When we’re not fixating on designers, Claire and I are probably dedicating too much brain space to 1) snacks and 2) lotions and potions to put on our faces, our skin, and our hair. And since our heads are swimming with so many (too many?) thoughts about eyebrow pencils, shampoos, and highlighting creams, we decided to share at least some of them here. These are the things—purchased over and over again—that fill our medicine cabinets, makeup bags, and shower caddies. —erica
RMS Living Luminizer
This was gifted to both of us by our friend Diana, who is a programmer—she told us it was the only thing that kept her looking human throughout grad school. It is pretty magical how a swipe of sheer shiny stuff on your cheek and brow bones can change your whole face.
Paul & Joe Eyebrow Pencil 02 Duo Brun
For a minute, I thought they had discontinued this product, so I immediately bought 15 of them on the internet.
Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner in Nude
Been wearing this ish since high school—no joke. It’s good on its own with some clear lip balm but also plays nice with a bold lip color.
Restorsea SPF 30 Lotion
This is the only facial SPF that doesn’t irritate my skin. It’s expensive, but so is skin cancer.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
I’m pretty sure the whole world already knows how powerful this stuff is, but I wanted to remind you guys just in case. You will never see my under-eye area in public without it.
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Saucy Plum
This is one of those marker-style lip colors, but it doesn’t get all dry and crusty like some of them do. I love this shade because it feels like someone just turned up the saturation on my natural lip color.
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin
Technically, this is nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers. BUT NO MATTER. Really, it’s just pure lanolin that has kept my lips unchapped all winter long.
Lorac Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Don’t let liquid liner scare you. This is more like a pen than a brush, and you just rest it horizontally along your lash line, glide…and clean up any mistakes with a Q-tip.
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
Really, there are about 14 Josie Maran products that I love, but this is like the gold standard. I even convinced my husband to start using it as aftershave (just don’t tell him I told you).
Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara
This stuff has a big, fluffy brush like Diorshow—my former go-to—but 1) it’s less expensive and 2) it’s free of parabens and all o’ that nonsense.
Claire and I both swear by this thing. I know what you’re thinking: I don’t need an $11 sponge, okay thanks bye. But it makes all of your makeup do what you want it to do! Like wizardry! And it’s gotten me to fall for cream blush.
Acure Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo
I’ve tried washing my hair every other day. I’ve tried dry shampoo. And those tactics have left me feeling like a big ball of grease by noon. So, I lather up daily with this sulfate-free clarifying shampoo, which doesn’t dry out my strands or require me to pile on the conditioner.
Nature’s Way Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
God, so much coconut oil. I use it as moisturizer—straight out of the shower, without even really towel-drying, honestly—and as shaving cream. (Yes, shaving cream.)
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