Update: This tutorial uses products that are NOT cruelty-free and vegan because it was created before I made the switch. The products that are ARE cruelty-free and vegan are: Butter London Lippy, Beauty Blender, Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Anastasia Brow Wiz
Okay… I’ve tried a lot of makeup and hair products in my lifetime (waaay too many). But there are always those certain products I continue to repurchase no matter how much I have in my bank account. The products that make me never want to try anything different. I always find myself coming back to them after I’ve gone astray. These are my ride or die staple products and my all time favorites. The 10 awesome products I couldn’t live without. (in order, with the most amazing ones last.)
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Number ten has got to be my Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream. This stuff is like crack for your hands. If you know me at all you have probably seen me basking in this hand lotion. It will seriously make your hands the softest they have ever been and it’s not greasy or perfumey at all. Holding my hand after I’ve used this lotion is like touching baby skin. It’s from Norway so it has to be good. (photo from allure.com)
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
Next in line is Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation. I’m always trying different foundations but have come back to this mousse formula since I was in eighth grade. It gives you such a great finish and is truly matte. It is my favorite foundation for the winter months, especially. You really get a smooth, pore-less and airbrushed finish with this one.
8. Butter London Lippy
Next would have to be my favorite lipgloss from Butter London in the color “Wag.” I tend to use this gloss sparingly because it is a liiiitle pricey for a lip product. It has a super awesome formula and the color is beautiful. Wag is a pinky nude with gorgeous gold flecks in it that look really great on almost any skin tone. It lasts for hours without budging and never gets overly sticky. I don’t know how I’ve managed not to lose this lip gloss but the tube is lasting a very long time! Definitely worth it for this gorgeous and super glossy pink color.
Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion
Another awesome product for my fellow pale friends out there would be Banana Boat’s Summer Color Self Tanning lotion. This is the only reason I am tan in the winter. (…and summer. Shhh!) I have tried so many self tanners but this one takes the cake. This lotion gives you a dark bronze color without giving you an orange complexion. It is never streaky and dries much faster than many other lotions. If I run out of this I always run to get more ASAP! If you’ve never tried self-tanning I highly recommend it. It’s way cheaper and a lot safer than going to the tanning bed!
6. Original Beauty Blender
The Beauty Blender is one of those products that you never know you need until you have it. I actually purchased it fairly recently but thank goodness I did. The way it applies foundation is phenomenal. It will press your liquid foundation into your skin instead of looking like it is sitting on top of your face. It allows you to build your coverage without getting cakey at all. I never knew a makeup sponge could make such a huge difference in my overall complexion!
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in
Once you start using It’s a 10 you can never go back. I hate how quickly I go through this hair product! My hair has seriously been so spoiled since I’ve started using this stuff. No other hair product I’ve tried since has made the cut! When my hair is feeling dry this spray is perfectly hydrating and makes it extremely soft without making it oily. It smells super nice too! This is by far the best hair product or heat spray I have ever used. I would definitely recommend it for any hair type!
4. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Urban Decay setting spray is so amazing! It will honestly have your makeup lasting for days. I have slept in my makeup on nights I’ve used this spray and I wake up looking like I just put it on. I don’t know how it works but it is seriously magical. When it comes to setting spray, going with the high-end product can make a huge difference. If you’ve never tried using setting spray I would definitely check it out because my makeup lasts so much longer now that I use this spray! (photo from urbandecay.com)
3. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
I do not understand how people wear eyeshadow without using this primer beforehand. If I did not have eyeshadow primer I probably wouldn’t even bother putting on eye makeup. It will make your eyeshadow stick to your eyelid and look so opaque and gorgeous. It is an absolute necessity in my makeup routine! Use this combined with Urban Decay Setting spray and you are good to go all day long.
2. Anastasia Brow Wiz
If you have not tried the Anastasia Brow Wiz I do not know what you are thinking! If you do not own this product drop everything right now and go buy this. I don’t know how I lived 19 years of my life without this product but I must have had some pretty terrible eyebrows. Even if I’m “not wearing makeup” you already know my brows are filled in with this little guy. Seriously, this is the holy grail of eyebrow pencils. The fine tip and spooly make filling in your brows super simple and the shade is so natural. Once you start filling in your brows with the Brow Wiz you will never be able to use another product!
L’Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black
You already know I had to save numero uno for my all time favorite liquid liner from L’Oreal. This is no joke the only liquid liner I will ever use. I doubt I will ever try another liner because I am so content with this product! The tip is so easy to use and the formula lasts forever. It never flakes on my eyes or rubs off at all. Liquid liner and even winged eyeliner is a breeze when you are using this eyeliner. I always stock up on this liner when I see it because the stores are always sold out! It is really that amazing. No question that this is my favorite liquid liner of all time!!
Leave a comment with your all-time favorite products so I can try them out! 🙂