Photo: David Stingle

Photo: David Stingle

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๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Holy Grail ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Holy Grail ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

I am a makeup person. A full-face makeup person.

If you see me without much makeup on, it's probably an insane day, or frankly, sad day. You can hug me if you see me without tinted moisturizer. (Please, hug me if you see me without tinted moisturizer.)

This year, I am trying to take better care of myself. Writing is my zen, and I have been trying to make time for it. I have been meaning to share my HGs (holy grail, ride-or-die beauty items) for a while now, so when I saw my original HG post from 6 months ago in draft, it reaffirmed that HGs really are just that - the grail doesn't change much. The list was solidly the same. It is as it was and probably will be, along with anything else that solves problems for busy moms.

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beautyblender: I still really love you, but lowercase is sooooo goop circa 2008.

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This "if it works, don't fix it" approach is what establishes such profound passion for holy grail items.

And of course, when many people have the same passionate feeling, a product becomes a "cult" item, such as like Nars Blush in Orgasm, the Urban Decay Naked Palette, or Lime Crime Velvetines.

But isn't there always some flaw with any uber-favorite item? Perhaps not a fatal flaw, but a minor one... (Spoiler: Yes, I found something I despise about my beloved Holy Grails. )

My holy grail beauty products, dipped into daily, adored consistently, and depended upon indefinitely, are as follows.

  1. Face washing implement: generic facialist facial sponges. I used to be a fan of Ole Henriken's then realized they're quite ubiquitous and cheaper if non-branded.
  2. Toner: Perricone Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment I bought it because the blue color looks fabulous on my vanity, but also realize it's quite an effective cleansing toner, especially applied with the above sponges.
  3. Serum: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF You've never felt softer skin. I should keep one in my car.
  4. Sunscreen: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 A universal tint and SPF 50, all in a quick-absorbing formula. I die.
  5. Liquid makeup applicator: beautyblender Original. Duh.
  6. Day eye cream: Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 37 An eye cream with both anti-aging ingredients AND a high SPF that doesn't sting the eye. It leaves a white-ish cast, which for me is brightening and re-assuring, but maybe not for some.

A few things strike me upon viewing the above. First, I wrote them down in order of usage, without planning. Hmm, the subconscious is always hard at work.

Second, beauty brands need to stop using irritating spellings. A minor flaw, but surely odd nonetheless. beautyblender, you don't need the attention of being all lowercase. You're already fabulous. I still love you, but lowercase is soooo goop circa 2008.

Supergoop!, you are causing me to use very strange punctuation. I am highly uncomfortable with an exclamation mark followed by a comma. Marketing with exclamation marks reminds me of that person we all know who unnecessarily and very excitedly replies to all... right?

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Xx, Mom in Mascara

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