What if you were told to grab your must-have beauty items…what would they be? I’ve seen other people share their must haves and it seems like it’s all makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I love my makeup, but if I could only grab 10 items they definitely wouldn’t all be makeup. Here are my top 10 beauty must-haves!
This isn’t a list of everything I need to get ready. Obviously shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. are a given, but those are typically more readily available at places you might stay when away from home. The items I’m telling you about…these items are EXTRA…the ones I reach for daily!
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My Top 10 Beauty Must-Haves
FOR THE HAIR
1) Color Correction Drops
My hair is a chemically-treated blonde…I like the more ash tones, but my hair pulls brassy tones. I have used purple shampoos, but my fave is the Powertools CBC Color Balance Corrector. These are blue, color balancing drops for bleached or highlighted hair that tends to pull yellow and brass tones. I believe they also work for darker hair that tends to pull red, brassy tones. Every week or two, I add a couple drops to the shampoo in my hand, mix it together and slather it in my hair. I will let it sit while I do some of my other shower routine before washing it out. It makes a big difference between trips to the salon.
2) Hair Mask
Since I do get my hair bleached and use heat tools, I need help replenishing moisture and shine. I like to restore my hair with a mask. There are a variety of hair masks available through retailers and several DIY options depending on what your goal is. The one I use every week or so is this DIY hair mask.
3) Pureology Hydrate Air Dry Cream
Although I use heat tools on my hair, I try not to make it an everyday thing. I prefer to wash my hair in the evening and have the time to let it dry on it’s own. My hair is pretty straight and fine, but it gets a bit frizzy if left to its own devices. The Pureology Hydrate Air Dry Cream tames the frizz and helps speed-up drying time. It’s also really light, so it doesn’t weigh down my hair or make it greasy.
I just towel dry my hair and then work in a nickel-size amount focusing first on my ends and working it up toward my scalp. Sometimes I’ll twist sections of my hair away from my face and secure them or braid it in sections so I have a bit of a wave when it’s dry.
4) Dry Shampoo
Besides not using heat tools on the daily, I also try not to wash my hair too often. I usually wash it every fourth day. In between, I use one of my all-time favorites…dry shampoo. I have tried several brands and while I do like Rockaholic dry shampoo, it seemed like I used it once or twice and the can was empty. I thought it was a fluke but I tried 3 different cans and all were like that. Plus, at $20 a can…um, no thanks!
I found Batiste original dry shampoo to be the one that works best with my hair. I don’t care for the floral and other scented ones as much. I used to have to wash my hair daily to avoid an oily appearance, but this dry shampoo really helps me get a few extra days out of my hair. This stuff is so awesome.
FOR THE BODY
I have dry skin…even in the summer. What’s worse is that my skin is pale which is amplified even more with scaly-looking skin. I have to have a product that helps to slough off the old skin aside from my loofah. So, I use a DIY body scrub and a face exfoliating scrub in the shower twice a week to help. The granules in the scrubs really help loosen the dead skin.
Along with using a scrub, I also need something to add moisture and lock it in. So, I like to keep different lotions and body butters in my cabinet. Lotions are best for adding moisture, while body butters are meant to help keep moisture locked into your skin longer. It’s best applied on slightly damp skin, right after a shower. One I like to use is this DIY Whipped Body Butter.
AS FOR MAKEUP
7) CC Cream
On a more formal day or a night out, I use foundation, bronzer, highlighter, and all of the things. But on the daily, I use IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. It’s really light and creamy and gives me just the right amount of coverage…it evens out some of the natural redness in my skin and covers little blemishes. I also feel it works well with my maturing skin.
Yes, I have some redness in my otherwise pale skin tone, but once I put on my CC Cream to even out my tone…it’s a bit too monochromatic. I used to never wear blush…I thought it would be weird since I tend to turn red easily, but a nice shade of pink brings a little warmth back to my face and I can use it as an eyeshadow too! So, blush has become one of my favorite makeup products. I’m currently using a blush from Limelight by Alcone which I get from one of my good friends who is a beauty ambassador for them. Another one I like is the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher.
My lashes used to be long and thick when I was young, but I’ve noticed they’ve changed as I’ve gotten a little older. While I do like a bit of eyeliner, I can live without it. However, if I leave just some eyeshadow on, I still look a little sleepy (or at least that’s how I see myself). So, I like to use Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. It makes a huge difference and I don’t even feel I need to use my eyelash curler because it gives a bit of lift. It also stays put all day!
10) Set It and Forget It
Whether I’m wearing just a few products or a full-on face of makeup, I have found it stays on much longer with the help of a setting spray. I’ve also tried several different brands of this type of product and I like Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil Control setting spray because I tend to get a little oily toward the later part of the day. I use about 4-5 spritzes and then take my beauty blender and lightly press the setting spray into the skin around my t-zone and along side my nose where my pores tend to be the most visible.
Those are my top 10 beauty must-haves. I’m sure everybody has that group of products that they constantly find themselves reaching for nearly every day. Sometimes products on this list get swapped out, but for the most part these are my must-haves.
What are your must-haves? Have you tried any of the specific ones I’ve mentioned above?
Until next time,