Beauty Must-Haves

Found in my bathroom: Tea Tree Oil, Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Serum, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Clinique CC Cream

When it comes to my beauty regimen, skincare is my top priority. I'm always on the hunt for the latest and greatest to keep my baby face looking just that, youthful. (Aren't we all?) Your skincare and makeup routine should change seasonally, and moving from spring into summer it's time to focus on less is more - less makeup, more skin, that is. Here are a few new products that I am completely obsessed with right now.


Tea Tree Oil, $7
Okay, so this is clearly not a new product but it's "magic" is new to me. My facialist, Mirza at Emena Spa, recommended I use it for spot treatment of pimples and blackheads. The all-natural oil has been used for centuries to treat skin ailments and is great for preventing breakouts because of it's antibacterial properties. As soon as you notice a pimple about to sprout, rub a dab of the oil on the affected area after cleansing your face. The little sucker should disappear, (or at least reduce in size,) overnight. But don't forget to moisturize-  tea tree oil can dry out your skin if you apply too much. Added bonus? The oil is minty and will leave you feeling cool & refreshed. Look for it at any drugstore in the vitamin section.

When prepping your skin for summer and wearing less makeup, all you want is glowing, even toned skin. Bobbi Brown's new collection of brightening skincare is specially formulated with a powerhouse combo of whey protein and SuperCitrus Complex to treat dullness, dark spots, fine lines and dryness. I started applying the Advanced Serum after washing my face and in a couple of weeks noticed a few dark spots I had fading, while the texture of my skin seemed more even. At $108 a pop it's a little pricey, but a little goes a long way.

There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it - mascara is a must. A good mascara accentuates your lashes, while a great mascara takes your from zombie-esque to bright eyed in one sweep. They're Real is the latter. As a mascara connoisseur I was surprised I hadn't heard of this one until I found it on my girlfriend's vanity during NY Fashion Week in February. I tried it, and tried it again, and ended up having to buy my own because it's that good. The unique dome tipped brush pulls even your baby lashes to extreme lengths. No clumps, no spider lash, and no flakes. The look of false lashes from a tube. (Hence the name.) Go buy it! 

If you don't consider a tinted moisturizer or foundation part of your skincare, it's time to reevaluate. Sunscreen is a must and this new Clinique CC Cream not only offers sun protection (SPF 30), but also color correction and hydration. Yes, it's a glorified tinted moisturizer, but I have yet to find a product like this that offers superior coverage. Since receiving my sample from Clinique back in March it's become part of my daily routine. I never leave home without it, and sometimes it's all I put on! When I need to look a little more made up I top it off with finishing powder and bronzer for a more polished look. Makeup has never been easier, or better for your skin.

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