Yesterday, I had a revelation about my beauty-product obsession.
I was attending an event with some of the industry's top beauty editors and bloggers, and a few girls and I were talking about the different types of beauty consumers. There are the women who stand by the classics—their trusted-and-true products they've used for years and years. There are the gals who only use what works—instead of hitting up a friend for their night cream recommendation, they visit their dermatologist. And then, there are the girls like me—who have
to have, obsess even, over the newest and most-hyped-about products.
BB Creams? Love 'em. CC Creams? Can't wait to get my hands on 'em. New fragrance launches? Yes please. Life-changing brand-new hair products on the market—OMG, I die.
Seriously, I have buckets upon buckets of beauty products (all sorted and organized by classification) stashed in my apartment:
Do I really need
15 different mascaras? Probably not. But I love testing out the latest-and-greatest new things. Knowing what you now know, believe me when I say (write?) narrowing down this list was not easy.Lindsay's 10 Products I Can't Live Without:MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream
($32 at HairCareChoices.com): I'm definitely something of a hair-product and -tool junkie—could you not tell from my defense of hair extensions
? But if I had to pick my most-favorite-ever hair-related thing—product or tool—it would be this argan-oil-infused cream. My hair is really dry from all the dye jobs and heat tools I use, and this frizz-fighting formula delivers all the nourishment and hydration my hair thirsts. Batiste Dry Shampoo Blush
($8.25 at Soap.com): I've tried all the high-end dry shampoos to no effect—even the best-of-the-best most-raved-about products left me looking like Frankenstein's bride. A clearly-20-something girl with gray streaks? Uh yeah, I freaked. About to swear dry shampoo off for good and accept the fact it wasn't for me, I turned to my local drugstore as a last ditch effort. Lo and behold I found my grease-free-hair savior. The floral-scented spray soaks up all the grime from roots to tips—and keeps my hair that way all day long. O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray
($32 at OriginalMineral.com): On days where I want that just-went-surfing-and-rolled-out-of-the-ocean look—or let's be honest, days that I'm lazy—I turn to this fresh-smelling texture spray. It gives my locks that mussed-up look with out making them feel heavy, or worse, crunchy
.Salon by Sally Hershberger Keratin Fix
($32 on HSN.com): Okay really, can you tell I'm ridiculously obsessed with hair products yet? I use Sally's Keratin Fix on mornings when I flat iron my hair, thanks to its thermal protection properties and super-sleek effect. This product is especially a life-saver in the summer during those so-humid-you-can-barely-breathe type of days.Frederic Fekkai 3-Minute Technician Color Care Hair Mask
($35 on Target.com): Last hair product, I swear! In addition to using Fekkai's shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair
, I'll use this mask (in place of my daily conditioner) twice a week. The thick lotion-like consistency makes my hair noticeably softer, and drastically prevents my hair color from fading. Even with my brand-new red hue:Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++
($39 at Sephora.com): After years and years of fake baking—terrible, I know!—I finally came to and realized the importance of protecting my very fair porcelain skin. Although this lotion is a tad pricey for sunscreen, you get more than your money's-worth in protection and coverage. With just a quarter-sized dollop, this slime-free, antioxidant-fortified formula blocks bad rays from head to toe. No icky white film included.Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Lip Scrub
in Popcorn ($9 at LushUSA.com): This all-natural, completely-edible popcorn-flavored lip scrub is tastier than the stuff you get at movies. The sugary-sweet mixture is vegan-friendly and made with fresh ingredients such as castor sugar, sea salt, and coconut oil. It's an absolute must-have for combating dry, cracked lips once winter rolls around.Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster
($9 at Walmart.com): I'm majorly guilty of having an obscene caffeine addiction, like, 3-4 cups of coffee/Diet Coke a day, no joke. I also have an issue in which I hate any product that requires a lot of muss and fuss (cough, Whitestrips, cough). Enter this super-easy-to-use paste you add on top of your toothpaste while you brush.
Pearly whites—never been easier.
All my Trish McEvoy skincare products.
Trish McEvoy's Skincare System
(TrishMcEvoy.com): This might put me over 10 products, but I am so beyond addicted to McEvoy's skincare line, it's darn near impossible for me to pick two favorites. There's the Gentle Cleansing Wash
($58) I use on a daily basis to unclog my pores and get my skin feeling squeaky clean. There's also the Even Skin Beta Hydroxy Pads
($65), which exfoliate and slub off dead cells for more radiate and even-toned skin.
If I haaaad
to pick a favorite though, it'd be the Even Skin Vitamin C Cream
($72)—this anti-aging, wrinkle-preventing nightly treatment has just a small amount of tingle to it, which lets me know its working hard to keep my skin looking vibrant and youthful. And guess what, it does!Now for my makeup bag...
You've already seen the mound of beauty products I keep stashed in my room at all times, but when I'm a girl on the go (so, like, always) these are my travel-tested, easy-to-toss-in-my-bag, quick-fix, go-to products (from L-R):
I'm starting to sound like a broken record about my hair, but to keep flyaways at bay and give my strands a mid-day lift, I'll spritz them with this mini-sized can of Joico Joimist Firm Finishing Spray
($16 for a 9-oz can at Drugstore.com). For full and thick-as-can-be voluminous lashes, I use two swipes of Dior
's Diorshow Black Out Mascara
($25 at Macys.com). You guys, this is the best voluminizing mascara ever
—I cannot stress it enough. Clark's Botanical Ultra Rich Lip Tint
in Moore Nude
($19 at ClarksBotanicals.com) gives my lips high-gloss shine with just a subtle tinge of kissable-pink color. I love YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick
in Juicy Grapefruit ($30 at Barneys.com) for its pale-pink shimmer and silky finish—most lipsticks leave my lips dry and flaky, but this moistures as it beautifies. You'd be hard-pressed to find me ever without a little rouge on my cheeks—blame my gaunt, milky-white complexion—and Chanel
's Joues Contrast Powder Blush in Love
($43 at Nordstrom.com) is simply, well, love. (And the perfect deep-pink hue!)
Confession: I stash extra tubes of Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
($3 at drugstores) everywhere—
in my vanity, at my desk, in my purse, at my boyfriend's place—everywhere. The cooling sensation is super-refreshing, and, well it's only $3 a pop!
Last but not least, one of my beauty-editor friends (hey, Cat!) recommended Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
($43 at Sephora.com) to me this summer, and I can't tell you how much it's done for my complexion. My face looks natural and dewy (in a good way) and the lightweight, oil-free formula never clogs my pores. You've got to try this stuff out!
Welp! There you have it—all my favorite hair, skincare and makeup products. Beauty regimens are exhausting, right? Did any of your faves make my list? Any recommendations I absolutely must try? Let me know in the comments below. You know I'll put 'em to the test!