Top 10 Beauty Products


As a self-professed beauty lover and blogger that is constantly testing products, sometimes my bathroom cabinets can get a bit overwhelming. I feel as if I rarely repurchase products because I’m trying new things for the blog, so it can be difficult to think, “What are my overall favorites and not just favorites of the month?”

While doing my monthly makeup clean out [I’m always checking expiration dates, etc.] I decided to really think about my top 10 favorite beauty products. Which ones do I genuinely repurchase time and time again? Which ones could I not live without? Which ones would I want if I only kept one makeup bag for toiletries?

After chunking a ton of old body creams and eyeshadows I realized I will never use again, I was easily able to compile this list! Some you’ll have seen a million times on the blog [which attest to my love for them] but some I may rarely have covered at all just because I don’t give much thought to something I use daily. It becomes redundant if you will! So here’s our little COF Oscar winners for beauty. 😉

1.Tula Purifying Facial Cleanser

I have an entire basket in my bathroom of backup Tula facial cleanser because I’m scared to ever run out. And truth be told, my husband loves the stuff too. I actually threw a different cleanser in the shower a few weeks ago just trying to use it up and he said nonchalantly [trying to not sound like he even knew what face wash was], “Hey babe, where is the blue Tula cleanser?” I said, “Oh it’s in the cabinet but I just threw the other stuff in there to use up.” His response?

“Oh, well can you go ahead and use it up?”

This cleanser is gentle enough for daily use, but removes everything from stubborn eye makeup and prevents blemishes. I got hooked on it before my wedding as I don’t break out, but I do get hormonal break outs and I always think those are the worst! Blemishes are built up for weeks before you even see them, so using this cleanser daily prevents that. If you want more info on my skincare routine see this post! Also, today they are offering a FREE full-sized cleanser with a purchase of $30 or more! Just use code: winterskin at checkout!

2.Donna Karan Deodorant

My mom got me hooked on this deodorant when I was a freshman in college I think and I really can’t use anything else. I’ve tried. I really have. Because sometimes I’m a bit embarrassed to need a deodorant that comes from a department store. But NOTHING smells better or works better. I live in Texas where we will go 65 days straight with 100+ temps and you seriously do not sweat if you wear this and you smell so good. You know the smell you have before you can shower off a spray tan? I swipe this on after a spray tan and it completely covers the scent up before I can shower in 6 hours.

3.MAC Fast Response Eye Cream

I don’t think I’ve shared this product on the blog before but it’s one I picked up when I was pregnant. I decided break up with eye cream during my pregnancy just because I knew most have really strong anti-aging agents in them and I just didn’t think it was necessary for the time being because I could just use coconut oil in place at night. However, I found that my under eye concealer just applied extremely cakey and didn’t blend out well when I skipped it. I picked up this and it has all the properties I love about a morning eye cream! It feels like a silicon base so it smooths out any fine lines. It depuffs your under eye area, battles dark under eye circles and concealer applies like a dream after.

4.Sigma Brush Shampoo

I chatted about this shampoo last week when I shared my top beauty brushes. I love this product simply because of how quickly it cleans my makeup brushes [the entire task now takes me 10 minutes as opposed to the old 30] and how well it cares for my brushes. I’m not left with dried bristles or overly-conditioned blush brushes that just allow product to catch and apply unevenly.

5.MAC Sable Eyeshadow

I used to only wear MAC eyeshadow [I mean didn’t we all in high school?!]. But then I feel like once Urban Decay started their Naked Palette trend, every brand stepped up their palette game and I didn’t really go back to single shadows. But one that is always in my GLAMbox no matter the season is MAC Sable. It’s the perfect plum-brown that melts beautifully in the lid. I always love eyeshadow after it’s worn for 5 or 6 hours because your skin’s natural oils make it dewy and Sable always looks like you have these natural smokey eyes that you don’t have to fuss with much. It’s also a frost so it’s so easy to blend with other colors if you want a heavier smokey look.

6.MAC Vocanic Ash Exfoliator

This is another product I don’t think I’ve ever shared but it’s always in my shower! And I’ll be honest, I tend to think brands do one thing well: either makeup or skincare. If a brand is known for their skincare, chances are I’m not dying to buy their lipstick and vice versa. However, MAC does make some stellar skincare items and this one is that! It’s a really strong exfoliator in the sense that it removes any trace of dry skin and that’s why I love it. Some exfoliators don’t have a lot of grit to them and I wonder if they do the job. However, this one is a bit messier as it is black, so I only use it in the shower. Otherwise you’re left with a mess all over your sink!

7.Bite Beauty Lipstick Souffle

Bite lipsticks are always so creamy, pigmented and above all, moisturizing. [I also love Sugarcane, Meringue, Cava and Honeycomb]. I’m convinced 2016 was the year of the dry lip with liquid lipstick this and that. However, liquid lipsticks made me so picky! Now I hate 80% of lipstick formulas because the color payout is so much less. However, Bite really nails their formula down by providing color and moisture. I have a few shades but one I always keep in my purse is Souffle. By itself, this is a seriously cool-toned pink, so I never wear it alone. But what I love to use it for is mixing with any lipstick I wear. I hate warm-toned lipsticks on me [they make your teeth look more yellow! Blue-toned gives you a white smile], so I just apply a layer of this over any lipstick I normally wear.


Now I don’t use this while pregnant [or nursing] but it’s the one product I’m excited to get to use again whenever that time comes. This gives you eyelash extension-length lashes without the damage or upkeep! I stopped using this right when I was pregnant and no my lashes didn’t fall out! In fact, I didn’t even notice a difference until I was about 8-months pregnant which goes to show how long it kept my eyelashes healthy and long. I have a post here which goes a bit more in-depth on the product.

9.It Cosmetics CC Iluminating Cream

I’ll buy all the lipsticks and blushes in the world, but I really don’t stray from foundation. Why fix what isn’t broken? This is my favorite daily foundation and it blends so beautifully with a dampened beauty blender. I am shade light and I’ve used this for 2 or 3 years now! It’s a CC Cream that works to help better your skin while you wear it, but it also can have full-coverage benefits to it in the sense it easily covers blemishes or uneven skin tone. I love the natural glow it gives you. It reminds me of a spray tan, just your natural shade. It also has SPF 50 in it which makes me feel good! I then don’t have to use as sunscreen over my moisturizer during the day if I won’t be outside much because this does the job for me! 🙂 However, if it is summer I also use a sunscreen.

10.Too Faced Child Star

This is my favorite nude lip and I always swipe the Bite Beauty Souffle over it! So if you ever see me in Snapchat with a neutral lip, 9 times out of 10 this is what I’m wearing!


Photography by: Angie Garcia

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  1. I want to try out the MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator now! I’ve never tried MAC’s skincare products but it sounds great.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      It’s amazing! I hope you enjoy it whenever you try! Thank you so much for reading! xo

      Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  2. Kcgossipblvd wrote:

    I cannot wait to try the Donna Karan deodorant on my wedding day!

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      That will be PERFECT! You will fall in love with it! xo

      Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  3. Great idea for a post! I have purchased so many of these products because of you (loving the Tula cleanser and Donna Karan deodorant). Especially looking forward to trying the MAC Fast Response eye cream! I still haven’t found an eye cream that I love (and is far less than $200 for a tiny tub).


    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Eye creams are so hard to find! I find a creamy one and it’s great for night but then not day. One may dry me out too much! I feel ya girl. And they can be so expensive! This one is really great under makeup and I almost think helps blend my concealer better. 🙂

      Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  4. Julie wrote:

    I seriously am obsessed with the Donna Karan deodorant because of you! My husband cringes when I have to buy it because it’s definitely steep in price, but I feel like you don’t use as much so it lasts longer. And I am so surprised you like the IT CC foundation!!! Not sure why, but I am. Do you use a powder over it? It literally just slid off my face when I tried it. I wanted to love it so hard!

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Haha my husband is like, “I can’t believe you buy deodorant at Nordstrom!” Haha. But it just smells so good! Hmm it may be a different skin type if ours are different. I don’t use a setting powder and mine sticks, not sure why! Thank you for reading!! Xoxo

      Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  5. Mary wrote:

    Thank you for sharing!! I can’t wait to try some of these products. Do you use a sunless tanner or get spray tanned? Thank you! 🙂

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Mary!

      I can’t get spray tanned while pregnant so I use St. Tropez! 🙂



      Published 17 Jan 17Reply
      • Mary wrote:

        Thank you!!:) Congratulations!

        Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  6. Jennifer wrote:

    love the post, for deodorant have you tried the dove clinical strength ? Thats actually my go to because this Texas heat is intense. So humid!

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  7. I’ve been wanting to try neulash for so long!! Is it really worth the $150!?
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      It lasts for the longest time so I believe it is! I even made a YouTube video about my love for it and this girl doesn’t do YouTube! Lol



      Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  8. Torey Beerman wrote:

    LOVE these products! I use the TULA face cleanser and got my boyfriend hooked 😉 it’s the best! I can’t wait to order the Melted Matte Lip color 🙂 thanks for the great tips!

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Haha isn’t it so funny how men like it too?! My dad one time was like, “Can you get me some Tula stuff for the creases on my face?” I was like, “Your wrinkles?!” lol

      Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  9. I use 4 of these products as my Holy Grail, too! I definitely want to try out more of the Mac skincare after reading!

    xo Amanda John
    XO Strawberry Chic

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  10. Emily wrote:

    Thanks so much for all the recommendations! Do you have an eye cream you like before bed? I’ve been looking for a good one forever and nothing has stuck!

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Emily!

      Before pregnancy I used the TULA eye cream and the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado eye cream! 🙂 I hope this helps! xo

      Published 18 Jan 17Reply
  11. Lexi wrote:

    So excited–I just ordered some Tula products for the first time! Love all of your recommendations.

    Published 17 Jan 17Reply
  12. Kathryn wrote:

    Great insight! I think I might have to give that deodorant a try.

    xx Kathryn

    Published 18 Jan 17Reply
  13. Ashley Martin wrote:

    IT Cosmetics products are some of my favorites! Their regular CC cream & Bye Bye Undereye I tell everyone about!! It’s been years and I’ve yet to find better foundation and concealer! Love this list xo

    Published 18 Jan 17Reply
  14. Katie wrote:

    These all sound awesome! I will definitely have to try a few of these out!


    Published 21 Jan 17Reply
  15. Caitlin wrote:

    What do you set the CC cream with?

    Published 15 Feb 17Reply