Still, I do make an effort to look nice, & I like to try to keep my skin in good shape. My straw-textured hair usually seems (or at least feels) like a lost cause, but I try on that front, too (except for getting it cut, apparently). Below, I've rounded up 15 of my favorite products - five each in the categories of hair, face, & skin.
Have you tried any of these? Can you recommend anything better than any of these? Hit me with your best beauty products. Fire away!
- Carol's Daughter Sacred Tiare Shampoo & Conditioner
I love this sulfate-free combo, which is designed for dry hair & is available at Target. After using it, I can usually get away with three days of unwash.
- It's A 10 Miracle Leave-in Product
This comes in a big, bulky, stupidly shaped container that's difficult to handle, but the product itself is really kind of a miracle. It keeps my waves wavy, not crunchy.
- Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
Like everyone else, I originally fell in love with the Bumble & Bumble version, but this one is much cheaper & works just as well. It gives my hair a little texture where it's otherwise lacking.
- TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo
I've used a lot of different kinds of dry shampoo, but this is my favorite of the bunch. I keep a big one in my bathroom & a small one in my purse & my car. It smells like summer.
- DreamDry Dream Turban
This was the one good thing in an otherwise terrible subscription box. It's super absorbent, designed to soak up excess moisture without leaving hair frizzy. I use it after every shower.
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Confession: I use this one my eyelids and on my lips when I'm putting on lipstick. It works better than lip primer & keeps everything from sliding off my almost-always-sweaty face.
- Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
I love this so much that I blogged about its being discontinued. Good news: For now, at least, it's still available! It's my holy grail of liquid liner. Nothing else compares.
- Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush FoundationI first learned about this spray-on foundation when I got my makeup done at Sephora for a wedding. Since then, it's all I've used. It goes on seamlessly!
- MTJ High-Definition Mascara
I got this in a GlossyBox but now can't seem to buy it anywhere - which is distressing, because it's the best, least clumpy mascara I've ever used.
- Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick
I use a few different kinds of lipstick, of course, but these are my new (expensive) favorites. The smooth, creamy formula smells like fruit, stays on pretty well, & doesn't bleed.
- CoTz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40
In the summer, this tinted sunscreen is my daily BB cream instead of, well, a daily BB cream. It goes on smoothly, isn't greasy, & doesn't haven't that standard sunscreen smell.
- Perfectly Posh Best Face Forever Exfoliating Daily Face Wash
This zingy face wash is gentle but effective. It makes my face tingle but not burn or dry out, & it's made with grapefruit & peppermint essential oils, so it smells nice, too.
- Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
I'm not technically sure what this stuff does, but it sure does feel nice. It's gentle, removes any trace of makeup or dirt, & leaves my skin feeling hydrated. Also? It costs less than $5.
Perfectly Posh Moisturize 911 Caffeinated Face Crème
Some moisturizers seems to lose effectiveness with repeated use, but no matter how many times I used this, it continues to have the same effect on my face: a tingling, energizing feeling.
- Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes
I've been using these for ages. They're the easiest way to remove makeup & clean my face without actually, well, cleaning my face, & they travel well, too.
Like I said, I'd love to hear what you use & whether you have any feelings on the products I've shared here. Tell me your trade secrets, people of the Internet!
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