Contrary to popular belief, I have NOT always been a girly girl. I am a tomboy at heart, always have been and always will be. I was a tough little girl and I have the battle scars to prove it. The scars on my legs tell the story of just how rough I really was. Those days are behind me (THANK YOU GOD!), but I can still master a pretty dynamic forward flip on a trampoline. Ha!
However, I embrace all things girly now and there are a few MUST HAVE quintessential beauty items that I never allow myself to run out of. And because I love these items, I wanted to share them with you, the #FreeHive (my friend Corinthia coined the hashtag for my loyal followers! lol).
The absolute BEST foundation I have ever worn. Hands DOWN! I have tried several foundations over the years from the drugstore brands to the ones manufactured by luxury brands and none have ever quite been as perfect as the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. I wear with a primer and it lasts all day long without ever needing the slightest touch up. While NARS suggests one pump of this lightweight liquid is enough for full coverage, I generally use 3-4 pumps. This foundation doesn’t cake up on your skin and is extremely easy to apply evenly. The color Macao is a perfect match to my complexion, and what I love most is the smooth matte coverage it provides. I never really feel like I am wearing foundation with this product. It’s perfect for people who like to wear a little makeup and for those of us who have a full makeup routine. It makes my skin look INCREDIBLE! I highly recommend this foundation.
I first took notice of this product when Gabrielle Union was featured in the ad campaign launch. I was looking for a drugstore brand facial moisturizer that would help repair the spotty dry patches on my cheeks. I have pretty normal skin, but spots on my cheeks get extremely dry in the winter and summer months. In just 6 months of using this product, I have noticed a dramatic difference in the way my skin feels. The dry spots have disappeared and my skin feels firmer. It goes on smooth and drys pretty quickly, but the benefits have been tremendous. My esthetician says I needed to hydrate my skin by drinking lots of water and applying a moisturizer that is water based. The Hydro Boost Water Gel has been my Holy Grail.
I was attracted to the Kat Von D brand because of this reddish-orange liquid lipstick. Orange, with red undertones, is my favorite lip color and the color A Go-Go from this brand is currently my favorite color. It’s what I am wearing in the picture above. This lipstick glides on easily, is heavily pigmented and drys to a perfect matte finish. I find that it doesn’t last as long as I would prefer, but the color payoff is well worth the re-application.
I LOVE this cleanser. It is far more superior than any other cleanser I have ever used. It’s very gentle, but powerful enough to remove all the residue left behind by my makeup. And as someone who wears makeup EVERYDAY, I needed a cleanser that left my face feeling fresh and renewed after every wash. I also feel like the Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser, couple with their balancing toner, has improved the overall evenness of my complexion. I am so glad I discovered this awesome product! Give it a try as I am sure you won’t be disappointed!
The only toner I have ever used that doesn’t dry out my skin or make it feel too tight! Honestly, I find all kinds of joy in washing my face because of Boscia products. This brand makes me feel like I have a personal spa in my home. The toner is refreshing and makes my face feel soft and supple. The best part? Both the cleanser and the toner work PERFECT with my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.
I think I’m an alligator. I mean, think about it: I’m born and raised in Florida, I love to swim. I have the driest skin in America. Ha! My skin is extremely dry and to #CombatTheAsh, I keep a cabinet full of Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion. This is a very thick emollient formula that moisturizes the skin all day long, and provides a high shine. This Godsend of a product moisturizes, exfoliates and conditions to repair my very dry skin. I even carry a small bottle in my purse as a backup for those dry moments that my occur during the day. NOTE: Lately, there have been some bad reviews about this product recently. Many reviewers are saying the product’s formula has changed and is causing skin irritation for some. I haven’t experienced these issues, but wanted to be sure to share what other loyal users have experienced. Should I have any issues going forward, I will be sure to share!
In Conclusion: So there you have it! These products are Nikki Free Certified and used by me on a daily basis. If you decide to purchase and use any of my faves listed here, please share your thoughts with me! If you already use any of these items, leave a comment below sharing what you like or don’t like about them. I look forward to the feedback!
Oh, and about that “pretty dynamic forward flip on a trampoline”, check out my form! Ha!
As always, thanks for stopping by!