Here at Glitter Guide, we love a good beauty product. From drugstore scores to high-end splurges, we understand the importance of beauty products for keeping our skin looking and feeling younger, healthier and more radiant. Throughout the year, we’ve featured some of our favorite beauty products, but today’s post is all about the best of the best. In other words, the products that we simply can’t live without.
Goop by Juice Beauty Luminous Melting Cleanser ($90): Hands down our favorite solid cleanser—it removes makeup, is super gentle and leaves skin really soft yet clean.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18): This cleanser is so mild but totally effective. We love its creamy feel and that it doesn’t leave our skin feeling stripped and tight!
Monastery Rose Cleansing Oil ($34): A natural cleansing oil that takes makeup off like magic and leaves skin feeling silky and soft.
[Drugstore] Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($5): It removes makeup like a dream! It’s super gentle on the skin, doesn’t irritate the eyes and leaves skin feeling clean and fresh afterward.
Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence ($150): We’re new to the wonders of essences, but this Tata Harper product truly does make skin feel and look more radiant.
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish ($36): Smells so incredible and leaves skin feeling so soft.
[Drugstore] CeraVe Healing Ointment ($21.99): This works miracles on very dry skin. It is also fantastic for people who struggle with eczema.
French Girl Organics Lumière Rose Dorée Body Oil ($48): We use and love all of French Girl Organics body oils, but this one has quickly become our absolute favorite. It’s got a subtle gold shimmer and smells so incredible. Buy this now!
Jao Brand Goe Oil ($49): This has been our founder’s favorite multi-use oil for 3 years straight. Nothing else smells this good or works so well!
True Botanicals Cellular Repair Serum ($140): Taylor went on an amazing retreat with the organic skincare brand True Botanicals this summer and it was a life-changing for her. The company’s products are so fabulous and actually do work! This serum is well worth the investment.
Mūn Aknari Brightening Youth Serum ($95): This is like magic in a bottle. It’s quite pricey, but well worth it. It’s lightweight, but does wonders for the skin.
Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist ($15): This hydrating mist is a great pick-me-up for when the skin feels dry and dull. Oh, and the smell is just wonderful!
Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist ($16): Not only is it all natural, but it has major moisturizing impact!
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream ($27.50): A classic that we always come back to time and time again. It moisturizes the skin without feeling greasy and it’s a great base for makeup.
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 ($42): We love this moisturizer and serum hybrid with SPF. It doesn’t feel greasy and works really well under makeup.
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream ($42): If you’re looking for a moisturizer that brightens your skin, this is it. It will have your skin looking radiant within a week!
[Drugstore] Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex ($15.99): A dermatologist recommended this to us this year and we’ve already been through a few tubes. This is such a great daily moisturizer with a strong SPF.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream ($38): This extra-moisturizing cream is great for when your skin is feeling very parched. First Aid Beauty has such great products for sensitive skin, too!
[Drugstore] Olay Classic Moisturizing Lotion Sensitive Skin ($8.99): This moisturizer is such a great buy from the drugstore! It keeps our skin moisturized all night and works for any skin type.
Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm ($38): This balm stick instantly cools and de-puffs our under-eye area. It feels super soothing!
Goop by Juice Beauty Perfecting Eye Cream ($80): We love how creamy this feels around our tired, sensitive eyes.
Lancôme Énergie de Vie Eye Gel ($39): This has a very tired, working mom’s seal of approval. We keep it in the fridge to have even more of a cooling effect.
First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask ($38): This quick 10-minute mask instantly gives our skin a lift! We apply it two to three times a week.
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack ($22): Great for when your skin feels like it’s dull and needs an overall lift!
Radha Organic Moroccan Rose Water Toner ($11.95): Spray this toner on the skin every morning and night, as well as for a quick pick-me-up throughout the day. It has the most amazing smell!
[Drugstore] Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic ($15): This has been one of our go-to toners for a few years now and we keep replenishing our stash—we think it’s that good! Our skin feels so much brighter and smoother after a swipe of this. Plus, you can find it at Target.
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment ($105): Samantha will shout about this stuff from the rooftops. She says her skin has never looked better since regularly using this.
Indie Lee Blemish Lotion ($26): We love Indie Lee’s natural skincare, and her acne products really make a difference!
[Drugstore] Burt’s Bees Herbal Complexion Stick ($8.49): This rollerball always seems to work its magic whenever we get spots! It goes on pretty clear so you can walk around without looking like you have acne cream on.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($12): It doesn’t get better than a luxurious feeling and moisturizing hand cream, especially in the winter months! We always have a tube of L’Occitane floating around in our purses.
Glossier Haloscope ($22): This highlighter is creamy and shimmery without ever looking like you’re off to a disco party (although that wouldn’t really be a bad thing, would it?).
[Drugstore] Maybelline FaceStudio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter ($8.99): We’d consider this almost a drugstore duplicate to Glossier!
Blush & Bronzer
Glossier Cloud Paint ($18): Cloud Paint is the perfect product for someone who is wary of the cakeiness of traditional blush and looking for a gorgeous wash of color. It features a blendable formula and comes in shades that work on all skin tones!
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty ($29): One of our favorite powder bushes has been this pretty and natural-looking blush from Tarte. It seems to look beautiful on all skin tones and blends in really nicely with the rest of our makeup.
Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna ($40): Our go-to bronzer and contour powder is a cult classic for a reason! We love how natural it looks.
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Cream-to-Powder Quickie Contour Stick ($28): If we’re really going for contour, we’ll use this blendable cream stick under our powder bronzer.
[Drugstore] Milani Baked Bronzer ($8.99): If you like a tiny bit of shimmer (but no glitter) and a lot of glow, we absolutely love this drugstore formula! It layers really nicely with Nars Laguna as well.
Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara ($20.50): Caitlin is super, super picky about mascara and has been using the same one for years. She tried this one on a whim not expecting much, but it’s her new favorite. She loves how thick and full it makes her lashes!
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara ($25): This mascara is new to us, but has become one of our must-haves right away. It’s creamy and doesn’t clump—and gives you major volume!
[Drugstore] L’Oréal Voluminous Superstar Mascara ($10.99): We can’t even begin to count how many tubes of this we’ve been through. This 2-in-1 primer and mascara makes it look like we have false lashes on!
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($20): If you’re a winged liner kind of gal, we highly recommend this felt pen. It has really good color pay-off and is super long-lasting!
[Drugstore] L’Oréal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($8.99): Our go-to drugstore liquid liner is also a felt pen—what can we say, they’re easy to use!
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($29): These easy-to-use shadow sticks are not only beautiful but have serious staying power—they won’t budge.
RMS Beauty Eye Polish ($28): A fabulous natural makeup line with high-impact cream shadows. Taylor wears “solar” pretty much every day.
[Drugstore] L’Oréal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow Metallics ($6.59): We love when an affordable eyeshadow works wonders. These have such great color payoff. We particularly love “Brass Knuckles,” which is a bronzy gold.
Glossier Boy Brow ($16): Hands down a crucial player of our daily makeup routine.
[Drugstore] Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer ($8.99): This brow product adds fibers to your brows along with the gel so our brows look much fuller and defined!
Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($28): We’ve had a hard time finding a primer that actually moisturized our skin enough and this one does the trick. Plus, it doesn’t make your skin greasy!
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ ($38): We’ve tried so many CC creams and this is among our favorite. It has a little bit for coverage so it really is good for every day use.
Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 35 ($50): If you’re going for a full-coverage air-brushed look, this is our favorite. We also love that it has a little bit of SPF in it.
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation ($46): We try a lot of foundations, but we often find ourselves reaching for this one. Its magic lies in the fact that it’s light and not cakey, but still gives you a good amount of coverage.
[Drugstore] L’Oréal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup ($12.99): We’ve always loved L’Oréal for drugstore foundation and this has been our favorite for coverage and getting a more dewy and luminous look.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30): There really is nothing better for covering those “my kid didn’t sleep again last night” circles under your eyes.
Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen ($32): We’ve purchased a few products from Beautycounter this year to test them out and the concealer was by far our favorite item. We love the coverage, how easily it applies and that it doesn’t cake up in our wrinkles.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($29): This concealer fights dark circles without leaving you with creases and dry patches.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($46): This setting powder will give you an airbrushed and luminous look. We love it!
[Drugstore] L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Powder ($12.99): Leaves you with a glow without looking shiny.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Kit ($30): If you don’t like to wear the same shade of blush every day, this palette is a fun way to mix it up.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Lipstick in “Amazing Grace” ($34): The perfect mauvey-pink shade.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 ($24): This lip product moisturizes, protects and smooths the lips. Plus, it contains SPF 15, so it’s a must all year long.
Tata Harper Be Smitten Tinted Lip Treatment ($29): Tata Harper makes some of our favorite skincare products, so it’s no surprise that her lip treatments with a hint of color live on our desks and in our purses. Great for those no-makeup days where you just want a little something.
Glossier Lip Gloss ($14): If you’re a fan of a glossy lip than you have to try this crystal clear gloss that leaves your pout looking glam!
[Drugstore] L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss Lip Gloss ($7.12): We love the formula and price of this drugstore gloss. The colors are super pretty and it’s not goopy or sticky.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Shampoo with Prickly Pear Oil ($40): This shampoo feels like it’s really cleansing our hair without stripping our scalp of oils. Plus, it smells amazing!
[Drugstore] Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo ($10): We’re totally in love with Kristin Ess’s line at Target. This is such a great shampoo no matter what kind of hair you have. It makes your strands feel so clean, yet super moisturized.
[Drugstore] Kristin Ess The One Signature Conditioner ($10): Our hair feels instantly softer after one use of this conditioner!
Playa Pure Dry Shampoo ($24): A natural dry shampoo that works great and smells amazing.
[Drugstore] L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo ($7.49): This drugstore buy soaks up all the excess oil without creating a lot of buildup! There’s no risk of visible residue either.
Playa Ritual Hair Oil ($38): This leaves our hair feeling super hydrated—and it smells divine!
Murray’s CoCoSoft Coconut Oil ($6): We LOVE this stuff. It smells like summer and leaves our skin so hydrated. It works great as a mask, too.
Aveda Texture Tonic ($9): We’ve been very impressed with Aveda’s new version of a wave spray. This gives our hair great texture and grit!
Ouai Matte Pomade ($24): Pomades aren’t just for men. This is great for use after curling your hair to give it a matte finish. It also helps tame frizzy ends.
[Drugstore] L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo ($7.49): Refresh hair without leaving it with any residue with this dry shampoo.
Garnier Fructis Surfer Hair Power Putty ($4.89): Taylor rarely heat-styles her hair. She’s been using this buddy for 15 years to give her hair more definition and less frizz when air-drying. It’s the secret to her beachy waves.