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5 Things I Learned as a Beauty Editor

5 Things I Learned As A Beauty Editor

Before starting at Cup of Jo, I worked as a beauty editor for years. Surrounded by experts in the industry, I discovered exactly what beauty obsessives swear by, which drugstore items actually work and how to do your brows once and for all. Here are the top five things I’ve learned…

The Best Way To Moisturize
Even before my beauty editor days, I was pretty fanatical about my skincare routine, but I rarely moisturized my body. Now, it’s the first thing I do when I turn off the shower, after lightly toweling off, when my skin is still damp (that’s the secret!). Skin tightens when it dries, so it’s best to get right to it. Plus, the water left on your body helps lock the moisture in. I keep a bottle of almond oil in the shower (I use it instead of lotion because it leaves my skin so so soft). Now I never have dry patches on my elbows or knees, and I’ve grown to love this little daily ritual.

The New Lipstick
When Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss launched Glossier, most of the beauty editors I knew were skeptical. Could a beauty blogger really create a legit makeup and skincare line? But very quickly, we were all converted. The products are that good. And the Generation G lipstick is the superstar. It’s like no other lipstick out there: it’s sheer AND matte. So it goes on like a tinted lip balm, but without the shiny finish — like you just ate a cherry popsicle. I wear it in Crush (the perfect subtle rosy shade) basically every day.

The Spot To Remember
“Your face starts at your nipples,” a wise celebrity facialist once told me. Our neck and décolletage are one of the first places to show signs of aging, yet it’s an area that doesn’t get much skincare love. Now when applying my facial moisturizer, I always make sure to put it on my neck and chest in an upward motion. Lately products made specifically for this area have been popping up, but the ones for your face will do the trick just fine.

The Power of The Brow
The eyebrow is the dark horse of facial features. Sure, red lipstick or curled lashes will demand attention, but it’s the brows that truly define a face. (Science agrees.) A poorly-shaped pair can age someone, while full, more natural brows look youthful and fresh. Like many of us who lived through the ‘90s, I’m dealing with the patchy aftermath of years of over-plucking (thank goodness for brow powder). I’ve since kicked my tweezer-happy ways, and now am growing out my brows (with the help of a serum) — just plucking rogue hairs along the brow bone and trimming with scissors when they get too long.

The Trick For Lazy Nights
The number one rule of wearing makeup (and having great skin) is you must take it off before you go to bed. I heed this pretty seriously, but there are nights where I can’t rally for my multi-step regimen. This is when micellar water – the beauty product French women swear by – comes in. I dab it on cotton rounds and use it to remove all the makeup from my face and then again to cleanse. While cleansing wipes (which I still use on vacation) basically just rub stuff around on your skin, micellar water actually removes the dirt and moisturizes in the process.

Thoughts? Any other beauty tips to share?

P.S. A ballerina’s beauty uniform, and a two-minute updo.

(Photo by Glossier.)

  1. This is really good point, Ana…. I almost tripped using an especially for the shower moisturizer….

  2. You just made me look down and check my nipples. LOL.

  3. Love this! I totally agree with you re. body oil in the shower. I love Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, it leaves my skin so soft and smells AMAZING!

  4. It is so crazy that Emily from Glossier was on The Hills!! It is so awesome that a beauty blogger can launch a makeup brand that is so successful (and actually good!)

    Kate
    katelovesmakeup.com

  5. Hooray! I love that Glossier lipstick so much (it’s perfection) but I lost my on an airplane and it’s been out of stock for so long. I’m so happy to see that I can finally order to replace it!http://chuyentinhcam.com/

  6. Hooray! I love that Glossier lipstick so much (it’s perfection) but I lost my on an airplane and it’s been out of stock for so long. I’m so happy to see that I can finally order to replace it! http://chuyentinhcam.com/

  7. sofia says...

    Really great post! I know you’re supposed to care for you decolletage and chest but I’m Always to lazy to go all the way there! And sometimes.. to cheap! Sadly, signs of aging has started to appear there (still noting in my baby face)

    http://www.thegfbible.com

  8. I actually learn’t somethings reading this. Especially that your face starts at your nipples I always feel lazy to moisturise my chest but I will try this from now on .

    xx

    Maggie x

    http://www.theskindirectory.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Michelle says...

    The water is sold out on Amazon :-( This post was fantastic!

  10. CM says...

    So I was commenting to a friend that I just purchased some almond oil to use as a moisturizer and she told me to be careful of folks who may have a tree nut allergy. I had not thought about that–does anyone know if it really would be an issue?

    • Sasha says...

      Do you mean people who have a nut allergy have to be careful of using the oil, or using the oil on yourself might cause another person with allergy to react ? I’ve never heard of the second one being a problem, but maybe?

      For what it’s worth, my friends daughter has a peanut allergy and she says they don’t worry about peanut OIL, that it’s the protein that’s the allergen. She doesn’t deliberately expose her to it, just to be safe, but she has been exposed accidentally to just oil and no reaction. Not an allergist, just passing asking what she shared. So along this line of thinking, if one were allergic to almonds, the oil might not be a problem anyways. I’m curious what others might think?

    • CM says...

      Hi Sasha–Yes–she meant if I use it and am around people who have an almond allergy, it make be a problem. I hadn’t thought about it. FYI–I have been using it for over a week now, and it is really working wonders on my dry super-itch legs!

  11. Naveen says...

    Does anyone have good tips on gently exfoliating your skin? I find the worst is in places i can’t reach — my back — and areas with more sensitive or thin skin — neck, under my breasts, stomach, etc. I have sensitive skin and easily turn red with too much abrasion but it’s an essential step before I can moisturize my body. Any tips someone has is most welcome, thanks.

    • emanuella says...

      There is a FANTASTIC albeit kinda expensive product from Red Flower, which is an all organic company i think. It’s called “berry white peat exfoliant”. I got a sample size (lasted four showers) with my favorite moisturizer from them and let me just say- game changer! As someone with highly sensitive skin, I gave up on finding a body exfoliant or loofah. I highly highly recommend this one! It’s amazing

  12. Ashley says...

    After reading this post, I ordered the Glossier lipstick in ‘Like’. I just recieved it yesterday, and I am already obsessed with it! It’s the perfect subtle lip stain that I’m always looking for! Love love love it!! Think I may just have to order in every shade :) Thanks for the rec!

  13. Sharon says...

    Just got my Glossier lipstick in Crush and LOVE it!!! Thanks for the rec. I also bought the Quartz Halo scope, but it’s on backorder until September :(

  14. I’ve switched my makeup removal routine to the Makeup Eraser. It’s a reusable, machine washable cloth, that takes off all of your makeup using just water.
    No chemicals, no special washing. I haven’t bought wipes or cleansers in over 7 months.

  15. Natalie says...

    I have found a base of glossier “like” with a swipe or two of “crush” is a lovely easy to wear shade!

  16. Jennifer says...

    So is there a difference between sweet almond oil and the almond oil you can find in the cooking oil section of the grocery store? Can either be used on your skin?

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Yes, I use the sweet almond oil which is great for skin and hair.

  17. Jad says...

    i discovered eucerin micellar water in france and its the best make up remover/cleanser! its not oily or harsh on your skin and always makes me feel refreshed. i use it even on days that i don’t wear make up. highly recommended!

  18. Jenna says...

    LOVE THIS POST! I am obsessed with all things beauty. I got hooked on Bioderma recently (a classic for a reason) but I follow it up by washing with some Kate Sommerville and top with biologique recherché p50 and moisturizer. It has completely changed by skin for the better. I am so paranoid about my neck and décolletage now! Will definitely be taking the “face starts at nipples” rule to heart.

    • Sasha says...

      Your site and clothes are just delightful!

      I’m an almond oil convert, so easy and simple. Check out “oil cleansing” for more info about other oils. I think almond is just right for not too dry, not too oily, but castor, coconut, jojoba, sometimes in combos, are used too, just depending on your skin or climate. My daughter has to add a little coconut at night or she’s too dry with just almond.

  19. We have a green beauty curator at Seven Sisters, Salwa Nasser from Bergamont Beauty. She set us up with lots of great things but the number one thing that has changed my skin is Kypris beauty oil and serum. There’s an ultra nourishing oil for your skin type and you can mix it with one or more serums. My favorite is the antioxidant dew, which you can see the results from immediately. I wear it with the oil on days that I don’t want to wear any make up, which is totally possible now that my skin looks good. The other secret is the Moonlight Catalyst, which is a natural kind of retinol. It’s branding is awesome too- it’s not anti-aging, it’s aging naturally (loving and accepting the process and our bodies). Love to Kypris! Worth the investment.

  20. Laura says...

    Megan, This is JUST the kind of info we would all like to wrangle out of beauty editors! Thanks for all the tips!

  21. Claire says...

    Glossier is my favorite beauty brand (along with Wet N Wild- cruelty free, good formulas, very affordable) and their boy brow is everything to me. I have one eyebrow that grows in a downward direction and boy brow helps smooth it out and stay put while adding a bit of color. Nothing too harsh- I have dark brown hair and use the black shade. The brown works as well, but black matches better. Love Generation G too- Jam and Crush are my faves.

  22. Eléonore says...

    Thank you Meghan ! I learnt the “damp skin” trick just a couple of months ago and it really makes a difference ! I use argan oil but for summer, I switch for a mix of apricot, rose hip and jojoba oil for a “dry oil” effect.

  23. This post is très wonderful. I especially appreciate how simple you kept these suggestions. Very followable for us mere mortals who often clock away from preachy, unrealistic beauty blogs with reckless abandon.

  24. My skin gets very dry easily and I have tried at least a ton of different moisturizers. I am definitely going to try almond oil after the shower.

    Thank you for sharing these very useful tips <3

  25. Michelle says...

    Simple now makes micellar wipes which really are the best of both worlds. I use one half for my makeup and the other to cleanse and I wake up with much clearer skin than using regular wipes. This is perfect for those nights you’re afraid you’ll fall asleep standing up and the thought of waiting for the water to heat is too long let alone actually removing makeup and washing up.

  26. Sasha says...

    Love all the tips, in the comments too :)

    If you ate a minimalist or just want something vet simple (and super inexpensive), try oil cleansing. My teen daughter, who has amazing skin, taught me about it years ago. I use pure almond oil (about $10 for a big bottle), target washcloths, hot water, that’s it. Morning and night. Soft healthy clear skin. Plus it’s helpful for sinuses and just feels like a wonderful massage. Glowing skin.

    I use the almond oil for all over moisturizer after shower too.

    • That’s it. I’m buying almond oil!

  27. Alice Quin says...

    Love this post! You are a great addition to the team Megan!

  28. Such lovely tips. Tip #1 is definitely tried, tested and very effective!

  29. Jojo says...

    It would be great if you would also post about make-up highly rated on the EWG Skin Deep site. I try to avoid make-up with toxic ingredients but that lipstick REALLY look tempting…

    • Kate says...

      Yes! Would love a post on EWG Skin Deep rated products! I only buy products that have a good rating on there.

    • Sasha says...

      Yes! EWG rocks.

  30. Kim says...

    Is this a sponsored post? And just a small correction to one of Joanna’s comments, there’s no such Generation G color as Plum… I think you meant Jam.

    I don’t mean to ask in an accusatory way, it just kind of reads like a sponsored post to me considering the lead picture is one of Glossier’s ads and the lipstick is the only one that isn’t a “trick” you’d learn by being a beauty editor. I love Glossier and have ordered their products 5+ times, but something is very off with this article.

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Hi Kim, thanks for your note! This isn’t a sponsored post (we always clearly mark those), just some of my favorites products and best tips. Not sure if I ever would have tried Glossier if it hadn’t come across my desk, but now I’m obsessed! xo

  31. Lisa says...

    I just found the eyebrow trick, and it is a game changer. If you just tidy up your brows, you can go without make up and still look relatively polished. I found this out by necessity, having a small baby. Good eyebrows, giant sunglasses and you’ll look like you’ve slept for more than 10 minutes

  32. My lips are on the thin side and I’ve found that wearing the right nude matte lipstick shade works wonders for plumping them up! It’s cheap and so easy to come by, but Revlon Ultra HD Matte in seduction is my saving grace at the moment!

    Other than that, I’d say don’t forget the impact of what putting into your body has on your skin. Drinking lots of water and taking Omega 3 supplements has made a world of difference to my skin during winter xx

  33. Eléonore says...

    Thanks for the Glossier lipstick tip ! I wish they ship to France :(
    I have used micellar water everyday for years (Bioderma worked the best for my sensitive skin) but a french pharmacist told me to stop it because micellar water, even if gentle, leaves micelles (cleansing molecules) on the skin… it’s like washing your face with a soap without rinsing it !
    She told me to use liniment instead (another great “french secret” for red baby bottoms by the way !) and gave me a simple and natural beauty routine that respect the pH of the skin : for cleaning, homemade liniment + pure floral water (rosewater for mature/sensitive skin, camomile for very sensitive skin, witch hazel for combination/sensitive skin, mint for oily skin…). Or just jojoba oil + floral water if no makeup on.
    I also gave up my usual moisturizer and use a mix of natural oils (safflower, tamanu and hemp ) that does magic on my redness/sensitive skin.
    I have done this for a couple of months and will never go back !

    • Eléonore says...

      I meant “cleaning molecules”, not cleansing !

    • Megan Cahn says...

      This is such a good tip! Thanks Eléonore!

  34. Lauren says...

    I love the idea of oil in the shower – my skin is SO dry no matter what I seem to do. But, does the sweet almond oil you linked to smell like almonds? I used cocoa butter lotion and oil for a while, but the smell was so strong it was offputting.

    • Megan Cahn says...

      No, it actually doesn’t smell much at all!

    • Sasha says...

      I don’t notice any smell with almond oil, but you could sent it with essential oils if you like (like lavender). BUT, my three dogs love it, the taste, and will lick my bare legs (and face!) if I allow them.

  35. Cc says...

    Any anti aging products you recommend? Would love to know your skin care regime :)

  36. Juliana says...

    I think I’m going to have to get those lipsticks! so gorgeous!

  37. Molly says...

    FINALLY low maintenance brows are in! I spent most (correction: ALL) of my teen years fretting over my naturally dark, thick eye brows, ever since more than a few rude comments were made about them and my sad unibrow in grade school. I grew out bangs in order to hide them! Since having bangs, my routine is exactly the way described in the post – occasional trimming and plucking of the strays. With every blog post or article I read about natural brows being “in”, the more confidence I have in a part of my face that for many years brought such embarrassment.

    p.s. just bought generation g in cake not 2 days ago :)

  38. A good friend introduced me to using castile soap (a kind of vegetable-based oil) for shaving a few years ago and I’ll never go back. It’s much easier for the razor to glide over the skin and I feel much more moisturized after. Even my husband is a convert for shaving! I like Dr. Bronner’s because it’s very affordable and smells good, but any castile soap should work.

    • Sasha says...

      I love dr bronners too! So gentle. And smells wonderful. And nothing unpronouncable. I use it to make laundry detergent also. Cheap, and no chemicals.

  39. Madie says...

    I love the micellar water wipes from Simple – they actually clean the makeup off your face so well and never leave it feeling tight, dry, or like you just swapped one product for another on your face… With my level of laziness before bed, it’s the only product that actually gets me to clean my face!

  40. Terri says...

    Has anyone with sensitive skin tried the Glossier lipstick? My lips are really sensitive. I hardly ever use anything but lip balm or a tinted lip gloss that also has moisturizer because my lips react pretty drastically to regular lipsticks. Just wondering if they are drying? I’d love to try the cake one.

    • SC says...

      Hi. I’m very sensitive on my face not so much on my lips that I know of but I do use the color jam and it is a not drying at all. I do add some of their balm beforehand as well. You should try it:).

    • Debra says...

      They aren’t terribly dry but they are dry for me and don’t stay on very long. I do have that problem with most lip products.

    • Reagan says...

      I found the Glossier lipsticks to be drying and don’t stay on–if you want a similar look, try Revlon Colurburst balm stains. The only drugstore product I buy, but I love the colors and textures (not shiny but also not drying). I also have sensitive skin.

  41. Samantha says...

    I use argan oil as a moisturizer, specially after shaving my legs, because besides being very moisturizing it is also super soothing. It is the only product that won’t feel like burning after I shave my legs, and my skin doesn’t irritate as much as it used to :)

    • I just started using argan oil as a facial moisturizer, and I love it! Even my husband commented that my skin looked great. He thought it was all of the fresh fruit and vegetables I have been eating over the summer, but it was right after I started moisturizing with argan oil at night. I was afraid to try oils before because I thought it would feel weird and clog my pores, but it makes my skin so smooth and silky, and I haven’t had any breakouts.

    • Michelle says...

      This is in regard to two back to back comments. Skin-wise there are bad oils (like mineral oil) that just clog pores and then more recently to be used in facial skincare are the good oils that can pass through the skin or cell barrier to deeply moistirize rather than staying more on top of the skin. Argon oil is a good oil for face and body and in addition to moisturizing deeply into the layers of skin, it has properties that help prevent breakouts in the first place. Personally I love the Josie Maran argon oil and light oil for my face, neck and chest because my skin is really sensitive but use a more affordable brand of argon oil as my body spray/oil since that uses so much more and because my body is much less sensitive than my face.

  42. CM says...

    So timely, I had read about Glossier lipstick a while back but it was out of stock. I just received notification that they were back in stock this morning and ordered “Like” and “Cake”! Can’t wait to try them!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i ordered “crush” and “plum” last night! :)

    • Sabrina says...

      Just order “crush” & “like” – so want it to work…I want pretty stained lips too!

    • Chelsea says...

      I went through an entire Crush and I hardly ever use an entire lip product! It’s buildable too, so if you can do a slight flush and a bright pop; whatever you’re in the mood for!

    • I second that! Glossier, come to the land of beavers and maple leaves!

    • Bek says...

      And Australia!

    • Hannah says...

      And the UK!

  43. Noelle says...

    I love this post! I just bought the Glossier lipstick (along with a few other Glossier things!) – thanks for the rec! I recently bought the Tatcha cleansing oil at the recommendation of one of Cup of Jo “My Beauty Uniform” posters and I LOVE IT! It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean and gets all of the make-up off so well!

  44. I I’m constantly reading of the importance to wear moisturizer everyday with SPF but haven’t heard much regarding which ones. I’ve also heard women mistakenly invest more in makeup rather than skincare, but upscale moisturizers are so expensive (for me) that I’m afraid I’ll purchase one I don’t like. Which moisturizers have you liked in the past?

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Have you tried Olay Regenerist? It’s a great affordable option!

    • Deanna says...

      Cetaphil makes a good facial moisturizer with sph

    • cerave makes a great one with spf as well!

    • Nicole Brant says...

      My dermatologist loves and recommended CeraVe. I use their day (w SPF) and night moisturizers and love them.

    • Rue says...

      I rely on the website Beautypedia for things like this. Their reviews are thorough and actually science-based, so you know what you’re getting. It’s awesome. I’m generally a fan of CeraVe products, personally.

    • Twyla says...

      I swear by Paula’s Choice moisturizers. If you’re looking at a drugstore moisturizer and aren’t sure if it’s any good – look it up on Beautypedia. She reviews all skincare lines by ingredient.

    • Michelle says...

      I like to use YSL Top Secret BB cream (pretty sure I got the name right) that has a fairly high SPF (not usually the case) in it so my skin is covered on a day to day basis with coverage and sun protection and can always add more SPF as sunscreen if I will be out in the sun, where really fair girls like me must make sure to wear a strong enough SPF and reapply often . Benefit sells what is almost like a sunscreen serum that is undetectable after application before or after face makeup

    • Reagan says...

      I use Origins Mega-Bright SPF 30 moisturizer + Nars Velvet Matte tinted moisturizer SPF 30. Layer them over a vitamin C serum from Ole Henriksen. My skin has never looked better.

    • Wow! Thanks for this. I’ve already taken a screenshot of the reply thread to give these a try. :)

  45. Nina says...

    No no…Sephora does not carry the Glossier and it looks amazing. I am all about lip stains so think I would love this…sigh

  46. Tiffany says...

    Love Glossier! The lipsticks are actually the only product I don’t like but everything else (for me) is amazing!

  47. I wear makeup every. single. day and won’t have it any other way, but yes the huge downside is having to take it off before bed. Some nights I’m wayyyy too tired. But I use micellar water, too, and swear by it. I use Simple, I really have grown fond of their skincare line

    — Dara // http://www.peoniesandhoneybees.com

  48. Lori says...

    Yay! Love “insider” posts like this :]

  49. Alana says...

    I use Rosewater as a toner, but have never tried witch hazel. Anyone know how they compare?

  50. Nicole says...

    Uh oh, I already have dozens of lipsticks but I can’t resist a recommendation like that! Now just have to choose between “like” and “crush” (decisions, decisions)! Thanks, Megan :-)

  51. Melissa says...

    I agree about the eyebrows!! They can be so defining. I have a scar right through my left one, myself. I usually use an eyebrow pencil and gel but leave the scar as-is. People always ask me how I got it, (ski accident), and it’s a weirdly consistent conversation starter!

  52. I would really like a recommendation for a good eye-pencil, I am indian and have large eyes and they look great with eye-pencil but everything i have tried smudges, what can i use?

    Shruthi
    http://nyambura.co

    • Samantha says...

      Have you tried using a primer? My eye liner always ends up smudged all over my lids unless I use a primer first! My favorite is from Smashbox!

    • Nina says...

      I never thought I had oily skin but keeping eyeliner on seems to suggest I do. I like to tightline (right up in the back of your top lashes so almost on your water line but not quite) and the only one I found that works and stays put – this is after trying: pencil, gel (with a brush or a pencil form), cake, etc MAC, Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, Smashbox, to name a few…is one I get at ulta for like 5 bucks. Its by essence, GEL eye pencil waterproof. it is NOT waterproof so it can wear off during the day and does wash off. but the leakage down your face is minimal. I very rarely use a liner outside of my my water line (so inside the eyelashes) and find a primer helps or just letting them dry. but inside your lash line, this is the only one that works for me.

    • Twyla says...

      The Revlon colorstay eyeliners don’t smudge. I’ve used both the pencil and the felt-tipped pen and am really happy with both (I have majorly greasy eyelids).

    • Jeanne says...

      I have the same problem and have tried sooo many. I also throw in a vote for Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner. A MAC representative introduced me to it because it’s so good. It stays put and self sharpens inside the lid with a quick twist, so you get a great line. I have black hair and brown eyes and really like the Sumatra for the daytime.

    • Michelle says...

      I have that same problem with a number of brands of eyeliner even with eye primer but MUFA XL waterproof liners last all day even when it’s in the nineties. Urban Decay liners tend to stay well along the top lashes especially. Sephora’s more recent addition to their retractable eyeliner lineup (which I can’t recall the name of right now) are waterproof and dry down almost immediately so you can’t really smudge them out because they simply don’t budge (& there is a tip sharpener in the end so you can get nice sleek cat eyes). If smudging is what you need, check out Sephora’s non-retractable gel liners with black bodies and the color of the pencil is at the pencil’s base – pigmented, smudgable and pretty long lasting

    • Christine says...

      I also depend on eyeliner, but have oily eyelids and tend to rub my eyes. I got a sample of the Tom Ford Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner from Sephora, and it’s the only thing I’ve ever tried that doesn’t budge — I actually have to work to remove it at the end of the day! It’s more expensive than what I usually use, but I think I’m going to buy it when my sample runs out.

  53. ana d. says...

    To those of you who moisturize with oil in the shower, how do you manage to not have a super slick shower floor when you’re done? I love the idea of it, but I always end up with some on the floor and it gets super slick. Or am I just messy…?

    Oh, and I definitely second the above who suggested exfoliation. My derm taught me the wonders of AHAs and BHAs and I’ve never looked back.

    • deb says...

      really good point, Ana….I almost tripped using an especially for the shower moisturizer….

    • Yup to AHA and BHA! Changed my entire skincare beliefs. And my skin looks phenomenal with them. Everybody should exfoliate with AHA/BHA!

    • Megan Cahn says...

      I just use a small amount so it usually doesn’t drip. A little goes a long way!

    • Samantha says...

      I think the trick is to only pour a bit on your hands, rub your hands together then apply to your body, and just using little by little. I apply it outside of the shower and it never gets messy.

    • Anna says...

      If you use coconut oil or something made with it you can control texture, i.e. you can make it so that it’s a paste and then warm in your hands to liquefy. No mess! I use Go-To Skincare Exceptionoil (from Australia but ships internationally) — smells like a holiday and I always get compliments!!!

    • Sasha says...

      Maybe you’re pouring too much out at once? I use pure almond oil and pour out a little for each “part”, rub in, pour out more, etc. I’ve never had it be messy (shocking for me really!)

  54. I always forget to apply moisturizer to my neck! Thanks for the reminder! I think that having a great eye cream is also super important! Bagging eyes can make you look way older than you are.

    http://www.thebeautydojo.com

    • Glenda says...

      Yes! What do you use for puffy eyes / bags?

  55. Marsi says...

    So if my face starts at my nipples, that means when men stare at my chest, they’re making eye contact.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahahaha

    • Lena says...

      Oh I laughed out loud at that!

    • jen says...

      OMG! So no more telling me that my eyes are up here?

    • Amy says...

      Haha! This is the best.

  56. emily says...

    Love this post!

  57. This is great advice! My own advise is to exfoliate every day. It really helps in staying looking young!

  58. Emma says...

    I like the Glossier shimmer I recently purchased but their packaging is atrocious. I bought something the size of lip stick and it came in a box big enough to fit shoes.

    Also, I used Latisse to grow in really thick caterpillar eyebrows. Works great but fades when you stop using the product.

  59. Samantha says...

    Love this! One thing I would add is using Thayer’s Witch Hazel as a toner! I use it in the morning when I wake up (before moisturizer) and then after I wash my face at night to get rid of any excess dirt or residue. I am always SHOCKED at how much is still on your face after washing it. I also like to use it throughout the day if I’m not wearing makeup just to freshen up. I’ve noticed a change in pore size, skin texture, and discoloration from using it. Try to find the kind without alcohol in it as I’ve found that to be a bit too drying :)

    • Megan Cahn says...

      That’s a great tip. I always tone, but maybe I’ll switch it up to Witch Hazel!

    • i use witch hazel as well! SW basics also makes a great non face wash wash. it’s the best for lazy people such as myself.

    • Jill says...

      I also use Witch Hazel as a skin toner. It’s cheaper, natural, and my face feels very light and fresh after!

    • Carolyn says...

      For a couple years now, I’ve been using a 1:2 parts mixture of Witch Hazel and olive oil to remove my makeup every night (you can adjust the ratio after some trial and error, but I’ve found that works well). Just shake it up well, put it on a large cotton round and go to town. It also does a great job of removing waterproof makeup. I sometimes use another cotton round with just Witch Hazel afterwords just to make sure I’ve removed everything. My skin has never been clearer or happier!
      Also, I love the “face starts at the nipples” line! A good reminder that I need to do a better job of caring for the skin on my neck and chest – I can already see that it’s aging more quickly than my face.

    • Jana says...

      Hi Samantha,

      I would love to try this. Which Thayer’s Witch Hazel do you use? There are a few listed on amazon…rose? oil free? aloe?

      Thanks!
      Jana

  60. Liz says...

    Hooray! I love that Glossier lipstick so much (it’s perfection) but I lost my on an airplane and it’s been out of stock for so long. I’m so happy to see that I can finally order to replace it!

    • Megan Cahn says...

      The same thing happened to me and I felt seriously lost without it!