I'm all about oohing and ahhing over shiny new products. I've been known to produce audible squeals when new-to-the-market goodies arrive on my doorstep. But I've still got love (and squeal-worthy enthusiasm) for the decidedly not new products that I keep on hand at all times. The ones I love.
I'm talking about the eyeshadows that hit the pan, the highlighters and eyeliners that run dry, and the face washes that require all of your strength to squeeze out the last of their contents. I'm sure you have a few of these, and I'm sharing mine below.
(If you're a regular reader, you may have heard me talk about some of these already, but I wanted to get all of them together in one handy list.)
Susan Posnick Color Correct Concealer
The proof is in the picture. I use this double-sided chubby pencil every single day. And for the record, it used to be inches longer. I love it because one side is a concealer and the other is a brightener. Both ends have a consistency that's creamy and moisturizing, which is exactly what you want when concealing red spots or gray zones.
Here's a quick before and after:
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner
I'm going to be honest with you here: I own more black eyeliners than is necessary for one human being. But you know which one I reach for on the regular? You’re looking at it. I run this baby dry every single time (though I always have a backup), and I rely on it for a few reasons:
1. It's super-duper black
2. One coat is plenty
3. It applies easily
4. It stays all day, as promised
Lush Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Highlighters are another one of those products I own too many of. I've got them in compact form, loose powder form, pump form, and jar form. Some are glittery, some are very subtle, some are tinted with gold, rose, or bronze. While I love them all, this is the one I use most (in case you couldn't tell from the scratched up container). It's easy to control and blend, it's not too glittery or shimmery, and it's perfect for my ultra-fair skin.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
I love when a gift becomes a HG product. That's exactly what happened with my Tarte Thankful Blush, which gives me the perfect cheery flush. I received it in an online beauty exchange and I use it probably 6/10 times I choose to wear blush. The Amazonian clays are known for being highly pigmented, though, so very little goes a long way.
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara
I know this product has been reviewed and heralded ad infinitum, but it has to make my list. I've used CoverGirl Clump Crusher, exclusively, since it came out, and I really doubt I'll be switching to a new product any time soon. It's inexpensive and it always leaves my lashes feathery, light, and clump-free. I recommend it to all of my friends. Heck, I’ve even given it as a gift.
Make Up For Ever High Definition Powder
I’m a proud member of MUFE's HD powder ($22) cult following. It comes in both loose powder and compact form (I like both) and I apply it any time I need to set my makeup for more than a couple of hours. I also like that it absorbs any unwanted shine and that, unlike other finishing powders, flashback isn't an issue.
Phytomer Souffle Marin Cleansing Foaming Cream
I received this for a review and I’ve already restocked. I know that $42 is expensive for a face cleanser, and I went back and forth on buying it, but sometimes you have treat yourself, you know? Plus, I only wash my face once per day, so a little goes a long way.
It’s smells so heavenly and it has a creamy consistency that removes stubborn makeup and never leaves my skin tight or dry. Most importantly, it has worked wonders for my ultra-sensitive, acne-prone skin.
Stridex Maximum Strength Acne Pads
On the opposite end of the price spectrum, I use these Stridex pads at the end of every day. These bad boys contain 2 percent salicylic acid (BHA) to seek and destroy any little bumps while also preventing pimples from forming. They’re a "preventative” measure, so I always have them on hand.
AGAVE Healing Oil Treatment
This is easily one of the best hair oils I've used--and believe me, I’ve used plenty. It’s my go-to for my twice-weekly blow-out. I have wavy, thick, frizz-prone hair and a dollop of this (which feels so silky to the touch) goes a long way in replenishing moisture and sealing my hair cuticles. It’s also extremely lightweight and makes my hair feel shiny and healthy--totally worth the $40 price tag.
Your turn! I want to hear about the products you swear by--the ones you’d recommend to a friend.