The 5 Beauty Products I Can't Live Without

When it comes to my beauty routine I think I’m a pretty low-maintenance gal. I don’t have a lot of skincare products or makeup. Partly because I don’t want to spend a lot of money when spending a lot of money isn’t needed. I also don’t spend a lot of time on my routine. I keep it quick, simple, and cost-efficient.

That being said, there are five beauty products I have that are my favorite and I have to have them whether I’m at home or traveling.

5 Beauty Products I Can't Live Without | A Relaxed Gal

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1. Facial scrub

I use the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub, or the store brand equivalent, every morning. It helps keep blemishes in check, but it also helps to remove dead skin cells that built up during the previous day that weren't removed when I washed my face before bed. When I don’t do the scrub in the morning I’ve noticed a distinct difference in the tone of my face. Check out my full review of the St. Ives Apricot scrub to see more of why I like it so much.

2. Face moisturizer

I have oily skin most of the year and combination skin in the winter. So in the wintertime parts of my face can feel really dry. This can result in my skin peeling and looking really ashy. If I didn’t have my face moisturizer I don’t know what I would do...never mind I do. I’d stay home and never go out.

I've been using Ambi Skin Care Even & Clear Moisturizer w/SPF 30 for years now, but due to the heat and humidity here in Florida, I decided to try something that was a little lighter on my skin. So I'm now testing the Garnier Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion w/SPF 15.

3. Body lotion

Just like my face, my skin can start to feel really dry. Especially in the winter. And my hands tend to be the biggest culprit, probably because they get washed so often. This probably explains why I have so many little bottles of lotion lying around. I have two in my desk at work, two in my car, one in my purse, and lotion on my bathroom counter just to name a few places.

The lotions that I tend to use are store brand lotions. I prefer the ones that say they have intense moisture, are for dry skin, or have cocoa butter.

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4. Mascara

I typically don’t leave the house without makeup, but on the weekends I don’t always wear a full face and will just play up my eyes. I kept going back and forth between eyeliner and mascara as my favorite eye makeup, but mascara won out in the end. I love the way it enhances my lashes which in turn enhances my eyes. My favorite mascara at the moment is the CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Waterproof Mascara.

5. Chapstick

Another place that tends to feel dry sometimes during the day are my lips. I think this is probably because most days I don’t drink enough water. Chapstick helps my lips not chap and flake which is something that happens more often when the seasons change. I don't have a favorite brand that I use, I typically just use whatever free chapstick I get at an event or as a gift. 

What are your must-have beauty products?