Amazon Favorites: Beauty

Going along with my Amazon Favorites series (you can check out my Amazon Favorites: Travel here), I wanted to share my tried and true Beauty favorites from Amazon. Beauty products are really the first product category I branched out into purchasing on Amazon years and years ago, with of course the exception of getting my college textbooks for way cheaper than the bookstore. All these years later, I still rely on Amazon to bring me the best of the best in my daily routine, and plenty of new favorites to discover. Here are some of my very favorites! Just a quick note – these are the items I exclusively found and buy on Amazon and can’t buy in my regular go-to’s of Target/Ulta/Sephora, etc.

Interested in seeing my Beauty Favorites as a whole, not just amazon? Leave a comment and let me know!

Skincare

I am a complete newbie when it comes to Dermarolling/Micro-Needling, but with co-workers and friends alike raving about theirs, I had to try. You can buy high quality dermarollers on amazon for just $14.99-$20, in varying needle sizes. I chose the smallest needle size at a 0.25mm because (luckily) I do not have issues with fine lines/wrinkles right now. I began dermarolling to even my skin tone, shrink my pore size, and to prevent wrinkles. Always make sure to deeply sanitize before and after each use, and use on a clean face. Apply your favorite skin serum on top for deep penetration and max absorption! Please note: I LOVE the Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, however I do not recommend applying this after Dermarolling. I found it entirely too strong and my face burned to the point where I had to rinse off and I was red through the next morning. I use Vitamin E oil right now and will be trying a few different serums to see what works best for my skin. If you have questions or want more information on Dermarolling, drop a comment below and I will elaborate further (and I encourage you to do plenty of your own research before starting).

Out of everything on this list, this is my holy-grail, changed my life product. I discovered this going on 4 years ago and have at least every other week since! This clay makes by far the best Facial mask I have ever used. I have oily, acne prone skin (hence the no-wrinkles thing) and get very oily in my t-zone by the end of the day. I use so many products to try to reduce this, and this mask really helps balance my skin out and literally feels like a pore-vacuum. For oily skin, mix with Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. I also sometimes will add a capsule of Activated Charcoal and 2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil to the mask if I’m having a breakout. Make sure to read the instructions and never use a metal spoon or bowl to mix your mask, as this will deactivate the properties in the Bentonite Clay.

Tools

These brushes are so impressive. Not only do you get 14 pieces for foundation, powder, concealer, eye shadows, brows, contour and eyeliners, but they are a fantastic quality that rival most all of my high end brushes. I ordered these almost 2 years ago, and through daily use and thorough washes at least once a week, they are still going strong! They are so soft and feel good on your face while applying, and have thick nice handles. The face brushes are by far my favorite out of the bunch, as they handle both powders and liquid foundation so well. Over the years I’ve lost a few of the eye brushes and will be reordering this set again – it’s amazing because these are only $11.99! I would happily pay double or more for this set, but shh…don’t tell amazon.

Hair

After 4 rounds of balayage to lift my almost-black Aveda hair color, my hair is finally noticeably lighter. I’ve been battling brassy ends since starting the process, and lifting my dark color has been no easy feat. I’ve tried several purple shampoos to maintain my toner, and although I love the Not Your Mothers Purple Shampoo, it just wasn’t as strong as I needed for my bleached ends. I do highly recommend the NYM for Natural blondes or subtly bleached hair, but for my black-to-ash-blonde dreams I needed something powerful. This Fanola No Yellow Shampoo was recommended by a co-worker and WOW – this is magic in a bottle. After just one use my hair was noticeably less fiery – with just 3 minutes of leaving it on in the shower. Read the instructions when applying and be careful how long you leave it in – I would not go past the recommended max of 5 minutes, unless you are intentionally trying to achieve an ashy ultra-violet or grey. I have only used once a week since getting (2 weeks ago) and am so excited to continue using to tone my hair.

Misc.

Teeth

Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder Natural

Active Wow Natural Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder

I have bleached my teeth on and off for years, with really heavy bleaching done last year in prep for our wedding day. I do love the results of the at-home Crest Whitestrips line, but they made my teeth so painfully sensitive, and after years of buying were really costly. I began using Activated Charcoal tablets for my teeth and to add into Natural face-masks, but this Teeth Whitening powder is so much more powerful than the Activated Charcoal alone. After just one use, this gives you noticeably whiter teeth and such a clean feeling mouth & gums. I recommend applying as instructed and brushing and flossing your teeth as normal after, to remove any trace of the charcoal. This has absolutely no taste, so don’t let the rich black color scare you when applying (it is pretty jarring to look at the first time, fair warning). Make sure to keep your mouth completely sealed closed as you are brushing, as this will make a mess in your bathroom if not. I like to use in the shower so I can easily rinse away any mess I make, and don’t worry, this won’t stain your bathroom tile if you rinse off right away. Also, use a spare toothbrush designated just for this – it will stain your toothbrush and I wanted to spare my Sonicare 🙂

Lashes & Brows

If you can’t tell, the Amazon “Best Seller” category is my favorite place to hunt for new products. The reviews on Amazon are so helpful and let me know exactly what i’m getting, and this Lash & Brow booster deserves every bit of the 4.5 stars out of 7,529 reviews. This is not an instant lash & brow booster like a mascara or gel; this helps your lashes regrow and strengthen over time providing you with your real lashes & brows. I have been fighting off the temptation of lash extensions for over a year now because I know I naturally have long lashes, and don’t want to completely ruin them. I just love the look of extremely long and thick lashes and good eyebrows, so this natural serum is perfect! This does not have the side effects listed with some leading prescription eyelash serums. You do need to apply to clean, bare lashes at least once a day for results (which come slow, different for everyone but don’t expect instant results). Always test eye products prior to applying as some people may have severe reactions; I test on the inside of my elbow and if fine, test on a small portion of one eye. If all good, then feel free to incorporate this into your night time routine.

Essentials

These activated charcoal tablets are great to have on hand, not just for bloating or stomach pain, but for your skin and teeth! As mentioned above, you can break a capsule into your face masks for deep pore cleansing, or in a cup with some water for a natural teeth whitener. Along with essential oils, vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, and Castor oil, activated charcoal is on my must-have list.

Vanity

While this last recommendation isn’t a product, it is one of my favorite things I’ve ever purchased on Amazon and part of my everyday routine! This lighted vanity mirror is about the size of an iPad and fits perfectly on my vanity. The lighting ensures your makeup is always true to tone and flawless, and the detachable close up mirror is perfect to use for tweezing or spot treating. There are several models on Amazon that come in black, white, etc, so you can really customize to what you need.

Have any Amazon Favorites of your own you’d like to share? Drop a comment below!

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    • Thanks, Alexa! I use isopropyl alcohol and soak for about 30 mins, then rinse with hot water and let air dry then use. Once I’m done I soak again (for around 10-15mins) and let air dry completely then close it back up. Just make sure the container you use to soak it completely covers all sides of the wheel 🙂

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