As much as I love to sample new products, I have a handful of go-to products that I can count on to be effective. Check out my list of favorite “holy grail” products, organized by Cosmetics (Eyes, Face, Lips), Skincare (Cleansers and Peels, Face TreatmentsBody Treatments), Hair, Nails, Brushes & Tools, Subscription Boxes, Other Beauty, and even a handful of Non-Beauty Miscellaneous Favorites:


Eyes (Brows, Mascara, Liner, Shadow, & Primer)

Lime Crime Venus 3 Palette #Favorites #MakeupBonuses
Lime Crime Venus 3 Palette

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in Medium Brown ($23)
  • Guerlain Maxilash Volumizing and Curling Mascara ($32)
  • It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($24)
  • It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ($24)
  • Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Mascara Primer ($26)
  • Lancôme Eyeshadow Palettes ($50+)
  • Lime Crime Venus III Eyeshadow Palette ($38)
  • TheBalm Mad Lash Black Mascara ($18)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Minor Sin ($20)

Face (Blush, Bronzer, Foundation, Powder, & Primer)

Lips (Gloss, Liner, Lipstick, Pencil, & Primer)

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque #Favorites #MakeupBonuses
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
  • Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($17)
  • Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Berry ($24)
  • Jonteblu Lip Liner Pencil in Beige ($5)
  • LORAC Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Goddess ($17)
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Stick in Full Red ($18) – multi-tasker for eyes, lips, brows + more
  • Mirenesse Mattfinity Matte Lip Rouge Mousse in PARIS ($13) – finally a matte lip product that is not drying!!
  • NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque ($26)
  • Too Faced Lip Insurance Smoothing Anti-Feathering Lip Primer ($20)

Skincare & Sun Protection

Cleansers & Peels

Moisturizers, Treatments, Masks, & Sunscreen (Face)

  • AMBI Fade Cream ($7)
  • Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream ($99)
  • Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist ($43)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 ($24)
  • GlamGlow GRAVITYMUD™ FIRMING TREATMENT peel off mask ($69) great scent and metallic silver color – I was told I looked like a robot 🙂
  • LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry ($20) Winner – 2018 Glamour Beauty Awards 
  • LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask ($25) Winner – 2017 Allure Best of Beauty Award
  • MALIN + GOETZ Mojito Lip Balm ($14)
  • Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 ($35)
  • Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($35)
  • Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream For Face, Broad Spectrum SPF 38 ($34)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($99)

Lotions, Treatments, & Sunscreen (Body) 



Brushes & Tools

Other Beauty Routine

Subscription Boxes

Ah – my favorites!! These are some of the best beauty investments that you can make! These allow you to try unique products (lip powders??), trendy shades, and hot new brands at a fraction of the regular retail price. Allure sends the most full size and premium brand name products. Birchbox and ipsy send products for you to try from both recognized and up-and-coming brands that are tailored to your own preferences. And finally the PopSugar Must Have box is one of the most fun surprise treats each quarter – it’s filled with home, fashion, entertaining, and usually a beauty product or 2!

Other Miscellaneous Favorites


What products are currently on your “must have” list?