January 14, 2014

Best Beauty Products

Skin: Cleanse/ Moisturize/ Tone/ Lashes/ Exfoliate/ Clarify/ Eyes/ Acne/ Pimples

Hair: Smooth/ Masque/ Brush/ Curl/ Growth/ Hold

Body: Moisturize/ Probiotic/ Digestive Enzyme/ Smell

Finding products that I really love and see results from helped me be really consistent with my beauty regimen. I’m probably the most diligent with my skin care routine and hardly ever miss a step. I haven’t always had the best skin care practices, but over the past two years, I’ve found a few products that have changed my skin completely and I’ve stuck to it since. One line that I absolutely love and was only introduced to back in August is Arcona. I have yet to try a product from this line that doesn’t work or that I’m not hooked to. My favorites are the Triad Pads (I use them as a toner after I wash my face) and the AM/PM Acne lotion. I have clear skin, but every once in a while have breakouts and this stuff helps prevent that and treat problem areas.

I’m the most low key on my hair. I think the less you do, the better. For the most part, I try and always let my hair air dry. Since I have naturally really straight hair, it makes it a whole lot easier. The few products I do love are from Kerestase and Jose Maran (I use the argan oil on my skin and nails, too). For styling, I always use my Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch barrel curling iron and Aveda’s “Air Control” hairspray. I also take Biotin a few days a week to help with hair growth.

My go-to body products are very slim, but always stay the same (except for my perfume which I switch up all the time, but Diptyque’s Vetyverio is my all time fave). I do take a probiotic and digestive enzyme in the morning and before dinner, which I’ve found to really work. I learned about both from Kim Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Solutiona book I found so helpful in understanding our digestive systems and how our bodies interact with foods.

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Azu January 14, 2014 at 7:06 am

I’m so glad you mentioned probiotics and digestive enzymes! I make my own kefir, but when I don’t have it I buy bottled probiotics (either pill or liquid). Honestly, though I really like making kefir lol. I prefer it because you get to take care of it and grow it. Have you ever come across the kits they sell? They have diary and non dairy versions :)

Thanks for sharing this post! You have the best hair!!

xo Azu

http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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black is beautiful January 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

Cool, thank you for the tip.

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haley January 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

A good make up remover is a must!

Colour Me Classic

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natalie January 14, 2014 at 8:09 am

great products!
i’ve always wanted to try that drying lotion
x
http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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Lindsey January 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

Great information!
http://www.shopopal.com

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Lindsey January 14, 2014 at 10:42 am

Will have to try some of these..
http://www.shopopal.com

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Heidi January 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I’ve heard a few good things about Biotin and have yet to try it. I think I might have to try it sooner rather than later. Thanks for sharing your staples.

http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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Kim January 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Excellent post! Love that you featured a variety of products worth giving a try and I definitely plan to pick up a copy of the book that you recommend, thank you for sharing that.

Kim
http://www.buddhachicandbuttercream.com

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sylvia dennis January 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Your skin and hair are always so ‘perfect’ if i may say so thank you for sharing your favourite products. Been under a lot of stress lately and my skin hasn’t been my best friend … Plus my stomach get really upset when I am stressed and find it a lot harder to digest etc.. so will definitely try what you suggested thank you thank you so much Julia :)

Hope you are feeling better this week!

Take care

Sylvia

http://sylviadennis.blogspot.co.uk/

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Christina Storm January 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Great recommendations! I’m going to have to check some of those hair products out!

The Style Storm
<3, Christina

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Ally January 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I just started taking biotin and definitely noticed a more-than-pleased-with difference!

http://www.confessionsoftheglitterati.com/

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lustingforleather January 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Interesting that you take probiotics and digestive enzymes. I feel like I should try it. I have been meaning to take biotin for a while, but never get around to buying it.

Love L’Occitane’s moisturizer so much. I also use Hot Tools curling iron and have done so for years. It straightens out my crazy curls into more controlled loose waves.

xo,

http://www.lustingforleather.com/

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Brooke and Meggan January 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Thanks for this post! I definitely need to step up my skin care routine! xx

http://www.somewherelately.com/

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Ash January 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Loved this post!! I love and swear by the Josie Maran Light Argan Oil. I use it on my face morning and night as well as my hair! That stuff is my holy grail product…

xo Ash,
Sincerely Miss Ash

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Kayla January 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I LOVE Aveda products – the Air Control smells so good!

Kayla
http://www.lovelucygirl.com

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Er January 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Julia, thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking for a great hairspray, so I’m definitely going to try the aveda!

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Cydney January 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Great picks. I’ve been looking for a new hair masque so I’ll have to try that one!

Simply Cydney

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Gracie January 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Such a great list, girl! That skin moisturizer looks so refreshing!

http://sometimesgracefully.com

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Cyn January 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Thanks for sharing Julia! I’ve been hearing great things about Biotin – will be trying it out! :)

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Cassidy Short January 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Love this post! I also try to stick to a skincare routine; and LOVE Dove body wash!

xoxo
Cassidy

http://heartofgoldandglitter.blogspot.com/

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Michele January 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Hey, Julia!

Any tips for your favorite Dry Shampoo? I don’t have very thick hair so just one day without washing makes me look kinda like an oil tanker dumped on my head. Would be great to skip a day of hair washing without having to resort to a greasy ponytail (ewww)!

Thanks!
-Michele
http://www.TheSaltyHanger.blogspot.com/

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Katie January 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Julia-
Have you seen the blogger at The Coral Court? She reminds me so much of you and your style a couple of years ago!! It’s like doing a wonderful flashback!

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Lauren January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Arcona and In Fiore are two of my favorite skin care lines!! Obviously we both go to International Orange ;)
~Lauren
http://lalovesblog.com

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pretty little things January 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I swear by kerastase products too! they are the only ones I’ll use on my hair anymore! xo

http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com

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Eye Like Fashion January 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I’m the same way with low maintenance hair but higher maintenance skin regimen! Skin is so important!

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xoxo

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Robyn Wilson January 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Thank you for sharing Julia! I adore the information found in Kim Snyders book! It has really changed my life and now I properly understand the way our bodies process food!

Love from Montreal,
Robyn xXx

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Anna Belle January 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll have to look into the Arcona line – I love trying new products! (Interestingly, I also posted about my skincare routine this morning!)

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Hannah January 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Really helpful post, Julia. Great minds think alike, I’m sharing my favorite makeup products today. I’ve never heard of Arcona, but you have great skin so I trust your judgement! I’ll have to try it out.

Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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Bhreagh January 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm

This is a great post! I love skin care, and am so diligent in taking excellent care of my face. I drink a lot of water which helps keep your skin clear. I’m definitely going to look into Arcona.

http://www.bhreaghwho.com
Bhreagh

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Sofia January 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Thanks for sharing these products.

Have a wonderful day.
Love,
Sofia

stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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corinne January 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I love Josie Maran’s Argan Oil as well. I use it on my cuticles and hands every night – I will have to try it on my hair as well!
I also love Mario Badescu for the odd break out too, I love how it dries the pimple out but not the surrounding area like some other products can.

I also love Lancome’smake up remover, as it really gets all my make up off without feeling harsh and allows my skin care products to really do their job :)

http://www.giftwithpurchasetime.com/

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sasa January 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Love your beauty pics<3

http://www.shallwesasa.com

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Alex January 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I really want a clarisonic so badly!
-Alex
http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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Ariella January 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Jose Maran’s argan oil is literally the best thing ever for your nails. I use it weekly and my cuticles have never been better!

http://thesisonstyle.blogspot.com/

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Katie January 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I like the eye product you listed but it doesn’t say it does anything for dark circles? Do you have any suggestions for skin products to brighten the under eye area?

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Mel January 15, 2014 at 3:03 am

I agree. The less I do with my hair, the better it is. Love your selection and totally need to check out some of those as you always look gorgeous

xo Mel
turquoise blonde

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Alyson January 15, 2014 at 3:34 am

We have a lot of beauty product similarities!

xx http://www.beauty-vanity.com

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Katherine January 15, 2014 at 4:58 am

I’m surprised you didn’t recommend the Kiehls products. I started using them recently and noticed a huge improvement with the clarity and radiance of my complexion. Great picks!

-Katherine
http://scallopedandbows.blogspot.ca

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Lindsay January 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Fabulous post. I need to study this more. And I just got a clarisonic and am loving it. Don’t know why I waited so long.

Pinkandnavystripes.com

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Jessica Contreras January 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Great products, I have tried several but my favorite is Josie Maran’s Argan Oil.

You’re more than welcome to checkout my lifestyle blog, it’s now up! Thanks!
squeeshythings.wordpress.com

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Laura January 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Love your make-up tips! Any suggestions for under-eye cream or brightener to cover dark circles?

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Chelsea W January 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Interesting that you included probiotics!
But I adore you for it.

Most people don’t realize how important they are, and I intend to write a post all about them soon on my blog.

I order mine from Swanson and they have 66 BILLION organisms. I didn’t realize mine were steeped so high! Must be why I’m so regular ;)

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Carly January 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Do you use any product on your hair before curling it? I also let my hair hair dry then curl, but feel like I should be using something.

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