I have never had the same enthusiasm for makeup and beauty products as I have had for clothing and fashion. Not sure why. I can tell you all about what jeans to buy, but can’t help you with makeup tips. I always thought the 5-minute face was funny, because it takes me about 3 minutes: concealer, blush, mascara, done. A few years ago my hairstylist introduced me to the difference it can make when you fill in your brows and I’ve since added that to the routine.

Somehow, along the way, I have happened across a few products that I like.

st louis image consultant beauty favorites

L'oreal Elnett Hairspray

When you have naturally unruly hair and you want to try and keep it under control, you rely on hairspray. I think I read about this in one of those Allure Magazine “best of” issues. It really holds well and doesn’t look or feel crunchy. 

EltaMD Moisturizer with Sunscreen

To really protect your skin from the sun (so my dermatologist tells me), you have to use a sunscreen with zinc. Problem is, zinc smells funny and leaves white streaks, except for this one.

Chanel Le Volume mascara

I always subscribed to the idea that drugstore brands were just as good as department store brands, with less fancy packaging. Trying this mascara (because of a sample in a blogger goodie bag) proved me wrong. It really does make my lashes look longer and fuller and every other cliche. It’s crazy.

Make Up For Ever

When having new photos shot for my website earlier this year, my photographer gently suggested that I might want to wear some real makeup. I had previously just used drugstore coverup every once in awhile. I went to Sephora and had my skin tone matched to a Make Up For Ever foundation. It’s lightweight, easy to blend, and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing heavy foundation.

Suave Dry Shampoo

I know there are fancy dry shampoos, but I decided to try this one a few years back and haven’t felt a need for anything else. Maybe I’m wrong, like in the case of the mascara! I hate how long it takes to shower and get ready, so I try to only shower every other day. On off days, I spray this into the areas of my scalp that get oily and then refresh with a quick blow dry.

lark skin care

As I’ve tried to get into higher quality, more eco-conscious fashion, I’ve also starting taking a closer look at my beauty products and I have some new favorites. Lark Skin Care is produced right here in St. Louis by my friend Lisa Dolan and uses only completely natural ingredients. Lisa is an accomplished photographer, but started Lark when she was pregnant and trying to find products without chemicals. So far I’ve tried the Himalayan Salt and Coconut Body Scrub, the Orange and Clove Lotion bar, and the lip balm and they are all amazing. You also have to hear Lisa talk about how they were made and all the different uses for each product. How? Come to our joint event, the minimalist beauty + wardrobe workshop next Thursday, January 19th. It’s the perfect chance to reevaluate your routines and let go of some things that aren’t working for you.

Do you have any amazing beauty products I should know about?