I've tried so many beauty products in the past few years that you could bury me alive underneath them several times over. I'm certainly not complaining—it's undeniably one of the best parts of my job. So while theoretically it would be difficult to peg just a few of the most standout products among the heaping pack, I didn't have too much difficulty. The thing is, my favorite products (five, to be exact) are so noteworthy, they shine like the beautifully packaged, efficacious orbs of light that they are.
My criteria for choosing these five items involved the following: the longevity of their residency in my vanity, how profoundly well they work, their price point, and the amount of times I've recommended them. So when I was tasked with filming a Just Five Things segment for Byrdie's YouTube channel, I applied these filters to my mental database of products and came up with the below. These are the items I use on a weekly (or daily) basis, have written about the most, and plan to use until they're discontinued (finger's crossed that day never comes).
Shop my picks below!
Packed with peptides to plump the skin and fatty acids to repair its barrier, this serum has a concentrated bronze tint that can be turned up or down depending on how many pumps you use or if you dilute it with foundation, oil, moisturizer, and the like. Even with my very fair skin, I'm able to apply a hefty pump directly onto my skin following moisturizer and have it offer just the right amount of warmth underneath my foundation. In the summertime, it's great without any other coverage to make me look like I've just gotten back from a tropical vacation. One note: remember to carry the color into your neck and décolleté so as not to create any obvious discrepancy in tone.
If your hair lies flatter than a pancake most days, please familiarize yourself with the reigning queen of all texturizing sprays. A powerful nozzle dispenses a gritty mist packed with polymers to soak up excess oil, so you're getting both the benefits of a dry shampoo and a texturizer. Trust me—sometimes the volume is so intense, I feel like Priscilla Presley in her teased-hair heyday. I love it.
Want an instant facial? This two-step peel removes dead skin and buildup before your eyes, even dissolving milia in a matter of seconds (I've seen this firsthand on my own face and it's like sorcery). A few times a week, especially when my skin is looking a bit broken out or dull, I swipe these on and wake up the next morning to a glowing and smooth complexion. It's guaranteed baby-butt softness.
This foundation is magic. I've been using it since high school, and as many times as I've tried to fall in love with another formula, I always revert back to this one. It's pretty full coverage (which I love), but if you're a fan of a more sheer formula, you can thin it out with moisturizer. It blends beautifully and has an airbrushed finish while still maintaining luminosity. It also does. not. budge. Rest assured your face will stay perfectly in tact, whether you're sweating, blowing your nose—whatever.
This particular shade from non-toxic lipstick line, Kosås is my exact "your-lips-but-better" shade. It's a deep mauve-rose that instantly warms up my face and makes me feel a little bit more glamorous. It also looks great on virtually every skin tone.