I love experimenting with beauty products and changing up my routine as needed. Here are some skin, hair and body care beauty products I love using. (Note: I don’t get paid to promote any of these products and it’s not a sponsored post!)
Rituals Foaming Shower Gel – I first discovered this when I was in the Netherlands in my friend’s shower. It’s now sold in the States but for a few years, she used to send it to me. It’s a gentle, non-drying foaming mousse that I use twice a week with an exfoliating glove. The key when exfoliating is that you never want to use a shower gel that has any drying properties, such as one made with sulfates. The reason for this is because as you’re exfoliating off the dead cells, you don’t want the newly exposed cells to be subjected to harsh, drying detergents. This defeats the whole purpose of exfoliating in the first place. I don’t use this as a daily shower gel because especially post-workout, I want something a little stronger to give a better cleansing experience.
“As you’re exfoliating off the dead cells, you don’t want the newly exposed cells to be subjected to harsh, drying detergents. This defeats the whole purpose of exfoliating in the first place.”
Kessa Exfoliating Glove – I have been on the search for something to exfoliate the skin on my body when I don’t have time to use a scrub and I finally found my all-time favorite one. This one is easy to use since it’s a glove and the texture is nice and rough so it gives an excellent exfoliation.
Hair Styling Cream
Oribe Creme For Styling – I have finally been learning to work with my natural waves and will occasionally let my hair air dry. I’ll use this to soften the waves and manage frizz.
“I love beauty products…it’s why I got into the beauty business in the first place! I get paid to play!”
Byredo Perfume – I’ve never been much of a perfume girl but having the perfume on a roller ball makes it really easy to use. The Gypsy Water scent is described on their site with words like soil, forest, and campfire with notes of bergamot, juniper berries, and lemon. It’s a beautiful scent and I love it. Plus, it inspired me to name my new puppy, Gypsy Rose!
Exfoliating Acid Serum
Renée Rouleau Pore + Wrinkle Perfecting Serum – For the hot summer months, I’ll keep my exfoliation on the gentler side by using Renée Rouleau Ultra Gentle Smoothing Serum which is a 10% blend of exfoliating acids. Now that it’s fall, I’ve bumped it up to a 17% formula with Pore + Wrinkle Perfecting Serum. I use this twice a week to really smooth my skin by dissolving away surface dry cells. It’s also great for removing some of my head-induced summer sun spots and making my pores look much smaller. (I’m a skin type #2. What type are you? Take this skin type quiz.)
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Iridescent Strobe Light – Who doesn’t love a good glow? I know I do. I have spoken a lot on my blog about how makeup can do miracles for improving the look of the skin. And the reality is…there just isn’t a skincare product that can make the skin glisten and sparkle like makeup can—which is why I am loving this powder. I was told to use it as a highlighter on just certain areas of the face but I dust it on all over my face. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my skin since I started using it.
If your skin is looking dull, read how to get a glow.
Algenist Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops – To enhance the #ReneeRouleauGLOW, I’ll add a few drops of this to my foundation. (Currently using Laura Mercier Candlelight Glow.) It gives a nice little sheen to the skin without feeling greasy.
Oribe Serene Anti-Dandruff Shampoo – My scalp has gotten itchy ever since I got into my 40s. It’s not dandruff, but just gets itchy once in a while so this has helped a lot. Plus, it’s really gentle on my hair and doesn’t leave me with a post-shampoo tangled mess after I use it.
Makeup Powder (As Sunscreen)
Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder – I actually use this as sunscreen, not as a makeup powder. Let me explain. So, my new puppy wakes me up at 6:45 am every morning whimpering because she’s ready to get out of her crate and go to the bathroom after holding it all night. I don’t want to make her wait any longer and since I’ll also be taking her for a 30-minute walk afterward, I need to protect my skin from the morning sunlight coming up. I quickly throw on my clothes and then dust a generous layer of this powder on and out the door we go. What most people don’t realize is that most powder makeup uses titanium dioxide which is a sunscreen ingredient. The powder doesn’t say it has SPF because Revlon didn’t choose to get it approved as a sunscreen. They are marketing it as makeup but to me, it is protecting my skin just fine when I’m in a rush and don’t feel like putting on a lotion. I used to use an official SPF-infused mineral powder (ColoreScience) but it is expensive and they only have a few shades (none of which matched my skin color) so this one serves its purpose.
As for makeup, I think of it as skincare. Read my skincare rule #6.
Love Wellness The Killer – So this isn’t technically a beauty product but yeast infections certainly aren’t beautiful. For those occasional times when I feel something coming on, this boric acid suppository does a total reset “down there”. My gynecologist had suggested that I look into using boric acid and I’ve been super happy with this brand. As for vag cleansing, I always use Moisture Protecting Cleanser because of its low pH of 3.5. It’s approved by my gynecologist to help create a balancing environment. (Yes, if you don’t use the right pH cleanser down there, it can cause problems!)
Daily Sunscreen Moisturizer
Renée Rouleau Weightless Protection SPF 30 – This is the true love of my life. I created a sunscreen that doesn’t cause breakouts, clogged pores, or irritation and doesn’t pill up under makeup. It’s one of the products I’m most proud of because trust me, developing a sunscreen is not an easy task. It’s been a best-seller since it first came out in the early 2000’s and I wouldn’t think of ever changing it. It works, no need to fix what’s not broken.
Journeyman Natural Deodorant – This is actually my husband’s favorite product and I’m the recipient of it with the most amazing scent ever—cypress/smoke. My husband uses this as his everyday deodorant and for a natural deodorant, it works amazingly well. Not a morning goes by that I don’t say “mmmm…that smells so good” when he walks by and I can smell it. It’s intoxicating. At night, I’ll even mist a little onto my night t-shirt and I swear it contributes to a better sleeping experience. A good scent can stimulate all the happy feels.