11 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

It doesn’t have to be ALL hair all of the time around these parts. Take a gander at some of my beloved, tried-and-true beauty products.

1. Kiehl’s Lip Gloss in Goldenberry – First off, I want to eat this stuff straight from the tube. It smells damn good, but more importantly, it’s the perfect ultra-sheer pink with a touch of gold. Kind of like…a GOLDENBERRY! How novel.

2. Sephora Complete Lip Balm – Part of my nighttime OCD ritual involves slathering this perfect balm all over my lips. Love it.

3. Dove Sensitive Skin Face Cloths – Simple, non-scented cloths that gently exfoliate my skin. (Apparently, I’m not the only fan since my local Target is ALWAYS sold out. Bastards.)

4. Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Lotion – This lotion is a godsend for my mild rosacea. I have NO idea how it gets rid of my redness, given that’s it not specifically formulated for rosacea, but it does. Run, don’t walk, to the nearest drugstore.

5. Redken Blown Away 09 Blow-Dry Gel – If I’m in a blow-drying mood, this gives my hair the perfect amount of flexible hold while completely eliminating frizz.

6. Pureology Real Curl Creme – Most days I’m a wash-n-go girl, and this curl creme defines my waves perfectly. If you are a wavy/curly girl who likes to air-dry, you should definitely try this.

7. Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream – One word. SHINY.

8. Chanel Blush in Tempting Beige – When a Chanel associate tried to sell this shade to me, I must admit I balked. Beige? BEIGE? Who in the hell besides The Golden Girls wears beige blush? (Um, I DO. And it’s hands-down the most beautiful shade my fair/light skin has ever seen.)

9. GHD IV Styler – Pretty penny, but worth it. Not only does it straighten in a flash, but it renders my curling iron obsolete.

10. Chanel Glossimer in Pagoda – A perfect, your-lips-but-better gloss. Looks downright amazing paired with NARS Dolce Vita lipstick.

11. Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – This stuff isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a serious concealer and a little goes a LONG way, but it makes my undereye circles disappear completely. I only use a tiny pinprick amount, so the tube should last until 2045.

You know, eleven is such a odd number, don’t you think? We should make it twelve. Tell me the ONE product you couldn’t exist without. Skin, makeup, hair…you name it!

  • sizzle

    May 6, 2009 at 6:27 am

    You know how I feel about #4. LOVE. My Target was out of it too. WTH? So I used the link you sent me. Thanks!

  • Groovymarlin

    May 6, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Ouch, that Amazing Concealer is $42! I have always liked Clinique’s Advanced Concealer, a little more affordable at $14 a tube. It’s very matte though; I’m not sure it would work under the eyes. I use it on blemishes and such when they make their unwelcome appearance.

    I guess the one beauty product I just can’t live without, and would be devastated if it was discontinued, is Redken Water Wax. Perfect for short, textured hair.

  • Laura

    May 6, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I suffer from mild rosacea too (triggered, at times, by multiple glasses of Sangria). Thanks for the tip on the Neutrogena!

  • sarah

    May 6, 2009 at 7:54 am

    sarah – do you ever look on amazon for your beauty products? i know it’s nice to be able to run out and grab something when you need it, but when i had the same problem w/ my almay concealer and foundation at target AND wal-mart (ridiculous!), i turned to amazon and saved a ton. they do make you buy 2-packs, but that just means i have to go shopping less-often. if you have a go-to brand/shade, i’d encourage everyone to check out amazon’s selection.

  • Beth B.

    May 6, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Cool; will check out that Neutrogena rec. Let’s see, my beauty fave … hands down, my Super Solano hair dryer. I bought it years ago and it has served me steadily. I was sick of having to buy a new hairdryer every few years when they broke/blew up, so I invested in a “salon-brand” and it has been awesome. I suspect a better price could be found, but here’s a link to the item at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Solano-Super-SOLANO-Hair-Dryer/dp/B0006IQ1EU

  • She Likes Purple

    May 6, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Probably Nars lip lacquer in Vagabond (or Eros).

  • Kathleen

    May 6, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I Feel Pretty’s Pretty Pearlfection Cream. SERIOUSLY. This stuff has changed my skin. http://www.ifeelprettyproducts.com/pearl_creams.htm

  • Kristin

    May 6, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Hands down it is Pureology’s Texture Twist. No matter how I wear my hair (straight, wavy, curly) it looks better with texture twist. It’s a weird product to get used to and it helps to have a stylist show you how to use it, but I absolutely love it. Pumps up every hairstyle.

  • wn

    May 6, 2009 at 8:33 am

    MAC Studio Stick with SPF 15
    Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Champagne Dazzle
    Redken Glass 01 Hair Serum

  • hillary

    May 6, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum – I will die if they ever discontinue this product.


  • Erin

    May 6, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat and Trish McEvoy Shell Eye Brightener. Combined it looks like you’ve had about 12 hours sleep!

  • Emily

    May 6, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Man, I love products. My current faves are Givency Pop Gloss (awesome!), Biolage heat protectant, Murad Pomegrante moisturizer, Seveche nail polish top coat… I could go on and on. I will spare you.

  • Korinna

    May 6, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Arbonne’s About Face Creme Concealer. Like yours, a little goes a long way and the tiny pot lasts forevah.

    And makes me look like I have flawless skin. Holla.

  • metalia

    May 6, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Just remember who brough the Amazing Concealer into your liiiife! :) In turn, I am forever grateful for Goldenberry. And the FF Glossing Cream. And the Chanel eyeshadow quad. And and and…

    I cannot live without said Glossing Cream, L’Oreal Jelly Balm in Luscious, Armani’s sheer cream blush, Chanel Sublimage face cream, and California Baby Calming Botanical Cream, which I stole from my kids. Oh! And Lush’s BIG shampoo. Ask me again in a week, and I’m sure I’ll have an entirely different list. Particularly because reading posts/comments like these is like crack to me.

  • Emily

    May 6, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    An eyelash curler. My eyelashes are blond and straight. :(

    But with an eyelash curler and some mascara, they look long. And that’s because they’re not sticking straight out.

  • kat

    May 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    my target was just selling the sensitive cloths on sale – want me to send you some?

    do you wash your face after using? i always feel like there’s going to be a residue and that i have to wash my face right after.

    it is SO HARD for me to decide what beauty product i can’t live without. does deorderant count? i can’t live without..cetaphil face wash, neutrogena health defense moisturizer with spf (tinted), neutrogena ultra sheer sunblock, glossing cream, frederic fekkai shampoo for colored hair (smells yummers) and always, always OPI cajun shrimp for my toes.

  • Lyndsay

    May 6, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum – thanks to your recommendation. I love the stuff.

  • am'ti b

    May 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    bought the neutrogena cream-my hormones are so crazed, i am hoping for a miracle. i will praise you in a week!

  • Jessica

    May 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    That would be Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil. I have tried others, and they just make me look hypoxic. I love love love this stuff, and would even (and have) drive to *gasp* Queens to get it.

  • Amy

    May 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I also love Kiehl’s Goldenberry. My one can’t-live-without is another Kiehl’s lip product: Lip balm SPF 15 in Hue no. 30G. It’s the perfect tint for me, wonderfully moisturizing, not sticky, and with SPF, pretty much the perfect lip balm.

  • Sarah Cunningham

    May 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I can’t live without Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit. (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessionid=MYH5WVI5HAWNOCV0KRRQX0Q?id=P214230&categoryId=RPYMAL&shouldPaginate=)

    I’m not normally a kit person, but I bought all of these products once before. I especially love the Secret Concealer and Secret Camoflage. Best for covering up litte bitty spidery veins and such. The colors are a bit yellow/orange for many, but for me they work great.

  • Erin

    May 7, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I cannot leave the house without using a dab of the regular formula Clinique All About Eyes gel cream. It immediately makes my eyes look brighter and tighter.

  • Rebecca (Bearca)

    May 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    How on earth did I miss this post yesterday?!? HELLO.

    Hmmm. Well. What to add? Currently, I love: Kiehl’s gloss in Pink Rider, Chanel gloss in Giggle, Aveeno tinted moisturizer with SPF 30, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer, Cutler treatment spray, Ahava mineral body lotion and I have also discovered the most amazing hand cream in the history of mankind. It’s J.R. Watkins Shea Butter Body Cream. I have the Aloe & Green Tea scent and it is heavenly. And moisturizing. And all-around fabulous.

  • Heather

    May 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Smashbox Soft Lights Tint. When I feel lazy, I use it to give my face a healthy glow, instead of applying concealer, base and blush. I also use it to dress up my look, when I’m trying a little harder.

  • Lois

    May 8, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Love Love LOVE my Chanel blush. Haven’t tried the lip gloss, though, so I may have to check that one out. Is it a sticky one, tho? I can’t handle the sticky lip glosses.

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  • Megan

    May 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    A little off topic – I have mild rosacea and highly reactive, radically intolerant skin that hates hair care products (rashes. Red, reactive rashes.) Do you know how ugly life is with super fine, limp hair and no hair care products? And, alternatively, with red rashes on your neck and jawline?

    Do you have any suggestions? I’m putting a call out to the universe on your blog for hair care products that are mild and made for sad sensitive skin cases like me. Help?

  • Laura

    May 19, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Megan, consider checking out http://www.paulaschoice.com. She breaks down why a lot of beauty products aren’t so great and recommends things for super-sensitive folks.

  • Danielle

    November 20, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Do you apply the Amazing Cosmetics Concealer with a brush or with fingers? My favorite concealer was discontinued and this sounds nice. Touche Eclat gets a lot of rave reviews too.
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