Beauty Essentials From Beloved Local Bloggers

Chicago is filled with gorgeous gals, and when it comes to beauty routines, this city is doing something right. Still, maybe you don't always have the guts to stop passersby in their tracks and demand to know the secrets to their glamorous success. But we do. So, we're circumventing your shyness and asking some of Chicago's favorite bloggers, straight up: What are your must-have, forever-favorite, love-it-for-life beauty products? And not only are they spilling the dirt on their get-pretty essentials, but they're also telling you why you need to add these items to your medicine cabinets and how to use them to best effect. Click through for the dish on how these blogging beauties stay so fresh and gorgeous, then start stealing their routines for your own beauty game.
Get the lowdown on the beauty buys you need for spring, straight from Chi-town's bloggers.
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Kelly Kane & Hillary Sawchuk, A Drink With Chicago

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, $22, available at Sephora.
Kelly: "This is absolutely perfect for making your brows look defined and consistent with your skin tone. Anastasia is the go-to brow girl to the celebs and now I know why! I have never gotten so many compliments on my eyebrows as I do now that I use this product!"

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer, $30, available at Sephora.
Kelly: "This is the perfect tinted moisturizer. It gives you the glow that every girl wants and is clean and sheer on the face, without looking streaky or orange. You don't even need foundation when you are wearing this. I mix it with my daily moisturizer and it has SPF so it'll be perfect for a maintenance-free day on the beach this summer!"

Jergens Skin Firming Daily Toning Moisturizer, $5.99, available at
Hillary: "It has a great clean scent and absorbs quickly into the skin while tightening and toning to prevent and reduce cellulite. I use it all over, face and body!"

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector, $44.50, available at Clinique.
Kelly: "I swear by this product. Even though I am only 25 and always try to take care of my skin, I started seeing fine lines on certain areas of my face. I was hesitant at first, but this completely reversed them by just applying once or twice a day. It is a miracle in a bottle!"
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Bianca deBarelaben, Avant Blargh

Q-tips Cotton Swabs, $4.19, available at
"I am totally OCD over my brows, I've tried every product under the sun to get luscious thick brows. My trick? Q-tips & a brow pencil, for perfect bushy brows that look more au naturale and less Groucho Marx."

Hair Rules Curly Whip, $42, available at Hair Rules.
"My hair is my best accessory, to make sure every curl is perfectly coiffed, I adore using Hair Rules curly whip. Plus its good for all women who have curly hair."

Pond's Dry Skin Cream, $6.39, available at
"I have searched high and low for years for the perfect facial lotion that won't leave my face still feeling dry, burning, or even oily–but also fragrance free for my sensitive skin. Who knew a brand that has been used in my family for generations would also be the perfect one for me?"

Cover Girl Queen Collection Lipcolor, $6.99, available at
"I waited so long to be a "grown up" to finally be able to wear lipstick. Now that I can I love to experiment with all kinds of shades! Cover Girl Queen Collection Lipcolors work with all my moods, every shade matches my caramel-colored skin from reds to brights to neutral toned browns."
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Amanda Puck, The Foodarazzi

Chanel Eyelash Curler, $34, available at Nordstrom.
"I can’t ever leave the house without curling my lashes. And this Chanel curler is chic as well as effective in lifting the lashes so I look wide awake and ready for the day. I keep two – one in my makeup stash at home, and one in my purse."

Tom Ford White Patchouli, $100, available at Sephora.
"It just smells so DARN GOOD! Everyone always asks me what it is. And the bottle is a deco white lacquer. I’m getting the bigger bottle next time."

Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, $45, available at Barneys New York.
"My new OBSESSION – the guys at space519 have me hooked on it, they just started carrying the line. It evens out redness and softens dark circles. My main goal every day is too not look tired, and this does the trick. And the name is sort of sexy … And Kevin is a beauty icon, god rest his gorgeous soul."

Remington Ceramic Compact Hot Rollers, $17.99, available at Remington.
"Nothing looks better than glossy shiny hair. Using these rollers cuts down on styling time since I don’t have to wrestle with big round brushes. And I can stash them in my overnight bag or suitcase when hitting the road."
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Erica Bethe Levin, Cheeky Chicago

NARS The Multiple, $39, available at Nordstrom.
"Nothing looks better on a woman than a natural glow. The NARS shimmer stick in basically any color gives you a bit of shimmer, a bit of a bronzed look and a lovely glow. I can't live without it!"

MAC Fix+Spray, $20, available at Nordstrom.
"This is an amazing, multi-faceted moisturizing mist. You can use it to make certain powder shadows more dense, you can spray it on after your makeup application to "seal it" or you can put it in the fridge and then bring it with you to the pool or beach to cool off!"

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine, $7.50, available at Bigelow
"When you don't have time to apply the lipstick or lipgloss and Chapstick just won't cut it, you have to use this Mentha Lip Tint by C.O. Bigelow. Whether in a neutral shade or with a pop of color, this gloss serves double duty as a nourishing treatment and, looks pretty. Icing on the cake: The mentha gives you minty fresh breath and lips."

Guerlain Noir G Mascara, $49, available at Sephora.
"I have been searching high and low for the perfect mascara and I think I have– at long last–found "the one." It comes in an obscenely beautiful case (hence the $49+ price tag), but refills are more in the $20+ range. It's not about the case - it's about the power of the lashes."
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Patrice Grell Yursik, Afrobella

Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner, $9.99, available at Eden Body Works.
"It’s that time of the year when my hair has no idea what’s going on. Some days are hot, others are cold and windy. It makes for a frizzy fro. I needed to improve my deep conditioner situation, stat. Eden Body Works’ new Jojoba Monoi line is amazing in general, but I adore the deep conditioner. It’s exactly what my kinky curly hair needed to deal with the schizo weather we’ve been having lately."

Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation, $42, available at Cover FX. "Like many women of color I deal with hyperpigmentation issues. It sucks, but thanks to Cover FX, nobody knows my struggles other than me! It comes in an incredible range of shades and can cover up the worst blemishes ever."

Milani One Coat Glitter Nail Polish, $4.99, available at Walgreens.
"I love a blingy, bright look-at-me nail anytime of year, but especially as the weather gets warmer. Milani’s glitter polishes are super affordable, super fun, and they last and last as long the best glitter polishes tend to do!"

Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara, $20, available at
"I’m a big fan of Mally Roncal’s work as a makeup artist, and her products are equally amazing. Her volumizing mascara makes my lashes so thick, full, and defined – without the spidery effect or raccoon eyes later on."

Pevonia Enzyme Peeling Cream, $42, available at Pevonia.
"Right around now everything in my life needs a little spring cleaning – from my apartment, to my wardrobe, to my skin! When my face looks dull and winter-worn, I reach for Pevonia’s enzyme peeling cream – it’s a spa quality product that leaves my skin radiant, soft and beautiful."
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Lizzie Schiffman, Huffington Post

Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap, $4.49, available at Dr. Bronner's.
"I have a pretty low-key shower routine, and this organic soap bar doubles as a cleansing shampoo. Peppermint and lavender are my faves."

Stila Smudge Pot in Grey, $20, available at Sephora.
"Eyeliner is my one daily makeup staple, but I'm terrible at applying it. Stila's smudge pots are a godsend. Green eyes + an unsteady hand = grey, gel liner and an angled brush, FTW."

Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish in Trafalgar Square, $16, available at Sephora.
"I'm very into nail art and total sucker for gimmicks: any beauty product that could double as a science fair project is right up my alley."

Angelo David Long & Strong Detangler, $21.50, available at Angelo David.
" I love my long, pouffy hair, except at 7 a.m. when I'm faced with the prospect of running a comb through it. A fresh-smelling detangler that makes brushing a breeze? Priceless."

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Rouge Cancan, $30, available at Sephora.
"I wear glasses more often than not, which tends to cramp my style makeup-wise. A bright red lip is my go-to when I feel like I'm hidden behind them."
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Meagan Fredette, Latterstyle

got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Styling Powder, $6.49, available at Walgreens.
"My hair is very thin, but this drugstore powder turns my locks into a temple of volume that would make Snooki jealous. Works especially well when applied directly to the roots."

Benefit the POREfessional, $29, available at Benefit Cosmetics.
"Sadly, I did not hit the genetic lottery when it comes to skin texture, but that's why this product was invented. It's basically spackle for your pores. Can be worn alone or under a foundation."

M.A.C. Viva Glam Lipstick I, $14.50, available at M.A.C.. "Literally the only red lipstick I wear. It is severe, has a matte finish and slight bluish tint, but still works with my warm skin tone. Plus, 100% all sales of Viva Glam products go towards the MAC AIDS Foundation."

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $19, available at Urban Decay.
"The best eyeliner ever. I will never wear another liquid eyeliner. Recommended to me by Arabelle (, the razor-thin brush allows me to create perfect cat and doe eyes, and the formula lasts all day. Literally. It will NOT move."
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Caitlin Peters, Wanderlustings

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner, $9.49, available at
"I have been wearing cat eyes ever since I saw Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra in high school so I have definitely experimented with all different kinds of liners but this one is by far the easiest to use and as the name indicates, it's intense."

Benefit Benetint, $29, available at Benefit Cosmetics.
"I spent what felt like an eternity searching for a tint that gave me a nice natural flush like an old movie starlet without messing up my foundation. When I found Benetint, the search was over."

St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub, $3.99, available at
"Complexion. Complexion. Complexion. This scrub is heavenly. It smells amazing and it cleanses as it exfoliates. Can a girl ask for more?!"

Butter London 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Chimney Sweep, $14, available at Butter London.
"I stopped wearing nail polish for years mainly because of all the harmful chemicals in it. But then I found Butter. Pretty packaging and what's this? Free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, parabens AND animal testing? I was so there."

bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation, $28, available at Bare Essentials.
"I'm a vegetarian and an animal advocate so recently I have really been trying too switch over to products that guarantee no animal testing. It was really hard at first but this product makes my face look and feel so soft. I cannot praise it enough!"