Ha—you’re not alone! I too feel lost when confronted with the numerous choices sent to me on a daily basis. But in fact, that wealth of choice has helped me figure out what my perfect daily routine consists of. Here are a few of my must-haves for a light, fresh face:
And that’s it! I know makeup can feel intimidating but really, it’s all about fun and experimentation! Go out there and enjoy yourself, you’ll get the hang of it.
Your lashes sound woefully similar to my lashes and, speaking from firsthand experience, it’s not the curler (I use this one, for the record). The problem is likely that your lashes can’t support the weight of a super-thickening, dramatic mascara (Diorshow is a phenomenal product but not right for all lash types, in my opinion). My lashes work best with lengthening and defining formulas—mascaras that give you a long, fluttery Bambi-like lash, versus a thicker look. My favorites: Eyeko Fat, Covergirl Lash Blast Length, and—for girls in Europe—Max Factor Clump Defy. And my latest obsession is Benefit’s They’re Real, which might be a good compromise—they thicken lashes for a more dramatic look, as well as lengthen, without being terribly heavy and flattening.
I love that you’re calling Garnier’s oil “suspicious”, like it’s a shady character with a goatee in an episode of Law & Order: Beauty Crimes Division (first of all: if that doesn’t exist yet, it should. secondly, yes, I think goatees are shady. if you are not a goat, you should not have a goatee). So, my thoughts on the categories of oil: Oils get a bad rap. Certainly, there are oils that are bad (oil spills. oily hair). We spend so much time stripping our face and hair of oil—but we forget that not all oils are bad and that oils are naturally-occurring on the surface of skin for a reason: to create and seal in moisture. I think almost everyone—barring people with cystic acne, whom I think should consult a dermatologist—would benefit from oil on their face and hair. Hair-wise, rub a bit between your palms and then apply to ends or from the mid-shaft down (especially if you heat-style). Your hair will feel softer and, well, yummier. Skin-wise, in the winter months especially (not so much in the summer when the humidity helps out skin), I use oil as a serum. My favorites are this one (made for oily skin), this one (if you have ultra-dry skin), and this one (my most recent discovery). On a side note, your body will also benefit from consumption of oils, like healthy ones found in fish, avocado, olive oil. I take fish oil (sounds gross, because it is! But capsules aren’t too bad) and I really think it helps with my skin, hair, brain, everything, boosting it from the inside out.