30 March 2024

Restock your beauty favorites while they’re on sale!

Time to restock: White sweater | CoH Isola jeans | Schutz sandals

My everyday makeup: Luminous Silk Foundation | Chanel blush | Kidman’s Kiss Lipstick | Lip liner | Brow Whiz

Restock your beauty favorites while they’re on sale!

For many of us, beauty products are one of those things we all love to try! I remember being on a girls trip with my two sisters-in-law and my nieces. Inevitably, the conversation turned to beauty items we all love and use frequently. Next thing we knew, we were all congregated in the bathroom, sharing masks, slathering on creams and trying each other’s favorite products!

Let’s be clear, I’m no makeup artist — but I have done my own makeup every day since high school. And, I’ve sampled hundreds of beauty products since I spent much of my life working at Nordstrom. (It also helps to have trusted friends in the beauty department.) In today’s post, I’m featuring beauty favorites I love and use all the time — everything from Vitamin C serum to special candles to the best foundation ever. And because they’re so good, I decided to share them with all of you! Since Emily is just like her mama and loves beauty products too, click here to see the beauty post she wrote yesterday.

P.S. Right now Sephora is having their annual beauty sale, and today I noticed that Nordstrom is price-matching beauty products. There are 3,663 beauty items all on sale! So now is a great time to try something new or restock your favorites ⭐️


Beauty Inspo


Charlotte Tilbury powder | Patrick Ta Blush Set | Lip liner | Tom Ford Soleil Blanc | Dior Lip Glow | Elemis Cleansing Balm | La Mer


Everyday face prep/Daytime skincare routine

Every single day, I pretty much follow this routine: either apply Elemis Marine Cream SPF 30 OR this face primer, foundation, and under-eye concealer. Lately I’ve been using this Westman Atelier bronzer with this brush — I love the glow it gives my face. Once these are on, then I start the makeup — see below. By the way, look at this dual-sided brush to apply concealer and foundation — it’s really good.


Everyday eyes

For an easy everyday eye, I love the one-and-done idea of an eyeshadow stick, and the colors I alternate are Dusty Mauve, Golden Pink and Truffle. I always tightline with this waterproof liner by Bobbi Brown, and use Brow Whiz by Anastasia. The eyeshadow stick in Dusty Mauve softly outlines the eye, I’ve used it for several years. The Le Volume Chanel continues to be my go-to mascara, and for a little extra glamour, I love the Stila sparkle eyeshadows, applied lightly in the best-selling color Kitten.


Everyday blush

Chanel blush is a little splurgy I know, but it smells good and the colors ares so pretty! And, you only have to put it on once a day 🙂 I am currently switching between Chanel Rose Initial and Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk blush that comes with a highlighter in the middle. I use this brush for application. For truly a flawless finish, almost like an Instagram filter for your face, this Charlotte Tilbury setting powder is amazing! Both Emily and I have gone through many of these.


Everyday lip combos

One of the questions I get most often is which lipstick I wear in my Reels Videos. Most days, it’s Charlotte Tilbury Kidman’s Kiss with this Chanel lipgloss layered on top. You can’t go wrong with any of the soft pretty shades! Another lip combo I love is MAC Crème Cup (a medium pink with a pearly finish) with this liner in the color Talking Points … try it!


Nighttime skincare routine

Nighttime is my downtime, so I try to enjoy this routine by playing some nice music and lighting a yummy candle — this Paris one is a favorite for this little ritual 🙂 First, I cleanse with either Colleen Rothschild Cleansing Balm or Elemis Cleansing Balm (they’re basically the same). It’s like a mini-spa at home, and your skin feels AMAZING when you wash it off! Literally — your cheeks feel like silk.

Lately, I’ve been using this serum and I love the way it feels and am noticing a difference. (There’s a reason this one has 12.6k almost five star reviews.) After the serum, I apply this go-to eye cream by Kiehl’s, either this nighttime moisturizer or this one, and a swipe of Burt’s Bees on my lips. If your lips need a little extra love, try the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask — they will feel (and look) plump and beautiful in the morning!


Fragrance loves

I have a love affair with fragrance, and am always looking for the next favorite! Currently, I’m alternating between the following: Byredo Reine de Nuit, Rouge Baccarat 540 (which is flying off the shelves, I’m not kidding), Le Labo Santal 33, and Tom Ford Rose Prick. It’s a lot, I know!  Speaking of fragrance, it would be a mistake not to include travel sizes, which is a great way to try a new fragrance. Find one you love and treat yourself.


Beauty Q & A

Your Insta questions for Susie — answered!

Curious … what is your eye color and what eye makeup you wear? My eyes are hazel, and I wear Bobbi Brown eyeshadow stick and Chanel Le Volume Mascara every day (see above section Everyday Eyes).

What is the exact name of your Chanel lip gloss? None of the colors on your LTK seem to match. I’m sorry … I have three of them and alternate between them! The exact colors are: 728, 166, and 172, and 166 – available here.

Any undereye care recommendations to reduce or eliminate wrinkles and dark circles? I have this problem myself, so I’ve done a lot of research on this subject. What I have found to work well is the Perricone Cold+ Plasma Eye Cream, and I also like this one by Kiehl’s. To tell you the truth, this undereye concealer is what saves the day: Chanel B20 or Clé de Peau. I recommend going into a store and see which shade is best for you. It works miracles, I promise.

Favorite foundation? I’ve been using this for years and don’t plan on switching anytime soon: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I just restock it over and over again. Love it, you will too!

And more great questions …

Do you curl your eyelashes? Usually I’m too lazy, but if it’s a special night out I try to remember to do it! This is the one sitting in my makeup drawer.

What moisturizer do you use? Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30. I’m obsessed with it. It’s anti-wrinkle and makes your skin look hydrated and firm. I wear it every day, rain or shine!

I’m 52 and interested in best foundation or tinted moisturizer for mature skin? Well, I’m older than you (!!) and have been through dozens of these, and this is the one that gets written up ALL THE TIME! It goes on really smoothly and gives you nice, lightweight coverage. It also has an SPF 40 – which is amazing.

Favorite tried and true fragrance? My dear friend only spritzes on expensive perfume for special occasions. No! Put it on every day — it will make you happy and people will remember you for it 🙂 A favorite right now is the Rouge Baccarat 540, but the Byredo one is a close second. You only live once, so wear perfume every day!


Thank you for reading! xx