I purchase a ton of makeup, shampoo, conditioners, lotions and potions than is probably legal. Though most end up in my “junk” drawer, there are few that make it through my grueling critique and actually pass. Listed below are 12 of my favorite beauty picks……at least for now!
Makeup Forever HD foundation in #127, is my favorite liquid foundation. While it’s not an all natural product it’s still, hands down the best in slip, coverage and shades. I use this for television and film as well as everyday wear.
I have some melasma on my face, never went away completely from my last two pregnancies so I HAVE to wear sunscreen so as not to make these small patches any darker. However, chemical sunscreens actually make your melasma worse because chemical sunscreens hold heat in the skin, and the heat helps the melasma migrate and get darker. Whether you have melasma or not using a chemical sunscreen is a big no, no and has been linked to actually causing skin cancer. Stick with an all natural sunscreen and enjoy the sun! Side note: Most natural sunscreens will cause a white or pink cast to the face, however this brand DOES NOT, hence why I won’t use any other!
Favorite self tanner
Alba Botanica sunless tanning lotion is not only top notch in giving you a fast, natural looking tan but it’s also natural, no yucky chemicals! This tanner spells delicious and lasts for days and days. It doesn’t streak and won’t wear off in splotches. Truly genius self tanner!
Obviously if you’re dark headed this shampoo will not do a thing for your tresses, well, actually it would leave it soft and smelling good but it’s specially formulated to not change your beautiful blonde hair brassy. Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde shampoo is luxurious in lathering, smell and does an incredible job with keeping your blonde hair blonde. Love, love, love. Only downfall is it’s pricey for the amount you get and hard to find. Paul Mitchell products are only sold in participating salons.
It only makes sense that if you’re going to use the Forever Blonde Shampoo you’ll have to use the Forever Blonde Conditioner as well! It is incredible and leaves your hair soft and manageable. It’s an even smaller size than the shampoo, but you will pay the same amount of money. $18 for only 4 oz and if you use up conditioner like I do, then you will go through this fast!
Favorite Body Scrub
100% Pure Cosmetics is a wonderful company who makes all their products containing natural ingredients and incorporate actual fruit into every single product, including their foundations and eyeshadows. This scrub is very very emollient and will leave your skin soft for hours and the sent will stay with you all day as well. Vanilla Bean smells the best out of the rest of them, in my opinion. Containing real vanilla beans!
Favorite Body Lotion
Most lotions whether for the body or not leave my skin wanting more never completely moisturized at all. 100% Pure body lotions leave a beautiful glow on the skin with all day moisture and scent. Truly amazing stuff.
Favorite Bar Soap
I love all natural products and Zum Bar products offers that and more. Their goat’s milk soaps are incredible! They smell wonderful and feel soft on your skin. My favorite is their Patchouli goat’s milk bar. These bars last longer than any bar soap I’ve used too!
Everyone should use an all natural deodorant and even more so, woman should! Chemical laden antiperspirants/deodorants have been linked with breast cancer. Plus using parabens in your beauty products are so last year! Keep it simple, keep it safe, keep it smelling good! Mbeze also offers a full line of body care products. The Sweet Sanura collection is my favorite! Which collection will be yours?
Favorite Body Oil
No, you’re not seeing double, once again another of my favorite beauty picks come from the Sweet Sanura Collection from Mbeze. This body oil is wonderful to use straight out of the shower, applying it to wet skin. If you also have the roller ball fragrance, use it following your body oil. Fragrance layering will always make the fragrance last all day!
Favorite Eyeliner Pencils
Milani has some really nice products, not bad for drugstore quality. Milani Liqui’eye metallic eyeliners are hands down THE best in staying power, even when used on the the water line! I have never experienced a pencil eyeliner that lasts and lasts like these do. My favorite color in these is the brown.
Favorite Red Lipstick
It can be a real chore finding that perfect red because you can either get a yellow based or a blue based red. Deciding which one you want would go with your skin tone. If you have fair to light skin go for a blue based red and if you are medium to dark skin opt for a yellow based red. Colors called chili or brick red will always be a yellow based red. I fell in love with Rhianna’s lipstick at an awards show and found out her makeup artist used both MAC Ruby Woo (blue based and pictured) all over the lips and MAC Lady Danger in the center (yellow based, not pictured). Mixing the two bases like this together give a fantastic look. It will make you fall in love with red lipstick all over again!