I’m always mentioning a product or two in passing, but I’ve never put together a comprehensive list of my very favorite hair and beauty products until now. A few days ago, I sat down on my bathroom floor and spent a good amount of time going through my cabinets and makeup case, making sure not to forget anything. Every single product on this list is something that I currently use and love. (Um, obviously NOT AT THE SAME TIME.) Enjoy!
Blow Dryer: Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i Hair Dryer
Travel Blow Dryer: BaByliss ProTT Tourmaline Titanium 1500 Compact Dryer
Flat Iron: Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron
Curling Iron: Hot Tools 1-inch curling iron
Clipless Curling Iron: Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron (My thoughts on the Sedu vs. the Enzo Milano here.)
Everyday Brush: Mason Pearson
Round Brush: Sephora Large Round Brush and Marilyn Brush Tuxedo Pro
Paddle Brush: Wigo Straighten and Shine Paddle Brush
Ponytail Holders: Emi-Jay Hair Ties and Goody Ouchless Elastics
Shampoo and Conditioner: Redken All Soft
Drugstore Shampoo and Conditioner: Pantene Medium to Thick Solutions – Breakage to Strength
Hairspray: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray
Mousse: Pureology Colour Stylist Silk Bodifier Volumizing Mousse
Smoothing Cream: Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream
Smoothing Balm: Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm
Curl Cream: Pureology Real Curl and Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme
Curl Prep: Aveda Be Curly Style-Prep
Setting Lotion: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Color Hold Styling Tonic
Protective Serum: Macadamia Oil Healing Oil Treatment
Leave-In Softening Serum: Kerastase Chroma Riche Luminous Softening Essence
Texture Spray: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Texture Creme: Bumble and bumble Texture Creme
Dry Shampoo: Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo
Drugstore Dry Shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo
Foundation: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Seriously, ladies. Nothing compares. Quit the elusive search for the perfect tinted moisturizer and just plunk down the cash for this foundation. I apply it with a light touch, and my complexion has never looked more radiant, FOR REALS. Compliments all the live long day.)
Undereye concealer: Clinique Airbrush Concealer
Powder Blush: Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect
Drugstore Powder Blush: Neutrogena Sheer Highlighting Blush in Fresh
Cream Blush: Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Promise
Drugstore Cream Blush: Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush – Soft Plum
Pencil Eyeliner: Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper
Drugstore Pencil Eyeliner: CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Espresso
Cream/Gel Eyeliner: MAC Paint Pot (I use Blackground as a liner, and I love the Groundwork shade as a daytime look on my lids.)
Mascara: Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara
Drugstore Mascara: Prestige My Biggest Lashes Mascara in Very Black
Eye Primer: Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Skin
Can’t Live Without Eye Shadow Brush: MAC 217
Red Lipstick: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Flamenco
Nude Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam V
Lip Gloss: NARS, Chanel, Dior, Kiehl’s, Korres…too many to count!
Everyday Lip Pencil: Boots No. 7 Line and Define in Nude
DUDE. That’s a lot of links. If you have any specific questions in regards to any of these products (or if I’m missing a product category you’d like to see), let me know in the comments!
Disclaimer: I have received some of these products as samples over the years, but would (and do) spend my money on all of them.
LindseyNovember 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm
I love and use a lot of the products on this list!!! How do you think texture creams/sprays would do in fine straight hair?
AnnetteNovember 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm
I keep seeing recommendations for the newer Pantene lines but in the past everytime I used them my hair would turn to straw for some reason. Not sure what formulations they were before or if I had at the time a sensitivity to any of the ingredients (too much protein?) so I was wondering if you noticed a difference between now and before
Also big thumbs up for the aveda curl prep, i borrowed my sisters the other day and loved it!
SarahNovember 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Yes, I think most of the new Pantene formulations make my hair feel much better. (Opposed to the ones from years ago.)
berlin hair babyNovember 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm
damn, this is a good list. I feel like we could have a few martini’s and really get in depth on it! Sadly though I have to ask my ?s on the internets…..
what’s your favorite blow-out lotion/spray/creme? I just got layers & started dabbling in blow drying. I feel like I need a special product that creates the perfect blow out.
wow, Kat von D primer? Intrigued! I also love the Macadamia oil so ditto on that!
Would also love to see a list of your favorite inspiration websites (professional & amateur) and you tubers.
xo berlin hair baby
Steph!November 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm
I just misread this quote: “..and I love the Groundwork shade as a daytime look on my lids.)”, as ‘on my KIDS’. I was SO confused and couldn’t figure out why you were using the eyeliner on them… ;)
SarahNovember 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Oh my goodness, I DIE over the Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream. DIE. It’s all you need – smells amazing, makes hair super shiny and totally frizz-free. The best!
Yes, Kat Von D! Trust me, it was not even on my radar, but a Sephora associate told me about it, and I love it. I have some pigmentation around my eyelids, and it completely covers the discoloration. Plus, it doesn’t budge or crease once on. (I had tried MANY primers before this one, btw.)
You know, that’s a great question about websites. I’ll put that on my list, but I will say that the one thing I’m lacking in knowledge about is YouTube! I rarely spend time on YouTube, even though there are so many phenoms on it. (You included!!! In fact, you and Lisa Eldridge are my very faves and I don’t ever miss a video… but I need YOU to tell me who I should be watching!)
LizNovember 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Please add your skin care products to this monster list. Do you use a Clairsonic? Considering adding it to ye olde Xmas list…
JillianNovember 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm
What about a hairbrush? I have an older paddle brush that I purchased at a Sephora in Italy that I love. It is old though and some serious wear and tear on it. I went back to Sephora and bought a new one that I hate. So I’m back to square one.
SarahNovember 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Hey Liz! I did a post about that a few weeks ago. Here you go!
SarahNovember 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Jillian, Oh no! All of my brush links had disappeared, but they’re back. Hope they help!
KristinNovember 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm
Great list! I’m bookmarking this for later! :)
christinaNovember 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm
I’ve been wanting to try the Giorgio Armani foundation for awhile. Would it hold up on oily skin? I have oily skin and work with kids all day so I’m moving around and never have time for touch ups.
CarolineDecember 1, 2011 at 7:33 am
I am wondering about pressed/loose powder. Any drugstroe recs come to mind?
SarahDecember 1, 2011 at 7:41 am
Christina, I don’t have oily skin, so I’m not sure on that one. However, there might be a GA foundation for oily skin….have you sampled the GA Face Fabric? I tried it and it leaves a nice, matte finish.
SarahDecember 1, 2011 at 7:41 am
Caroline, good question! Anyone have a good rec?