Hello loves! Sorry I took such a long break. With sketchy internet, working, and concert hopping I was quite busy. For those of you who don’t know, last week I got to travel to Albuquerque to watch Toro y Moi tear the stage up. Being in the city gave me the inspiration I needed to start writing again, and also some new ideas which I will be working on to bring to you. It felt like such a breath of fresh air to be around malls, Asian restaurants, Urban Outfitters, and to see one of my favorite artists in the entire world. It sounds silly, but when you live miles upon miles away from anything the city really does get your heart excited. While I was there, a friend wanted me to do her makeup before the concert, and it was incredibly fun. She was so happy with how she looked that she wanted to take a million selfies, and that got me thinking to. About my passions, artistry, and things I might want to consider. After discussing many different products she can invest in, I thought I would just tell everyone else too. So, here are my absolute beauty must haves!
ORG Skin Care Mineral Face Peel
After discovering this on Instagram, I absolutely had to invest in it. This is a very very delicate peel (when people say face peel, I tend to shy away) however this is just a spray. After applying it to your face, and waiting a couple of seconds you gently start massaging your face…and you feel all this dead skin start to ball up. Yea, it sounds gross until you rinse your face, and notice how incredibly soft your face is now. It just removed all the dead useless skin that makes us look a little dull after a while too! This really does create a natural, and healthy glow. I think this peel is an absolute must have for anyone, and especially if you want your skin to glow a little more. It is on the pricey side, so make this a splurge just for you to have. I use this peel maybe twice a week! I am definitely in love!
Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco
Originally I just bought this because hair oils were a new thing at the time, and it had Rocco’s name in it. Yea, I’m that cat lady. However, when I started using this oil It became a lifetime investment. If you’re anything like me you think at first, “Why do I need oil for my hair when it’s already really oily?” No no no honey, you need this type of oil. When you’re on day three hair (or beyond) and it hasn’t been washed, it has been curled, and straightened then you start to notice it gets this “frizz” look to it. You’re applying all this heat, and product so eventually your hair starts to reflect the damage being done until its next wash. Well, this oil is a life saver. Not only is the smell AMAZING, but you spritz it into your hand, applying it mainly to the ends of your hair and kind of up mid way, and BOOM it looks sleek and smells great. This oil really helps de-frizz, as well as repair some of that damage! This is especially great for dry hair in the winter.
MAC Prep and Prime Natural Radiance
So let me open with that I in no way support MAC except for this product. MAC was just recently busted for not being cruel free. The pictures showing different animals dying from being abused by MAC were heart-breaking. This prep and prime however is the only primer I have found to work with my skin, and rosacea. It sucks. I have extreme redness, and oily skin and after trying so freakin’ many primers that were messing with my makeup I had about had it. Most people think that these silicone primers are the way to go. They have an “air brush effect” they make your skin feel incredibly soft, and when you put your make up on it really looks amazing…only to glance in the mirror a couple of hours later, and it looks as though your makeup is an oil zone, and it’s all slipping out-of-place. Sound accurate? It’s because silicone primers were invented for things like photo shoots where models needed to look amazing for maybe an hour. THEY ARE NOT LONG TERM PRIMERS. This stuff however feels more like a lotion, and combats the redness in my skin. It just feels great to apply it, and it holds my makeup the absolute best. I do not support MAC, but unfortunately I can’t find anything else that works quite as well. This continues to be a must have!
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
I just recently invested in this product (a little sample box with some other items of his), so I’m going on a first impression here rather than long-term use. This is a spot treatment for acne about to pop up, and ruin the day. First off, you do not shake the bottle like most people want to. The alcohol and lotion stay separate. You stick a Q-Tip down into the bottle, touching the pink lotion then apply it to your problem area (not an area where the skin is already broken!) The smell is intense because of the alcohol. However, this really does quickly dry an area out. It doesn’t make it disappear, but it does make it less of an issue. Don’t use it day after day as it will dry out that skin. I think this is a step up if you really want a bad ass spot treatment instead of the little crappy lotions in tubes from Target.
Lime Crime Venus Palette
So this is my favorite makeup eye palette of all time. The colors are exactly what I wanted, they’re cohesive, highly pigmented so basically you get a lot of bang for your buck. I’ve been using this everyday since July…and does it look like it’s running out? Nope, because one tap with your brush and you get so much color!! Lime Crime itself had an actual crime spree last summer I think? Anyways, basically someone hacked their system, and stole a lot of money from the customers that had recently bought stuff, and basically fucked everyone over. Lime Crime also has a reputation for not handling things like they should. Supposedly they have their shit together now which I would hope so because every single one of their products are amazing, and professional. If you still don’t feel comfortable ordering from them, then try Urban Outfitters which carries many of Lime Crimes products, and is where I purchased my palette.
Lush – Let the Good Times Roll
If you have never heard of Lush, or invested in them before then you are truly missing out. Lush is so organic it’s insane, and on top of that they are CRUELTY FREEEEE!! Yay! They are incredibly famous for their very exotic and fun bath bombs which make you feel extra special, and their facial scrubs and masks are to die for. If you order from them they will always give you samples, which is actually how I discovered this product! The smell is absolutely intoxicating, and yummy. This is an exfoliate including cinnamon, and caramel which is why you probably think you could eat it to. This is great for your arms, as much as your face! It’s just a favorite product used as a pick me up for my skin, as well as my heart.
Native Touch – Warrior Bear Rub
Native Touch is a very small company which is why a lot of you are like, “What the hell is a native touch?” This company is an actual Native American skin company (which is extremely rare these days.) They preach on Native values, listen to Pow Wow music while making these products which are just awesome. It’s somewhat comparable to Lush as in its organic! Their soap boxes have seeds in them so when you’re done you can PLANT them, and grow a new plant at your house. LIKE WHAT. Their products include soaps, scrubs, and also these “rubs” that are really for skin healing purposes, and JUST WOW!! If you have maybe a rash, dry spot, cracked heels than Warrior Bear Rub is great. It has a very strong mint smell I guess, and it is going to last forever. Warrior Bear Rub also has a great reputation for healing tattoos! It is natural, doesn’t suck any ink out, and keeps it disinfected to heal it faster. Tattoo shops actually carry this product. I used this on one of my new tattoos in July, and yes it works. It healed it extremely fast. I think this is a must have especially with skin issues, or little ones always getting scraped up in your house. A true nature healing product.
Kenra Blow Dry Spray
Ohhhh this stuff. For years my hair dresser was using it on me, and it was one of those amazing things that I finally had to get for myself. The smell is AMAZING, but the price is not which is why I have the mini version! hahaha. This is not only a thermal protector, but it de-tangles wet hair, and dries it much faster. It also provides a sleek feeling when finished, and your hair is just incredibly soft. If you notice your hair is somewhat frizzy after being blow-dried then you really do need this. It’s an investment, and it doesn’t take much to make the miracle happen! You will have even the little one for a while. Simply spritz it onto damp hair, blow dry, then BAM!! Beautiful sleek hair.
Anastasia Contour Kit
So, I have a lot to say about this as well as other products. Try not to get lost in translation! My first ever Contour kit was the Kat Von D Shade Light kit, and I love that one as well. This one provides more of a natural contour, and I actually use the Kat Von D after applying this color to go in and intensify my contour. I use both kits to get by! Not only do I love the Anastasia contour kit, but I live off of the Anastasia Eyebrow Wiz which I have no idea why I didn’t mention it. It’s literally the only thing that I can get to do an exact drawing to my eyebrows, the color matches, and it stays all day. It’s very easy to use (as most of you might know that half of my eyebrows are fake and drawn on hahahaha) and the product is amazing. Be on the look out for Anastasia if you need an eyebrow fix, or contour fix!
Lime Crime Velveteen’s
Again, Lime Crime wins. If you are looking for a MATTE lipstick that lasts all day then this stuff is for you. The color is extremely rich, is easy to apply (you apply it like a lip gloss) then it dries completely matte, and smudge proof. They have soooo many colors too!
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
This is my absolute must have. As everyone knows I am not complete without my winged eyeliner. There are so many horrible eye liners out there that are not pigmented, permanent, and they can irritate your eyes. My eyes are extremely sensitive! They water all the time, and usually my eye make up leaks off by the end of the day. With this Tattoo Liner, it goes on easily, it’s actually deep black, waterproof, and doesn’t irritate my eyes. I will never go back to a cheap eye liner again!
Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
This is a must have for dry lips! Most lip formula’s dry your lips on purpose that way you keep buying more. EOS did this for me, and it’s hard to find lip balms that last, smell good, and actually help your lips pretty fast. This stuff smells amazing, and works fast. I love the tin version, as well as the tube version. Laura Prepon (Alex from Orange Is the New Black) preaches on using this stuff as well!
Loreal Infallible Pro Matte
If you are looking for a drug store foundation for oily skin that will keep you matte, and actually has great coverage for a good price, then this is it! This works better than my Makeup Forever Pro Matte sometimes! It has great coverage, and only requires setting powder throughout the day to keep it matte, but this is really a fabulous drug store foundation.
Well that is all for today loves! I hope this helps you discover new products to try, or if you were looking for a specific miracle product for a problem I hope this helps as well with that. :) Have a Happy Halloween! Song of the week is Bewitched!!