Gillian’s Top 6 Beauty Life Savers
There are few things in life that can boost a girls confidence like some awesome beauty secret weapons. Here are my BIGGEST beauty life savers below!
Tarte 12 hour tinted primer
Ok, so I do have to say that before I found this product, I thought anyone who spent more than $10 on foundation was just plain full of themselves. But I have to say; this product is a TOTAL game changer. I happened to try a tiny sample that came with my 500 point Sephora beauty insider gift. I WAS HOOKED. Why? The feel of the product on my skin alone was so smooth, unlike anything I’ve experienced. And although it is marketed as a “primer” this product actually serves as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment, and sunscreen! I personally find the coverage more than enough to wear alone as my primary foundation (REMEMBER: the coverage is buildable).
Other product features: This product is powered by tripleB complex, a proprietary blend of natural diamond dust, plants, and lipoamino acids that diffuses light and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores while improving the appearance of skin luminosity.
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
I must admit, I do not use this product the way it is necessarily intended. But that doesn’t change my love for it! You are supposed to use this underneath your makeup like any other primer. It is an illuminator, but it is different because of its use of rose-gold instead of the white-ish shimmer seen in other illuminizers. Because of the use of rose-gold, it looks great on ANY skin tone and offers a warm glow to the face. I simply put some on my cheekbones, under my brows or any other place I wish to high light as my last step in my foundation routine. Every time I wear this I get compliments on my complexion and my “glowy” skin. Suckers! Just remember to blend J
Other product features: Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, it is formulated with antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E; Prestige Soft Focus Pearls; and skin-conditioning Jojoba.
Urban decay naked 2 palette
Why Naked 2? If you are an Urban Decay fan you know that the pigments of these particular eye shadows are incredible. A little goes a long way and they can be just as bold or as sheer as you want depending on your mood. I personally love Naked 2 because I feel that the neutral colors in this particular set are so wearable. How many eye shadow sets have you purchased and been able to use EVERY color in the palette? That’s why I love this! Plus is comes with a really a mini lip-gloss and a great double sided brush that can double as an eyeliner brush.
up & up™ Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Let’s be honest, some nights…that makeup is NOT coming off…i.e a drunken Saturday at 2am after you’ve consumed about 3 Doritos Locos Tacos. Just get used to those nasty blemishes that punish you for your indiscretions for days afterward. Well not anymore! These makeup-removing towelettes DO NOT require water. In fact, I keep a pack by my nightstand, that way there is literally no excuse to ever not remove my makeup (no matter how drunk I am). You will thank yourself later.
St. Ives orchid and coconut lotion
I’m a big fan of all natural ANYTHING. This is always a repeat buy for me. I’ve used a LOT of different lotions and I can tell you that this is a high quality lotion and you simply cannot beat the price. Not only does it smell amazing, it is also extremely moisturizing. I put this lotion on my whole body after every shower and I’ve been complimented on how soft my skin is. Living in Detroit, sometimes in the winter my skin used to be extremely dry and sometimes crack. Since I’ve been using this lotion, I never have that problem! It’s non-greasy and it dries super quick. Oh! And it’s free of parabens and phthalates. You can’t beat the price; try it for yourself and you’ll see what I’m talking about!!
Other product features: 100% Natural Moisturizers • Dermatologist tested • Gentle for Sensitive Skin • Fast Absorbing • Non Greasy • Formulated without parabens and phthalates • Made with 100% Natural ingredients
Lush lemony flutter cuticle butter
Since I was young, I’ve had dry terrible cuticles. It wouldn’t even matter how many manicures I got, my nails would always look sub-par because of my cuticles. I tried oils, treatments, you name it….THEN, the clouds parted and I found Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter! Despite it’s cheeky name, this product does WORK. It’s all natural and multi-purpose. I use this on my cuticles and elbows on a daily basis. My nails are noticeably stronger from the great hydration, and the smell is light and refreshing. Sometimes I even use it as a lip balm if they really need some love. A little bit goes a long way, and I like to warm it up and melt it a little bit in my palms before rubbing it in. It goes on lightly and absorbs quickly as well.
Other product features: A batch contains twenty-two pounds of beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil to moisturize and soften your skin. There are so many nutritious butters and oils in each pot, it’s no wonder that such a little amount can go such a long way.