Part Four: 30 Year Health Check

Alright, this is my last post on products I use as I enter my 30’s this year. Mostly, because I’m tired of talking about my personal hygiene. But also, because I’m sure you all are tired of hearing about my personal hygiene, too.

(By the way, it took me three times to spell hygiene correctly in that sentence.)

(Hi, I’m an English teacher.)

In the past couple of years, my make up use has changed a bit. Some of that is because I have different needs for make up now than I did before. Now, I don’t need coverage so much because, thankfully, I don’t deal too often with blemishes these days. My make up has also changed as I have become a real adult and can now afford a little bit nicer quality. I don’t spend money on lots of things anymore. I’m not a brand name wearer and I can’t actually remember the last time I went shopping for anything other than what was on my grocery list. But I still treat myself to good make up now and then. I figure if I’m going to be smearing it on my face, then I’d like it to be somewhat good quality.

So, let’s begin, shall we?

I start with a loose powder by – who else? – Mary Kay. I use the MK Mineral Powder Foundation (my color is Ivory 2). I really like this because it goes on really lightly, but it still sets with nice coverage. I’ve never worn foundation or even really a pressed powder, but I imagine that this gives you comparable coverage. I just prefer the lightness of the loose powder.



After the powder, I brush on Bronzing Powder by MAC. I am a huge MAC fan. Before my sister started selling Mary Kay, that was the only brand I used, really. Of all MAC products I have used, this bronzing powder as blush is my favorite. It goes on like blush, but it doesn’t really cover like blush. Instead, it just sort of highlights your natural cheekbones. I’ve worn this for seven or eight years, and I love it.



For my eyes, I normally use MAC eyeshadow, but my Grandma gave me this great eyeshadow box and I have been using it for FOREVER! There is no brand on it, so I have no idea where it came from, but I love the colors. I wish I could give you more information, but that’s all I’ve got! I really love the metallic colors. I wear them muted for daytime and play them up for night.




After shadow, I use a dark brown eyeliner so that you can tell I have eye sockets. I have strawberry blonde eyelashes, so if I don’t paint ’em up real pretty like, then I look a bit freaky deaky. So, I use eyeliner to help give my eyes some definition. I go with Maybelline for this one because I like the pencil. It’s not sharp so I’m not worried I’m going to stab myself in the eye. And it’s early to put on. Plus, it’s cheap.


For mascara, I use Mary Kay’s Lash Lengthening Mascara. And it is awesome. This stuff goes on really lightly and never, ever clumps. Plus, the wand is simple and straight. I hate funky shaped mascara wands! Plus, I really like this mascara because it washes off easily. It’s waterproof, but it comes off clean with an eye make up remover. All good things from a mascara.


The last two products I use for make up are the same kind of lipstick, the Frost line from MAC. I really like the Frost lipsticks because they are the perfect blend between a full lipstick and a shiny gloss. They go on with the full coverage of a lipstick, but the colors are a little lighter and shinier than traditional lipstick, so they look a little more like gloss. I have them in two different colors. First, I use Ramblin’ Rose. I use this one mostly in the spring and summer because it’s a little pinker. Right now I’m wearing a new color called Sequin, and I love it! It is very similar to Ramblin’ Rose, but a shade darker, which makes it perfect for autumn and winter wear.

(Is it weird that I change my lipsticks by season? You can tell me. Is it weird?)



The last thing I do before I walk out the door in the mornings is spray on some yummy smelling goodness. On a daily basis, I wear Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. I love it! It smells bold, but still floral and girly.


On date nights, though, I wear Clinique’s Happy because it’s Chris’s favorite. It’s what I wore in high school and I think it reminds him of making out between classes.


Well, there you have it, kids. I turn 30 this year and, as you can see, that’s impacting so many areas of my life. I’m getting healthier, fitter, and taking better care of myself. And, so far, it’s been pretty awesome, actually. I feel better about myself and I’ve got more energy than ever before. Bring on my 30’s!

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11 Thoughts to “Part Four: 30 Year Health Check”

  1. I think you could be a hand model. What do you do for your nails?

  2. I wish I could get into makeup *sigh*. I keep trying and pretending I’m girlie. I try and go to the gym at night after work so I value sleep more in the mornings. I’ve got my routine down to 30 mins to get up, take a shower, get dressed and leave for work.

  3. I am addicted to Bare Minerals! Mineral powder foundation is great for us fair redheads. I also have strawberry blonde lashes and I actually get mine tinted when I get my brows waxed. They’re tinted (dyed) dark brown so even on days when I’m running behind or wearing no other makeup, I still look like I have eyes and not some weird pale alien. It fits into my budget so it gets done.

  4. Sarah

    I love MAC eyeshadows – not sure I can get Mary Kay in the UK though, the products look great. As for SJP’s Lovely, I’m addicted to her perfumes. I have Lovely, NYC and Covet, love them all though the latter is smell you have to get used to. Great post 🙂

  5. Sarah H.

    I use the same eyeliner–love it. Funny story about Lovely by SJP. In September 2010 I was in the mood for a change and I bought that perfume- I LOVED it. Well then I got pregnant and was just so nauses ( I know you can relate) and I guess I was wearing that perfume during my 1st trimester a lot. Well later on whenever I smelled my perfume it would make me fell sick! Even after I delivered. So I took it back to Sephora and the woman gave me a full refund of my $50! I was so grateful! After she heard my story, she totally understood.

  6. Sarah H.

    I should have proof read my post. Sorry Mrs. Brown. (I was apologizing to the English teacher).

  7. I want to try that Ramblin Rose lipstick! P-Dub got me hooked on Dr. Pepper Lipsmacker, so I’m thinking if one of my favorite bloggers has such great taste in lip product, than another of my favorite bloggers must too! Also I need a good perfume. I’ve been using Degree body spray (sexy intrigue) but need a good perfume for when I go out!

  8. You make me giggle, Katie! Love it. I wore Clinique Happy in HS too 🙂

  9. H

    You’re not weird for switching up your colors for the season. In the beauty blogging community it’s really common. Plus you don’t want to wear really pastel/light colors in the winter, that would just be weird 🙂

  10. Regina

    I haven’t worn perfume in ages, but I dug out an old bottle of what I wore in college (Skin by Bonne Bell) just to see if it would bring back memories for my husband. I may get lucky tonight. 🙂

  11. Gwen

    When you mix all these beauty products together you are creating a chemical reaction on your face. Stick with one brand, always a recommendation!

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