Happy May, everyone! For this particular essentials list, I’d like to really hone in and focus on specific products to give you guys a little guidance and a sneak peek into the life of a beauty and product-obsessed junkie (me). Have no fear, because unlike a lot of these beauty lists, I am actually ballin’ on a budget. Or not even ballin’ really, just budgeting. So I hope you can find it not only in your heart, but also your budget to try these products because I truly love them.
1. A nice spring nail polish color from Jessica Cosmetics
I couldn’t think of a better way to explain these fantastic Jessica nail polish colors. Jessica Cosmetics is actually a brand I had never heard of until a friend gave me a pack of five for Christmas. These have officially become my new favorite brand — goodbye OPI, goodbye Essie, goodbye everything else. It dries in like five minutes. Not five minutes and it’s still mushy or you’re still going to get those annoying creases, but five minutes and you are DONE. It makes me smile just thinking about it. It also lasts. Like the only time I take it off is when I’m ready for a new color. My three favorites at the moment are: Skyscraper Blue, Taupe This, and Concrete Jungle (pictured below). But have no fear I will be purchasing more.
2. Victoria’s Secret body spray
As the temperature slowly rises (it will probably fall again though) I know some people don’t like to wear heavy perfumes. So instead of a perfume I would suggest a nice body spray — or a body mist if you will. I think Victoria’s Secret has the BEST types of body sprays. They are relatively inexpensive, have a huge selection and are quite potent (a good thing if you ask me). I personally own the Sexy Little Things Noir Body Mist, and while you may feel ridiculous buying something called “Sexy Little Things,” just remember you’d rather smell like a garden of Victoria’s Secret roses than a sweaty subway rat.
3. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
I usually go for my GlamGlow cleanser, but I ran out a month ago and I’m not in the place financially or spiritually where I can spend $65 on a tub of face mask. Enter Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque (quite a mouthful), a very similar GlamGlow Youth Mud counterpart at about half the price and twice as much product. Since it’s not as strong, I suggest using 2 to 3 times a week for 10 to 20 minutes. Believe you me, all the gunk you lathered on your face during our not so mild winter will be gently extracted from your pores.
4. Natural hair products such as Organix
In my sometimes plight to use more natural products (I think Kiehl’s is a pretty good step) I’ve decided to embark on a healthy hairy journey, which means only the best for these wavy strands. Organix is not exactly an organic line, but it’s also not filled with chemicals (it’s a journey remember?) so in an effort to wean my hair off of the normal chemical-filled products that I used, I recently switch to using Organix,nourishing coconut milk serum, which is more environmentally friendly than most products. It’s lightly scented, sinks into my hair but also doesn’t weigh it down. This is a weird time for hair because it’s not super dry but it’s also not weighed down with humidity so you need an in-between product like this one.
Sidenote: They also make shampoo, lotions and conditioners.
5. SPLURGE item: Stuart Weitzman gladiator sandals
His first name is Stuart and his last name is Weitzman and I cannot stop thinking about the day when I can finally buy these beauties. These are my go-to summer sandals that I don’t have yet.
I love the gladiator sandal trend and want to participate so badly but I have yet to find a pair I like as much as these. I’m assuming that they are soft, comfortable and make you feel like you’re walking on a runway every time you put them on – anyone who has a pair can feel free to chime in with more adjectives because for now I can only dream.