(Closed) Help me find more “grown-up” make-up and skincare products!

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
969 posts
Busy bee

Can you spring for a makeup lesson at a higher end spa? My mom just did this for her 60th and she got so many amazing tips for her changing skin. 

I haven’t had good luck with bare essentials powders BUT I love their mascara. I especially like the brown mascara since I think it’s more subtle and professional for everyday wear. The Naked pallettes are a pretty standard everyday eyeshadow.

I have adult acne and use Renee Rouleau and a clarisonic as does my mom (who doesn’t have acne but has dry skin). You take a quiz and it recommends a Beauty regime for you. It is expensive but lasts for 4 months and is super worth it. Since you have sensitive skin I would also recommend a Ceramide lotion. They have the same lipids as your skin does so your skin easily absorbs the moisture. 

Post # 3
1504 posts
Bumble bee

I pretty much only use the Two Face Natural Eye eyeshadow pallet. It’s just the right amount of shades, lasts a long time, and is reasonabe in cost to me. 

I just switched to Laura Geller cover lock foundation, it looks like my natural skin. I’ve got like super dry skin so it’s been hard to find something. 

I also recently have been using Philosophy When Hope is not Enough facial balm moisturizer. It’s been life changing! It feels so good and a little goes a long way

Post # 4
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

Laura Mercier has the most amazing concealer I have ever come across. I have super dark circles and that stuff erases them entirely, without leaving telltale raccoon rings. 

They also do a great powder eye liner. You apply it with a damp brush, rather than a pencil. It’s freaking awesome. 

I recall her prices were moderate. The concealer was like $24 and the eye liner $14 It’s a department store brand, so I’d really recommend going in and having a makeover. Some of the application techniques are super different than standard drugstore brands, so it’s helpful to have an expert demonstrate. Also, to be sure you get a good color match.

Post # 5
656 posts
Busy bee

I second bare essentials mascara! For eye shadow, powder or concealer I like Bare Minerals. For night face cream and the occasional face scrub I LOVE Dr Roebuck’s products. With that said the cream is quite thick, super moisturizing, so if you have oily skin it might not work for you. My skin is combination.

Post # 6
4059 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I recently discovered IT cosmetics CC cream and I really like it. It’s got spf 50 and is really moisturizing. I also recently bought Benefits Roller Lash mascara and holy crap it’s by far the best mascara I’ve ever used (and I’ve tried tons). I also swear by Urban Decay eyeshadows.

Post # 7
2880 posts
Sugar bee

I use skincare products (moisturizer, night cream, serum, eye cream, exfoliator etc) from Eminence Organics.  I’ve tried many of their products and there’s not one that I don’t like.

For acne prone skin, the Tata Harper clarifying mask is awesome.  Bee propolis is also great..the one I’m using is from Scinic. 

Sheet masks will do amazing things for your skin…my favorite brand is MJ Care.

As for makeup, I love the Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation and powder, Tarte Amazonian clay blush palette, Tarte Rainforest of the sea cheek and lip palette and Anastasia lip palette.

Just got another Anastasia blush palette and the Chrissy Teigen Glow face palette from Becca but haven’t used them yet..will have to report back..

Post # 8
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery

I’m a 30- something gal too. I recently found a primer that I’m in love with. It came in my Birchbox subscription. Within the first few days, people would literally ask if I started airbrushing my makeup because it looked flawless. What a compliment! So, I decided that I needed to splurge and spend the $38 for the full size. It’s Marcelle 8 in 1 power serum.  

For makeup, I find that liquid foundation settles into my fine lines less than my powder foundation. Also, I noticed that I had to start exfoliating more frequently to keep my skin soft to avoid a cakey look. I love my Clarisonic brush!

Post # 9
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I have been getting IPSY so that I can try little samples of certin products, and have found a few that I LOVE! 

Coola BB Creme is my absolute favorite! I live on an Island and SPF is always a concern here, this stuff is amazing, light and creamy! 

TreStique brow pencils- Love these! They go on great, a little brush and fluff and my brows look great! 


Post # 10
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC

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mrstaylorlevy :  All the women in my family use Kari Gran skincare! It’s definitely $$$ but worth every penny. It also takes a few days to adjust, so my skin was a bit more oily than normal, but then it balanced nicely. I used to just use drug store cleansers/moisturizers so this is my first big girl switch lol. I supplement with Dr. Bronner’s or a charcoal cleanser to avoid going through it too quickly (because I’m addicted) or when I can’t drop the money for the whole set. The tinted lip whips are phenomenol as lip color too. 

Post # 11
573 posts
Busy bee

If you are going to get Bare Minerals, I highly suggest getting a sample size first. I got the starter kit and ended up being really allergic (my face gets a rash when I try to wear it). I haven’t had this happen before with other brands, so it’s not like my face is super sensitive either.

Post # 12
632 posts
Busy bee

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mrstaylorlevy :  I swear by Bobbi Brown mascara—it’s worth it.  Smashbox eyeliner or stila eyeliner.  Urban decay or MUFE eyeshadow.  Becca for highlighter.  Tarte for blush and bronzer. NARS is my fave liquid lipstick, but I have a huge variety of lip products too long to list. 

I have very sensitive skin that’s rather dry so I doubt my products would work for you since you have acne prone skin.  Switching to a chemical vs physical exfoliant is something I did around 30 that I highly recommend.  Algenist has an eye cream that I adore, but it’s a little above your $75 limit. 

Post # 13
197 posts
Blushing bee

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mrstaylorlevy :  I have found Clarins to be a good skincare routine, and they have products for women at 30s, 40s, 50s, etc. age in life. The 3”s products are much less than their older products and could be a good way to get started now. I’ve been using them since college, and it moisturizes great. 

Since you’re also looking at not expensive, I would also caution against luxury brand skincare like Chanel, etc. I thought that they were expensive because they were supposed to be good. All I got was a $90 face cream that was all perfume and gave me a headache. 

Post # 14
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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mrstaylorlevy :  I have rosacea and very sensitive skin. Dermalogica ultra calming skin products are wonderful. Expensive but a little goes a long way. For makeup, I use Jane Iredale foundation. Eyeshadows: Urban Decay, Tarte, and Too Faced (the Matte peach is to die for) have wonderful palettes. Eyeliner I like L’oreal Infallible. Mascara- Maybelline is great! Blusher- Tarte, Jane Iredale, and Too Faced. Translucent powder- Jane Iredale. Primer- Smashbox. Eyeshadow primer- Urban Decay (the original one). Setting spray- Urban Decay. 

Post # 15
416 posts
Helper bee

I’m approaching my 30s, and beginning to look at long-lasting, carry-me-into-my-60s skincare. Mom just entered her 60s and she swears by L’occitaine’s Immortelle line (I’ve been known to steal some off her when we were living in the same house as a late teen/early 20s). Mom still gets compliments on her skin from strangers sans makeup, so that’s my suggestion.

I personally use SK2 and Laniege for now. Not a big makeup user so I’ll leave that to other bees.

One tip used by a lot of Asian makeup artists is to add a light serum into your foundation mixing them up before applying.

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