Our Assistant Editor Shares the 5 Beauty Products She Lives and Breathes By

Updated 12/10/18
Maya Allen Beauty Products
@MayaAlenaa

I'm so loyal to the things I love. If I really, really love something, I wear my heart on my sleeve, meaning I feel so strongly for it that I want to shout to the mountaintops expressing my love and tell the whole world. I'm that person. I love out loud, and my devotion my go-to beauty products knows no bounds. When I was tasked with picking my five all-time favorite products, I didn't have to think twice. I know which ones have stood by me in 2018 and beyond. It's my job to test like crazy, but my beauty shell is very hard to break. It sure as hell ain't easy for products to fall into that "love" category of mine. Sure, I have side-piece products I swap in every now and then when I'm out of these. But I'd categorize those as flings. They'll never secure the top spot.

I know a nice product pretty instantly. I call it chemistry. These five are the ones I lean on to make me feel like that girl. You know, beauty is mood-boosting, and these diverse beauty gems make me feel good, empowered, and like I have it all together (even when I really don't). My makeup vanity, which is my most prized possession, is gorgeously decorated in products galore organized by brand and shade. However, these five have permanent seats up front.

Watch my love story with these products in the video below, which walks you through my all-time favorites that I'll never give up. If you feel some type of way about them too, let me know what you think by leaving a comment on the video.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 420
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 420 $34
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Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil $72
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Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Face Cream
Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Face Cream $215
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Byredo Black Saffron Eau de Parfum
Byredo Black Saffron Eau de Parfum $165
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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick $24
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