Beauty Blogger Essentials
By Marissa Hicken |
With beauty at the center of their digital universe, these beauty-blogging ladies might as well eat, sleep and breathe beauty. Blogging about their beauty obsessions, newfound products and favorite techniques, these eight women sure know what to look for in their cosmetics. Flip through to find out all of their favorites.
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I am borderline obsessed with Urban Decay Naked Palette. For every day, I don't like to look like I am wearing a ton of make up and will use this palette alone for a natural look. It is also great to use as a base when you want a more dramatic look for a night out.
My hair drastically changed after I had my kids and I struggled to find a shampoo that didn't leave my hair too dry or too oily. My stylist recommended using Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner once a week and it has worked wonders. Oh, and it smells amazing too.
Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Butter is heaven sent. I put this on after my shower every day. It has a light and clean scent, which I love and it keeps my skin moisturized all day.
Mascara is the one thing I never leave home without putting on. Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes has a great round applicator, which makes it easy to apply and also makes your lashes look fuller and longer. I’m always asked, "What mascara are you using? Your lashes look incredible!"
Emily, Beauty Broadcast
Cleansing your skin doesn't have to mean stripping your skin. I love how The Balm Timebalm White Tea Coconut Milk Cleansing Face Cream manages to get me clean without taking away all of my skin's moisture. You also can't beat the light coconut scent!
Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks are like the sweatpants of lip products—they are so comfortable! They have the hydration of a lip balm, the controlled application of a pencil and the color of a lipstick. Sweet Watermelon and Rich Raisin are a couple of my favorites.
For me, shiny, healthy hair starts in the shower. After I shampoo, I apply TRESemme Nourishing Rituals Liquid Gold Shine Therapy for five minutes, then rinse it out. Using it once a week seems to restore radiance in my hair and still leaves it manageable for styling.
Concealer is one of my best friends in the beauty world. The COVERGIRL + Olay Concealer Balm is a fantastic combination of smooth texture and coverage. It can tackle spots, under-eye circles, you name it! It's not at all dry like typical stick concealers, plus it's available at the drugstore!
Jen, From Head to Toe
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream is very hydrating and leaves my eyes feeling quenched even in the winter, without a greasy residue.
Vanicream is great for those with eczema. This heavy moisturizer gets me through the winter without breaking me out. When my skin is crazy from weather changes this is what I turn to!
Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream in Summer Hill keeps my hands soft and moisturized. I apply a bit before bed and when I wake up my hands are still soft and not waxy.
Blistex Silk & Shine lip balm is inexpensive but really hydrates lips for a long time and gives a slight sheen. It also smells ridiculously good.
Used under moisturizer, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair actually plumps up the skin and makes it look visibly healthy and hydrated the next day.
Judy, Its Judy Time
The Clarisonic Plus exfoliates dry skin and cleanses simultaneously.
I love Estée Lauder DayWear since it contains SPF 15 and anti-oxidants and prevents wrinkles.
Dickinson's Witch Hazel is the perfect all-natural toner, it doesn’t dry out my skin.
Sonia Kashuk Remove easily removes waterproof eye makeup and is sting-free, which is great since I wear contacts.
Lancôme Mousse Radiance Clarifying Self-Foaming Cleanser smells wonderful and foams instantly thanks to the convenient pump.
Lisa, Spa Blah Blah
My go-to cleanser is Image Skincare Ageless Total Facial Cleanser with Glycolic Acid because it keeps my skin clear without over-drying it. I also love Eminence StrawberryRhubarb Dermafoliant for my twice-weekly facial scrub.
My new favorite is Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint. It has a slight hint of shimmer that gives your skin a dewy glow and you can layer it on for fuller coverage without it looking cakey. I also think Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara is genius. You have to get the hang of how to use it but once you do, bam!
I love Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner. It keeps my natural blonde hair (not!) noticeably shiny and softer than other products I've used made for colored hair.
I can't live without Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer! Nothing covers dark circles and blemishes like this wonder! It's well worth the money because it lasts forever; just be sure to use a clean concealer brush with each use.
Marcy, The Marcy Minute
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Instant Lift Gel is basically botanical Botox! All natural and instant lift!
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair assures me that my face is getting better over night instead of older! I want to make sure that I treat my skin well now so it looks great later.
Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque is great for a girls’ night in, this masque helps clear your skin and make you look super fresh!
You must wear sunscreen! I am very strict about wearing sunscreen and protecting the skin you're in! I love Philosophy Help Me sunscreen because it's light and has great protection.
Get it right and get it tight, I love NARS Double Refining Exfoliator for always leaving my skin silky smooth.
Shannon, A Girl's Gotta Spa
To keep my hands from becoming dry and cracked, I use Hand Perfection's anti-oxidant packed Nourishing Day Cream and Rejuvenating Night Cream. The shea butter keeps my hands soft and supple, while the remaining ingredients combat the signs of aging.
To keep my hair and scalp healthy, I only shampoo my hair a few times each week. However, bangs and an oily T-zone don't mesh. To give my hair a bit of volume and combat oily strands on the off-days, my Redken Powder Refresh 01 dry shampoo is a must-have.
I'm 38, so that means fine lines, deep wrinkles, discoloration under my eyes, acne scarring and other facial imperfections. I cannot live without Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance because it not only gives me a glow (I'm as pale as they come), but it also creates a soft focus effect to minimize the appearance of those facial flaws.
Wendy, Bentley Blonde
Olay Complete All Day UV Moisture Lotion Sensitive Skin SPF15 has been my go-to for five straight years. Its very moisturizing without a greasy feel and never breaks me out or irritates my skin.
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup is a full coverage foundation that gives me a “glow from within”. I love that it keeps my dry winter skin dewy and moisturized. Also, The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is the perfect highlight for upper cheekbones and the cupid’s bow.
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment is one of the only oils I've tried that doesn't weigh down my super fine hair and it smells great!
I love Physicians Formula Conceal RX. It’s full coverage and not drying, so it’s great for both under-eye and covering blemishes.