Let’s talk beauty products! Growing up I never wore makeup. Surprisingly enough, I was a tomboy for most of my awkward younger years. I played year-round basketball from second grade all the way through high school so you rarely saw me dressed up or with my hair down and you definitely never saw me with lipstick or mascara on! Things changed around my junior and senior year of high school…something clicked and I ended up winning best dressed for my senior superlative! I held that title strong through all 4 years of college in my sorority too 🙂 Needlessly to say, something happened and I became a girly girl who loved a good lip gloss and a pretty eye shadow!
There are several items over the years that have become necessities in my makeup bag. If I ever run out of any of these products I immediately repurchase them – they are just that good! Most of these aren’t “pretty” beauty products, but they allow your pretty makeup to last longer or enhance it. Here are my 9 beauty products I absolutely cannot live without:
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Eclat’ Blur Primer: I received this YSL Primer in my last Allure box and let me tell you – this stuff is amazing! Yes, it is a bit pricey but it lasts forever. I put this on before my foundation and it leaves your face perfectly smooth and blurs your pores so you can get that airbrushed look.
Sigma Beauty F80 Flat Kabuki(TM) Brush: I never really thought how much your makeup brushes can make a difference, but this one is a game changer! I am a firm believer that you should splurge on a good foundation brush! This one has super soft bristled and really gives you a flawless complexion. I have been using this foundation but I am still searching for the perfect one for me so if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin: This is an oldie but a goodie. I have literally been using this for years and have never found something that can stand up to it. I put this one before my eyeshadow and it stays on all day and (when I am lazy and don’t wash my eyelids) all night. Highly, highly recommend if you have oily eyelids!
GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper: I am usually hesitant to use lip plumpers because I hate the tingly feeling, but this one is perfect! I HAVE to use this before I put on any lipstick or gloss. It hydrates your lips and makes your color last for most of the day. I use the clear.
e.l.f. Mist & Set Matte Magic: You really can’t beat the $3 price tag. I personally love most e.l.f. cosmetics I have tried, but this one is one I will always repurchase. After my makeup is set I spray this on my face and it makes it last all day, even during long blog shoots in 90 degree heat! I also spray this on a little brush and dab it on top of my eyeliner and eyeshadow to make it truly last all day without smudging!
Pravana The Perfect Blonde Leave-In Treatment: Now that I have balayage color in my hair I use this at least once a week. My hair has the tendency to turn brassy because it is so dark. I want the blonde in the ends of my hair to stay dull and almost grey. It is lightweight and makes my hair feel so soft. I spray it on damp sections of my hair after I shower and it works wonders! I am thinking about doing a full post on my hair care routine to combat brassiness.
IT’S A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin: This is another beauty product I have been using for years! I spray this on my hair after I shower and comb it through and it detangles while making my hair healthy and shiny. This product is the reason why my hair always feels so soft!
Batiste Dry Shampoo: I literally go through cans of this stuff! It can be expensive but you can usually find this dry shampoo at TJ Maxx and Marshalls for $4.99 instead of $7.99! I buy the big cans for $9.99 and they last much longer. I only wash my hair once a week so this stuff is a must!
What are some of your favorite beauty products you would just die without? 🙂