TOP MAKEUP PRODUCT (PERSONAL USE): Let me start this post by saying I’m straight up obsessed with Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée! First of all I love cheek products that look juicy and fresh on the skin. If I could hoard all of the cheek gels and creams in the world I would be very happy. I wondered how it could be coconut water-based and long lasting at the same time but it is! It also contains argan oil which is so good for your skin. The color above is my favorite: Getaway Red. It gives the faintest pinky red wash of color on the cheek (which is never enough for my personal taste) but is buildable for a brighter look. Don’t let the bright color in the jar scare you away. The best thing is that it looks so FRESH on the face. It’s perfect for winter when everyone is feeling pale and dried up. Spring too! I would not recommend it for super oily skin or for a hot and humid environment since there could be potential for it to look greasy. This is my hands down favorite discovery for my personal makeup kit this year.
TOP MAKEUP PRODUCT (PRO KIT): You cannot be a member of any pro makeup forum without hearing again and again and again how amazing Viseart eyeshadows are. Made in Paris, they are largely regarded as the best in the world. I finally decided to give in and try the top selling matte neutrals palette and I literally fell in love with one highly pigmented swipe. I cannot describe how velvety smooth these go one with very pure color payoff. The color was so strong at first that I realized I would have to start barely tapping my brush in the shadow when applying. Also there was little to no fallout when using these. No annoying little dark dots of shadow messing up the under eye area. HOW do they do it? It is a beautiful french mystery. Of course now I don’t want to use any other eyeshadows and had to get more. Heaven!
TOP HAIR PRODUCT: You would think dry shampoos would all be very similar but you would be wrong. Some are meant for absorbing oils, some are meant for creating volume, some just add texture. Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo does just that. Many brides are amazed at how their flat, thin hair can be transformed into voluminous locks. This product usually has a hand in that. I also like that it absorbs oil and, when used at a distance, doesn’t leave a white residue on dark hair. Your hair will feel stiffer with this stuff on it but I’m fine with that! This is a staple in my home hair arsenal and my pro hair kit.
TOP SKIN PRODUCT: This is the year that I discovered the joy of pure macadamia nut oil. My skin had grown extremely sensitive and the area around my eyes was so dry but any product I put on it made the situation worse. My esthetician friend Betsy (at Bare on Belmont) turned me on to this. It is a very lightweight oil that is the closest thing to the oil our own skin produces. It is easily absorbed by the skin and has many uses for moisturizing the body and hair. If you are struggling with product sensitivities but need some moisture, give this a try.