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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Holy Grails: Part One

We all have our "Holy Grail" items--the things that we'll buy entire shelves of if they're ever discontinued.  Whether they be cult favorites or new discoveries, it's always wonderful to find that one product that makes life a little bit easier.  I wanted to share some of my favorites with all of you, but turns out that I really love buying stuff and there were a few too many to fit all into one post.  The solution ended up being that today there will be beauty favorites and tomorrow there will be some fashion necessities to follow.

Bare Minerals Foundation
I avoided the Bare Minerals hype for a really long time, ignoring a lot of people around me who swear by the stuff.  Finally, I got a free sample when ordering a bunch of other stuff from Sephora around the same time my previous foundation wore out.  Turns out, this powder really is great.  For the first time in a while, I'm getting compliments on my skin and I'm not completely grossed out by all the foundation I wash off my face in the evening.

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara
Wow.  Seriously, WOW.  I never found a mascara worthy of investing in before this one.  It delivers so much volume and length and you can layer it on without it going clumpy.  While it's a little pricey for a mascara, it's been the only one I've found to be worth the $$$.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Red Lips are awesome.  Smudged lips are not.  Kat Von D's Everlasting Lipstick in Outlaw is the perfect red and it seriously does not budge.  I wore this to a Black Tie Optional work event where I really needed to look my best the whole time and it survived dinner, drinks, and the after party.  It's the only lipstick that I can wear and not worry about touching up--this lipstick doesn't lie about being everlasting!

Julep Creme to Powder Blush Stick
This stick is so handy and makes it so I have to clean one less makeup brush, which alone was enough to make me love it!  It's also incredibly pigmented and a little bit goes a long way so one stick will last you forever.

Seche Vite Top Coat
This is single handily the BEST nail polish top coat I have ever used ever.  I love this stuff so much that I want to be buried with it.  It legitimately dries in about a minute, gives incredible shine, and makes my manicures last for a good ten days.  It also costs around six dollars.  You're meant to put it on while the nail polish is still a wee bit wet, so it also speeds up your manicure.  Buy this now, thank me later.

Benefit's Watt's Up Highlighter
This is the natural glow that you wish you could give off all on your own.  I put it on my cheekbones and under the brow bone and it makes me feel like one of those cool girls that can roll out of bed and look ready to conquer the world.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner
I totally blame my friend Lauren for getting me on the Bumble & Bumble wagon.  In all seriousness though, I started using this a few weeks ago and I've noticed that my hair does look way more awesome in all the blog photos.  I can feel and see a difference in my hair and a little of it really does go a long way!  The Surf collection is what I'm currently using, though I might switch it up for fall--the great beachy scent of these may make me long too much for summertime.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
It smells so good and works so well!  The secret to good nails is always in the cuticle and a little Lemon Butter goes a long way.  It keeps nails looking like you just came from the salon and fits really nicely into those random purse pockets that seem like they're too small to fit things in.


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