MORE products now that I’ve downsized. I do need to remember to use eye cream twice a day, but other than that, I’m not sure I need the serums and random other treatments I was using on my face. I certainly don’t need/want a lot of makeup; I’m happy with a VERY natural face!
I’ve minimized my “beauty” routine for several reasons:
I just can’t care anymore.
I have always loved a more natural look, and think women look most beautiful with a healthy glow. I’m not saying that I LOOK most beautiful this way necessarily, but I do think that as my face gets a little color during the summer months, it’s easier to go without makeup, and it fits naturally into my very very casual lifestyle. Again, I treat my makeup as I do my clothes I think – I save it for a special occasion. If I’m traveling, or am going to be among friends, or people constantly, I’ll put a little more effort into my look. But for around the house and running errands? Forget about it…
I didn’t realize how much money I was spending on “personal care” items every month until my husband and I each gave ourselves an allowance. Now, I am loathe to spend $79 on the Caudalie serum I used before, or $48 on beauty elixir. $29 on lipstick I never wear?? NO way. I’d rather have a new book, or save all the puppies than spend money on skincare right now. Not that I think it’s not “worth” it, in general, but since I’ve stopped using all the things I used before I’ve not noticed a very big difference, so I can’t say that I NEED to spend so much. What’s essential at my age I think is sunscreen and hydration. And I think I’ve got that covered.
A general movement towards minimalism.
Every time I travel I complain about the skincare products/makeup I take along; this new routine should solve that problem!
Overall, I’m pleased, and hope that even when we have reached our financial goals and I can spend a bit more money on skincare, I will continue to be reasonable, and not buy a lot of product I don’t need. Or fingernail polish. That’s one thing I’ve cut down completely on; I used to buy a new polish color every week or so!!
What about you? What is your beauty routine? is it minimal? or product-heavy? Share your favorite products please!!
*I did want to try the L’oreal facial oil, but when I looked at the ingredients, I promptly put it down. I’m more concerned now with what’s in my skincare, so I’m trying very hard to use natural as much as possible. And the L’oreal oil wasn’t significantly cheaper than the “off-brand” argan oil, so I didn’t see the benefit of even trying it.