MUST HAVES: Keeping the New Year Simple

No I’m not dead Royals,

Although I’ve been M.I.A. for so long that you might have thought otherwise. In the last 3 months, I’ve moved and changed (daytime) careers. I won’t even try and pretend that I’ve figured this whole adult thing out, but hopefully I can find the time to continue something that brought me so much joy last year. For 2013, I plan on keeping things simple. Doing what makes me happy and eliminating things (and people) that don’t.There were countless beauty products I discovered last year that have become staples for me this year also. Maybe you’ll love some of them too :)

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System, $119


Worth EVERY DIME! I finally gave in and tried the highly celebrated Clarisonic and I must say it has truly made a difference in my skincare routine. It’s easy to use, gentle on my face and in conjunction with my cleanser has improved the texture of my skin. I literally despise cleansing my face any other way.

Although the Mia is the smaller/simpler version of all the Clarisonics offered, I think it’s more than what the average person will need.  It’s compact and perfect for travel. A full charge will provide you with about 3 weeks of use. It’s waterproof, so it’s perfect for the shower. Using the Clarisonic Mia for just 60 seconds a day will bring you your best skin ever!

When I was considering whether or not I wanted to purchase the Clarisonic Mia, my biggest concerns were price and a possible “skin purging”. Despite several reviews that said people broke out initially, I didn’t experience any breakouts at all. And to combat the price, I waited until my Birchbox points granted me $30 off. Add the coupon code they were promoting at the time and I got it for about $65! If you want to save money, I suggest waiting until ULTA or SEPHORA puts on their annual friends & family sales.

LUSH ‘Roots’ Hair Treatment, $19.95 (8.5 oz)


You all know my insatiable obsession with LUSH fresh handmade cosmetics. For the new year they came out with a ton of hair products to add to their already fabulous line. Roots Hair Treatment is THE BEST moisturizer I’ve ever used! It leaves my hair ridiculously soft and the mint infusion they use is very refreshing. Formulated for fine, thin hair it won’t weigh your strands down one bit. As a matter of fact, it’s formulated to give you tons of volume!

The instructions say to massage into roots and apply throughout your hair, leave on for 15-20 minutes and then shampoo and condition. I personally use it a little differently. After washing and conditioning my hair, I apply it like a deep conditioner and leave it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Then I rinse it out for hair that’s PERFECTION. Now I can’t prove this, but I swear it’s making my hair grow faster…The Theory: Mint increases blood flow to the scalp and in turn increases hair growth.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, $20

s1056092-main-LheroThanks to my Father’s genetics, my brows are light brown and sparse. So basically I need want to balance out my face and fill them in. Right at the very end of 2012, I found my holy grail brow product. Anastasia is already known as the far most authority on eyebrows and her products are just as fabulous. I once meet Anastasia in Chicago at a beauty event at Nordstroms. She even plucked my brows!

Well if you don’t have the luxury of flying her out to do your eyebrows like Oprah does, then you can use Brow Wiz to get perfect brows at home. The pencil is super fine which makes it easy to draw hair-like strokes to fill in your brows. There’s also something about the texture of the actual product that’s just a dream to work with. It’s slightly waxy so that you don’t have to worry about it rubbing off throughout the day. The deluxe spooly brush on the other end makes it super easy to blend everything in for a natural look. And did I mention it’s quick?! Perfect brows in minutes.



4 thoughts on “MUST HAVES: Keeping the New Year Simple

  1. Awesome post, I’ll definitely have to check into that lush product. I too have a couple must haves from 2012! The 1st is a natural, fragrant free Olive Oil made by Kiss My Face. It really affordable, about $3 a bar! I bought mine from Kroger but I’ve seen it at several holistic stores, such as Wholefoods! Mind you its not the normal soap size so it’ll last you a bit longer. And unlike most organic soaps it gives you a great lather and smells pretty nice too. I started with using it on my face which keeps me very clear and refreshed (esp. for those with sensitive skin). But now I use it as an all over body and it keeps my skin so clear and smooth. Definitely Greece’s best kept secrets ;) Another must have for me is Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk. It serves as a yummy leave-in after your conditioner. Always leaves my curls extra soft! This product is also greatly priced at $9.99 from Target! Couldn’t quite come up with a 3rd but these 2 will definitely not disappoint!

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