When Byrdie's video team asked me to share my five favorite beauty products for a Just Five Things video, my initial reaction was panic. If you could see the state of my bathroom (and desk), you'd understand why. I try—and end up loving—so many products that the thought of narrowing the list down to just five makes me feel like I need to put my head between my knees and take long, slow breaths. It's like asking a parent to pick a favorite child, except I'm not a parent, so a better example would be like asking me to pick my favorite episode of Game of Thrones. There are too many good ones. It simply cannot be done.
The weeks leading up to the shoot were filled with restless nights tossing and turning. I'd mentally come up with, then edit, then toss, then add more products to my sacred top-five list. And then the day of the shoot, there was even a last-minute swap. It was all very dramatic and nail-biting, as you can imagine. But, at the end of the day, I somehow managed to do it: I picked just five products I was willing to declare I love the most to the world. Yes, this list will probably change within weeks, but for now, these are the five most treasured products that I want to shout from the mountaintops. Click the video above to see them, then shop them below!