Daily Beauty Routine

Posted in Beauty
on February 5, 2013
Beauty Routine


It has been a LONG time since I’ve done a beauty routine post, so I decided to do an update since some of my products have changed. I have to be honest about something, as much as I love a good deal on clothing, I am much more willing to splurge on beauty products. I justify my spending on beauty products based on the fact that they are in use every day! I have had trouble skin for over 7 years now, and although I’ve come close to a perfect routine that keeps my skin fairly clear, I’ve never had naturally flawless skin. I break out easily from stress, and if I’m not breaking out, I usually have discoloration and my skin type is very oily. Finding the right products for my skin has always been a problem, but I’m always willing to try new things. Here is my current routine:

Facewash: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser I have used Cetaphil for a long time and this is comparable because it leaves you feeling fresh without being too harsh on the skin. It also is a smaller bottle than Cetaphil, so it doesn’t take up as much room on my bathroom counter (which I feel like I’m always trying to make more space).

Daytime Moisturizer: Meaningful Beauty Antioxidant Day Creme This is a day creme I’ve been using for a few months now. I really love it because it seems to hydrate my skin enough to last through the day without getting too oily. This is hard for me to find, so I think I’ll be sticking with this Day Creme for awhile. It feels a little heavy at first, but after blending it in it feels like you don’t have anything on. Be sure to check out other reviews to help you in deciding if this product would be good for you. There were a couple reviews that said it made them break out, but I haven’t had this experience. Also, SPF in a day creme or moisturizer is a must!

BB Cream: SKIN79 Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Cream Triple Function This is the second BB Cream I’ve tried and I have to say I love it. I decided to try it based off of all the reviews Kristina from Pretty Shiny Sparkly had on BB Creams and based off her everyday beauty routine. I’m so glad I tried it because I really love it! I just need a small pump and it gives really good coverage. Again, because I have problem skin and break out frequently from stress or what not, I also use a foundation to add extra coverage on problem areas.

Foundation: Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (Flesh) is my current foundation that I’ve been using for a little over a month now. I’ve had great success with coverage after applying a small amount of the BB Cream and then a little of this foundation to more problem areas. I’ve heard great things about this foundation in general and for the extra coverage to help conceal blemishes it works well!

Highlighter:   Benefit Cosmetics sun beam I wanted to try something different from my typical powder-based bronzer to add some highlight and color to my face (especially during the winter). It works well to highlight around the eyes or on the cheekbone, but doesn’t look unnatural at all. I love it and only have to use a little bit each time, so it will last me forever! (See more tips on how to apply with this video)

Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (in Adored) is an amazing blush that I’ve almost had for a year (and barely made a dent in). It is so colorful and takes very little to highlight my cheeks. I love bright pink blush and this color has been amazing to give me a bright cheek while still looking natural. I would highly recommend this shade and this brand of blush if you are looking to try something new.

Eyeshadow: I talked about the Naked Palette in my first beauty post and it is still around and going strong! I love all of the colors and the browns are my go-to shades every day (and Dark Horse works perfectly for my eyebrow shade as well). Although a couple of the colors like Sin and Half Baked are getting low, there are plenty of other colors to use. I love to mix two or three shades together to create a slightly different eye each day.  I haven’t tried the Naked 2 Palette, have you? Any suggestions on which palette I should buy next?

Eyeliner: I used to be strictly a pencil user, but as I grew more and more in love with the cat eye (done so perfectly every time by Lauren Conrad who is my beauty idol) I knew I needed to find a great liquid liner. I am in love with how simple Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner is to apply with a soft applicator. The color is rich and lasts all day!

Mascara: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I haven’t found a brand name mascara that does much better than drugstore mascara, which is why lately my go-to has been Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara. It gives you the perfect lash with a couple coats… and for a more intense look, apply a couple more for some statement lashes. Note: This mascara is difficult to remove from your lashes at the end of the day… to me it is still worth the great look I get, but if you don’t like spending a lot of time trying to get off the mascara, I wouldn’t recommend this!

Eyelash Curler: Perhaps sounds dumb that I’m including this in my routine because maybe it’s a DUH sort of thing? Well I just wanted to say that I use my Revlon Beauty Tools Lash Curler all the time. It just makes my lashes look that much better! A couple of ways I make the lashes curl better with a curler: 1) Use hot air from blow dryer on lash curler or place curler on curling iron/straightener to give it a little heat… the heat helps curl your lashes. Be careful though… I have burnt my eyelid before when I get too excited! Let it cool off a bit first. Another alternative is while you’re drying your hair with a blow dryer… blow on your lashes for a short period of time and immediately use the lash curler!

What is your current beauty routine?



  • Reply Tasia of Ruffles & Sequins

    Great post Rachel, it’s always interesting to hear what other girls use :) I just found out I’m allergic to dairy last year and since adjusting my diet, my beauty routine changed drastically since my skin cleared up 😀 But for me, it’s Clinique all the way!

    February 5, 2013 at 6:17 AM
  • Reply Rachel

    That used to be my go-to mascara as well but then I switched to a Loreal one. But I love the falsies one too! I’ve heard great things about that Makeup Forever foundation, maybe I should save up for it and try it out!

    February 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM
  • Reply Sharon

    I’ll have to look into that BB cream. I’m using the Garnier one now and I like it, but it does make my skin oily. I agree that drugstore mascara works great!

    The Tiny Heart
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    February 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM
  • Reply ashley

    Love these types of posts! I don’t know what but it’s always fun to see someone else’s routine.

    xo Ashley

    February 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM
  • Reply Red Tag Chic Los Angeles

    I want to try that Benefit highlighter…..thanks for sharing!!!


    February 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM
  • Reply Alyssa

    I love hearing what people use for their beauty routine–I always end up finding new products! I recently picked up one of Neutrogena’s “natural” cleaners and I love it. It’s very gentle!

    February 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Reply Bethie the Boo

    I love seeing what people use in their beauty routine! I’ve used Neutrogena type face wash before and have liked it. Right now I’m really into the Yes To line though – Yes to Tomatoes and Yes to Cucumbers. It’s helping my acne some anyway!

    February 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Reply Julie

    Love this post. Great routine! Great products. Thanks for all the info! xo, Julie

    February 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM
  • Reply Kayla

    I love the falsies from Maybelline!


    February 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM
  • Reply Jen

    I always love to find out what other people use in their daily routines! I’m obsessed with my High Beam and won’t leave the house without it on lol! I’d love to try that Amazonian clay blush!

    xo jen

    February 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM
  • Reply annie

    I am loving that Naked palette of eye shadow – so pretty!

    The Other Side of Gray

    February 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM
  • Reply stylishbynature

    Thanx for sharing this Rachel !! Great products :)

    February 5, 2013 at 11:17 AM
  • Reply Ashleigh

    I really love drug store mascaras too. You can try all the new stuff without paying a ton. I dislike buying makeup that costs as much as a pair of shoes!

    February 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM
  • Reply fromarmanitozurich

    such a lovely post! really wanna try that bb cream :)

    February 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM
  • Reply Laura @ Chaotic Domestic

    Great post. I decided to be proactive and start with a skincare routine and ended up being unhappy with the products I tried… so I’m currently in the market for a good cleanser/moisturizer. I’ll be trying the foaming facewash, for sure.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM
  • Reply Bhushavali - Indian Fashion n Travel Blogger!

    Interesting post. Mine is almost similar, but with different brands and I don’t use a highlighter for everyday look!!!
    Do stop by my blog too sometime dear!

    February 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM
  • Reply Kelly At SparklesandShoes

    Mine varies every morning but yours sounds like it really works for you!

    <a href="http://www.sparklesandshoes.com">Sparkles and Shoes</a>.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM
  • Reply nancy @ adore to adorn

    great information! It’s tough finding a good routine and it gets tougher whenever your skin changes too! At least for me…hehe

    February 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM
  • Reply Sofia

    Great picks and blog.

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    Have a beautiful and blessed week.

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    February 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM
  • Reply Antonella C'est moi

    great post my dear!! kisses

    February 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM
  • Reply Meggan

    Hiii I came across your blog on Katalina Girls blog. I saw you wrote something about a Midwest Blogger group and I’d like to find out more about it!

    February 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM
  • Reply Emily

    Love this – the Naked pallete and Falsies….

    February 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM
  • Reply oomph.

    i WANT the naked palette. i’m currently using anstasia beverly hills ‘she wears it well” which is a neutral palette, too…naked will be next!

    thanks for sharing!


    February 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM
  • Reply Kacie's Kloset

    Thanks for the beauty routine! Your makeup always looks flawless!


    February 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM
    • Reply Rachel

      Thanks Kacie! :)

      February 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM
  • Reply Charmingly Styled

    Love that you're mixing a little bit of everything in here – my medicine cabinet is a hodgepodge of goodies for sure :) Thanks for the welcome back Rachel, can't wait to catch up on your blog!

    February 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM
  • Reply whitney

    that sounds like a good bb cream, I’ve been looking for a new one!

    February 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM
  • Reply Julie

    oooooh great picks. Love the falsies mascara. total fave. thanks for stopping by my blog!


    February 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM
  • Reply Jacy Tilton

    I use that mascara and it's the best I've ever found! I've also been wanting to try a highlighter, so maybe I'll try yours.
    And I've always had problem skin as well…it's so frustrating to never have clear or at least even-colored skin, so I feel ya!



    February 6, 2013 at 4:27 AM
    • Reply Rachel's Lookbook

      Jacy… I'm so glad I'm not the only one… I seriously feel like I'm the only person who has problems with break outs and uneven coloration! It can be very frustrating, but hey girl you always look gorgeous and flawless!

      February 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM
  • Reply Fierce & Fashionable

    Love seeing others beauty routines! The Naked Eye Pallet is my favorite, I’m obsessed!!

    xx Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

    February 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM
  • Reply Angel

    Your daily routine is amazing. You have great taste :) skin79 bb creams are really good!


    February 6, 2013 at 1:12 AM
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    February 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • Reply Amy

    i always love learning about other peoples’ makeup routines. i have the pinky highlighter from benefit (i forget what it’s called now) and i’ve had trouble figuring out how to use it, so that video is so helpful. thanks!

    February 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM
  • Reply Megan

    Love seeing what products others use! I love that Naked palette, and I used to use SunBeam all the time but haven’t re-bought it since it ran out.

    February 6, 2013 at 8:25 AM
  • Reply Emily

    Great routine suggestions!
    Isn’t That Charming.

    February 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM
  • Reply Olivia

    Loving these products! Can’t wait to try a few of them too!!

    xo Olivia
    This Looks Good On You

    February 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM
  • Reply Jen@redsolesandredwine

    Great post Rachel – love reading what others use. I’m going to have to try the Makeup Forever Foundation and the mascara!

    Red Soles and Red Wine

    February 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM
  • Reply Rachael

    Thanks for your comment about the cupid tank!! I couldn’t respond via email because your email is set to “no reply”. I love this post, I’ve been wanting to try a BB cream! I love the Naked Eye palette. I need to do some more experimenting with it! I think I tried that Falsies mascara once and didn’t like it, unless I’m thinking of a different one. Isn’t it super hard to get off your eyelashes?

    February 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM
    • Reply Rachel

      Rachael, OH crap! Lol I am bad at knowing my settings, sorry about that!

      Yes, you are right about the Falsies, it is difficult to get off, but I guess I love the way it looks on my lashes so much that I am still going to use it. I should probably include that in the description though! Sometimes I don’t think about what might be most important to another person! Thanks :)

      February 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM
      • Reply Rachael

        No worries, I didn’t know I was “no reply” until another blogger told me. :) Here’s how to update your settings: http://anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com/2012/09/are-you-no-reply-blogger-how-to-fix.html

        I’m still on a quest for my all-time favorite mascara! Right now I’m just using Voluminous by L’Oreal. It’s ok. :)

        February 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM
        • Reply Rachel

          Wow! Who knew! YAY! Updated :) :) :) And keep me up to date if you find something that is really really awesome! I think I have also used Voluminous by L’Oreal, it is pretty good. My absolute favorite mascara was by L’Oreal but they discontinued it!

          February 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM
  • Reply Anngelik

    Great post! I love knowing what other people use, it helps!


    February 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM
  • Reply Always Maylee

    I use the exact same neutrogena cleanser and have been for 10 years. It’s awesome.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    February 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM
  • Reply T.

    Nice post!

    February 6, 2013 at 1:59 PM
  • Reply Kate

    really love my naked palette and need to try the falsies mascara, I have heard so many great things about it:)
    xx Kate

    The Style Department

    February 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM
  • Reply jodie

    Thank you for the kind comment on my blog
    I’ve heard nothing but good things about the naked pallet I think I need it now

    February 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM
  • Reply respect the shoes

    I’ve yet to try BB cream but I think it is about time. I’ve never liked how thick foundation seemed to be and the BB cream sounds like a great lighter alternative!

    February 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM
  • Reply Ashley

    I love this routine! I use many of the products you use. I especially Love the Naked palette :)



    Southern (California) Belle

    February 6, 2013 at 7:01 PM
  • Reply The Fashionable ESQ

    HI :) I’ve seen that BB creme before as well…what about the fact that it says “whitening” on the front? Does it contain chemicals that whiten / bleach the skin? Lately I’ve been using Dr. Jart BB detox cream. love that stuff.

    February 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM
    • Reply Rachel

      I’ve never heard of Dr. Jart BB detox cream! I’ll have to take a look at that too. Honestly, I’m not sure what they mean by “whitening” except maybe it means that it corrects discoloration and redness (which it definitely helps with). It does say on the back “ingredients are effective in whitening, wrinkle improvement cultivate more brightened elastic skin” I just don’t think there is any way there would be chemicals in it to bleach the skin. I have extremely sensitive skin and I’m sure it would have been irritated if that was the case! Hope this helps!

      February 6, 2013 at 9:29 PM
  • Reply elle [wonderfelle world]

    I love Tarte blushes and the UD naked palette! Might have to try the Stila eyeliner – sounds awesome!

    February 6, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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