Thursday, July 5, 2012

Go-To Beauty Products

so i've never claimed to be an expert on, well, anything really, but i thought i'd share some of my go-to beauty products! i'd love to hear yours in the comments. i'd also like to apologize for not posting much! getting back from vacation and dealing with extreme heat can do that to a girl. anyway, i guess i should preface this with these somewhat personal facts about me: i have thin, fine hair that grows very slowly; i have fair, dry skin (as opposed to oily); and i've never been a super girly girl that spends a lot of money on beauty items, but i like to smell and look good!

favorite conditioner:

herbal essences: long term relationship
i have been using this almost constantly since the first time i tried it, mainly because it smells AH-mazing. i love love it. i initially bought it hoping that it would help my hair grow faster, which it doesn't really, (i think it's just meant for girls with already long hair), but it still provides everything i need in a conditioner plus makes my nose happy! it's also super affordable, as you probably know. do you have a favorite herbal essences collection?

favorite moisturizer:

H2O+: face oasis hydrating lotion SPF 30
i was introduced to H2O last spring when i went shopping with my cousin, who swears by this brand. she bought a few things at their store, and they gave me a couple samples, score! i finally used the samples and am really enjoying this one. it's what i like in a moisturizer - hydrates instantly, protects my face from the sun, and smells good. the downside - it's $42 for 1.3oz. not looking forward to my little free sample running out!

favorite body lotion:

bath and body works: country chic body cream
i'm not too picky about lotion; it just has to keep my skin soft and smell good. this one fits the bill! i guess the pretty label helps, too. in the winter, especially working with food where you have to wash your hands several times a day, my hands get really rough, so i prefer body cream to body lotion. country chic has the texture i like, and it's my favorite scent right now at bath and body. and of course, it's an affordable place to shop! they have sales and coupons all the time, and you can usually get a deal if you check in on foursquare as well. what scent do you like at bath and body?

favorite nail polish:

maybelline color show: green with envy
mint is (or was at least) pretty 'in' this spring/summer, and i was looking for the perfect nail polish. i didn't have to look far, because i popped into the beauty section at walmart and found this one for $3. i hate when nail polish applies differently than it looks in the bottle, but this one matches perfectly! one coat can be enough, but i usually do two. when searching for this on maybelline's site just now, i couldn't find it, so i'm a little worried they discontinued it already. i better go hit up walmart and see if i can find another one because i love it so much!

favorite eye makeup remover:

avon: moisture effective eye makeup remover lotion
i didn't really think i could have a favorite of something so simple, but after trying two other kinds of eye makeup remover, i decided i'm really glad my mom didn't like this one by avon and passed it on to me. i love that this is a lotion and not a liquid - the others i have tried don't work as well and make my eyes feel all oily after, it freaks me out. anyway, this one is only $4 for 2oz, and lasts for a long time! i haven't actually had to buy my own yet.

favorite perfume:
juicy couture: viva la juicy
obviously there is no one perfume that suits everyone, but this is my favorite scent. there isn't much to say about it besides it smells sweet and fruity. it's not for everyone, but i love it! other scents that i use are: burberry brit, the regular juicy couture, and victoria beckham's intimately beckham. what suits you?

so i'm looking for suggestions on a few other products that i haven't found a favorite of! please let me know what your favorites of these are: deodorant (not an antiperspirant), teeth whitener (toothpaste or kit), foot cream (to help with roughness on the bottom of feet), and under eye concealer.
thanks friends!


  1. Fun post! I love it! I have a recommendation for under eye concealer and I have tried a million because my dark circle are terrible. Laura Mercier's "Secret Concealer" is the best I have ever found. It is a bit pricy but lasts a really long time, its in a little pot and a little goes a long way, I have had it for about 7 months and still have a quarter left, so for $22 not bad :) I would go to sephora so they can help you with the shade, but I have #3 :) Hope this helps!

    1. that does help, i really appreciate it! and i have a sephora gift card, score!

  2. Great post, thanks for sharing! That H2O stuff sounds great, but my face tends to get red and angry if I put anything on it that isn't labelled specifically as "sensitive". I'll have to do some investigating and see if they make sensitive stuff!