Holy Grail, Must Have Beauty Products

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile now then you know I’m a beauty product junkie and I always love trying out new and trending products. Over the last few years but especially this past year I’ve tried so many products both name brand and drug store. I’m all about finding the perfect ones that not only work well in the moment to enhance natural beauty but also work longterm to work against the signs of aging such as wrinkles, age and sun spots, enlarged pores, capillaries, and adult acne and blackheads.

 if I only had 5 min’s to grab items before fleeing These are the beauty products that I would choose to grab (after my dogs, childhood stuffed animal, and other keepsakes of course). my holy grail, must have, go to items that I can truly tell a negative difference in my skin if I go more than 3 days without using them. these are the products that work best for my combination but mostly dry skin.


 1. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Midnight Recovery Concentrate – i use this every night and wake up with glowing hydrated skin.

2. Tarte Size Maracuja Oil – this oil is the perfect wake up call for my skin. the cold pressed maracuja fruit and vitamin c keeps my skin hydrated and bright throughout the day.

3.Tarte Radiance Drops – Rainforest of the Sea Collection – i love adding these radiance oil drops to my foundation for an extra glow. these drops are perfect on days where i don’t want to do a full face of make up but still want a little glow.

4.Sunday Riley SUNDAY RILEY  U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil – i started using this oil in january and i’m never looking back. I give credit to this one for helping clear up my existing blackheads and keeping acne away for the most part. I was getting pretty ba cyst acne on my chin this winter and as soon as i added this to my routine it came to a stop.


1. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 – for whatever reason my skin reacts wonderfully to all things kiehl’s brand. this moisturizer with spf 30 keeps my skin hydrated through out the day and i love that it has spf in it protecting my skin from uv rays all day.

2. it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream – this eye cream works great for me at fighting wrinkles. it is said to brighten however i have such thin pale skin that my dark circle are strong and i have yet to find a eye cream that i can CONFIDENTLY say has made a NOTICEABLE difference there.

{hair product}

1. Drybar Detox Scented Dry Shampoo – my #1 go to dry shamoo hands down. or should i say, hair down. 😉

2. ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Omega Anti-Frizz Dry Oil Mist – so i just started using this hair mist a few weeks ago but really really love it so i had to add it into this post. alterna is a very well respected luxe haircare brand so i automatically had a good vibe about the product after reading reviews and i’m so happy the results lived up to the standards. i love spritzing this mist on my hair in the middle of the day when I’m about to brush it out.

What it is: a mist infused with anti-aging caviar extract and a blend of replenishing Omega oils to instantly add shine while taming frizz, leaving hair soft and silky smooth.What it does: It’s formulated with avocado oil, which is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, B, D and E to nourish hair while locking in moisture. Abyssinian oil provides a high level of conditioning and shine without adding weight, while caviar extract contains amino acids and Omega-3 fatty acids that help smooth the hair


1. Supergoop! Shine On Lip Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – i’ve always had dry, cracked, and flaky lips, always. it doesn’t matter the season either, they get sunburnt, wind burnt, and everything else. I’ve tried lip sugar scrubs and just about every chapstick out there that’s recommend for extreme dry lips. shockingly enough to me it was this gloss {not chapstick or balm} that saved my lips and has become my holy grail go to.

2. Buxom Powerplump Lip Balm – my bestie and i were talking in general about about lip injections the other day and thank god we were because it then lead to talking about lip plumpers and her introducing me to this fab lip plumping balm by buxom. i didn’t even know lip plumer came in the form of a balm, i’ve only ever seen and used glosses. this buxom balm looks translucent however it ‘blooms’ into a custom shade as it reacts to the ph level of your lips. pretty cool!

3. Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme – this is my go to gloss for lip plumper. perfect on it’s own or over any color.

{concealer & Highlighter}

1. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand – obsessed. so good. go buy it now.

2. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer – this is the only under eye concealer i’ve used that actually stays on all day. a little goes a long way with this product and i like to dab it on under my eye and let it set or ‘bake’ for a few min before i ‘beat’ it in all the way. i also really love this concealer because it doesn’t ‘attract’ my mascara and give me racoon eyes by the middle of the day.

{la la lashes}

i have had my eyelash extension off for two month now and have been using the below products for the past 6 weeks and it has dramatically changed and enhanced my lashes for the better. i have naturally short, straight, and blonde lashes so i need all th help i can get.

1. r + F Last Boost serum – i have been using this serum for six weeks now and can 100% see a growth difference in my natural lasehs. They are so much longer than they would be if I wasn’t using the serum and they are actually a litle darker too. you are supposed to see full results at 8 weeks but also supposed to continue to use until you run out of the product. I will do an update with before and after pictures soon.

2. Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer – this primer preps, volumizes, lengthens, separates, curls, and conditions lashes. I really love how it separates and lengthens my lashes before i apply my new fav mascara & it’s drug store!!

3. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous XFiber Mascara – i haven’t worn mascara in the last year so i was basically starting over at finding a new one i love. i was walking down the target aisle and HAPPENED to see this new fiberx one by l’oreal and took a leap of faith {yes, mascara is that important.} thank god i did because the extra help from the fibers are life changing while trying to grow back out my lashes.


1. Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System – I started using a clarisonic in january and not gonna lie the first couple months of using it was rough as it brought up alllllll the bacteria and junk clogging up my to the surface of my skin. trust me, it got worse before it got beter but it was also so very worth it and now i swear by using this everyday. I use it at night after a day of wearing make up.

2. DERMAFLASH 2.0 Facial Exfoliating Device – after hearng about his product and getting sucked into a rabit hole of videos on instagram about it i jus had to have it. the dermaflash instantly removes dead skin cells, built-up debris and pesky peachy fuzz and is designed specifically for the delicate skin on your face. It enhances the power of skin care products by erasing those barriers to penetration. the amount of dead skin and peach fuzz that came off my face after the first use was truly disgusting and so fun to watch – i highly recommend this tool!

 {face wash + Mask’s}

1. Kiehl’s Since 1851 – Ultra Facial Cleanser – like mentioned above kieh’s products just work super well with my skin and this cleanser is a staple for me. it cleans my skin without drying it out and giving me that super tight feeling like other cleansers have done in the past.

2. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment – if you’ve not tried this mask yet you really really need to. it can be used as an all over face mask which i do but i also love using it as a spot treatment if i have a pesky zit that won’t go away. even dabbing it on some smaller zits and sleeping with it on i have woken up with the zits completely gone.

3. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – another auh-mazing spot treatment to have on hand. i like this one because while it goes on a powder pink color you can rub it in completely and put make up on over it for a daytime spot treatment.

4. philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask – i picked up this mask a few weeks ago after continuing to read all the hype on it. this pore extractor mask uses white clay, salicylic acid, and natural exfoliants to help draw out impurities, scrub away blackheads, and improve the look of pores. The exfoliating formula leaves skin looking refreshed, smooth, and glowing and with less visible pores. i have been using this mask once a week and love it. i do notice my pores look much tigher right after i was it off, hopefully that stays working longterm.

{capri blue volcano}

okay so this is kind of like a bonus CATEGORY but i love love love the strong scent of this candle and lotion and swear by both of them. if you’ve ever walked into an anthropologie stores and have been swept away by the dreamy scent coming from within – it’s this candle. i love that it comes in a hand cream and a soap and lotion set as well. i keep the hand cream in my purse at all times and hand soap/lotion set in our guest bath.

as always, let me know if y’all have any questions AT ALL and I’d love to hear your thoughts if yoU already use any of these products or after you try them out!

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