I get fully ready almost every day – it’s part of my self-care and makes me feel polished and productive. Testing beauty products is a part of my job, and after so many years of doing this, I’ve discovered which ones are the best investments that give you superior results. Without further ado, the holy grail makeup and other beauty products I swear by!
Elemis Cleansing Balm
I never use makeup wipes because instead of taking your makeup off, they just move it around your face, which leads to breakouts.This cleansing balm, on the other hand, is amazing! It melts the makeup right off your face. Just make sure you apply it to dry skin and cover your eyes last, then later your face with warm water prior to rinsing.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
I’ve never come across a more hydrating cream. My skin can be a touch dry sometimes and this completely brings it back to life! That said, it’s still very lightweight and absorbs quickly. You really don’t need a lot of product, so I end up using the leftovers on my hands.
This tool changed my life! It’s pricey, but if you style your hair often, you’ll be amazed at how much time you can save. You can use it on wet hair to dry and style it WITHOUT extreme heat, which is important as someone who likes to save my hair some damage and air dry it. The Airwrap also has a ton of different attachments, so it’s very versatile.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner
This pencil is so creamy and easy to apply. One of my favorite pencils because of how creamy it is. It also lasts forever! I always recommend their most iconic shade, Pillow Talk, because it’s flattering on all skin colors. Absolutely holy grail makeup.
Artis Brush Oval 7
Artis brushes are an investment but they’re truly incredible. They’re so soft, effortlessly smooth, and very luxurious looking. This brush in particular is perfect for seamlessly blending my foundation in. It takes less than five minutes now! Use my code HKCUNG for 30% off your order.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum
Never underestimate the power of a great vitamin C serum! I’m obsessed with this one. It only took two weeks for me to notice a visible difference and now my skin is plump, glowy, and SO soft. A little goes a long way too. Just apply one drop on each cheek and your forehead, then press it into your skin.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate
I love Kate Somerville products and this one keeps my skin baby soft. Because it’s a chemical scrub, you can rinse it off after only two minutes. Great news whether you’re short on time or have an extensive routine like me!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze
Eyebrows can be very finicky, which is what makes this styling wax such a game changer. It keeps them looking fluffy and full all day without feeling hard or flaky. If you have unruly brows or want to achieve a certain look like I do, this is a must have!
Kenra 25 Spray
This hairspray is the best of both worlds – its maximum strength formula helps your hair hold its style and volume while also being very natural looking. As a former Miss Nebraska USA I’ve had to do my hair a lot and this one is my absolute favorite!
Nars Creamy Concealer
This concealer had to be a part of my holy grail makeup list! It’s my go-to and really brightens my under-eyes. I like that you get great coverage without it being heavy. It also lasts all day and night.