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Best Buys: Hair & Beauty Products by Krista

by Krista, posted to Beauty

I'm not a big make-up wearer or hair person, but these beauty buys are truly awesome.

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'They're Real' Mascara

This is literally the best mascara I have EVER tried. Even better than the Bad Gal - and it doesn't smear or leave you with racoon eyes before the day is over!

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Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara

With a big, bad brush and a rich, black formula, its like wearing a...more

Believe the hype - this stuff is AMAZING.

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Boo-Boo Cover-Up

Cover up skin imperfections with this formula that encourages natural healing.

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Every Drop Beauty Spatula

The Every Drop Beauty Spatula is pretty smart. It allows you to use...more

How awesome is this?! No more wasting pricy foundations.

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CARGO Classic Lip Gloss (Big Sur)

Lavish your lips in luscious moisture with CARGO Classic Lip Gloss -...more

Big Sur is my favorite place on Earth, and its also the color of my new Cargo lip gloss!

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Raw African Black Soap

I tried this on a whim when there wasn't anything else available in my sister's shower and I'm absolutely amazed at how wonderful my skin feels today! Said to help with acne scars, poor complexions and more. I'm a believer and you will be too.

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Bausch & Lomb Biotrue Multi-Purpose Solution


So I don't put this on my face exactly, but it's the best contact solution on the face of the Earth! My eyes have never felt so refreshed. Highly, highly recommend!

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Correct & Perfect Spot Treatment

Correct & Perfect Spot Treatment is formulated to treat bumpy acne...more

I credit my best friend for this one...she first discovered this at Nordstrom Spa and has since shared it with me. It is absolutely life-changing and stops any blemish right in it's tracks! Highly recommend this miracle treatment (find it on Amazon or at your local Sephora).

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Get Started Kit, bareMinerals

bareMinerals Get Started Kit - Everything you need to achieve...more

I got this when I first tried bareMinerals - it came with my color foundation, warmth, two brushes and brush shampoo for only $60! Such a steal.

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Prime Time Foundation Primer, bareEscentuals

Combine two steps into one with prime time foundation primer. It helps with all kinds of complexion problems and has SPF 15 coverage. Your skin will feel amazing!

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Matte Foundation in Fairly Light, bareEscentuals

MATTE SPF 15 Foundation gives you all the flawless coverage you want...more

Its silky, soft texture looks like a powder, but feels like a cream and buffs on beautifully for even, airy light coverage.

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Warmth, bareEscentuals

Create your own endless summer! Wear it over, under, or mixed together...more

This warmth All-Over Face Color adds rich, velvety color to your complexion to give you a radiant, healthy-looking hue. It's key for a pale gal like me!

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*Note: Have the Right Tools (it makes a HUGE difference!)

Good brushes make all the difference - I love the ones from bareMinerals best. Since they're designed for mineral make-up, they're lightweight and provide excellent coverage. Highly recommend!

Claudia: I agree- I invested in more brushes and it made a huge difference. Be sure to also clean your brushes on the regular. It helps prevent some breakouts :)

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Blush in Laughter, bareMinerals

Get cheeky with a pop of color that brightens your face and defines...more

I love this - it provides just the right amount of color! The color laughter is a pretty close mineral version of stila's gerbera convertible color...a pretty, peachy pink.

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*Note: Clean your brushes

Well-Cared For Brush Conditioning Shampoo washes away all traces of...more

The best brush conditioning shampoo out there!

Claudia:'ve already added itI LOVE this shampoo, I've used others and it ruined my brushes. I will only use this shampoo from now on

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Prime Time Primer Shadow Kit, bareMinerals

Experience vivid, waterproof color in an airy lightweight texture that...more

I love the primer in 'champagne toast' with a little bit of liner under the top lash line. The mini mascara is perfect for keeping in my purse! Also includes a brush and small eyeshadow pot.

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Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, Maybelline

Lash lengthening and thickening mascara.

Consistently ranked as a top product among make-up artists and consumers alike, this mascara in "Blackest Black" tops my list. Bonus - it's inexpensive!

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Twig Lipsticks, MAC

This works on virtually any skin tone and is a neutral that will never go out of style. It's my go-to when I need just a litttlllle bit more.

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Sugar Rose Lip Treatment, fresh

Blends reparative oils & waxes with real sugar Seals in moisture...more

OK, I just bought this over the weekend and first thing on Monday I see it on Laurie Davis' (CEO of eFlirt Expert) list of "Date Night Make-up Must Haves". I guess I'm doing something right! This product is seriously awesome - makes your lips soft with the slightest tint.

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Related Link: Master the Technique

Swirl, tap and buff your way to a fabulous complexion with the secrets from Leslie Blodgett & bareMinerals with this YouTube vid. Not using mineral make-up? Visit a store and learn the best technique in person.

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More? Check out my guest post for stila

My guest blog for stila cosmetics - would you believe that I was once...more

After years of being clueless, I enlisted the help of a friend who really knows her stuff (OK, so she's a licensed pro). Don't be shy - have fun with it! Read more of my story in my official guest blog post for stila cosmetics.

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