Makeup Brands I love: NARS, theBalm, Revlon
Drugstore fallbacks – Maybelline, Covergirl, and Hard Candy
Hair: Aveda, Bumble & Bumble, Aloxxi, L’Oreal
Drugstore fallbacks- Nexxus, TREsemme, and Herbal Essences
Skincare: C Booth, Fresh, Nivea
–Catch-all Review: Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Jergen’s Ultra Healing, Jergen’s Ultra Healing review, Nivea Essentially Enriched Lotion, Nivea Intensive Body Lotion, and Yes to Carrots Super Rich Body Butter
Holy Grail Makeup:
Primer: Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer, available at any drugstore
Blush: NARS Orgasm Blush. The raves are true and more. If I could buy only one beauty product ever until the end of time, this would be it. Backup: theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One, $20.00.
Eyeliner: CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus (any shade) – stays on for hours, doesn’t run at all, and offers complete control with its precision point. Glides on with a smooth, soft application. I’ve tried some other eyeliners and always return to this one.
Lipstick: Revlon Outlast
Lip Pencil: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl
Lip Balm: Vaseline or Smith’s Rosebud Salve (available at Anthropologie)
Tinted Moisturizer: I swear by Merle Norman Sheer Defense Tinted Moisturizer. Gives my face a lovely, natural sun-kissed glow, doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, and blends in well and easily. It even has a light, pleasant smell. I can’t recommend enough – love it. Merle Norman stuff is hard to find so I recommend calling their store and having them ship it to you – they’re always up for that. Backup: Joeur Luminizing Moisturizer- Gives me that perfect warm all-over but natural looking summery glow, blends in at the swipe of fingers, no strong smell or streaking, washes off easily – holy grail product. Subtle enough to wear all year round, effective enough to want to. Backup: on days that I need some extra glow,