12.19.2011

Elle Sees' Best of Beauty Picks!



How was your weekend? Mine was so busy! I went to a live performance of the Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack (it was awesome) and had a party. I'm still tired and am over hot cocoa for a minute. Something I'm never over? Beauty products! Since the year is coming to a close, I'd thought I'd share just a few of my faves. You'll notice mostly what I use is drugstore, but my choices all have my stamp of approval! Enjoy and maybe you'll discover some new favorites.

Hair Tools

  • Hair dryer: HANA Hair Dryer (and not just because I got one for free!)--it cut my hair drying time in half. HALF!
  • Wand: Remington Curling Wand

Body

  • Moisturizer: Aveeno Daily Moisturizer (try generic)
  • Cleanser: Cetaphil (try generic)
  • Lotion: Vaseline Intensive Rescue (try generic)
  • Healing: Aquaphor

Hair

  • Color-Treated Shampoo: L'Oreal Vive Pro
  • Conditioning Treatment: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle 
  • Heat Protectant: Tressame Heat Protectant
  • Hairspray: Elnett by L'Oreal
  • Leave In Conditioner: It's a 10! Miracle Leave In
  • Dry Shampoo: Suave or Salon Grafix

Eyes

  • Eyeshadow Palette: Wet N Wild or Urban Decay Naked Palettes 
  • Pencil Eyeliner: NYX in black or Urban Decay
  • Brushes: ELF (I admit, my brushes are ELF, Sonia Kashuk or Target, so I'm limited here)
  • Primer: NYX or UD
  • Mascara: Dior Show or L'Oreal Volumnious Black or CoverGirl Lash Blast  
  • Jumbo Eye Pencil: NYX
  • False Lashes: ELF (easiest to use and cheap)

Lips

  • Moisturizing: Revlon Lip Butters
  • Gloss: Bare Minerals or Revlon
  • Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst
Nails
  • OPI (every shade I've tried is wonderful) or NYC (it's cheap and requires a couple of coats, but it works)
What are you favorites? If I missed a category, tell me, and I'll be sure to share my favorites.

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73 comments:

  1. Congrats to the winner!

    thanks for sharing your beauty favs. Have a great week ahead.

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  2. One of my favorite nail polish brands is Forever 21. The quality is incredible - and each color is really affordable! :)

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  3. Congrats to the winner. I'm still exhausted from this weekend too. I'm considering buying the OPI for Sephora gift set. It has 18 colors in tiny little bottles. I'd never really tried OPI so I'm glad you recommend it.

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  4. Cetaphil is the best! Especially the moisturizer... I don't know what I'd do with out during the miserable, dry winter wonderland months!
    And OPI is definitely my favorite! I've been wanting to try essie though...

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  5. you seem having fun there.. very busy I guess!!! i also use L'oreal for my hair :)
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  6. Love your beauty picks! I agree, beauty products are something I NEVER get tired of! :)

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  7. All of the hair products are my favorite. I am such a hair fanatic.

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  8. Over hot chocolate? I refuse to believe that!!!

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  9. I am a new follower! I love you blog!! And I'm an OPI addict as well...

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  10. I'm going to be trying that heat protectant for my hair!!!!! Love this list...I'm going to have to file it away for reference!

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  11. oh that Charlie Brown Christmas would be so fun!

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  12. Great list of must haves!

    http://chicgeekery.blogspot.com/

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  13. OPI is definitely my favorite nail polish too! And I also have ELF and target brushes; they're not bad. The Urban Decay pencil liners are my favorite, as well!

    This was a great post--so nice to see your favorites!

    xo, gina

    anythingimaginableblog.blogspot.com

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  14. oooh, fun! I can't wait to try some of these!

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  15. Will definitely look into some of these products. And I agree: Aussies 3MM is the best.

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  16. I've never used the ELF false lashes before but I think I should try them...

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  17. A live performance of Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack!!!??!!! That sounds incredible!

    And love all of your picks. I die for the Naked palettes. I've yet to get my hands on Nakeds2....

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  18. I hope your Monday is a bit relaxing at least. I've never been a huge fan of hot cocoa to begin with! I enjoyed reading your beauty picks and tips. I'm such a novice that I get overwhelmed by all the choices, so this post helps!

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  19. Love OPI and Urban Decay!! Great products, all of these!! I hope you have a great week flower!! xx

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  20. This is a great list - I'm going to be adding some of these to my shopping list :)

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  21. Elle, you've got some lovely picks here. Elf Studio brushes are really good buys!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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  22. I really like Cetaphil as a cleanser for both winter and summer - I use Boscia for facial moisturizer. It's so light!

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  23. Great post - always love hearing what peeps favs are. I love NYX lip anything, great color, texture. Most of my makeup is Nars. Like you my face routine is simple and I love Oil of Olay. I've tried Aveeno and like it too.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  24. Great post - always love hearing what peeps favs are. I love NYX lip anything, great color, texture. Most of my makeup is Nars. Like you my face routine is simple and I love Oil of Olay. I've tried Aveeno and like it too.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  25. Great post - always love hearing what peeps favs are. I love NYX lip anything, great color, texture. Most of my makeup is Nars. Like you my face routine is simple and I love Oil of Olay. I've tried Aveeno and like it too.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  26. Great picks! OPI is definitely my fave polish, too, though I also have some Cover Girl shades that I like.

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  27. Awesome products!
    Must try that leave-in conditioner!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  28. i hear so many great things about the hana hair dryer. and i think i'll have to pick up the ELF false lashes too!

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  29. Totally agree on Cetaphil and CG Lash Blast mascara. I'm also a fan of CG Lash Exact.

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  30. I really need that hair wand, I love the styles you create with it! great round up darlin.
    xo

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  31. I've been wanting a curling wand, might pick one up after Christmas, thanks for the suggestion!
    And I agree, OPI is great nail color even if it's a little pricey.

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  32. This is really helpful.

    OPI has always been my favorite, and I have so few.

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  33. Thanks for sharing the list. I'm currently using Dermalogica for my skin and absolutely love it. xoxo
    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

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  34. I love discovering new beauty products - will totally have to try some of these out!

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  35. Wish the Suave dry shampoo had worked for me - a cheap alternative would be good to have on hand!

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  36. I love seeing what other people rave about! Will definitely be trying some of these out :)
    Emma xxx
    http://www.gawgusthings.com
    @gawgusthings

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  37. what a lucky girl she is!

    my favorite lip gloss\chapstick is EOS (evolution of smooth). it's in a cute little egg. have you seen it?? i'm on my third one!(:

    southernpinky.blogspot.com

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  38. If by pumpkins fan you mean Smashing Pumpkins then hells yeah.

    P.S. - Careful with OPI, lots of toxic chemicals that ruin your nails if used too much.

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  39. My all time favorite mascara is Chanel Inimitable, totally works for me! When it comes to other things, I am not as picky.

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  40. Ohhh I love CoverGirl Lash Blast! Skin moisturizer...Melaleuca's Renew. Lip moisturizer...Nivea's stuff that comes in that blue tube. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Because clearly I don't...

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  41. Ohhh LOVE CoverGirl Lash Blast. Skin moisturizer..Melaleuca's Renew. Lip moisturizer...Nivea's stuff that comes in the thick, blue tube. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Because clearly I don't...

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  42. Love aussie products.. I have been using them a lot lately!

    XX
    Jessie
    http://87life.blogspot.com

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  43. you have so many fab favorites that i want to try!

    and you are OVER hot chocolate? that made me laugh.

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  44. I really like your site and I love your style. I would also love to have you as a follower of the Style~ Spotlighted! Of course, I will gladly return the favor ;) Hope to see you very soon!

    http://stylespotlighted.blogspot.com

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  45. thanks for posting this! i love love dior show mascara! i can't live without it! i'm going to try out some of your picks!

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  46. Ooh, I've been looking for a good dry shampoo. I've never used one before but really want to! I'll have to look into your suggestions!!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  47. Thanks for sharing all your beauty favs. I should print this list for a reference.
    Congrats to the winner

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  48. i absolutely LOVE anything OPI

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  49. Hehe I know you said you're over it, but you've got me hankering for a hot chocolate right now...

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  50. LOVE your beauty faves!!! What a great list! I just discovered Cetaphil face wash and I am in love! Where has it been all my life!? I love OPI nail color! My gel manicure looks amazing and I can't imagine not getting it again!!! But will forever have OPI on my toes!

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  51. so good to know about all these- thanks!

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  52. I'm also a fan of Aveeno Moisturizer and Cetaphil Cleanser. I've never tried Elnett hairspray, but I've heard great things about it!

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  53. Sounds like a really fun weekend! And thank for all the beauty recommendations :)
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  54. Totally with ya on the Hana (got mine free too :D)...Seriously the BEST styling solution for those always on the go! I've been pitching them ever since to all my friends and readers...will check the rest of your list out...thanks for sharing!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com


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  55. Congratulations to the winner! I hope you will have a relaxing xmas and these are all great picks!

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  56. SO many good tips in here. I need to revamp my whole beauty drawer!

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  57. How do you feel about Essie polishes?

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  58. Love that bare minerals gloss. Great list!

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  59. Yay to Dior Show AND L'Oreal Voluminous mascara. Love them both :)

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  60. great picks!!! congrats to the winner!

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  61. I love Cetaphil cleanser and Wet N Wild cosmetics. Great selection!
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  62. Congrats to the winner and great picks (I'm reminde to try OPI again!)

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  63. Loving this list hun. Dior mascara, I've tried and Aveeno is great!

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  64. i also love my Hana Air Dryer!! it also cut my drying time in HALF!! hope you have a great week girl!!

    love, jamie
    @jamielechic

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  65. Cool post. I mostly use drugstore brands too and like you everything is a different brand usually.
    Daphne.

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  66. I want to go to a charlie brown christmas!!!! That sounds so fun. And I agree that Aveeno moisturizer is always the way to go.

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  67. I love your beauty picks! Dior Show and OPI are my very favorite things in this world.

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  68. Checking all of these products out stat!

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  69. I won!? Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry this is so late!!! If you chose another winner, I totally understand.

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  70. I spent last 2 hours reading your articles ! And must say: awseome website ! !

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