Happy Thanksgiving + Beauty Products I’m Thankful For

‘Tis the day to ponder how blessed we are and how we can be a blessing to others. Beyond sumptuous meals and festivities, I am thankful to be alive, healthy and surrounded by supportive loved ones!

This week, select members of The Beauty Council collaborated to feature products we are thankful for. In my little black book of vanity, they are essentials (1) I can’t live without (2) repurchased many times (3) used countless times. Life-saver, absolutely!

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Choosing which items to include for this post wasn’t that hard because they are mainstays in my ever-expanding beauty stash. So in no random order, here are my picks (reviews are linked):

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Two years and counting, declares my ever reliable MIA2 from Clarisonic! I use this nightly and recharge it every 3 wks or so. I have repurchased the brush (for sensitive skin) many times over. Call it perception marketing but since owning this gadget, I cannot call it a night without using it. Clarisonic = clean face.

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I love body oils, that’s a fact. I’ve tried several brands but L’Occitane Fleur D’Or & Acacia Luminous Oil quelled me like no other. One bottle lasts me for about a month so I need a backup at any given time. It hydrates my skin so well with fragrance which seems to transport moi to nirvana. Subtly floral, never intoxicating. It’s so good I had to purchase the EDT for layering.

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Summer glow year-round, thanks to my favorite foundation to-date, Guerlain Terracota Joli Teint. It’s matte without looking dull, has spf 20, does not require a primer underneath or setting powder, and totally budge-proof. 

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Okay fine Imma vampire. But seriously, I’m thankful for all the serums I have tried because time stood still… I don’t know about you but it ain’t ticking for me! A recent discovery but ultimately my favorite from Murad, Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum does work. It did brighten my face and fade post-acne marks. I hope this won’t get discontinued or I’m doomed.

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Makeup brushes come and go but this foundation brush from Tarte is the best I have tried! I’ve washed it countless times and used practically everyday but it never lost its form or shed a single strand from day one. Like ever. And ever. Individually it costs $32 but when you buy it from QVC, you can get it + Tarte foundation for only $39!

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Irreverently used a.k.a I-dont-care-how-gorgeous-the-packaging-is-I-will-use-it-until-it-hits-pan. I rarely contour but I like sun-kissed look on a daily basis. I own several bronzers but I always gravitate towards Givenchy Croisiere Terre Exotique 2 Douce Croisiere. Quite a mouthful, but in plain jane’s lingo, it only means one thing: naturally glowing.

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In days I want to look more dolled-up, I turn to Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure (soft plum) and Diffused Heat (peachy pink). Finely milled and glitter-free, it gives my cheek the right amount of color!

Saving my huge addiction for last…. Designer-brand lippies!!!! Of course this post won’t be complete without reiterating my insane adulation over Tom Ford and Givenchy lipsticks, to name a few. You can tell I have repurchased many times, totally guilt-free! I work hard so I call these treats my calorie-free candies! Indulgence ain’t a sin baby. 

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some Tom Ford and Givenchy lippies randomly selected for pictorial 🙂


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13 Comments

  1. November 27, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    Your list seriously is awesome. I really really REALLY need to get some of those Tom Ford lippies. They are calling my name through the computer screen.

  2. November 27, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    Wow, such a great list! <3 I'm loving the lipsticks! <3

  3. November 27, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    wow! Great picks! Those Hourglass blushes sound fabulous!

  4. November 28, 2014 / 1:43 am

    Such an amazing selection, Kath! Your collection of TF Lipsticks definitely made me smile! Such a fab list from a seriously fab badass beauty blogging beauty!

  5. November 28, 2014 / 2:18 am

    Happy Thanks Giving Day 🙂

  6. November 28, 2014 / 3:04 am

    I must try the Murad dark spot fade serum 'coz I still need help with my darn spots! I love oils too, and you are reminding me to find my Hourglass Ambient Lighting tho' I didn't buy the blush trio but still would love it. Finally, I am envious of your incredible designer lippie collection. Better than any museum, almost 😉

  7. November 28, 2014 / 7:41 am

    Super jelly of your fabulous collection of LE designer lippies 🙂 And your list is fantastic!

  8. November 28, 2014 / 9:19 am

    The design of that Mia2! Now I think mine is boring… but oh well, it works ;-)!

  9. November 29, 2014 / 5:19 am

    You have such a fabulous list of goodies. I absolutely love the Murad Lightening serum.

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