My Beauty Must Haves

Ithought today would be the perfect day to let you in on my secret. I am a habitual makeup and beauty product hoarder, and the prognosis is not good. As many of you who are similarly afflicted will concur, it is nearly impossible for me to pass a makeup counter or a Sephora without buying something. I have two drawers full of lipsticks/lipglosses and for some reason I cannot understand, I will just die if I don’t buy another. So, from my years of hoarding I can safely say that I have sifted through most of the products out there and have found what works for me, or rather, what I use the most frequently. These are (some of) my tried and true products which I swear by, hope you enjoy!


Bliss fabulous foaming face wash:

I have been using this cleanser for YEARS. It doesn’t make me break out (trust me, my skin is uber-sensitive) and it removes my eye makeup without having to rub it off with a makeup remover wipe. It doesn’t really work as an exfoliator for me, but an excellent cleanser nonetheless.

Boscia black mask:

You’ve probably heard people talking about this mask. It’s amazing, makes your skin feel soft and even removes the blackheads out of your T-zone area. The best part—it’s a peel-off mask once dried.

Tatcha rich silk cream moisturizer:

This is a little pricy, but some of the best moisturizers are unfortunately. I have tried many day creams and this one, by far surpasses them all. I’m obsessed with the way it makes my skin feel (extremely hydrated) and it’s worth every penny.

Tatcha luminous dewy skin mist:

There are no words for this product. I ordered this mist accidentally (don’t ask, I forget what I have in my online shopping cart most of the time) and boy was I glad I did. I have gone through three bottles already I LOVE this product. It gives you the perfect dewy glow unlike any setting sprays I have ever encountered.

Clinique acne solutions clinical clearing gel:

This is perfect for breakouts. Anytime my skin is acting up, I put this on before bed in a thin layer and wake up looking a lot less like a hormonal teenager.

Armani luminous silk foundation:

I love the silky quality and that it doesn’t cake on at all. Sometimes I mix this with the Tarte CC cream to create the perfect balance of weightlessness and coverage.

Tarte shape tape concealer:

I have about 3 concealers that I go back and forth with, but this one is tried and true and gives me the most coverage without creasing throughout the day.

Anastasia Beverly Hills cream contour kit:

I started contouring my face a year ago, and with the right brushes it’s MUCH simpler than it seems in the Instagram videos you’ve probably seen. No need to paint your face like an indigenous tribe member…contouring your cheekbones alone makes all the difference.

Laura Mercier face illuminator powder in “devotion”:

I also have more highlighters than most people have underwear. I’m always looking for that perfect glow!! This is a great product for those of you who don’t want to look like an intergalactic warrior, but want a nice, subtle, dewy finish.

NARS blush in “orgasm”:

Another favorite of many, this blush has been a great color on me since I’ve started using it years ago. I’ve tried others, and none compare. This color is universally flattering on everybody, and if you want to turn it up a notch I suggest going with “super orgasm” (it has sparkles!)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette:

I have to say that I love ABH brand in general. I think she makes high-quality makeup and the best eyeshadows I have ever used, hands down. I’m a sucker for an eyeshadow palette, but between the colors (so rich and pigmented) and the durability, this is a MUST have in your makeup collection.

Charlotte Tillbury Legendary mascara:

I have a few favorite mascaras, but this is the one I have been using most frequently (I’m on my third tube). Yes, it’s one of those super thick formulations and it does dry out faster than some other brands, but it’s WORTH it and everyone who I’ve recommended this to can attest to this.

Buxom full-on lip cream in “white Russian”:

I’ve saved the best for last!!! I cannot stress how much I love this product. Me and White Russian have a special, committed relationship going on four years now. I buy countless lipsticks, glosses, lip stains, etc. and they all end up in the drawer. This is the only lipgloss that I carry around with me and use, use, use. Even when I don’t need lipgloss, it somehow calls to me and I always answer. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed.

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