Times have changed, fortunately, and I have ventured into Cosmetics Land.
I like mascara a lot, and I recently took Grace's suggestion and ordered Maybelline Full 'N Soft, in Very Black because my lashes need all help available. Thumbs up thus far: thick and dark as you would expect, though it can clump and you do need to watch out for smudging from mascara that clings to the wand. I still refuse to wear eyeliner, though.
While looking at some pictures this fall, I realized that my blonde eyebrows tend to vanish into my forehead-- so I now own an eyebrow pencil (which definitely solidifies my place in the world of adults). I picked Maybelline's Expert Wear in blonde. It's inexpensive and I like the color. Turns out that this particular step takes very little time and has quite a nice effect.
I'm a lipstick novice, but I like Maybelline Peachy Scene. (See a pattern? I actually didn't realize that I owned so many Maybelline products.) Other recommendations welcome. As for the lip balm that goes beneath it, I am a big fan of Burts' Bees, particularly the one with honey.
In the rest of the makeup bag I've got some nice stuff that I have been using forever: concealer and powder from Sorme. Since I don't apply very much, and because I've gone through periods when, due to my skin, I just have avoided cosmetics altogether, it lasts a long time. I am not in love with it though, and once I'm out I want to try Faerie.
Hair has always been my nemesis. Mine is fine and slippery; it barely holds a curl, gets flyaways easily, and sometimes resembles dishwater. I used to wish my hair was red, like my best friend's. (Or, you know, Jessica Chastain's.) I like my blonde now but it's no easier to work with. While I was pregnant I was boiling hot all the time and stuck my hair in a high bun every day; after Ellie was born I decided to get a good haircut, talk to my stylist about which products to use, and put some effort into it. Just like the eyebrow pencil thing, it wasn't as hard as I thought.
I'd always assumed that I should use a hydrating shampoo, but my hairdresser told me no. I should use a normal one and throw in the occasional clarifying treatment for good measure (thanks Beth!). Now I use Kiss My Face Whenever plus a wee bit of Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner for everyday washing, and Avalon Organics Lemon every two weeks to get out any buildup.
And I am packing some serious product: Redken Guts mousse, and It's a 10 hairspray.
Phew . . . that is a lot.
Your turn. What good beauty products would you like to share with the world?