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Friday Favorites: Beauty Products

I hardly wear any makeup. I’m usually running around the house in the morning, trying to get out on time…plus I never had the patience to learn how to put it on properly.

That being said, there are some beauty products that I swear by (in order of my morning routine):

1. Clarisonic Mia + Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
When we lived in Southern California, my skin was perfectly fine. Now that we’re on the east coast, I’ve noticed the crazy reactions I’ve been having to dry winters and hot, humid summers. Specifically, during the winter, my skin over compensates and I end up oily, but in the summer, I end up dry because it’s too humid (weird, huh?). Enter the Mia. It’s from the makers of the SonicCare toothbrush, which I also use, so it’s essentially a giant toothbrush for your face. It arrived the other day, and despite having only used it four times, I can already see a HUGE difference. I use the Mia with the Aveeno scrub, and this combo works well for me.

2. Estee Lauder Idealist + Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream
My friend Christine recommended the Idealist and it quickly became one of my favorite products. It goes on before Estee Lauder DayWear. If I’m running low, I’ll use Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming Moisturizer. The baby cream is for the very mild eczema I have on my eyelids– it’s totally gentle and the bottle lasts forever!

3. My usual final step is a mineral foundation powder. Currently I’m using Laura Mercier’s Mineral Pressed Powder, but I used Powder FX for a few years and loved it. Both go on with this lovely brush.

4. If I’m feeling particularly adventurous (read: we’re going somewhere fancy), I’ll throw on some mascara. My favorite is Maybelline’s Define-a-Lash.

Happy Friday! And Happy Hottest Day of the Year…it’s supposed to reach 103 degrees today, with a heat index of 115. Yikes!

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