What Are Your Holy Grail Beauty Products?

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We’ve talked about “beauty empties” before (the products we finish all the way to the end), but not in a while — and I don’t think we’ve ever taken a poll for the “holy grail” beauty products, the ones that are absolutely perfect for you. So let’s discuss!

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Kat’s Holy Grail Beauty Products


  • I really, really, really like this Rice Foaming Cleanser from 9 Wishes, and I’ll be really sad if I can’t find it anymore — it exfoliates but is moisturizing. My face actually feels rougher if I don’t use it for a few weeks.
  • I love my Caudalie Lip Conditioner — so moisturizing, not gloppy. Nothing else compares!


I’m not sure if I have any holy grails for makeup! Some long-running products that I really like include this IT Cosmetics concealer and this NARS blush. I really, really, really like this eyebrow brush from EcoBrow. I also keep buying Clinique Chubby Sticks for lipstick, although I vary my color — I really like the weight of the tint/color, the feel of it on my lips, and the price point.

Kate’s Holy Grail Beauty Products

Skincare & Makeup


  • I’ve been very happy with Amika’s Normcore Sulfate-Free Shampoo, which I’ve been using for a long time. It smells great (and leaves a bit of scent behind) and makes my hair soft and shiny. [my CorporetteMoms review]
  • It had never crossed my mind to whiten my teeth until a friend of mine told me she whitens hers, and that spurred me to try it. My teeth looked fine before, but with Crest 3D Whitestrips (I use the least expensive product in their whitening line), they become noticeably whiter and look great for months.
  • I’m on my, uh, sixth O.P.I. Crystal Nail File because I keep breaking them by dropping them on tile and hardwood floors (they’re very brittle), but that shows how much I like them! So much better than an emery board or metal file.

Ann’s Holy Grail Beauty Products




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Elizabeth’s Holy Grail Beauty Products


  • Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler: I have really fine hair, and this helps protect it from heat damage without weighing it down. It’s scented, but not quite as aggressively as some of the other Drybar products I’ve tried.
  • Hask Charcoal Purifying Dry Shampoo: Hands down, the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used. I’ve found that the best method is to apply it before bed if you want to wake up with perfect second-day hair.


  • Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant: Does deodorant count as skincare? I think the scent on this is lovely, but most importantly, it’s one of the best antiperspirants I’ve ever used. I have both sensitive skin and extremely active sweat glands, so when I find something that works for me, I’m holding onto it with all my might.
  • Naturium Niacinamide Essence 3%: My skin has been SO much healthier since I started incorporating niacinamide into my routine. The concentration in this essence from Naturium is low enough that it doesn’t irritate my face, but substantial enough that it has calmed my easily-aggravated skin and made it feel softer and smoother.


Readers, how about you — what are your favorite holy grail beauty products?

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