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My Top 10 Favorite Beauty Products

Updated on September 5, 2012

Everyone has their favorite products lined up in their homes that they don’t feel right unless they’ve been groomed with them. And like everyone else, I have mine as well. Maybe my list seems too simple, but sometimes less is more and I figured anything more than 10 of my favorite beauty/hygiene products could be overkill.

1. Tresemme shampoo and conditioner

My hair tends to dry out and break off easily, but this is the best shampoo that I’ve found that works to my hair next to Thermasilk. There’s something with shampoos and conditioners with heat protecting agents that complement my hair texture very well (coarse texture) and since I can no longer find Thermasilk ANYWHERE, I had to find something else--and fast. Tresemme softens my hair and makes any tangles that I have easy to comb through. I couldn’t have asked for a better replacement product.

2. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Healing Shine Serum

I can almost feel this serum working the moment it touches my hair. It has a slightly greasy feel to it at first, but my hair seems to soak the stuff right up as if it were thirsting for it the second it start rubbing it onto my strands. It comes in a small bottle and it’s a little under ten bucks, but it’s worth the money you spend because not only does it feel as if it’s mending your hair from root to end, but you see the difference when you look into the mirror and see how glossy your hair looks. Trust me, this is one product you’ll be glad you invested in.

3. Maybelline Great Last mascara

My eyelashes are naturally very curly, but their long; to top it off, I have very hooded lids so it looks like my eyelashes are probably thin, when they’re not. I actually have very long eyelashes. Maybe not the thickest, but they’re thick enough. I first bought some Great Last mascara a few years ago not expecting much at all. Boy, was in for a surprise. I put on two coats my eyelashes literally went from nonexistent to some of the prettiest lashes outside of the fake ones I’d seen in drugstores. I’m not bragging, at least not on myself, but on MGL because it really does deliver. I hadn’t even realized the length of my lashes until I used this mascara. If this is any indication of what Maybelline’s other cosmetics will do to a girl then they have the most accurate slogan ever: “Maybe she’s born with it…or maybe it’s Maybelline.” Maybelline enhances, it really does.

4. Blistex (original)

I love my little green tube of Blistex. Give me the classic original one any day over the fruity smelling ones. The thing I love so much about Blistex is I don’t need to keep reapplying it over and over throughout the day. It soothes and protects my lips even after the tingling stops. I’ve tried other big name and more expensive lip balms, but I always find myself coming back to my beloved Blistex. It’s simply irreplaceable.

5. Crest White Strips

I tend to use these after a visit to the dentist for a bi-annual teeth cleaning. Your teeth are cleaner, therefore the ingredients have a better chance of working their way directly to your teeth and giving you the brightest smile possible. I always keep my White Strips on for the recommended amount of time (not under, not over, just exactly) and then go on as usual. I don’t think I’d ever bother to go and get any professional whitening done at the dentist because these do the job quite nicely.

6. Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening (Brisk Mint)

There are times when I go back to the original version of Colgate toothpaste, but this one is by far my favorite. Not only does it feel so refreshing when it hits your mouth, but it lasts…and lasts…and lasts. Normally I brush my teeth at least twice a day, sometimes more, sometimes only once, but this toothpaste has a tendency of spoiling me and leaving my mouth feeling minty fresh even after I wake up in the morning if I use it the night before (relax, I still brush again). Not only does it feel great on my teeth, my entire mouth feels clean all day long and that, my friends, is priceless. It pays being a Colgate kid.

7. Nair Lotion hair remover

Even though I think this is a great hair removal method, watch the expiration date because I didn’t and let’s just say I didn’t have a pleasant experience with my Nair. With that said, I don’t like shaving anything. It takes up too much time and I hate the nicks and cuts you get no matter how careful you are with your razors (they’ll cut you no matter how girly they look), so Nair is perfect for me. Rub it onto your legs and/or underarms (don’t rub it into your skin for absorption, it’s not that kind of lotion kiddos), wait 4-10 mins (read the directions on the back of your tube and it’ll tell you the max time; trust me, follow it) and wipe the hair away. That’s better than going over every bit of your body for an hour trying to make sure you got every strand. I’ve been using Nair for years and as long as you take care of it, it’ll take care of you.

8. Clinique Happy

This has been my absolute favorite perfume for years. I don’t know when I discovered it exactly, what year or how old I was, but I fell in love with it immediately. It was nearly 20 years ago, it had to be. It’s such a fresh citrusy fragrance, not heavy at all. It seems to have been formulated for young girls because the scent is as youthful and girly as you can get it. I’m almost 30 and I still wear it and I don’t intend on trading it for any other fragrance anytime soon. Or ever, if I’m honest.

9. Tutti Dolci body scrub*

They discontinued this from Bath and Body Works a few years ago and even though I’ve used other body scrubs over the years, nothing compares to this one. Its fragrance that stays on your body, and the way your skin actually comes out glowing is amazing. I’m pretty sure it’s expired by now, but I ration myself with the little bit that I still have left. I wish they’d actually keep certain things in their shops for longer than 2-3 months because when you fall in love with something it’s hard to let it go (one of the reasons I’ve since stopped shopping in B&BW; I just can’t take the fact that when I love something one year it won’t be there the next).

10. Nair Ready to Use Wax Strips

These babies are so convenient. I don’t blame people who are leery of trying different over the counter waxes because I’ve had some that have nearly ripped my skin off (and no, I didn’t leave it on too long; there was one from Avon that I got a few years ago that molded to my skin almost immediately. I didn’t even bother to try and yank it off, I already knew it would’ve torn that patch of skin right off my arm) so when people would rather go to a salon, I completely understand. With that said, don’t judge Nair Ready to Use Wax Strips by anything other than its own merits. It’s definitely in a class of its own. It pulls the hair up from the follicle, rarely leaving any behind. I’ve seen how they do in spas and salons and this Nair product does the same exact thing, maybe even better, because when you use these at home you’re trying not to hurt yourself which is better than the person at the spa just telling you to hold still when your skin is on fire and raw. I wouldn’t recommend this for sensitive skin or for people who don’t know how to wax themselves at home because you could injure yourself no matter how good the product is; especially if you don’t like following directions. For anyone else who knows they can wield a wax strip and wants to try a good homestyle one, this brand is your best bet. I haven’t come across any better.


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    SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

    Great article! I love these types of lists and have written one of my own. I like that most of your favorites are drugstore products. I am a big believer in saving money at the drugstore vs. the department store cosmetics counter. Many of the less expensive products are just as good if not better -- we just have to discover them, and articles like this one help us make those discoveries.