Every once in a while, I discover a new brand or product that is worth writing about. I have mentioned a couple of these items in the past but have never compiled an actual list of the products that I absolutely swear by. I have one rule when it comes to something expensive: If you’re going to use it and it improves you FOR you, buy it. Below is a list I have compiled of the products that I swear by. In no way does this post reflect anything YOU should buy (you know yourself better than anyone) but it’s a few products to look out for just in case you ever want to try something new.
Juara Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer: This moisturizer has saved my skin. It’s so light and airy that you don’t even notice that you’re wearing it. And it smells great, too! http://www.juaraskincare.com/product_detail.php?id=8
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie: This conditioner (of sorts) is the only conditioner that makes my extra-thick hair nice and soft and manageable. http://www.carolsdaughter.com/Portal.aspx?CN=9CE97316BE98&GCONTENTID=D3954F94DBE0&SEARCH=smoothie
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil: This eyeliner is the only liner that stays on my waterline all day and all night without smudging and giving me the dreaded “raccoon eyes”. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/151/476/Powerpoint-Eye-Pencil/index.tmpl
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara: There was another brand of mascara that I used to swear by until I discovered this mascara. It does indeed make your lashes appear longer and thicker and it doesn’t budge no matter what you do to it. http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/theyre-real
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick: The only lipstick I have ever used that didn’t leave my lips within 2 hours. http://www.sephora.com/buxom-big-healthy-lip-stick-P243804
Nars Blush In Orgasm: This is a staple in most makeup bags. This is the perfect shade for ANY skin tone. http://www.sephora.com/blush-P2855
Shiseido Eyelash Curler: This eyelash curler is relatively simple to use and guarantees that your lashes will have the perfect curl throughout the day. http://www.shiseido.com/eyelash-curler/0729238500969,default,pd.html
LUSH Lip Scrub In Sweet Lips: I constantly have dry lips due to the fact that I am dehydrated no matter how much water I drink. I throw this stuff on every morning, scrub off the dead skin (lovely, right?), and voila my lips are smooth. http://www.lushusa.com/Lip-Balms-and-Scrubs/lip-balms-and-scrubs,en_US,sc.html
Alberto VO5 Shampoo: Yes, believe it or not I do use shampoo from the Dollar Tree. It cleans, it hydrates, and it doesn’t strip my hair color. http://www.vo5haircare.com/products/#shampoos-and-conditioners/champagne-kiss
Amepha’s Organic Oatmeal Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub Scoops: Definitely a product that deserves a lot more recommendations than it is currently receiving. Use these babies on the shower and your skin will thank you. http://www.amephasorganic.com/Body-Scrubs/Oatmeal%20Milk%20Honey-sugar%20scrub-scoops
Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer: The perfect facial makeup during those hot summer months. This moisturizer doesn’t budge no matter how much I sweat. http://www.urbandecay.com/urban-defense-tinted-moisturizer-sunblock/298,default,pd.html
Fekkai Essential Shea Shampoo: This shampoo is literally infused with shea butter. You can only imagine how soft your hair feels just after rinsing it. http://www.fekkai.com/essential-shea/shampoo/essential-shea-shampoo/00730870811818,default,pd.html?start=5&cgid=shampoos
MAC Eyeshadow In Brun: I fill in my eyebrows every.single.day. Therefore I need a product that will stay in place through the elements. MAC eyeshadow does the trick and brun is a universal color that tons of makeup junkies swear by. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/154/363/Eye-Shadow/index.tmpl
Stila Cosmetics Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner: Not only do these eyeliners come in some funky, awesome colors they also stay all day long. http://www.stilacosmetics.com/product_detail.asp?PMID=760&dept=2&cat=7
Paul Mitchell Extra Body Thicken Up Styling Liquid: I swear by this, hands down. It is the only product that I have ever used that actually made my hair thicker. I had no clue this was even possible. http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Mitchell-Extra-Body-Thicken/dp/B001OXO6DO
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: I discovered this stuff YEARS ago. I now wear it every day. There are two things I hate leaving the house without: my eyebrows filled in and my cheeks having some sort of shimmer appear. Buy it, wear it, love it. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/159/782/Mineralize-Skinfinish/index.tmpl
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brushes: I have a basic motto when it comes to makeup applications: Your makeup is only as good as the brushes that you use to apply it. I do like to splurge from time to time on MAC brushes, however, Sonia K. (sold at Target!) makes amazing brushes for half the cost. http://soniakashuk.com/sk-MTA_All.php?gp=10
Michael Todd Balancing Gel Cream: Back in the day, I had a bit of a pizza face. At the time, I went to a dermatologist and they fixed me up, but over the years the co-pays became rather expensive and I needed to find something cheaper. Thanks to a sample site, I discovered the Michael Todd line and I haven’t looked back since. This balancing gel cream makes my skin happy. I apply it every night after washing my face. http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Todd-Balancing-Gel-Cream/dp/B004KG6XWO
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: Get this, this product contains salicylic acid mixed with calamine lotion. Together they form the perfect zit clearer. http://www.mariobadescu.com/Drying-Lotion
Aquaphor Healing Ointment: I use this ointment for nearly everything. I originally bought it when my tattoo artist recommended it for the tattoo healing process and later I moved onto using it for any part of my skin that was dry. I put it on every day after scrubbing my lips and I also rub it into my ankles after every shower. http://www.aquaphorhealing.com/#/main/skincare/ointment
Hopefully I didn’t bore you all too much!
What are some of your favorite beauty products?