Over my last decade (and then some) as a makeup artist I've had the luxury of trying pretty much every beauty product out there, from the latest brightener to expensive peels to the luxury facial oils. I also get to use these products on various actors, models, and industry executives who have access to every product and treatment under the sun. One thing has become clear over time, flawless skin is not something you are born with, it is something you maintain.
The best part? Many of the best products do not cost thousands of dollars and truly do wonders for your skin. Below are a handful of products that my clients always ask to take with them or ask where I got them because they are simply that good!
This is my miracle product and hands down the one I get the most requests for. I always keep a second bottle with me because I cannot count the number of times a client has asked me for it after trying it.
Not all facial oils are created equal. This oil smells like a dream (think citrus meets floral meets heaven) and absorbs immediately, your skin will literally drink it right up and it leaves no greasy residue like so many oils. It gives a dewy, youthful glow that makes you look younger and is the perfect primer...just make sure you let it fully absorb before applying makeup. As if that was not enough, it's made with certified organic ingredients and
Naked + Thriving plants a tree for every bottle sold! It's less pricey than most luxury facial oils and a bottle should last you 3-4 months.
Bonus: As of the date of this post Naked + Thriving was offering a free travel-size with the purchase of a full-size, use the code TRAVEL.
Looking for a great toner? Look no further. This delightful toner will balance your skin and provide hydration at the same time. It has aloe and hyaluronic acid so your skin is balanced and plump. It has a wonderful fresh cucumber-sage aroma to it that sounds like a salad, but is quite lovely. This is a great base before applying serum and facial oil.
Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Cleansing Balm
Makeup can damage your skin an clog your pores so it's incredibly important to use the right cleanser to remove it. Meet Farmacy's Cleansing Balm. This is my favorite makeup remover, it is powerful in that it will truly remove all of your makeup, even that sparkly eye shadow. But it is also gentle, so it's not going to strip your skin and dry it out like so many other cleansers.
Getting a facial can be quite expensive, but this lovely mask gives you the feeling of a facial at home. It is a gentle exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and will leave your skin looking refreshed and glowing. Since it is an exfoliator I would recommend using no more than twice per week. That said, it can be quite addictive.
The perfect lip tint is hard to come by, but this one is my favorite. Not only does this tint have a wonderful shine that is not greasy, it has SPF in it! Lips can often times be overlooked when it comes to SPF so I'm thrilled when I find a great product that is beautiful, but also protective.