I've always been a huge beauty junkie, constantly searching websites like MakeupAlley to see what people were loving and raving about. In the past few years, my beauty/product obsession has slightly decreased as I've found certain products that I'm completely happy with. Here are what I call my "holy grails" in the beauty department.
For links and product details, continue reading after the jump.
Urban Decay Naked Palette: since buying this palette, I have not used any other eyeshadows (seriously). Texture and color choice is incredible and in my opinion, a must for anyone who wears eyeshadow. Urban Decay recently came out with the Naked Palette 2, which I'm itching to get.
Nars Bronzer in Laguna: I've tried many other bronzers, but always come back to this shade. Perfect for fair skinned gals, like myself. A few of my olive-skinned friends love the darker shade, Casino.
Chanel Double Perfection Powder Foundation: most other products make me greasy an hour after applying, while this never does. Plus this never goes on heavy, but is buildable if you want a bit more coverage.
*if your skin is very dry, I don't recommend this.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer - apply before your eyeshadow and have crease free color all day.
YSL Touche Eclat - an under eye highlighter that makes me look like I got a full 8 hours of sleep.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - in my opinion, the best eyelash curler out there, hands down.
Benefit Posietint - a little swipe of this gives me pretty rosy cheeks that lasts way longer than any powder blush.
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover - my nail guru friend recommended this to me a few year ago and it's the best at removing and pushing back cuticles in less than 5 minutes.
Seche Vite Top Coat - nothing else gives me such a high-shine polish that lasts for days.
Essie Lacquered Up - favorite red.
Essie Borrowed & Blue - favorite pastel (worn here).
Deborah Lippmann Shake Your Groove Thing - favorite party polish.
GHD Flat Iron - a flat iron that truly lives up to it's hype (was using the Chi before and I like this way better). My favorite part is that it has universal voltage, which is ideal for someone who travels internationally.
Nexxus Emergencee Protein Treatment - I should have probably made a separate post on this, but I'll try to give a summarized version on the importance of a protein treatment. As a person who uses heat products quite often, colors her hair on occasion (I do my own roots, but get highlights 2x a year), this product is a life saver. I highly recommend reading the reviews/instructions here. Cannot live without this stuff and I buy in bulk from eBay since it's a bit hard to find in stores.
Feria Conditioner - favorite everyday conditioner, which might be too heavy for some, but I adore it.
Serge Normant Shampoo & Conditioner - recently discovered this stuff thanks to a friend of mine and it's become my favorite shampoo & conditioner. Plus, it smells delicious.
Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar - as someone who has suffered from acne-prone skin, I need to keep it relatively simple. I've been using this since High School, and anytime I stray, I always come back to it. Plus, it helps that my Derm recommends this to a lot of her patients.
Olay Complete, Sensitive Skin - another product I've been using since HS and always come back to.
Dermalogica Microfoliant - my favorite exfoliator that is extremely gentle, even for everyday use.
Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion - the best product for cystic acne. A few drops of this and my blemish heals 10x quicker.
Dior Facial Self Tanner - I've tried every self tanner out there and this one is my favorite. It always looks natural and never streaks.
If you guys have any questions, ask away! I'll try to answer everything.