Disclosure: Thank you to Nordstrom and ShopStyle Collective for sponsoring today’s post. All products were purchased, used, and loved by yours truly.
Calling all beauty junkies – it’s time for a rundown of some of my ride-or-die, tried and true, all-time favorite beauty products. They say it takes a village and whoa, they aren’t lying. I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite beauty items and that’s just scratching the surface [I’m afraid to count how many products I use in a day to get my face, hair, skin, and body looking presentable 🤣].
Everything you see today hails from Nordstrom as they are a one-stop shop for the best of the best brands [see their best-sellers here!] I love that I can buy all of my go-to’s and have them ship for free and I also love trying new beauty items from Nordstrom knowing I can return them for free if they don’t work out. Not only that, but Nordstrom is constantly doing beauty and style workshops in-store [which is how I was introduced to several of the favorites you see below] and can turn any novice into a pro with their help. Thanks to Nordstrom Beauty this girl can step forward in confidence.
Let’s start in the shower —
Scrub a dub, it’s time to lather and rinse friends. First up, shampoo & conditioner. I recently started trying R+Co brand and it’s a hit! Not only does it smell amazing, they help my dry scalp stay hydrated and my hair looking shiny and healthy. Speaking of dry hair, I try to do a moisturizing mask weekly and this Moroccanoil intense hydrating mask does the trick! Last but not least, yes, it’s men’s soap and no, I have no shame in using it. I love the exfoliating bars and the smell, mmmm the smell.
And move to the counter:
I don’t know if I could be more obsessed with a hand wash and soap. I know it’s an odd thing to get excited about but hey, this is 36. I’ve been a major fan of all things Moroccanoil for years because of its incredible scent so when I learned I could experience that same scent all day every day in this hand wash and hand cream [I use fragrance originale] I was sold. The products are hydrating, non-sticky, and did I mention they smell like Heaven? Glorious.
Now, let’s talk hair —
I know if most people were stranded on a deserted island they’d opt for things like food as their “one item you’d want to have” but I think I’d have to go with these two guys here 😉 I was skeptical of the Dyson Hair Dryer before I used it, but let’s just say it blew me away. Now, time for my beloved curling iron. I’ve tried to use others since I started using this T3 Tourmaline but none other compares in my book. The 1-inch barrel provides the perfect curl and the curls hold super well. You can see how I use it here!
Moving on to makeup…
Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette • Urban Decay // Mineralize Blush • M·A·C // Original Foundation SPF 15 Powder Foundation • bareMinerals // Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer • Too Faced // Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultrafine Shape & Define Pencil • Benefit Cosmetics
Now here is where it really takes a village, friends. I’ll just highlight a few below but just know that everything photographed above is absolutely worth trying [and are products I’ve used for years]!
I’ve been a naked girl [we’re talking eye palettes, calm down ;)] for years. It all started with the original Naked Palette thanks to a Nordstrom beauty professional recommending it to me and here we are years later graduating to the Naked3 [who knew I’d start counting my age not by the number of years old I am but by the number of what Naked palette I’m on]. I use the color strange all over my lid, apply mugshot on my brow bone area and slightly in the crease, line my bottom lid with blackheart, and then put a little bit of strange on my lower lid right in the corner to lighten and brighten! Easy peasy, these colors last all day and go on like a champ!
This blush is newer to me [I’ve used MAC for years, but never their mineralized version]. I picked this up in the color Like Me, Love Me – it’s a subtle touch of color that creates a sun-kissed look!
The finishing touches
Last but not least, it’s time to talk about brows. Within the last year, I’ve noticed my eyebrows start to thin [aging is so fun] and so I went on a quest to find something to help grow in the bare spots. This serum is working shockingly well just a month in and the thin patches are starting to fill in. And for the parts that still need a little love? This Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultrafine Shape & Define Pencil saves the day!
And that’s a wrap! Face and hair: complete!
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Founder and creator of LIY, Erin turned her dream of a hobby blog into a full-time career which she now runs alongside the LIY team! When not in front of her computer screen [with a La Croix or wine in hand] or in front of a mirror taking mirror selfies, you can find Erin spending time on the water, cuddled up with her two pups and husband most likely watching the latest Shark Tank episode, or getting lost in an easy beach read.