Being the makeup junkies that we all are – we know the struggle when it comes to choosing what to work with from day to day. But we all also have that handful of products that we cannot stray from, those products that get incorporated into every (or nearly every) look.
Here are my ride or die products:
- Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Cream: I was introduced to this product way back when BB creams were just tinted moisturizer, back then – it was called Smooth Operator, and all of she shades had secret agent type names. It has had a few different names but the formula has stayed the same – it gets 10/10 stars from me. The formula is light but gives decent coverage – and moisturizes but doesn’t get greasy. Some shades oxidize a bit – but I’ve been using them so long, I know exactly what works best for me. I use the shade light year round, and when I’m lucky enough to get some sun – I mix a tiny bit of the Tan shade when applying.
- MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation: Since I only wear tinted moisturizer as a base, I tend to look for coverage in my powder instead. I feel like it gives me slightly more natural coverage, and tends to separate less than a full coverage foundation with setting powder. You can work with just a bit of product to set your foundation, or really buff in a good amount to build up a bit of extra coverage. I know that MAC has always been a divisive brand for people – but this is just one of those products that has worked for me, so I’m too lazy to change it up or try others!
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: If this isn’t your holy grail drugstore concealer – or shit, even just concealer in general….we need to have a conversation. One in which I just slap a bunch of concealer under your eyes and let you see how great this is. It doesn’t get creasy, greasy or dry. If you don’t trust my opinions (I can’t blame you for that) just google holy grail concealer and take the 1,000s of other opinions on this product.
- Lipsense Lipstick: okay guys. I know. Pyramid scheme, annoying DM’s, stupid expensive and all other complaints about these types of company are absolutely founded. I turn down dm’s daily about buying Lipsense (because I’ve been lucky enough to receive a handful of complimentary colors to test out.) I wear all kinds of colors for insta and photoshoots galore, but this is what I throw on my pout in the car on my daily commute and then wake up with the next day because it just doesn’t go away. I don’t have to think about it, and I look like I’m halfway put together at work. Which is a feat – if you’ve ever seen me IRL. Tip: Don’t waste $$ on the remover – any waterproof makeup remover works 1,000 times better and is much easier. I soak a lint-free cotton pad in Sephora’s remover and it takes off even the most stubborn colors in seconds. BUT – you cannot wear this stuff without a topcoat of some sort. The matte gloss disappears quickly, meaning you need more coats during the day – but if you’re into the glossy, gloss works well. Another pro-tip: You can use most other longwear lip color toppers instead of LipSense glosses. So all of those two-step drugstore lippies you have will finally come in handy!
- Chihtsai Instant Treatment: The first time my hairdresser melted most of the hair off of my head (its not good that I can say first time, not the only time.) She gave me this simple product to help restore some of the structure of my hair. Its a thick salve style balm which you emulsify in your hands and apply before blowdrying. It really did save a lot of my hair from breaking off – and leaves it feeling bouncy and soft. To compare, my lap would be covered in broken hairs after blowdrying without it, and my hair would feel like a bale of hay sitting in the desert for a year. You could literally see the little frizzzzzzzy z’s in each individual hair and it was just embarrassing. I still use this overtime I wash and dry my hair, because it just protects so well!
- Aussie – 3 Minute Miracle (Moist): This deep conditioning treatment is my daily use conditioner. I do so much damage to my hair that I can use a deep conditioning treatment for my everyday creme rinse. Does anyone even use that term anymore? Aging myself – but I digress. This sh*t is amazeballs. Not too heavy to weigh your hair down, but does some gooooooood smoothing. Pro Tip: Give your hair a little shake through with a towel after shampooing and rinsing and before application, it will have less water to fight through and will leave your hair even softer!
Any questions about any of these products? Shoot them down to me below in the comments! I am happy to answer.