skin care & MAKEUP


Favorite skincare products


Una Brennan Super Facialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water

I found this Una Brennan Super Facialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water, reasonably priced at TJ Maxx.  This no-rinse cleansing water removes all traces of makeup and daily impurities without altering the skin's natural beauty.  I love this product because the added bonus is, you can also use it to clean your makeup brushes.  Below is a similar product that I've used found on Amazon. Similar ingredients, reasonably priced, same results.


Retinol-Vitamin A with this Gold Peel-Off Mask from Skincare LdeL Cosmetics.

Retinol-Vitamin A smooths the surface of your face, leaving it softer and more evenly toned. The gold in the mask helps firm, lift and brighten, while flower extracts nourish and restore skin with hydrating emollients.  I use this twice a week, normally on the weekends just before going out to tighten my skin and to give my face the boost it needs while wearing makeup.  Marshalls find for under $10.00 but if you can't find it there, check out Amazon.


Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser gets deep into pores where breakouts start and help prevent future breakouts and effectively removes oil and makeup. I have acne-prone skin and this has helped me out for several years. I have no complaints. 


Hollywood Style Black Peel Off Mask 3.2 Ounce Tube (Charcoal)

Made With Activated Carbon, Helps To Deep Clean Pores, Oily And Normal Skin, Removes Blackheads, No Parabens.  Another one of my favorite peel-off masks. Works great for acne-prone skin as well.  Be sure not to apply along the hairline or it will be some discomfort when peeling it off.  Reasonably priced at TJ Maxx but if you can't find it there, shop it on Amazon.


Deep Clean Long Last Shine Control Cleanser and Mask by Neutrogena

Deep Clean Long Last Shine Control Cleanser and Mask by Neutrogena keeps me shine-free for hours. I have very oily skin, hey it's not that I don't want to shine, LOL! I just want to when the occasion calls for it.  Of course, you can find this product at any local grocery or drug store. Below is another product I have used, just as good and with the same results. The only thing is the price but it's still worth it! 


Black Radiance True Complexion Shine Control Primer

This sheer, lightweight, oil-absorbing formula minimizes shine, balances complexion, and preps skin to better hold the foundation.  I've suffered from oily skin mostly all my life. This is another product that helps to keep it under control for hours.  I use this daily with or without makeup.  Sometimes I forget and I'm like yikes!!! So I try to carry an extra in my purse as a backup.  I think you'll also like Elf's shine control primer as well.  I've used this before but do often switch it up when my other products run out.


The importance of cleaning your face and removing all makeup

Facial Wash

It's so important to clean your face daily, to remove dirt, dead skin, pollutants, and excess oils. If not cleaned, then you are setting yourself up for ance breakouts, aging, and dehydration. I clean mine 2 to 3 times a day. In the morning, after workouts, and before I go to bed. Also, it's so important to clean your makeup products and replace them as often as needed to avoid bacteria. Most importantly, if you love makeup, give your face a breather. You don't have to wear makeup daily, and if so, minimize it with a no-makeup look during the week, and then on the weekend glam it up, but don't cake it up. If you have acne-prone skin like mine, you'll want to use products that are not harsh. Read the ingredients and Google products that are just right for you.


When available and affordable, I've always used products that are natural-based, oil-free, and with 2% salicylic acid for acne. People have asked me why do I look so young?  From my youth, my mom has always taught me to take care of myself from head to toe. Preserve your youth, because soon, gravity will start taking control everywhere! Yikes! LOL! Well, she was right, and it has, but I do believe that because I started early, I have delayed the process from happening noticeably and rapidly. I'm not perfect and have many imperfections. However, I must say I'm proud of my youthful glow, and I'm glad to share some of my beauty secrets with you, from products that I use from makeup to skincare. I already named a few above, and just to name a few more, please scroll down.



Una Brennan Super Facialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water


NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer.  Minimize glitter fallout and keep each and every sparkle in its place with NYX Glitter Primer, a light and creamy formula that sets and then holds on tight to your eye shadow.


NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette


NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette is a pro-level palette packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows and pressed pigments in a rainbow of tone-inspired shades in bright and nude colors. I love the bright shades because I want that bold statement look and it's great to use all year long with any outfit. Also, it's long-lasting if used in combination with NYX glitter eye shadow primer. See below for bright and nude colors.


concealer, foundation and face powder PRODUCT'S


City Color Collection Color Correction & Contour. This Creamy paraben and oil-free correcting and contouring sticks, blend in well for redness, blemishes, and discoloration. I have very dark circles under my eyes that simply never go away. When I use this in combination with Black Radiance True Complexion Concealer. It's practically unnoticeable. I found this great beauty find at Marshall's and was able to re-purchase it on Amazon. Unfortunately, it's no longer available at either but you can get the upgraded version which is still available on Amazon. Hurry while supplies last!


True Complexion Custom Concealer from Black Radiance provides two shades in each palette that allows you to custom match your problem areas. Delivers moderate to full coverage that glides on silky smooth, these concealers rise to the challenge of stubborn dark circles, blemishes, and discoloration. My go-to every time and very compact for carrying in your purse for a little touch-up here and there. Amazon has one color palette available in deep to dark, however, there are many available in various drug stores like Rite Aid and CVS. They tend to be out of stock so I always purchase them from Amazon when available.   


Hard Candy Sheer Envy Translucent Loose Clear Powder. This weightless translucent powder is suitable for all skin tones and textures. Achieve a soft, matte finish easily for a flawless look that lasts all day. Fine lines, wrinkles, and pores optically fade as your skin is visibly smoothed out and makeup is set into the skin. Infused with glycerin and antioxidants, the powder helps to guard against dryness. The powder can also be used throughout the day to absorb excess oil. I apply this before or after the finishing powder. With either, I can apply them alone or together. It depends on the look that I'm going for. When available, shop at Amazon or Walmart.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing PowderThis multi-functional lose banana colored, setting powder, bakes, brighten, and set your makeup in place.  Baking is a makeup artist technique that prevents creasing and gives a natural radiance to your under-eye area. Five minutes is all you need for a bright, crease-free under the eye that lasts all day! If applied right and lightly, this will give that luminous camera-ready photo. Say cheese!  This reasonably priced beauty product can be purchased at Walmart and Amazon when available. Currently unavailable on Amazon but check back periodically.