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We all have products and brands that we love love love and stay completely loyal to. We won’t stray from them because we’ve used it for so long it feels like cheating, and there’s no way there’s anything better(…right?). No matter how many times your bestie says you HAVE to try this new shampoo she just started using, or your sister says you MUST try this moisturizer she uses because it has completely transformed her skin, you still stand by your brand.

I should admit, I am definitely a product pusher and I love to try new things, but I do have my very own list of can’t-live-without products. Check them out!

BABY LIPS by MAYBELLINE

As mentioned in an earlier post (Lip Service), I am OBSESSED with Maybelline’s Baby Lips moisturizing lip balm’s (I’m actually quite fond of Maybelline cosmetics in general). They are colored lip balms that give both long lasting color and moisture. Great for a 5 minute face when you’re in a rush and everyday wear. I’m trying to stock up because I’m terrified that they’ll one day be discontinued, as many of my favs in the past have, but every time I try they are sold out!! You can always find a few of these babies in my bag.

DRENCH by SEBASTIAN

This shampoo is really the beeeessssstttt. I have really long hair, so it’s important for me to have a shampoo and conditioner that keeps my hair healthy and moisturized, and Drench does just that. I recently lightened my hair (a lot!) and worried that the more I abused it with the hair dryer and flat iron, the drier it would get regardless of what shampoo I used. I’m happy to report that this lovely little combo has not let me down! It’s been about a month since I lightened and my hair is just as moisture rich as it was when it was all over dark. It’s a tad pricey, but I get about 3 months out of it, and the results are totally worth it.

POWERPOINT EYE PENCIL by MAC

I’ve been buying MAC’s powerpoint eye pencil in “permaplum” for more than 5 years now. This is the longest I’ve stayed loyal to ANY product. It’s waterproof, long lasting, no transfer…tried, tested and true! I’ve done all nighters, sometimes 2 days, swimming, sleeping….you name it, and it ALWAYS stays in place. The color is great too…it’s a nice alternative to just plain black or brown and has a subtle pink shimmer that’s complimented when paired with a pink shadow. I. LOVE. IT.

AFTER PARTY by BEDHEAD

This smoothing cream by Bed Head is hands down the best I’ve ever used. After I blow dry and style, I squirt a nickel sized amount into my hand, rub it together, and run my hands through my hair to evenly distribute. It makes freshly blown out hair look settled and rich. After Party is not greasy or sticky, like many other finishing products I’ve used in the past, and unlike mousses and pastes, it is SUPER lightweight. It leaves my hair soft to touch and shiny, eliminating frizz and dullness. The bottle lasts forever too…I’ve been using the same one for about 6 months or longer, and probably have about another month before I need a new tube.

PRECISION BRUSH SET by ARBONNE

I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews about this brush set, and though I’m not a huge fan of Arbonne’s cosmetics, I am in LOVE with this brush set. I’ve had this set for several months now, use it daily, and have washed it many times and there’s been no shedding whatsoever. It has 10 pieces for eyes, face, cheeks, contouring, eyebrows, lips, and highlight…covers all the bases. The brushes are so soft, but they’re thick and have great blend-ability which doesn’t change after washing (if washed properly of course…see Make-Up Wake-Up Call for a walk through on cleaning your brushes ). And though Arbonne’s cosmetics are higher priced, this set is a great value for $35. You’d spend over $100 to buy all of these brushes individually at most places, even the drugstore.

So now that you know my must have products, I need to know…what are yours? I’ve yet to find a mascara or concealer that I’m 100% committed to, so if you have a fav LMK so I can give them a try!

xo Cree

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