There is already a post for my favorite makeup products but I felt a whole separate post was necessary for non makeup beauty staples because…well because what can I say? I love beauty products! I tried to really pin point only those items that I felt I use on a daily basis and if lost, I would run out immediately (if not sooner) for a replacement. Let’s get started shall we?
So if you have been following me on Instagram for a while you might have seen me mention this a few (thousand) times. Bum bum cream! I am so obsessed with this stuff. What it claims to do is tighten and smooth the appearance of your skin. I don’t know if I’ve seen any tightening (which could potentially be attributed to my affinity for chips and salsa) but what I can say is that I love it so much, I don’t even care. It makes my skin super silky soft and in the sun it gives off a very subtle golden shimmer. The number one reason I love it though, is because it smells freaking amazing! The scent lasts forever and is strong enough that when I wear it, I don’t even feel like I need perfume. This is a pricey product at $45 and if you had told me before I tried it that I would spend this much on what is essentially body lotion, I would have laughed. But every time I put it on I’m like, “Oh yeah, THIS is why I buy this!” and then I inhale deeply and smile because I smell awesome. P.S- They also make a shower gel and a body spray. Yes I have both. I’m still waiting on a candle. Who do I talk to about that?
I don’t actually use this stuff as a typical hair spray really. I use it more as a dry shampoo kinda deal. My hair is super fine and thin so I like to spray some of this all through my dry hair before I style it and then a little more after. It’s super light and has zero residue. It just gives my hair a little more volume and some grip to work with. It smells fresh and clean and it’s become a staple that I use whether I am styling my hair straight or with some waves. I have actually been pretty impressed with most everything I have tried from this brand in general.
I think this is maybe my 10th lash curler from Shu Uemura. It’s something I buy over and over because it’s the best curler I have ever used. I used to buy a regular drug store curler and when I tried this guy out, I never went back. It gives a very natural curl and holds that curl all day. They stopped carrying this brand here in the states so I usually order mine online. I’m signed up for their newsletter so I also jump on ordering a new one when I have a 20% off code and free shipping. Gotta love a deal!
Here is another item that I have talked about to death on my Instagram. This stuff is magic! It was recommended to me by the girl who used to do my lash extensions and basically, she’s going to put herself out of a job because this stuff is all you need. No extensions necessary. I put it on every night like an eye liner before I go to bed. I saw results within the first month. My lashes were way thicker and so much longer. It got to the point that I was like, ok this is getting a little ridiculous, maybe I should take a break. I did notice though that when you stop using it, your lashes slowly go back to their normal state. To me, the price is worth it to keep having awesome lashes. I buy mine on Amazon for about $47 and it lasts for 3 months. With this, I can stick to a cheaper mascara and my lashes still look pretty good.
I’ve been using these for years and I probably will for years to come. This removes my makeup when I’m too lazy to do a full face washing at the end of the night. Which if I’m being honest, is most nights. It smells fresh, keeps my skin soft and removes dirt, oil and even my stubborn eye makeup. I buy them at Costco and they come with a couple travel sized packages that I toss in my gym bag because nothing feels better than cleaning a sweaty face after a workout.
I am a typical California girl so I am in flip-flops 11 months a year. Needless to say, my feet are usually in need of a little TLC. I used to just use whatever regular lotion I had on hand for my feet but it didn’t quite do the job for my tougher skin. I tried this out and it has worked wonders. It keeps my feet nice and soft and open toe shoe worthy. It’s a thicker cream but doesn’t feel too heavy or like it will never absorb. I usually apply it right after my shower and I am good to go for the day. For an extra boost, I put it on at night and sleep with socks on to wake up with baby soft feet. But I only do that when I’m desperate because sleeping in socks is my personal version of torture.
Having fine, straight hair I am prone to tangles. Especially when I am straight out of the shower. My regular brush was borderline painful in trying to remove the tangles and it took me forever since I was going so slow trying to be gentle. I tried leave-in conditioners to help but those often weighed my hair down. I can’t remember exactly where I heard about this brush but I purchased mine from Amazon and I have been obsessed with it ever since. It brushes through wet tangles painlessly and makes combing out wet hair a breeze. It has saved me so much time when styling my hair because I am no longer wrestling with my brush and trying to go tangle by tangle. I imagine it would work great for girls with thicker hair as well.
I used to use stronger toners made for acne prone skin. I was breaking out and treating my skin with what I thought would counteract the breakouts I was getting. What I was really doing was stripping my skin of its natural oils. This was causing even more oil production and thus, more fun breakouts. When I went to get a facial, the esthetician recommended this as a more natural and nourishing toner. I have been using this little gem ever since. After I wash my face I use a cotton round to swipe this all over my face and neck. It helps to tone and hydrate my skin while balancing out my PH levels (or so my esthetician says). I have not had any negative reactions to this and I love how hydrated and clean my face feels when I use it. So different from that super dry feeling you get with other toners. I bought mine at Sprouts (of all places) but I have seen it at Target and Amazon as well.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
I use this setting spray every single day. I love the fresh feeling of locking in my makeup. It also takes away that powdery feel I get right after I am done applying my makeup. A few sprays of this and my skin feels renewed and refreshed. I feel like my makeup sinks in and melds together making my makeup last a lot longer during the day. I’ve gone through many bottles of this stuff and it’s something I repurchase over and over.
I am on my 3rd little tub of this guy. It works wonders for acne control and ever since I went off my birth control, my skin has been FREAKING out. I use this when I am going through a particularly intense breakout period. It’s a mud and charcoal based mask so it’s amazing for sucking all the impurities out of your skin. I use this as a spot treatment sometimes but I use it most often as an overall mask. I leave it on for about 20-30 minutes and then rinse with warm water. The next morning when I wake up, I can feel even the most stubborn cystic breakouts going down in swelling. I tend to breakout along my chin and jawline and this stuff has been a lifesaver for me.
That’s the round up of my favorite non makeup beauty staples! Let me know if I’m missing anything good!
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