1. Product: Laura Mercier Velour Puff
Why it’s amazing: MACHINE washable Puff! Just throw this puff in the washer with your laundry and it comes out just like new! Plus, if you use the rolling technique Laura Mercier sales people tell you about, your makeup does look great all day! Another great aspect of this puff is that it is big enough to powder larger portions of the face at one time
Downside: Too big to fit into a regular size compact, so its strength is it’s weakness (I am making it sound like a superhero or something).
Cost: $12 (sephora.com or Nordstrom.com)
2. Product: Naked 2 Palette
Why it’s amazing: 12 neutral eye shadows that are highly pigmented for $50. That works out to just a little bit more than $4/color. That’s a great value! I was totally a skeptic when I bought the first Naked palette for a wedding I was in last year, but the versatility of the colors won me over! The neutrals are not boring like I first thought they would be, and they are flattering…even on darker skin!
Downside: Not a lot of mattes.
Cost: $50 (sephora.com)
3. Product: Beauty Blender Sponge
Why it’s amazing: It is billed as a sponge that will help your foundation/concealer go on seamlessly…and it totally does that! I got one of the lower priced dupes, and I hated it! The Beauty Blender is squishier, larger, and the egg-shape is better than the others, which have a more of an hourglass with a pointy top shape.
Downside: COST!!! This “sponge” costs $19.99/each. I bought the 2-pack which was $24.99, somehow spending $5 more, but have reducing the cost per Beauty Blender to $12.50 each made it easier for me to deal with!!!
Cost: $19.99/each or $24.99/2-pack (sephora.com)
4. Product: Lash Stash
Why it’s amazing: There are 10 mascaras, 8 minis and 2 full sized mascaras. The brushes on all the minis are the same size as the brushes on their regular sized counterparts, so you get to try out a bunch of different mascaras to find a new favorite or just keep it interesting! Plus every year Sephora comes out with a new Last Stash. So if you missed 2011’s…it will be back!
Downside: Only available during the holidays/until Sephora sells out of their stock. Keep checking the Sephora website if you can’t find it, sometimes they pull the Lash Stash from the website and then put it back up after a couple of days.
Cost: $49.99 full price (before Christmas) or $32.00 after Christmas. (sephora.com)
5. Product: Seche Vite
Why it’s amazing: Super fast drying, super shiny nail polish topcoat. I picked this up from my local Sally’s Beauty Supply, thinking I was crazy for plopping down $7.99 for a topcoat, but it was totally worth it. I haven’t once had the problem of falling asleep after doing my nails, thinking they were perfectly dry only to find sheet prints in my nail varnish when I woke up.
Downside: Spendier than I would like, however Sally’s Beauty Supply often has promotions with this product so you get a free base coat or free color polish with purchase.
Cost: $7.99 (sallybeauty.com)