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Michelle Lara / December 4, 2014

Beauty Talk: Rev Up Your Skin And Makeup Routine


I just celebrated my birthday this week! I had a lunch date with my hubby {Will}, relaxed and watched a Law & Order marathon and then was showered with handwritten notes from the kids. Later in the evening Will cooked me my favorite dish {shrimp and scallops in a coconut green curry sauce … it’s AMAZING!} and I had the most delicious cake ever.

It was a wonderful day spent with my favorite people, as I get older I realize it’s the simpler things that bring me the most joy.

Around this time of year I like to rev up my makeup and skin routine, it’s like a birthday treat to myself. These are a few items I’ve added to my beauty arsenal that are allowing me to feel fresh faced even when I’m a year older!

Fresh Face Beauty Buys For Your Holiday Look

Fresh Face Beauty Buys To Rev Up Your Holiday Look

1: Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum // My skincare routine is pretty straightforward – I cleanse, tone and moisturize. As I get older I like to use products that are able to multi-task. Serums have always intimidated me, the thought of putting a greasy serum on my face makes me think my pores will clog up in seconds. Radical Skincare’s serum is light and not greasy at all.  My skin feels more hydrated and while it’s not a primer I find that dabbing some serum prior to my moisturizer allows my makeup to set nicer. I use the serum at night and during the day as well.

2: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream // This little tube is a miracle worker! It has broad spectrum SPF 30 and has dark spot healing properties. I love that it offers full coverage without the cakey feeling that most foundations leave behind.

3: Gimme Brow by Benefit //  I have some serious thick brows and have never felt the need to darken or fill them in, but recently I visited the Benefit Brow Bar {love that place!} to get my brows shaped and was amazed how much more defined they looked after my waxer used this product.  The medium/deep shade works great for me, I have dark brows but the color is more like a deep brown rather than black. I love that it doesn’t make my brows look severe or harsh, they just look more defined and well-groomed. If you have barely there brows you can create a beautiful arch, the gel adheres  and creates a hair-like texture that no pencil can create.

4. Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara // I love Makeup Forever I’ve used their concealer for years. I usually buy pharmacy brand mascaras but wanted something a little more luxurious for the holidays.  I love the look of false eyelashes but don’t have the technical skills needed when your pointing glue right near your eyes! This mascara is amazing it creates long lashes without leaving a clumpy mess. The applicator brush has a precision tip so you can separate the lashes and works great on the lower lash line.