Style & Beauty
Tried & Tested: Products that Beauty Insiders Swear By
1/31/2018 10:04:49 PM
Must Haves

The beauty industry thrives on change, and every new season brings some hot new product -- like unicorn highlighter or matte liquid lipstick -- that becomes all the rage for a few months and then disappears into the bottom of the makeup drawer, never to be seen again. However, some tried and true cosmetics, both high-end and drugstore brand, never seem to go out of style. 

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara 
It’s a classic piece of beauty trivia that a tube of Great Lash is sold every 1.7 seconds, and there’s a reason so many people swear by the iconic pink and green tube. Great Lash is thick without being clumpy, and the brush provides really good coverage. Plus, Great Lash doesn’t smear the way other drug store mascaras can. For five bucks, it’s an unbeatable value.

Bare Minerals Foundation 
The cosmetic brand that got their start on late-night infomercials is now a staple of department stores and Sephoras nationwide. And for good reason. Bare Minerals is foundation for people who hate foundation. It’s easy to brush on, totally blendable, thick enough to cover acne, and light enough to leave users looking barefaced. Though Bare Minerals is a bit pricey, fans say it’s worth every penny.

Urban Decay Naked Eye Shadow Palette 
The racy name actually refers to the subtlety of the shades in Urban Decay’s cult favorite eye shadow collection. The Naked palette’s nude hues range from shimmery champagne to smoky gray, and the sheer formula means the collection is perfect for everyday wear but also buildable for special nighttime looks. 

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Gloss
Though the packaging and the name suggest Baby Lips is intended for children, these balms are for anyone who loves soft lips with a subtle hint of color. They’re ultra-moisturizing without being greasy and give lips a just-bitten tint that’s perfect for a more natural look.

MAC Ruby Woo Red Lipstick
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s absolutely nothing subtle about MAC’s Ruby Woo, and that’s just what fans of a bold red lip love about it. Ruby Woo is the little black dress of fire engine red lipsticks; it looks great on nearly every skin type. Plus, MAC’s rich formula means the shade goes on easy and stays put for ages, making it long-wear without being dry or cakey.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion 
It seems like no visit to the dermatologist is complete without a receiving a plastic bag full of a dozen sample size bottles of CeraVe moisturizer, and that’s more than just good PR on the brand’s part. Professionals swear by CeraVe because no matter the skin concern—dryness, acne, combination, or eczema—CeraVe’s gentle but powerful moisturizer never causes flare-ups and heals even the flakiest skin. It’s good for face and body, which makes it a better value than many overpriced "facial” moisturizers that cause irritation in some skin types. 

Of course, settling into a beauty routine is all about testing until we find our own favorites. Since everyone’s skin and preferences are different there’s no one product that works for everyone. Finding a must-have product is simply a matter of finding something that truly works for you.
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