May 3, 2016

{Beauty} My Tried & True

Holy Grail Beauty Favorites

Today, I’m teaming up with Nordstrom to share some of my “holy grail” beauty favorites. My tried and true and the products and fragrances I’ve continued to repurchase, or plan to repurchase, over again.

  1. Philosophy Amazing Grace:  On days when I want something light, fresh and not overpowering, this is my go-to. I’ve been wearing this for over a decade and it still remains my favorite.
  2. Clarins Liquid Bronze Facial Self Tanner: Yet another product I’ve been using for over ten years. Whenever I’m feeling drab and need a physical pick-me-up, a little facial self tanner always makes me feel way prettier. I’ve tried some other brands and versions, but always comeback to this one.
  3. Yves Saint Laurent Temps Majeur Eye Cream:  If I were to splurge on any luxury eye cream, it would be this one. I’ve tried other ‘fancy’ eye creams from La Mer, La Prairie and a bunch of other brands, but this ones my favorite. It gets rid of puffiness and keeps any fine lines away. Yes, I know it’s super expensive, but a little goes a long way, so it lasts a pretty long time. I have this in my eye cream rotation and use it whenever I need a little extra help.
  4. Shiseido Sun Protection For Face : I already mentioned that this was my favorite face sunscreen in my FAQ’s, but it deserves to be mentioned again. I’ve been using this for years and it has never broken me out, blends easily and never leaves me feeling greasy, even when I wear it under makeup. {Reminder: whenever wearing an SPF on your face, be sure to properly cleanse using a muslin cloth! Slapping some water and cleanser alone just wont cut it! Ideally, you want to do a double cleanse when wearing a lot of makeup and/or SPF to make sure you really get everything off.}
  5. Diptyque Eau Duelle Perfume:  I once read someone describe this scent as “vanilla, all grown up.” Agreed! Normally, vanilla scents give me a headache after 15 minutes, but never with this one. This also happens to be Keith’s favorite and whenever I wear it, he comments at how good I smell.
  6. MAC Red x MAC Ruby Woo: My ultimate, go-to holy grail red combo. I love both of these colors on their own, but for me, they’re even better when paired together. {Tip: I always use this lipstick primer before wearing any bright colors}
  7. Urban Decay Naked Basics: “Basic” matte colors, with absolutely no shimmer, in the best possible way. The pigmentation is top notch and the staying power is even better, especially paired with their primer. I can put it on at 8AM and 15 hours later, it’s still on.
  8. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate: Normally, I opt for chemical exfoliators over manual or anything with little beads in it, but this stuff is a major exception. Whenever I use this stuff, my skin feels like glass and any product I use right after, just melts right in. I wash my face, apply and leave on for 4-6 minutes and then wipe off with a wet warm cloth. I’m left with a smooth, glowing complexion. {Tip: my skin can handle leaving this on for awhile, but if you’re first starting out, I recommend going with their suggested 2-3 minutes to see what your skin can handle. Also, I wouldn’t use this AND an acid toner during the same routine. It’s one or the other!}




  • pia

    thank you for sharing!
    Fash ‘n’ fudge
    Fash ‘n’ fudge

  • Rena

    Oh, how cool! You are also mixing lipsticks – I do the same 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • sasa

    These are awesome:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • mONIKA

    Lovely products!

  • Fashion and frappes

    Any tips on how exactly you mix the lipsticks? Which one goes first – why? Especially since its matte, isn’t it difficult to mix them in?

    • BrooklynBlonde

      Hi! I find it pretty easy to mix them, but I probably should have mentioned that I always use a lipstick primer first (MAC Prep & Prime is my favorite). I usually put one color on one lip and the other on my other lip and blend together!

  • Jo

    I like this post. Pretty much our female life summarize, we try products up to we know what it works and what me like and we buy them over and over. MAC & Clarins are a must for me, specially face sunscreen from clarins but i think i will give it a try to Shiseido.

  • Liz - Shopping My Closet

    I agree – the Kate Sommerville exfoliater is wonderful!

    Liz @

  • Alyssa

    Thanks for sharing your tips!! I love MACs lipstick too. Such a perfect shade of red. xx

  • brett

    i love the shiseido spf! it goes on so nicely under makeup!

  • Laura Mitbrodt

    I love the Kate Somerville exfoliator

  • Cindy

    wow, awesome “holy grail” beauty favorites you have there !

  • Nicole sioui

    Love the Urban Decay Naked Basic and concur that the color adheres an entire day. Thanks for the double-duty tip, will try applying to eyebrows too! ?

  • Cheyanne



    Thanks for sharing this. You always have impeccable skin so it’s nice to know the products you use so we can try some.

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