1) Trish McEvoy Luxe Moisture Balm / $28
This lip balm is magic on your lips. It will repair even the most chapped lips overnight and feels great.
I just got a Clarisonic for an early Christmas present, so can’t speak from personal experience (as I haven’t used it yet!) But EVERYTHING you read about this system is fabulous. Across the board.
3) Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara / $26
I generally don’t wear eye shadow, but I’m a stickler when it comes to mascara. I go for the length and volume option and haven’t found a better mascara than this one.
4) Nars Lip Pencil (Color: Pop Life) / $24
I LOVE ~ repeat LOVE ~ Nars lip pencils. And my favorite color (Pop Life) is the best, wearable red I’ve ever found. I can’t do flashy reds and this one is a super matte look that gives fair complexions a pop of color in the perfect shade. These pencils stay on for hours but don’t dry out your lips. LOVE.
5) Oil of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream / $22.49
This moisturizer won Allure’s “Readers’ Choice” award for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. I think they’re onto something. I also give it my vote.
6) Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation / $42
Hands-down my favorite foundation. Covers brown spots like nobody’s business. Gives you medium-to-full, buildable coverage, but doesn’t look cakey. The only downside is that it can be hard to find. Go to Sephora.com or CoverFX.com.
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation / $50
Definitely comes in second place in the foundation category. But it’s a good second. I don’t have any complaints with it, but the coverage just isn’t quite as good. But it is good.
7) Loreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder / $8.99
I’m also a stickler for powder and have used a pricier one for years. After I found this one, though, there’s no reason to spend more.
8) Maybelline Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil / $6.95
The only thing you need for your brows. Simple.
9) Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen, SPF 70 / $9
Sunscreen is the best thing you put on your face all day. This is a great, non-greasy one and wears well under makeup.
10) Cetaphyl / $9
The ONLY cleanser in my book. Very easy on your skin, removes all makeup (including mascara) and wipes off on a clean towel without water. Win.
11) Flowerbomb Perfume / $120 / 1.7 oz.
My friends say I smell like “Claire” when I wear this perfume (because I usually don’t leave home without it). Addicted to the scent, and apparently others are as well (Number 1 seller at Nordstrom).
Quelques Fleurs Perfume / $180 / 3.3 oz.
Without question, the best perfume on Earth. I get stopped on the street and asked what I’m wearing with this one on. Heavenly.
12) Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner / $22
Another staple for me, this one is a keeper. One of my favorites. Allows you to blend it before it dries and stays on all day. Can’t lose.