Everyday Beauty

Shiseido, Arcona, Bobbi Brown, Guerlain, Hourglass, L'Oreal, Nars, Paul & Joe

I've recently embarked on a mission to declutter my beauty collection. It's taken a quite a bit of self-talk to streamline, coming to the realization that I'll never need items like fuchsia eyeshadow for Halloween or an 80s party. Below is the culmination of that effort - my tray of top faves. I use a combination of the following everyday. And for a night out, I use them all.
A minimalist I am not.

Arcona Hydrating Serum, $38
I had to condition my skin to not be dependent on heavy moisturizers, and Arcona helped me do it. This serum absorbs easily and deeply hydrates my very dry skin

Shiseido Urban Environment UV Projection Cream SPF 35, $30
When it comes to sun protection, I just need something that works, absorbs and doesn't make me look like a ghost.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Natural, $45
For years I've stayed away from Bobbi Brown products, because I had one bad experience: a sales lady made me look like Connie Chung. But having tried every "hot" foundation in the market, and looking perpetually dark, pale or gray, I finally found my foundation soul mate. Skin Foundation is buildable and doesn't sit on skin. And the shade is a perfect match for me.

NARS Blush in Sin, $27
This shade looks like puke pink in the compact, but departs the most beautiful flush shade for my skintone. Thanks to Ashley Robb for introducing this to me.

Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 93 Rue de Passy, $84
Yes it's a mouthful of French, but the colors in this palette are truly beautiful.

L'Oreal HIP Color Truth Eyeliner in Black, $12
I've tried almost EVERY popular gel liner on the market. This one passes with flying colors: high pigment, total smudge-proof, waterproof and doesn't dry out too quickly in the jar.

Nyx Cosmetics Grow Lash Mascara in Jet Black, $13
I'm partial to Nyx because the company was founded by a Korean girl who knows makeup and knows Asians' particular issues with mascara. This plumping, lengthening mascara does not transfer. Period.

Lorac TANtalEYES Palette, $36
I am obsessed with Carol Shaw and equally obsessed with her cosmetics line. I'm sticking this in my daily products for Summer. The white shadow applies like a rose gold, and I love the travel size TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer,