The Beauty Products We Swear By

I am not a total beauty product addict but I’m also not a wash my face with a bar of ivory soap and walk out the door girl either. Call me a moderate beauty junkie. I like products that offer good results and if I am being honest, I’m a little vain. Meaning, I like to look good and I put effort into trying to look my best. Not my best to one-up someone else but my best so I feel good about me. I like it when my skin is smooth and clear, I like it when the concealer I use covers my dark circles and I looooove it when my hair products stop my hair from frizzing out. Extra points if it’s quick, fairly priced and eco-friendly too.

Elana and I have been swapping beauty product recos with each other, and with our clients for a while now – it’s one of the many fun parts of spending 3 hours in a closet together. And we thought it was time to get you guys in on the action too... so we’re sharing some of our most loved beauty and hair products with you and in return, we hope you’ll comment below and let us all know some of your favorites too.

If I Was Stranded On An Island I’d Take…

We used the “If I was stranded on a desert island” method to narrow down which products to recommend – but what surprised me when I started making my list is how many of these products are part of the “Clean Beauty” movement. It turns out, I’ve become a clean beauty devotee without even realizing. At first, I tried them, because well, why not? If it’s less toxic and works as well then I’m happy to use it. But what I’ve come to realize is many of these clean products actually perform better than their toxic counterparts –  so then, OF COURSE, I’m using them!

There’s a lot of chatter about clean beauty these days and sorting thru all the noise could give a girl a migraine. You can read all about the nasty stuff that is not regulated and put in our cosmetics and beauty products here. It’s truly mind-blowing and upsetting once you start learning more about it. Originally, I was kind of skeptical that clean products wouldn’t perform as well as the brands I got from my dermatologist. But I have to say, I’ve personally found most of them actually do a better job. 

The Better Clean Beauty Products

My approach to clean beauty is kind of like my attitude towards organic fruits and veggies. In theory, I’d love to be 100% clean and organic but if the product doesn’t work as well as the other brands or of the apples are mealy then just forget about it, I’m buying my regular face wash or the non-organic apples, no doubt about it.

Beauty Counter is Really THAT Good!

About a year ago I was challenged to try the Beauty Counter Flawless in Five starter kit. And I say challenged because I was completely not into the whole clean beauty movement, in fact, I was a little creeped out by the fervor of those that drank the kool-aid so to speak. Since then I’ve tried more and more of the products and I’ve become pretty hooked. Not only to clean products but to the Beauty Counter line as a whole. I wouldn’t say I’m part of the cult and I promise not to talk about Beauty Counter and clean beauty when I see you at the grocery store or Starbucks. Pinky promise. The reason being, I’m not trying to convert or convince anyone – you have to do what’s right for you. What I do is to try and incorporate as many clean products as possible into my routine. And then not to sweat the others that may not be 100% wholesome. I’m just sharing my personal experiences and letting you know what has worked well for me.

Just to be totally transparent, I fell so in love with Beauty Counter that I recently signed up to be a rep just for the discount alone 😂 (Well, and they do give me a commission too, so if you do buy anything–thank you in advance!) But just as with any recommendations made on this blog, our reviews and opinions are 100% honest, authentic and our own. See my original review of the makeup as well as my 5 minute, everyday beauty routine. It’s been a game changer.

Hallie’s Can’t Live Without Beauty Products

A lot of these products I originally fell for when I tried the Flawless in Five set. It was a great intro to the product line AND RIGHT NOW IT IS “ON SPECIAL” meaning they’ve reduced the price for all 6 pieces and they’re throwing in the retractable foundation brush. That brush is the best way to put on the tint skin foundation and worth getting (especially now that it’s free!). Out of the whole set, the mascara was honestly not my favorite. It’s probably good if you like a more natural lash but lashes are the one place I like to be a little extra! Speaking of lashes, I’ve tried the whole Lattise and Lash boost thing, and I know people love it, but a good old dramatic mascara is more for me. This YSL one works great.

The Products I use Everyday

Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation*

This stuff is AMAZING and doesn’t feel like a foundation, it’s light. But somehow photos shops my skin to look flawless but not at all cakey. I use the sand color. * included in the flawless in five-set or sold separatelyBeauty Counter tint skin foundation Beauty Products The Wardrobe Consultant

Lip Gloss*

I figure if there’s a place to care about weird added chemicals that are banned in other countries, lips is probably the area to focus on. This gloss goes on really smooth and has a bit of a minty air – way less than Carmex if you were addicted to that in middle school like me, but still that refreshing feel. I used to only wear Laura Mercier Opal gloss and now I wear shades bellini, buff and bare. And the bellini looked great on my friend with an olive complexion too. * included in the flawless in five-set or sold separately

Beauty counter lip gloss beauty products The Wardrobe Consultant

Makeup Remover Wipes

I used to use Ponds wipes but these are so much better! They take my eye makeup off all the way (no more second-day smokey eye that’s not on purpose) and it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. Added plus, they’re biodegradable!Beauty counter makeup wipes beauty products The Wardrobe Consultant

Touchup Skin Concealer Pen*

This is like literally the best thing ever! For every day, I swipe this under my eyes and around my nose to get rid of dark circles and even everything out. It’s magic! And then for special occasions (or blog photos), I add my other favorite (but not clean beauty) concealer Cle De Peau in Ocher. * included in the flawless in five-set or sold separatelyBeauty Counter concealer pen beauty products the wardrobe consultant

Sea Salt Spray

When I wear my hair curly, which is not that often, I have a magic formula that gives that beachy wave look. I start with this sea salt spray and then add just a few drops of the hair oil finger combed thru.  FYI, the oil can make fine hair greasy so use it sparingly.

Sea salt spray beauty counter beauty products the wardrobe consultant

Arcona Cranberry Gommage

Most of my skincare is from the Arcona Line. It is also a clean beauty brand and all natural and has literally transformed my skin. I am being dramatic, but not really. I covered all of the products I use from them here.Cranberry Gommage Exfoliant, beauty products The Wardrobe Consultant

Santal 33 Parfum

I feel like I’ve written about this perfume a zillion times before. Yet, I still get stopped weekly and asked about the fragrance I am wearing. It’s made in small batches and the scent is pretty addictive. It really is that good and totally desert island worthy.

Face Oil

Using a face oil this winter has been life-changing. I add a few drops to my Acrona face lotion and make a little cocktail. It keeps my skin dewy but not greasy. I seem to rotate between the Beauty Counter No. 1 Oil and the Arcona Wine Oil.

Beauty Counter Face Oil Beauty Products The Wardrobe Consultant

Elana’s ride or die beauty products

I’m pretty much in the same boat as Hallie. I like what I like and I don’t usually veer. I’ve been using the same products for years and years. I think I got this from my mom, not just her sensitive skin, (cause I’m literally allergic to everything) but her, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it mentality. So, I stick with the tried and true down to my deodorant.  Theoretically, I’d too love to use only clean beauty products, but for me, the more flowers a product contains the more I’m allergic to it. So, it’s not often that I can switch things up. And if I do feel the urge to veer, I research (like a geek) and patch test before I put it anywhere near my face.  These are my tried and trues that I can’t live without!

My Tried and True Beauty Products

Charcoal Cleansing Bar

This is the newest item in my beauty product repertoire and I love it. I keep one bar in the shower and one bar next to my sink. It lasts about 6 months and leaves your skin feeling clean without feeling dry. IT. IS. AWESOME.Beauty Counter Charcoal cleansing bar beauty products The Wardrobe Consultant

No. 3 Balancing Face Mask

I use this once a week, and as a spot treatment in between. And guess what, my husband uses it as a spot treatment too. (Shh…don’t tell him I told you.) The container lasts me about 9 months.Beauty counter charcoal face mask beauty products The Wardrobe Consultant

Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

This might be the 3rd or 4th time I’ve posted about this, but hands down it’s my favorite lipstick. It lasts forever, and the color is amazing. If Red isn’t your thing, this will make you think again. I wear Red Square.Nars velvet matte lip pencil beauty products The Wardrobe Consultant


Thickening Lotion

This is step one in my hair process. Use a pea size amount. If I wear my hair curly I scrunch it in. If I wear my hair straight, I comb it through with my fingers.


Curvaceous Ringlet

I’ve been using Redken products for years and have no skin issues with them. This is step number two for me. I scrunch a dime size amount of this into my hair. I think a container of this lasts me about a year.

Redken Curvaceous Beauty Products The Wardrobe Consultant

Full frame Mousse

Again, I love Redken, and this one is awesome because it’s lightweight and gives tons of body! This is step number three before I blow dry with a diffuser.

Curling Wand

This bad boy comes with a safety glove, so it’s perfect for those who tend to burn themselves. It’s also great because regardless of my length of hair it always leaves me with perfect size curls. It’s worth every penny!



Gel Salicylic Acid

I’m allergic to makeup remover, so instead, I use the charcoal soap and water and follow with this before I moisturize with this. It leaves my skin feeling firm and exfoliated. IT’s so good!

Paula's Choice-SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Gel Salicylic Acid Exfoliant, 3.3 Ounce Bottle


Omg, that was a looooong post! If you made it to the end bravo! And thank you! And now it’s your turn to tell us about your favorite products – clean or not. What are your gotta have, can’t live without, beauty goto’s? Come on, it’s only fair… we shared, not it’s your turn…




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