Sharing My Top 9 Beauty Items (Part X of the Series)

👋 The last beauty items of the series.

Friends, the time has come at last to reveal to you my nine beauty favorites! Every product that is listed is linked to a friend, the inspiration behind this series to begin with! Without my tried and true friends, I would have never found my tried and true favorite beauty products. For that- and so much more- I am forever grateful. Public Service Announcement: reach out to a friend, call a long time buddy, Facetime with a cousin, send a letter to your grandma, give an air-hug to your loved one. When the make up remover comes out and it’s just us revealed to the world, it’s our true friends that see us for who we are and love us, not in spite of our imperfections, but because of them. (So, air hug!)


#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y by Fenty Beauty

How often you use it

Whenever I put on make up for a night out. 

What you like about the product

Where do I even begin! This lipgloss is light, moisturizing, and shimmery- really a trifecta. This product also smells and- dare I say- tastes amazing. It comes in a range of shades, my favorite being Fu$$y, and lasts all night long. 10/10 on this one. 

How you found it

My friend Ola’s recommendation!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Stretch Concealer in G8 by Glossier

How often you use it

Every time I put on make up. 

What you like about the product

The consistency of this product is what makes it for me. The product is creamy, which is ideal for application with your fingers. The difference between my under eyes with this product versus without is night and day, the coverage being pretty remarkable. I also like to use the concealer on my trouble areas, covering up any spots to make my skin matte before I go in and apply powder. 

How you found it

After going into the Glossier store in Soho with my friend Sabrina for the first time; I bought everything in the store.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Clear Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills

How often you use it

Every time I put on make up. 

What you like about the product

I really like the fact that the applicator brush is as big as a mascara brush and that there is a fair amount of gel in the tube, which means it lasts forever. The gel also doesn’t make my eyebrows super stiff, making for a more natural, yet stylized look. 

How you found it

Recommended by the Sephora queen Alana 

#4 Favorite Beauty Product

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Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara by Tarte

How often you use it

Every time I wear make up. 

What you like about the product

I love the fact that this mascara is not super clumpy, but also still adds volume. The mascara also comes off easily, doesn’t flake, and doesn’t hurt your lashes. Those babies need special care!

How you found it

Jahnvi’s recommendation

#5 Favorite Beauty Product

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Limited Edition Love, Trust, and Fairy Dust Palette by Tarte

How often you use it

On a night out

What you like about the product

I love the mix of shimmery and matte eyeshadows that this palette offers as well as the product’s range of colors. I especially like Flitter, the metallic light pink, which pairs really nicely with Twinkle, the metallic gold if you are going for a complete shimmery look. 

How you found it

A Jahnvi special again

#6 Favorite Beauty Product

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Vitamin E Moisturizer by Malin + Goetz 

How often you use it

Every day 

What you like about the product

I love that this product has a very light, fresh scent that doesn’t linger all day on your face. I also like the fact that the product isn’t very oily and absorbs super well right into the skin, almost leaving a dewy feeling. 

How you found it

My brother, the moisturizer king!

#7 Favorite Beauty Product

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Rose Water Facial Toner by Trader Joes

How often you use it

In the morning, every day right when I wake up. 

What you like about the product

The subtle rose scent is really beautiful and lingers for a little while after it is sprayed. The toner is also light and refreshing, helping to tighten your pores thanks to the witch hazel. The best part? It’s only $3.99. 

How you found it

A stocking stuffer from my best friend… my mommy.

#8 Favorite Beauty Product

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3D Hydra Clear Gloss by Kiko Milano

How often you use it

Whenever I am dressing up for a more formal outing. 

What you like about the product

This gloss really packs a punch in the glossy department, delivering on the shine it promises. What I love about the clear is that it can amplify any lipstick by being applied overtop, but it is also great on its own to highlight your natural lip color. 

How you found it

Jahnvi my beauty plug

#9 Favorite Beauty Product

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Lidstar Liquid Eyeshadow in Cub and Lily by Glossier

How often you use it

Whenever I am looking for a really concentrated eyeshadow look. 

What you like about the product

I really like the application of this product, for someone who isn’t very proficient with make up, this one is fool proof. I also really love the colors that Lidstar comes in, Cub and Lily being my favorites because they compliment my skin tone and light features the best. If you are looking for your eyes to really pop, this product might be for you.

How you found it

Walking into the Glossier store and buying up the store with Ola.


Hope you enjoyed learning about my favorite beauty products as well as my friends’. Stay tuned for more fun series in the future!

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3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part IX

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

Friends, friends, friends, the time has come at last to say goodbye! 27 friends and 27 products later, here we are! This will be the last traditional post of the series, which only leaves next week when, I- your friend- share 9 of my favorite products with you! Thank you so much for coming along for the ride. I hope you took away some new beauty recommendations, cracked a smile ever Friday morning, and remembered how important your friends are. Without our friends and the ones we love, what fun would this world be? Who would we share make up tips with, who would help us choose eye shadow colors, and who would lend us a make up wipe at the end of the night? Lipstick doesn’t last forever, but with enough care, time, and attention friends can.

Srishti Soni

@srishtisoni

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Les beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Blush Stick in N°24 by Chanel

How often you use it

Everyday- the only makeup I use

What you like about the product

It looks super natural and is perfect for everyday use. Bonus it smells great!

How you found it

At the Heathrow Airport. As someone who doesn’t use / like a full face of makeup, Im always looking for a product that looks and feels natural but put together. Im also very lazy when it comes to makeup so this is perfect and I just apply by hand. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product and company that sells it 

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Skin perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant by Paula’s Choice

How often you use it

Twice a week

What you like about the product

Skincare is very important to me as I rarely use makeup and exfoliating is the key to having bright, fresh and clear skin. I used to use scrubs in the past which are really rough and therefore bad for your skin. Chemical exfoliants on the other hand are amazing at getting rid of dead skin and debris making my skin look clear and smooth.

How you found it

I’ve been binging skincare TikTok and came across this product a few months ago. Game changer!

#3 Favorite Beauty Product and company that sells it

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Lip Butter Balm by Summer Fridays

How often you use it

Everyday and Night

What you like about the product

Again with the no makeup look, this is a great product that doesnt make you look too dressed up but adds a glossy shine to your lips. I used to be obsessed with lip gloss growing up and Im very much going back to that look. Not to mention it keeps your lips hydrated and smells delicious.

How you found it

Browsing through Sephora


Grace Tao

@gtaotao

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Double Eyelid Tape by Daiso

How often you use it

Everyday

What you like about the product

I have natural double eyelids, however, I like to have it look more apparent without the surgery so I use double eyelid tape everyday. This is absolutely my number one favorite beauty product because I swear by it everyday!

How you found it

Amazon

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay EyeShadow Palette by Tarte Cosmetics

How often you use it

Every time I put on makeup

What you like about the product

I love the neutral/pinkish color tones. This is the only eye shadow palette I use, and I’ve already used up and repurchased 3.

How you found it

My cousin recommended to me

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Anessa Shiseido Sunscreen by Shiseido

How often you use it

Everyday

What you like about the product

It is a lightweight sunscreen that is SPF 50+ PA++++.  Sunscreen is an essential part of my beauty routine, and this is by far my favorite sunscreen. I can layer primer and foundation on top of it and still have a nice finish. It does its job and doesn’t make my face cakey!

How you found it

I first discovered it when I travelled to Japan, and loved it ever since.    


Bianca Phillips

@biancaavictoria

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian by Colourpop

How often you use it

Whenever i want a fresh, highlighted look (you only need a tiny bit) or when I am going out with full makeup

What you like about the product

It is the absolute BRIGHTEST and SPARKLIEST highlighter I’ve ever tried AND it’s only $8. It is a great dupe for the Becca highlighters but better and cheaper!

How you found it

Youtube    

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution by The Ordinary 

How often you use it

1-2x a week, at night

What you like about the product

It’s only $7 and it does a great job of cleaning your skin at the end of the day without stripping the skin of its natural oils. 

How you found it

TikTok

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

How often you use it

Once a day, in the morning

What you like about the product: it does SUCH an amazing job of brightening your skin, smoothing out the texture, and preventing fine lines. Its ingredients are all natural, and also the packaging is adorable.

How you found it

My older sister 🙂


Stay tuned for next week where I share nine of my favorites!

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part VIII

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

Sometimes it is good to be reminded to stick to the basics. Some of the recommendations in this post are simple and straightforward, which I love. Drink water, wear sunscreen, and just moisturize for goodness sake! We can never have too many reminders to take care of our primary needs first and foremost. In this way, beauty is just like our friends. A quick “I am thinking of you” text and a handwritten letter go a long way. A few of my best memories with friends have been a lazy Sunday brunch, a friend stopping to chat with me at the library desk, where I used to work, or a good laugh over our daily catch up. Sometimes you just have to KISS- keep it simple silly- but make sure your lips are moisturized and glossy first!

Monia Mukiza

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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My favorite cream at the moment is the Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream by Ren Skincare. You can find it in Sephora or Ulta.

How often you use it

I use it every other night. Night cream

What you like about the product

I have higher pigmentation and it works wonders for my dark marks

How you found it

An influencer whose opinion that i trust was raving about the product 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product and company that sells it

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#FauxFilter Foundation by Huda Beauty

How often you use it

This foundation is my go-to foundation. I use it whenever I wear make up

What you like about the product

I love the full coverage that it gives without having to use more than two pumps. My skin observes the foundation well. Giving you the no-makeup makeup look. 

How you found it

Consulted by a beauty expert 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Universal Daily Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta®

How often you use it

I use it once a month

What you like about the product

Life saving! I use it once a month for hormonal breakout.

How you found it

Recommended to me by a friend


Tucker James

@tuckerjstyle

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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My #1 favorite beauty product would have to be WATER, H2O… I know, not conventionally viewed as a “beauty product,” but honestly it’s the number one key ingredient to overall skin health. I try to drink around a gallon a day.

How often you use it

Everyday 

What you like about the product 

It’s refreshing AND it does way more than just help your skin glow-up, it also;

  • increases energy
  • helps fight bloating
  • helps digestion
  • improves joint health
  • improves eye health
  • Need I go on? The benefits are endless.

How you found it

Obviously I have always drank water, but I started challenging myself to drink a gallon a day about 3 years back when I got into working out, since then it’s been a ritual that I, my skin, my body and my brain love. I feel my best when I’m hydrated!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Sunscreen for me it’s the Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion sunscreen SPF 50 by Neutrogena with broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection

How often you use it

Every time I go outside 

What you like about the product

It’s ACTUALLY non-greasy- a lot of products claim to be and you still end up slippery.

How you found it

My friend Vanessa actually shoved her half empty one into my travel bag as we were checking out of a hotel in Scottsdale Arizona right off the tail end of and inspiring weekend of hair & creativity at the second Aiir Gathering w/ @aiirprofessional which brings me to my next must have…

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Amethyst Hair & Energy Refresher by Aiir Professional

How often you use it

EVERY DAY, EVERY MOMENT, EVERY TIME IT’S WITHIN REACH

What you like about the product 

It’s a refreshing mist for the hair, skin and body, it’s infused with moonstone and amethyst for the good vibes. It also has a scent like heaven that is light as air and every bottle has a mantra on it, the one I have with me right now says “I am worthy of all that I desire.”

How you found it

I’m lucky enough to call the founder Jenny Strebe my dear friend, she has created an incredible line of crystal infused professional hair products, this product was her very first , the first batch she infused and made by hand, and I’ve been hooked since then…love at first sight.


Yujia Ma 

@yujiamaa

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 by EltaMD

How often you use it

Use a dime size every morning after moisturizer, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure 

What you like about the product

It’s oil-free and super lightweight. It’s a mineral sunblock with transparent zinc oxide, which makes it safe to use after dermatologic procedures (I get microneedling every 3 months). It’s relatively affordable and can be applied to face and body. Its SPF 45 makes it adequate for daily sun exposure. 

How you found it

My dermatologist recommended it to me. In fact, eltaMD is the #1 dermatologist-recommended professional sunscreen brand. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Daily Moisturizing Lotion by CeraVe

How often you use it

Use one pump of the lotion after washing my face with lukewarm water, and after serum at night. 

What you like about the product

It is a wonderful lotion that moisturizes and helps restore the protective skin barrier. It’s oil-free, lightweight and easily absorbed without feeling greasy. It is developed with dermatologists and has an unique formula – 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid – to help with the texture and smoothness of the skin. It is also fragrance free to avoid fragrance irritation, in other words, it is gentle on the skin. 

How you found it

A number of TikTok skincare gurus are huge fans of CeraVe and swear by all their products, so I decided to give the lotion a shot. It was extremely convenient to access – I believe most Targets carry CeraVe products. Ever since I started using it, my entire skincare routine was significantly transformed and simplified. I used to use more than five products on my face at night, but with the lotion, I am now only using the CeraVe face wash, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair and the lotion. There hasn’t been a dramatic change on my skin, but my skin feels healthy and its condition is stable- I break out way less frequently now! 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product and company that sells it

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Backstage Glow Face Palette (001 Universal) by Dior 

How often you use it

When I do my makeup and after I apply finishing powder on my face – I apply the color “white” on the inner corners of my eyes, on my brow bone, on my nose bridge and on the tip of my nose (leaving a space in between to apply bronzer – that’s how I contour my nose); I apply the color “pink” on my cheekbones; and when I go out to say a club, I apply the color “bronze” under my cheekbones. 

What you like about the product

It’s gorgeously shimmery with the color white, gold, pink and bronze that will work on all skin tones. Pros: The shimmer makes your skin look shiny and healthy without making it look oily. The design is so beautiful that sometimes just by looking at the palette I feel content. White is suitable for daily uses, for example, on the inner corners of your eyes and other colors are perfect for when you go out at night – I sometimes use them as my eyeshadows. Cons: It can get messy. After an entire day of being outside and wearing makeup, I’d notice small glitters under my eyes that had fallen from the inner corners of my eyes. 

How you found it

At Sephora. I was attracted by its look right away and after swabbing it on the back of my hand and feeling how even the application was, I was immediately in love. It is on the pricey side but if you are looking for an effective highlight, I would still highly recommend (read the pros and cons before you buy)! 


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Srishti Soni, Grace Tao, and Bianca Phillips share their three beauty favorites!

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part VI

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

Just like beauty products, there are different friends for every occasion and season in life. Some are great to hang out at parties with, like a glitter shadow. Some are perfect for getting advice from, like a good color corrector. And some are great workout buddies, I’m looking at you rose facial mist. Not one friend will be your end-all-be-all and that’s a good thing. Each friend has their special place, which makes for a complete circle of friends and a well balanced make up bag. (Stay tuned for next weeks 3 friends and 3 picks).

Jordan Schmolly

@jordanschmolly

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

How often you use it

Every morning in my coffee

What you like about the product

As you age, your body starts to produce less collagen which is essential for skin elasticity, joint health, and so many other benefits. It’s flavorless, and I definitely can tell a difference in my hair and skin. The collagen also acts as a protein powder, so you feel more full after drinking it. 

How you found it

Word of mouth recommendation from a friend

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Anti-Aging Armor SPF 50 by IT Cosmetics

How often you use it

Daily, every morning. And reapply when in direct sunlight 

What you like about the product

It has a lightweight feel and absorbs easily. It’s also slightly tinted which makes going makeup free easier

How you found it

Recommended by an Ulta Beauty employee 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum by Perricone MD

How often you use it

Daily after cleansing before SPF

What you like about the product

The bottle feels fancy and old timey with the brown tint and medical dropper! Unlike some Vitamin C serums that can feel sticky, this one does not. I noticed a huge improvement in the brightness of my skin, elasticity, as well as the general texture and tone. 

How you found it

Recommended by a friend 


Jie Yu Wang

@jieyuwaang

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Stretch Concealer by Glossier

How often you use it

Daily, in replacement of an all over foundation. I use it to cover up blemishes and dark under eyes. 

What you like about the product

I love how this concealer is light and not cakey at all. The worst feeling ever is when I feel my concealer cracking or building up in the crevices on my face and this is one of the few products I have tried that does not do that. I was finally able to find a product where I was able to have the coverage I wanted without the heavy cakey feeling that concealer usually has. 

How you found it    

I found the product in the glossier store in Soho. The store was too pretty to not buy anything and I was so glad I ended up buying the concealer!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Instant Detox Mask by Caudalie

How often you use it

Once or twice a week. Whenever I feel like my skin needs an extra boost.

What you like about the product

I have combination-oily skin and this product is able to minimize my pores, make my skin feel less greasy while still not creating dry flakes all over my skin. On top of using it all over my face on a weekly basis, it works amazing for spot treatment on acne. If I get a breakout, I put a little bit of this mask on the spots after a hot shower and it works like magic. 

How you found it

It was recommended to me at a French pharmacy. My skin was getting really angry at the city air and I was getting a lot more breakouts than usual, the pharmacist recommended this mask for my combination skin type. I have been in love with this product since!

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Normaderm Anti-Acne Double-Action Moisturizer with Salicylic Acid by Vichy

How often you use it 

This is my daily moisturizer.

What you like about the product

I have combination skin, leaning more towards oily so a lot of moisturizers leave my skin feeling greasy and most cause breakouts for me even when they are marketed for my skin type. This moisturizer works amazing for me because it contains salicylic acid to prevent breakouts without making my skin flakey. The moisturizer absorbs into the skin really fast leaving a glowy dewy look. 

How you found it 

I had finished another bottle of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (which was the brand I had been using since middle school) and that was when I realized that it was doing nothing for my skin. That was when I decided to do my own research over what ingredients might actually help my skin and that is how I stumbled upon this product. I have rebought it countless times now and I will refuse to use any other moisturizer. 


Disha Jadhwani

@disha_jadhwani

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother by The Body Shop 

How often you use it

Every morning as a serum and/or moisturizer. 

What you like about the product

Truly a holy grail product for me! This serum makes my skin super soft to the touch and gives it a youthful, almost glittery glow. I love that it evens out my skin tone and minimizes the appearance of any blemishes. Its slight citrus-y scent is very refreshing!

How you found it    

My mum has been using this serum for years so when I ran out of my moisturizer, I stole hers and have been in love with this product ever since. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Gelatin Powder (Flavorless) by Great Lakes

How often you use it

This is an essential part of my everyday bedtime regimen! I try not to eat anything 3 hours prior to bed and right before I hit the lights, I consume 2 heaped spoonfuls of gelatin powder and down it with water. 

What you like about the product

Those who know me well know that I swear by this! Gelatin powder thickens and lengthens my hair and nails, increases the collagen density of my skin, aids my weight loss efforts, strengthens my bones, increases brain function and so much more! I consume this on an empty stomach right before bed so that I don’t wake up feeling bloated. 

How you found it

This has been in my family for years so it has been a part of my bedtime routine for as long as I can remember. 

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Rose Water Toner by Fresh

How often you use it

Every morning and night after cleansing my skin.

What you like about the product

I love this product because it makes my skin look and feel refreshed! It immediately soothes and brightens my face and it helps reduce any redness on my skin. I usually stray away from scented skincare products but the fragrance of this toner is subtle and very calming. 

How you found it

When I ran out of my local Chilean brand rose water toner in college, I frantically looked for an alternative that would work similarly on my sensitive skin. After testing several toners which ended up irritating my skin, I stumbled upon this one and have loved the way it makes my face feel. 


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Cristina Rojas, Ashley Walters, and Chelsea Cates-Rolllins share their three beauty favorites!

 

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part V

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

Throughout my life, friends have always been the most important to me. For any friend of mine, I would stop everything to be by their side and I know that some of my closest friends would always do the same. Through my friends, I have been able to learn about different cultures and perspectives, how people approach different situations, how different people chose to spend their time, and everything in between. With every friend, I have learned something about myself too. What I value, why I am different, how I want to be, where I want to spend my time- the list goes on. That is the beauty in having true friendships, there is an unspeakable harmony in two people who are so incredibly different, sharing time and growing alongside one another. Sharing beauty tips is great, but it is only an infinitely small part of why I love my friends. (Stay tuned for next weeks 3 friends and 3 picks).

 Aliona Zamarin

@alionaa

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O

How often you use it

Every morning and night

What you like about the product

It does an amazing job at cleansing the skin/ taking off makeup, yet is very gentle and hydrating.

How you found it

I’ve been using it for 10 years! My dermatologist recommended it to me when I was 13 (I would get allergic reactions from most other products I used on my skin back then). As soon as I started using it my skin completely transformed and I’ve been loyal to this product since.    

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

Whenever I wear makeup (almost everyday) 

What you like about the product

It’s one of those your-skin-but-better products. This powder does an amazing job at evening out my skin tone without being visible or cakey on the skin. 

How you found it

I’ve also been using this product for at least five years, but I’m pretty sure I learned about it from a YouTube influencer a long time ago.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel (Shade #3)

How often you use it

Whenever I wear makeup (almost everyday)

What you like about the product

This brow gel makes it super easy and quick to fill in your brows and gives you that natural/ “feathery” brow look 

How you found it

Trial and error – I must have tried every brow product under the sun before I finally found this one!


Gacy Tanoesoedibjo

@garciellatanoe

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Lucas Papaw Ointment

How often you use it

I’ve been using this ointment everyday for the past 3 years. I usually apply it on my lips when they’re feeling chapped and even on my face before I apply my makeup. If my skin is feeling extra dry, I also apply the ointment on the areas that need moisture before I go to bed. 

What you like about the product

I love this product because it is so compact, I carry it around in my purse when I go out and in my backpack when I go to school. Unlike other lip balms or ointments, this product really keeps my lips and skin moisturized all throughout the day. Because of this pandemic, I’ve been wearing face masks everyday, which often leaves my skin feeling dry. With the help of this product, I’m able to keep my skin moisturized and healthy. 

How you found it

After I started college in Boston, I noticed my skin getting a lot drier than usual because of the cold weather. When I raised this issue to my mom, she suggested this product and I’ve been using it religiously ever since. 

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner & Serum 

How often you use it

I use this product once a day, usually before I apply my makeup. Sometimes I use this product at night if I decide to not wear makeup that day. 

What you like about the product

I love this product because I can really see a difference in my eyelashes after using it regularly. I’ve tried other eyelash serums before Revitalash, and I noticed little to no difference in my eyelashes. Since I wear eyelash extensions, my lashes carry more weight than natural lashes so it is important for me to keep them strong and healthy. After using this product, I noticed my natural lashes growing longer and thicker, which also prevents my extensions from falling off too easily.

How you found it

After complaining about how easily my lashes fall off to my lash technician, she suggested this product and guaranteed that I would see results. Needless to say she was definitely right. 

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Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills

How often you use it

I use this product every time I leave my house. When I don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup, I just use this product on my eyebrows and it makes me feel and look so much more confident. 

What you like about the product

I love this product because it is so easy to use. The texture is waxy, so I’m able to create lighter brows by using the eyebrow pencil with a light hand, yet I’m also able to create darker brows by applying this product with a little more pressure. This product lasts all day, is easy to use, and is my absolute favorite makeup product of all time. 

How you found it

I’ve seen a lot of beauty influencers on Youtube and Instagram use this product when I was in high school, but I was never able to get my hands on them as they weren’t sold in Indonesia yet. It wasn’t until college was I able to finally purchase this product, and I’ve been loving it ever since.


Rose Dexter

@rosedexter

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Ultimate Arch Definer & Clear Brow Gloss by BBB London

How often you use it

Every day!

What you like about the product

Having tried MANY different brow pencils, brushes, etc, I found this one and would never use anything else…it’s AMAZING. The arch definer is the best at building a very natural look that matches the colour of my eyebrows (which are a strange in between colour), plus has a great little brush at the end to blend it in. The gloss is also so great and creates a great shape that holds in place literally all day. I sometimes just do my eyebrows and nothing else as it makes such a significant difference to my look.

How you found it    

Christmas shopping in Liberty’s London

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Rose Hip Seed Oil by The Ordinary

How often you use it

Every evening before bed

What you like about the product

It makes your skin look and feel amazing and glowing. When I started using this in my skincare routine I never received so many compliments on the condition of my skin. It’s also SO cheap compared to other similar products which you pay for all the packaging and marketing on.

How you found it

My cousin and mum recommended rose hip oil and this was the best one for the best value out there

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Liquidlast Eyeliner – Brown or Pointblack by MAC

How often you use it

Usually everyday but in lockdown times only when I’m seeing people !

What you like about the product

My eyes are quite sensitive and also water a lot,  and my face doesn’t seem to like make up staying on all day (!! It slides off my face instantly!). I’ve tried so SO many different liquid eyeliners, including more expensive ones, and nothing stays on like the MAC one.  It doesn’t budge whatsoever, even if swimming or whatever.  

How you found it

I can’t remember! I’ve been using it for years and years… I think from just trying and testing different eyeliners. 


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Disha Jadhwani, Jordan Schmolly, and Jieyu Wang share their three beauty favorites!

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part IV

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

The best beauty products are like friends: they help us shine, they are always there when times get tough, and they help us feel like our best selves. As someone who did not always feel comfortable wearing make up, my friends have helped me learn about what best products work for me- that help me feel my best and not overshadow who I am. I am so grateful for those who have taken the time to guide me through Sephora or gift me products to help me through my beauty journey. So when the times get tough, I know I have my friends and a touch of Tarte eyeshadow (thanks Jahnvi!) to carry me through the day. (Stay tuned for next week, where I feature more friends and more finds!)

Victoria Kawas

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

I use this whenever I feel like it’s a little more difficult to run my fingers through my hair in the shower, so once or twice a month. I also leave it on for longer than the suggested ten minutes – I quickly wash my hair once to remove excess oil and dry shampoo residue, gently wring out as much water as I can, and apply the Olaplex root to tip. I leave it on for maybe two or three hours while I do stuff around the house or watch something on Netflix. It’s important to shampoo afterward too!

What you like about the product

It’s the only hair mask I’ve tried that actually repairs the hair shaft so the nourishing effects are still noticeable a few washes after application. My hair looks and feels a lot healthier and less damaged, so I need less recent haircuts despite my balayage treatment.

How you found it

It seems like everyone was talking about Olaplex last year, and for good reason.

 
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Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand in Goldgasm

How often you use it

Whenever I wear a little more makeup than usual, especially if my skin is looking dull.

What you like about the product

I’ve suffered from dry skin for a minute, but last summer was downright intolerable. My skin looked red, angry, and more flaky than that friend who cancels plans when you’re about to call your Uber. When I tried this product on at a Chestnut Hill Bloomingdale’s, everything just seemed to calm down. I wore it home and Facetimed a friend and I just stared at my glowy cheekbones the whole time. My sad dry skin suddenly looked revitalized. I also love how natural the Glowgasm shade looks! It truly gives the illusion of perfect skin.

How you found it

I’ve followed Charlotte Tilbury on Instagram for a few years and it’s one of my dreams to have my makeup done by her. Every look is an absolute dream. I finally pulled the trigger on this product after seeing @milki.milki.milki, a really cool pair of Pakistani girls, rave about it on their blog.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Retin A 0.025% (mine is Janssen-Cilag, but I imagine others work well as long as the component is the same – tretinoin)

How often you use it

I use this product 1-2 times a week, mixed into my moisturizer. I have very dry sensitive skin that has been damaged in the past due to improper retinoid use, so I’m being very careful not to overdo it.

What you like about the product

You can’t beat the OG HG. Retin A has been around forever – it’s the most well-researched vitamin A derivative and the results are evident. When I apply it, I consistently wake up with a reduced pore appearance and a more even complexion. It’s also the only product (along with SPF!) with proven anti-aging properties. I can’t wait until my skin grows to tolerate it so I can start applying it more regularly.

 
How you found it

As mentioned, I tried an over the counter retinoid a couple of years ago that absolutely *murdered* my skin’s moisture barrier, so I was terrified of ever trying the component again. My sister promised me I would be amazed if I used Retin A correctly, and gifted me with her expired tube. It still worked well, but was just a bit weaker. I loved it and haven’t looked back.


Devyn Wilson

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

I use this product every time I wash my hair. I apply this product when I get out of the shower, while my hair is still damp. After I apply this product, I either let my hair air-dry, or I use a blow dryer. This product enhances my naturally-curly hair, and also makes it super easy to style if I want to switch up my look.

What you like about the product

Saints & Sinners Velvet Divine Leave-In Conditioner leaves my hair feeling incredibly moisturized and healthy. A small amount of this product goes a long way, and helps eliminate frizz and makes it easier to style my hair! The product is actually a thick cream, but can be sprayed as a mist. It is also free of sulfates and parabens, harmful ingredients that are present in most hair care products: I try to haircare products that have the best ingredients, but I have found that it is rare to find a product that uses quality ingredients AND performs the way I want it to. I also change my hair a ton! I have had extensions, my hair is naturally curly (but also thermally damaged because I style it so much), and I also color my hair quite often. Regardless of my hair style or condition, Saints & Sinners products leave my hair feeling repaired and restored.

How you found it

(Shameless plug) Saints & Sinners Haircare is actually a company my family owns! My mom, a licensed cosmetologist, formulated all the products after discovering a gap in the market- so many hair care products perform well, but only because they use poor ingredients. Conversely, the hair care products that use healthy ingredients tend to under-perform. Saints & Sinners Haircare uses the best ingredients but also does it’s job in making your hair look AND feel its best. This is the only haircare that I use.

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

I use this product to complete my makeup look. Adding a shiny lip is on trend right now, and I love using it with a simple day-to-day look (simple eyeshadow, light makeup, etc…). I really love this product for a spring and summer look, since it’s super light but adds just enough pigment to look somewhat natural.

What you like about the product

This product doesn’t dry out my lips (if anything, it is super moisturizing! It uses an ingredient called cherry oil, which actually protects against drying), and it lasts a really long time! It’s not sticky at all, and it adds a lot of shine and dimension. I love how it’s tinted too, my favorite shade is ‘rosewood,’ as it naturally brings out the color of my lips! I love wearing it with a champagne colored eyeshadow and light contour. It looks super natural but it also makes your lips pop!

How you found it

I go shopping with my sorority sisters quite a bit. My friend, Liz Castellano (who has the BIGGEST makeup addiction I have ever seen), actually recommended it! I love shopping with friends: it has taken a lot of trial and error to find a lip gloss that I consistently use, so it is super helpful to get opinions and recommendations from your friends who are also going through the same trial and error process.

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How often you use it

I use this product in the morning and night, after washing my face. I like to use a toner first, and then I apply this serum (I use a roller to make sure it is absorbed into my skin) and follow it with a moisturizer!

What you like about the product

This product makes my skin texture look soooooo much more even! It also makes my skin look (and feel) super healthy. I spend a lot of time outside and in the sun during the summer months, so using this product has made my tan look so much better. I have also found that it has helped prevent acne: my skin is super sensitive so it is hard to find products that actually work that don’t irritate my skin. I also really like this product because it is free of a lot of the harmful ingredients you would find in a lot of other beauty products (parabens and sulfates, for example).

How you found it

No shame… TikTok
 
 

Nicole Yapijakis

@nic.yapi

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

365 day & night – the only cleanser you’ll want or ever need to use!

What you like about the product

 I have sensitive skin so it was great to find a cleanser that gently cleans and exfoliates. My skin feels super soft and moisturized after. It is really easy to foam and calming to use particularly before bed. The mainly plant-based ingredients naturally protect my skin from so many different things, making this a great all in one product.

How you found it

I use samples when I travel as a way to not only try new products, but pack light. When I got a sample of this cleanser, I ended up using it even after my trips. I was squeezing every last bit out of that container and lucky for me, only a small amount is needed each time so it lasted long enough for me to buy a full tube.

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How often you use it

Typically any morning before I leave my apartment. For the beach, I typically alternate between this and a stronger face sunscreen.

What you like about the product

I don’t like to wear makeup everyday, so this is a great product for more natural coverage. It also has great sun protection (which is super important all year round) without clogging your skin like other creams with SPF.

How you found it

I was recommended this by the place I go to get facials. They said it is great for everyday protection from sun exposure and minimizes acne.

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How often you use it

All the time – In the morning I will put a little on my lips and eyelids to make sure I am moisturized. I had a friend who would even use it as a highlighter on her cheekbones. During winter nights, I will lather a bit more on any dry spots of my skin.

What you like about the product

My lips can get very dry and cracked in the winter, so it has always been a great solution that is quick & reliable. A friend also shared with me that Aquaphor is great for preventing wrinkles because of the level of hydration it provides skin, so I use a little around my eyes when it feels dry. If you have some in warmer settings, the product takes on a more liquid consistency similar to an oil or serum. I prefer this because it makes it easy to get a more glossy look, while also using less product each time.

How you found it

It has always sat somewhere in the medicine cabinet since I was little. My parents would use it for my sensitive skin as a kid and I found that it’s an affordable solution to maintain good hydrated skin.

 

Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Aliona Zamarin, Gacy Tanoesoedibjo, and Rose Dexter share their three beauty favorites!

FENTY Skin Review with Chelsea Cates-Rollins

Breaking down the products behind Rihanna’s newest business success: skin care.

Photos taken from Fenty Beauty Website

It goes without saying that Rihanna has been taking retail by storm, redefining industry norms and playing by her own rules: FENTY rules. First Rihanna made waves with FENTY Beauty, providing an incredible 40 shade range foundation- along with some other pretty amazing products. The company’s diverse range of products landed its rightful place on Time Magazine’s 25 best inventions of 2017 and even sparked major beauty retailers, such as L’Oréal, to begin selling and marketing deeper cosmetic shades for woman of color. Next it was Savage X FENTY, a lingerie company, which again emphasized inclusivity, showcasing a range of skin tones and sizes for women of all colors and shapes. After lingerie, Rihanna was after the rest of the body with her FENTY fashion brand. FENTY was released under the LVMH group, making Rihanna the first woman and woman of color ever to create a fashion brand with LVMH. Now, Rihanna is after skincare with FENTY Skin, having recently premiered 3 products in its new line. I had the privilege to speak with my good friend Chelsea Cates-Rollins who was able to get her hands on these highly sought after products. Chelsea, take it away!

(Make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see Chelsea’s full video review as well!)

Chelsea, tell us a little about yourself and for how long you have been a beauty enthusiast?

I am 23 years old and currently working in NYC in digital media after graduating from Babson College in 2018. I have always been into anything and everything beauty – hair, nails, makeup etc. My earliest memory is playing in my moms makeup when I was 10 years old and taking a picture, I thought was so cute at the time, but definitely cringe worthy now.

What made you want to purchase Rihanna’s FENTY Skin products?

I LOVE Rihanna, I’m pretty sure if you ask any of my friends they would tell you the same. When she first came out with Fenty Beauty I bought one of their first products, which was the Gloss Bomb and loved it! After that I said “if Rihanna comes out with a skincare line I’ll buy it” and lo and behold she did and I bought it.

Can you give us a quick rundown of each product and your initial impressions?

She came out with 3 products in her first launch and, before I go into detail, one of those was a Sunscreen, which I appreciated especially coming from a Black woman. Specifically, in the Black community applying sunscreen isn’t normalized and I think that was a great first addition to the line. Now going into my overall first impressions…

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Cleanser (rating: 9/10)

The cleanser suds up really well and gives your face a fresh clean feeling without drying it out which is amazing!! The only reason I didn’t give this a full 10/10 is because although it smells great, fragrance can be harsh for a lot of people’s skin so that eliminates a few candidates. And, although the packaging is great for travel because it is a twist cap, a bit of the cleanser dries up on the cap and touches whatever surface you put it on which can also be a bit harmful for people with sensitive skin.

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“Fat Water” a.k.a Toner (rating: 9/10)

Similar to the cleanser, it’s just the packaging that deducts that one point, mainly because it is a bit harder of a plastic and you can accidentally use too much product pushing (which I have done….multiple times). Other than that, I love the Fat Water and I actually see a physical difference, mainly in the amount of oil my face accumulates. I have combination skin, but it’s more oily than dry and since this is a pore refining toner it doesn’t help get rid of large pores, but definitely helps shrink them a.k.a less oil on your face throughout the day!!

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Sunscreen SPF 30 (rating: 10/10)

And finally the sunscreen, my favorite honestly. I love this stuff! It does have a bit of fragrance so sensitive skin people be warned, but it’s not overwhelming. It smells great, isn’t greasy, you don’t need to use a lot of product, and the bottle is reusable! So, anytime you need a refill you only need to purchase the inside portion with the actual product. This is probably my favorite packaging because of that, and it also travels well. A lot of people use this as a moisturizer, which it technically is based on the name,  but I personally still use a moisturizer and add this on top as my sunscreen.

What is your favorite product out of the collection and why?

I already brought this up, but definitely the sunscreen! I do like all the products and I have seen a difference in my skin, but the sunscreen is really my favorite. Not only because it looks great, smells great, and feels great, but because it’s promoting more people to protect their skin from the sun and I love that!

How do these products compare to the skin care products that you already own?

I dibble and dabble in a lot of different products, but since quarantine i’ve been doing a bit more research trying to understand things and I do enjoy these products better. I still use my other serums in my routine, but I haven’t yet switched back to my old cleanser, toner, and sunscreen. Will I? Not sure maybe, it’s only been about a week and a half since I started using Fenty Skin, so time will tell. For now though, I am going to stick to using Fenty Skin. I think there are a lot of comparable products, but in the end it’s all about what you believe your skin needs and listening to it when a product it doesn’t agree with your skin.

Are these products worth their price?

I for sure think these are worth the price!! Skin care is generally expensive if you’re going for more high end products and I have paid more for other skin care products than I have for these, i’ll admit. So if you’re looking for a bit more of an upscale product, you won’t break the bank, but this isn’t your standard drug store skin products (and nothing wrong with your typical drugstore products I use them too), but compared to a Drunk Elephant, Youth to the People, or other similar to this, Fenty Skin is definitely more affordable! 

Are these products something you can see yourself using every day and replacing your old products with?

Yes for sure! I already replaced my old everyday products for these and I use these products day and night, besides the sunscreen I only use that during the day. Overall, these products aren’t harsh, do not try out your skin, and are super easy to incorporate into your everyday life busy or not. 

Last question. What are your overall final impressions of Rihanna’s skin care debut and do you think her line competes with other popular brands, such as Kylie Skin, The Ordinary, and Glossier?

In all honesty I haven’t tried Kylie Skin or Glossier, but I moved from The Ordinary toner (which I loved and still do love) to the Fat Water Toner. I really like Fat Water Toner, mainly because I saw a difference in my pores after the first night I used it. I still use my ordinary serums in my everyday routine and I still use my drug store Ceerave moisturizer and aloe vera gel, but for the products that did get replaced by Rihanna’s products I will miss, but at the moment don’t plan on going back.

Watch Chelsea’s Review

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part III

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

It seems as though the friends and suggestions never end! I am so lucky to have such a diverse and dynamic set of close friends who are interested in everything from blow dryers to skin care to lipstick. I love talking with my friends about their latest finds, having them dig through their drawers to share with me their favorites or put on a “haul” for me of what just came in the mail. Thank you for putting up with me and fielding all of my beauty questions pals. (Stay tuned next week for three more friends and three more finds!)

Pamela Mukiza

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

I have been using this face wash every night for the last 2 years. I like to use their Treatment Enzyme Exfoliating Powder Cleanser together with their face wash three times a week, or when I am wearing heavy makeup, or when my face is feeling particularly dirty (usually in the summer when I tend to feel and get very sweaty). This combination leaves my face feeling super clean and soft. The trick is to let the enzyme cleanser sit on your face for about a minute after massaging it in for 60 seconds, this really allows the enzymes to eat away at the dead skin. I also try to massage the cleanser into my face for 60 seconds but sometimes I get lazy or am in a rush.

What you like about the product

It gets my face clean without drying it out, it is super gentle and hydrating, and it also smells amazing. Normally, items that have a fragrance irritate my skin but this doesn’t.

How you found it

I was looking for a new everyday cleanser for a while and a friend of mine who I consult with on virtually anything I buy recommended it to me. She had gotten a trial sample for free, loved it, and ended up buying it (along with the whole product line), so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

I use it on my blemishes as soon as I spot them, I dab a bit on with my finger (you can use a q-tip), and it dries it right up. I usually use it at night, it’s the last thing I put on my face when I am getting ready to go to bed. Be careful not to use too much and not to get it too close to your eyes, I made this mistake one too many times. It stings!

 What you like about the product

All you need is a little bit, use it a couple of days, like 2 or 3, depending on the size of your blemish, and the blemish pretty much disappears without a trace.

How you found it

Reading hundreds of online reviews on how to get rid of a blemish fast, haha.

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How often you use it

I use this every day in the morning all year round. When I know that I will be out in the direct sunlight all day, I will swap this out for Avene Reflexe Solaire 50+.

What you like about the product

Sunscreen is tricky for people with a darker complexion, most tend to leave a white cast. I try to look for a sunscreen that won’t make me look ashy, and with the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15, I am moisturizing and protecting myself from the sun.

How you found it

My favorite Instagrammer, Melissa’s Wardrobe, recommended this product. She always recommends the best stuff. She has a hashtag #melmademedoit, anything she recommends on her stories usually sells out fast. Also, her stories are HILARIOUS, literally watch them like a t.v show, check her out! So yeah, she recommended it and I tried it and loved it. I have been using it every morning for the last 3 years? Maybe longer.


Alana Sivo

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

Every day

What you like about the product

It’s an amazing serum for the hair. Whether you have curly, straight, or wazy, all hair types can benefit. It adds shine, softness, and makes your hair look and feel healthier. Definitely a ride or die product.

How you found it

I was searching for a hair oil, and I saw this one got great reviews. I have also loved the brand KERASTASE, as I prefer salon-quality products for my hair. I bought it and fell in love, and it has always been a product I repurchase.

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

I use it every time I wear makeup.

What you like about the product

Everything about this product is amazing. The pigmentation, blendability, shade range, and finish are incredible. As someone of color, it can be difficult to find a bronzer deep enough, and with a warm undertone. ABH’s have bronzers for all skin tones, and this product can be used in multiple ways and is fantastic all around.

How you found it

I was shopping in Sephora, and ABH is my all-time favorite brand, so I went over to look, and I saw they just released their bronzers. I decided to buy one, and it became one of my cult favorites.

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How often you use it

Every time I want to style my hair (about 1 to 2x week)

What you like about the product

I love this product because it is so easy to use, and non-damaging on your hair. As someone with thick, coarse hair, blow-drying normally takes forever, and it takes a lot of effort to smooth your hair in the process. With the Dyson, it is extremely powerful, yet gentle on their hair, making the process fast, and leaving your hair look great.

How you found it

When Dyson’s first hair dryer launched in 2016, it quickly grew and received hype as Dyson entered the hair industry. I held off buying it for a while because I didn’t think the price point was justified. However, I quickly got sick of my current blow-dryer and decided to purchase it.


Ola Szymanska

 

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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(sorry I have 2 picks for this!)

How often you use it

Dr. Jart moisturizer in the morning & the Rose cream at night

What you like about the product

The Dr. Jart moisturizer is fabulous for the day because it has SPF 30 to protect you from the sun and helps soothe redness. It’s perfect for the days I bravely enable the video feature on Zoom meetings because it provides light coverage. I like the Rose cream because it’s very hydrating and you will wake up looking like a glowing bébé.

How you found it

I found the Dr. Hauschka Rose Cream just perusing Whole Foods and the Dr. Jart cream was recommended to me by a blessed Sephora employee.

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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How often you use it

I use this all the time and will admit I have 4 tubes. It is perfect for any occasion whether it be going to the grocery store for an exciting jaunt during quarantine or wilding out on the dance floor- pre-COVID 😦

What you like about the product

The color Fenty Glow looks amazing on everyone! Additionally, the formula is long-wearing enough so you don’t have to reapply all the time but not too sticky.

How you found it

Rihanna’s Instagram, I’m a loyal enthusiast of her music & other ventures
 

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How often you use it

Whenever I wash my hair

What you like about the product

The Seanik shampoo bar gives the hair great volume but Lush also sells other types that cater to a wide variety of hair goals. There is no plastic packaging and you can just store the bars in a metal tin which is a good way to reduce some waste in your personal care routine. I love the Briogeo conditioner primarily because I have curly hair and the product is very rich and moisturizing. As an added bonus, it smells like a tropical island paradise and is vegan, cruelty-free and deemed “clean” by Sephora’s standards. These two are just a brilliant pairing.

How you found it

I learned about the shampoo bars from a friend and heard about Briogeo through a podcast! The founder Nancy Twine just did another podcast episode for “How I Built This” & I highly recommend listening to her story!


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Victoria Kawas, Devyn Wilson, and Nicole Yapijakis share their three beauty favorites!

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items Part II

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

There is a well known saying that goes “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with;” if only the same applied to my makeup bag- I’d have one incredible collection then! My friends have been an unlimited source of beauty knowledge and tips to me. Having spent so much time around them, I began asking myself questions like “do I need a jade roller?”, “should I switch to a silk pillowcase?”, and even “do I need a Sephora rewards account?”, thoughts I never considered would have ever crossed my mind. Where would I be without them!? Probably severely unmoisturized at this point. Lucky for you I have pulled together three more friends and three more favorites for you to check out! (Stay tuned next week for three more friends and three more finds!)


Hashmita Amineni

@ahashmita

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Studio Finish Pot Concealer by MAC

How often you use it

Every time I need my dark circles and the scars on my face covered. My makeup is incomplete without this.

What you like about the product

It has excellent coverage and can cover the darkest of spots and discoloration with very little product. A little goes a long way as it has great pigmentation. It does not dry the skin too much and also provides extra SPF. I feel like this is the only concealer that hides my extremely dark circles without giving it an ashy look.

How you found it

I started using this first year of college, I found about this trick in a MAC store in Hyderabad, India the makeup artist told me to always use different concealer colours for my dark circles and my spots, which has been a game-changer. He recommended I use a reddish undertone pot concealer for my under eyes and a yellowish undertone pot concealer for scars on my face. I have been doing this since and I love it.

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Carmex Classic Lip Balm

How often you use it

Every day, almost 5 times a day

What you like about that product

I have been using this product for the past 5 years. I have dry and chapped lips in general but since I have started using Carmex, my lips have become softer. It does not have a strong smell and it is not at all sticky.

How you found it

I’ve heard about it before and just wanted to try it out once. I have been using it to this day.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

How often you use it

When I need to do a full face of makeup and need thick and long lashes

What you like about it

It does not clump together. For someone who does not have a lot of lashes, this mascara really gives an amazing volume and make my lashes look really long.

How you found it

One of my friends suggested I use this when I was studying abroad in Paris. I bought my first one there and have been using it ever since.


Sarah Charles

@sarah.charles

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen

How often you use it

Everyday

What you like about the product

I love that it’s translucent and doesn’t leave a white residue on my face.

How you found it

YouTube

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

How often you use it

Twice a week

What you like about the product

I love this product because it’s evening out the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks very well!

How you found it

Online research

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Laneige water sleeping mask

How often you use it

Twice a week

What you like about the product

After using the peeling solution my skin can be quite dry If I don’t take the necessary precautions, and the water mask works wonders.

How you found it

A Sephora skincare quiz


Tanishaa Uttamchandani

@tanishaauttam

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector

How often you use it

Every day before I leave the house

What you like about the product

I don’t wear foundation and this tinted moisturizer gives me the perfect amount of coverage and is so light at the same time.

How you found it

My Mum would use it, and one day I tried it on and stole it from her. But eventually, I bought my own because it was that good!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara

How often you use it

Usually at night when I’m going out

What you like about the product

Finding the right mascara for you can be tricky! But this one felt good to apply and looked really nice as well. And I received a lot of compliments on my eyes once I started wearing it!

How you found it

My Aunt actually gifted me the travel-sized mascara and it was at a time when I had run out of mine. I used it for many 1-2 months and received several compliments. I had to stock up on more immediately!

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream (with jojoba oil & vitamin)

How often you use it

I use it every single day after I shower

What you like about the product

My skin can get very dry and this is the perfect moisturizer for me. I usually apply my makeup afterward and it leaves a really nice glow on my face.

How you found it

I have been using it since I was a baby! My family would all use Nivea cream products growing up and it’s one thing I haven’t replaced all my life.


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Pamela Mukiza, Alana Sivo, and Ola Szymanska share their three beauty favorites!

3 Friends Picking their Top 3 Beauty Items

The 3 beauty products 3 of my friends swear by.

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Whenever I look into my makeup bag I am amazed by how many products I have accumulated over the years, having only started wearing makeup just three years ago. When I think about each product I own, it is hard not to think of the friend that recommended it, which is why I never enter a Sephora sans friend in-tow. Some of my best memories in college are from getting ready before a birthday party or night out, when my friends and I shared makeup tips and glittery palettes. Undoubtedly, my favorite beauty finds have been because I had admired a lip gloss on a friend or an eye shadow on another. My friends have been a much-needed window for me into the beauty industry and have taught me almost everything I know about different products and brands, which is why I have recruited some of mine to share their favorites. (Stay tuned next week for three more friends and three more finds!)


 

Jahnvi Garg

@j4hnv1

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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A few different lip glosses

How often you use

Almost every day (although would not recommend wearing it these days since it sticks to your mask)

What you like about the product

I think lip gloss can elevate your whole look- it’s so effortless and it makes your skin look more hydrated! I have different ones for different purposes: the Glossier Lipgloss in Red is perfect for daily wear, it has just the right amount of color and doesn’t feel sticky. The Kiko Milano 3D Hydra Lipgloss in Clear is really good to wear for a night out because it lasts a long time and also kind of makes your lips look more 3D? This shade is also really fun and is super easy to wear. Lastly Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Lip Jelly in Chill, which is the most soothing and non-sticky lip gloss ever. It’s actually a combination of a lip gloss and a moisturizing lip treatment so it feels amazing on your lips.

How you found it

Mostly through trial and error, these three are the ones I have purchased again and again!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Milk Makeup Eye Pigment

How often you use

Mostly for special occasions, parties, and night outs

What you like about the product

It literally does not move, fade, or smudge off of your eyelids once you have it on and comes off easily with any makeup remover. The shades are also super pigmented and bright which is rare for an eyeshadow. My favorite shade is “rave” because it looks so good on brown eyes! I also love that it’s a cream formula so there’s no fallout to clean up 🙂

How you found it

I randomly bought my sister one of them in the shade “after-party” and she really liked it. She bought “rave” and “sesh” and I loved how they looked.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer

How often you use it

Really depends on whether or not I’m going to be wearing mascara that day or not. Usually, I use this for a night out, parties, or whenever I want to be a little extra!

What you like about the product

I use it before I apply my mascara- it basically coats your eyelashes so that when you use mascara your eyelashes look 10x thicker! It makes a huge difference and it almost looks like you’re wearing false eyelashes. I also love this product because sometimes I use it as a brow gel. It has a much stronger hold than a lot of other brow gels and is perfect for styling your brows.

How you found it

I was actually trying to buy the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara because I heard that it was a really good dupe for the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara. I got distracted by something or the other and accidentally put the primer in my cart.


Nadia Kim

@_nadia.kim

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Caudalie Vinopure Serum

How often you use it

Almost every day during the summer

What you like about that product

It might sound a bit aggressive but I absolutely HATE SKINCARE that leaves a sticky feeling. I was desperate for a serum that was light and absorbed fast and this serum not only was that but also kept my face clean throughout the summer. Summer is definitely a tricky season when it comes to both makeup and skincare. The heat, humidity, and pollution (if you live in a city) are the perfect combo to enlarge your pores. This product was ideal for before and after a long day of makeup. Light, smells good, and no sticky feeling! Plus this product has salicylic acid and it helped me get rid of my whiteheads. A side note: Sephora sells it but its almost double the price they sell it in Europe. So if you are planning to visit France or other European countries, picking a few up at the duty-free would be ideal!

How you found it

When I was in Paris my skin was not doing well. My makeup looked uneven and had whiteheads. When this happens, instead of reaching for a primer or a physical exfoliator, I reach for a chemical exfoliator. I looked up some pharmacy-beauty brands, this one popped up!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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Sabon citron blossom body scrub

How often you use it

Once a week

What you like about the product

I’ve been a fan of Sabon body scrub for about eight years now! I’ve struggled with chicken skin on my legs after shaving but this product was effective yet so gentle. It has dead sea salt with these oils that smell heavenly and is so moisturizing. Rose tea scent was my original favorite but the citrus blossom is my new fav! On a lazy weekend where I want to have a relaxing morning, I’d use this in my shower and I feel like I’m laying in the middle of the orange tree field. (Yes I am exaggerating but that’s how much I like it)

How you found it

I walked by a Sabon shop in Soho eight years ago and it smelled so good I found myself at the counter handing over my credit card.

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Anastasia Clear Brow Mascara

How often you use it

Everyday

What you like about the product

The hold on the product is amazing! So I have my brows micro bladed but I always fill in roughly. But my natural brows are shaped a bit oddly at the ends and are trimmed short. But this product was a game-changer. Few swipes and it help my brows have texture and fuller shape. Korea is super rainy nowadays and since we always wear masks, I just throw on this product, a mascara, tinted lip balm and I’m out the door!

How you found it

Recommendation from a Sephora employee (boy do I miss U.S. Sephora)


Yara El Madalla

@yaraelmadalla

#1 Favorite Beauty Product

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

How often you use it

I use it every day, twice daily (morning and evening) along with my 5-step skincare routine

What you like about the product

Everything, from the texture to the results I’ve seen over the past two years. It’s perfect to moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes and almost immediately hides the fine lines. Over time I’ve noticed my dark circles have become much lighter and less noticeable.

How you found it

I found out about it at Kiehl’s in London about two years ago when I had gone into a store to ask for a whole skincare routine for my skin. The results have been amazing and I’ve been loyal to them ever since!

#2 Favorite Beauty Product

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

How often you use it

During the winter months, whenever I can! During the warmer months, I apply it before going out.

What you like about it

It’s perfect for the winter and the summer, it moisturizes really well and penetrates quickly too so that it doesn’t leave the hands feeling greasy after application.

How you found it

One of my colleagues at my first internship used to have it and last year, when I needed to buy a new hand-cream, I decided to try this one!

#3 Favorite Beauty Product

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Tarte Creaseless Under Eye Concealer

How often you use it

I use it whenever I have to go out and put makeup on.

What you like about the product

I think it has great coverage and really brightens my under eyes, furthermore, unlike other concealers I’ve tried, it doesn’t clump and build up in my fine lines – which makes me look older and more tired.

How you found it

I found out about it a year ago in a Sephora store in Paris, one of the beauty consultants recommended it as a change to my previous Laura Mercier one.


Stay tuned for next week’s post where my friends Tanisha Uttamchandani, Sarah Charles, and Hashmita Amineni share their three beauty favorites!