Friday Five: Beauty BFFs

Every Friday I’ll indulge my order-crazed brain in a list of randomness. Welcome to my Friday Fives.

I’m not a very high-maintenance person, at least when it comes to beauty products or fancy clothes. (When it comes to my dog, then yes, yes I am.) Since I’m currently doing freelance work from home, I frequently leave my curly hair untamed, wearing no makeup and sporting my old, more comfortable glasses. Just keepin’ it real. BUT! But those days where I do venture outside for more than a quick Walmart run, there are a few items in my arsenal I don’t skimp on. Here are my Beauty BFFs:

5. Nail polish

I don’t have many colors, but I use the heck out of what I do have. Cute toes = Happy Marci. I’ve been sporting OPI’s Cajun Shrimp all summer long, but am crushing on this color (Essie’s Bahama Mama) for Fall and Winter. (I usually only wear OPI’s Bubble Bath on my hands. Keep it simple.)
Essie's Bahama Mama

 4. Aveda’s Replenishing Body Moisturizer

This is my absolute favorite hand lotion, even though it’s not hand specific. It’s light yet lasts forever, with a lovely Aveda scent. My hands are very needy when it comes to this stuff and I anticipate going through a lot more of it during these new Utah winters.
Aveda Replenishing Body Mositurizer

3. Clinique 3-Step

I owe Wallis for this one. She got me so hooked on Clinique back in 2009, when we were looking for wedding dresses. She even bought me my first 3-step set. “Just try it,” she said. That’s all it took. I love this stuff and have used it every single day since.
Clinique 3step

2. CHI Ceramic Flat Iron

This is a curly-haired girl’s dream, especially a curly-haired girl with bangs. I can’t imagine having to do my hair without it. My sister gifted me with my CHI five years ago and it’s still going strong, despite being used almost every day. Definitely worth the investment.
Chi Ceramic Flat Iron

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

I’ve only had this product for about a month, but it quickly shot straight to number one. I don’t even know where to start…this stuff is pure magic. It’s an answered prayer to oily-skin girls around the world. Not only is my skin typically oily (not so much in Utah since it’s so dry), but my eyelids are oily. (Why does this confession gross me out? Please keep reading.) Usually my eye shadows would last a few hours before wearing off and leaving huge lines in my crease. Well, a little dab of this stuff and my eye shadow looks as perfect at midnight as it did at 8am. I’m not even kidding. I am loyal for life. I can’t wait to try more of their products, like this or this. Guys, if you’re still reading, this would be a perfect stocking stuffer for the ladies in your life.
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

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