Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Beauty Essentials Every Woman Should Consider in Her 30s

Oh God! They did it again! Last week I responded to WhoWhatWear's post about the 25 Items You Need to Toss in Your 30s by writing my own post called the 25 Items You Definitely Might Want to Consider Tossing in Your 30s, and no sooner did I post that then did WhoWhatWear partner, Byrdie, create another "must" list for people in their 30s called 5 Beauty Essentials Every Woman Needs in Her 30s. And like the previous post, I felt a need to respond to this one too.

Before we take a look at the list, I want to note that Byrdie's idea for the list is based on the idea that women in their 30s are typically concerned with advancing their careers, keeping up with mundane tasks like paying bills and maybe even trying to start a family (and of those things, I can only releate to bill paying) so their selections are meant to work hard and help women to relax and have a little "me" time.

Let's take a look at their list and see where I stack up:

OLE HENRIKSEN Rub N' Buff Salt Scrub

PHILOSOPHY Vanilla Coconut Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath


1) A body scrub that takes you to your happy place
I'm all for finding a product that takes you to your happy place, but I don't think it necessarily has to be a body scrub. Do I own a body scrub? No. Do I occasionally put a facial scrub on my body? Maybe. But if I want to go to my happy place, I prefer a bubble bath or perfume to a scrub.

Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer


2) A nail polish that won't flake on you.
I'm pretty sure that everyone prefers a nail polish that doesn't flake off right away, but I'm not willing to pay $25 to get it.

KATE SOMERVILLE IllumniKate ™ Concealing Eye Cream


SMASHBOX Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35


3) A concealer that does it all-so that you don't have to (namely fights fine-lines, wrinkles and puffiness) 
I think that concealer is an important tool to have in your make-up box, but right now I'm still into BB Creams. The BB cream above by SMASHBOX gives coverage, has oil protection, SPF 35 and it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I love a product that can do multiple things at once!

BENEFIT COSMETICS Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm


4) A lip balm that pulls your look together.
Tinted lip balms have been a staple in my purse for several years. I like the fact that they're both hydrating and they give my lips a little bit of color and polish. I've almost always got a tube of Maybelline's Baby Lips or Burt's Bee's tinted lip balm nearby.

CLARINS UV Plus HP Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen Multi-Protection


5) A sunscreen you'll actually wear.
This is something that everyone needs regardless of age. The best way to have great skin is to take care of the skin you've got. My go-to daily sunscreen is Oil of Olay's Completed All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15.

And here are a few beauty essentials that Byrdie overlooked:

FRESH Rose Floral Toner

  • Toner
The first thing I apply to my face every morning is a toner. It helps to wake me up in the morning and help my skin feel refreshed. My favorite right now is Lush's Tea Tree Water toner.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Pomegranate mask - Anti-fatigue & energizing

  • Face Masks
When I really want to relax and pamper myself I reach for a face mask. I prefer masks that are hydrating and work for all skin types.

What do you think about Byrdie's 5 Beauty Essentials? Are there any beauty items that you think every woman (or women of a certain age) should have? Let me know in the comments below.

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