Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
I've been using this moisturizer for almost 6 years now - LOVE IT! It does the job of moisturizing my face, while not making my skin too oily.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily SPF 30
I don't venture out much when it comes to face moisturizers, however, this moisturizer is the only other one I'll use (other than Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel). It has SPF 30 but it's not so heavy - most with SPF feel too oily for me.
Too Faced Primed Poreless Face Primer
I've only been using foundation primer for almost 2 years, since starting, I doubt I'll ever go without! I've used this particular brand of primer for almost 3 months - I swear by this primer! It can be worn with or without foundation. It smoothes and preps the skin, making pores unnoticeable. My foundation lasts longer and I never go without it - when I do, I can see/feel the dramatic difference.
BareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer
This is the next foundation primer I like. I started using this particular product when I started using primer 2 years ago. It works well with the foundation I use but I noticed my face was oilier during the summer months, other than that, I like this primer for the most part.
Benefit Boi-ing & Eye Bright Duo
This concealer/eye brightener duo is the best I've used so far. I don't have severe under eye circles, but it comes handy after a long night.
BareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation
I've been using BareMinerals for almost 3 years. I'll probably never go back to regular liquid foundation. It provides enough coverage for my skin and comes closest to my skin color than any other foundation - without that cake-like feeling. BareMinerals Matte is fairly new, I used to just use the regular foundation but now that it's available in Matte, I swear by it! It helps with shine and makes my makeup last longer throughout the day.
BareMinerals Multi-Tasking Well Rested
This is another concealer I use every so often. It's not as heavy as most concealers but definitely keeps up with the best of them. I use it on the days I feel extra flushed and redness can be seen around my nose and cheeks. It works as a great under-the-eye concealer as well.
Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil: Loose Powder
This is the perfect setting powder that can also be used for touch up or shine blasting! I love it! I currently bought the Bare Escentuals Hydrating Mineral Veil to try it out, so far "it's okay" but the original mineral veil is better because it feels less chalky. The mineral veil can definitely be used alone, I envy those people that can use it by itself for light coverage...
NYC Brush-On Brow Powder with Grooming Wax
I have eyebrow hairs that are thick but I don't have a lot of them, if you can imagine how that looks haha. I also have a scar on my left eyebrow so I have to use a powder and wax to make them lay in the direction I want them to go. This brow kit does everything I need it to, and it's more than $20 cheaper than other kits. I started using this product in 2004 and I've started using it more so in the past year. Love it!
Too Faced First Base Eye Shadow Base
This is one of those products that I have a love/hate relationship with. Too much can look like a muddy mess, yet, if applied only on the lid; it looks awesome! When applied in small amounts, the base's iridescent shimmer really brings out any eyeshadow in any color. I save this for when I wear really loud colors like magenta or turquoise.
MAC Eyeshadow - Nylon
Nylon is perfect for everyday wear. I use this eyeshadow as my all-over eye color. It is fantastic to wear alone with some eyeliner, or blended with just about any other eyeshadow color!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Midnight Cowgirl
I love the texture of this eyeshadow and how it accentuates the brow bone. I don't use this particular eyeshadow everyday because it's quite shimmery and glittery, however, it's been a fave for almost 5 years!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Polyester Bride
This is just like Urban Decay's Midnight Cowgirl but the shimmers and glitters are not as gold. Both look amazing when dusted anywhere on the face or shoulders, I use them for whatever needs a little shimmer!
Coastal Scents Makeup Palette (88 Pc.)
These highly pigmented shades are amazing! First of all, I bought this 88 eyeshadow palette for less than $20! They are VERY much comparable to the more expensive brands, such as MAC. I love color and this has to be my best beauty buy of 2009!
Clinique Powder Blush - Precious Posy
I've used Clinique blushes since I was a teenager and just haven't strayed. There are probably better blushes out there - I really wouldn't know! I'm so fair complected so their caucasian shades of pink work I guess haha. This blush is gentle enough for my skin, doesn't cause breakouts.
Rimmel Natural Bronzer - Sundance
I fell in love when I first experimented with bronzer this past summer! This bronzer would have to be my 2nd best buy of 2009! I have no idea why I never used bronzer until just recently!
Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzer
As excited as I was about bronzer, I happened to buy several. I go back and forth between the two bronzers I have listed. I like this one because it is about a shade darker than the Rimmel bronzer. It's great for the summer months when I'm slightly tanned, and also it has SPF :)
Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder
This is another product I have a love/hate relationship with. It's okay for days when I'm wearing nothing but lip gloss and mascara. However, if I'm going for a much bolder look, I can hardly tell I'm wearing this product. Kudos for the packaging and the little kabuki brush it comes with though -- I'm a sucker for marketing :-I
Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder - Gold
Awesome finishing & highlighting powder! When I actually remember to apply it, I dig how it makes me glow!
MAC 'Penultimate' Eye Liner - Rapid Black
This is thee best liquid eyeliner EVER! I'm a huge fan of liquid eyeliner, it stays on longer and looks clean. I've always preferred a felt tip marker when it comes to liquid eyeliner, however, I had yet to find a good one that didn't dry up after a few uses. When I found this one - my life was complete! It's easy to apply, doesn't go on super thick, and doesn't dry up! This is my 3rd best beauty buy of 2009! I've been using this product for almost a year, I'm a fan.
NYX Felt Tip Eyeliner - Jet Black
I just recently discovered this felt tip eyeliner at an Ulta Store. I really like NYX eyeshadows so even though I'm pretty faithful to my MAC liquid liner, I thought I'd try it out. The verdict: it's VERY comparable! Save $10 and reach for this one! Either or, they're both dope!
Clinique Lash Building Primer
I've been using this product for almost 5 years. As you can probably see by now, I stick with what works! This works! It primes my lashes for my mascara and leaves my lashes thicker and more stacked. I have a few favorite mascaras but honestly, as long as I have this primer, any mascara will do!
Clinique High Impact Mascara - Black
I've tried them all and this still remains on top, after 5 years of using it. In my opinion, this mascara is one of the best on the market. I love the way it glides on my lashes. My eyes look bigger, as my lashes are so defined. It never clumps, stays in place all day, and is easy to remove. I don’t have any complaints about this mascara, even the price is reasonable for this high quality product. This is the mascara that I always come back to – it’s reliable and effective.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - Black
This is my second favorite mascara. I try to keep a tube in my makeup bag at all times, just in case I want to go over my normal mascara, for that extra bold effect. This mascara works, it's award winning and our mom's used this crap so it has to be good right? Haha :)
Alba Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser
Where was this cleanser when I was a teenager?! I used to breakout as a teenager and everything I tried was too harsh for my skin and the stuff for sensitive skin did nothing to help. I've been using this product for almost 3 years now and I'm sold! The pineapple enzymes remove all of my makeup, without stripping my skin. This is thee best facial cleanser I've ever used!
Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream
I've been using this scrub for about 5 years because it meets all my standards. It's not "grainy" at all - that's important because grainy irritates and inflames my skin. This is the perfect scrub, not harsh, yet it gets the job done! I use it 1-2 times a week.
Proactive 3-Step System
P. Diddy and Kelly Clarkson were right, this stuff works! Haha :) I'm selective as to what products of this system I like. I love the Revitalizing Toner, use it everyday before my makeup. It's so gentle and has little to no scent, plus it actually feels like it cleanses your skin without any tingling effect. Next, I use the Repairing Lotion on the days I'm prone to breakouts (PMS) -- it's gentle enough for my skin, yet it has active acne fighting ingredients. Lastly, I really like the Refining Mask! I use it 1-2 times a month. It smells like a fart but it's awesome for de-clogging pores and keeping your skin firm! I don't like the Renewing Cleanser. I might have liked it but the few times I've used it, it left towels and clothing bleached and discolored so that kind of freaks me out - not trying to put that on my face! Other than that, awesome system for that one week out of the month!
Johnson's Baby Lotion - Original
I've used this lotion since I was a wee little Dre! It works, smells good, and doesn't irritate my skin! It's less expensive than the other smelly stuff too. Sometimes, I sneak a few drops to maintain my crazy Spanish hair frizz :-I
Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream
First of all, it smells delicious! The product is so thick, awesome for after the shower! This product is a must have for any desert living, sandal wearing person!
Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Hair Collection
I fell in love with this collection 2 years ago. The main ingredient - olive oil - fights frizz and leaves hair shiny and glossy! I use the shampoo, conditioner, and styling creme.
Biolage Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner
Since I've cut all my hair off haha, I have to be careful not to overload my hair with products, yet, I have to have something to fight this Spanish frizz. Soooo, I go between the Fekkai Collection and Biolage's Strengthening Formula. It's conditioning enough, yet, not as heavy as the Fekkai Shampoo and Conditioner. I'll go between the two until my hair grows back.
Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Treatment
I haven't had to use this product since I cut my hair. I swore by this product when I had hair to repair. I used this treatment once every other month or so, and I recommend it to anyone with long hair. I still keep my tube around because I'm growing my hair back!
TRESemme Heat Protective Spray
I use a flat iron now that I have short hair - not often, but more so when I first chopped my hair. I use this heat protective spray before I apply any heat to my hair. It doesn't smell bad, doesn't leave any residue, and makes my hair feel soft. It's not expensive and it gets the job done!
Garnier Fructis Style Fiber Gum Putty
This is another product I've used for over 5 years haha. It works well with wet or dry hair. I have a lot of frizz and flyaways that I have to maintain, and this works. It doesn't flake or make your hair stiff, plus it smells good!
Herbal Essences Set Me Up Hairspray
I'm not super picky about hairspray, if they still sold Rave, I'd use that! Haha. This smells good and holds my hair without getting stiff. It's awesome for braiding hair and keeps the baby hairs in. I buy a can every 6 months or so, I don't use to much.
Big Sexy Hair - Volumizing Hairspray
This is an awesome spray for volume! I spray my hair before blow drying and it accomplishes that full look. I also use it before teasing sections of my hair - I recommend it to those in need of big hair :-)