1. Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie by Shea Moisture
This product had me at “hello”. With organic ingredients you can actually pronounce, it's what curly girls need to get the definition, hold and shine we all seek. The line also features an array of other formulas for a variety of hair types and children. I got Shea Moisture's Curl Shine Starter Kit, which brings four smaller sized products for $22.
Love! Love! Love!
PRICE: $9.99 (for each individual full sized product)
2. L'Oreal's Sulfate Free shampoos and conditioners
As you may already know, sulfates are the harsh chemicals that make your shampoo lather. L’Oreal’s sulfate free system uses sodium lauryl sulfoacetate as a lathering agent, which is thought to be gentler on hair. Either way, if you are using traditional shampoos (meaning not organic) to cleanse your hair, this is the best drugstore brand I’ve ever tried. The line has three systems to fortify, moisturize, and care for color treated hair. Each line is a different color green, gold, and lavender respectively.
I like to use the intense nourishing shampoo (gold) with the hydrating conditioner in rosemary mint (green). The formulas are thick, create a rich lather, and leave your hair smelling great for two to three days. I actually was complemented on the scent by a co-worker and she couldn’t believe I’d washed my hair a day and a half earlier. Great stuff!
3. O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Tickle My France-y
Fantastic neutral color! Many times I’ve asked manicurists to give me whatever color he or she uses for a French manicure, because it goes with everything. I have olive skin, so the polish was never quite right to give me the effect I wanted (clean, neutral, not too pink). This would look great on anyone, but if you have a little color in your skin and are looking for a great neutral that doesn’t scream, “Hey, I’m pink!” make this your go to.
FYI: I find the color gets a shade or two darker after I’ve worn it for a few days (which I love).
4. Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
This is an amazing product! It’s a gel that goes on with a silky powdery feel to prevent chafing. It helps absorbs perspiration to keep you a little drier on those hot summer days. Best of all, this product can do double duty as a primer for your face. It helps control oil, fill in lines, and keeps makeup on longer.
5. Maybelline Volum’ Express the Falsies Flared Mascara
By far the best inexpensive mascara I’ve tried. It definitely gives your lashes a volume and definition. I find that it does make my lashes look flared. I usually curl my lashes, apply focusing on the outer corners, then after applying my desired number of coats, I coat the top lashes on the very corner of my eyes with the tip of the brush. The result: great volume and flare for less money then designer brands. Also, if it matters, the mascara actually smells good or maybe it just smells good to me (let me know what you think in your comments).
6. Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Kiss Me Coral
One of the must have colors of the season! The lipstick goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel dry. I find that once I apply it, even if I have nothing else done, it makes my entire face look done. It’s just one of those colors. I also use it as a blush if I’m on the go.
7. Salerm Brushing Termo Activo
If you blowout your hair, this is a great product to use on your roots. It helps get your hair straight and protects it from heat. I’ve only seen my hairdresser use it on my roots right after removing the hair curlers and before blow-drying it. I usually buy Salerm products at my local beauty supply store.
PRICE: $9.00-10.00 (depends on where you shop)
8. Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin
This blush definitely lives up to its name; it’s bouncy and creamy. I find it blends very well and can be applied with a brush or your fingers. I usually opt to use my fingers, because I feel the brush soaks up some of the product.
9. e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush
I love this brush for it’s super soft bristles. The brush can be bought as a single brush or part of the 11 piece studio collection. It’s like a mini kabuki brush!
10. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
Primers are absolutely essential to give your face a smooth base for your makeup. This is a fantastic inexpensive option that I find it gives me similar results to more expensive brands.
What are some of your favorite products? Please comment below!