Happy Thursday everyone! :-) Hey, I just want to throw out a quick and HUGE thank you to all of you who have subscribed to me, encouraged me and become friends to me. Last week I did hit 500 followers (while I’m writing this it is currently 534). It’s been 3 months since I started my blog and I can honestly say I did not expect that many interested people in that amount of time!
Truly this blog has become a passion of mine and my ABSOLUTE favorite hobby, as well as I have met some amazing women who have become my friends. I’m so, so grateful and just wanted to express and share both my excitement and my deep gratitude. <3
Alright, so today I wanted to share with you some makeup and beauty products/tools that are items I simply won’t go without, can’t live without, will always have and/or repurchase for my collection. :-) There are many things that I could include in this I realized once I sat down and brainstormed, so I’ve narrowed it down to the top 10. So these are truly products/tools that I love, stand by, recommend, and would never part with! :-)
In no particular order–let’s get started! <3
1) Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner $3.99
If you’ve followed me for a minute you’d know that I’ve talked about this on several occasions as a holy grail, favorite conditioner. This is my every day conditioner, and I’ve tried many different conditioners high-end and drugstore and nothing beats this in both quality, effectiveness AND price. My hair tends to get “bored” with using the same hair care products thus making them infective if I don’t switch them up; however with this that’s not the case. I continue to purchase and use it every time I wash my hair and it continues to give me soft, hydrated hair in return. This conditioner is one of those things that is I don’t have I will go immediately and pick up. Which never really happens because I always have 2-3 stocked in my drawers lol. :-)
2) MAC Pro Longwear Concealer $19
This is also something you know I love if you’ve read even only a couple of my posts! :-P I have a drawer full of concealers that I hardly ever touch (sadly) because this one is perma-set on my vanity where I reach for it every single day.
If you haven’t tried these out yet, I highly suggest giving it a whirl, the formula is so creamy, incredibly opaque and high coverage, blends out flawlessly melting seamlessly into your skin, doesn’t crease up (at least for me) lasts all day and doubles as an outstanding lid primer. I think $19 is very affordable for this and I always have a bottle of NW20 and NW30 so I can customize the color I need on any particular day. 100% I will freak out if I don’t have access to this, it’s a must have! :-)
3) L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner $8.99
I actually don’t know if I’ve ever talked about this on my blog before which is INSANE considering I wear it every single day… or at least 98% of the time. It has been my favorite liquid eyeliner for about 2 years now so I’ve gone through several of them and if they ever discontinue them I’ll gladly drop $100 on a bunch of them so I don’t run out for a long, long time. Seriously. Haha! For me I find it extremely easy to use, it has a long somewhat flexible felt tip applicator, dries to a matte finish and doesn’t dry up on me so I use it until it is gone. I’ve heard a few people complain they don’t like how long the felt tip is, but I wholly disagree and think at least for me it makes creating a cat eye incredibly effortless. Absolutely love this, so if you’re into liquid liner or winged liner in general and haven’t tried this out yet, you should! I wont, I repeat WON’T be without this. :-)
4) Benefit The Porefessional $31
Another gotta have it, will always be in my every day makeup routine product. If I don’t use this primer on the pores around my nose, I notice! I have large pores there and this primer has really changed how I feel about so many foundations. Before discovering a pore-filler I was really picky about the foundations I would use because most of them settled in my pores. This fills them in so nicely, I find I can wear just about any foundation of my choice now which is fantastic. I press this into my pores and a little goes a long way, so even though I use it daily I’ve had it for about 4 months and am just now needing to repurchase. It also smells amazing as well which is a definite bonus. :-)
5) Famous Dave’s Dark Bronzing Mousse $36
Alright so I have a drawer full of self-tanners as I am quite a self-tanner junkie, and my favorite 2 for a year or two have been back and forth between St. Tropez Mousse and Million Dollar Tan lotion and spray. That was until I discovered this. For this to be in my list of “won’t live without” says a lot, and I can honestly say I haven’t touched another self-tanner since I started using this one.
Everything about it is just perfection; the color, the scent (or lack of), the quick dry time, the longevity of the tan it gives you, the texture, everything. I wish I could give everybody on here a free sample of this stuff because I’m so confident anyone who tries it is going to love it!
6) Sigma F80 ($24) F50 ($26) F86 ($24)
The application and overall look of my makeup has dramatically changed since investing in these three brushes. If I had to get rid of EVERY other brush I owned but could keep 3… I would be just fine as long as it were these 3.
The F80 Flat Top Kabuki is the perfect tool for flawlessly blending out your foundation, the F50 Duo Fiber I use either for applying bronzer or blush and blending it all out so it looks seamless. The F86 Tapered Kabuki is what I use to blend out my concealer, not only just underneath my eyes, but on my whole face. Unless I need to do some serious detailed work, it works fantastic. Definitely don’t want to live without these 3 brushes, and the quality is outstanding.
7) Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask $69
Right now I have the deluxe sample size of this; I ran out of my full-sized jar so until I can drop the $69 on this again, I always manage to have some sort of sample of smaller size on hand. I use this as a spot treatment so it lasts me a long time and if I get a blemish, I use this every night on it and it is gone in 1-3 days. Absolutely love this stuff, HATE the price, but whenever I can afford it I will continue to buy this mask because it’s simply extremely effective.
8) Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel $21
So I have proof this is something I can’t live without because last month I misplaced it for about a week and I was DEVASTATED lol. I went on a crazy mission trying to find it and was about to give in and purchase a new one when it showed up in a nook and cranny I hadn’t checked. If this was just a clear brow gel I don’t think I’d be that obsessed, but because it’s tinted it is perfect for those days I don’t want to use my Dip Brow and I just want to quickly do my brows. It fills them in and sets them so naturally, I use this I’d say 8 out of 10 times I do my brows (which is every day). Totally worth the investment and I personally don’t want to be without it! :-)
9) Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner $32.95
Now the price seems steep for this, and you might be thinking this isn’t a necessity item but more of an add-on, luxury item–but not for me!! I use this EVERY time I shower and a little goes a long way so I’m about 1/4 of the way through and I’ve had it for around a month or a month and a half.
This is a FANTASTIC moisturizer, if I don’t have time to put lotion on after a shower, as long as I’ve used this I’m fine! This smells SO good and makes your skin very soft and supple. I will absolutely re-purchase this when I run out and always want it in my shower routine!
10) Secret Clinical Strength Clinical Protection Antiperspirant/Deodorant Advanced Solid Powder Protection (PHEW what a name) $7.99
Last but CERTAINLY not least is probably–no definitely–what I’ve consistently used the longest. I’ve used this since my early 20′s so probably 6-7 years and any time I’ve strayed and tried any other deodorant I go right back to this and throw out the other one. This smells SO, SO good and it keeps oder and wetness away all day no matter how hot the weather is. I absolutely won’t live without this and you will always find it in my drawer and using it every single day. <3
Okay so that’s it for my top 10 can’t live without them items, I hope you all have a GREAT start to your weekend! We have a parade going on in our little town here so my kids and I will be busy today and through the weekend with the carnival and bike races and such!