It's not such hard work being a glamorous and fabulous lady.
Also, it's totes fun!
Over the past... well... very long time, I have purchased a lot of beauty products. Like, a lot. But I have spent the cash in order to share this wisdom with all of y'all, because I now know which products are the best and I can let you know about it!
So you won't have to run around buying not-so-great products, you can just buy the best ones, and therefore, save money. So my shopaholicism can really benefit everybody, really.
The Shopping Detox List of Essential Beauty Products
Best shampoo/conditioner: Aveda rosemary mint is the best smelling, but it can be pricey. So if you use them, I'd recommend washing your hair only once or twice a week so make it last. A cheaper good alternative is Herbal Essences - I have a giant jug of their Long Term Relationship shampoo for long hair, and it also smells really good.
Best deep conditioning treatment: Olive oil! You guys, I'm totally serious. You put on olive oil, wrap your hair in a towel, and leave it for like, 20 minutes to one hour. Rinse it out (and shampoo, obvs, so get rid of the residue) and your hair will be MAD SHINY and super-soft. I bet this is what the Ancient Greek ladies did, and they always looked faboosh, amiright?
Best hair product: Aveda's Be Curly products are THE GREATEST THING EVER. Again, a little pricey, but they last forever and ever (you only need to use a bit). I really like the Be Curly Style Prep (to put on damp hair so it dries cute) and the Phomollient Style Foam is good for when you want big, curly hair.
Best hairspray: Got2B Glued Blasting Freeze Spray. I think the name says it all here - this comes in a bottle that looks like spraypaint and it will hold your hair, no matter what crazy retro style you're into. Seriously. This is the best hairspray EVER OH MY GOD.
Best face wash: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser!! I have been using this for ages and ages. It's great for sensitive skin, especially in the winter. You just put it on your face, then wipe off with a facecloth - no water necessary. This keeps it from drying out your skin. And then to make an exfoliating scrub, just put a bit of baking soda in with the Cetaphil and scrub (it's good to do this like once a week... I don't always remember, though) When it's really hot/sweaty out, Cetaphil's oily skin cleanser is good for more high-powered cleansing.
Best cleansing face mask: Queen Helene mint julep mask! (available at health food stores, etc.) You exfoliate with your Cetaphil-and-baking-soda paste, then apply the mask (ideally whilst lounging in a bathtub, feeling glam) and then rinse if off to gorgeous, clean skin. Hint: you can also use a little dab of this overnight to do away with pimples.
Best pimple destroyer: Clean and Clear Persa-Gel. Seriously. You put this stuff on overnight, wake up and your pimple is GONE! I've tried a zillion different things and this one shrinks pimples without drying out your skin excessively.
Best makeup remover: The Balm Balms Away Makeup Break-up. This stuff is AMAZEBALLS like I can't even explain. It's a kind of Vaseline-type consistency and it breaks down your eye makeup without drying out your skin. In fact, if kind of moisturizes your eye area as well. Bonus: it comes in a retro-fabulous tin.
Best body wash: Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar. Bar soap is cheaper than body wash, I believe, and this one is super-gentle and has good lather.
Best moisturizer: Coconut oil! You can get this at a healthy food store (*note: it may smell good enough to eat, but it doesn't taste good). It goes on like an oil, which then moisturizes your skin without a greasy feeling. In the coldest cold weather, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Comfort Cream is great for the face. And Egyptian Magic (also sold as health food stores) is good for hands and feet (put it on overnight and wake up to smoothy smooth feet and hands!)
Best lip balm: Labello's Classic Lip Balm is fabulous and lasts for EVER. I've heard good things about Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 too, but it's pretty pricey and Labello works just fine.
Best lip scrub: While stores sell pricey lip exfoliators, you can just use a toothbrush to exfoliate your lips so they aren't so chapped. Make sure you put on something moisturizing after, like olive oil or lip balm, so soothe them. A brown sugar/honey scrub also works well - just DIY based on instructions from Lauren Conrad and The Beauty Department ladies.
Coming up soon... my picks for best makeup EVER!
What do you guys think? Have you found the perfect products for your skin and hair?