Beauty bloggers try a lot of products, and we see tons of both the good and the bad. So, when a beauty blogger has a favorite makeup, hair care, skin care, or beauty product item, it well worth taking notice!
30 Days of Beauty, Day 30: The Best Beauty Products, What The Bloggers Use
Below are over 70 favorites from beauty bloggers with their comments on why they love these items.
Foundation and Concealer
Rebecca Kelsey Sampson from Rebecca Kelsey: Out of all of the foundations I've tried, the mark. Min-a-Real mineral cream foundation is my favorite. It is very bendable and lasts all day. My favorite way to apply it is with a wet Beauty Blender because then it looks like I have flawless skin rather then a lot of makeup on.
Nancy Houlmont from Beauty 411 also loves Armani foundation (as do we here at Beauty and Fashion Tech): Whenever people ask about "favorite" beauty products, I think back to products that I re-purchase over and over, regardless of how many new products I try on a daily basis. For me, one of those products is Giorgio Armani Foundation. I've used this foundation for years and regardless of the formula (Luminous Silk, Lasting Silk, Designer Lift), I love the flawless application, the silky feel and the perfect coverage.
Courtney of Phyrra.net loves NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Siberia, stating:
I love NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Siberia because it's a perfect match for my skintone. It's so difficult to find a neutral foundation that neutralizes my pink overtones and coordinates with my yellow-cream-beige undertones. When I want a liquid, this is the way I go.
Courtney also loves Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss foundation in Inquisitive Siamese: This was the first foundation of any type that was a perfect match for my skin! It's a mineral foundation, made with 4 ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and iron oxides and it wears like a second skin. I absolutely love it.
Christine Mikesell of Fifteen Minute Beauty Fanatic: Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer: I have a few under eye issues (I'm a mommy and I'm often on call at home, that doesn't leave much sleeping time!) and this is my current favorite for making myself look awake. This concealer is very pigmented but still is easy to blend and it covers everything all day long.
Beauty and Fashion Tech and Girl Gloss Fav: We love Make Up For Ever High Definition Foundation and Duo Matte Powder Foundation.
Aprill Coleman from Glitter Gloss Garbage loves this item, which is also a Beauty and Fashion Tech favorite: NARS Tinted Moisturizer- A tinted moisturizer with properties of a BB cream yet dark enough for my skin! This tinted moisturizers gives my skin a beautiful glow and keeps my skin hydrated!
Powder and Setting Spray
Courtney of Phyrra.net loves Silk Naturals Blur Finishing Powder, stating:
I've tried a lot of finishing powders, but this one is my favorite! It really lives up to its name and blurs all imperfections in the skin.
Lisamarie Wilson from Beauty Crazed: L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara - although I cheat all the time with other mascaras, this is the one I always go running back to! Volume, length and no flaking! (Note: this is also a Beauty and Fashion Tech favorite among the drugstore mascaras).
Christine Mikesell of Fifteen Minute Beauty Fanatic: CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara: This mascara is goofproof for me! I can apply it quickly, just slopping it on and the results are always perfect. It gives me length, volume and holds all day without clumping. Love it! (Note: this is another Beauty and Fashion Tech favorite as well)
Here at Beauty and Fashion Tech, we particularly love Fiberwig for a tubing mascara, along with Kevyn Aucoin Mascara. You can read our reviews here: Fiberwig Mascara Review and Kevyn Aucoin Mascara Review
Eye Shadow and Liner
Heather Walczuk from Beauty Unbiased: Stila cosmetics In the Light eyeshadow palette- My go to eyeshadow picks for this season featuring very wearable neutrals and bold colors for more dramatic looks.
Emily Hudspeth: Emily Hudspeth-Bringing the Beauty to You loves
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Midnight Snack: Use an angle brush to apply this liner. I like to set it with a powder for long lasting results. This is a limited edition color. (I made a YouTube video but I haven't gotten it edited yet), depending on when you post this, it could be up if you want the link to it.
Emily also loves Maybelline Color Tattoo Shadow: This was a really random drugstore purchase. One day I just needed a pick me up and I grabbed this orange color. Let me tell you, I fell in LOVE! It is beautiful on its own and has so much versatility when layered with pigment (which is what I did in the video I sent). I loved it so much I had to go back and get the taupe shade too! This is a must have.
Melissa of The Makeup Divas: Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil: This pencil glides on smooth like silk and feels like velvet on the lids. It's water resistant and smudge-proof to which is a plus! (Note: we also love this one here at Beauty and Fashion Tech).
Melissa also recommends another Beauty and Fashion Tech favorite: LORAC Eye Shadows: All LORAC eye shadows are the best. They are heavily pigmented and great quality. Beautiful colors to choose from.
Gaia Fishler of The Non-Blonde: Dior Grege (734) 5 Couleurs - New Look Eyeshadow Palette - Proving that neutral colors are anything but boring, Dior Grege is the palette I reach for when I'm short on time or inspiration, but have to make sure my makeup is impeccable. (Note: Here at Beauty and Fashion Tech, Dior is often our go to shadow.)
Courtney from Phyrra.net says:I can't really choose a favorite for eye shadow because I love so many! Fyrinnae, BftE Cosmetics, Sugarpill, Inglot, Urban Decay, Evil Shades, DreamWorld, Silk Naturals, Concrete Minerals, Geek Chic, Kiss My Sass, Venomous, Darling Girl... so hard to choose! Other products were much easier.
Courtney also suggests Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy: This is an amazing product. It allows you to have the look of foiled eyeshadow without the wetness and the mess. It revolutionized eyeshadows for me.
Emily Hudspeth of Emily Hudspeth-Bringing the Beauty to You: Benefit Cheek Stain and High Beam Highlighter: A friend of mine recommended this product so many times as her favorite. When I saw this 3 pack of little samplers at Sephora, I gave it a whirl. I cannot tell you how much I fell in LOVE with this product. They also have an orange, peachy tint that I think is called CHA CHA. That is next on my list. The high beam is a beautiful highlighter. You can use the cheek colors alone or layer which a powder blush to set (in the video). Bonus! You can also use them as lip stains. Seriously, how great is that!
Sharzad Kiadeh of LuxLyfe: Here is a favorite product that I have loved since I discovered it: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip and Cheek Tints (My fav colors are Pink Grapefruit and Cranberry). Everything from 100 Percent Pure Cosmetics is Organic and Vegan, which gets major brownie points in my book. The fact that the products actually perform is an added bonus! I especially love this product because it can be used on lips AND cheeks! These are an absolute must when I travel.
Laura also recommends Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstain: I find people are scared-to-death of lipstain because generally, stains are pretty color-laden. What's good about stains though is that while the color can be intense, it somehow comes out just-right when on. Think about popsicle stained lips from childhood. Once again, I felt like I was "cheating" on my high-end stain when I tried this. The truth is, it's perfect. Put it on clean lips (no balm or anything), wait for it to dry, and then apply a clear balm (I of course use Smith's Rosebud Salve).
Courtney at Phyrra.net loves Morgana Cryptoria lipsticks and lipglosses: Morgana makes lipsticks and lipglosses in all sorts of unusual and hard to find shades including turquoise and green! They're pigmented and they're moisturizing on the lips.
Sara Lopez from Beauty Beginner: bareMinerals Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Strength
The day that I first applied this true red, glossy, long-wearing lipcolor changed my outlook on makeup. I always thought that I couldn't pull off a red lip until I wore this around like a rock star for a day. It made me realize that makeup is whatever I want it to be, and my face is the canvas.
Courtney of Phyrra.net: Too Faced Shadow Insurance: Like Old Faithful, this has been my constant companion since I started wearing eyeshadow all the time. It keeps my eyeshadows crease free and vibrant.
Krystal Seidel from Polish Galore recommends one of our favorites: Urban Decay Primer Potion (available in original, Eden, Sin, and Greed). I’m in love with Urban Decay Primer Potion (also known as UPDD) because it provides a great base for your eyelids to really make your eye shadow pop and last all day without creasing or fading away! I prefer the “Eden” potion because it’s a neutral matte base, perfect for all finishes and colors. The squeeze tube tip allows you to control how much product you use and the new design allows you to get every ounce inside. Definitely a must have for any eye shadow lover!
Laura Yoder at 24-7 Style: Rimmel's Fix and Perfect Primer: I think primer is a must if you wear foundation. I was willing to pay big bucks for anything to help conceal my pores and make my makeup last just a little bit longer. When Rimmel came out with this though, on a whim I bought it (thinking it would be inferior to anything I had). It actually is the best I've ever used...everything you would expect a primer to do for the lowest price I've ever paid!
Heather also likes Caudalie Premier Cru the Eye Cream- This eye cream is lightweight and soaked up by the skin, but also extremely moisturizing and long
Rebecca Kelsey Sampson of Rebecca Kelsey: My favorite skincare product is the X Out Wash-In Treatment. Within two months my blemishes diminished over 90%. I've never had a product work so well. I don't follow it as directed though. I use it two to three times a week rather then twice a day since my skin is dry and sensitive, yet it still works!
Gaia Fishler at The Non-Blonde Paula's Choice Paula's Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum- While I don't believe in miracles, there's no arguing with an improved and more even skin texture. Surprisingly, it doesn't even require taking a second mortgage.
Victoria also uses the Clarisonic cleansing brush: The Carisonic brush really helps to wake up my skin in the morning and does a great job of thoroughly cleansing and prepping my skin.
Courtney at Phyrra.net: LaVanilla The Healthy Face SPF 40. This is my holy grail moisturizer with SPF. I use it on my face, eyes and neck and it not only moisturizes but protects me from the sun. It's not too heavy, it's not too light, it's just right. It doesn't irritate my skin, either. LOVE it!
ORIBE Supershine Moisturizing Cream:Used in wet or dry hair, it makes hair super soft and shiny.
ORIBE Soft Lacquer Hairspray: The best spray for heat styling! Soft hold with memory so you can work through your curls until they are perfect.
ORIBE Dry Texture Spray: For huge volume and sexy texture. Beachy hair with out feeling dirty and also is fantastic as a dry shampoo when sprayed at the roots.
Tera also loves Davines Melu Shampoo and Conditioner: Hands down the best for long hair and extensions. Add tons of moisture and makes combing out wet hair a breeze!
Laura also loves Nick Chavez Amazon Hair Body Building Spray: This was fabulous for volume to my styled hair, but I loved it even more when I used it along with my regular gel on my towel dried hair. It left me with such amazing texture and volume...I didn't even need to do anymore styling after my blow dry.
Lisamarie Wilson from Beauty Crazed: Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray - I don't know what I did before dry shampoo! This one is especially great because it is meant for darker hair which means no white film!
Bath and Body
Laura Yoder at 24-7 Style: Smith's Rosebud Salve. I love the Vintage Tins and although all the scents are divine, I use the original. Yes, it's perfect for your lips, but just the teeniest amount also works for your dry hands and in the winter, again just the smallest amount rubbed between your palms and then smoothed on your hair takes away static without weighing hair down.
Laura also recommends Three Whishes Body Scrub by Whish: O to the M-G this is amazing! Completely takes the "itch" out of my dry winter skin. She also loves Daily Squeeze All Day Hand and Body Lotion: Rich, creamy and luxurious. It soaks into your skin in seconds and leaves you silky smooth.
Emma J from: The Journey of an NY Actress: I use Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream by Burt's Bees. It is especially good for traveling and the tiny tin gets through airport security (and I'm always on the lookout for products that I can take on the plane).
Laura Yoder from 24-7 Style: Banana Boat Summer Color Self Tanning Mist $6.49 at Target: I was low on cash and couldn't buy my normal "low-end" self tanner. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but it's not the worst, especially when I'm left with BROWN color. Goes on super easy, no rubbing or streaking at all!
Lisamarie Wilson at Beauty Crazed: Essie Good to Go Top Coat - I find it almost impossible to sit still long enough for my manicure to dry properly so top coat that cuts the drying time in half is a god-send!
Jennifer Mathews from My Beauty Bunny: NCLA is a cruelty free, Los Angeles-based, indie nail polish brand that (IMHO) have successfully married nail colors with high fashion. I really like the small brushes that allow an easy and clean application. The formulas are amazing. They are free of DBP, toulene, formaldehyde and camphor, and they are by far the best I have ever used. Wow. Easy application. No bubbling up. No dripping, smearing, etc. It’s not all hype – this is amazing stuff.
Christine Mikesell from Fifteen Minute Beauty Fanatic: Beauty Blender sponge: This strange egg thing has made my foundation look much more natural. It really is better than the little wedge shaped sponge.
Madeleine Homes of Peace Love Lipgloss also loves the Beauty Blender: For make-up tools, I adore the Beauty Blender Sponge. When used damp any one can easily apply their foundation for a professional airbrushed look. (Note: This is also a Beauty and Fashion Tech favorite item).
Emily Hudspeth of Emily Hudspeth-Bringing the Beauty to You :My favorite brush to use is a stippling brush. In my personal makeup bag, I use the Sephora brand stippling brush, $35. I have the same brush in my professional kit.
Emily Hudspeth of Emily Hudspeth-Bringing the Beauty to You loves Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks: These Q-tips filled with makeup remover can be a quick fix for a makeup blunder. You just snap the end of (the end with the purple ring around the top) and the remover saturates the tip that you will use to clean up the mess. This is a must have for your makeup bag.
Christine Mikesell: Fifteen Minute Beauty Fanatic: Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing & Makeup Remover: This facial cleanser does it all. It comes in an easy to use pump, can be used with my Clarisonic or just fingertips, and it even removes all of my eye makeup without a second product.