Every month I tell you about the top five new beauty discoveries I’ve made, but this month I’m changing it up a bit. ‘Cuz that’s just how I roll. We all know that I am cursed with CADD (cosmetic attention deficit disorder) and have a compulsion to try new thing, but when you find a beauty product that works like it’s supposed to or feels like it’s made just for you, you’ve found your HG (holdy grail). These are my beauty workhorses, the tried and true, my staples andÂ the Holy Grails of my makeup stash.
#1 Chanel Lotus Eyeshadow–this is the ideal champagne beige eyeshadow. Okay, okay I know there are a LOT of champagne beige shadows on the market but none with the buttery smooth texture and blendability of Chanel. MAC Shroom is too frosty and has a yellow cast, most others are too shimmery. I wouldn’t classify lotus as shimmery,Â instead it has a pearly sheen to it. There is no frost,it absolutleyÂ does not crease with or without a primer.Â Lotus is definitely a workhorse–use it as a base, wash, highlighter or alone with black eyeliner for a classic polished look. It’s stunning and will make your eyes glow!Â
#2 Chanel Wild Rose Glossimer – My favorite glossimer of all time! An utterly perfect MLBB (My Lips But Better) shade. A soft very slightlyÂ mauved rose with subtle silver shimmer. On my pale lips it’s a niceÂ natural warm pink that looks elegant but still appropriate forÂ everyday. It’s Chanel so do I really have to talk about the incredible staying power, smooth,Â creamy non-sticky texture,Â and fab pigmentation? I didn’t think so. For someone with more pigmented lips, Wild Rose would probably show up as more of a nude pink. It’s such a neutral pink, I can’t imagine it not looking fabulous on anyone.
#3 DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex – I’ve been using this for about 3 years. When I had a little more disposable income (read asÂ had a second income), I was going for glycolic facials once every three weeks and my skin was amazing. Now, this is as close to that as I get. When I run out–and I try not to, I can tell a difference in my skin–the blotchiness comes back and my skin looks dull. It also improves the texture of my skin making it smoother. Even though my skin is not sensitive,Â I can only use this once a day or my skin gets too dry.Â You do getÂ a tingling sensation but I haven’t experienced any flaking or purging. Glycolic acid worksÂ magic on aging skin, but IÂ would not recommend this for sensitive skin.
#4 Laura Mercier Brow Pencil in Blonde -Â I prefer brow pencils just because they are easier for me to use and I’m basically lazy and I haven’t used anything but this one for many years. The shade I use is Blonde;Â it’s very creamy and soft so it doesn’t end up looking harsh or unnatural. I make sure the pencil is nice and sharp and use short little strokes. I have one brow that I overplucked right smack in the middle and it never filled back in so I cannot go without filling in my brows, besides a nicelyÂ defined browÂ frames the eyes beautifully.Â Laura Mercier’s brow pencilÂ comes in five shades Fair Blonde (fairest blonde), Blonde (neutral), Soft Brunette (dark blonde to light brunette), Warm Brunette (rich warm mahogany), and Brunette (deep brunette to black). This has been a staple of mine for the last six years or so.
#5 CH Perfume by Carolina Herrera – I bought this lat year at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It was an exclusive set that came with the eau de toilette and body lotion in a cute red hat box. It is sensual and complex, and at the same time fresh and optimistic. CH is described as anÂ Oriental fragrance. I don’t detect many if any Oriental notes, butÂ it isÂ sophisticated and complicated; the top notes fruity, middle notes hinting at vanilla and bottom notes a bit darker andÂ yes, sensual.Â The scent does not fade, it lingers all day but somehow does not come across too strong.Â I always get compliments whenÂ I wear it, and it makes me feel classy and elegant!
What are your HG beauty products? Tell me about them in the comments!