Every woman has her go-to beauty products - the things she always refills when she runs out, and the items that she packs on every trip. These are a few of my favorite things. I'm fond of whiskers on kittens as well.
From Left to Right:
OPI's Russian Navy
If you've ever tried OPI polish, you will be spoiled. The wide brush, which sweeps over the length of your nail in one stroke, makes a flawless manicure possible at home. Russian Navy is a rich navy blue with just a hint of shimmer - from a distance it almost looks black. It's a great color to wear if you prefer shorter nails.
Urban Decay Eyeshadows + Priming Potion
As a hairstylist and makeup artist, I have tried lots of eyeshadows over the years. These, with their finely milled particles, are infinitely layerable and blend like a dream. The fun names are an added bonus! Finally, Priming Potion as a base insures that your shadow won't crease or fade - no matter what you're up to. We use this on all of our brides at Alchemy.
I discovered this perfume before my wedding last year. I wanted a memorable fragrance that would always remind me of our day - the advice of my friend Jordan. I tried several, but this has become my signature scent. Hints of warm amber, peach and musk make it decadent from the moment you spritz it on until the dry-down.
Avoplex Cuticle Oil To-Go
OPI's Avoplex oil is a saviour in the dry Winter months. My hands are in water many times a day with my work, and it's not unusual for them to crack and bleed. I use this oil when I'm waiting in line, when I'm watching TV and in between clients. The brush applicator makes it easy to apply to the cuticle without making a mess.
Rimmel Glam Eyes Lash
I've tried many, many mascaras over the years. Some have been $30 a tube. Most have been a waste of aforementioned $30. This drugstore staple has proven to be the best bang for the buck (usually only $7!)
It lengthens and separates my puny blonde lashes (natural ginger) to the point of Brigitte Bardot lushness.
Olay Facial Cloths
I'm lazy at night. I've been on my feet all day. But I also know I'm at the age I need to take my makeup off before I go to bed. These make it fast, easy, and painless. They pack well and they make me feel fresh and a little better about myself in the morning. No raccoon eyes!
NARS Orgasm Blush
I know, scandalous name. But think about it! It's the perfect color - on everyone. I use it on all my makeup clients. Perfect rosy peach glow. Yes. The thing you want to use when you're sick so as not to look half dead.
Yes to Carrots Lip Butter
No gross artificial stuff - just pure and natural softness. I keep it in my car and reapply every time I hit a red light. Which is to say - a lot.
Jergen's Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
I'm an Irish girl. Irish girls are pale. This keeps me from scaring the kids with the brilliant fishbelly whiteness of my legs come Springtime. It's just enough color to make you look human and not orange. I have had orange. I have also had the Ross tan. Lessons learned, people.
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
I call this stuff "Spanx for your hair." Every girl with curly hair needs it. I use this on practically everyone who sits in my chair. Detangler, de-frizzer, and moisturizing agent - it is perfect to throw in your purse and reapply throughout the day. Humidity is coming. Be prepared.
What are your beauty must haves?