Ava Grace's Closet: Favourites
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Monday, August 20, 2012


There are some things  a girl just can't live without and although I love to try out new products whenever I can, there are some that can never be replaced.
In no particular order, these are my beauty must-haves:

1. Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Collection Hand Therapy 
A friend from the office always used this and I would always steal hers could not get enough of the scent. I couldn't believe it came from a hand cream. I have used it ever since and have given it as a gift more times than I care to mention!

2. Eucerin Body Lotion
I cannot stand scented body lotion. This lotion is not cheap as far as drugstore brands go but a little goes a long way and it keeps my legs feeling moisturized all day. It also leaves a slight sheen without the stickiness which I love.

3. Seche Vite Top Coat
Many have tried, none have conquered. This top coat is worth every.last.penny. I don't enjoy getting my nails and feet done so other than on rare occasion, I always do them myself. This product goes on easy, is crazy shiny (love!) and helps your manicure stay put. My only complaint would be the strong scent but it is worth it.

4. MAC Lip Glass in Oyster Girl
I have been using this lip gloss in this particular shade for as long as I can remember. I like it on it's own AND over lipstick. The color is sheer and gives a healthy pink color to your lips. And best of all? It doesn't taste awful.

5. Boscia BB Cream
This is a fairly new addition and honestly, deserves a post all to itself! I received this BB
Cream from a close friend who always buys me a "must have" for my birthday each year. {usually, these items are the cult beauty items du jour and in past years have included Nars Laguna and Chanel Vamp} This year, was no different. BB Cream reviews have been in every major magazine and were touted as the envied asian woman's skin's secret weapon. I wanted a piece of that! I must say, for me, it lived up to it's reputation.
Boscia's version comes in only one shade making it work for everyone's skin tone. Bonus.
It goes on in seconds and although it doesn't look like it's doing much right away, in a few minutes your skin is flawless. 
You must try it to believe it. And it is ridiculously perfect for summertime when you want to wear less make up but still look polished.

6. Chanel Nail Polish 
What can I say that hasn't been said before? This polish is pricey at $25 bottle but I.swear.to.you it is worth it. Now, know that I use one.minute.manicure at $1 bottle almost daily and also really like colors by Essie and O.P.I. but nothing has ever come close to the consistency, staying power and shine that Chanel red provides. I have a few different shades and one is prettier than the next.

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel
It's kind of funny. I will use any mascara from the drugstore...I'm sorry, but I really don't find a difference. In fact, I had eyelash extensions done this past summer and was thrilled to not have to wear any mascara at all! But, eyebrow gel? Not so much. I use it every.single.day 
I saw this brand at Sephora a few years ago and decided to try it even though it was pricey for something you don't really "see". That said, I often attempted to with less-expensive brands but always came back.
It is the best. period.

Sharing beauty secrets on a Monday. 

Tell me, what is your can't.live.without beauty item? 

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  1. Thank you for sharing some fabulous products ... may have to give the hand cream and body cream a try.. I have been on the lock out for something new to try in these.

    A must have for me is Olay's total effect eye cream ... I have used it for years and though I have tried much pricier brands - I always find myself going back to it. For my extreme curly hair - (which I'm trying to embrace and get less blow outs ... Moroccan Oil Intense curl cream , is a MUST!!! It leaves my curls defined but soft to the touch!! a little goes a long way.

    Happy Monday , hope you are feeling better! Hugs, C. (HHL)

    1. I love the moroccan oil as well! And the smell? T.D.F. good.

  2. I'll have to try the Eucerin. . .actually I think I have a bottle already. But, I don't like the sticky feeling of lotion either, so I'm hesitant to use any at all. I'll have to give it a try again. And as long as I've been wearing makeup and as many products as I've tried, I have never in my life used an eyebrow gel! Hmmmmm. . . I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks for you recommendations!

  3. In 100% agreement on the chanel polishes, my absolute favourite! Have recently tried the YSL polishes and have been equally impressed, just in case you need to expand your colour selection :)
    xo K

  4. I put the Evelyn & Crabtree Lotion on a note to pick it up and give it a try when I feel like doing a little 'me' shopping. Thanks for the list.

  5. I'm gonna have to try that hand cream once the spending freeze is over!

  6. I love the Eucerin lotion. I have psoriasis on my elbows, and it's the only thing that doesn't bother it. For my face, I like to use a vitamin C enriched cream from my local health food store. I love it because it makes my skin so soft and gives me a glow.

  7. I'm going to have to try that MAC gloss. That's pretty much all I wear, but I haven't tried that shade yet!

  8. great list! Im gonna have to try some of these!!!

  9. whoa, haven't heard of crabtree and evelyn in a while! we used to have a store here years ago! nice to hear they are still areound...i used to love going in the store. everything was so pretty!

    what color brow gel do you use?


  10. totally agree about that lotion, it's my favorite!
    hmm, gonna have to try that BB cream. thanks for sharing!

  11. I love MAC lip gloss. I'm also a sucker for my Lancôme tinted face moisturizer. I can't live without it in the summer!

  12. I love BB cream but have not use the boscia brand yet, I might look into it once my done with my foundation! thanks for the recommendation!

  13. I gotta check out #7. I need something better than what I'm using...thanks for the tips!

  14. I love just about anything from Crabtree and Evelyn. I will have to try some of the other things on your list as well.


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