Bloggers Reveal: The Beauty Product That Changed My Life
EO Tame Curl Control Gel
Eco-friendly makeup artist Kaylin Johnson of KaylinsKit.com loves EO Tame Curl Control Gel ($8.99 at EOProducts.com). "I used to always wear my hair straight because I could never bring out the waves in a stylish way. Then I found EO Tame Curl Control Gel, which enhances my wavy hair beautifully," she says. "I shaved half an hour off my morning routine and am now proud of my natural texture."
L'Oréal Elnett StrongHold Hairspray
For Ning Chao, beauty director of Beautylish.com and former senior beauty editor at Marie Claire, L'Oréal Elnett StrongHold Hairspray ($12.99 at Target.com) changed her life. "I always avoided using styling products in my hair because I hated the stiff and sticky feel they left behind. Elnett changed my life because it freezes everything in place and dries instantly so I don't need to touch my hair after I've sprayed it on (and crush all the volume)," she explains. "Because of Elnett, I wore an up-do almost every day for years. Elnett made sure every hair kept its place and stayed off my face. And when I brushed out the bun, I got pretty, loose waves without any residue or hairspray flaking."
Tarte's The Eraser 4-in-1 Concealer
Tarte's The Eraser 4-in-1 Concealer ($21 at TarteCosmetics.com) is always in the beauty bag of Palacinka Beauty Blog’s Risi-Leanne Baranja. The blogger says this beauty buy provides perfect coverage instantly for under eyes, as well as blemishes.
It also brightens and hydrates the eye area completely with a great color match—it’s super-pigmented yet light and easy to blend. "I am never without this concealer, no matter what others I may be trying," Baranja adds. "It's also an eyeshadow and lipstick base!"
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation
Kirin Christianson of RedHauteMama.com says her best beauty buy ever is FACE Atelier Ultra Foundation ($45 at FACEatelier.com). "I was hooked after a fabulous makeup artist used it on me for a television show two years ago. I haven't found anything I like better since then (and I get to try tons of things!)," she explains. "When you wear it, you get so many compliments on how lovely your skin looks (even on days when your skin is less than perfect)."
Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick 720
"For me, as a woman of color who lives in Boston, where the winters get very dreary, blush changed my life," says BeyondBostonChic.com blogger Martini Severin. But, Severin has a secret—she applies dabs of Revlon's Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick 720 ($7.99 at Amazon.com) on her cheeks and forehead during the winter months! "I am able to add the right amount of blush to my face so that I appear bright and energetic, even when the winter leaves my skin feeling drab," she adds.
Jeanette Zinno, half of blogging duo Haute-Girls.com, is always on the hunt for the best and newest trends in the beauty world. Zinno is really into ANSR Sole ($120 at ANSR.com), a hand-held device that removes callouses in minutes. "I just soak my feet for 10 minutes, then glide the Sole on the bottoms of my feet and in literally 5 minutes, my feet are super smooth," she says. "I'm obsessed with it."
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial
"When I was in high school and college, I had problems with acne. I was the classical beauty junkie, trying every product that I could afford in an effort to clear up my skin without any success," recalls Christine Mikesell of 15MinBeauty.blogspot.com.
Finally, when Mikesell was a senior in college, she visited a Kiehl's counter. "I spent a fairly sizable chunk of change (for a poor college student without a job) on a new cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Within two weeks of trying out the new ‘gentle’ regimen, my skin was much clearer," Mikesell says of the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial ($16 to $35 at Kiehls.com). "My blemishes were nearly gone, my face was less oily, and for the first time people were actually complimenting me on my skin!"
Talika's Lash Conditioning Cleanser
Origins "Drink Up" Mask
Emilie Yount, blogger of RunningWithMascara.com, says the savior for her skin was a hydrating mask from Origins called "Drink Up" ($22 at Origins.com). "The mask is thirst-quenching and makes my skin (which gets incredibly dry from November to February) bright and super-hydrated," Yount explains. "I haven't turned back since using it and would recommend it to anyone with sensitive skin or similar dryness of the face."
Salon Grafix Dry Shampoo
SixDifferentWays.com's Katie Schmeltzer swears by Salon Grafix Dry Shampoo. For the blogger who has a "ton of wavy hair" that she prefers to straighten, Salon Grafix Dry Shampoo ($7.99 at Amazon.com) gives her mane one to two more days of life.
"I don't have to wash it as often and can spend less time in the bathroom straightening my hair and more time doing the more important things in life," she points out. "Plus, it's affordable."
Bella Terra Mineral Foundation
For TheJennyPincher.com blogger Jenny Kerr, the product that changed her life was Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Mineral Foundation in Natural ($59.99 at BellaTerraCosmetics.com). "It's the ultimate three-in-one foundation! I can use it as a mineral foundation, liquid foundation, or concealer," she says. "I've been on the quest for the perfect foundation for a long time. This product actually does what it says and makes my skin look flawless. I love it!"
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
We're not surprised why Susan Heydt, famed makeup artist of Suze Makeup Studio and blogger of MakingUpAmerica.com, named this product her absolute must-have. Ever since it hit makeup counters, Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer ($36 to $49 at Sephora.com) has been a godsend for many of us.
"As a celebrity makeup artist, photo finish is my secret weapon—it never fails to live up to the hype," Heydt says. It'll keep your makeup on and provide a great base.
CoverGirl Clean Press Powder Shine Control
"The beauty product that changed my life is CoverGirl Clean Press Powder Shine Control ($6.99 at Drugstore.com)," says Margaret McGriff, blogger of FierceBeautyandFashion.wordpress.com and community blogger for Yahoo! Shine. "I have combination oily skin and my T-zone can be out of control! It gives me the perfect matte finish every time and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin."