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Ask Belle Roundup: Belle’s Makeup/Beauty Favorites

I receive a lot of reader e-mails asking what beauty products I use every day.  So I thought I would take a moment to type out the current list of favorites.

Shampoo/Conditioner. Pureology Hydrate ($27/$29). Kirkland Signature’s moisture brand is rumored to be exactly the same for less.

Hairspray. Big Sexy Volumizing Hairspray ($18). Very good in the humidity.

Mousse. Pantene Stylers Mousse, Extra Hold ($7).

Face Wash. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash ($24) + Foreo Luna Mini ($139).  This is my squeaky clean and invigorated duo.

Makeup Removing Wipes. Yes to Grapefruit Makeup Removing Wipes ($6). I like the thicker wipes for strength.  Their larger size also means that I only need to use one.

Serum. iS Clinical Active Serum ($78).  It fights wrinkles and acne.  It’s also light enough that you can wear it without needing to moisturize.

Moisturizer. Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm ($130).  This is my favorite moisturizer ever, but it’s not cheap, so I ration.  If you’re looking for something comparable for less, Skincando Miracle Cream is a decent duplicate.

Acne Treatments. Yes to Tomatoes Daily Acne Repair ($12) + Glytone Body Acne Spray ($26).

Body Lotion. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. I buy the liter size for $75, and it last for about a year.  I try to grab it at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Foundation. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream ($37).  The tube lasts four to six months.  It doesn’t have a tone of “BB” benefits, but it has good coverage and isn’t drying.

Concealer. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer ($7). Good coverage, neither too heavy, nor too light.

Blush. Bobbi Brown Blush ($27) in Pale Pink or Plum.

Eyeshadows. Stila eyeshadows ($18) are my favorite.  I wear the Oasis shade every day.

Eyeliner. Tom Ford Liquid Eyeliner ($55).

Mascara. Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara ($28).



  1. Caroline says:

    your favorite anti-frizz product?

    November 24, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Frizz isn’t really a problem for me. I use the dryer sheet on the comb trick if I need to tame it.

      November 24, 2014/Reply
    • V says:

      chi silk infusions ( best bought at an ulta 20% sale or from a salon) and paul mitchell super skinny serum if you’re straightening your hair.

      November 24, 2014/Reply
  2. Gauss says:

    $55 for eyeliner?!?!

    November 24, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Most liquid liners give me a rash, this is one of the few that doesn’t, so I’m willing to pay.

      November 24, 2014/Reply
  3. Monica says:

    Do you use a bronzer you recommend? I love contouring with bronzer but ready to switch from my Nars to something else. It’s a tad too orangey.

    November 25, 2014/Reply
    • J says:

      I just bought the Bahama Mama bronzer by The Balm and really like it. I’ve been searching for an anti-orange bronzer for a while and this one looks really natural.

      November 25, 2014/Reply
  4. MP says:

    Thanks for this post! Do you use a sunscreen on your face? I think you mentioned the Suoergoop oil a few months ago and would love to hear what you thought about it:

    November 25, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      There’s SPF in most of my other products, so I only use Supergoop when I need more coverage in the summer.

      November 25, 2014/Reply
  5. K says:

    Curious — are you not using the Clarisonic anymore?

    November 25, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I use it, I just cut back. It’s much drier out West, so I don’t need such deep cleaning.

      November 25, 2014/Reply
  6. W says:

    I just got my mascara yesterday!!!!!! You are right its awesome.

    November 25, 2014/Reply