5 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

As the assistant beauty editor here at Bridal Guide and a lifelong beauty junkie, I’ve definitely tested more than my fair share of products over the years. I’m rarely faithful to any product for more than a few months, but there are a few exceptions that have earned a place in my beauty bag of tricks for life. Here are a few of my “can’t-live-without-them” picks.

By: Katie Hoppenjans

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  • Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish

    Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish

    This body wash is my newest obsession — it’s made with real kiwi and orange extracts, which smell amazing and always give me an energy boost to start my day. But it’s not all about the scent — this product also packs a serious punch. It’s full of exfoliating apricot seeds that gently slough away impurities, leaving your skin looking healthy, even, and glowing. What more could you ask for? (mass retail, drug and grocery stores nationwide)

  • Pravana Color Enhancer Treatment

    Pravana Color Enhancer Treatment

    Good news, redheads — after two years of dyeing my hair red, I’ve finally figured out how to keep my color from fading in between salon visits. This treatment is like magic. I use a mixture of Brilliant Copper and Radiant Red, and it instantly refreshes my auburn color. Use it as a conditioner every day or just once a week as a 20-minute deep-conditioning mask. Either way, you’ll be thrilled with the results (pravana.com)

  • Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector

    Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector

    I get freckles if I even think about going outside on a sunny day, so discoloration is a huge skin concern for me. This serum boasts major hyperpigmentation-fighting benefits; its key ingredient, linoleic acid, both minimizes dark spots and promotes the exfoliation of stored melanin that could form future discoloration. Best of all, clinical studies show that it’s effective on all skin tones and types. Since I started using it, my skin has been brighter and more even than ever before (equitance-us.com).

  • Merle Norman Liquid Lipcolor

    Merle Norman Liquid Lipcolor

    When it comes to lip color, you really can’t do better than this product. It’s matte, but not drying. It’s creamy, but not sticky. Seriously, it’s a work of genius — no other lip product I’ve ever worn has lasted as long or felt as comfortable. Try it once, and I guarantee you’ll be hooked on the smooth, plush texture for good (merlenorman.com).

  • 1-Day ACUVUE DEFINE Brand Contact Lenses

    1-Day ACUVUE DEFINE Brand Contact Lenses

    I’ve been wearing contact lenses since I was 11 years old, so these contacts were an amazing discovery for me — why not turn a totally boring, perfunctory part of my daily routine into something fun? Each lens creates a clearly defined limbal ring, or outline around the iris, to add depth and dimension to your eyes without changing your natural eye color (research shows that people are more attracted to eyes with defined limbal rings). They’re very subtle, but I love the brightness they add to my eyes. Bonus: they’re also the most comfortable lenses I’ve ever worn (acuvue.com). 

5 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without