For someone who goes through a mass amount of beauty products there are those tried and true products that I cannot bare to live without. These are a few of my favorite things!
1. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray :
I love to spray this in my hair after I’ve blow dried and curled my hair. It builds incredible volume and texture. It can also be used as a hair refresher and smells amazing!
2. R+CO Death Valley Dry Shampoo :
My FAVORITE dry shampoo! I have tried out so many brands and this is my favorite by far. The best part, there is no white residue!! I repeat, NO WHITE RESIDUE ! As a brunette that is the most important factor in finding a dry shampoo. The last thing I want is to have dry shampoo make my hair look more greasy and dusty. The smell is amazing too.
3. Arrojo Styling Whip :
Perfect for straight, wavy or curly hair. Creates volume, softness, hold and shine. Love it for its conditioning argon oil benefits. My tip would be to use a golf ball size amount and apply from roots to end. Next, blow dry hair with a ceramic medium size brush. I love styling whip because it provides great hold but still give me the irresistible softness and shine.
4. Kerastase Nutritive Serum Oleo Relax :
Tames rebellious hair! Provides long lasting frizz control, smoothness. Also detangles hair. I use at least 2 pumps to towel dried hair. Note : use only from mid length hair to ends. Otherwise you’ll look like grease city who needs to shower again.
5. Arrojo Curl Enhancer :
This product works best for those with a natural wave or curly hair, but for those with straighter ends, do not be jealous. It will give movement to your strands too. Curl Enhancer adds spring, strengthen and moisture to waves and curls. My tip is the use, “YS Park Ion Diffuser” on the end of my blow dryer to dry hair.
6. R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray :
This product is known as the “working spray with memory”. It is the perfect hairspray when you are changing up the hair. Whether you are using rollers, curling iron, or just putting your hair in a ponytail. This product can be used over and over and shows no signs of buildup!
7. Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray :
For those tousled beach inspired waves without the salty-stiffness. Can use on wet or dry hair! I have thick and heavy hair, my secret is I love to spray this as a combo with the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It gives my hair amazing texture and dimension without looking like a blanket.
8. Urban Decay Naked Basics :
The perfect travel size, matte shades to do the no make up look, but also has the darker shades to do a smoke eye. My favorite shade from the palette is the lightest champagne shade “venus.” It’s the only color that is not matte.
9. Urban Decay Naked palette’s 1,2 and 3 :
These are hands down my favorite make up palettes. My favorite of these would be the #2. It has the most beautiful gold and brown shades as well as chocolate and charcoals. If you want more pink shades then I would go with the #3!
10. MAC Amber x9 palette :
I am in love with cranberry and gold shades and this is the perfect palette to achieve any day and night look. If you have green or hazel eyes you neeeeeed this in your life.
11. Nars The Multiple in Cococabana :
I cannot speak more highly of this highlighter. It is a cream to powder multipurpose stick. I love to use it on my brow bones, tear ducts, above my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, on the middle of my forehead, chin, and philtrum (upper lip).
12. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light :
Lightweight, fast absorbing moisturizer with a semi matte finish. I latttttther in this. Can be used on face, hair, skin and nails. I have oily combination skin. So fear not if your skin is oily too. This product reduces the production of sebum oil so it is great for all skin types but is perfect for those prone to breakouts and sensitivity. I love it during all seasons and it is amazing under foundation leaving skin looking luminous.
13. Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and Luminous Silk Creme Oil Free Foundation :
* Tinted Moisturizer : The word obsessed does not suffice. This tinted moisturizer had me at SPF, HELLO. It controls oil, provides a healthy glow and has an antioxidant complex of Vitamin C and E. Its perfect for the no makeup look. I love knowing I am caring for my skin while wearing it.
*The Silk Creme Foundation : Photo ready flawless skin. It gives you just that. This is the holy grail to me. For someone who works as a professional makeup artist in the industry it is ideal for videos, photo shoots and special events. It absorbs oil, balances moisture for those with normal to oily skin with a natural matte finish.It is build able, conceals hard to cover imperfections and long wearing. The benefits is it has tea extract that smooths the skin and vitamin A and E.
14. Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 :
Light weight tinted moisturizer that evens the skin tone and gives spf protection. This product gives a clearer and brighter complexion in as little as 4 weeks. It conceals the appearance of pores, wrinkles and lines; hydrates the skin and reduces the appearance of discoloration and dark spots on the skin that are caused by hyperpigmentation. Which is caused when the melanin (what gives our hair and skin color) is overproduced in certain spots on the skin. Common causes are age spots that are exposed to sun and post inflammatory cases after a pimple, bug bite to the skin after it heals and leaves a mark behind. This moisturizes supports the cell turnover of the skin providing it with mineral rich seawater that put key ingredients back into the skin.
15. Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment :
Non Drying Hydration mask that can be used on the face, neck and chest. The best part of this is that you do not have to wipe of off if you choose. I love to put this on at night while I sleep and when I wake up my face feels amazing and hydrated. I used this at least 3 times a week. For those of you that travel often, this is amazing to use during the duration of your flight, keeping your skin from dehydration.
16. Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment :
My favorite face mask of all time! Can also be used as a spot treatment. This mask prevents and heals problem skin. Fights breakouts, discoloration, black and whiteheads, razor bumps and ingrown hairs. The nerd in me loves that I can visibly watch it draw out oil, dirt and congestion from the pores like a magnet due to the Activated-X Charcoal, leaving your skin brighter and softer.
17. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz :
Mechanical pencil to shape, define and fill in brow with a natural finish. Perfect to mimic tiny brow hairs. I love it because it has both a wax and powder finish. It also has a spooley on one end which is key to brushing through the brows to smooth any fine lines.
18. MAC lip liner in Soar :
Hands down my FAVORITE LIP LINER! It is the perfect natural rose shade. I love the fill in my lips and top off with a moisturizing lip balm.
19. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in #4 Rouge in Danger ( My Favorite Red ) :
It pains me to see dry cracked lips with red lipstick that makes them look even more flakey. I found this lipstick to be incredible even in the dead of winter. This lipstick is moisturizing with fruit extracts, vitamins and antioxidants, reduces fine lines and leaves lips feeling visibly soft and smooth with 8 hours of hydration. I repeat, 8 hours of hydration. How can you not love it!
20. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in #2 Pourpre Intouchable (Cream Berry shade)
21. M.A.C Viva Glam II :
This is my favorite go to dusty pink/mauve shade with a creamy, long wearing finish. The best part is that every cent purchased on a VIVA GLAM lipstick is donated to M.A.C AIDS funds.
22. M.A.C Ruby Woo :
This is the iconic product that made M.A.C Cosmetics famous. It is an extremely matte lipstick with a blue red hue.( for those of you that know your skin tones) I advice to exfoliate the lips before using or else it will really enhance the appearance of flaky lips.
23. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain #01 Always Red :
My secret is out. This is my ultimate favorite matte red lipstick. One because it goes on like cream and you are able to fill in the lips before it dries and two, because it is the most long lasting matte lipstick I have ever used. I will never forget being at a hockey game one night, I ate a hot dog, drank beer and had a girl follow me to the bathroom and said I do not mean to be creepy but I have been watching you all night and I am in awe of how your lipstick has not moved from your lips! I have got to know your secret!
24. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain #14 Blackberry Sorbet :
Clearly I have bought every shade in this matte lipstick line. This is my favorite bold dark berry lip. Its important to me that the darker the color I put on my lip the longer lasting that it is. Which is why I love the matte berry because I do not have to keep checking a mirror to see if its still on or if its on my teeth. I am confident knowing this lipstick is not going anywhere!
Beauty Revelation : “YS Park Ion Diffuser”
The mesh fabric has silver and titanium particles that heat up and retain heat which is a perfect combo when you want to dry hair for beach waves or curls because it reduces the blow blast and uses heat with a softer approach to drying the hair. This is one of my favorite tools. In the past I would use the plastic diffuser attachment on my blowdryer but found my it blew my hair everywhere leaving is looking staticky and frizzy. I learned this was because I was blowing hot air against the direction of my hair cuticles instead of down leaving it open and tangled. While apprenticing hair stylist Clara Leopard on on a photo shoot, She introduced me to this mesh diffuser that she was using on Victoria Secret model, Rachel Hilbert, to achieve that perfect Victoria Secret beach waved hair and it was then I had a beauty revelation. What woman does not envy VS model’s hair?? I suggest you you do the same and get your hands on one of these babies and you will thank me later.
With Love from NYC,