Girly Indulgences

Do you guys get like this?  When I feel like nothing is going my way, or I'm just kind of out of sorts, I immerse myself in a beauty routine.  I don't know why, but if my nails and hair look nice, I feel like I'm more in control of things.  I'm a total beauty junkie and I like to know what everyone uses, and if I should use it, so if you have suggestions, let me know, as I am still on the hunt for a perfectly long-lasting blush and the PERFECT lipstick.  I'm getting close, but no clear winner yet.

Also, are there certain brands that you NEVER buy, for no reason at all?  I never buy Estee Lauder, for example.  I'm just not interested.  There is no reason, but I just don't.  Okay, I know this is totally boring...

Here's what I can't live without.  What can't you live without?

1. Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion.  When I got pregnant, I became a walking, vomiting zit.  OMG, that is the grossest EVER.  But it's true.  Anyway, I tried a billion things and the only thing that helped - and helped AMAZINGLY, were Mario Badescu products.  They are frickin awesome and, as someone who battled breakouts for, like, ever, I know all about every product ever created for all time.  This product is the champ, though.  A total must if you have skin, like, at all.
Buffering Lotion
OMG you're welcome.
2. Dior Addict perfume.  Hands down the best perfume ever.  In the summer, I change it up and wear Kai, because Addict is a very heavy scent, but outside of that, I wear nothing else.  Sort of like Marilyn Monroe, except a different perfume and I also wear clothes.
Dior Addict
I feel fabulous when I wear it, which is the whole point, right?
3. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.  Again, when I was pregnant and the ugliest person of all time, this did wonders in terms of covering up my splotches, blotches, and tearstains (there was a LOT of crying that year).
Secret Camouflage
Spackletastic, baby!
4. Sara Happ The Lip Slip.  So lip products are my downfall.  I have billions and it is sick and gross.  But this is now the ONLY lip balm I use.  It's a little expensive, but I have had my tub for over a year now and I am halfway done (use it constantly) and better yet, I haven't bought any other lip balms that whole time.  So it's really SAVING money.  Right?!  People have told me her lip scrub is heaven as well.

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 What can't you live without?  What should we all try?


  1. Oooooh, yes! I am a beauty product addict too! If I'm feeling crappy, the one thing that makes me feel better is if I put on a ton of makeup and do my hair. It's hard to feel down if you look pretty. :)

    My can't live without list right now is:

    1. Clinique moisture surge moisturizer. BEST STUFF EVER.

    2. Laura Mercier mineral powder foundation in Tender Rose. I used to use Bare Minerals, but that made me itchy. This is waaaay better. There are crushed pearls in it.

    3. Benefit BOING concealer, in shades 1 & 2. I have to mix them, but I've never found anything I like better. I tried Laura Mercier's Secret Camo once, but it was a bit too thick for my liking. Boing stays on all day and I just adore it.

    Benefit has some great blushes, including their Benetint, which is a liquid made of roses. You paint it on and rub it in. One bottle has lasted me ten years, so it's a good investment. I don't wear it every day, but still. They have lots of great powder blushes too.

    I love Lorac serenity eyeshadow. It's so pretty!

    As far as lipstick, I use lots of different ones. Right now, I've been using a clinique one that I got as a "free gift with purchase" and I love it. It's a brown color that I never thought I'd like, but it's sheer and pretty on. Oh, and it's really moisturizing. I used to wear their black honey Almost Lipstick, which is a best-seller, so they must be doing something right!

    If I think of anything else, I'll comment again. If I could live in Sephora...I would. No joke.

  2. That's embarrassing--I think my comment was longer than your original post. :-/

  3. NO - this is IMPORTANT! Probably the most important thing we've ever talked about! :) I do love BOING as well! I used that before the spackle and could probably go back to it because it does cover but isn't as thick as SC. You know, I wore Benetint before but totally forgot about it - I loooove High Beam, if you use highlighter, it is awesome as well. I think I'm going to get either a stain (NOT Stainiac, love the color and price but fades in 2 seconds) or a cream blush and layer with powder because nothing else seems to work...

  4. I wrote a whole long link-heavy response to this yesterday, and it never posted and now it's lost. So boo, but you get the abridged version.

    Preface: I shop almost exclusively at CVS and Target for beauty.

    I cannot live without my Oil of Olay cleaner. It's the $25 version of something MODG posted in her Stuff I Like post that cost $125. I sometimes use the special cleanser they sell with it, and sometimes I use other cleansers. It's the machine that's the good thing:

    I also love this Salma Hayak Nuance gel eyeliner. It's awesome and cheap and I have one for my car, one for my purse, and one for my home:

  5. OMG I use the Olay brush, too! It is the BEST. I forgot about that one - that is a total life-changer, and I have friends with the Clairsonic who say it's basically the same but for none of the price.

    Ha, "home eyeliner". I have tiny raccoon eyes so I don't generally use liner, but I was thinking I should have one - because it IS useful to have...