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must-have beauty

Like so many young women, I’ve got quite the collection of beauty products.  Nevertheless, there are a few I absolutely couldn’t live without.  I’ve been working on making sure my collection is cruelty-free and vegan wherever possible, so my product recommendations are changing fairly often lately.  I’ll be sure to return and update this one regularly.  But, for now, check out my must-have beauty products below!

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I have super sensitive skin and have suffered from eczema throughout my life, so dryness is extra uncomfortable.  A good moisturizer is critical!  Not only is this good for the sake of my skin, but it’s also a key step in my regular beauty routine.  By making sure I moisturise regularly, I’ve noticed that my makeup looks a thousand times better.  A happy, healthy (moisturised!) base is practically guaranteed to improve your overall look.

I always make sure to use my moisturiser on my face, but also on my neck and hands, and even my elbows!

I was lucky enough to test out a few bliss products as part of my work with Her Campus.  I’ve fallen in love with their Drench & Quench moisturiser*!

Red Lipstick

Whatever you may think of Taylor Swift, she’s got one thing right:  red lipstick is the perfect accessory.  It might not go perfectly with everything, but it’s remarkably versatile in general.

Whenever I need a pick-me-up, red lipstick is my go-to.  It instantly makes me feel more put together (even if I’ve done little to nothing with my look otherwise).  I’m convinced that my day becomes infinitely better when I’ve put on a bit of red lipstick.

My go-to brand for most lipstick is wet n wild* (keep an eye out for a post soon to come featuring some of their best products!).  Right now, I have their Raging Red and Hot Red shades on hand.

Brow Brush

When I want the bare minimum of makeup, my brows are my top priority.  I love to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn to make my face just a little more polished.  Simply brushing them makes such a difference!

For months, I used a brush like in this set to save the day, but I recently started using a spoolie, like the one that comes in this EcoTools starter set.

When I have a bit more time and want to put a bit more effort into my brows, I use this clear brow gel from elf, then follow it up with a pencil (I’m currently using this Marc Jacobs Beauty crayon in Earthquake).

Clear Nail Varnish

I can’t stand chipped nail polish, but I love having my nails done.  I’m all for a budget-friendly, at-home manicure, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than a day or two without my polish chipping.  An easy clear coat keeps my nails looking polished (pun intended) without the seemingly immediate disappointment!

Currently, I utilise this wet n wild clear polish more often than not.  If I don’t have the time or energy to use a coloured polish, this is absolutely perfect.

A Great Perfume

My biggest disappointment in returning to the States was the casualty on the plane ride:  my Royal Mist (since unavailable).  Until I can get my hands on a replacement,  I’m currently rationing a bottle of Victoria’s Secret Strawberries and Champagne* (which has also been discontinued since my falling in love with it–apparently I’m just not meant to have a signature scent!).

I picked up a bottle of Victoria’s Secret’s Love Spell Lace not long after first sharing this post…and they no longer carry it.  So, as I use this one up, I’m once again open to suggestions!  What’s your favourite perfume?  Let me know in the comments!

Water Bottle

“Jules, I thought you were listing beauty products…?” I promise, I am!  There are SO MANY beauty benefits of staying hydrated.

Since originally posting this list, I’ve improved my own hydration significantly.  While I’m still far from perfect, I’ve made enough improvements to see a distinct difference.  Like moisturising your skin directly, drinking plenty of water (and having that water on hand in your favourite water bottle) will keep you hydrated and keep your skin healthy and even more moisturised.

Check out our list of ways to stay hydrated to make this just a bit easier!

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