Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Holy Grails

I, like most beauty junkies, go through phases where I love a certain product. Sometimes the infatuation lasts a few days, sometimes weeks, but there are very few items that I consider true holy grails--things that I'd absolutely replace right away since I would never want to be without them. Here they are:
  • Clinique Take the Day Off Balm- I am not a Clinique skin care user apart from this product (though it was my gateway to higher end brands way back in my early teens) but this product is just amazing. Just a little bit completely dissolves all makeup with no irritation. I rinse it off and follow up with my normal cleanser since it does leave a bit of a film, but those with dry skin could probably just tissue it off.
  • Bobbi Brown Baby Lipstick- I've posted about this several times. The formula isn't my favorite but the color is so perfect I won't let it go.
  • Origins Silk Screen Powder Makeup- I don't wear foundation, but do like a powder in my T zone but to make me matte and for a little redness around my nose. Every time I stray from this I regret it. It's silky smooth, covers just enough and keeps shine at bay. There are plenty of shades from which to choose and Porcelain matches me perfectly.
  • Korres Mascara- length, thickness, a rich inky black and it's all natural! No flaking or smearing either. A tube does start to dry out quickly but being much more reasonable priced than brands like Chanel and Lancome, I don't mind replacing as often as needed.
  • Benefit Kohl Eye Liner in Sable- this is unfortunately discontinued but it might reappear if Benefit has a clearance sale. This dark brown lasts forever on the waterline. It's more tenacious than it's counterparts dubbed long-lasting or waterproof. The best.
  • Rock and Republic Rumor Mousse Blush- A+ in terms of both color and formula.
  • Chanel Brush #3- the best for adding a deep eye shadow color to the outer corner
  • Lancome Artliners- these are the easiest to apply and never run, flake or smear. I have half a dozen and hope they come out with new shades soon! I much prefer these to their new Ink Artliners in the pot.
  • Bare Escentuals Soul Eye Shadow- this best lid-brightening base
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle-keeps my skin clear and smooth with minimal effort (but a maximum price tag!)
  • Rubis Tweezers- the sharpest and most precise.
Honorable Mentions:
These are products I trust and rely on and use all of the time, but as of now would not send me into a fit if they couldn't be replaced, either because I think they could be duplicated or I haven't had them long enough to truly call them a Holy Grail. They could achieve that designation though!
  • Nude Facial Cleansing Wash- free of all the yucky stuff I don't want on my skin yet keeps my face looking great
  • Paul and Joe Face Color 16 Canyon- such a flattering combination! I can't wait to try more shades.
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eye Palette #1- my eyes look great every time I use this
  • Desert Essence Organics Coconut Hand and Body Lotion- the most divine scent ever. I just wish it didn't fade quite so fast!
  • Stem Organics Hydrating Facial Fluid- I love this for the fall and winter, but it's just a bit too rich come spring and summer.
  • Bobbi Brown Forest Shimmer Ink- less harsh than black, more interesting than brown, this color is perfect on green eyes.


  1. Thanks for the list! I do agree about BE Soul- a great wake up color for the eye area.

  2. Hey SB! Enjoyed reading this post.. you are one of the people responsible for my curiosity/lemming for the Chanel #3 brush!! :)

  3. Ammie and Lakshmi you are both most welcome! I'm always curious if the other people like some of the popular-on-blogs items that I love--the ones that are kind of under the radar.

    I use the Chanel 3 all the time. One of the best eye brushes anywhere.



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