When I really love something, I consider myself a ‘ride or die’ for it. My friends, my family, my dogs, I am always loyal. But as far as products go, I am a big lover of free samples & trial sizes so I can try all different things. I hate to commit to one shampoo, one face wash, one anything… except for the below. These products are my ultimate must haves. When I run out or happen to lose them (honestly, usually what happens), then I have a mild panic attack and run to replace them with the exact.same.product.
1 / Aviator Raybans- These bad boys cost a pretty penny as far as sunglasses go, especially for someone who has broken every other pair they’ve owned. I got these during college and now 5 years later, I STILL HAVE THEM. The exact same pair. Rayban’s are great quality and seriously hold up. Also they look less gigantic on my oddly small head.
2 / Detangling Brush- I recently chopped off all my fair, but before that it was getting pretty long which meant snarls. And a lot of them. To help me stop from ripping out my hair, this brush has magical powers and not only detangles but is completely painless while you brush. I really do not know the science behind it, but they’re super cheap and come in tons of colors!
3 /Honey Moon Viogneir- I am drinking this wine as I write this. I AM OBSESSED. As a girl who strictly drank red, this summer I am pushing myself to try whites as that feels more on brand with the season. I found this wine at Trader Joe’s and bought it on a whim and now I need to always have it in the fridge. The label says ‘Our Honey Moon Viogneir is named after the June full moon which signifies the moment when the sweet scent of flowers turn into young grapes, creating this lush, full-bodied wine with peach, apricot and honeysuckle aromas followed by a luscious honey, mango and nectar finish.’ Baaaai, I love you and I am now loyal to you and only you.
4 / Invisi-bobble- My hair dresser turned me onto these, and then like a little sneak, I totally got her to give me a bunch because they are so amazing. They’re basically a plastic coil you use as a hair-tie and it prevents not only weird creases in your hair but also is super stretchy so you never get one of those pony tail headaches.
5 / Vera Wang Princess Perfume- I started wearing this perfume in high school and still do… But I don’t even care that I am still a 15 year old because I love the smell so much and still get compliments on it all the time. Per the website, ‘It’s sexy scent includes a mixture of water lily, apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin, dark chocolate, amber, musk, and vanilla.’ Gotta stay loyal to the woman who will one day custom make my wedding dress (a girl can dream).
6 / Better Than Sex Mascara- There are few things better than sex… just kidding, have you ever had pasta?? This mascara seriously is a must-have. Not only does it add massive volume, it separates the lashes so they look long instead of clumpy. When I wear this I am constantly asked if I have fake lashes which is the ultimate lash goal, so I will forever wear this kind. I prefer regular over waterproof but honestly either is great!
7 / Swell Water Bottle- I was definitely late to the game on this one, but dang am I a fan. This bottle is key for my beach days, as the metal lining inside keeps drinks cold for hours, even when sitting in the sun. Hefty price for a water bottle but completely worth it. Pinky swear.
8 / Batiste Dry Shampoo- I am sooooo ride or die for this product. I am their number one fan. Other dry shampoos seem to make my hair look ~more greasy~ but this one actually adds volume and texture while also leaving me looking like I took a shower recently.. ya right! I did a lot of trial and error on dry shampoos and this one is by far the best bang for your buck. If you go to TJ Maxx, they sell the big sized version for cheaper than one of the smaller sizes from a drugstore. Shhhh, our secret.
9 / Ulta Brand Self Tanner- In the summer I get super dark. This Portuguese skin loves the sun. In the winter I am so pale, I am always looking for a good self tanner to help me stay looking less like Casper. This year, Ulta was having a great sale on their store brand and I scooped up this self tanner for my body and face. Gradually building upon itself with each use, the color is very natural looking and the lotion makes my skin so soft. This was such a great sale find!
10 / Fitbit Alta HR- I wear this every day and hate taking it off when I shower. I NEVER want to miss a counted step. When I accidentally leave it at home I am always so distraught because what’s the point walking if you can’t count your steps and compete with others to walk the most!! This model comes with the heart-rate feature that tracks your sleep and can breakdown how well you slept.
11 / Listerine Long Handled Flosser- Definitely a pricier way to floss, but honestly, without the long handle, I probably wouldn’t floss as much (don’t tell my dentist). The long handle and replaceable floss heads make the whole process super quick and mess free.
12 / Blendtec Blender- This is actually my roommates, but whatever!! We were in awe of this blender when we watched a presentation on it at Costco, so of course we had to buy it. Perfect for making my breakfast juices, you can put an entire fruit into it, and it will blend it up completely- skin and all. $$$ but couldn’t make half the foods I do without it.