I’ve wanted to add a beauty section to my blog for a while but I’ve been too intimidated by what to share because (anyone that knows me knows) I love makeup, cosmetics, and pretty much all things beauty so SO much that I didn’t know where to begin. So I’m beginning with the best of the best, my all-around favorite products. I will warn you, these are not ~thrifty~ priced products, but they’re worth every penny. I’m very much of the mindset that if you’re going to spend big money $$$ on anything, it’s best spent on what you put in and on your body. So here are my 12 favorites for what I up ON on the reg.
High Beam by Benefit – I’ve been using this highlighter for several weeks and I really love it! I used to use a Clinique Chubby Stick and though I still dig that, I prefer the dewy look that high beam leaves you with.
Makeup Forever HD Foundation – This foundation. No words. (Yet so many words.) It makes my skin look flawless. Go to your nearest Sephora and get your skin matched! You won’t regret it. If you want to go all out with your contour, buy one to match your face and another two shades lighter to use as a liquid highlighter (under your eyes, above your cheekbones, and down the middle of your face). I wouldn’t recommend this foundation for everyday use, but if you’re going to an event or planning to be photographed, it’s the absolute best.
Nars Blush in Super Orgasm – This is the only blush I’ll wear. I’m not a blush girl, I don’t like looking too rosy and I embarrass myself enough to blush on my own (jokes). That being said, I’ve been using this blush for several years because it gives me a nice, subtle, pink shimmer.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps lotion – Kiehl’s is my favorite brand for moisturizers because their biggest priority is quality. Whether it’s hand cream, oil-free moisturizer, or this body lotion, every one of their products is the best in its field. I use this as a body moisturizer (sparingly because it’s not cheap) and it always leaves my skin feeling so soft for so long.
Glossier Balm Dotcom – One of my best friends sent me a box of glossier goods for my birthday back in May (blessed) and their balm dotcom has become one of my favorite everyday products. I have dry skin so I tend to favor thick moisturizers and when it comes to my hands, this one is the best. You can use it everywhere (lip balm, etc.) but it makes my hands feel sooo soft and the rose smells amazing. It comes in a bunch of different flavors (scents?) so definitely check them out.
Renewed Hope in a Jar Overnight Moisturizer by Philosophy – I use this nighttime cream every night before bed because Oprah called it “the best moisturizer she’s ever used”… need I say more!? Besides being extremely soft and creamy, it also has peptides which help prevent aging. Because you can never be too young to start using anti-aging products… coming from the girl who’s been using under eye cream since she was 14… paranoid is an understatement?
Schmidt’s Rose & Vanilla Deodorant – This may seem random so bare with me while I rant. I’m a huge advocate for using aluminum-free deodorants (non-antiperspirants), because why would anyone choose to regularly apply aluminum on their body to be absorbed…? That ish ain’t good for you and it has (unsurprisingly) been linked to breast cancer. I’ve always struggled with deodorants, even before switching over to aluminum-free. Secret, Degree, Dove… you name it, I’ve probably tried it. This sounds like an ad (it’s not) but I started using Schmidt’s several months ago and I can’t see myself using anything else ever again. It masks any smell for forever and, even though it’s all-natural, I swear it works better than antiperspirant when it comes to sweating.
Batiste Dry Shampoo – I don’t wash my hair everyday so dry shampoo is key and batiste is the best. It’s heavy enough to absorb the oil without looking chalky or leaving my hair dusty. They have an original white but I buy the blonde to match my hair. Also note, I usually buy this cheap at Marshall’s and/or TJ Maxx (not sure why they usually have it).
Coco Chanel Mademoiselle – My signature scent! Note my bottle is almost empty.
Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced – If someone told me I could only choose one makeup product to use for the rest of my life, it would be this mascara. It’s the best, hands down. Anyone I turn on to it is forever obsessed. Also, side note, Too Faced doesn’t test on animals so they’re cruelty-free/vegan-friendly… and I dig.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel – I wasn’t blessed with strong eyebrows so I never leave the house without using this brow gel. My mom recommended it to me, so naturally I took this one out of her makeup bag (heartless, I know) and I love it. To be fair, she wouldn’t let me give it back to her because she said it looked too good on my brows!
Lip Injection by Too Faced – Another killer product from Too Faced is this Lip Injection lip gloss. I use the Lip Injection Extreme because I’m ~extra~ but if you’re new to lip plumper the original is perfect. It comes in a bunch of different colors too, but apply with caution because this stuff is strong!
Aaand that’s all I have! Hope this list serves you well on your next Sephora run 🙂