Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s beauty salon, The Powder Puff Beauty Shoppe, so I’ve been playing around with beauty products from a young age. Skin care, nail polish, makeup and hair products—I love it all. In 5th grade, I was the first girl in my class to start wearing makeup. In 7th grade, I would bring my makeup to sleepovers and give my friends makeovers. In 9th grade, when all my friends were using drugstore products, I was ordering skin and hair care products by mail from Beverly Hills using my babysitting money. At age 18 when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, it only seemed natural when I decided to go to esthetics school to become a true beauty professional. (Read my bio.)
Even now, I adore beauty products and absolutely love trying new ones. Here are some of my current favorites:
1. Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo – I was late to the dry shampoo party, but I love how this one keeps my hair looking clean in between washes. The scent is a little overpowering, but it has grown on me.
2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – I didn’t start wearing liquid foundation until a few years ago because I was so afraid of it clogging my oily, blemish-prone skin (I’m a skin type #2.) However, I haven’t had a problem with this one. It gives my skin an incredible luminous and smooth look, while making my large pores virtually invisible.
3. Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer – This primer creates a great base on my eyelids, which helps with an even eye shadow application and gives a long-lasting effect.
4. Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick – This long-lasting, silky lipstick has some serious staying power and comes in some fun, bright colors.
5. Benefit Gimme Brow – This is a small mascara wand with a creamy formula to brush on the brows to make them look thicker. The color is the perfect shade for my brows and I like that it doesn’t leave them feeling tight or crunchy when it dries.
6. Benefit They’re Real Mascara – I’ve stuck with this one longer than most because I like how it gives length and thickness, while not looking clumpy. The brush is stiff and the bristles allow for a nice separation of the lashes upon application.
7. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream – I mainly use this at night before bed or while flying on a plane. This cream truly repairs my dry hands and doesn’t feel greasy.
8. Facial Hair Shaver by Touch’ N Brow– When I turned 40, I noticed that my peach fuzz was getting much fuzzier and that’s never a good look. About once every three weeks, I run this over my cheeks, chin and upper lip to gently remove all the hair. The blade also acts as an exfoliant and leaves my skin baby soft. I buy a 3-pack at Sally Beauty Supply for just $4.00.
9. Renée Rouleau Pro Remedy Oil – I just returned from seeing clients in New York City for five days with freezing temperatures and snow. This means the heaters were on indoors and, while the warmth was welcoming, I made sure to use a few drops of this product over my oil-free nighttime moisturizer to provide a protective barrier from the dry heat and to prevent moisture from evaporating out of my skin. What a huge difference this made in keeping my skin from getting dry! Shop for Pro Remedy Oil.
10. ColoreScience SPF 50 Mineral Powder – I am never, ever without a tube of this dry sunscreen powder. With just a light dusting on my face, neck, chest and hands, it gives instant sun protection. Since the #1 cause of premature wrinkles is due to UV light from the sun, this makes sunscreen the best anti-aging product on the planet. Shop for Colorescience Mineral Powder.
11. Wen Cleansing Conditioner – The concept of using a cleansing shampoo that doesn’t have any lather was so strange at first, but I’ve been using this exclusively for six months and my hair has never been in better condition. I love how shiny my rose gold/pastel mauve hair looks! Also, people lose hair with age and I like that I don’t get any post-shampoo tangles that pull out my hair when I put a wet brush through it.
My beauty collection is always changing, but right now, these are my latest and greatest.
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