While I love discovering and using new beauty products (thanks, Birchbox!), I find that there are certain products that are always in my makeup bag, and ones that I reach for most often in my bathroom cabinet. In other words, they’re staples. A lot of these finds are a little pricey, but if you time your purchase right, you can take some of the sting out of the cost (see this post for details).
Here are four things I’m loving right now: a lip primer that makes my lipstick stay on for hours, a foundation that lasts all day (with sunscreen!), a super-lush mascara, and a miracle gel that takes my curls from frizzy to curly and holds them there.
1. Mac Lip Primer
This winner from MAC is a must if you are wearing a bold lip. Nothing makes lipstick last like this primer! It goes on like a thick lip balm, and also moisturizes your lips.
Tip: for best results, wait a minute in between priming your lips and applying lipstick to let the primer really sink in.
2. Yves Saint Laurent “Fusion Ink” Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 18
I love, love, LOVE this foundation!
It goes on like silk and stays on all day. Seriously. All. Day. I’ve been on a quest for the perfect foundation for years, and this is IT, y’all.
3. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara
I am a mascara lover, and I am really picky about what I wear. This formula is my current favorite. It’s lush and long-wearing, plus it doesn’t clump. Also, the packaging is pretty fabulous.
4. Miss Jessie’s Coily Custard
If you are a curly girl, you know what a challenge it can be to keep your curls intact. I am personally on a near-constant hunt for products that will stand the test of time; this one is the best I’ve found so far. It’s moisturizing, frizz-fighting, and curl-holding while at the same time it’s not sticky and doesn’t make your curls crunchy. In other words, it’s the best of all worlds.
Have you tried any of these? What did you think? I’d also love to hear about your current faves!