I did this a few years back and it seemed to go over well with you guys, so I thought I’d try it again! To say that I have an obsession with makeup and beauty products would be putting it… mildly. I’ve been a Sephora VIB for as long as I can remember, which gets me into way too much trouble with all the freebies and VIB sales. Ulta is like my Target. Can’t get out of there without a basket full of stuff I never knew I needed. I’m an avid watcher of YouTube beauty gurus, and I sometimes forget they don’t know me, nor I them. When you watch countless hours of videos of these women sitting in their bedrooms talking about hair and makeup, you sort of forget you aren’t actually there with them. Anyway. I’ve come across some great new products in the past year that I wanted to share, as well as some of my long time favorites. Hope you enjoy this non-photography related post!
1. Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Dry Shampoo. I have been on a mission to find a dry shampoo that actually works. This is it for me. Doesn’t leave a weird white cast on my hair, smells DIVINE, and really gives my fine hair a nice boost between hair washings.
2. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This is the BEST makeup brush I have ever used. Period. But where it shines is in the application of liquid foundation. Flawless. The Real Techniques brushes were designed by the adorable Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo (one of my most favorite YouTube channels ever) and the whole range is excellent. You cannot go wrong with any of them, but this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. Sam and Nic are exceptionally talented makeup artists, so they know their stuff!
3. Sonia Kashuk Purple Seductia Body Wash. I switch up my shower soap every few months, and this is my latest obsession. This stuff smells SO yummy, I can’t get enough of it. It’s a little pricey for how small the bottle is, but I cannot resist that scent! There are a few other scents, so sniff ‘em out the next time you’re at Target!
4. MAC Painterly Paint Pot. Loooong time favorite. I put this on my eyelids before I put on any makeup. Technically it’s a cream eye shadow, but it’s a touch lighter than the natural color of my skin and it’s slightly tacky in consistency, so it makes a great blank canvas for eye makeup. Especially if your eyelids have a natural purple/red tint to them. You can even wear it alone with a quick coat of mascara if you wanted a very natural eye look.
5. Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette For Eyes. I hesitated to include this because you can’t really find it anymore (limited edition for Sephora), but I have used it almost everyday since I bought it, so it’s an absolute favorite. I love all the shades and the pigmentation is great – what you see is what you get. There are a million great palettes out there now, but I tend to gravitate towards the ones with purples and browns, so I was a goner when I saw this!
6. Jordana Best Lash. If you’ve ever asked me about mascaras, this is the one I’ve probably insisted you purchase. It’s that cheap-o brand right next to the cash register in the beauty section of Walgreen’s. $2.99. Get two of them while you’re at it. The formula is really wet right out of the tube, but it’s perfect after a few uses – the air getting to it will thicken it up a bit.
7. Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil. I only have a sample sized bottle of this, but I’ll definitely get more when I run out. Maracuja oil is chock-full of Vitamin C and has loads of anti-aging properties. There are a number of uses for this oil, but the main way I use it is by putting several drops of this in my lotion (it doesn’t smell and is NOT greasy) and slathering it on. In this dry weather, it seems to hold the moisture longer than lotion alone. I also use it to tame flyways – just put a drop or two in your hands, rub them together and finger comb it through. Also great for your cuticles. I know a lot of people use it as a nighttime moisturizer and swear you wake up with glowing skin. Try it! With so many ways to apply it, you’ll find a good use for it! It’s also worth mentioning that Tarte is one of the only makeup/beauty brands out there that is cruelty free, paraben free, phthalate free, sodium laurel sulfate free and fragrance free.
8. Formula X For Sephora Nail Polish. Long-lasting, fairly resistant to chipping, and an incredible array of colors, textures and glitters to choose from – the artistic possibilities are endless! There was a lot of hoopla around this launch, and I’m happy to say these polishes absolutely live up to the hype.
9. Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Care. I seem to build up a resistance to chapsticks and lip balms after a few months, so I change them up pretty often. This is my latest purchase. I really love the scent, and it’s very moisturizing without being waxy or sticky.
10. Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Penny Lane. This was used on me when I had my headshots done recently by a Smashbox makeup artist. I had asked her to use whatever would play up the gold flecks in my green eyes – this is it! It’s not brown, but it’s sort of a bronzy copper. It’s waterproof, easy to apply, AND – wait for it – it sharpens every time you twist off the cap. WIN!
11. The Des Vignes by Caudalie. Sigh. For some reason, every time I find a perfume I love, it gets discontinued. So you’ve been warned. This could be gone next year with my bad luck. The one con – and it’s a big one – is that it doesn’t last long. But I really love the scent, so I just keep a travel atomizer in my purse to spritz it on once or twice throughout the day.
12. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Hairspray. I’m not even going to try and figure out how a hairspray can be anti-aging, but I absolutely LOVE this stuff. And it’s super expensive, of course. Because why would I like an affordable hairspray? Dumb. I’ve made do by only purchasing the travel size, but I’m sure I’ll cave on the full size eventually. It has good hold without being heavy (if that makes sense?) and it doesn’t make my fine hair sticky or wet looking. Bonus – smells great!
13. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation. Simply the best drugstore foundation I’ve come across in years. The color really works for me (I’m in Classic Ivory N1-2), and the coverage is exactly what I like. Not so heavy that you can’t see my natural skin, but nicely evens out any uneven tone. Use this with the Real Techniques brush I mentioned above, and you’d never know it wasn’t an expensive department store foundation.