Best Of: Beauty Products

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I am constantly on the look out for new, life changing beauty products (who isn't?) so I have complied a list of my favorite must-haves that I am currently using and would definitely recommend. Enjoy!

Bisous, Elle

La Mer Moisturizing Cream: So, while this is definitely a splurge, it is worth every penny. There's a light weight version for the summer time and a heavier/thicker version for that tough, dry winter skin. I would definitely suggest sticking to the different versions depending on the season. I decided to go with the thicker cream but bought it last summer and found it was causing me to break out a little which is rare for my skin type. Since winter has hit however, this little jar has been a life saver! Buyers tip: Neiman Marcus is currently running a beauty event (through March 2nd) where spending $125 gets you a complimentary beauty bag with amazzzing samples so buy here 

It's a 10: And that is exactly what it is. You can pick this up at your local grocery store or Target. A few spritzes goes a long way and it leaves your hair soft and incredibly easy to comb through after a shower. I like to spray this on my damp hair before blowing dry. I stick to the body and ends of my hair (skip the roots) then run my Dry Bar wet brush through and blow out with a giant round brush. If you can't afford a full salon keratin treatment, this is a great back-up product.

The Beauty Blender: This is a new purchase for me and I am loving it so far. I go through different phases for how I like to apply my foundation. For a while I was using a brush then a flat pad and now I have moved on to the beauty blender. Run the puff under the faucet and squeeze the excess water out before dipping into your foundation ( I use this one in color natural) then dab all over and of course blend. Its fast and easy and applies a smooth coat. You can get yours here.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant: This anti-perspirant smells amazing and works like a charm. I don't think I will ever go back to the drug store variety after discovering this gem. Shop this product here.

Yuzu Rouge 06130: I am addicted to perfume and love finding rare scents that no one else is wearing. While my signature scent has always been and will always be Coco Chanel Mademoiselle I like to sometimes change it up (some others I frequent are Stella McCartneyBvlgari Green Tea, and J'Adore). Yuzu Rouge 06130 combines the Japanese fruit yuzu with tea and includes notes of grapefruit, bergamot, cardamom, verbena, rose, nutmeg musk, moss and grey amber. While this is a fantastic scent, it is quite tricky to find. I bought a bottle a few years ago at Barney's but it looks like they no longer carry the line. There are some sketchy online sites that claim to carry it, but I am skeptical. If you can get you hands on a bottle, you are one lucky bird.

Jo Malone - French Lime Blossom Candle: Everything Jo Malone touches tuns to scented gold. My sister gave me a candle for my birthday and I made the mistake of venturing into my local Nordstroms to try to sniff out my favorite scent. How could a girl ever choose just one?  Candles are my number one addiction. I have multiple in each and every room and light them on a day-to-day basis. They really change the tone of a room and make a perfect hostess gift. The French Lime Blossom candle now resides on my bathroom counter top and its my favorite little luxury for when I am showering or blowing out my hair. You can find yours here along with her entire collection of perfume and bath supplies.  

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray: I am not crazy over the smell of this stuff, however, when I am giving myself a Texas-sized blow-out, I do like to spritz my 'do with this thickening spray. My hair has thinned out over the past few years and this stuff really helps to create volume and hold.

Elnett Satin Hairspray: At the end of styling I have found this to be the best finishing hairspray. It's not even slightly sticky but does have a nice hold. It also brushes right out with one stroke and allows your hair to remain soft and bouncy.

Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Round Brush: My go-to round brush for a perfect blow out. There are various sizes (I opted for the 1 & 3/4 inch size) and each one helps craft a perfectly smooth blow-out with great body. Finding a ceramic brush is key as it heats up and speeds along the process cutting your drying time in half and helping to keep your hair healthy and damage free. It also creates great curl and flip of the hair as it acts as a heated curling iron. The grip and weight of this brush on-point and it's definitely my top pick. I picked mine up at beans beauty - the best beauty store ever - but you can also snag one online here.


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