Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Holy Grail Beauty Products

You all know I try to do beauty/hair posts at least once per week & I thought I'd do a full re-cap of my Holy Grail products that I've emptied & re-purchased. I know most of you have seen me use these products & mention them frequently over the past year but I wanted to share the products that constantly stick around. 

I LOVE trying to beauty products.. it is kind of sad how much I love it! We have Sephora/Ulta bags ALL over our house, lol. In fact, last night we had to run errands and I got so many new products to try! (You can see those on my Snapchat: emilyanngemm). I'll snap review those products soon, btw! One of them is a lipstick that is a nude/light pink & holy cow- it is gorgeous!

1. Bobbi Brown Blush (These are very pigmented & wear SO well! I have two pinks that are amazeeee!)
2. Laura Mercier Loose Powder (Ob.Sessed. I have a small travel size of this too because I am crazy about it! Great for combo/oily -- and perfect for baking- I bake under my eyes.)
3. Wet Brush (What I use to de-tangle my hair - it doesn't hurt or damage your hair!)
4. Real Techniques BB (Much more affordable & just as good as the Beauty Blender)
5. Sigma Flat Top Kabuki (I own TWO of these because it is THE best foundation brush.. so that when one is drying I still have the other. Its great if you need fuller coverage.)
6. Smashbox Primer (I love this exact formula the best - I've tried them all! Nothing compares - leaves the smoothest texture.)
7. Almay Eye Makeup Remover (I've been using this one for over 4 years - it is the best! It is oily but I like the oil in it - makeup literally wipes right off in a swipe.)
9. Alterna Heat Protectant (helps held my curls in for longer - I was given a sample & loved it so much I bought the full size.)
11. Estee Lauder Double Wear (I wear dessert beige. My beauty routine on my sidebar -->.)
12. Anastasia Brow Pomade (I love all of her products. The threading lady took off half of my eyebrow.. ouch! and this is my go-to product for faking it!)
13. Mac Fix+ (Really good if you are dry! It will keep your makeup looking fresh & alive - not powdery. I spray it on my foundation brush also bc it has glycerin in it & helps makeup stay longer.)
14. Bed Head Massive Shine Hairspray (I like the formula & the smell!)
15. T3 Micro Curling Iron (I use the 1" curling iron attachment, I use the 1" wand too - both are amazing!)

PS. I forgot something... THIS bronzer is EVERYTHING. (No, there's no #10 bc the zero was not cute!)


  1. Just about HALF of these are my holy grail products too haha! I swear by my anastasia dip brow pomade

  2. I have some of these, they are awesome:P

    Shall We Sasa

  3. I'm ordering the LM powder and Dior lip plumper asap!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your faves! I just ordered the lip maximizer + the kabuki foundation brush :) I always look forward to trying out new beauty products! :)

  5. Love that you left out the #10 bc for aesthetic purposes! Totally something I would do too! Haha! Thanks for the blender tip .. I will be getting one of those next time instead.

    How 2 Wear It []

    1. LOVE all these products, but totally need you to explain why she left out the #10?!

  6. I have to say, your hair & makeup is always top notch! I might have to give some of these a red-hot go!

  7. Great picks!!! I have been using that Laura Mercier powder for a month or so now and I love it!!! My favorite part about is that I don't look like a ghost in pictures anymore haha. :-) I'm going to try that Smashbox primer when my current one runs out. Thank you for sharing!! :-)

  8. Awesome list! I definitly CANNOT live without my wet brush!

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

  9. The wet brush is without a doubt one of my holy grail items! I am obsessed with it!

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    Maddy xo

  10. Love MAC fix plus! I need to try that heat protectant too!


  11. I have most of these. In winters it is too hard to look beautiful as like in summers. But it is not impossible if have some great make tips for winters.

  12. What do you use to control the horrible frizz?!!

  13. I love this! First, #2,4,6 & 7 have been my favorite picks for so long! I really want to try the liquid make up- I have been unhappy with my face routine lately.
    I have a question too: what program do you use to make these round up posts?
    Xo, Tara

  14. I've been wanting to try the Laura Mercier loose powder and the Dior lip plumper. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I really like your blog, so fun. I really like the Laura Mercier primer and tinted moisturizer but I really want to try the loose powder, might have to order off Space NK.

  16. bahahahaha I love the reason for no number 10! Thanks for the list girl!

  17. I love ABH products...especially the brow pomade! I will definitely have to try some of these other products, thanks for sharing!

    Meghan |

  18. I use several of these products and love them!! I really want to try the Estee Lauder foundation!


  19. I need another Sigma brush! Those brushes are the best! Is the curling iron worth the price? I have a Nume and it works pretty well but I'm always looking to step up my curl game!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

  20. I love all of these - especially any Bed Head products. Thanks for sharing!

    Sara Kate Styling

  21. So glad you shared all of these! I just ordered smash box photo finish primer (so excited to try)!

    Happy Thursday //

  22. What color pinks do you have in the blush? Do you use the heat protectant and the texture spray you mentioned in another post together? Do you like the ambient bronzer or the MAC bronzer better? Thanks so much.

  23. LOVE my Wet Brush! And that Laura Mercier powder has been on my "must get" list for awhile... gonna pull the trigger now. Thanks, friend!

  24. The Wet Brush is a long-haired girl's dream! Lots of great products here...I'm adding some to my list! Thanks girl!

    Mariah @ Faith & Fashion

  25. Ok, so I want to try everything! One thing I've recently been concerned about is using product with very unnatural ingredients. I've been using bobbi, chanel, etc for my whole life but now not sure if I should just stick with this type of make up (try estee lauder) or switch to like beauty counter? i'm worried about beauty counter products not giving me enough coverage. Have you tried any "natural" products? Would love your feedback! xo


  26. What do you mean bake under the eyes? Also, can you do a post on how you use foundation/concealer/powder for full coverage? Love this post, thanks!

  27. I am so obsessed with my wet brush that I just ordered a travel size to keep in my purse! Great tips. Thanks for sharing!

  28. The Wet Brush is a miracle worker! I love the items you chose!

  29. Love all of these items! My faves are the Smashbox Primer & Laura Mercier powder.

  30. I do love my estee lauder foundation but I think I got it in a shade too dark! The Bobbi Brown blush sounds beautiful, I have always wanted to own more by that brand!

    Emma’s World x

  31. Do you use a toner? If you do which one do you use

  32. Do you use a toner? If you do which one do you use

  33. Thanks for sharing this! I might try a few of these!
    Mademoiselle Coconath


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