Here's a list of products that I have been purchasing for years
1) Annabelle Waterproof Smoothliner ($2-6)
This eyeliner is super cheap and it's amazing. I would say that it's equivalent to Urban Decay's 24/7 liners. Sadly they're not available in the US (to the best of my knowledge); I always pick-up a couple whenever I'm in Canada or I ask my sister to bring me some whenever she visits.
2) Smith's Rosebud Salve ($6 at Sephora)
I love Rosebud Salve; I've been repurchasing it for almost 5 years now and I don't plan on stopping. It's a great multi-tasking product; I use it on my lips, cuticles, dry patches. It's very similar to petroleum jelly (Vaseline) in consistency and appearance, but it has a light pink tint and a light rose fragrance.
3) Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream ($32 at Sephora)
I apply this both before and after drying my hair. It leaves my hair looking smooth and adds a touch of shimmer. It's a fairly heavy products so you don't need very much. I have very oily hair that I wash everyday and so I don't mind it's heaviness, but if you're someone who is trying to create volume and avoid products that weigh your hair down you might want to avoid this product.
4) Elta MD UV-Clear Sunblock ($26 from my dermatologist)
This is an amazing sunblock that doesn't break me out and it actually contains ingredients that prevent breakouts and help clear your skin up. I use it everyday and I've never had an issue; it's very light but effective so it's great for those with oily skin like mine. It's a mineral based sunblock that products against both UVA and UVB sun damage.
5) OPI's Lincoln Park At Midnight (~$7.50)
This shade has been my go-to colour for the past few years whenever I get a pedicure (personally I find it too much for my hands). Lincoln Park At Midnight is a very dark -almost black- purple. The first time I tried it I was freaking out because I used to always get pale pinks and beiges but I'm now addicted to Lincoln Park At Midnight. It works on all skin-tones, all ages and no matter what your outfit is chances are it'll work with this colour.
6) Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal (~$40 at drugstores)
Want perfectly white celebrity teeth? Then you need to use Crest Whitestrips -or an equivalent product-. Whiter teeth make you look younger and who doesn't want that? I've been using Crest strips for about 3 years now and I'll continue using them until I find a superior product that doesn't cost $300 like professional whitening. Depending on the kit you purchase the process can take up to two weeks but in the end you will have perfect pearly whites.
7) Cera Ve PM ($12 at drugstores)
I use this light-weight moisturizer all throughout the day and it doesn't make my oily skin look shiny nor does it leave a residue. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling moisturized, nourished and smooth. It's also great for those using Retinoids because it helps your skin's tolerance.
8) Exfoliating Gloves ($2 at drugstores)
I love exfoliating gloves; they're great for giving your skin that extra clean and exfoliated feeling. I use mine everyday and it always leaves my skin glowing and feeling smooth. For those with sensitive skin this might be too harsh for everyday use, but if you're looking for a real scrub-down then check out these gloves. I prefer getting mine at Walmart because those seem to last longer and feel stronger.
9) Organic, Silicone and Paraben free shampoos
It doesn't matter what brand it is or what it's purpose is (volume, shine, hydrating). For the past few years I have been strictly using organic shampoos. I'm currently using one by Alba that smells amazing and I've got a lavender scented one in my closet waiting to be used. I think that organic and eco-consicious products are great both for our bodies and the earth.
10) Retin-A Micro ($300)
I have a love/hate relationship with RAM. When I'm on it my skin is smoother, brighter and it glows. But the whole purging and peeling stage is so difficult and I often end up with red patches and chemical burns. When things are going good they're amazing, but when the RAM starts reacting badly with my skin it's scary.
What are your favorites beauty products? Please leave a comment or link me to your blog. I'd love to hear what everyone uses.