Daily Goods Part I

I received a sweet compliment and reader request from Marcie below and had to action (although a few weeks late)...

"You gals on here all look so great. I'd love (and I'm sure other readers too would love) if you did a quick list of beauty faves.
I'm thinking:
Mascara: Lipstick/gloss:Foundation:Shampoo:Deodorant:Lotion:
I think we would all benefit.

I had to break it up into two posts (actually probably three) and focused Part I on the face. I am a huge fan of beauty products and love to try new items on the market and it goes without saying that Sephora to me is like a candy store to a kid. I CANNOT get enough!

Face Wash:

I already shared my latest face wash obsession here but I also always have on hand some Cetaphil as whenever I grow tired of or have a reaction to another face wash this is my go to product.

Face Serum:
I received two sample bottles of the Darphin Tangerine Aromatic Care Facial Oil from Blue Mercury and was VERY hesitant to try it. I mean, you want me to put oil, on my freshly cleansed face and then apply moisturizer...something wasn't sounding right. However the sales gal had the most incredible skin and she said she used it three times a day! So I gave it a shot and after the first week I could seriously tell a difference in my skin. It was quite a sad day for me when my two samples were gone but it is on my list of items to buy once I finish all my other serums and samples.

They have various different oils for all types of skins and I really recommend heading into your local Blue Mercury or closest store that carries Darphin products and have them asses your skin type and provide you with the right product. I LOVE this line!

Facial Moisturizer:

I received the Kiehl's Abyssine Lotion SPF 15 in my stocking from Santa and just adore this lotion. It goes on smooth, is not at all greasy and with the added protection of SPF 15 I feel like my face is in good hands. As someone who is constantly looking for the perfect moisturizer, I think Santa (aka my Mom) may have just found it!


Now I very rarely ever use actual foundation on my skin as I like my look to be less heavy and more dewy. I have been using Laura Mercier Tinted Foundation for over 8 years now and just recently switched over to the Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in Bare Radiance and I just love, love, love it. It gives my skin just the right amount of coverage and provides just a little radiance to my everyday look. If you haven't tried any of her tinted moisturizers I implore you to do some immediately!


Concealer is always tricky to me as you want one that conceals the problem but doesn't look obvious or cakey. I am a big fan of the Physicians Formula Concealer Twins in Yellow/Light. I use the Light color for imperfections (aka zits) and the yellow for under my eyes which cancels out the red and blue (gotta love being 30). I have been using it for years and it last awhile and is very affordable.

Facial Powder:

I needn't look far when it comes to the origin of my beauty product obsession. I was raised by a mother who was constantly trying new things. It has paid off for me in my later years as if she finds a cream, shadow, or product that doesn't work for her, instead of returning it, she hands it down to me :)

My mama introduced me to this marvelous Smashbox 'Halo' Hydrating Perfecting Powder in October. This compact is awesome because you just shave the right amount that you need and don't have to worry about a mess, spilling extra powder and wasting it (we've all been there). The powder gives your skin a nice glow/sheen and really works well to subdue the shine. I use it on my T-Zone only.


Another gift from my mom, the Laura Gellar Bronze-n-Brighten in Fair gives me a little bit of added color without making my face orange and dirty looking (no good).


Another product I swear by and have been using for 7 plus years is the Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush. I apply it just to the apples of my cheeks for a fresh glow and it locks in the bronzer I applied minutes before. This stick lasts FOREVER and is such a great investment. I love it for days that I just wanna wash my face and run out the door. The colors is a sheer wash and just right for any occasion.

These babies are my everyday essentials for my face. The eyes and lips vary a little and I will share my fave items with you next week. Are there any products that you can't live without? Please share as I told you before I am always on the hunt for the next best thing!!


Jaime said...

It's always so interesting to learn someone's beauty regiment! I use Tarte for my cheeks too :)

jamieofalltrades said...

Question, with your face powder, do you have to replace the whole compact or just the powder part? I'm looking for one that you only replace the powder. I hate all that waste.
Maybe I'll do a joat post on my favorite beauty products and share mine.

Lindsay said...

thanks. I'm always looking for new finds. I use the same face wash and tinted moisturizer.

Anonymous said...

I've heard wonderful things about the Laura Mercier Tinted Lotion. I'm not big on foundation either - just some concealer and M.A.C. Studio Fix for me. I'm assuming concealer + this product would give similar coverage?

Jen said...

You make these sound so wonderful, I want to run to Ulta and try them all!

I love my Mary Kay foundation. It matches my skin tone perfectly, just evening it all out, making my skin look like porcelain! And it feels nice too... soft and smooth, not too heavy. I use touches of AuraScience primer under it.

I play around with facial washes, but I like an exfoliating one in the summer. And I've been using Neutrogena's oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15 for years; the only moisturizer I've tried, so I might be due for a new one!

Kinsey Michaels said...

I have heard so many great things about Tarte blush! Once my Nars runs out, I will definitely give it a try :) Thanks for sharing your fab beauty products that you swear by!

Shelby said...

Girl you know your stuff! Thanks for sharing ;)

Anonymous said...

HAHA, this was worth the wait. Can't wait for part 2 and if there is a part 3 I'll love that too (not sure about how my wallet will love it however!)



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