best beauty buys

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Honestly, I’m terrible at applying makeup — which is part of the reason I don’t mention the topic of beauty often on City Tonic. I wish I had skills in this area, but when I come across beauty tips and tricks online or in magazines, I tell myself: yeah, I’m gonna do that — but I rarely do. So I have been relying on the same “routine” for years.

Anyways, I’m always interested in seeing what products other people use daily and can’t live without. I love trying new makeup and get excited when I discover something that makes me feel just a bit prettier — so I thought I’d share some of my perennial favorites, and a few new discoveries.

Hair: Mine has been tortured for years. I think I was 14 or 15 when I started coloring my hair, and it hasn’t gotten a break since then (thus the reason for its breakage…). My stylist introduced me to Living Proof products, and I’m hooked (I use the shampoo/conditioner too). Perfect Hair Day is amazing and I use it before blowdrying to protect and prep my hair. I spritz my hair with a tiny bit of this Bumble and bumble finishing spray after it’s dry for extra shine.

Nails: I’m sure you’re no stranger to Essie nail polishes. I have tried every polish under the sun, but I keep coming back to Essie for the widest range of colors (and cutest polish names). Pictured here (clockwise from top left): Penny Talk, For the Twill of It, Turquoise and Caicos, Tart Deco and Fifth Avenue.

Eyes: I swore by Diorshow mascara for years until I tried LORAC pro. The tapered brush takes a little getting used to, but it’s great for those tiny corner lashes.

Face: Obsessed with Benefit’s Hoola bronzer and CORALista blush. The bronzer is matte and not at all orangey, while the blush is a perfect balance of shimmer and ultra-flattering color.

Lips:I love Smashbox’s matte red lipstick when I’m feeling adventurous, and Dior Addict lip polish for a soft pink anytime gloss.

Skin: Seriously, there’s no better investment you can make for your face than a Clarisonic Mia. I use mine every morning, and again before bed – it makes my face feel super clean and fresh, and has simply improved the look of my skin overall (I think).

Would love to hear your recommendations for any other beauty products! I’m always down to try new ones.


  1. says

    Love seeing what other people use as well! I can’t live without my hoola bronzer – it’s the best!

    x abigail, the fabulous life of a natural disaster

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