My Staples

These are my go-to, most reliable, trusted products. And, as you can see, most are reasonably priced and available at your local drugstore or super center!

Buf-Puf Gentle Facial Sponge 1 ea(pack of 12)
Buf-Puf Gentle Facial Sponge 1 ea(pack of 12)

Use this in conjunction with the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser for gentle exfoliation that I can control- no hull pieces to scratch and tear skin, no beads that haunt the environment.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

This is an easy, everyday product to reach for. Most (lazy) days I used a little of my cheek color to brighten my eyes instead of shadow, then use the lightest of these on my lid and beneath my brow, and the darkest to line my eyes, and I am done! (Yep, I have switched from pencil liners almost entirely!) Applies smoothly, blends nicely.

IT Cosmetics® Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette
IT Cosmetics® Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette

True love: I use this as my everyday basic face palette now! The tones are amazing for me to lightly contour, brighten up my cheeks a touch and just lighten up my face a bit with the lovely highlighting powder without making me seem shiny or glittery.

Clean & Clear PERSA-GEL® 10 Acne Medication
Clean & Clear PERSA-GEL® 10 Acne Medication

The standard for benzoyl peroxide, I most often use this to spot-treat as needed. However, for some reason my usually sensitive skin can even hold up to a few days of larger-area application when I have a more serious breakout. I will admit to cheating with generics, but I prefer this tube- the others I have tried have wider openings and I get more than I want since there is less control when dispensing.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definer
Rimmel London Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definer

This is my every-day favorite. Stays all day. For work/day wear I use the brown and smudge it for a softer look with the built-in soft tip for that purpose. Also comes with built-in sharpener.

Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash
Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash

Perfect gentle body wash- I can't cheat on this one with another!

Aquaphor® Lip Repair
Aquaphor® Lip Repair

For those days/weeks when I need a little stronger relief from dry and/or chapped lips, thisbis the ticket. No irritating perfumes or stinging added ingredients.

Secret® Clinical Strength Waterproof Soft Solid Deodorant
Secret® Clinical Strength Waterproof Soft Solid Deodorant

Long-acting strong protection. Scent fades quickly so it doesn't interfere with my perfume, and does the job for up to two days!

Simple® Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes
Simple® Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes

The perfect solution to cleansing and being to lazy to do a full routine before bedtime. Gentle on my skin, but still takes off stubborn long-wearing lipstick!

Neutrogena® Fresh Foaming Cleanser
Neutrogena® Fresh Foaming Cleanser

Perfect gentle cleanser that does the job!

Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Lip Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15
Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Lip Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15

Gentle, moisurizing balm that I use everyday over my long-wearing lipsticks/lip stains. For some reason, my lips react (itchy, stinging, peeling) to the glisses that come typically paired with those lip colors, so this is my saving grace.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Oh.my.goodness. This is a splurge that I cannot do without! I have used Pssst and Batiste, even straight baby powder, but as my hormones change (over 40 and surgical menopause) they just don't cut it any more. This product is a whole new level of dry shampoo! The formula is something entirely different- not just another talc/rice powder/tapioca powder absorber. This is my new, indispensable hair-saver!

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour
Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

With amazing coverage and staying power, this is my #2 go-to lip color. Perfect with a little balm (Neutrogena or Aquaphor- my lips don't like any of the glosses that come with long-wearing products). May need a little touch-up by the end of 8-hours, but mostly still going strong!

Maybelline SuperStay 24® Liquid Lipstick
Maybelline SuperStay 24® Liquid Lipstick

This is my #1 most used lipstick. Good color, lasts all day. As with all of these, I can't use the gloss as it irritates my lips to the point of peeling (I must have an allergy to the typical ingredients in these), but with a little Neutrogena or Aquaphor balm over the top this does the job every day. I usually use "Won't Move Mauve" as it is the best "almost-natural but better" option for my coloring.

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