The time has come, my darlings, for another post in which I share the products I can't live without. Products that hit the pan, products that I have multiple of just in case they're discontinued or I find myself in the predicament of having run out. Products that I use on a regular, often daily, basis.
Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer
I'm sure you're all familiar with the ridiculous ordeal of finding a concealer that actually works — not just in terms of staying put and doing its job of concealing, but a product that works with your coloring and complexion.
I found that in Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer, which leans slightly pink to counteract the grayness of under-eye circles. It's creamy, stays put and brightens while concealing. Whenever friends ask for an under-eye concealer recommendation, this is the product I tell them about.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
This has to be one of the most versatile products I've ever owned, and it lasts forever.
I use the shimmery "Venus" for strobing and on the inner corners of my eyes, I use the second darkest color, "Faint," to fill in my brows, I use the super-dark brown "Crave" for smoky eyes, the pinkish-matte "W.O.S." for blending eyeshadow, and "Foxy" for the same. I use the medium-brown "Naked 2" for contouring, and I can create no-makeup-makeup looks with all of the colors. Naked Basics is the one product I never leave home without.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
I don't always wear a cat eye, but when I do, I use Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner. It's been a must-have in my makeup kit for years and allows me to apply a perfect cat eye in under two minutes. That's like black-belt status in terms of cat eye application, and I owe it all to the formulation and the flexible-meets-sturdy felt tip this thing is equipped with.
The fact that it comes in 15 colors may be a sign that God actually exists.
IOPE Lip & Cheek Multi-Pot Rouge
This IOPE cream blush came to me in a MemeBox, and I use it almost every single day (in case you couldn't tell from the state of it). It looks super-bright in the pan, but its buttery formula makes for impressive blendability. One fingertip's worth brightens just enough to create a natural flush.
I very rarely stray from this color — it's my go-to for both natural and dramatic looks since I can build up color easily. It's also approved for lips, but I prefer it as a blush.
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick
Like the IOPE product above, The Body Shop Velvet Stick is intended for both lip and cheek use. However, I use it almost exclusively for my lips. I'm wearing about two swipes worth in the above photograph. One swipe creates an even softer flush, and it's usually all I wear.
I love it because it's subtle, but adds much-needed color. The finish is also extremely natural, making it look like you're not wearing anything on your lips at all.
Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum
Another Skinfood product! I've actually written about this Peach Sake Pore Serum before (in fact, I think I've written about all of these...). It's marketed as a serum, but most people use it as a mattifying primer applied underneath your go-to foundation or BB cream.
It smells amazing, and I promise it'll keep your skin looking matte — but not dried out — all day long. I've probably gone through four bottles of this since I discovered it.
Prada Infusion D'Iris EDT
A common line out of my boyfriend's mouth is, "You're wearing a new perfume!" I recently responded with, "No, I'm not! I've had this one for a month!" and realized how silly that sounded right away.
It's true — I'm guilty of constantly changing my perfume. However, my job as a beauty writer requires me to test new fragrances on a regular basis, so having a "signature scent" really isn't feasible for me. Sure, I have some I reach for more than others, and I'll go through a couple weeks where I'm wearing the same scent.
Anyway, I do like to keep some consistency, so I'll layer one fragrance over another. My current go-to "base layer" is Prada Infusion D'Iris, which smells very clean and pure. You can wear it alone, of course, but its cleanness makes it especially ideal for layering. I like being able to have at least a signature "base" scent that's consistent.
Cure-Ology Smoothing Anti-Frizz Serum
The primary selling point for me on this Cure-Ology Smoothing Anti-Frizz Serum is the scent, which is the kind of scent that makes you inhale so deeply you practically go cross-eyed. Also, unlike some serums out there, it's not too heavy or oily (I abhor that greasy look), and it absorbs into the shaft in seconds. I use it post-curling to soften ends and increase shine, and I use it on non-shampoo days to keep things looking healthy.
- What product(s) do you find yourself using every single day?
- What's the most recent product you re-purchased?
- Tell me about the product you've been using the longest!