1. Different strokes
I tend to think of my eye shadow set as my artsy color palette. My face, after all, is the blank canvas and right now I’m loving NARSissist eyeshadow palette (plus blush, contour and lip palette shown below).
2. Face paint
Oh liquid foundation, how I love thee. Skin Foundation (with SPF) by Bobbi Brown is some serious liquid gold. It’s like using the airbrush filter on Snapchat, getting a good night’s sleep and feeling like you just came out of the womb with so much baby soft skin, you don’t know what to do with yourself.
3. Nightly spritzer
For some curl hold, I love Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode. It embodies that perfect balance between holding the curls and still leaving the hair soft with a silky finish. None of that crunchy texture we all know and hate.
4. Foreign finds
You can find coconut oil anywhere these days from the grocery store to a coffee farm in Bali. It does wonders for your skin and is rumored to slow aging and aid in protection against Alzheimer’s Disease. Disclaimer: usage of said oil will undoubtedly make you crave the tropics. Speaking of tropics, my most recent Maui gem was bought at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua while on the island, but again, tanning oil (with SPF!) can be found at just about any drug store near you.
5. Spoiled rotten
Sometimes, you deserve to be pampered. I tend to try and do that nightly (don’t judge) in the bath with Laura Mercier’s creme brulee honey bath. Every time I pour this insanely good smelling liquid, my bath time is taken up a few notches.
6. Just breathe
What is it about essential oils that’s making them fall off the shelves? I fell right into the trend and bought Young Living‘s set of 10 that takes me on a sensual journey every time I open the box. Each oil comes with its own unique therapeutic benefit from aiding in stress disorders to indigestion.
7. Silky Smooth
This is my favorite thing to streak through my damp hair before putting it under the blow dryer. Matrix’s Biolage Exquisite Oil takes away that fried feeling and leaves your hair with a silky smooth finish. Did I just sound like a Pantene commercial? I think the answer is yes.
8. Pump it up
Spring, summer, winter, fall, give me all the lotion, give me it ALL. Whether you’re applying moisturizer from a day in the hot sun or trying to liven up dry skin from the winer chill, soy lotion from Archipelago Botanicals does a body good.
9. Skin, Hair, Nail 3some
This may just be the best invention of all time. If there’s ever ONE beauty product to replace THREE separate beauty products, fill me in because consolidation isn’t a bad thing. Skin, Hair & Nails Oil from dermae is everything (along with their masks, night creams, cleansers and serums), but if you’re looking for a drugstore version, check out the Biotin pills below.
10. Lash Blast
Let’s be honest. If you don’t have a friend or know of a friend of a friend who is selling or has sold Rodan + Fields, there’s a good chance you’re living under a rock. I love a variety of their products, but this lash boost is everything my face needs to feel good about itself (that I need to feel good about myself*).
11. Pucker up
Lipsense, you just get me. You stay on my lips all day long, and it’s a wonder how you accomplish that. But seriously, this product is amazing with its longevity and variety of colors. If you’re looking for a good drugstore alternative, L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro-Matte gloss does a lip good.
12. You’re never fully dressed without a smile
There’s a little Orphan Annie to brighten your day. If you’ve had a bit too much coffee lately or age is just doing a number on your pearly whites, Sheer White teeth whitening strips will freshen that smile up in no time (probably in about 5 days actually). Pro tip: each box comes with 10 strips total (5 upper and 5 lower), but I cut my strips in half to double the amount since I’m pretty sure the back of my teeth won’t mind being less white than the front.
13. On the road, again
Sure, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but looking put-together on the outside is important, too. This On The Road toiletry bag from Wild and Wolf Cartography gets me out of bed in the morning because it’s that adorable.