There have been certain key items in my beauty closet that I have discovered in the past few months that I am pretty enthused about.  Beauty-lovers know that finding a good product is a very special thing: you come to rely on it and wonder how you ever made do without it. Finding a key new product that becomes a staple or go-to piece in your cosmetics case is a special occurrence, so finding a few within a short period of time is really something. Here are my new favorite things that I’m consistently pulling out of my (large and jam-packed) beauty box.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Pressed Powder in Honey Beige, around $6

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This press powder goes on light but thorough enough to cover all blemishes and use as your foundation/base/everything. Through the NYC summer heat, I’ve never once gotten makeup on my clothes or hands. Blends seamlessly and lets your skin breathe. And this honey beige is a great color for a golden summer tan.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Pink, around $6

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Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness. This is a creme-based color and is pretty, girlie, vibrant, and displays confidence.

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black and Bold Brown, $4.99

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This is my favorite kind of eyeliner, the creamy self-sharpening kind. This glides on easily and smooth. I do recommend using a kohl-based eyeliner for the inner rims of your bottom lashes but this is the perfect eyelid eyeliner.

L’oreal Paris Double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara, $7.99

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I’m always on the hunt for a mascara that lengthens and dramatizes. This double-wanded mascara is doing the trick. Step 1 lengthens and intensifies, while Step 2 “illuminates.” The Step 2 wand has a sparkle and the shape of the brush nicely curls the outer lashes. Clump-free, flake and smudge resistant.

Maybelline New York Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown, around $5

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I have needed to fill in my brows with pencil after the over-plucking crisis that occurred during the middle school years. This is my favorite product I have ever found to do this. The pencil fills in precisely and goes on smooth and steadily. Instead of using the brush end, I use a free mascara wand from Sephora. I am proud to say that I get compliments on my full but well-groomed eyebrows, which I have mastered plucking all by myself since my younger years. This product has helped me achieve eyebrow nirvana!

CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Plumberry Glow, under $4

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This bright pink blush has been my go-to with a summer tan. Cheery, girlie, and hot pink enough to show up with your darkened summer skin tone.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic, around $7

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This stain goes on nice and slick, not dry, and has a minty tingly quality. I love the color. Bright and bold but yet subtle at the same time. And stays on nicely. LOVE!

L’oreal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, $8.95

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I am pretty skilled at makeup but have had difficulty mastering the cat eye liner. This felt-tip-marker-esque liner has made it as easy as any product I’ve tried. The ultra-fine felt tip gives you total control, delivering the perfect amount of liner. I recommend layering another eyeliner (I use my Revlon ColorStay) on top for a thicker finish, as I’ve found the line this one leaves diminishes a bit after using an eyelash curler. This pic above and in the eyebrow pencil section shows the two eyeliners layered together.

Garnier Fructis Style Products for Curls: Curl Scrunch Gel, Curl Construct Mousse, and Curl Cam Down Anti-Frizz Cream, under $5, 

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Summer time means bye-bye blowdryer and hello to on-the-go hairstyles with my natural wavy hair. I’ve been told over the years that this look perfectly suits me, better than straightening or curling irons, so finding the right products has been key. I swear by these Garnier Fructis Style products for curls. I’ve used the gel for years but this summer began mixing and matching with the mousse and anti-frizz cream. The gel is for in-control spirals with defined hold, the mousse boosts curls and eliminates frizz, and the moisturizing cream is also anti-frizz and calms down unruly curls to create 24-hour definition. I mix up which combos I use or sometimes use just one. Either way, I am very satisfied with the looks and the variety keeps it more interesting for me!

A few different good hair days caught on camera….

Scrunched up good for a night out dancing, seen here with my cat eye look using the products described here!

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This was a good hair day caught while taking a pic of my adorable new American Apparel crop top ($22), that looked perfect with the skirt and belt I had on. I like the hair here, just a small bit of product for a beachy look. Can’t wait to wear this outfit!

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This look was actually created by accident. My hair was brushed out and airdried completely but because it had a surprisingly nice shape, I simply added the anti-frizz cream to it. I probably couldn’t recreate this if I tried but I was psyched about the results that night. Here’s me trying my Blue Steel face.

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Lastly, out for my friends bachelorette (she’ll be “Mrs. Lamb” next month!), having a particularly good hair night. Thanks Garnier!

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