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My 25 Favorite Makeup and Beauty Products

Updated on January 31, 2017
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I'm a long-time makeup, beauty and skin care product junkie who tries everything and loves to write about what works best.

My 25 favorite makeup and beauty products.
My 25 favorite makeup and beauty products. | Source

I've been a beauty product junkie for as long as I can remember. I'm someone who browses the beauty and makeup aisles in stores and frequently reads about all the latest and greatest skin care products online.

Though I usually try to find drugstore-priced items first, I sometimes make exceptions for great products that are only found in department stores or online.

Through lots of trial and error, I've found these 25 incredible makeup, beauty and skin care products that I really love.

Makeup and Nails

1) Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder Foundation w/ SPF 20

I recently discovered this mineral pressed powder from Jane Iredale and I’ve been using it almost everyday since. It provides good coverage with the added benefit of a natural SPF 20 sunscreen. For those who like a talc-free powder or foundation, this compact is a great choice. It easily covers most imperfections or discolorations, but the skin still looks very natural, fresh and matte. Like your own skin, only better. When you run out, you can purchase individual refills that are slightly less expensive than re-buying an entire compact.

Here are a few tricks to make the most out of this foundation:

1) Get the Jane Iredale Flocked Sponge for easy, natural application. The compact comes with a thin puff, but I've found the Flocked Sponge to make applying and blending the makeup easier. A good Kabuki brush is also a nice way to achieve an air-brushed look with this powder.

2) Make sure your skin is exfoliated and moisturized prior to application. If you skin is dry and flaky, powder foundations tend to accentuate that.

3) Don’t drop the compact. Mineral powders are a bit more fragile, so handle with care so your compact lasts until it's gone.

Average Price: $50 US

Where to Buy:, Amazon and other beauty retailers

Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder Foundation Compact
Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder Foundation Compact | Source

2) Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Primers and products to minimize the appearance of pores are becoming very popular. I’ve tried many of them and for the price, and you can’t beat Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.

A little goes a long way and it instantly blurs the look of pores and fine lines. It can be used under or over makeup because it’s clear. If you have oily skin, it likely won’t last more than half a day, but it’s easy to re-apply if needed.

Average Price: $7.00 US

Where to Buy: Most drugstores that sell cosmetics.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser | Source

3) Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick

I like the natural look of this stick foundation and how easy it is to use. It gives skin a smooth, semi-matte finish with medium coverage. The convenient tube can be stashed in your purse for touch-ups or even to use as a cover-up during the day.

Although you can wear this as a regular foundation all over your face, it's also perfect for someone who likes to wear a minimal amount of makeup. Just put a few dots on any areas you want to cover, blend with fingers or a sponge and finish with a light powder.

It comes in a wide range of shades, so most people should find one that's right for their skin tone.

Average Price: $8.00 US

Where to Buy: Most drugstores that sell cosmetics.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick
Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick | Source

4) e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush

I love kabuki brushes for applying powder or liquid foundation and getting a soft, natural finish. Some brushes can be expensive, but this little Kabuki Face Brush from e.l.f. Cosmetics is just good as some pricier ones I've tried. It's easy to wash and lasts without losing bristles. I like that it’s vegan-friendly too!

Average Price: $6.00 US

Where to Buy:, most drugstores or department stores that sell e.l.f. Cosmetics.

e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush
e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush | Source

5) Smith's Rosebud Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve is considered an all-purpose skin preparation, but it's commonly used as a lip balm. It also works well for dry cuticles, elbows, knees, hands and even diaper rash. The rose scent is delicious and it leaves lips silky soft. I like it under lipstick to keep my lips smooth.

Average Price: $6.00 US

Where to Buy:,

Smith's Rosebud Salve
Smith's Rosebud Salve | Source

6) Stila Eyeshadow

I’ve been a big fan of Stila Eye Shadow Compacts for years. They go on smoothly, have a rich pigment and staying-power to last throughout the day. I usually apply mine with an eye shadow brush and never have to worry about the powder drifting as I apply, unlike many other eye shadows I’ve tried. They’re somewhat pricey compared to drugstore eye shadow, but they last a long time and there are so many beautiful colors to choose from.

Average Price: $18.00 US

Where to Buy:,,, many department stores.

Stila Eyeshadow & Refillable Compact
Stila Eyeshadow & Refillable Compact | Source

7) Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

When I don’t have time for brow pencil, this brow mascara from Maybelline is a quick and easy way to make my brows look great. It’s a tinted gel that adds some color, thickness and hold without being obvious.

Even up close, I can’t see it, but my brows just look full and lush every time. The trick is to choose the right color for your brows. It’s available in Transparent, Auburn, Blonde, Deep Brown and Soft Brown.

Average Price: $8.00 US

Where to Buy: Most drugstores that sell cosmetics,,

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara | Source

8) Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Eyeliner

Someone recommended this eyeliner to me and I’ve been using it ever since. It has a very fine magic-marker style tip, so it’s a little less intimidating to apply than the average liquid liner with a brush tip. If you like to make a very fine to medium line along your lash line, or want a cat-eye look, you’ll love this liner.

It goes on rich and dark black to make the eyes really stand out. It stays in place and doesn’t smudge easily. It comes off easily with regular eye makeup remover. I’ve found it to last close to a year with frequent use before drying out.

Average Price: $34.00 US

Where to Buy: Department Stores,,

Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Eyeliner
Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Eyeliner | Source

9) Avon Super Extend Precise Liquid Eyeliner

Since I’m a fan of marker style eyeliner, I tried this one from Avon as a more cost-effective version of the Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Eyeliner and was quickly impressed. It goes on smoothly, the pigment is dark and it’s quite smudge-resistant too.

If you want the liquid liner look but find it too difficult to apply in a nice, neat line, you might want to try this eyeliner. Every time I wear it, I get compliments on how great my eyes look.

Average Price: $9.00 US

Where to Buy:

Avon Super Extend Precise Liquid Eyeliner
Avon Super Extend Precise Liquid Eyeliner | Source

10) Benefit They're Real! Mascara

I discovered Benefit They’re Real! Mascara when I received it as a sample with another makeup purchase. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t believe how great my lashes looked. Its multi-tasking formula adds color, length, volume, curl and even separates the lashes well so there’s no clumps. If you curl your lashes first, the results are even more dramatic.

It’s not waterproof, but it stays on better than most non-waterproof mascaras, even in hot weather. It washes off with regular makeup remover, but because there’s so much pigment, it takes a little extra work than your average mascara. But, when I want my lashes to look amazing, this is my first choice.

It’s available in Black, Beyond Brown and Beyond Blue.

Average Price: $24.00 US

Where to Buy:,,

Benefit They're Real! Mascara
Benefit They're Real! Mascara | Source

11) Blistex Lip Vibrance Lip Protectant w/ SPF 15

I love Blistex Lip Vibrance because not only is it moisturizing, but it’s lightly tinted. It’s like a lip gloss and lip stain in one, so it saves me a step when I’m busy. I keep one in my purse so I'm never without it.

Average Price: $3.00 US

Where to Buy: Many drugstores,,

Blistex Lip Vibrance Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15
Blistex Lip Vibrance Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15 | Source

12) Wet & Wild Nail Color in 'Blazed'

I normally wear more neutral shades of nail color, but this Wet & Wild polish in ‘Blazed’ caught my eye. It’s a bright peachy coral with a hint of pink that looks perfect with sandals in the warm weather. Countless people have asked me where I got this polish and are surprised to hear it wasn’t some fancy expensive brand. Most drugstores sell Wet & Wild nail polish for $1.00, so it’s a bargain for a DIY summer mani-pedi.

Average Price: $1.00 US

Where to Buy: Most Drugstores,

Wet & Wild Shine Nail Color in Blazed
Wet & Wild Shine Nail Color in Blazed | Source

Skin Care

13) Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads

I’d heard positive things about these Dr. Dennis Gross at-home peel pads for years, but the price scared me away. A box with 35 packets currently costs about $88 US. You’re supposed to use one pack a day, though some people use them every other day or so to make them last longer.

I finally decided to try the 5-pack for $16 just to see if they worked. In only a couple days, I started seeing improvement in my skin. The texture became smoother, my pores were less visible and my skin looked tighter and fresher. They gave me a healthy glow without redness or irritation. I found that I needed less makeup because my complexion looked smooth and clear.

If you’ve been on the fence about getting these, I’d say splurge and try the 5 or 14-day pack and see how they work for you. They come in Original and Extra Strength. If your skin tends to be sensitive to new products, I’d suggest the Original. Don’t forget to use a good SPF while using any type of alpha/beta products because they can make skin more prone to burn.

Average Price: $88.00 US for 30 to 35 Pads

Where to Buy:,,

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads | Source

How to use Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads

14) DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

I was someone who believed that only people with dry skin should use products containing oil. For years, I’d buy only oil-free cleansers and soaps, fearing oil would break out my combination-sensitive skin.

DHC sent me a catalog with a sample of their Deep Cleansing Oil, so I did some research and found that there’s a big difference in types of oil used in skin care products. This DHC Cleansing Oil is made with pure olive oil, which cleanses without aggravating acne-prone skin.

This oil is truly the best thing I’ve found for cutting through any type of makeup or sunscreen and leaving my face super clean and soft.

Don’t wet your face first; rub it on while your skin is dry. It takes off makeup, helps clean out clogged pores and washes off without leaving a greasy residue. You can use it as a makeup remover/cleanser alone or follow it with a cleanser, like the one I mention in #15.

Average Price: $28.00 US for a 6.7oz. bottle

Where to Buy:,,

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil | Source

15) Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel

I discovered this lightly foaming, peach-scented cleanser when I received it as a sample from a beauty store. It’s oil-free and suited for all skin types. It easily takes off makeup and cleans skin without being too harsh. It contains glycolic and salicylic acid to help brighten and smooth skin over time.

When I do a 2-step cleanse, I use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil first (see product #14) and then use this gel cleanser as step two. It also comes in a 3.3 oz. travel size; so if you’re not sure if you’ll like it, try the small bottle first.

Average Price: $38.00 US for the full size bottle

Where to Buy:,,,

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel | Source

16) L'Oreal Paris Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

I’ve tried so many eye makeup removers, but the one I keep coming back to is L’Oreal Paris Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. It takes off non-oil based eye makeup perfectly and never stings or burns. Look for the one in the blue bottle unless you’re trying to remove waterproof eye makeup, then get the formula in the green bottle.

Average Price: $7.00 US

Where to Buy: In the beauty, skin care or makeup sections of many drugstores. Also at

L'Oreal Paris Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
L'Oreal Paris Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover | Source

17) Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser

Proactiv’s original formula cleanser is my go-to product whenever I get breakouts. The combination of benzoyl peroxide and gentle exfoliators clear up my skin quickly without being too harsh. If you’re not used to products with benzoyl peroxide, try using it every other day when you start to minimize any irritation.

In humid weather when my skin’s more prone to breakouts, I use this once or twice daily and my skin stays perfectly clear. It’s normally step one of a 3-piece Proactiv kit, but you can buy individual bottles on sites like Amazon and sometimes eBay.

Note: If you use this cleanser, use a white washcloth and towel and be careful not to get any on your clothing, because benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabrics or even lighten your brows.

Average Price: $40.00 US

Where to Buy: Amazon, QVC, eBay

Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser
Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser | Source

18) Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

I learned about this fantastic mask from my mother who has been using it for as long as I can remember. It’s a very inexpensive way to quickly improve your complexion. If your skin looks dull, tired, oily, broken out or if you have problems with noticeable pores, use this minty clay-based mask once a week or so. When you rinse it off ten or fifteen minutes later, your skin will look so much nicer. I’ll sometimes use it right before putting my makeup on for special occasions and love how it makes my skin look flawless.

Average Price: $5.00 US

Where to Buy: Drugstores, Ulta, Amazon

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque | Source

19) Proactiv Refining Mask

Though I don’t have as much trouble with breakouts as I used to, I still use this super-effective Proactiv Refining Mask as an overnight spot treatment. For those with acne, this mask can be used 2 to 3 times per week for about ten minutes. The 6% sulfur it contains helps dry out blemishes without over-drying skin.

It’s also the perfect overnight spot treatment because the sulfur helps reduce the blemish without causing redness, flaking or peeling like some spot treatments tend to do. It comes in a larger and smaller (travel size) tube. If you just need it for an occasional blemish, get the small tube and it’s more than enough.

Average Price: $10.00 US for a Travel Size Tube (1 oz.), $20.00 for the larger tube

Where to Buy:,, occasionally eBay

Proactiv Solution Refining Mask
Proactiv Solution Refining Mask | Source

20) Avon Care Silicone Glove Protective Hand Cream

This hand cream from Avon goes beyond the everyday hand cream to protect dry skin in cold weather and keeps hands from getting dried out when doing household chores. It creates a barrier between your skin and water to seal in the moisture and keep dryness away. I wear it before cleaning and before I put on my winter gloves on to keep from getting dry, cracked hands.

Average Price: $5.00 US

Where to Buy: An Avon Rep,

Avon Care Silicone Glove Protective Hand Cream
Avon Care Silicone Glove Protective Hand Cream | Source

21) Cotz Face Sunscreen SPF 40

A few years ago, I made the switch to using natural sunscreens after I figured out regular sunscreens were irritating my eyes when I wore them outdoors during warm or humid weather.

Cotz Sunscreen protects with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide instead of chemicals. Cotz Face SPF 40 is free of preservatives, chemicals and oils, but still offers excellent protection from the sun. My skin is quite fair, but when I wear Cotz, I don’t get a burn or sun damage. It’s also the only oil-free sunscreen that doesn’t make my skin look shiny.

Another reason I like Cotz Face is because it’s a great primer. A light coat under makeup (or even alone) mattifies skin and makes it super smooth. It’s available in white for lighter skin tones, and ‘Natural Skin Tone’, which has a beige tint. The white version is best for those with very pale or porcelain skin tones. For light to medium or darker skin tones, try the natural skin tone (tinted) version because the white one could look chalky unless you’re very fair.

I actually have both because my skin is somewhere in between. In the summer when I want more of a glow, I use the tinted version. During the winter, I tend to use the white. Some people mix the two together if they’re in between for a better match.

If you find it a bit thick, use moisturizer underneath and use a light coat or try mixing it with a small amount of moisturizer before applying.

It’s definitely the best sunscreen and primer I’ve ever found. It keeps my skin looking matte and flawless all day.

Average Price: $20.00 US

Where to Buy:, Amazon, Ulta,

Cotz Face SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen
Cotz Face SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen | Source

Foot Care

22) MicroPlane Foot File

I've tried so many different kinds of products to make my dry, cracked heels smooth, but it wasn’t until I found this very cool foot file from MicroPlane that I actually got the results I was looking for. It looks like a fine cheese grater and that’s sort of how it works. You use it gently on the calloused parts of your feet, and the calluses go away.

It's possible to over-do it and end up with sore feet if you press too hard or try to remove too many calluses at once, but with light pressure and using it over a few days, that’s not a problem.

After using this, I put on a heel balm, heavy moisturizer or a foot cream like the one I mention in #23, and my feet look as great as if I’d been to a spa.

Average Price: $8.00 US

Where to Buy:,,

Microplane Foot File
Microplane Foot File | Source

23) O'Keefe's for Healthy Feet Foot Cream

This foot cream has made a huge difference for my dry, cracked heels. Regular creams, Vaseline and moisturizers are okay, but this thick, pasty foot cream sticks to dry skin and helps heal roughness and cracks.

When my feet feel dry, I put this on at night under cotton socks and when I wake up, my feet are super soft. For rough, calloused feet, use the MicroPlane Foot File (#22) first and then this cream. The duo works like a charm to keep feet sandal-ready.

Average Price: $7.00 US

Where to Buy:,,, many drugstores

O'Keefe's for Healthy Feet Foot Cream
O'Keefe's for Healthy Feet Foot Cream | Source

Hair Care

24) healthy sexy hair Soy-Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner

I love this light-but-effective leave-in conditioner from Sexy Hair because it makes my dry, occasionally frizzy hair look and feel soft without weighing it down or making it look greasy.

I’d never heard of this brand before, but I picked up a travel size bottle at the drugstore because my hair felt dry and the fly-aways looked awful. I spray a little of this on when my hair is still damp from a shower and the results are noticeable. If I forget to wear it, I can see the difference. I can’t be without this product.

Average Price: $18.00 US for the full size bottle, $7.00 for a travel size bottle

Where to Buy:,,

healthy sexy hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner
healthy sexy hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner | Source

25) Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Supplement

My hair had been getting thin from a medical condition and even after that was treated, I was left with thin, flat hair. It wasn’t falling out anymore, but it was depressingly thin compared to how my hair used to be. I tried various hair supplements with so-so results, and then I found Viviscal.

Though it’s not inexpensive ($30 to $50 US for a 30-day supply), it worked wonderfully for my hair. I noticed my hair looking thicker within 2 weeks of use. After a month or so, my hairdresser commented on how my hair looked much thicker. I’ve read lots of reviews about this supplement and have found most people have had similar results. It’s worth looking into if you’re struggling with thin hair.

Average Price: $30 to $50 US for a 60 tablet box (30-day supply)

Where to Buy:, Amazon, many drugstores sell it the vitamin section

Viviscal Extra Strength Womens Hair Supplement
Viviscal Extra Strength Womens Hair Supplement | Source

Bonus Item

26) Johnson's Baby Oil

I couldn't leave out another one of my skin care favorites: Johnson’s Baby Oil. My sensitive skin doesn’t like cold, dry, winter weather and sometimes gets dry enough that I get eczema on my hands and legs during the coldest winter months. I’ve tried SO many various creams, lotions and even prescriptions to deal with it, but a friend recommended Johnson’s Baby Oil and it was the only thing that worked. I use it at least once a day after showering, especially on my legs, and my dry skin and eczema stays away. It’s a bargain product for anyone who wants soft, beautiful skin.

Average Price: $5.00 to $6.00 US for the regular size bottle

Where to Buy: Most drugstores or online

Johnson's Baby Oil
Johnson's Baby Oil | Source

I hope you've found something helpful on this list. Have you tried any of these products and have thoughts to share about them? What makeup, beauty and skin care products can you not live without?

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      Audrey Hunt 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wow! Really enjoyed reading about these products. Like the way you give personal reactions combined with great photos, prices and where to find these beauty products. Thanks and will do some sharing.


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      carolynkaye 19 months ago from USA

      Hi vocalcoach, Thanks so much! I appreciate the feedback :) -Carolyn

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      Shauna L Bowling 19 months ago from Central Florida

      Excellent review. I've recently been looking into foundations for my aging skin. I have some broken capillaries and have developed some dark spots on my skin. Normally, I wear Almay's Sheer Complexion BlemishHeal pressed powder, rather than foundation. I have very oily facial skin, large pores, and still break out around the chin and upper cheek bones.

      I tried L'Oreal's mineral foundation and didn't like it at all. It accentuated every pore and all the fine hairs on my face no matter how much I rubbed it in. I'm not trying Almay's Smart Shade CC cream and Smart Shade Anti-aging foundation. The CC cream does a nice job of minimizing the discolorations on my face, but turns greasy after a bit. I've only tried the foundation once, so I don't yet have a good assessment of its effect. I keep going back to the pressed powder, although it doesn't cover the dark spots I've recently gained in the hollows of my cheeks (they almost look like bruises.

      I've spent some time on You Tube while researching which products to try. I find the application tips to be helpful.

      Would you consider doing pictorial tutorials or even a video showing how these products work?

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      Jasmeet Kaur 19 months ago from India

      thanks for sharing all this information..

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Caroline,

      Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful list! I’ve tried the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and love it! I have also tried the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free stick foundation and it is lovely. It makes my skin feel so soft and it covers well without feeling weighted down. I have already known about the Blistex color lip gloss and love it too. Makes one’s lips super soft and shiny with a bit of color. Yes, the L'Oreal eye makeup remover has always been great too. I am still looking for that Mint Julip Mask. I look forward to trying more of your wonderful tried and true suggestions here. I don't know why I haven't thought about the Johnson's Baby Oil, s I always have that on hand ...Duh!

      Great hub!

      Sharing everywhere


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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South


      I have been using the baby oil after showers for years and sometimes olive oil so I do know it is great and so easy in the shower and just blot dry. I rarely use make up anymore but will check out what you mention above. Thanks so much for sharing. Fits into things I have recently been looking into.

      Will try to catch some of your other articles as soon as I can!

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      carolynkaye 18 months ago from USA

      Hi bravewarrior,

      Thanks for your comments. I like many of the Almay foundations I've tried. I think the last one I tried was called Skin Clearing Foundation. It’s not too heavy and I like the color selection. I switched to the Jane Iredale PurePressed Foundation because it’s mattifying and I like the added SPF. I haven’t tried the Almay CC Creams yet. Yeah, I might try some video reviews…that’s a good idea. Thanks :)

      Hello Jasmeetk,

      Thanks so much! I hope you find it helpful :)

      Hi Faith Reaper,

      Thanks so much for your nice comments and shares :) It’s much appreciated! I’m glad you’ve tried some of these. If you can’t find the Mint Julip Mask in a drugstore, try a beauty supply store. I’ve got it at Sally for years.

      Hi Jackie Lynnley,

      Thanks for your comments :) Yes Baby Oil is an old favorite. I spent lots of money on other products until I realized it worked better than most of them. Thanks again, I hope some of these work out for you :)

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      Jean Bakula 18 months ago from New Jersey

      I used to take water aerobics, and my skin got so dry. Finally, I began to use Johnson's Baby Oil after showering, and it did the trick! My skin was nice and smooth, and not dry and itchy in the winter.

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      carolynkaye 18 months ago from USA

      Hi Jean, thanks for your comments :) Baby Oil is great. I couldn't live without during the cold winters we have here.

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      Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks for sharing your list of your fave beauty products, which ranged from inexpensive to costly. Great hub.

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      carolynkaye 18 months ago from USA

      You're welcome, Kristen. Thanks so much for your feedback :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations for the HOTD!

      Thanks for sharing this attractive and interesting list with lovely pictures.

      Normally I do not use make up and try to maintain a healthy and hydrated skin. But when I do use make up on some special occasions , the products you mention above are my favourite too.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      carolynkaye 15 months ago from USA

      Thanks so much ChitrangadaSharan :)

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      Kimberley Clarke 15 months ago from England

      Wow - this is brilliant! I am a beauty junkie too - it is fascinating to see real reviews of cosmetics. I think I might have to give Proactive a go! Thank you.

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      Virginia Kearney 15 months ago from United States

      So glad you added the mineral oil. My middle daughter had terrible skin problems as a young girl. She got bumps all over. I brought her to the doctor who told me that it was just dry skin. She told me to not bathe her every day and when I did bathe her to put on oil right after taking her out of the shower when she was still wet. It worked like a charm. I found a gel mineral oil that worked better. I use mineral oil or shea cream (really whipped petroleum jelly and not too expensive but a bit hard to find) as a makeup remover. It works great and doesn't have anything to irritate my skin.

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      Kristen Howe 15 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Carolyn, I'm stopping by again to say congrats on HOTD, since I've read this hub months ago.

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      carolynkaye 15 months ago from USA

      Kimberleyclarke - Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it =)

      VirginiaLynne - Thanks for your comments and the suggestion about shea cream. I haven't heard of that before and will have to look for it.

      Kristen Howe - Thanks so much :)

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      Nadine May 12 months ago

      loved reading your post. Many of the makes i have never seen in the shops in Cape Town, but then I might not have looked for them. I like the Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick product and will look out for it. I still have not learned how to sign up for all the different sections without getting into trouble, so this is my hubpage address. @nadinemay

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      carolynkaye 12 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Nadine May! I'm glad you liked the Hub. I hope you can find some of these where you are. I appreciate your comments :-)

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      carolynkaye 3 months ago from USA

      Thanks for your comments, ShayM01! I've heard great things about Albolene but haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to look for it. -carolynkaye

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