Wednesday, March 14, 2007

First Ever FGB Contest! Win a Sephora Gift Card!

When I find another beauty product junkie, the first question that usually comes up is "what's your daily routine?" While a lot of the products you save for special occasions (makeup or fragrance for a night out with friends or a first date) are beloved and exciting to use, a product that's truly desert-island worthy is going to go in the daily rotation. It's a great way to let your friends know about your amazing lengthening mascara that you think they'd love, and to ask for suggestions when you're still searching for the perfect tinted moisturizer for your dry skin.

I thought it would be great to read about some of your daily routines, to recreate these fun conversations on a larger scale. I've decided to have a contest in which each person who e-mails me with the list of products they use every day is automatically entered into a random drawing for a $40 Sephora gift certificate.

Here's how it works:

Ideally I'd like a list of products you use on a regular day (if can be that day or any day if you switch things up frequently), in order of use. Include a description (it can be long or short) about your skin and hair type and any other special conditions that you treat. Then it would be great if you could comment on at least a couple of your favorite products and talk about why they're so amazing and if you have products that don't work very well, you can mention that too (hopefully commenters with similar skin/hair issues will respond with suggestions). Please let me know your first name and your age, and whether you're okay with my featuring your list on the site.

If you know me in real life (friends, family) you can participate, but you won't be entered in the drawing (sorry). Only one submission per e-mail will be counted. If you only write a list of products and don't discuss them, you'll still be considered for the prize but I won't repost your response. Also, don't spam me with fake entries- the goal of this is to learn more about products and share tips and advice with other readers. I won't be reposting every single response, but I'd like to put up 2-3 a week for the duration of the contest.

Just to make sure that everyone understands how this works, here's an example submission based on the products I use every day.

Meg, 20 years old

Skin type/color: prone to acne, dryness and sensitivity, very pale

Hair type/color: straight, fine, unprocessed blonde hair, oily scalp

Morning Routine:
Shampoo: Paul Mitchell Shampoo #2 (this is the greatest shampoo in the world for getting product, sweat and grease out of hair. use it after the gym and you'll be amazed at how squeaky clean your hair feels. also helps give my hair body.)
Conditioner: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner (this is alright, but I'm still looking for a good conditioner that will moisturize without weighing my hair down)
Body Wash: Product Body Crush on You all over, Olay Moisturinse on legs and arms
Face Wash: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (I slather it on, let it sit for a minute and then exfoliate with a washcloth. it doesn't irritate or dry out my skin but gets rid of all the flakies that come from using Retin-A Micro at night.)

Body Moisturizer: Cetaphil Cream
Toner: La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water (I honestly have no idea if this does anything for my skin but it feels really nice)
Face Moisturizer/Sunscreen: Olay Total Effects Moisturizing Vitamin Complex, fragrance free with SPF

Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, oil free, in Porcelain
Powder: MAC Blot Powder, in Medium (this might be my favorite product of all time, I really can't go anywhere without it. A must-have for anyone with oil-prone skin)
Blush: NARS Orgasm
Mascara: Clinique Long Pretty Lashes in Black/Brown (I always curl my lashes first)
Lip balm: Blistex Lip Medex
Lipstick: Clinique Colour Surge Buttershine Lipstick in Raspberry Rush

Night Routine:

Makeup Remover: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (fabulous for removing makeup and sunscreen, everything just melts off)
Same facewash, toner, face moisturizer as morning
Prescription products: Retin-A Micro 0.1% and Duac gel (both for acne, which is basically non-existent at this point thanks to these two products), Topicort LP (for dryness and sensitivity)
Body Moisturizer: LUSH Each Peach Massage Bar (you can use this during the day but I love slathering it on at night when the oils can really sink in)

Any questions about how the contest works? Leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail. To submit your list and enter the contest, e-mail your list to You have until April 4 (three weeks from today) at midnight to send in your entry, and I'll announce the winner on April 5th.

Can't wait to hear about your routines and product recs!


krys! said...

i'd love to enter the contest, except for one thing:

i dont have any routine.

i have ridiculously sensitive eczema-prone skin, but its still quite oily. so if i blot or clean away too much oil, i get dry patches, but if i moisturize, i break out.

so, i just splash water on my face and blot once or twice a day. my skin's still pretty good though, which i think is due to a daily dose of blended carrots and green apples.

Morgan said...

skin type: oily

hair type: curly/wavy/normal (it goes through phases :) )

my daily routine consists of washing my hair with Matrix defining system, which gives my hair beautiful curls which i love :) for my face, i don't have a daily routine, but i exfoliate once a week with a face mask because anything more dries out my skin. oh, and everyday i clean my nose piercing with Dove liquid baby soap... nice and mild :)

daddylikeyblog said...

Have you tried noxzema for your eczema? I read about its origins as an anti-eczema product (hence its wierd name) in a magazine awhile back, and it worked wonders for my little brother.

the lipstick lady said...

skin type- dry dry dry and extremely sensetive

hair type- flat, straight, annoying

my daily routine-
I use ginger anti-dandruff shampoo from the body shop (and it actually works, i'll be damned), olive conditioner from the body shop, (still more body shop products coming, bare with me) aloe vera exfoliating face wash because it's the only one that doesn't leave my face too dry, then I moisterize with roc hydra+.
I have really bad eczema on my arms, hands, hips and knees, so I use E45 cream which really helps.
on a shcool day I don't wear any makeup, but if I'm looking a little rough I wear diorshow mascara, some-kind-a gorgeous foundation from benefit (it takes away all blotchiness, I'm serious, it's amazing!), bobbie brown blush and sometimes hollywood glo highlighter from benefit.
I also put carmex on my lips because they can get really dry.

Just a quick question, is the gift card only valid in the US?

Meg said...

Hi Lipstick Lady-

If a non-American entry is chosen and the recipient doesn't have a Sephora in their country, I will send an gift certificate that's valid in your country.

Thanks for entering!

Aruek said...

Age: 21
Skin: pale but tans easily, kind of dry (especially in the winter)
Hair: thick, long, kind of wavy

Morning Routine:
Hair: Currently I'm using MySilking Shampoo and Conditioner which I mostly bought because of the awesome holograph packaging but also because it was on sale. My hair is pretty easy going and this works fine.
Body wash: St. Ives Swiss Minerals Body Wash- smells nice, works fine, provides some moisture and a bit of exfoliating when used with a pouf
Shaving: You mentioned before that you like Alba shave cream. I love it too, but Trader Joe's has a knock off that's only $2.99 (and the mango-honey flavor smells very similar to the Alba vanilla mango flavor)
Body moisture: Booth's body oil- oh my god since I've started using this I have had ZERO dry skin issues. ZERO. I love it so much!
Face wash: Garnier Nutrioniste Nutri-Pore. This makes my face feel clean without any drying. My boyfriend has the Garnier Nutrioniste exfoliating wash so I use that sometimes at his apartment (include my boyfriend in the "has a definite beauty routine" category) and I like that, too.
Face moisuture: regular Aveeno moisturizer (recommended to me by my boyfriend). This is a great product, very basic, but does what it's supposed to do (i.e. moisturize). I also use it on my body when the weather is warmer and I don't need a super heavy moisturizer for my legs.

Tinted moisturizer: Covergirl. I used to use the CG Smoothers but I haven't seen that recently so now I use the Radiance kind. They seem to be about the same and both work well. My skin is usually pretty agreeable and this helps even out some redness and also provides SPF 15
Blush: I'm in love with the Jane Tahiti Shimmer Bronzer, which is pink and therefore a blush and not a bronzer. Just a bit on my cheeks (sometimes with some Benetint underneath) and I'm good to go. I also use it as eyeshadow.
Eyeshadow: Aside from the Jane Tahiti blush, I like Ulta eyeshadows (Lumiere and Mystique) for some subtle shimmer and color, as well as Bobbi Brown eye shadow shimmer in Bronze.
Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous (more casual) or Lancome Fatale (I had a Macy's gift card, and I couldn't resist) which is a bit bolder and sometimes hard to apply.
Lip Color: Lately I am addicted to lip stains. My first love is Benetint (I also use this on my cheeks), which is good for a nice flirty pink color. I also have a StyliStyle stain which is in a pen format that is better for every day, and I was given a SmashBox lip stain in Infinity and every time I've worn it I've gotten compliments (I swear, an airline ticket agent wrote me a love letter!).
Lip balm: Labello lip balm in Strawberry. Smells delicious and provides a faint pinky red color.

Night Routine:
Makeup Remover: Almay moisturizing pads. They take off all the color and mascara without tugging and leave my eyes/eye area feeling moisturized instead of dry and stripped and brutalized by stinging chemicals.
Face wash: Either Garnier Nutri-Pore or Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser (I use that a few times a week for chemical exfoliation, plus who doesn't want more refined pores?)
Moisturizer: Aveeno (again) or Alba Sea Renewel Plus cream when I want more moisturizing power (this stuff works really well, smells pleasant and you can buy it at Weshop!)

Maril said...

Hello, my name is Maril and these are my routines...

Age: 20

Skin: Combination, but usually oily, and pale.

Hair: Constantly straightened (with True Ceramic Pro) for easier management (otherwise, frizzy, thick, and curly).

Morning Routine:
Clearasil Oil Control Face Wash - this is just a face wash gel (no microbeads or anything) that seems to help for a little while with the oil control, but my skin produces a good amount of oil, so I have yet to find something that really keeps me looking matte for a while.
I follow this up by applying "Smashbox Anti-Shine" all over my T-zone, which can also be re-applied throughout the day over my foundation if I start to get oily, and it works very well (Sephora).
Then, I fill in my brows with a Too-Faced "Brow-nie" pencil in "Blonde-y," and put on the rest of my make-up. This usually consists of black liner - top and bottom lids (liquid if I have the time, pencil if not), MaxFactor "Lash Perfection" mascara in "deep blue" (which makes my eyelashes look so long and thick that people think they're really good fakes), Vincent Longo Liquid Canvas Healthy Fluid Foundation in "Porcelain" (applied with Sephora foundation brush to fake a perfect complexion), a little Nars blush in "Orgasm," and a little Neutrogena Lip Nutrition gloss in "Passion Fruit."

Night Routine: Either Oil of Olay Make-up Remover Wipes, or Andrea's EyeQ's (which work great and don't sting my eyes) to take off all the eye make-up, then I either gently exfoliate with Neutrogena Pore Minimizing Face Wash with microbeads (twice a week) or wash with my normal Clearasil Oil Control face wash. If I have acne, I leave some water on my face after washing and put on a very thin layer of Oxy Spot Treatment. Occasionally, I'll put a little Vaseline on the puffy area under my eyes, which makes me wake up looking bright and refreshed, even if I got very little sleep. I also put Suave Moisturizing Lotion on hands, elbows, legs, or anything particularly dry before I go to sleep.

Shower Routine:
I am currently treating a bout of dandruff with Neutrogena T-Gel, which seems to work faster than Head and Shoulders, and then I follow up with Loreal Vive Pro-Color Shampoo for hair that's dry or damaged, and then Loreal Vive Pro-Color Conditioner for hair that's dry or damaged (a very moisturizing conditioner that doesn't weigh my hair down). I wash with Caress Silkening Body Wash in Jasmine Vanilla scent and a loofah (smells amazing and softens my skin).