Olay Quench. Moisturize. Daily! I cover my body in lotion after every shower. Well, 95% of the time. Use lotion while your skin is damp to help retain the moisture. This products deserves 4 stars and scores a perfect 10! Which is exactly how many years I have been using it. After I graduated college and was living in Dallas, I noticed how scaly the skin on my lower legs was. Regardless of which lotion I used, it never seemed to go away. And I'm not the type of person who is very observant of small changes (if my hair has grown, it'll need to be a good 3 or 4 inches before I realize it!). Within weeks of using the lotion, I noticed how smooth my skin was. Since then I've used other lotions from time to time, but I always return to this one. It's in my bathroom now. And it's also at Target. Available for less than $10.
here at Vitamin Shoppe.
St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse. While I am still fairly new to using this product, I know the challenge of finding a high quality, non streaking self tanner that doesn't leave you feeling like a stained oompa loompa from Willy Wonka. After reading a friend's review of this product on Instagram, I purchased it on Amazon for $42 (in addition to the application glove) and have been pleased with the results. Moisturizing is crucial in the days that follow to help retain the color. It was a bit spotty as it faded, but was tolerable. It is also available at Sephora.
Bare Escentuals Powder Foundation. While a loose powder can sometimes be messy, this is another product I have used for years. There was an extended time when I used the Laura Mercier pressed powder (another great product) but then returned to this one. It provides great coverage and you'll get even better results when pairing it with the Mineral Veil. No parabens or synthetic chemicals. Contains SPF protection of 15. It is available at Ulta for about $27.
Cover Girl Lash Blast. The original. Not the waterproof. Not the "extra volume" or whatever other version is now available. This product first came out about 6 or 7 years ago. The results were amazing. My lashes were long. My lashes were full. More than ever. I began using this product while I was living with my mom, and with the "discretionary" income I had, I spent around $20 for mascaras from Sephora, only to be disappointed. I have tried others since discovering this one, and always return to Lash Blast. I did accidentally purchase the waterproof once. I do not recommend it. I'm convinced I lost several lashes along with the black water that washed down the bathroom sink.
Revlon Liquid Liner. Liquid liner addicts, unite! Because once you've used liquid liner, it's very difficult to go without it. A college friend introduced me to liquid liner and I will always remember that monumental moment in the dorm bathroom. It was a game changer. Wherever we were going that night, in our "5-7-9" sparkly tanks and black pants, I went feeling more glamorous than ever. I always buy this in black. The one time I bought it in brown (because it was the only one available), I used it once and was disappointed in it's lack of intensity. It remains in the back of my bathroom cabinet to this day. I have used other brands, but I'm very picky about the applicator (anyone who has tried to apply liquid liner would understand), so I buy this one consistently. Available at Target for less than $10.
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play. The first time I bought this, it was at Nordstrom Rack. It's also available at Ulta. Or on Amazon. I don't use it often, but it's a must-have for photo shoots and when my hair is looking flat. Sprinkle a bit on the roots, run your fingers along your scalp and instant volume! For even more fullness, I'll gently tease the hair with a narrow bristle brush, then brush over the top to smooth it out. This is not good for the hair, so I avoid doing it too often. The powder gives hair added "thickness" as well.
here at Vitamin Shoppe for less than $20.
Not Your Mother's She's a Tease Volumizing Hairspray. I definitely don't use hairspray very often. But when styling my hair for photo shoots or the rare "undo," it's a must. The Not Your Mother's brand is available at Ulta and Target. The hair spray sells for around $6. They also have an amazing dry shampoo, Clean Freak, at a similar price point.