In this post I introduce you to the six beauty must-haves that can make you look like you’ve got your life together. Even when you don’t.

Being an adult is hard. (I fucking hate the term “adulting,” so forgive me for excluding it from my Millennialisms.) You have to pay your credit card bill on time, keep up with other people’s birthdays without your mom’s help (Facebook is the real MVP), eat things with expiration dates, and accept the brutal life truth that you really can’t afford to treat your skin like shit anymore.

I’ll be honest. I have always had a penchant for glosses and mascaras, but I had never really gotten into skincare until I hit the big 2-5. I travel A-LOT, and I started to notice some left-eye fine lines from my constant driving. I try to combat my gypsy-living pre-wrinkles and other annoying skin woes with a few “magic tricks” that I have up my sleeve. They aren’t miracle cures, but they are definitely products every betch needs in her (or his!) cosmetic drawer as everyday beauty must-haves.

TULA Exfoliating Treatment Mask Why yes, I did drink the Kool-Aid. TULA is a brand I’m sure you’ve all seen blogged and Insta’d about from LA to NY to ~The DiRtY SouTh~. This line’s probiotic technology nourishes, and it balances skin. Yes, please! I purchased a discovery kit a couple of months ago, and I suggest you do the same if you’re interested in trying the brand without the commitment of full-size products. This mask is amazeballs when used as directed, but one of my favorite beauty hacks is to dab it on post-serum as a spot treatment on bumps before bedtime. If it doesn’t knock them out completely, it at least minimizes their appearance and reduces swelling. Just be mindful of your white comforter (and sheets!).

Tatcha Cleansing Oil I have super fickle acne-prone skin, so when I read that I should be oil cleansing, I was like WTF no thank you sir. But I eventually talked myself into it, and here we are  — I am in love. This oil removes ALL of my makeup, and I haven’t experienced any weird reactions or breakouts since incorporating it into my beauty routine *praising hands emoji*.  Tatcha is like the Marcia Brady of skincare: Tatcha, Tatcha, Tatcha. It’s everywhere, and there’s a reason for it. I was hesitant to invest at first, and if you are, too, I recommend buying a travel size from Sephora to make sure this beauty must-have works for you.

Pixi Glow TonicShould you be toning? Definitely. Toning is the step after cleansing that completes the purifying process. It removes impurities left behind post-cleanse (or double cleanse, if you’re feeling frisky) and rebalances your skin’s pH. I’ve tried a handful of toners since my foray into skincare obsessiveness, and Pixi is one of two that I keep stocked on my shelf. It’s gentle and light, yet productive. And you can get it at your weekly Target run. Win-win.

TULA Revitalizing Eye Cream TULA again? Guilty. This post is not sponsored I swear. I just really, really love this brand. I’ve used eye creams off and on for years, but I can’t usually tell a difference? This product is unique. I actually notice a change in the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. It’s effective without being super heavy. And it’s perfect if you had too many cocktails at your after-work happy hour the night before.

Aquaphor  Oh, Aquaphor, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I use this ish on my cuticles, brows, lids, lips — you name it. I had a weird allergic reaction to some BC I was on a few years ago that caused me to have this super annoying chapped lip situation for months. Aquaphor was literally the ONLY thing I could wear on my lips (That’s right. No lipstick for MONTHS.) because it did not exacerbate the problem, and it offered my lip skin the moisture it so desperately needed. My lips are back to normal now, but I still keep a mini Aquaphor stashed in my purse, desk, and other random places just in case I need a little something something on the go.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer Another drugstore favorite! Cetaphil is a product that is forever in my beauty arsenal, and one that I would (and have) recommend(ed) to any friend. The formula is virtually weightless, and it’s non-greasy (unlike a lot of other similar products). It offers SPF 15, which may not be enough for most people, but it’s a good start. I also sporadically experience mild seborrhea on the sides of my nose (ugh!), and this is one of the only moisturizers that seems to help it without irritating the problem area.

Have you tried any of these beauty must-haves? Let us know your current product picks in the comments, and tell us what you think of our faves~

xx

caitlyn

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