By Erin Kelly
Trustworthy. Consistent. Reliable.
Sure, these are all traits that I look for in a romantic partner. But they’re also the characteristics I have in mind when searching for the perfect beauty product. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather stock up on a few essentials I love and can rely on than have a makeup bag full of cosmetics I barely use. After all, there are enough things I can’t control in the morning — from the weather, to commuting delays, to how long the line for coffee at the cafe will be — that it’s nice to know some things aren’t left up to chance.
I’m not the only one who believes in the power of a reliable regimen. To highlight some of the most trustworthy products, we asked six women to share the one beauty item they always go back to, no matter what. Once you know the top picks, you can try them out for yourself at another place we rely on for savings: Walmart. For their Fall Into Beauty event, you’ll find even bigger savings with new discounts every week on some of the products below. Translation: You don’t want to miss this.
“My skin can be super sensitive, especially around the eye area. I spent years removing my makeup with wipes and always ended up with sore, stinging eyes. That's why a good micellar water is my savior. It’s extremely gentle and doesn't feel oily like a lot of other liquid removers. It's an absolute must-have for me!”
Our recommendation: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water
“As the seasons change from summer to fall, my hair needs a little more attention, and that starts with a great leave-in conditioner. I need a product with a lot of moisturizers, so I pay close attention to the ingredients to make sure they can counteract the dryness in my hair.”
Our recommendation: Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Wash-n-Go Leave-In
“I have really thick but fine hair, so I've always needed some kind of detangler after washing it. I prefer one that’s lightweight, so I can actually get a brush or comb through.”
Our recommendation: Long Sexy Hair Luxe Detangler
“No matter how many fancy moisturizers I try, I keep going back to an affordable, gentle formula. They absorb quickly and make my skin feel comfortable, hydrated, and super elastic. They’ll always be the first thing I put on my face in the morning and the last I put on at night.”
Our recommendation: Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
“Dry shampoo is my go-to, must-have, can’t-do-without beauty product. I feel like I’m always running from one destination to the next, whether it’s a morning meeting, a date, or an event. I always spray on a generous amount to feel as refreshed and ready as I can in a matter of seconds.”
Our recommendation: TRESemmé Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo
“I’ve used a moisturizer with SPF every morning since I was about 12. Growing up in Los Angeles, I learned at an early age how important sun protection is every day — even when it doesn’t look sunny. I’m also super fair with freckles and love a 2-in-1 way to feel hydrated and protected before I apply any makeup or start my day.”
Our recommendation: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Sensitive Moisturizer