I don’t know about you, but every May I wait in anticipation for InStyle’s Top Beauty Buys, but the last couple of years I have been totally underwhelmed. The same products over and over, both high and low end, the same boring categories, despite the fact that many women will buy 5 different kinds of eyeshadows, but skip the hair and nail treatments for the salon. So I have made my own, heavy on the products I think women in their 20s and 30s want to buy. My choices are heavily informed by my LOVE of Birchbox and the monthly treats I receive, the expert advice I receive from my favorite stylist (Lindsey at Blown Away, hair designer (Chris at Trim), and makeup artist (Darren at Chanel/YSL – Saks). GO, now, and see them! Also my random finds at Target, Sephora, and my salons. Here they are, in no particular order. Enjoy!
Best Overall Makeup Remover
Best Floral Perfume – Light
Best Shine Lipstick
Best Waterproof Sneaky Blue Eye Liner
Winner of Mascara Showdown – Best Mascara in the Universe
Most Iconic Orange-Adele-at-the-Oscars-Red
The Only Reason to Spend $65 on a Candle. Do it. You will thank me.
Best Teasing Powder/Dry Shampoo/Magic Pixie Hair Dust
Best Overall Drugstore Concealer
Best Nude Lipstick Like Adele at the Oscars
Best Reasonably Priced Color of the Year Polish
Best posh and fancy color of the year polish
Best super Intense blemish serum
More Delicious & Refreshing Facial Wipes (Smells Like Orange Julius)
Best Perfume for Mixing and Lightening Heavy Perfumes or Male Colognes
Best Eye Shadow Palettes
Best Color Saturation in Drugstore Eyeshadow
The most insanely awesome androgynous colognes that will transport you. Versions 1,2,3
The best toe color of the year – hello, tiffany
The Best Toe Polish of the Year – Hello, Tiffany
The Most Freaking Awesome Eye Shadow Palate Ever or Why Dior Wins the 5 Shadow Contest (Sorry Chanel and YSL)
The Best 4 Pan Palates For Work
My favorite Bright Lipstick – YSL Fuchsia
Best Eyelid Primer
The best hand lotion in the history of time
50 Shades of Mascara, the best shade of purple
The best anti-aging vitamin serum EVER.
The Perfume that Will Make You Want to Live Like a Genie in a Bottle
Magic skin clearing, eye clearing, energy creating tea.
Best Night Gel for Oily Skin
Most Delicious Body Lotion Ever
Awesomest Eyeshadow Blend Brush (Thanks, Darren).
I Cannot Leave Home Without It (Pt. 1 or 2)
Best Face Sculpting Bronzer
Best Luminous Mineral Foundation
Best Shimmery/All-Over Bronzer
Best Foundation Primer
Yummiest, and most moderately ridiculous body wash
Life changing hair system. This plus keratin equals perfect Aniston hair
The Only Way I Could Lust Over this Compact More Would Be if Kate Spade Made it
Best Color for Summer – Organized Shimmer
Most Amazing Luminizer Ever. I mean in the history of time.
Best Spray for long silky or curly hair. Hold with silk
Best Black Eye Liner Ever (Suck it, MAC).
Beauty Must Have Two (or two, three & four)
My Favorite Blush Ever
Luxe Hair Mask Liciuosness
Amazing Exfoliator/Face Polisher
Timeless Lip Stain
What are your favorite products??