Although I love trying out new brands and products, I keep coming back to my favorites for a reason. ;) Stay tuned for more updates!
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
For the most part, I have oily skin. But the area around my eyes and nose get really dry, especially in the Autumn/Winter. Other lotions are too thick, sting my eyes, and have caused me to break out. This product actually controls the oil production on my face, but still keeps my dry patches moisturized. Definitely a lifesaver for people with combination skin! The consistency is light, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t make me feel like I’m layering stuff on my face. The fact that it’s also scentless is a huge plus. :) Be sure to buy the formula without SPF, because that stuff has a different consistency.
TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer
Given the things I do to my hair, I’m surprised that it hasn’t all fallen out yet. Not only do I dye/bleach it a different shade every month, but I heat style it almost every day. But it’s still in pretty good condition, if you ask me. Why? Because this stuff is magical. It works great as a detangler when my wet hair is feeling uncooperative to my comb, and all it takes is a few spritzes into damp hair before I blow dry, then a few more before I straighten/curl it. I’m frizz-free for the whole day, except for in cases of extreme humidity and/or precipitation, and my flat iron literally glides across my strands instead of frying the ends. Sometimes, when I run out, I’ll be too lazy to go out and buy another bottle. But after a few weeks, the difference shows in how much damage was accumulated in that short time period without this product. I would be a wreck without it. :'(
This is the only drug store dye that I will trust with my hair. In my experience, I’ve found that estimating two shades lighter than what you are trying to achieve will give the best results. The oil that you mix with the color actually nourishes your hair while processing it, and prevents it from being damaged as much. Other brands have given me dull color afterwards, but Garnier Nutrisse makes my hair super shiny! The after-care avocado oil conditioner is amazing, too! I wish they sold them separately as a full-sized bottle, because that stuff doesn’t mess around.
NYX Doll Eye Mascara – Long Lash
Mascara is one of those products where I don’t believe in spending a lot of money on. It’s black, has a relatively short shelf-life, and (if you apply it right) I promise you that no one can tell how much it was. So why bother splurging? I have short, thin, and straight Asian eyelashes – so I’m very picky with what I want out of a mascara. A tube of this stuff costs me less than $10, and delivers results. The hourglass-shaped brush fans out my lashes perfectly, keeps a curl without an eyelash curler, and lengthens about 150% – depending on how many coats I want to apply, which is usually about 3 or 4. The formula isn’t too wet, which I love since it won’t accidentally ruin my eyeshadow when I blink while it’s drying. And although not waterproof, I’ve never had a problem with it smudging. I get compliments all the time, and my dentist even asked me if I had eyelash extensions when I wore it to her office one day. Holy Grail of mascaras? Absolutely.
Monsistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel
Don’t be deceived by the name of this product. Sure, you can always use it for those uncomfortable, humid days in the summer when your sweaty thighs won’t cooperate with your denim shorts – but it works even better as a face primer. I spread a small amount all over my face right after moisturizing and before I apply foundation. It prevents my makeup from looking like it’s been absorbed into my pores (which are the size of moon craters, btw) and gives my face a healthy, dewy glow when I choose to not wear foundation on top of it. A tube lasts me a really long time, and you get about twice the amount of product by voume for less than a third of the price of for what you’d pay for a high-end primer (made out of essentially the same ingredients) at Sephora.