When it comes right down to it, there’s really no reason we should have to choose. . . it’s a girl’s prerogative to spread the love equally, right?! Right. With this reality in mind, we bring you our top-ten-favorite-beauty-products-not-necessarily-of-all-time-but-that-we-currently-have-a-crush-on...
This is our friend, Sephora. The more love we give to her, the sooner she gives us that the shiny VIB Rouge Card that both embarrasses and excites us. It’s so obvious she loves us too. These are our other friends, Jane and a distant associate L’Oréal, we love these ladies enough to venture beyond Sephora, and sacrifice the beauty points. That’s love.
For today’s post, we’ve spread the love equally between She and Her. She’s a flawless skinned, beauty regiment following, bargain-bin-mascara-wearing- Harlot. Her talents are more akin to a sleep deprived, struggling to make it-to-work-on-time, LIPSTICK TO DISTRACT, I hope this eyeliner doesn’t drip down my face at the gym, kind of girl.
1. IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER – Bb Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble
If you’ve seen Libertee, you know that her hair is unfair – it’s just all, existent. With this being said, she has a couple of products in her medicine cabinet that help her achieve that hair commercial look. She currently loves Bb Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble. This spray, not only smells great (such a selling feature) it works for you all day by providing a lasting hold, without making your hair stiff or flakey. Given that we all know how often she washes her hair, you can assume that this spray doesn’t come with a lot of product build up. The best ever.
2. BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT GROSS: First Aid Beauty, Pure Skin Face Cleanser with an Antioxidant Booster
First things first. Wash your face every night. We get that this might be (and hopefully is) a moot point, but not washing your face is gross. Don’t be gross. Libertee loves this wash by First-Aid Beauty because along with being flawless, her skin is also very sensitive. The sensitivity doesn’t just include a sensitivity to products, it’s also to the elements, and this wash, by First-Aid Beauty, is infused with a blend of botanicals designed to protect her baby skin. Ugh. SUCH a baby!
3. PREACH! Ole Henriksen – Truth Serum
Let’s get one thing straight – when it comes to our age, we commit to telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us Dog. But if people happen to be surprised by our age, we mean, that’s ok too. She loves Ole Henricksen’s Truth Serum because it’s concentrated Vitamin C formula helps to naturally boost collagen in the skin, while simultaneously brightening and smoothing the appearance of what commercials call fine lines and wrinkles, but what we call crow’s feet and “when the hell did that get there!?”s. Apply this to your face and neck daily resulting in “Really?!?" I would have never guessed.
4. WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE - Jane Iredale Dream Tint and Pressed Amazing Base
Remember, Jane? She’s the girl that we were telling you about. The one that’s so rad we’re willing to give up the Sephora points for her – yeah, she’s that impressive. When it comes to favorites, this one is at the top of Libertee’s List. Both the Jane Iredale Dream Tint and Pressed Amazing Base contain finely ground Mica and Titanium. Both of these elements have light bouncing qualities that find their way into your pores, crow’s feet and “when the hell did that get theres” to minimize their appearance. She also loves this product because it’s extremely light, and contains the perfect amount of SPF. Libertee claims this product is why it look like she has no pores. Lecina thinks she actually has no pores. Agree to disagree.
5. OK, BUT ACTUALLY - Voluminous Mascara
Believe us when we say we’ve done the market research. We’ve stretched budgets and patience looking for the mascara that actually does what most mascara commercials promise to do – and that is L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black. Proving that cost of the product, doesn’t necessarily suggest its level of awesomeness, Libertee, once again, opts to sacrifice the Sephora points for this gem. Tried, tested and true!
6. YES! YES! YES! – Nars Blush in Orgasm
No need to make like Meg Ryan with this stuff – Nars Blush in Orgasm is hands down her favorite blush. It’s perfect for all skin tones; it isn’t too pink, isn’t too purple, and it lasts all day! Really – what else could a girl ask for? This product sits in the upper register of price point, but will last anywhere between 6-8 months if you’re using it daily . . . and as long as you don’t drop it. THE WORST!
7. THE LAST THING I’M THINKING ABOUT IS MY MAKE-UP – Sephora Waterproof Eye Liner
As you might have gathered from her Instagram account, Lecina works out. And she never talks about it. For those of you that don’t follow Lecina on Instagram, ouch; also – that was sarcasm. Libertee actually made a comment on a photo of Lecina just before a lift and observed that she was in fact, wearing a smokey eye - proof that this stuff sticks. Lecina loves this product not only because it’s waterproof like it promises, but because it’s super blend-able, making it the perfect base product for a stellar, smokey eye.
8. I DIDN’T ACTUALLY, NOR HAVE I EVER “WOKE UP LIKE THIS” – Brilliantine Cream by Bumble and bumble
You know sometimes, when you cut your hair off and you immediately start looking at the calendar to determine when your hair will be long again? Lecina doesn’t. She is fully committed to rocking the short locks until death do her part, and as a result, has become extremely well versed with products for short hair. She love, love, loves Brilliantine Cream by Bumble and bumble. She will go on the record and state that the look this cream produces is the closest thing to recreating the aftermath of the shade of Nars Blush she’s recommended. If you don’t know what she’s talking about, we feel sad.
9. OH – THAT TINGLES! Buxom Lip Plumping Gloss in Samantha
Don’t worry – it doesn’t tingle in that “Oh my god, my lips are going to explode off of my face!” kind of way, it tingles in the “that boy knows how to kiss,” kind of way, so it should come as no surprise that this gloss makes your lips incredibly kissable and noticeably plump. Lecina loves this shade because it’s not clear, it’s not pink, and it’s not nude – it’s somehow all three of those things. Basically it’s magic! Additionally, this gloss wears a long time and doesn’t do that gross sticky substance on your lip thing. Lecina thinks this gloss gives her the perfect pout. Libertee thinks she was born with the perfect pout. Agree to disagree.
10. SERIOUSLY, 6am? SERIOUSLY? – First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy
“Seriously, it’s like I closed my eyes a second ago?!” Lecina has been known to burn the candle at both ends and on any given morning can blame heavy weights, an addiction to a book or an irresponsible decision to have another glass of wine at dinner with her inability to do as her alarm clock lovingly suggests and “try not to be shitty.” With the idiom “fake it till you make it" in mind Lecina relies on First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy to make it look like she slept. Her love for this product stems from the fact that it’s extremely light for an under-eye concealer and as a result, doesn’t get cakey as the day wears on. It’s also armed with a de-puffing agent, so it’s more than just a cosmetic fix – it too, actively tries not to be shitty.
**Aunty Sharon! Use this for those days when TK is hunting north of the Canadian Shield and Adam had hockey game in the Yukon and you have to pick them both up!
Their inability to stop at 10:
11. . . IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN 10! Art Stick by Bobbi Brown
We said it was our prerogative so we mutually blow our budget to share our favorite shade of lipstick. What we can both agree on is that the Bobbi Brown Art Stick is our favorite way to wear lip color – it’s long lasting, rich and creamy and doesn’t cake. Where we differ is the shade - Lecina loves the Bright Raspberry and Libertee Loves the Harlot. Lecina says this isn’t surprising and then Libertee hits her and says "its Harlow , not Harlot. "You bag" Thats Love.