9 Must Have Beauty Products

Good beauty products are hard to find.  And how will you know if the products you buy really work?  Shopping for beauty products can be a gamble.  But- it doesn't have to be.

One of my favorite products recently has been the Bioré Charcoal Pore Strips.  You can find them pretty much everywhere from CVS to Amazon.  The all-black box differentiates the charcoal pore strips from the regular pore strips.  You want the charcoal ones, trust me.  Also, lesson learned: don't skimp and buy the store brand or CVS brand of these strips.  Though you might save a couple bucks, the quality of the store brand is definitely worse.  Get rid of your black heads and clear those pores with Bioré Charcoal Pore Strips.

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Another fun way to clear out the gunk from your face is to use the GLAMGLOW Super Mud. GLAMGLOW makes several products, most of them godsends, but the Super Mud is one of the best.  It comes in cute white and silver packaging and can be a bit pricey, but is totally worth the dough.  While the full size is $69, you can sometimes find the smaller size ($19) at select Sephora locations.  This mask is the coolest.  It goes on your skin dark gray/black and it dries light gray.  The coolest part?  When it dries, there are little dark dots showing your pores where the gunk has been cleaned out (most noticeably on your nose.)

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Another GLAMGLOW miracle product? Thirsty Mud.  The blue and silver packaging identifies this great product.  This mask is more creamy and while it looks like your skin will just soak it up, you do need to take a warm wet wash cloth to take off the mask after you're done with it. I've always had dry patches of skin on my face and it always looked super weird when I would wear makeup and parts of the foundation on my face would look crusty or dry.  I tried every lotion on the shelf and at best, it took at least two days of consistent use to see any improvement. Now, I use Thirsty Mud.  I saw results after just one use, and I use it weekly for best results. Now, my foundation looks flawless because my skin is super hydrated.

Another product to keep your skin pure and beautiful is the Dream Pure BB Cream from Maybelline.  This BB cream is perfect for everyday use as well as when you head out at night. The Dream Pure BB Cream is the first of its kind from Maybelline and not only covers up those blemishes, but it also helps to clear your skin as well.  I swear by this product and love the oil free formula because it's so lightweight.  And for all of you bargain hunters, it's definitely one of the cheaper BB creams out there.   

Once the foundation/BB Cream is on, you want to powder your face for a clean finished look. Make Up For Ever makes a beautiful HD Power that is a must have for any person who wears make up on "the regular."  Brushing this over your face adds a polished look and makes your makeup job look nothing short of professional.

Primer time! Well, eye primer that is.  The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the only eyeshadow primer I use.  Urban Decay was spot on with this creamy and lightweight potion. Plus, it works, and even the lightest of powder eyeshadows will stay on with this beauty must have!

Once the primer is on, it is time to go for the eyeshadow.  There are a lot of great palettes out there, including the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, but my favorite one is the Stila "Eyes Are The Window" Palette in "Soul."  The palette comes complete with 12 beautiful shades that allow you to do everything from a smokey eye, a professional look, and girly sparkly eyes.  I swear by this product and use it exclusively.  It's small enough to fit easily in your purse and lasts forever.  I've used the palette for everything from eyeshadows to defining my brows.  It's perfect for everything and is worth every dollar.

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One of the worst feelings is when you're sitting at dinner and you excuse yourself to the bathroom.  You look in the mirror and gasp.  Your lipstick has smudged and rubbed off leaving a ghastly liner solely remaining.  Well, if you're like me, then you are through.  Say hello to the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.  (You're welcome.)  This beauty comes in 14 shades from Sephora and as of 2015 is part of the birthday gift for Sephora Beauty Insiders.  One of the reasons that this perfect lip pencil is amazing is the fact it will stay on all through dinner (and even through dessert.)  The packaging looks like a lip balm, but goes on like a lipstick.  It's a bit pricey, coming in at $26, but well worth it.

Your face is ready!  You can pat yourself on the back- you've clearly earned it.  But now, what do you do to ensure that the face you just spent hour(s) on will stay perfect all day (and night) long?  Easy.  Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is a definite way to keep you looking fresh.  Use 4-6 sprays across your face in an "X" or "T" formation to ensure total coverage.  I swear by this product; the bottle is $30 but it will last you a good long while.

Any beauty products that you love but didn't see here?  Let us know in the comments and we'll check them out!

xx, Cassandra