A guide to my current favorite beauty products


Coco Corey

A photograph of the beauty products mentioned.

While the beauty product platform continues to expand as more and more celebrities lend their names to lines, the go-to names in beauty still prevail. From Maybelline to Glossier, this spring’s beauty favorites come from the tried-and-true labels.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara retails for under $12 and delivers on its promise: sky high lashes. Its seemingly weightless formula creates a fringed lash that is truly lengthening. If you buy no other beauty product this spring, this is the one I would recommend. It lives up to the hype, and it doesn’t break the bank.

Charlotte Tilbury continues her reign as the current beauty product queen with Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. It is promoted as a glow booster to be used under a foundation or tinted moisturizer, but it can hold up on its own if you are in a hurry. My only criticism is that I wish it came in more than twelve shades. 

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush retails around $20 and will last longer than it should. Thankfully, blush is one of those products that beauty experts will tell you that you can keep for up to two years because you will still have some left. It takes only drops to create a perfect hue on your cheeks.

Grande Cosmetics Lash Enhancing Serum is one of many lash serums on the market. They all accomplish the same mission: growing lashes. Grande Lash Serum isn’t as expensive as Rodan + Fields Lash Boost, but they primarily work the same, and it’s also paraben and cruelty free, making it my favorite eyelash serum. 

Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lip Gloss delivers shine and pop without the sticky film. Lip gloss is a tricky product; it is probably the most skipped over of all products as many find it unbearable on the skin. However, to those people, I would say to try Pat McGrath’s; it will change your mind. I love the formulation, and unlike other sparkly glosses, I notice my lips actually remain shiny and glittery for longer than ten minutes.

Hourglass Luminous Light Ambient Lighting Powder is my choice when it comes to finishing powders. Powders are a uniquely personal thing; some like them heavier and some lighter. I like a very fine, light finish to my powder, so if you are in that camp, you will also enjoy this one. It provides a nice finish with minimal coverage.

Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil has everything you want; it includes vitamins and essential fatty acid oils and even fermented green tea oil.

Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil has everything you want; it includes vitamins and essential fatty acid oils and even fermented green tea oil. It provides thermal protectant from straighteners up to 450 degrees—which is the highest your straightener probably goes. It’s lightweight, it smells good, and it retails for around $28 for 1 oz, so, as with most Olaplex products, it is on the pricier end.

Glossier You Solid Perfume is back, and it’s refillable. After all the controversy over why it went away in the first place, Glossier has brought back its iconic solid, alcohol-free fragrance. Get it while it lasts; this one will be sure to sell out quickly as the scent is amazing, and it refills for just $20. 

It’s April in Michigan, so while it showers, you might as well glow. This year, I’m sticking with my brand favorites and skipping the celebrity endorsements when it comes to beauty products.