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My 5 Must Have Beauty Items

by Notorious Spinks on 08.21.2012

My beauty regimen can be described in one word, routine.  I typically use the same products over and over.  When I find something that works then I use it until it no longer works.  I’m pretty anal about it too.


Over the last few years I’ve tried many products to perfect my routine.  Most importantly I wanted to eliminate the unhealthy ingredients and I worked hard to keep it as natural as possible.  I’m not quite where I want to be but I’m well on my way.  Living a healthy life is not only about eating healthy but also about using healthy products on your body, so check out my list below.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I use EVOO daily and all over my body.  I have kicked lotion to the curb and I only use it on my hands.  Well that’s unless I want to get all fancy for an outing on the town then I make an exception.  However, I also use it on my hair.  This is the only thing I put on my hair except for shampoo and conditioner.  Easy breezy.
  • Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural for Women of Color – I found this shampoo by accident.  I received a coupon for a free bottle and decided to try it.  I’ve been hooked ever since.  Even when I tried to go back to my old brand my hair was like, NO!
  • Organic Argan & Raw Shea Butter Soap – I am in love with this soap!  I first picked it up at Target and have been hooked ever since.  They do sell other shea mixtures but I love this one.  Please know that if you use white towels then the orange will create a stain.  It’s worth it to me though.
  • Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Facial Wash & Moisturizer – I received this product as apart of a Bzz Campaign.  I was already a BB lip balm girl but hadn’t tried any other of their products.  I am loving this.  Currently I’m using it along with the Makari serum to help with my dark spots.
  • Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – I used to be a Carmex girl until Burt and I met.  I have about 20 tubes around the house in various spots.  I suffer from dry lips and this keeps my lips pretty, smooth and kissable.

Well Spinkies, that’s my short-list of must-haves.

What’s on your list?  How do you perfect your beauty regimen?    

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  • Came back to find the name of that soap — I keep meaning to get it at Target.

  • EVOO is a great tip!

  • I like the Burt Bees products too!

  • Love your tips! We are huge Burts Bees fans.

  • I love Burt’s Bee lip balm.

  • I love Burt’s Bees products.

  • I love Burt’s Bees lip balm!

  • I love Burts Bees products!

  • I have a perfumed conditioner that I LOVE, and various face lotions too, but I’m not really brand loyal because brands discontinue items too often.

  • Burt’s Bees fan here too. I love their lemon cuticle treatment.

  • I’m on again off again with mine. I need to be more consistent.

  • I just started washing my face using olive oil and doing an exfoliation with sea salt. My skin is already clearer and brighter. I can’t live without my Beauty without Cause Body Lotion. This really has helped my skin issues.

    • Kelly please share about the olive oil for face washing.

      • Ok, I will 😛 Hrmm. .. maybe a video. We’ll see.

  • I’m a huge fan of Burt’s Bees lip balm – my favorite is the honey!

  • I love Burt’s Bees lip balm too! It smells so good without being fake or strong like some other kinds.

  • I love Burt’s Bees lip balm!!

  • I love Burts Bees!! I use Bio-Oil for my moisturizer! I love the smell!

  • I use Burt’s Bees. I’m going to start using Argan oil instead of moisturizer.

  • Those are some great suggestions.

  • I am not much good at beauty routines but I’ve started getting my nails done regularly and I just bought some clarifying shampoo.

  • I’m only recently discovering my love of all things beauty so I’ve been trying everything.

  • I use a bunch of different beauty products…and I am actually not faithful to any one in particular. I try new stuff all of the time!

  • After I find products I love, I stick to them too. I really like Burt’s Bees products!

  • I love the simple brand moisturizer. It’s my favorite face lotion.

  • Ooh, I love me some pantene, I love how soft it makes my hair feel after I wash it. I’ve never thought of putting EVOO on my hair, maybe I’ll add a little to my shampoo to see what happens. Great list by the way.

  • I am a big fan of Burts Bees too!!

  • Great list! I have mixed hair, and Pantene would never work for it. The only one that I like and is budget friendly are the Shea Moisture hair products that can be found at Walgreens or Target. I LOVE this brand!

  • Thanks for the great tips and sharing your 5 must haves.

  • I love Tree Hut’s body scrub and lotion. But my number one must-have has to be Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar face moisturizer.

  • This is a very insightful post. I also love Burt Bees products and that Argan oil soap sounds yummy. lol

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  • I use castor oil on my daughters’ bodies. I use all-natural soap for all of us, though I don’t have a partilcuar brand I use. Generally, I buy from moms on etsy.com or ebay.com. Now that I’m thinking about it…I need to go replenish my supply.

    • I never thought to look on etsy or ebay for soap. I’ll have to check them out.

  • I’m with ya on the lip balm, gotta have it!

  • I’ve never tried Burt’s Bees before, I don’t think. I use Carmex most of the time.

    • I used to love Carmex but the ingredients they put in it doesn’t allow it penetrate your lips like Burt’s Bees. I think I realized it was mineral oil or petroleum. Whichever one, neither of them penetrate your lips. It just sits on top.

  • I actually really love Burt’s Bees lip balm, so does my daughter!

  • burts all the way! LOVE that stuff

  • I love Burt’s Bees products! And have used EVOO on my skin many times.

  • I love Burt’s Bees lip balm. I used olive oil on my stomach this last pregnancy too and had no new stretch marks and the old ones didn’t even turn red again.

  • Love your basics. I need to pare down.

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