Thursday, October 11, 2012

My 5 Favorite Beauty Products

I have one burning question for every person I interview in the beauty industry:

What are your 5 favorite beauty products?

I realized lately that I have never answered this question myself! And, I must admit, picking only 5 is extremely difficult. But, lo and behold, I present my 5 favorite beauty products for you.

Bonne Bell, Bonne Bell Lip Smacker, Bonne Bell Vanilla Lip Smacker, Bonne Bell lip balm, lip balm, balm, lip, lips
Bonne Bell Lip Smackers
Maybe you'll think I'm acting like a tween for liking these. But I don't care how old I get, or how many lip balms I try ... these are the absolute best! I've been known to buy out the supply of Lip Smackers at Target, to keep them in every purse and every room of my apartment, to recommend them to every single person who asks me about lip balm. It's difficult for me to pick a favorite flavor, but if hard pressed, I would say Watermelon ... although Vanilla is pretty tasty, too. I love the myriad flavors, and I love that they keep my lips moisturized better than any other balm I've tried. Ever.
$1.99 at

Seche, Seche Vite, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, Seche top coat, top coat, topcoat, nail, nails, nail polish, polish, lacquer, nail lacquer
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
I never do a manicure without the stuff. I even bring it with me to nail salons! It dries nails in five minutes flat, it keeps them glossy for over a week, and it prevents chipping. And did I mention that it dries your nails IN FIVE MINUTES? My one complaint is that it thickens if not used up quickly enough, but with all the manicures I've done recently, that hasn't been a problem.
$9.99 at

MAC, MAC Cosmetics, MAC Paint Pot, MAC eyeshadow, MAC eye shadow, primer, makeup primer, eyeshadow primer, shadow, eye makeup, eyeshadow, eye shadow, cream eyeshadow
M.A.C Paint Pots
Admittedly, I don't wear a lot of makeup. In fact, entire weeks go by when I don't wear a stitch of it. But whenever I'm looking to add a little drama to my eyes, I go for a Paint Pot. I love that Paint Pots can be worn as a primer or an eyeshadow -- they stay in place without creasing, fading or smudging for hours, no matter how hot and sweaty you might get! The formula is like none other I've tried. Plus, every color is gorgeous.
$18.50 each at

La Mer, La Mer moisturizer, La Mer face cream, La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream, moisturizer, skin, skincare, skin care
La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream
If money were no object, I'd buy a lifetime stockpile of this moisturizer. It sinks into skin immediately upon contact, leaving behind the most beautiful, radiant glow. I absolutely love the cream-gel consistency. Plus, it's LA MER. Enough said.
$275 at

Garnier, Garnier Fructis, Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream, Garnier Fructis leave-in conditioner, hair products, conditioner, leave-in conditioner
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream
If this product is ever discontinued, I think I might die. Okay, maybe that's being a bit over dramatic. But, in all actuality, it's the only product that lets me get a brush through my easily tangled strands, not to mention it smells amazing and lasts for months. Really, I don't know what I would do without it.
$5.99 at


  1. Sublime Oil from and organic argan oil are my favorites!

  2. I love Burt's Bees lip balm and The Body Shop Cheek and Lip Tint. I can go out of the house just wearing those.

  3. My favorites are WEN cleansing conditioner (I will never use regular shampoo and conditioner again!). This has made such a beautiful difference to my hair. Avon's hair color is the BEST. It lasts and lasts. I also love and have been using Josie Maran's tinted argan moisturizer for the past two years. Not only do you get the benefit of the argan oil every day, but for a tinted moisturizer, this provides some coverage and gives the skin a beautiful dewy glow. Also, I have to say I always usually grab my Christian Dior lipsticks before any others, and I always seem to use my Victoria's Secret eyeshadow palettes more than any others.