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This is a list of 10 beauty essentials I couldn’t live without. I’m the kind of girl that when I find products I like and that work for me, I stick with them. I’ve spent so many years testing products, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I continue to reach for and repurchase these 10 products. These really are the real deal. Let me know which of these you’ve tried (or want to try!) in the comments!
For the majority of my adolescent years, I was a drugstore skincare gal. You know, the blue Neutrogena makeup remover and the Clean & Clear Morning Burst face wash. We all used them at one point. It wasn’t until I had an esthetician recommend the Purity Facewash that I even considered using anything else. Apparently, the other products I was using were actually causing my skin to create more oils, and therefore, breakouts. Within a couple of weeks of switching to the Philosophy Purity Cleanser, I was already seeing a difference. Four years later and I’ve never looked back. Seriously, I’m Philosophy’s biggest fan. Gentle yet effective, this cleanser will remove even the most stubborn of mascaras while leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean.
The Philosophy Purity Cleanser was my gateway to the whole Philosophy brand. I’ve now tried countless products and literally have never been disappointed. The Purity Moisturizer is no exception. I’m not kidding when I say this is my PERFECT moisturizer. So incredibly hydrating, without making you feel oily or greasy. Pure perfection.
As an extremely fair-skinned gal living in the Sunshine State, I’ve tried nearly every tanning product on the market. These face tanning drops are ESSENTIAL in my routine. They give such a natural glow without looking orange or fake. I mix 2-4 drops into my Philosophy Purity Moisturizer at night and wake up with tan, glowing skin. These drops tend to even out my skin tone so I can even skip foundation most days and still feel super confident!
As I mentioned, I’ve tried nearly every single popular tanning product out there and I keep coming back to this one. There are a lot of great tanning products out there but St. Tropez really is the best of the best. It goes on so smooth and streak-free and gives the most beautiful color!! I love the express formula because you can apply in a pinch and still look glowy and tan in just a few hours, but if you have the time, you can also leave on for 8+ hours to develop a deeper tan. It’s an all-in-one solution to beautiful, glowy tan skin all year round!
I couldn’t talk beauty essentials without mentioning this one. If you haven’t tried this dry shampoo yet, seriously stop what you’re doing and buy it. I’m not kidding when I say it has changed. My. Life. No, seriously! I was always a wash-every-other-day girl until I found this magical product. I now push it to day 4 or 5 before it even starts to look greasy! A true miracle for my fine hair. More of my hair favs are listed here but I just couldn’t not share this one again.
Ever since I hit my mid-twenties, I’ve been on the search for amazing eye products. Everyone (including my mom) always says you’re never too young for eye cream. Well, I’m still on the search for the perfect eye cream (give me all of your recs!) BUT this eye balm is BOMB. I put it on every morning after moisturizing, the cooling effect plus the caffeine in the product is the perfect combo to wake me up. I feel like the highlight in the balm also makes my makeup look so much brighter and prettier!
I’ve been a loyal beauty blender user for nearly as long as I’ve been wearing makeup. I’ve tried so many other makeup sponges but none of the cheaper options have the same squish factor as the OG beauty blender. Until now. Y’all. These makeup sponges are IDENTICAL to the beauty blender and the best part? They come in a FIVE PACK for under $10!!! Say goodbye to paying $20 for a single beauty blender. Once you try these, I promise you’ll never go back!!
I think if I had to choose one item, this one would be my #1 holy grail forever product. It is just so good. Amazing coverage, SPF 50, great price, non-greasy. You just can’t beat it! I love the original formula but they also make a matte and illuminating version so it is perfect for all skin types!
This is definitely the one product that I haven’t gone a single day without like ever. I suffer from chronically chapped lips, despite drinking TONS of water and Aquaphor is the one and only product that actually keeps them soft and hydrated. I probably have at least 10 little tubes scattered throughout my bags, cars, and house at all times, in addition to a large tube that lives in my bathroom. I really and truly couldn’t live without it. But important distinction – you must try the ORIGINAL Aquaphor healing ointment, NOT the one made for lips. Trust me, it’s just not the same!
And last but certainly not least! These tinkle razors are new-ish to my beauty routine over the last year but they have made such a difference for me! I use these to get rid of all the little peach fuzz on my face and it makes makeup go on so much smoother and stay on longer! And since quarantine, these have even replaced getting my brows done all together! Can’t say enough good things about these!
Have you tried any of these? What’s on your holy-grail-can’t-live-without beauty essentials list?