I use this as a layering blush/highlighter to boost other peachy toned blushes. I find if I use it alone, it fades quickly and all I see on my cheeks is shimmer. I either use Coralista as a base all over my cheeks, and then I layer a deeper toned blush on the apples. Or, I will apply a matte blush and then dust Coralista on the tops of my cheekbones to add lift and sheen. Out of all of Benefit's boxed powders, this is the one that will always be a mainstay in my makeup bag. It works on my complexion year round.
One of the few cleansers that I can share with my husband. I have dry skin, he has combination, and we both don't do well with foaming cleansers. This is one of the best drugstore cleansers - unscented, milky consistency, removes my makeup well for as long as I use a cotton pad prior to rinsing, and it rinses extremely clean without making the skin feel tight or dry. Prior to this, we were sharing an organic brand of cleanser that cost three times as much, so I'm happy to have found this alternative!
I'm not a big polish wearer, and the few times I picked up any essie product, I wasn't impressed. This is the first shade that I actually like enough to keep vs. swapping it away. Lovely cool-toned lavender shade that's surprisingly opaque after just one coat. I applied two coats just so there would be minimal streaking and uneveness. I see this color working for every skintone, and I like that it's noticeable, but neutral enough to be work appropriate. It also helps to minimize any redness in my skin and makes my hands look really fresh.
Surprisingly wonderful shade on my naturally dark lips. Two of my coworkers who have lighter complexions and rosier lips tried this on as well, but it pulled orange on them. On me, it's the perfect nude. I also love the finish that's more of a balm than a gloss - has a touch of stickiness, but isn't too shiny - and much more pigmented than I expected. My lips are not a uniform color so I have a hard time wearing sheer shades without it looking patchy. This is pigmented enough to completely cover all those patchy areas like a true cream lipstick would. Love it. I will look into the other colors as well as buy a backup or two of this one. One thing I'd change about the design is to have it twist up like Clinique's chubby sticks.
Deep matte peachy pink blush that gives a believable flush on my skin, and I don't need a lot of product to get noticeable color payoff. If you like Bobbi Brown's "Pale Pink" blush, give this one a try because I consider it the peach alternative. Bobbi Brown's powder blushes have the perfect smooth texture and they truly appear to melt into the skin.
Lotions/ Creams -Kiehls - Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil
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Perfect product to take when traveling (but make sure to put it in a Ziploc baggie cause the oil will tend to leak out a bit - Kiehl's, please make this with a better pour spout!), because it can be used to moisturize the body and hair. My husband has also used this as a face moisturizer during the summer when his skin is not so dry. It's a "dry oil" because it's very light and absorbs instead of sitting on the surface of the skin/hair. I recommend applying this when skin/hair is damp after the shower. Leaves a nice sheen. I also love putting this on right before applying a body sunscreen - it makes the sunscreen go over the skin so smoothly.
Liquid -Becca - Luminous Skin Color sheer foundation
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Labeled as a foundation, but really it's more of a tinted moisturizer as the coverage is very sheer and it has an SPF of 25. I have it in "Olive" which matches my skintone perfectly - it's very neutral for light to medium skintones, but it has just enough yellow tones to it to counteract any redness and give my skin a more polished look. I love that the color stays true throughout the day even in hot humid weather.
Highlighters -Becca - Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector
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Out of the four shimmering skin perfectors, Opal is my favorite. I have medium skin which is more olive than tan, and I tend to always have to combat sallowness. The golden tones in Opal help to bring a believable warmth to my skin without looking bronzey. I can use this on its own as a spot highlighter (on tops of cheekbones, temples/browbone, center of nose and chin) or I mix a pump into my foundation for an allover radiance. I love BECCAs shimmering skin perfectors because they add a bit of extra moisture and sun protection as well as giving the skin a lovely sheen vs. looking oily or glittery as most highlighters can. This is definitely my favorite liquid highlighting product hands down.
It works with my skintone, but....it doesn't translate pink nor mauve when I look in the mirror - it's more like a "toast" or "raisin" shade - plum-brown or spiced cider. In any case, I find it looks aging on me.
I don't love this one as much as "Brownie", but it's a very handy shade to have around to pair with smokey eye or strong cheek colors. It's also a good neutral shade to layer with brighter lipsticks to tone them down if needed. This is Bobbi Brown's signature color, so that's why she named it "Brown" - more after her last name rather than the actual color. It's more of a nude shade and not dark or muddy like the name suggests.
My lipstick life partner :D For me, this is the YLBB shade I've been looking for. I know when a lipcolor is perfect when I can wear it alone, use it as a cream blush/cream eyeshadow, pair it with any kind of makeup look from natural to dramatic, and put it on without having to use a mirror and know it looks great. This is also one of the only lipsticks that I'd buy in bulk because I practically wear it everyday. I'm even wearing it in my profile picture!
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Oil-free eye makeup remover liquid
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I'd like this product to be taken off the shelves already. It requires multiple swipes to remove even non-waterproof eye makeup and it stings! I'm left with bloodshot eyes with remnants of smeared liner and mascara still clinging to my eyelids and waterline. Ugh. Worst makeup remover ever!
Still on the hunt for a "nude" lipstick. I have naturally dark lips and typical nudes either look ashy or too pale on me. Gisella is a perfect blend of beige, peach, and rose. It is sheer, but still provides color to brighten my lips. Still, I find this washes me out slightly and there's something in the formula that causes my lips to chap despite the balmy consistency.
I can't speak on how this will work on longer hair, but it is amazing for pixie cuts of all textures. On my fine hair, this gives incredible fullness and lift particularly if I apply it while hair is wet and then blow dry/finger comb. It has allowed me to achieve creative shaping styles and spiking my pixie hair into a faux hawk. Don't try layering it with other products though...I made the mistake of using a salt spray on wet hair and then this to finish, and I got a head full of residue. I've literally pared down my haircare styling products to this and the matching ENJOY strong hold spray. My style holds up all day even in humidity.
If you're looking for a sulfate free line, ENJOY haircare is the way to go. I swore off of sulfate free products particularly shampoos because they would never feel like they were cleaning my fine hair thoroughly and leaving the strands limp and weighed down. Finally I found my HG high end haircare line. This volumizing shampoo still doesn't foam up much as expected, but it leaves my hair feeling clean, not stripped dry, and after blow drying, the strands have bounce to them without frizz. I like the minty scent too. The shampoo doesn't feel as cooling or tingly as the matching conditioner though. One bottle of this seems to deplete quickly so I tend to purchase the larger liter size which is a better value. I wish it came with a pump dispenser!