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May 27, 2012 4:53 AM   Subscribe

What are your favorite beauty products?

Like Tiger Balm was for my sore muscles ("omg, I can -feel- my muscles feeling better by the minute), I'm looking for your absolute favorite beauty products.

Not, "Well, I like Aussie over Herbal Essences because it smells nicer."
Not, "I use this product because I read the ingredient in that other one can give you cancer."
Not, "It's a green product so I know I'm helping the earth."

Screw that. Those are all decent reasons to apply something to your skin or hair, but I want results whether or not that stuff applies.
I'm looking for the beauty products that made you say "I think my skin/hair just ascended to another plane of existence."
I want some Bathory-murdered-some-virgins-and-spit-in-my-skin-creme kind of shit.

Expensive? Drug store? Throw it out there, whatever it is.
posted by DisreputableDog to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (60 answers total) 248 users marked this as a favorite
It's impossible to not feel like an idiot buying this, as it is about $17 for a tablespoon of lip balm, but it's kind of unbelievable for chapped lips or raw skin on your nose if you've been blowing it for two days straight when you have a cold.

For better value, this clay mask blows my mind, especially used with vinegar. One jar will last a good ten years and maybe offset the shame of paying $17 for lip balm. It feels like it's sucking your face off.

In the grandma department, I love Ponds, I don't think anything really cleans my face as well. It makes no sense, because it just feels like grease, but when you wipe it off with a warm washcloth and it pulls all your make up off, it's awesome.

And if you're interested in make-up, old drugstore standby Coty translucent powder is about five dollars and a cosmetic workhorse.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:05 AM on May 27, 2012 [4 favorites]

Nivea creme. It's the innocuous looking dark blue tub that's next to all the lotions and stuff in the drug store. Not Nivea anything else. Creme. Open it up, it's just white and thick. Slather it everywhere. It might feel a little greasy at first but it soaks right in. Goodbye weird dry patches, goodbye greasy patches. I have all sorts of awful weird bad skin issues and I swear to god this stuff, I don't know, gives it the backup power to fix itself or something. And it just feels really good!
posted by Mizu at 5:08 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Cetaphil cream (not the lotion) (drugstore)
Cetaphil gentle cleanser (drugstore)
Dove soap (drugstore)
Laura Mercier foundation primer
Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer
Sephora waterproof eyeliner pencil
Liquid rollers leave-in conditioner
Bumble and bumble curl enhancing foam
Crest white strips (drugstore)
Coconut oil for skin care during winter (health food stores)
Queen Helene face mask (drugstore)
Eucerin everyday protection sunscreen/moisturizer (drugstore, on days when I need more sun protection)
Bag Balm all-purpose intensive lanolin moisturizer (some drugstores, keeps your lips crazy soft and is great for skin care during winter)
Kiehl's tinted lip balm SPF 15
Wet n Wild eyeshadows (drugstore)
MAC mineralized foundation/concealer (for days where I'm wearing foundation)
Smashbox eyeshadow primer
Eyelash curler
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 5:20 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Paula's Choice 2% BHA lotion exfoliant: for dealing with cystic acne
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin: a truly unscented facial lotion
Bliss Body Butter: pricey, but a good thick lotion that smells great
Burt's Bees Milk & Honey lotion: even my lotion-hating partner will use this one
Biosilk Beach Texture: for wavy hair
Clinique Almost Lipstick
Sephora lash plumper mascara
Sephora nail lacquer: easiest nail polish I've ever used
L'Oreal True Match foundation and powder: tons of shades to choose from
posted by neushoorn at 5:34 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

The only mascara that doesn't smudge under my eyes within 10 mins after applying it: L'Oreal Beauty Tubes mascara.

Shockingly effective whitening toothpaste: Crest 3D White Vivid toothpaste.

Mary Kay Instense Moisturizing Cream: I use it in the winter or when my face is very dry (it's too rich/heavy for every day). I get compliments on my skin whenever I use it.

Neutrogena Rain Bath liquid soap
posted by Majorita at 5:40 AM on May 27, 2012 [6 favorites]

Nordic Naturals Omega 3 supplements, at twice the dose on the package, for clear skin.
posted by instamatic at 5:41 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

I have had great results dousing myself with the various acids from skinlaboratory.com (those sorts of things are available elsewhere, but no experience with elsewhere, and that site has been pleasant to deal with). You can also add a drop or two to whatever cream and kick it up that way.

L'Oreal Elnett -- lousy smell, fantastic hair spray. Not like what I think of as a hair spray; more like a spray-on texture thing. (Also works as hair spray, just brushes out beautifully.) Zero stickiness.

Clean & Clear - Finishes Pore Perfecting Moisturizer does amazing things. Recently discontinued, still available on Amazon and in dusty clearance bins -- snap up if spotted...

Clinique cake liner, called Water-Resistant Eyeliner. Easy application, stays put.

Lac-Hydrin 12% (see also: Dermalac.) Can have a bit of a greasy feeling but there's nothing else for irritatingly dry parts.
posted by kmennie at 5:42 AM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Drinking water, Cetaphil cleanser, professional teeth whitening stuff from the dentist, Fresh soy moisturizer.
posted by jgirl at 5:45 AM on May 27, 2012

Nuetrogena Ultra sheer dry touch sunblock. Maybe kind of pushing it as a beauty product per se, but amazingly non greasy to put on under make up, the only one I've found.
posted by wwax at 5:48 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Vitamin E oil, super cheap from the drugstore, it absorbs in and does not stay greasy, really works well for dry skin. It was recommended by my doctor's wife to help heal after some minor skin growths were removed.

Burt's Bees lip gloss.

L'Oreal Color Riche Balm lipstick

I do not wear much makeup but love these.
posted by mermayd at 6:02 AM on May 27, 2012

I was thrilled to learn that anti-chafing gel is the same thing as eyelid primer at a fraction of the price.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 6:13 AM on May 27, 2012 [9 favorites]

Emu oil.
posted by box at 6:31 AM on May 27, 2012

Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive faceblock spf 25. It adds just the right amount of glow. Similar products (billed as containing reflective minerals) either do not work at all, or look like you put glitter on your face. This stuff is very expensive, but it lasts a long time because I only put a thin layer of it on top of a regular, non-tinted sunblock. I find it too unctuous to use alone anyway. You need to test before buying, because it has quite a lot of peach-colored tint and if it doesn't work with your coloring it'll look awful.
posted by BibiRose at 6:47 AM on May 27, 2012

Retin-A and St. Ives Apricot Scrub
posted by misspony at 6:49 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

I love beauty products and purchase them on the regular. These are the ones I will repurchase again and again:

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product I will be 40 this September. I am all about keeping my hair looking young. This stuff makes it look healthy.

MakeupForever HD Foundation

Laura Geller Balance and Brighten

The combination of the HD foundation and a bit of the Balance and Brighten applied with a fluffy powder brush is outstanding. I get compliments on my skin all of the time. Once a coworker saw me for the first time wearing this combo. She immediately got on the internet and started searching for it. I am all about letting my natural skin "show through" when I wear makeup. Both products look natural and have great coverage. It's definitely worth the hype.

Argan Oil for hair. Dime-size to nickel-size amount applied to wet to damp hair. Style as usual. My hair is still full of volume but has a healthier appearance. My favorite is Agadir Argan Oil Treatment.

DermaDoctor Wrinkle Revenge 2 and Wrinkle Revenge 3. These are cream cleansers. I leave them on as a mask -- 15 minutes or so -- they act as a cream exfoliant. Great stuff. Probably along the same lines as Paula's Choice lotion exfoliant mentioned above.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiance Cream SPF 15 Great daytime moisturizer. Creates a very subtle glow under makeup. Does not cause breakouts.

Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Night Repair
I don't have deep wrinkles. I barely have shallow wrinkles. This stuff makes my face look better in the morning. It evens my skin tone. I think it even helps prevent acne. It's great stuff.

Loreal Color Riche Le Gloss
. I cannot get enough of this stuff. It's super moisturizing. They smell great. They are luscious and put out the most amazing shine without being obnoxious. I want to wear it to bed. Raspberry Splash makes your teeth look white. Nude Touch and Saucy Mauve are great colors for work. I have the Violet one too and it's beautiful. LOVE THEM.
posted by Fairchild at 6:53 AM on May 27, 2012 [13 favorites]

I may be stretching the definition of "beauty product", but since there are a bunch of cleansers, sunscreens and moisturizers here, I'm going to mention a deodorant. I know that everyone wants pretty armpits that don't smell of organisms that thrive in warm/wet environments.

Dove Invisible Solids Sensitive was one of those products that they heavily advertised as not causing ingrown hairs in your armpits. My experience: almost no ingrown hairs since I started using it many years ago. It also works effectively as a deodorant. As someone who has exciting skin issues, I can also say that it doesn't irritate my skin.
posted by sciencegeek at 7:42 AM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

30% glycolic acid for a series of home facial peels. I won't lie, it's slightly sketchy to do them yourself and you have to be careful, but I have/had some skin issues (some faint scarring related to acne and chicken pox) and don't have the money for professional peels.

Totally changed how I felt about my skin.
posted by needs more cowbell at 8:16 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Crest 3D White Advanced Seal Whitestrips. I only used half the box and my teeth are already gleaming in photos.

Drug store makeup that I will always rely on:
- CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara (not any of the special "long" or "thick" formulas, just the original),
- Revlon eye liners,
- Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (between a powder and a cream so it doesn't make me too greasy or too dry as long as I moisturize first),
- Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush (soooo easy to apply, it's a cream blush with very nice subtle peach colors).

Still looking for an amazing drugstore eyeshadow but I think I just need: Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion, which I sampled in-store and fell in love with but can't afford right now. I also love Urban Decay brow boxes (boxes including eyebrow wax and two different colored brow powders).

- Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo/Conditioner (no SLS so doesn't dry my hair out, makes it look shinier, affordable).

Agreed on drinking water, and also sleep. Also, treating my allergies. And I know this doesn't count, but getting my hair professionally colored to accentuate my complexion instead of washing me out (dull blonde hair) was THE BEST decision I ever made. I don't even care that I spent $150+ a year on hair.

Desperately want to try that Azteca face cream. I've heard nothing but good things about it. Also AcneFree brand 3-step acne treatment cleared up my face in a month (mild acne) and is very cheap, available at Wal-Mart, Target, &c. Tried Mario Badescu Silver Powder and it made pore strips work 5x better, but I never stuck with it so I don't know what effect it has on pores in the long term.
posted by stoneandstar at 8:23 AM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

^^ that's the "Professional Effects" whitestrips, for reference
posted by stoneandstar at 8:24 AM on May 27, 2012

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum. The perfect amount of glow without the glitter look. I apply this with a stippling brush on my cheekbones in the summer and very lightly over my cheeks, bridge of my nose, and just below my bottom lip in the winter-- makes my skin look healthy.

Clarisonic Mia. I didn't quite buy into the hype for a long time, but then bought it out of sheer curiosity, and it really is as good as the reviews and cult status. Should have bought one sooner.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation and Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15. The Neutrogena has made a huge difference-- smoother skin, tighter pores, just amazing all around. The Colorstay Foundation-- well, it stays put. I mix the two in equal parts to make my personal perfect tinted moisturizer.

Generic Latisse (Careprost/Bimatoprost). I buy this from an online pharmacy out of India-- costs $15/bottle, lasts about four months (not nearly as sketchy as it sounds). Eyelash game-changer. Saw first results in two months, now I use it every other night and my eyelashes have doubled in number and come close to touching my eyebrows.

Maybelline One-By-One Mascara-- kicks Diorshow's ass a thousand times over. But mascara seems to be one of the most personal-preference makeup items out there, so YMMV on this one especially.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler--- not sure why I've ever wasted money on any others.

Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Cleanser and Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash- I use the exfoliating one in the morning and the Purity cleanser at night. Truly as good as the hype as well.

Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener. I put this on just before I pat on and blend concealer-- brightens dramatically without causing my concealer to shift or settle into fine lines. Adds a fine glow and makes me look more awake and rested.

Also seconding: Retin-A (tretinoin, I get this from the same online pharmacy for $7/tube), L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss - they're everything Fairchild says above and Peach Fuzz is a gorgeous and very wearable coral for the season.
posted by mireille at 8:25 AM on May 27, 2012 [15 favorites]

I love Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, I went through all manner of expensive cleansers and finally tried Cetaphil and I love it. I use it with the hot cloth method.

Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in up-lighting. It's enough subtle color that I don't generally add eyeshadow to it, and it's a base coat that stops my eyeliner from running. I have used other eyeshadow bases, but I always come back to this one.

Sephora Color Reveal lip balm. I am allergic to something in most tinted lip balms, but this one is a really nice lip balm that also brings up a bit of color without really being tinted itself (I don't react to it, anyway). It's moisturizing, feels wonderful and is just subtle enough to look natural, but better. Love it. If it had SPF I would never use anything else.

L'Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute. Feels wonderful, looks great, good coverage but still looks natural, improves your skin.

On days I don't wear makeup, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer is a really nice tinted moisturizer.

Nioxin. Makes fine or limp hair look amazing, lots of body, shine, smells great.
posted by biscotti at 8:35 AM on May 27, 2012 [4 favorites]

My Rosacea and various break outs believe in Rodan and Fields Soothe regimen.
posted by francesca too at 8:35 AM on May 27, 2012

I believe that anti-chafing gel is the same thing as many face primers, but different than eye primers.

Here are some favorite products:

Sigma F80 foundation brush is AMAZING, it gives a fantastic finish

I currently love the Illamasqua Neutral quad - all four eyeshadows have fantastic pigmentation, super smooth, and you can do a variety of eye looks with them

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette is similarly awesome

I've tried and tested a lot of black eyeliner pencils, and the longest lasting and smoothest is the Prestige Total Intensity, from the drugstore.

BEST PENCIL SHARPENER: especially for those super soft tricky pencils - Urban Decay Grindhouse

I really like Hourglass Full Spectrum Film Noir Mascara, but agree that mascara seems to be a ymmv product.

My favorite blush formula is Illamasqua's matte blushes - your favorite color will vary with your skintone, but they are super silky and SO finely milled. I LOVE them so much.

My favorite highlighter is MAC Lightscapade, which is limited edition but currently available. It's best on paler/ cooler skintones.
posted by insectosaurus at 8:36 AM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
There just is no equal to that yellow stuff.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:38 AM on May 27, 2012 [3 favorites]

The most amazing lip balm I've ever used (and also great for stopping your nostrils getting sore when you have a cold) is A+D Original Ointment, cheap as anything from the drugstore. You'll find it both in the aisle where they have Neosporin and in the baby products aisle.
posted by essexjan at 8:41 AM on May 27, 2012


Favorite lip product formula is NARS Velvet Matte Lip pencils - and my favorite shade is Cruella. It lasts for about 8+ hours on me, and it's not drying. LOVE!

The very best eyebrow product out there are the Anastasia Brow Powder duos. Natural looking, come in lots of shades, and and long lasting.
posted by insectosaurus at 8:41 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Pantene conditioner - I switch out my shampoo all the time (for smell more than anything), but I'm a Pantene devotee for conditioner. I love Ice Shine, which only seems to be out around summertime.

I also love Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Super Softening Hand Lotion with paraffin (it used to be called Look Ma, New Hands). I have eczema on my hands and it's one of the few things (besides a steroid cream) that can soften my hands and get rid of scaliness. Plus, it smells amazing.
posted by pised at 8:42 AM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

If left to my own devices I will become a walking pitch man for Kiehl's products but The Eye De-Puffer is like MAGIC. It's pricey for a small bottle but like most Kiehl stuff I'm still on the tube I bought like a year ago so it works out.
posted by The Whelk at 8:50 AM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Redken All Soft
I use the shampoo, conditioner, and the Heavy Cream. Turned my dry, frizz-prone hair into, like supermodel level bouncy, soft, shiny locks.

Benefit They're Real Mascara
I'm an RN working 12-hour night shifts, and this mascara looks fabulous and never ever smudges or flakes.
posted by alittlecloser at 8:51 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

I can't link because I'm on a mobile device, but here they are. Also, I've found a lot of winners by going through the makeupalley.com review site. It's not great for new products, though.

Make up for ever hd foundation (2nding above): I've got yellowish undertones to my skin and this brand has great matches. I can also apply a light layer with my....

Beautyblender sponge. There is no substitute.

Rose's lip balm is fantastic. Available at the sephora checkout line. I also use the Burt's beeswax tinted lip balm.

For lighter lipsticks, Clinique black honey. The other colors are meh though.

And then I'm a big fan of Laura Mercier. Eye basics is great as a base to keep shadow on all day (I prefer it to the urban decay one). I'm also a big fan of the blushes (last forever) and the lipsticks for work are nice and not over the top.

Oh, and seconding the Clarisonic Mia. Amazing.
I use the philosophy purity cleanser with it, and get good results, but there are a lot of crappy ingredients in this, so I'm going to search for something else next time.
posted by smalls at 8:58 AM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Egyptian Magic skin cream (warning! annoying autoplaying video on site) has done wonders for my skin. I had persistent flaky texture problems that were not solved by exfoliation or other moisterizers. This stuff gives me really soft, smooth skin and seems to minimize breakouts. Seems greasy at first, but soaks in really well. I get it at Whole Foods.
posted by jeoc at 8:59 AM on May 27, 2012

Kevin Murphy Full Again hair thickener: holy moly, does this stuff add body. FYI, the label says to apply to damp hair, but I find that for me it works best on dry hair.

For makeup, I feel like I'm giving away a secret here, but the only eyeshadow I have worn for years comes from the independent Detrivore Cosmetics. I get asked about it a lot. The colors are incredibly saturated, and they stay on as long as you want (especially if you use the primer she also makes). I think they are just as good as MAC and other professional brands that people swear by, at a fraction of the price.
posted by zadermatermorts at 9:02 AM on May 27, 2012 [3 favorites]

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara is the first mascara that didn't immediately give me raccoon eyes the first time I blinked after application.

Cover Girl LineExact Liquid Liner allows me to apply eyeliner so it looks like an adult put it on and not like a 4 year old playing with Mommy's makeup.
posted by Lucinda at 9:13 AM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'm coming from the natural, organic side of beauty care.

Jojoba Oil is a great moisterizer.

Tea Tree Oil is good for anti-fugal purposes and for drying up pimples.

Grapeseed Oil is another great moisturizer and it's also a heat protectant.

Avocado butter is something I use on my hair quite a lot.

You can find most of these for really great, affordable 12oz bottles on ebay.

Also, I'm a huge fan of Apple Cider Vinegar for dandruff and itchy scalp.

Wanna know what else that is totally cheap and great for your skin?! Olive oil, baking soda, and/or scrubbing your face with sugar.
posted by thischarmingirl at 9:32 AM on May 27, 2012 [5 favorites]

Seconding Makeup Alley - spend a few minutes on the review boards and you will find out what people can't live without and what's just overpriced overhyped goo.

My current life-changer is this Target brand nail polish remover thing, which costs all of $2.75. There are a lot of insert-your-finger nail polish remover contraptions on the market, but the Target one beats them all because it has plastic bristles instead of a sponge. The bristles get polish off super fast, even the chunky glitter kind, and when you use up all the remover you can just clean and refill the container indefinitely. (The Target contraption contains straight acetone, which is by far the most effective polish remover out there, but dries out the skin and cuticles. I've heard of people buying it for the container and filling it with non-acetone remover instead.)

A little while ago, I was reading about someone using a mixture of equal parts coconut oil, corn starch, and baking soda as a deodorant cream for their feet. I gave it a whirl, adding a couple drops of tea tree oil, and discovered I like it even better for my armpits. It's as good as or better than any commercial antiperspirant I've tried: it doesn't keep me 100% dry, but it gets me pretty close, and I can go for a long run and still not smell armpitty.
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:18 AM on May 27, 2012 [4 favorites]

For men: Kiehl's blue astringent herbal lotion: never use aftershave again.

For women: the Lacura day/night creams sold sporadically (in the US, more widely elsewhere) in Aldi. Strong suspicion is that it's the German-made Nivea Q10 in disguise.
posted by holgate at 10:23 AM on May 27, 2012

Revlon lip butters. All the moisturizing of a lipbalm, with buildable color to boot! Candy Apple is a really wearable red that doesn't shout "Hey! Lookit my lips!" at least on me.

For me, the biggest thing is using good makeup brushes. They make even the crappiest products work much better. Foundations blend easier, eye shadows go on smoother, lipsticks stay put, etc. I use a Korean brand, but I've heard great things about MAC, Sigma and Sonia Kashiuk.
posted by peppermind at 10:26 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

This thread is great, and the sunscreen recommendations are especially helpful. Finding a sunscreen that looks ok under/doesn't interfere with makeup is like an ongoing quest for me. Also lip balm with SPF that is clear/invisible rather than white-tinted.

Smashbox Photo Finish primer is like some kind of magic. Not only does it make makeup look better and last longer, but it actually makes my skin look better even before putting any makeup on. I can't even pin down exactly why, it's transparent and doesn't cover any blemishes or anything but I was totally amazed the first time I tried it.

I was also amazed at how much better mineral makeup is than regular foundation (for me anyway, I know some people prefer liquid foundation). I used to use Bare Minerals, now I use Everyday Minerals brand, which is as good or better and much less expensive. There are a lot of drugstore brands too but the few I've tried I didn't like as much as Bare Minerals or Everyday Minerals.

Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner pencil is by far my favorite eyeliner. It's a pencil so it won't sting or get messy like liquid liner can but it goes on very very softly and smoothly.

I agree with the earlier comment that mascara quality is pretty subjective. I have kind of given up on finding one I love, after trying many different highly recommended ones and not ever being that impressed.
posted by beautiful spinster at 10:27 AM on May 27, 2012

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner is amazing - it will last all day and all night. You can rub your eyes and it will not smudge off. I heart it. And Chocolate shimmer ink is my favorite color.

I don't wear foundation often, but when I do, Make Up Forever is the best. Again, lasts all day and all night and I found a color that matches my very hard to match Indian skin color.

Also, I have that NARS Velvet Matte Lip Color that insectorsaurus linked to in either Cruella or Dragon Red (I can't tell which one based on the Sephora color swatches) and it is the perfect red color. The first time I wore it, I had a friend come up and tell me that her boyfriend whispered to her that my lips looked amazing, thats how awesome it is. I use it with Cargo Reverse Lip Liner to keep it from bleeding, and it's a great combo.
posted by echo0720 at 10:38 AM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Lemony Flutter from Lush is the best thing I've found for my extremely dry elbows. Nothing else even comes close.

Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel is the best product for controlling my hair (very thick and curly) For fixes when it frizzes out, R and B from Lush does it like nothing else can.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:40 AM on May 27, 2012

Dr. Hauschka Rejuvenating Mask is magic on my skin. It smooths everything out, takes out my redness and makes my skin glow.

I am surprised every time I use Everyday Minerals Multi-tasking Concealer at how well it works. I don't use it under my eyes because it does not get along with my eye cream but it is super on blemishes and the jar will last me until the rest of my life, probably.

I have used a lot of different lip balms and while I like the dr. hauschka lip balm a lot, my daily choice is Dr. Bronner's Majic Organic lip balm. I like that there is a flavor-free option and it works so much better than any other $2-3 lip balm that I've tried and I've probably tried most.

There are lots of steady, faithful products but those are the three dramatic ones that come to mind.
posted by tinamonster at 12:42 PM on May 27, 2012

Boo, that should read Dr. Bronner's Magic Organic lip balm.
posted by tinamonster at 12:43 PM on May 27, 2012

2nding Paula's Choice 2% BHA lotion exfoliant. It's a miracle in a bottle.

(I suspect any other BHA exfoliant would show some results, but Paula's Choice BHA & AHA stuff is supposed to be the best out there, or so I've heard from several people who know more about cosmetics than I could ever hope to.)
posted by gakiko at 12:49 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Second(or nth) the Aztec secret mask with bragg's apple cider vinegar - I use that once or twice per week.

I use jojoba oil for everything from cleansing to makeup removal to moisturizing. If I'm not needing to exfoliate it's all I use on my face.

I love Soothing Touch lip balm. I get it at my local health food store (I've seen it at whole foods as well) and it's the only thing I can use to combat my flaky lips.

Sonicare tooth brush.

Not a product, exactly, but I've started taking cod liver oil (and eating sardines) and it has made a noticeable difference in my problem skin.
posted by fromageball at 1:35 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

DDF Brightening Cleanser (expensive, but you only use a tiny amount each time - I find a bottle lasts well over a year even when used twice a day)
Clarins One-step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (the orange stuff)
Laura Mercier's oil-free foundation primer with SPF, and oil-free tinted moisturizer, and shine control pressed powder.
Fresh Sugar tinted lip treatment

I've tried pricier brands, but never found anything I liked better than Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask
posted by citron at 1:49 PM on May 27, 2012

Montagne Jeunesse's self-heating face masks make my face feel so smooth that I start stroking it like a mad person. And they feel really nice while they're on, because they heat up while they're on you and then leave a tingling sensation.
posted by teraspawn at 2:19 PM on May 27, 2012

Also, Sensodyne Dental Floss, because it is stretchy and really good at fitting into the tiny gaps between my teeth.
posted by teraspawn at 2:23 PM on May 27, 2012

Response by poster: This is awesome! Thank you for so many replies already! Holy crap.

Figure I should contribute as well. Some of these are from Ask.Metafilter already.

Neutrogena Body Clear Bodywash really helps my leg pimples/bumps, especially when I use it with an exfoliating sponge. Their Light Sesame Formula Body Oil is what I massage into my legs after shaving, and plain old Lubriderm and Vaseline otherwise since so far I've found moisturizer to hardly differ across the price ranges.
And I use plain old clear Dove deodorant after the oil soaks in on my, er, pubic mound post-shave to keep my skin super smooth. I kept reading online about this "stripper tip" and was amazed to find out that it works. Just don't ever, ever use that deodorant anywhere else. Ever.

I use La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid on my face. I tried Obagi Medical Nu-Derm Sun Shield, which is supposed to be rated a little below it, but it got weird n' flaky after rubbing it into my skin. I find the La Roche-Posay melts into my skin rather well and doesn't seem to interfere with my makeup. It does lightly smell like sunscreen though, which I figure is worth it for how highly rated their sunscreens are supposed to be. I use Coppertone Sport for the rest of my body, but it kinda sucks, so I'll probably try something recommended here.

I use Sens'Eyes from Makeup Forever for eye makeup which is really awesome. Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes are what I use on my face since they work way better, at a way lower price per sheet, than any specialty makeup wipe I've tried.

Hah! I also use A+D ointment on my lips, usually before I sleep, since I'm a chronic lip chewer and it heals my skin very quickly. And tastes bad. I've also used it for my tattoo, but only use it for maybe a day(?). Otherwise it sucks the ink out of your skin. I still like regular lip balm though, but haven't found anything amazing for day application yet.

I definitely use more expensive shampoo and conditioner since I've found it makes a difference, for my hair at least. I used to use Pureology, which is the equivalent of having my hair licked clean by a litter of little baby luck dragons, but am currently using Redken's Extreme formula, since I can't justify spending that much money, Amazon prices or no, on my now short hair.
Also, when my hair was longer, I would use a couple drops of Orofluido for my hair after washing it, which, speaking of other worldly bodily fluids, was probably distilled from the blood of Apollo since I'm blonde, and it would give my hair this light gold sheen. Just don't use too much, or you'll end up looking like you have an otter sitting on your head.
I use a conditioning treatment by Number 4 once a week.

These recommendations are awesome and I can't wait to try a few. Thank you!
posted by DisreputableDog at 5:10 PM on May 27, 2012

Response by poster: Oh! And I forgot to add Tarte Cheek (and lip) Stain is what I like to use for my blush more than half the time. Definitely watch a youtube video on how to use it though, or you might end up looking kinda clownish.
posted by DisreputableDog at 5:18 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

After a day on the beach, a shower with Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap feels cool and delicious.
posted by kinetic at 5:30 PM on May 27, 2012

I agree, that Tarte Cheek Stain is awesome and looks like a perfect natural flush. I find, too, that if I layer a small amount of another powder or cream blush on top it stays all day.

Another one I should have added earlier is Jergen's Natural Glow moisturizer - I just picked this up recently and I feel stupid for not using it sooner. Now I can sit in the sun covered in sunscreen and not try to get tan-- it's a self-tanner that works gradually in a matter of days (3, in my case) and looks amazingly natural. Some people don't like the scent but I like it a lot-- though I do use it before bed so that it doesn't clash with any scent I occasionally wear during the day.
posted by mireille at 5:52 PM on May 27, 2012

I'm sure it's a given, but Urban Decay Primer Potion. That stuff welds eyeshadow on.

Not exactly a product per se, but UNII palettes changed my life a little. It's a freestyle palette, so you can take your eyeshadows etc. out of their cardboard/plastic containers and pop them in in any combination you like. I bought one for a long holiday I was going on and find it so convenient that I use it all the time.

I am very pale and the best concealer for me is Benefit Bo-oi-ng in the palest shade. It's great for undereye and spots and lasts very well. I also like The Make Up Store's matt foundation, as it's pale enough for me. And my favourite foundation brush is the Flat-Top Kabuki from Everyday Minerals - much easier than the flat kind for me.
posted by mippy at 4:21 AM on May 28, 2012

Fresh Sugar lip balm. $22 a tube and so soft you might want to keep it in the fridge if you don't have air conditioning at home, but it is the best lip balm I've ever tried--it's not greasy or sticky, and the softness lasts for several hours. The Honey color is a perfect pinky brown for me, but they have other shades, too.
posted by elizeh at 6:50 AM on May 28, 2012 [2 favorites]

ChapStic Can't live without it. I've been known to use a tiny bit in my eyebrows and around my nose (winter) and, in a pinch, on the back of my hands. It smells the same as it ever did which is part of the reason I love it (the other part is that I am addicted to ChapStic).

Lancome Definicils Mascara is the only mascara that I've ever used that actually looks good, feels 'right', stays put and washes off easily. Well worth the money.

Eucerine Daily Protection SPF 30 is a face lotion that I use on my face, neck, decollete, arms and even my hands, sometimes. It's the only moisturizer with spf that doesn't make me breakout. It feels good, is not greasy has no fragrance or spf-y smell.

Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap makes my skin feel clean and smooth and is wonderful after hiking or exercise. It does smell like pine tar so, ymmv. Personally, it's like the comfort food of beauty products.

Secreat Weapon by John Frieda is a finishing cream for hair that is applied after drying before styling. It makes my hair shiny, happy and seemingly healthy. It's also good for 'waking up' second day hair.

This microdermabrasion system by Neutrogena is amazing and within a week made my face feel so smooth that I couldn't believe it was my own face! It takes getting used to, though. And the puffs are expensive.

Neutrogena Body Oil LOVE!

4711 is good for everyday/when you can wear fragrance. It's citrus-y, light, unisex.
posted by marimeko at 4:23 PM on May 28, 2012 [2 favorites]

Seconding the Lemony Flutter from Lush. It's solved cracking heels for me when nothing else would. I also use it on my cuticles and it's made a huge difference there as well.
posted by immlass at 7:52 AM on May 29, 2012

I really like Eucerin's Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizer on my face under makeup. I slather it on right out of the shower, go get dressed, and by the time I'm ready to apply makeup, it's totally disappeared. Not greasy at all.

stila's smudge stick waterproof eyeliner is made of the darkest magicks. Less than a minute after you apply it, that shit isn't coming off until you wrestle it off. It comes in great colors, too. (I discovered this product when I got a sample of it in my Birchbox, which I highly recommend if you want to try upscale stuff without having to troll the department store makeup counters)

Rather than the Urban Decay Primer Potion that everybody creams their jeans over, I much prefer Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Goes on creamy, makes your eyeshadow stay dreamy. There are even slightly sparkly and heavily glittery varieties to backup whatever you're putting on your lids. (The Candlelight one is REALLY NICE to accentuate eyes that sit behind eyeglasses on a regular basis)

People go crazy for NARS blush in Orgasm, and for good reason. I don't think I've seen a complexion that this shade doesn't look good on, and it's got the very faintest hint of glimmery flecks to make you look alive even when you're feeling dead.

Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind's line of coverups and concealers is pretty effing great. It comes as a self-contained tube with built-in sponge applicator. The sponge would weird me out as dirty, but I pretty much only use the stuff on freshly-cleaned skin, so I guess it's okay. It's pretty much the only concealer I've been able to find that holds up throughout the day (despite it's light and creamy formula) and doesn't settle into fine lines or make my undereye area look all papery and gross. Plus, you can get it at department stores.

I'm still on the hunt for "that mascara of my dreams", and have been stuck using a sample from Clinique for the past several months. I should really get on that.
posted by scarykarrey at 9:40 AM on May 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

Some of my favorites have already been mentioned, but here are a few that I haven't seen yet:

Living Proof Straight Spray - the only frizz/straightening product that works for me no matter how humid it is outside.

Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner - works like Latisse without the need for a prescription or the irreversible side effects.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment - I think someone already mentioned this, but it bears repeating. I hate wearing lipstick because my lips are petpetually chapped. This stuff is awesome because it provides the tiniest hint of color and a lot of moisture. It seriously it took me years to find something I actually want to put on my lips every day and this is it. Plus, the Rose shade is perfect for pale ladies like myself.

OPI Drip Dry - If you do your own nails at home this stuff is awesome. It keeps me from accidentally ruining the manicure I just spent 20 minutes.
posted by Mrs.Spiffy at 2:10 PM on May 30, 2012

Almond oil worked magic on my dark undereye circles nearly overnight.
posted by almostmanda at 10:00 AM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Pretty shocked to see only one mention of Clinique Black Honey. I never knew a lipstick could be so excellent.

I actually use mostly face soap type products from Trader Joe's. I have been generally pretty pleased with their quality and they're shockingly affordable.
posted by town of cats at 11:30 PM on May 31, 2012

My Fav's

Trader Joe's Body Wash - tingly clean, with peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus botanicals.

Pond's wet cleansing towelets. Great for taking off makeup before bed. I take them everywhere with me. Super for travel.

Botanics Skin Brightening Cleanser with sweet maple, bilberry and sweet cane. I found it at Targert.

I use Olay face creams.

Love Loreal double extend waterproof mascara.

I use plain generic baby oil and a triple blade Soleil razor for shaving. Produces super smooth results.
posted by Montaine at 12:24 PM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

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