InStyle’s Best Beauty(pendence) Buys

cover of InStyle magazine's May 2012 issueThe May issue of InStyle magazine is without question the one magazine I look forward to every year. And that’s because it’s the annual Best Beauty Buys issue. As you might tell, I do a hefty amount of research before purchasing any beauty products, and this issue has been an important resource for me for years. And to celebrate this year’s list, the first of hopefully many in the Beautypendence era, I thought it would be fun to point out all the make-up, skin, body and hair products in this year’s issue that I’ve discussed on the blog. Here goes…


Smashbox Photo Finish – This primer is a crowd favorite and was a starting ingredient for Oregon Jenn’s wedding day make-up look.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – And on top of the Smashbox primer, we applied this tinted moisturizer. Oregon Jenn loved this product, and I also recommended it to Lynnette for her beauty shopping spree.

The newlyweds, Damon and Jenn

Oregon Jenn, looking beautiful, freshly married

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – Man, do I love this foundation. It has a well-earned spot in the Best Beauty Buys Hall of Fame.

Dior Diorshow Mascara – I haven’t found any mascaras to top the Iconic flavor of Diorshow. It’s a staple for all my make-up looks.

Ardell Duralash Naturals – These individual false lashes were another secret ingredient in Jenn’s wedding look. A great option when you want to boost your lashline without a full set of false eyelashes.

Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – I wear my Lifting Amber palette on a weekly basis. I love the staying power of this versatile color palette.

Wearing Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Lifting Amber and Diorshow Iconic Mascara


Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – For years, this was my go-to cleanser, but now I use …

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – This is an even milder cleanser than the Cetaphil, so this is my new favorite, and I also use …

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing PM Lotion – High quality ingredients in a moisturizer you can find at any drugstore or grocery store. What’s not to love?

Collage of Jenn's evening skin regime products


Dove White Beauty Bar – I see a trend forming with my favorite skincare products on the Best Beauty Buys list being drugstore finds.

Jenn with shiny, non-frizzy hair after using Moroccanoil Intense Curl CreamHAIR

Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream – This hydrating styling product helps keep my wavy locks hydrated, shiny and non-frizzy.

So did any of your beauty product favorites make an appearance on this year’s InStyle Best Beauty Buys list? Share your faves in the comments!

Images: Cover of InStyle magazine’s May 2012 issue, Oregon Jenn – courtesy of Jessica Levine, Jenn wearing Dior 5-Couleurs eyeshadow and Diorshow Iconic mascara – author’s own, Collage of Jenn’s nighttime skin regimen, Jenn with non-frizzy wavy hair – author’s own

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