Holy Grail Beauty Products

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more and more obsessed with beauty products and makeup. It wasn’t until the last year or two of college that I really started experimenting with makeup and taking care of my skin. That being said, I’ve tried a lot of products over the last 8 years but always come back to the same favorite products.Holy Grail Products1

Reading blog posts or watching videos of monthly favorites or holy grail products fascinate me. Trying out new products and seeing what other people are really loving is getting to be a little out of control. Here are my absolute favorite, keep coming back to, beauty, hair and make up products.Philosophy Purity

Purity Face Wash. I first discovered the philosophy brand back in college and fell in love. However, since I was in college, I was on a strict budget and couldn’t really afford the expense of $28 for face wash and $47 for moisturizer. I rediscovered the Purity face wash about two years ago and haven’t used anything since. It’s gentle and doesn’t break me out while cleansing my face without stripping the moisture.Lush Mint Julips

Lush Mint Julep Lip Scrub. I have really dry lips in the fall and winter. So dry that no amount of lip balm was helping. After watching a few favorite videos, I decided to try this lip scrub and I fell in love! The mint scent is lovely without being over powering and the scrub is gentle but removes dry skin from lips.Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil. If you haven’t been using coconut oil, you are missing out! I use coconut oil every night to remove my makeup, even mascara. Not only does it gently break down the oils of the makeup and mascara, but it moisturizes eyelashes and skin at the same time. I also occasionally use coconut oil as a hair mask overnight to give my hair a jolt of moisture.benefit Roller Lash

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. I was given a sample of the Roller Lash Mascara after getting my eyebrows done at the Benefit Brow Bar. I loved They’re Real mascara so I decided to give it a try. I fell in love. It gives volume and some length. But my favorite part is that while it’s easy to remove, it stays put during the day and doesn’t make me look like a panda by the time I get home.Clear Shampoo

Clear Shampoo/Conditioner. The Clear hair line are products that I continue to come back to after trying out new shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo gives a good lather and cleans my hair without stripping the oils. The conditioner moisturizes without weighing down my hair. And the scent of both is amazing!Seche Vite Top Coat

Seche Vite Top Coat. I use this top coat every time I paint my nails. I’m impatient and this top coat dries so fast that I’ve been unable to find anything that works better. I know that a lot of people don’t like it because of the chemicals in it but I guess I’m just a rebel.Loreal Julieanne's Nude Lipstick

Loreal Julieanne’s Nude Lipstick. I loved the nude lipstick trend from afar for a long time. Having red hair and light skin, I struggled to find a nude lipstick that wasn’t too brown or too pink. I had heard a lot about this color before trying it. I was skeptical but gave it a try anyway. I fell in love! This color is the perfect nude for me. I loved it so much I bought another for myself and one for my sister.

Let me know what some of your holy grail products are. I love trying new things!



Simple Weekend Summer Makeup

This weekend, my sister and I spent some time shopping and checking out some yard sales around town. The last thing anyone wants to do in the summer is spend hours on makeup that’s going to melt off after an hour in the sun. I work in an office so and wear makeup everyday but on the weekends, I don’t always want to spend a ton of time on it. I want to look put together without caking on the makeup. I use 7 products to create a simple put together look.

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Sunscreen is a must for me year round but especially in the summer. The CC Cream I use has SPF in it but I like the idea of extra protection so I use this Neutrogena one as a primer as well. It has a sunscreen smell, you know the one I mean, but it doesn’t linger. This sunscreen is available in SPF up to 100 which is crazy!

I actually use two different shades of CC Cream to get my correct shade. I mix Very Light and Light/Medium together. By the end of summer, I’ll be using mostly Light/Medium because I tan very slightly, seriously most people can hardly tell.

The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is perfect for a little extra coverage where I need it (usually my dark circles from lack of sleep). A little under my eyes and around my nose to cover some redness and I’m good to go.

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I don’t really like to use a lot of eyeshadow because it defeats the purpose of a quick easy summer look. However, I do like using this Naked Basic 2 just to even out the color on my eyelids. Sometimes I’ll add a little definition to my crease but usually not.

Next come the eyebrows. Being a redhead, it’s actually very difficult to find an eyebrow pencil or shadow that matches. I’ve fallen in love with the NYX eyebrow pencil in Taupe. Not only is it an almost perfect match for my brows, but it’s waxy so it stays all day!

I finish my look with some Benefit Roller Lash mascara which I am obsessed with! This mascara stays when I want it too but isn’t really difficult to take off at the end of the day.

Some days, when I want a little something extra, I like to add some Revlon lipstick in Julieanne’s Nude which the perfect shade for us gingers. Otherwise, it’s whatever lip balm I have lying around the bottom of my purse.

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Here is the finished look. Let me know what you think!

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See you soon!