The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Beauty

I’m a beauty blog lurker. One of my secret time waster activities is watching beauty reviews on youtube. Occasionally I get on a hair-do kick but then I realize that I’ve had the same hair since 1st grade (proof) and I move on to other obsessions, like makeup.

I have very little incentive to get all done up on any given day. In fact, most days I see about three people: N, my boss, and the lady who works at the post office. I know, I know, my life is so fabulous.

But whenever I watch one twelve too many Youtube beauty review videos, I head straight to my nearest Ulta and drop a stupid amount of money on products that are going to change my life. Only they never do and I wind up doing lazy makeup (or wearing none) every day. Recently, I’ve been trying to resist the urge to buy more and actually use the products I already have.

Requirements of my everyday products:
1. Easy to use
2. Make me feel prettyful
3. Oh, and super easy to use. Why? Because I have the makeup skills of the average 5th grader who just discovered glitter eyeshadow.

Neutrogena Pure & Free SPF 50    /    Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

Sunscreen – I don’t care if it’s in every makeup product I use, I still cover my face in a base of SPF 50. I used to use Neutrogena Clear Face which is the absolute best sunscreen I have ever found. It feels like nothing on your skin within 5 minute of putting it on. Unfortunately, I’ve read a lot recently about the dangers of some of the chemicals in sunscreen so I’ve switched to this Pure & Free formula which is a basic mineral sunscreen. I let this sink in a while before applying anything else. Note: I am not a scientist (duh) so do your own research about chemicals in sunscreen.

Concealer – I’m somehow simultaneously a morning person and a night owl which usually means I get very little sleep. I don’t mean to stay up reading until ungodly hours of the morning but I always do so I load my under eyes up with this stuff. It’s not the magic wand that so many beauty bloggers say it is but it is decent stuff for the price.

Mascara – I love Benefit They’re Real Mascara but can’t always justify the $26 a tube. I found L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara after a girl on the marathon team for my work (at a childhood cancer non-profit) ran a half marathon and her eyelashes still looked ahhh-mazing. I asked her what it was and have been using it ever since. It’s not quite as good as They’re Real and the wand takes some getting used to but it lengthens and separates really well for $8.

Sculpting – You thought I knew how to contour? Ha. I don’t. But I’m super cheap so instead of buying three products, I just bought this one. It looks really beautiful on and though I was intimidated by the bright pink, I just apply super light and build it up, then add a sweep of the highlighter above that. Sometimes I use the bronzer but only if I’m feeling extra sassy.

So there you have it. The lazy girl’s guide to looking semi-decent in public in less than 2 minutes. I also wear a powder over the sunscreen but I’m not thrilled with my current powder and am in desperate need of suggestions. Help!

Want to waste some time yourself? Here are some of my favorite Youtube beauty channels:

Eleventh Gorgeous – Are they twins? Are they sisters? Are they pretending when they act that ridiculous? I’m guessing no and wait til you see how they introduce every video! Still, it’s hard not to love them. Plus, they review all the regular gal (i.e. drugstore) makeup.

Makeup by Alli – Alli does a great job of reviewing both high end and drugstore makeup. She also has a good combination of tutorials and reviews and doesn’t sound like an idiot when she raves about BB Cream. Listen to some of the other beauty bloggers and you’ll get why that’s so refreshing.

And my favorite beauty bloggers, who also do videos occasionally: Glossy Blonde, 15 Steps Then a Beauty Blog, and The Small Things Blog.

Any other suggestions? Send them my way!

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Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Patricia from Kisses and Croissants.

Patricia is wonderfully sweet blogger who is living life in France with her handsome husband. You can read more about their love story and I dare you to tell me it doesn’t sound like the cutest romantic comedy you’ve ever seen. While you’re there, check out Patricia’s 5 Reasons Why Dating a Foreigner is Good for You.

On a beauty note, Patricia did a great job of translating  10 American Beauty Tips from a French Perspective. It was awesome to read about what we get right (and wrong) in the beauty world! Patricia also wrote a hilarious post about the 5 Types of Creeper that you have to read. Based on the gifs, she shares my love for J. Law. She also gives us some French tips (bad words!) which certainly will help you out next time you drop the word douche in public. What? It’s French for shower!

And Patricia’s post today? It’s most definitely worth a read if you’ve ever felt homesick. You can also find Patricia on Twitter or add her to your daily reads via Bloglovin.

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