Today we turn to one of our trusted friends and overall delightful individual, Annie Tomlin, the editor of the great beauty blog BellaSugar, who continuously tries out potions, lotions, lip glosses and mascaras for thousands of readers every day. She gives us the down low on the best drug store mascara, bargains, splurges, and the one beauty tip everyone should know about! And, take it from me, Annie always looks ridiculously good, so she knows what she's talking about!
I Heart Daily: What are your favorite drugstore beauty product(s)? Annie Tomlin: I love Cover Girl's Lash Blast mascara, and it's the one I recommend to all of my friends. A lot of times they're skeptical that a drugstore mascara can be so good, but then they try it and are similarly hooked. I also love Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets, which are so handy if you tend to get shiny-faced like I do.
IHD: What are some products that are worth splurging on? AT: This one is a toss-up. On a product-love level, I'd say my Clarisonic [face skin brush] makes me happy, because it leaves skin unbelievably soft. (It's also reduced the number of blackheads, which is a plus.) But in a changed-my-life way, I love my T3 Featherweight dryer. It leaves my hair so shiny and smooth, and it dries hair in a snap. Before my T3, I hated drying my hair because it took a long time, but now it takes no time at all.
IHD: What do you have in your cosmetic bag? AT: Right now: The Clean & Clear wipes, a mini toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste, SPF (always!), and Chanel Rouge Allure in Naive -- it's the perfect nearly-nude lip color that makes me look a little fresher.
IHD: What are some little known brands you love? AT: There's a super-cute line of body care called Panhandle Girl; the soaps smell great and the packaging is cheeky and retro. I am also mildly obsessed with this hand cream from a sustainable, organic-based German line called Amala. It smells like a bunch of fresh jasmine.
IHD: What kind of shampoo/conditioner do you use? AT:I try out a lot of shampoos for BellaSugar, so this answer is different on any given week. But some of my favorites are Bumble & bumble Tonic shampoo (so good for oily scalps) and Davines Momo conditioner. I'm also loyal to the tried-and-true VO5 hot oil treatment whenever my hair starts to feel dry or dull. Cheap and effective!
IHD: You talk to a lot of make-up artists -- what's the best beauty tip you've ever gotten? AT:Use an eyelash curler before applying mascara. For years, I thought, "Yeah yeah, just another step, who has time?" But then I tried it, and it's amazing to see how much bigger your eyes look. It's like an instant pick-me-up for your entire face. Also, if you want a really natural-looking bit of color, find a pencil lip liner that is just a bit pinker than your natural skin tone. Fill in your whole lips, then put a dab of lip balm on. It adds color without looking makeup-y.