I’ve gone through a slew of beauty products over the years because I’m constantly searching for something better than what I’m currently using. Though I’ve encountered a few misses, I’ve also come across some wonderful hits, so I thought I’d share them with you. So without further a do, here is personal list of everyday beauty essentials.
Huggies baby wipes:
I like these because they’re just as good as makeup removing wipes without the jacked up price. I usually get mine at the dollar store so they’re even cheaper. I recommend getting the natural ones because they have a lot less in them ingredient-wise, but I just love the shea butter scented ones!
L’Oréal Touche Magique Perfecting Base:
I’ve recently rediscovered this product and I absolutely love it! I was looking for a primer that would extend the life of my foundation and it definitely does just that. My only qualm is that it’s advertised solely as a “perfecting base” and not as a “lasting primer”, but I think people would gravitate towards it more if they knew it made your makeup last all day, as well. Word of advice: A little goes a long way, so don’t over do it. Especially if youère a woman of color. If you do, you’ll wind up looking pale and ashy because of its pink cast. Trust me. I know.
I like to apply my foundation with a damp sponge for more natural looking coverage. I’m currently using Real Techniques Pefect Complexion Sponge but I much prefer triangular sponges. I usually get mine at (surprise, surprise) the dollarstore.
L’Oréal True Match Foundation:
I used to hate this foundation– then I realized I was wearing the wrong shade, got the right one and I’ve been using it ever since! It offers just the right amount of coverage and looks flawless all without costing a fortune.
Maybelline “Define-A-Brow” Eyebrow Pencil:
My best friend Vanessa put me on to this eyebrow pencil a few months ago. I like it because it’s the only thing that doesn’t make my brows look heavily filled in. I always buy it in “Light Brown” because I can never find it in “Medium Brown” in stores but honestly, there’s hardly any difference between the two shades.
Annabelle blush in “Rosewood”:
It’s just the perfect color for a natural, rosy flush. I see it complementing a multitude of skin tones… A perfect dupe for MAC’s “Love Rush” if you ask me, and this one only costs a fraction of the price.
Clear Lip Gloss:
So here’s the thing: I’m a little obsessed with clear lip gloss. I never go without it– even on days when I don’t wear makeup. And the stickier the better (I don’t like to reapply often). I’m currently using MAC’s clear lipglass but if you wanna skip the 20$ price tag, I’d suggest getting Wet n’ Wild’s Glassy Gloss Lip Gel in “Through the Looking Glass”.
I have treacherously oily skin so I’m very serious about my cleansing game. I’m currently trying to simplify my beauty regimen (I just feel like putting too many different things on your face can’t be good for your skin…) so right now I’m using CeraVe foaming cleanser. It’s gentle on the skin and gets rid of all the gunk, just like a good cleanser should.
My favorite is Cocoa Care Cocoa Butter Lip balm. It’s ultra moisturizing, gives your lips a nice sheen and smells great! I get them for two bucks at little beauty shops.
I rarely leave the house without spritzing something on. My altime favorite is Halle by Halle Berry, which is perfect for everyday wear. My other favorites include Nude by Rihanna, Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath & Body Works and Coco Noire by Chanel.
Let me know about your personal beauty favorites (or if you know about a really good, super sticky gloss!) by commenting below. Take care and have a wonderful week!