Your Beauty Questions Answered

-How many times do you wash your face daily?

I try to wash twice a day, but if I’m being lazy I’ll at least wash once. (I double cleanse when washing my face. Once to remove makeup and dirt, a second time to remove anything left on my skin.)

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)

Combo. Oily around my eyelids, and nose, but dry everywhere else. When I’m pregnant I turn into a crazy oil slick.

-What is your current facial wash?

Clinique “Take the day off” to remove makeup, and Cosmedix Purity Cleanse.

-Do you exfoliate?

Yes. My sister recently bought me the Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion paste and it’s amazing! I also use the Ren Glycol Lactic mask. My next mask purchase will be the Rodan + Fields microdermabrasion paste. I tried a sample and seriously fell in love with it.

-What moisturizer do you use?

I try to use a combination of products, especially moisturizers. I’m currently rotating Cosmedix Hydrate Plus, Embryolisse (I could not live without this moisturizer), and Josie Maran Argon Oil at night. I also use Cosmedix Rescue when my skin is dehydrated and needs an overnight overhaul, and it’s like a big drink of water for my face.

Do you use eye creams? / What eye creams do you use?

I have really dark, and already wrinkled skin under my eyes, so eye creams are a MUST. I use Opti Crystal at night, and although it’s quite the investment, it lasts a really long time. You literally need less than a pea sized amount; you need a pin-prick amount under each eye. Here’s a little more on the product: “With liquid crystals to replenish damaged, thinning skin around the eyes and growth factors and alpha lipoic acid to dramatically diminish the appearance of eye lines and wrinkles, Opti Crystal (formerly Eye Believe) is the ultimate tool in anti-aging eye care. A chirally correct blend of protective, corrective and cell-stimulating ingredients, this powerful eye serum actively revitalizes delicate skin for a radiant, younger-looking finish.”

I also use Origins GinZing during the day to hydrate and brighten my under eyes. It has a peachy color which helps conceal blueish circles, and makes you look more rested.

-Do you have freckles?

Yes. My entire face is becoming a freckle. :-(

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?

I get the occasional hormonal breakout, but my skin rarely gets congested unless I’ve been lazy about exfoliating. When I was a teen and into my early twenties I would get breakouts.

-Did you ever have to use Proactiv?

Yes. I thought the product was amazing at clearing breakouts when I was in my early twenties, but it’s too drying for my skin now.

-What foundation do you use?

I use a few different foundations depending on what I’m doing that day, or how fair or dark my skin is. My favorites include: MUFE HD foundation (cult classic, and for good reason), Geurlain Lingerie de Peau foundation (a new favorite), Dr. Jart BB Cream, and Revlon Colorstay whipped.

-How about concealer?

I use the Bobbi Brown Color Corrector under my eyes, and layer the Loreal Magic Lumi over it. For blemishes on the rest of my face I prefer the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.

-Do you know your undertone color?

Yes, I am neutral – warm. You can check your undertone by looking at the veins on your wrist. If they’re blue you have a cool undertone, green veins mean you’re a warm/yellow undertone, and both means you’re neutral.

-What brand of mascara do you use?

I always use “The Falsies” mascara in waterproof formula, and then layer another mascara over the top. I’ve been loving Chanel’s Le Volume mascara which gives false lash looks.

-Sephora or MAC?


-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?

Brushes mostly, and my fingers.

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?

Not usually, but if I’m going out at night wearing a lot of eye makeup I will.

-For the face?


-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?

Naked 1 Palette. Naked Lunch by Mac. Stilla Kitten.

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?


-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

Never. Mascara wand on the other hand…

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?


-Do you use mineral makeup?

Bare Minerals when my face isn’t overly dehydrated. It tends to dry my skin out, so I prefer dewy looking foundations.

-What is your favorite lipstick?

Rimmel’s Airy Fairy - Your lips but better.

-How about lipgloss?

Chanel’s Glossimers

-What is your favorite blush to use?

Chanel Rose Initial

-Do you like drugstore makeup?

Yes. Rimmel is my favorite drugstore brand.

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Not usually, no. Trying to create a cat winged liner, yes.

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?

Mostly Neutral. I prefer makeup that enhances your features.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?


-Do you ever leave home without makeup?

Umm yes, I’m a mom.

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?

Umm, no.

-What is your favorite makeup line?

I’m loving Geurlain recently, and I always love Chanel. Nars has been a longtime love, as has Rimmel.

Phew! That was a lot of questions! I hope I answered some of the big questions that you guys have had lately. Please leave questions below and I’ll answer them all in a future post.

XO – Samantha


  1. I really want to try that under eye cream that you use!! I think I need to get on the liquid eyeliner train, it’s just a little scary for me haha!! Thanks for putting my button on the side :) Hope you have a great weekend!!

  2. I always love reading other peoples beauty habits and routines! Plus its a great way to learn about new products!

    Meet @ the Barre

  3. I’ll have to check out your eye shadow recommendations…always fun to try something new!

  4. I also have really dark, and already wrinkled skin under my eyes. I think it is a combination of genes and having a 2-year old (read: no sleep) I use Kiehls Midnight Recovery under my eyes and notice a negligible difference, but I am considering injectable fillers for that area! Scary, but it might come to that!

    • Bethann, Im in the same boat. I’ve been considering fillers, but am obviously scared!! I would love to hear all about the process, and results if you have it done. I also need to check out that Kiehls midnight recovery…you’re the 3rd person who has mentioned it.

  5. What great beauty answers girl! And I’m definitely a Sephora girl too!
    xo TJ

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