There are some products that work so well that you can’t live without them! These are tried-and-true beauty basics.
Let’s talk beauty!
I’m not particularly a beauty geek, but now that I’m in my 40s, I definitely have some beauty basics that I really believe in.
There are some products I wish I’d started using decades ago, and some are newer products that I can’t stop talking about. I hope you find one or two that fit your routine!
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Skin care beauty basics
About two years ago, I started using Obagi skincare products and it was the one thing I did that made the biggest difference in my skin.
As someone who has struggled with a lifetime of pimples, combination skin, uneven skin tone, and more, I highly recommend this product Obagi Nu Derm FX Line. I combine it with tretinoin (a powerful retinoid product).
The changes I have found in my skin over the past year are a much more even tone, less flaky and oily, and significantly reduced breakouts. I’m fairly comfortable going out with just SPF on my skin these days, whereas I would love to wear a full face to feel comfortable.
Note that you should only get Obagi products from an authorized seller (I get them from my dermatologist), as you may encounter products that are not approved and not as strong or effective.
Makeup must haves
One item I added to my minimalist makeup routine last year was Eye shadow palette From tart!
I love Tarte palettes because they have a great selection of neutral colors that I can use daily or layer for a more “finished” look.
They’re easy to transport, and if you have a simple routine like me, you won’t need any additional panels.
The shades also have the most beautiful vanilla scent!
To remove makeup at the end of the day, she has become my best friend Makeup erasers!
I don’t know what the magic is about this stuff, but with some warm water and some gentle swipes, it takes off almost all of my makeup by the end of the day.
I use a makeup eraser first to remove the majority of my makeup, then follow with my Obagi cleanser and skincare routine to finish.
It also has a (very) gentle exfoliating effect, keeping the skin nice and soft without irritating anything.
Makeup in the 30s vs 40s
I’ve noticed this year, a couple of years into my 40s, that my skin needs a makeover in some other parts of my makeup routine.
For years in my 30s, I swore CC Cream from IT Cosmetics. It has high SPF, good coverage for a cc cream, and is buildable for a wide range of coverage.
But recently I’ve noticed that by the end of the day, it slides off my skin and collects in my wrinkles.
So I found a new product that my skin loves: Save skin from bare metals. It’s much lighter coverage but provides SPF, a bit of glow, and some tint. On days when I want more coverage, I mix in a drop of IT CC Cream for the perfect blend.
I also find that a spray of This setting spray It does wonders in keeping makeup on all day long. I used setting powder and the end result was a cake. The spray gives a more youthful and glowy look in my opinion.
Hair beauty basics that I love
After having kids, my hair changed dramatically. I lost clumps of hair that never came back and was left with thin, soft strands that made me feel like I was losing it all.
I did a bunch of research and found a lot of great reviews for Vegamour, so I started trying it out GRO shampoo and conditioner About a year ago. It’s vegan and cruelty-free, which I love, and it’s sulfate-free, paraben-free, and silicone-free — so it’s perfect for my curly hair routine.
And I’ll be damned if it doesn’t stop my hair from falling out!
The first thing I noticed was that I was losing less hair in the shower when I wash and condition. Now, a year later, I’m noticing a lot of tiny hairs all over my head.
I also added GRO Serum, Biotin Gummies, and… Dry shampoo To my Vegamour repertoire.
Every body is different, but if you are having issues with hair loss I recommend trying it.
I’ve focused part of my efforts to take better care of my hair on finding accessories that don’t cause damage!
I found this Small velvet hair ties Specially formulated for fine hair and I love it. They hold my strands beautifully but do not rip or rip hair.
Body beauty essentials for smooth skin
Finally, let’s talk about the iPod!
I have been searching for years (decades actually) for a solution to the keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms.
I’m not kidding when I say that this combo leaves my skin softer and smoother than I’ve ever been able to achieve. Keratosis pilaris has decreased by approximately 50% and continues to improve.
I highly recommend this set, even if you’re just looking for a solution for dry skin!
I’d love to know some of your beauty basics too! Tag us on Instagram or leave a comment to share your favorites. xoxo