It’s midway through February and the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, which means that Spring is right around the corner!
With the forecast flirting with warmer temperatures and my postpartum depression finally lifting (hallelujah!), I’m feeling motivated to "get ready" again on daily basis, haha! Yet even so, a full face of makeup isn’t completely practical for just hanging out around the house, going to the playground, and making quick trips to the grocery store (hello, mom life!).
But in about five minutes each day, I can feel more out together by throwing on some tinted moisturizer (La Mer Skintint is my go to!), blush (NARS lovejoy is my tried and true), and the most magical makeup item of all- MASCARA!
Mascara makes all the difference when it comes to brightening up the face. And, when I think of Spring makeup, I think of natural dewy skin and lush, flirty eyelashes.
So, here are my four favorite mascaras! No faux lashes, extensions, or Kylie Filters needed.
1. YSL Volume Effect Faux Mascara
If I’m feeling extra lashy, I’ll base my mascara for a thicker, longer starting point. My favorite bases are Chanel’s and Lancôme’s. Both of these really thicken up and lengthen your lashes before you even apply mascara; plus, they increase the mascara's staying power.
And if I REALLY want to lay on the thickness, I’ll layer my mascara with some lash extending fibers. Easy peasy long lash breezy
So there you have it. My four favorite mascaras!
What are your go-tos? Let me know in the comments!
One of the most common questions I’m asked by my insta-girlfriends is what I think about La Mer. I respond with guilty lavish because I have to say, my only regret about the La Mer line up in my skincare stash is having ever tried any of it... because now, truly, nothing else compares!
It seriously is an incredible skincare line. But, as with anything, some of their products are more stand-out than others, so it's important to know which products will best suit your needs before you invest.
Here are my thoughts on some of La Mer’s skin products, from the ones I use least often to the brand's "holy grails."
The Eye Concentrate - It's hard for me to say whether or not this product works because I'm not a huge fan of eye creams. I'll slather one on here and there at night, but since it isn't one of my top problem areas, I hardly can tell whether an eye cream is working or not. It does feel nice to put on, though! The texture is super smooth.
The Cleansing Foam - I love the foaming action; this face wash leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean! I feel like it might be a better choice for those with oily skin, however.
The Renewal Oil - This is the most recent addition to my collection. My skin gets dry very easily, so it drinks this stuff right up. It has a delicious, herbal scent and leaves skin GLOWING, but I can’t say whether or not it's much more effective than any other oils I’ve tried. Oils are just not my favorite.
The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation - La Mer has a really, really incredible foundation. It has the same good-for-your-skin qualities of the tinted moisturizer, but with more coverage. It isn't necessarily a matte foundation, but it doesn't leave your skin SUPER dewy either. Nevertheless, it is a great foundation that won't irritate even sensitive skin.
The Treatment Lotion - I have a weird relationship with this product. What even is it? It definitely isn't a lotion (it's liquid), but it's not quite a serum either. I can’t figure it out, but somehow adding this step to my skincare regimen makes me feel more complete. I put it on before my cream in the evenings and it seems to seal in an extra layer of moisture; my skin just looks BETTER, with a more even texture and tone.
The Tinted Moisturizer - This was the second La Mer product I ever bought. I have tried about every tinted moisturizer out there (Bobbi Brown, Bare Minerals, Laura Mercer, Chanel, etc.) but none compare to this one. It isn’t sticky or spotty; it is truly moisturizing and leaves skin radiant and glowing. Plus, it actually works to improve the tone and texture of skin overtime. Amazing!
The Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask - I love this product! It is a sheet mask, but it leaves skin feeling so rich after it's removed. I feel like this is their best product for targeting fine lines and wrinkles.
The Mist - This was actually the first La Mer product I ever purchased. I was looking for something to add a dewy glow to my skin as an alternative to traditional setting sprays. The kind lady assisting at my favorite Nordstrom's La Mer counter spritzed me, I bought my first bottle, and I have never looked back. I use this almost daily. It is so refreshing and gives skin a lovely, dewy glow.
The Cream - This is the OG of La Mer products. Scratch that. All moisturizers. Nasayers will tell you it’s all mineral oil and no different than a $1 jar of Nivea cream (I tried it - it’s NOT the same). I stand firm that this stuff is magical. My skin loves it. My hormonal acne spots, redness, fine lines, and painfully thirsty dry skin gets immediate relief and lasting improvement every time I dip into this boujee jar.
The Intensive Revitalizing Mask - Okay. This is definitely my favorite mask, ever. This makes skin softer, more moisturized, more radiant, more even, and smoother. It smells amazing and feels SO luxurious when applied. I love love love this and think it's definitely worth the money. I don't use it too often, so a bottle lasts about a year for me.
The Moisturizing Soft Cream - This is hands down my favorite skin product, ever. If I could only use one product forever, this would be it. It smells amazing, feels luxurious, and leaves skin just as radiant and glowy as the original cream, but it’s much easier to apply.