The bougie and budget-friendly beauty products an L.A.-based blogger swears by
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As someone who’s had a beauty blog (HonestlyJamie.com) for 12 years, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve tried pretty much everything when it comes to beauty. Working for myself — and from my one-bedroom apartment in West Hollywood — makes it easy for me to quickly grab something out of my beauty closet. I love trying out anything new and innovative. If it’s got a cool new ingredient or promises to bring something unique and exciting to the beauty market, sign me up. That said, here’s my current beauty routine on a typical Friday.
8:30-9 a.m. — I wake up.
I’ve never been a morning person, despite what my parents have told me for years. “Once you’re older, it just gets easier.” Well, I’m 35 now, so I feel like if this whole “easier” thing hasn’t happened by now, it probably won’t ever. Luckily for me, I work for myself and mostly from home, so getting up around 8:30-ish isn’t really a big deal. See ya later, long commutes!
9:15 a.m. — I “wash” my face.
Since I have dry/sensitive skin, I don’t ever wash my face in the morning. Instead, I do a quick rinse (mostly just to get off all the mascara and eyeliner that magically appeared overnight) with The Makeup Mitty ($38.50) and It Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic ($38). Full disclosure, I consult for The Makeup Mitty’s parent company, but I’m absolutely obsessed with it. It’s really gentle on the skin and also eco-friendly. I’ve also tried a bunch of micellar waters, but It Cosmetics’ version is my current favorite since it not only removes makeup and dirt, but it also has anti-aging properties. That’s always a bonus.
11:34 a.m. — Break time
While working on a few blog posts and content ideas for my YouTube channel, I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost. I recently went to a press preview for the new St. Tropez Bronzing Water Face Mist ($30) and it’s become one of my new favorites, so I give my face a few quick sprays of that. It’s a face mist that not only smells amazing (like tropical hibiscus flowers) but also gives you a subtle tan and shields skin from blue light damage and free radicals. There’s nothing I love more than a sun-safe tan.
2:50 p.m. — Back break
My back is starting to hurt a little from sitting all day (oh, the woes of computers!), so I apply a little Cannabliss Organic Hemp Salve ($55). For the past two years, my back has been giving me trouble, and I find that this cream is super helpful. And, no, it does NOT get you high, guys. The all-purpose salve boasts hemp oil and other healing plants (such as mulberry, goji berry, and ginseng) to soothe irritated skin as well as muscle and joint aches. I’ve been using it for a few months now and am HOOKED.
I also decided it was time for a second spray to my face, but this time I used a new favorite from Garnier — the Skin Active Soothing Facial Mist with Rose Water ($6.99). It left my face feeling really hydrated. Plus, I’ll never say no to a beauty product that smells like roses, just saying.
3:30 p.m. — Boxing class
I’m signed up for a 4 p.m. boxing class, so I quickly apply a little Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Mineral Powder ($65) to my cheeks, mostly to hide my rosacea. I know, I know, I shouldn’t wear makeup when I work out, but I’m a little self-conscious about the redness in my cheeks. I use this mineral powder because it’s all-natural, won’t clog my pores, and also gives me some SPF protection (for the car ride there).
5:05 p.m. — Boxing class is over!
After boxing, I’m legit drenched in sweat, so I like to bring these e.l.f. Active Post Workout Cleansing Body Wipes ($3) with me. I know they’re not the most eco-friendly, but it’s easy to keep these in my car so I can quickly wipe my face and arms once I’m ready to go home. I also applied Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer ($18) because, well, I love it.
5:30 p.m. – Shower time
I have dinner plans with two of my friends at Plant Food + Wine in Venice at 8:30 p.m. so I hop in the shower. Because I get so many products to test, I rarely have the same product lineup for more than a week or so. Right now I’m using (and loving) Philosophy’s Hot Cocoa Body Wash and the Vitabrid Scalp Shampoo ($32). For conditioner, I’ve been using the Orlando Pita Play Big Revival Bodifying Hair Mask ($32) because, while not technically a conditioner, the lightweight cream helps smooth my hair without weighing it down.
When it comes to a gentle body scrub, I’m loving Borghese Rinfrescante Sugar Body Polish ($39). It does an awesome job of smoothing out my skin (especially my feet!) but without being abrasive. I also recently tried Venus’s new Platinum Extra Smooth Razor ($12.99) with a metal handle and it’s AWESOME. I never thought the handle would make a difference, but I swear my shaves are smoother, plus, it just looks chic.
6:20 p.m. – After lounging for a few, it’s time to do my hair for the night.
I like to let my hair dry for a bit after showering, while wrapped in a towel. After about 20 minutes, I blow-dry, straighten, and then add some curls to my hair. I started with Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment ($28) to prep and protect my hair from the heat tools. There are tons of styling creams but I’m loving this one because it helps with smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength, and polish. After I blow-dry, I spritz a little Cuvée Beauty Protective Treatment ($45) so that my strands are extra protected from the flat iron and curling iron I’m about to use. Once I’m done with all my tools (believe me, I hate using three), I apply a little OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil ($32) to my ends to smooth them out a bit.
6:50 p.m. — Makeup! We’re almost out the door.
I’m not doing anything crazy since I’m just having a casual dinner with two friends, but this is a pretty standard routine for me. I use the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Foundation in Light Medium ($39.50) — I LOVE their foundations and this is its newest version. I also apply the Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara ($27.50). I’m pretty picky about mascara, but this is a favorite because it has a creamy formula with a deep, intense black, and it doesn’t clump or flake. After, I use the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion ($21). I’ve been using this eyeliner on my waterline for about a decade and still love it.
Next, I swipe on some shadow from the Katy Perry Katy Kat Eyeshadow Palette in Hot Kat. I used two shades from this palette to do the below eye look. Last but not least, I use the KKW Beauty Creme Contour & Highlight Kit in Light ($48). I didn’t do any contouring, but I used the concealer stick from this duo, which I love.
7:50 p.m. — Almost out the door, but first…
I’m a pretty easygoing person, but if my feet hurt, forget it. My friend Dana invented PreHeels ($22.99 for the XL size) a few years ago and, I swear, I live and breathe this stuff. I quickly sprayed my ankles and toes before slipping on these chunky heels and NOW I’m getting into my car to head to Venice.
12:24 a.m. — Home and ready for bed.
My nighttime routine is generally the most intense part of my skin care regimen, but I was pretty tired, so I cut it down for the night. I gently applied Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate ($62), which I love because it has a super high dose of vitamin C (12.5%!) and it’s also really hydrating. Then I applied the Kate Somerville Tight ‘N Cryogenic Tightening Gel ($98), which helps tighten and firm the face, but I really love using it mostly because the gel actually does “crackle” when applied. This stuff goes on cold and my face always feels tighter and refreshed after I use it. Lastly, I applied Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream ($60). It’s probably one of the richest eye creams ever, and I love how silky it feels!
12:40 a.m. — Okay, I’m in bed.
As the final part of my routine, I put on the BEST lip mask ever. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($20) is a fave because it’s enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants and has a super yummy fragrance blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts. I swear, I apply this stuff before bed and it’s still on in the morning.
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