We all know how fun and invigorating it can be to buy new beauty supplies (guiltyyy). It’s not time to talk about that. Nope. Ladies, it’s time to talk about our staples. The oldies but the goodies. No matter how many times we stray and think we’ve found our new go-to, we always eventually come crawling back to these guys.

1. ROSEBUD SALVE

Rosebud Salve Minted RoseThis stuff is amazing. Seriously. And this is coming from a self-proclaimed lip balm snob.  I’ve tried every variation in every form. Rosebud Salve comes in comes in three varieties and versions (currently, I’m obsessed with Minted Rose in the squeeze tube version) and it hasn’t let me down yet. It keeps that smacker hydrated while also adding a glossy and rosy finish. And who doesn’t want that? Hmm???

 

 

LOOK AT THAT PUCKER. (But, don't look too long because it starts to look really weird.)

LOOK AT THAT PUCKER. (But, don’t look too long because it starts to look really weird.)

2. Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner

Laura Mercier Cake EyelinerOh YEAH. Ever wanted to make your eyes pop without looking like you tried too hard? Then you want this li’l guy. All you need is a flat tipped liner brush, some water to activate, and concentration while you get the hang of applying it! For a subtler look with all the added perks, I press the brush on my upper lash line with my favorite shade Bleu Marine (a deep midnight navy), top it with a couple coats of mascara and call it a day.

 

 

3. Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Body Butter

Burt's Bees Honey & Shea Body ButterThis body butter is intensely hydrating and has a wonderfully silky finish. Before every acting performance (yeah, this is my day-job), I slather this stuff on my arms and collarbones because it me a gives a healthy glow. Plus you’ll smell faintly like a delicious Bear Claw pastry for the rest of the day. And people will notice. And people like the smell of pastries. So. I guess what I’m suggesting is…if you use this, you’ll probably make a hundred new friends who also share your affinity for almond-flavored pastries.

 

4. Tea Tree & Lavender Essential Oils

Tea Tree & Lavender Essential OilsI’m kind of a freak about essential oils. They have so many healing properties and have become a staple in my medicine cabinet. For beauty purposes, I mainly use Tea Tree and Lavender. I put Tea Tree directly on blemishes and allergy reactions and it clears them right up! I also like to steam my face over a pot of simmering water with a couple drops of Tea Tree (if my face is a broken-out-hormonal mess), or Lavender (if I’m having trouble sleeping and/or my skin tone is uneven).  At least once every couple weeks, when the skin on my body really needs to take a chill-pill, I take a restorative Epsom Salt bath (2 cups Epsom salts, ½ cup Baking Soda and a few drops of Lavender essential oil). No matter how bad my skin was before I get in, after fifteen minutes, it is so vastly improved and I am way less stressed out.

5. OPI Nail Envy

OPI Nail EnvyConfession time: I am a lifelong nail biter. But, recently, I have gone long stretches without biting. I owe it to Nail Envy. This stuff hardens those nails so much that they become bite-proof (unless you’re determined, very stressed out and/or don’t care if your teeth hurt). It’s also a great base coat to start off your home manicure!

 

 

 

If all goes according to plan, I’m using those staples to their full potential, and have some killer lighting on my side, I’ll turn out something like this.

Staples Final Look

Those are my staples. But, hey, what are yours?! Inquiring minds want to know! Share in the comments below and let’s get to gettin’!

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