Confessions from a Beauty Product Junkie: What I Buy on Repeat + What I'm Trying Now

 

Junkie, hoarder, aficionado, whatever you want to call it, I love new beauty supplies. I can't say I'm the girl who's always decked out in makeup (I definitely prefer a more natural look), or that I watch makeup tutorials on YouTube, but I love trying new products. For me, those little luxuries are really special and I enjoy the ritual of putting pretty stuff on my face at the beginning of the day, and lovingly washing it away at the end. So, I wanted to roundup a few of my favorite products that I've used for years and some new products that have joined the rotation. I'd love to hear what your faves are, too! 

On Repeat

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

This transparent primer gel smooths skin and blurs flaws. I don't use this product everyday, but for special occasions or when I need a little extra beauty perk me up, it definitely does the trick. It's lightweight, cruelty-free, and 95% of women in a customer study said it made them look flawless. Yaaas Queen. 

Price: $16 

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Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

I can't say it exactly lives up to the name, BUT this stuff is good. I love super full, lush lashes (I mean, come on. Who doesn't?) and this product does deliver on that front. Even in the non-waterproof version it has smudge-proof all day staying power. 

Price: $23

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Smashbox Limitless Liquid Eye Liner Pen

I used to use liquid eye liner everyday, but since having a baby, it has been re-assigned to special-occasion-only status. However, when I do make the effort, I love liquid pen eyeliner. The little brush makes it so easy to create thick or thin lines and a precise cat-eye. Pro-tip: pull your eyelid gently toward your ear to create a straight line and glide the liner as close to the lash line as possible. Practice makes perfect with this one. 

Price: $22

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bareMinerals Mineral Veil

I've used this product on and off for the last 10 years, and it's not leaving the rotation anytime soon. I love bareMinerals for a variety of reasons, but this specific product minimizes lines, absorbs oil, and gives this amazing flawless finish that is so, so good. Plus it does a great job of setting my other makeup or minimizing overzealous blush application. 

Price: $23

 

Trying Now

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Glossier Cloud Paint Duo

Glossier is suddenly everywhere and I wanted in on the action. I recently purchased the cloud paint duo in Dusk and Beam. These gel-cream blushes are super user-friendly and give a healthy, flushed glow. A little goes a long way with this product and because it's sheer, it's hard to go overboard (which I admit, I love to do with blush). Plus, the packaging looks like cute little pantone swatches, which my artsy side loves. 

Price: $30 for two 

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benefit Remove It Makeup Remover

I'm not typically one to have multi-step beauty routines, but this makeup remover might just join the party. It does a really great job taking off mascara and the leftover stuff when you just use face wash. Plus, it's no-rinse, super gentle, doesn't sting around the eyes, and leaves skin feeling really soft. Win, win, and win! 

Price: $21

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Ermagherd you guys. I'm in LOVE. This product went from "trying something new" to "can't live without" after the first time I used it. Literally one drop of this drying lotion on the surface of a pimple and OVERNIGHT that thing is as good as gone. As someone who struggles periodically with breakouts, this product is a serious godsend. 

Price: $17 

What are your beauty go-to products? Have you tried anything new recently that you're adding to your routine? I'd love to hear about them!