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Beauty Products I Cannot Live Without: Part 1 September 9, 2009

I love love love trying new beauty products. When I was in high school and barely making enough money at my part-time job to buy insurance and gas for my car, I’d always go to Wal-Mart on pay day, scouring the shelves to find a great makeup item or hair care product. All women love to know what products their friends swear by, so I thought I’d blog about my current favorite products. Maybe you’ll find one on my list that you can’t live without, too! I’ve noted this as part 1 because I’m sure at some future point, I will have new products to review.

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Liquid eyeliner (no particular brand; I think I bought Mary Kate and Ashley b/c it was the cheapest!) – this stuff is great because it doesn’t make my eyes itchy like pencil eyeliner, and it stays on all day (probably because I’m not rubbing it off!). Beware, though! You can easily mess this stuff up and have to start over. You can also make your eyes look really strange, so stay close to the lash line and don’t use it on the bottom lash line! I also sometimes like to “make” a liquid liner by wetting a small makeup brush in water and rubbing it in some dark purple eye shadow when I have more time. This makes a less stark line of color.
Organix Pomegranate Green Tea Conditioner – this conditioner is affordable, smells soooo good, and moisturizes my hair pretty well. I use the Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo with it for a nice aroma contrast in the shower.
Neutrogena Micromist spray tan – I have abandoned the tanning bed and only get to get out by the pool a couple of months out of the year, so I battle my ghostly paleness with this great and affordable spray tan. I use a can or less per month (@ about $10 each), so it’s cheaper than the tanning bed and soooo much better for your skin! But just like you can overdo it with the tanning bed, so can you with the spray. Don’t go orange! Leave the Oompa Loompas in the Chocolate Factory!
OPI nail polish – although pricier than the basic nail polish, this stuff is definitely worth it. It doesn’t chip the next day or two like most nail polishes, so I guess you could say it saves you money because you don’t have to apply it near as often. And the time it saves is worth every penny! I usually by the Sephora OPI nail polish.
sensual amber trio
Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber shower gel – I absolutely love the smell of this shower gel. I even have this fragrance from Bath and Body Works. It’s a nice, spicy fall scent.
Deseo perfume – although I am a self-described perfume jumper, I have stuck with J. Lo’s newest perfume for several months now. I love it!
Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment – everyone knows that benzoyl peroxide zaps those zits, and this cream is 2.5%, which is less irritating than those products with 10%. I spot treat my face and leave it on while I sleep.
Feria Color Moisturizing Treatment – I don’t color my hair, but I do buy this deep conditioner to use occasionally when my hair needs some extra moisture. This is the same as the conditioner that Feria includes in their color kits. You can get it at beauty supply stores like Sally’s Beauty Supply.
clarins lotion
Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion – I have ridiculously dry skin, especially in the winter, and I use this super moisturizing lotion on my face daily. It instantly gets rid of flaky, dry skin. It’s a little heavy for summer, so I only use a teeny bit at night then, but I use it twice a day during the winter. It costs a lot, but a tube of this stuff lasts me just over a year since I only use it on my face.
Healthy Sexy Hair Pumpkin Potion Leave-in Conditioner – I love the smell of this and smooth it in my damp hair every fall and winter. It’s like hair food.
Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer – This is another product that I get at the local beauty supply store. I use it before I blow dry my hair, and it works well as heat styling protection and leave-in conditioner.
rimmel stronger
Rimmel Stronger Base Coat and Strengthener – I have terribly brittle nails and when I started using this stuff, I grew long, pretty nails for the FIRST time EVER!
black amesthyst
Bath and Body Works Black Amethyst Body Cream – This is my new favorite scented lotion. I sometimes wear it instead of my Deseo perfume.
John Frieda Shine Shock – this gives shine without making hair greasy-looking or weighing it down.
Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel – I love this little multitasker. Not only is it great for chub rub while running in too short running shorts, a makeup artist advised me to use it as a makeup primer under my foundation. It fills in tiny lines and also keeps your makeup on longer. It also helps the makeup blend easier.

Beauty Product Advice?

So here’s a question for you. I have dry skin and ashamedly use bar soap to clean my face. I bought Olay Hydrate and Cleanse, and while I like the gentle exfoliators in the cleanser, I don’t like the way it feels like I’m slathering on lotion just to then rinse it away. It feels like my face isn’t getting clean (maybe this is in my head from years of using abrasive soaps?). I have mild breakouts and somewhat sensitive skin, so I need something that won’t irritate my skin too much and make it worse. I use a clay mask occasionally, which seems to help with breakouts, and I of course use benzoyl peroxide. So is there a really good cleanser out there that you swear by?

Also I have been trying to find a great mascara since a friend gave me a tube of the awesomest of awesome mascaras, Versace Gorgeous Curling Mascara. I can’t get it anymore, so I’ve been trying to find a good one since that makes really dramatic eyes like Versace did. I used Diorshow for a while, but it wasn’t all that. I also have tried a couple of Clinique mascaras, and they’re okay for the price. Does anyone have a super awesome mascara to recommend?