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Must-have beauty items?

Hey fellow beauty-lovers! What are your favorite products? Things you can't live without? Your staple products! Eyes/lips/face, any category. I WANT RECOMMENDATIONS, please! Go, go, go!! 

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Purity by Philosophy Cleanser, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Clinique Exfoliator, Origins Charcoal Mask,Nars Orgasm Blush, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Lorac eyeshadows, Nars Lipgloss, Urban Decay De-Slick, Korres Body Butter, Carols Daughter Monoi Hair Mask, Anastasia brow tint... The list goes on! Smiley Happy

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  Thanks a lot, helpful! And I love the Urban Decay De-Slick. 

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Fresh lip treatments! Love them Smiley Very Happy

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 Thanks so much, FayeCoturexo. Smiley Happy I'll be sure to check them out. 

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  • Clinique Toner 2
  • Clinique 7 day rinse off scrub cream
  • Seikisho Kose Peel Mask
  • Fresh Sugar lip balm
  • Jack Black Lip Balm SPF25
Facial spray, good brushes and good moisturizers are definite must, but they are from assorted brands and no single favorite.

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clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel, baby lips, macadamia natural oil deep repair mask, nars lipgloss and lipsticks, naked palettes, UD de slick, UD 24/7 eyeliner, Real techinque brushes, carol's daughter split end repair, Nars blushes, benefit coralista, MUFE full cover concealer, MUFE HD foundation, and Too faced chocolate bronzer.

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-Josie Maran Argan Oil

-Lip Balm/stain/gloss (YSL glossy balm, fresh lip treatments, chanel lipstick)

-Smashbox blush in Bare

-Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara


-Nars eyeshadow duos (my fav are Charade and Pandora)

-Real Techniques brushes (by far the BEST brushes out there)

-Lancome bronzer

-Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation

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   Thanks a bunch, babybear04!! 

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Products I must have:  

- any mascara every day all day

- Naked 3.5 foundation

- any lip gloss it preferably tinted Fresh

- UD setting spray if I have my entire face made up for the day/ evening 

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Hi, which UD setting spray do you prefer, the matte or the dewy? Does your eyeshadow keep or does it crease? Thanks!

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The All Nighter is good all around, I would suggest using the matte only if your skin is excessively oil and the dewy if your skin is more dry.


Though it does help set all make up, using an eye shadow primer will be your first defense against creasing/fading shadows.

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Products that I absolutely cannot live without:


1) Fresh Lip Treatment - Clear

2) MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation

3) MUFE Face & Body Foundation

4) MAC Prep & Prime setting powder

5) MAC Lip Pencil in Chestnut

6) MAC Tinted Lipglass in Chai (now that it's been discontinued, I'm beside myself!)

7) Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

8) Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

9)  UD De-Slick Oil-Control Setting Spray

10) MAC and Sephora makeup brushes

11) Clarisonic Mia

12) Caudalie Cleansing Water

13) MUFE Aqua Eyes - Matte Black

14) A good eyeshadow primer - UD Primer Potion or NARS Eyeshadow Base

15) UD Naked Palette


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A glycolic based cleanser, my choice is always between Peter Thomas Roth's Anti-Aging Gel Cleanser and Anthony Logistics Gylcolic Wash. Both use chemical based exfoliants that promote new and healthy skin turnover and regeneration that also brighten and even skin tone without the use of a harsh scrub but can be used daily.


A solid, day moisturizer, my pick is CeraVe. It's inexpensive, but is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid which help to bring healthy moisture to the skin but isn't heavy or greasy. It's a simple formula that works and has a SPF of 30 rather than a 10 or 15 like most other moisturizers.


Urban Decay's Primer Potion in Sin, hands down, my favorite eye shadow primer. I love Sin because the champagne tint allows me to wear it on its own on mlazy/simple make up days, it looks like a cream shadow when worn alone.



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Some products that I've really been loving: 



-Clinique Rinse of foaming cleanser (Your skin will feel SO clean I'm not even kidding) 

-Clinique moisture surge intense (Warning: Has a funky smell but works amazingly) 



- Lorac Pro pallete 

- Benefit creaseless cream shadows (They have a few kits out that you might want to check out if you want to try these products for less and in a bargain) 

- Buxom lash mascara 

- Smashbox gel liner



- Buxom lip tarnish in scandal 

- Tarte lip surgences in exposed, elite, hope

- Revlon just bitten kissable balm stains in honey



- Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation (It's a gel foundation, but honestly one of the best I've tried. Not sure where you can buy them from if you're living in the states) 

- Tarte amazonian clay blush 

- Josie maran colour sticks (beautiful blush though smells really herbal) 

- Benefit hoola bronzer and too faced chocolate soliel bronzers - (both really good but hoola is better for contouring) 

- clinique even better concealer

- Milani HD concealer 

- Benefit erase paste

- Lorac highlighter in spotlit. 


Hope this has helped!

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I can't believe I forgot to add this as well but: Tarte's 12 hour smoothing eye primer. AMAZING product, works for a variety of different people. I like it even better than the urban decay primers. 

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Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

FRESH Advanced Lip Treatment

Korres Lip Butters

REN Glycolactic Acid Face Mask/Peel

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color (Lush Nectarine or Peach Whisper)

Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tints

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Kohl Pencil in Black Gold

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow (Slate)

L'Oreal Infallible Eye Color in Amber Rush

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Oh, and Nars Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight

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Fun question! I always love reading the answers.


My own are:


1. La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Fluide Extrème SPF 50+/PPD 38 (the French version has a different sunscreen than the one sold in the US);

2. Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream;

3. Retin-A Micro;

4. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic (antioxidant serum);

5. A glycolic acid cleanser (Anthony Logistics or Skinceuticals -- I use both at different times);

6. Black, black-brown or grey-black eyeliner (not loyal to one, but eyeliner is crucial for me!);

7. Mascara: La Roche Posay Respectissime Extension; YSL Faux Cils (Noir Radical);

8. NARS Sheer Glow (Siberia);

9. NARS Concealer (Chantilly);

10. Eyeshadow (I have many favorites!): Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow (Rosewood, Pale Barley, Antique Rose, Trench, Mulberry, Midnight Plum); Fresh Eyeshadow (discontinued) in Ecole Militaire, Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs (rue de Sèvres, rue de Passy);

11. Lipstick (again, many favorites!): Bobbi Brown Nude Rose; NARS (Heat Wave, Crusing), MAC Lady Bug; Burberry (English Rose, Dusty Rose, Blush, Military Red);

12. NARS Pressed Powder, Snow (discontinued Smiley Sad);

13. T. LeClerc Pressed Powder (Banane, Ivoire); and

14. Blush (I have so many favorites, I don't think I can name them all): Chantecaille (Winter Bloom, Wind, Mood, Joy); Chanel (Turbulent, Tweed Pink); NARS (Gaieté, Passion...basically all NARS blushes); Burberry Tangerine; La Roche Posay Rose Acidulé; R&R Call Me; Tom Ford Wicked.

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I love these kind of questions! My products that I just CANNOT live without are:


-NARS blush in orgasm(This blush is great for any skin tone)

-MAC eyeshadow in vanilla(Perfect highlighter)

-Benefit sunbeam(Great bronez highlighter)

-NARS eyeshadow in Abyssina( Perfect for all over the eye)

-Urban Decay primer potion (FANTASTIC EYE PRIMER)




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I don't have any HG products per se (I switch around so frequently) but the absolute BEST discoveries of 2012 for me were:


Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek (LOVE this stuff!  super-pigmented, smooth pressed blush.  sadly discontinued now)


Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes (took a few tries to figure it out b/c I typically go for lots of shimmery/smoky and this one is more natural but I love it now)  also sadly it was a limited edition.


Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lip Gloss.  one of the few that doesn't make my lips peel even more than usual....very the colors for everyday.

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