Life Changing Beauty Products

tumblr_mucxblZJFV1qbu7uxo1_400Once in a while something comes around that is so amazing, it makes you wonder, where have you been all my life?

There are a few products that I can’t live without. Ones that I’ll be buying until they stop selling it, or somehow are perfected even further by the brand (although I don’t know how). The products below have truly changed my life… Well my beauty life at least!

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation in #7 – it’s unlike any foundation I’ve ever used. I use the word foundation loosely, because Armani markets it as a skin corrector. Don’t let the dry oil formula scare you, this stuff goes on like a dream. It is on the sheer side but you can definitely build it up to a medium coverage. The funny thing, is that unlike every other foundation I’ve ever used, this looks better as the day goes on. For the first half hour, it looks a bit chalky, as if it’s just sitting on your skin, but after it settles, it blurs into the most natural coverage I’ve ever gotten, as if you’re glowing. And boy, does this stuff last! I always judge a foundation on how long my blush/bronzed last and both were still going strong twelve hours later! I don’t know about you, but that’s unheard of for this oily skinned girl! I can’t say enough about this miracle in a dropper bottle!

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler  – I’m a firm believer that if you do nothing else to your face, make sure to at least curl your lashes and apply a coat or two of mascara. It really does work wonders! However, thanks to my lovely father, I have long dark lashes, but no thanks to him, because they are stick straight! I’ve used other curlers but this is the only one that actually keeps my curl all day and bonus, it only takes a few clamps and it’s done! Coupled with the product below, my lashes stay curled all day long.

Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara Waterproof – I’ve tried just about every mascara you can think of, it’s a bit of an obsession. However, nothing has best out my Lash Blast. Dior Show Waterproof has come close, but I still prefer Covergirl (and $7 vs. $30? I’ll take the Lash Blast). It holds my curl, while providing tons of volume, thickening and darkening my lashes as well. It’s a little hard to remove, in that it is waterproof, but my Lancôme eye remover gets every little bit off without tugging at my lashes. I’ve lost count of the number of bright orange tubes of this I’ve bought.

Clé de Peau Beauté concealer in Honey – I finally caved in and bought this. It’s very highly touted in the beauty community and a lot of celebrities swear by it. That along with the price, always deterred me from buying it, but i wanted something that would provide coverage without cakiness. Well, now I know what all the fuss is about, this stuff is seriously amazing! It covers my dark circles perfectly and leaves a highlighted, but natural finish. Plus it lasts through an eight hour work day with minimal creasing. As a bonus it also covers any acne scarring or hyper pigmentation as well. While it is the single most expensive makeup item I own, the good thing is that it will most likely last four to six months – a good investment in my book!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – there’s a reason I’ve written about this product before – it has truly changed my hair. I have straight, fine hair that I either straighten or curl every morning, but no matter what the style, it always fall flat at the crown. I’ve tried tons of volumizing products but nothing seemed to last past the first few hours, except this. I just spray a few short bursts of this clear spray at the crown, tousle with my fingers and instant volume that lasts until my next shampoo. Plus it smells amazing!

GHD Flat Iron – I started off with one of those drug store, steam flat irons my freshman year of high school and by senior year I had moved on to one of those straighteners they sell in the mall kiosks. After a trip to salon, the stylist suggested a CHI, which I faithfully used for years until it decided to crap out. I luckily had a coupon so I decided to take the expensive plunge and snag the GHD. It has absolutely changed by hair. It’s shinier, smoother and best yet, my hair is much healthier than when I was using the CHI. It’s very thin, so I can create long-lasting curls with it as well. It also stands up to San Francisco’s notoriously famous foggy weather much better as well.

Clairsonic – I was a total skeptic. I mean, how much can a little spinning brush do? Oh, how wrong I was! I bought the Clairsonic when Sephora had their annual Friends and Family discount and it has completely changed my skin for the better. I know this for a fact because I have gone a couple weeks without using it and my skin suffers. I use it at night with Philosophy’s Purity Cleanser, after I’ve removed my makeup and washed with Lush’s Coalface soap. It removes any makeup that was left behind and helps keep blackheads at bay, while minimizing the look of my pores. I use the deep cleansing brush, which exfoliates my skin as well, making for a smooth surface when applying my makeup the next morning. I am so glad I picked this up!

Beauty Blender – It’s a sponge. Why the heck is it so expensive?! That was my first thought when I the Beauty Blender became the most talked about makeup tool in the blogging community, but there’s a good reason behind why. The small, bright pink egg-shaped sponge expands when you run it under water. Squeeze out the excess water and the damp sponge is ready to go. I tap, or bounce my foundation onto my face with the bottom of the egg and it leaves the most even, dewy and gorgeous finish. I don’t know what it is about this sponge but it delivers the best foundation application I have ever seen, hands down. I even use the smaller tip to press in and even out my under-eye concealer. Completely worth the price for just a little sponge.

So what are some of your life changing beauty products? Leave me a comment below!

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