Very cool thread, like thumbing through a magazine on warp speed.
Skincare is so darn important...my Russian grandmother would pound "no soap no sun" into my head all the time. Bless her now for doing that!
Hair: I have long, wavy, dark hair with highlights and it gets dried out, plus I swim, so I use Pantene products - the best for a great price. If I'm feeling really flush I love Frederic Fekkai products or anything Phyto puts out.
Makeup: The only thing I'll spend high money on is a really good foundation. I use Estee Lauder's line because it sinks right into my skin and is so finely milled, never a break-out. I hate that price tag, but love what it does even on the weekends, just a dab here and there and I never look tired! Almay One Coat mascara is the best, it's really one coat and not heavy, washes right off and NO smudgies during the day, no matter what I do. I use Max Factor cream blush, but I just bought this new Clinique All-Over Face Highlighter powder, it's just out now, only two shades in bronze or pinky-peach and it's a godsend. Put a small amount on cheeks and right under the arch of your brow and blend really well and pop! Your eyes look amazing. I also use a white or lavendar sparkle highligher right in the center of my lid, the closest to my lashes, it just brightens up the eyes so well. On weekends I wear hardly any makeup, just that and mascara will do.
I have a lipstick graveyard!
I do like some color in a light formula but I can never find the perfect one. Ever. It's a mess in that drawer! Sheesh!
Skin & Lotions: Neutrogena. I use a sugar scrub from Bliss in New York City that I can order by catalog. And I also use Neutrogena's orange, super-grainy body scrub on my face instead. It has salicyclic acid and really sloughes away all the wrinkles and crap from the city that gets into my pores. At night I swear by Roc and then to combat wrinkles, I put a dab of Burt's Bees Lip Balm in each outer eye corner and between my brows. The wax and oils in this chapstick "seal" the Roc night cream in, so instead of absorbing into my pillow it's trapped underneath and really works!
Fragrance: Well, we've got Mildred in our office, so who needs anything??
But I do really, really like "Skin".