Five Beauty Essentials

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It’s no secret, I love beauty and beauty products. I was that teenager who subscribed to all the magazines (remember YM?). I would pour over them meticulously and mark the pages of items I wanted to purchase and look into. I was beyond excited when I heard of services like Birchbox and Ipsy that, for a small fee, mail you samples of the newest products. And while I have a fair amount of shampoos, conditioners, makeup, lotions and other products, I tend to stick to just a few on a daily basis. 

Aveeno Protect +Hydrate Lotion and Sunscreen

Healthy skin is essential. When it’s dry and damaged, you look older. That’s why having a good lotion and sunscreen is essential. Here’s the greatest tip I can ever give anyone regarding looking and feeling good, wear sunscreen every day.  I don’t care if its cloudy or snowing or if you will be only outside for a few minutes, wear it every day. I know, it’s hard to remember, which is why I like this lotion because it has an SPF of 30 (7 is not an acceptable SPF people!)  It’s light and not greasy and while you might not notice a drastic difference in your skin you will thank yourself in 20 years. (Side note though: if you are going to the beach or hanging outside all day put an additional SPF on top of it and keep reapplying, sunburns are never ever sexy)

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Urban Decay Primer Potion, $20 Click to buy!

Urban Decay Primer Potion, $20
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This stuff is amazing. It truly is an item that I use every day.  First thing in the morning when I get up I swipe this across my eyelids and I let it dry while brush my teeth. Afterwards you can apply any eyeshadow and you will have amazing crease free shadowed eyes for the rest of the day. I can’t emphasize how well this works, I continuously rub my eyes throughout the day in exhaustion/frustration and then go to the gym and work my ass off. By the time I come home I am a sweaty, tired and an all-around gross mess. However my eye makeup is still perfectly smoky and sexy– exactly how it looked when I left the house some 12 hours earlier.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, $56 Click to buy!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, $56
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Above I said it didn’t matter what eyeshadow I use with the primer, it would last forever. While that’s still true, 9 times out of 10 I will reach for the Naked 2 palette. Inside are 12 wonderful colors that you can mix and match to create your favorite look.

They range from soft shimmering creams, coppers and plums to a rich black.  Inside they also have a wonderful two sided brush that is amazing (which alone would cost you $15 so really the palette is a steal).

A word of advice, palettes can be terrifying for some to figure out how to put all the colors together to create looks, if you feel overwhelmed by the possibilities (or even bored of your current look and want to switch it up) Google/Pinterest “Naked 2 palette” and you will find so many tutorials and some are AMAZING.

Covergirl Lash Blast Clump Buster Mascara

Covergirl Lash Blast Clump-Buster Mascara, $5 Click to buy!

Covergirl Lash Blast Clump-Buster Mascara, $5
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I love all the Covergirl Lash Blast mascaras but this one is my favorite.  It comes in a neon green bottle and has a curved brush with little plastic legs that grip every single lash to give you longerm wider and clump-free lashes. My favorite mascara before this was Dior Show but after this came along I happily switched to the much cheaper ,and in my opinion better, mascara.

Moroccan Oil

Moroccan Oil, $38 Click to buy!

Moroccan Oil, $38
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I have naturally curly frizzy hair, but you would never know because I have it under control and I would like to thank Moroccan Oil for that.  Now, this isn’t one of those miracle treatments where you place a dime sized amount in you hair and you end up with perfect natural curls that everyone lust for. Sorry ladies, that doesn’t exist.

You either end up with a big poofy 80’s fro curls, the perfect looking curls that are so drenched in gel that they are rock hard, or what my hair loves to do– a combination of both.

However using Moroccan Oil with my trusty blow-dryer, hairbrush and a bit of tension I can turn my hair into something manageable.  I also like to use a little bit between blow drys to calm down flyaways. Ladies with not extremely dry hair- try the light version as the original might be a bit too strong for you.