1). There are bath people, and there are people who think baths are gross. I'm a bath person. I probably won't convert you if you're in the anti-bath camp, but adding this Burt's Bees Baby Bee Calming Shampoo & Wash to a bath just might. The earthy lavender scent is perfect and actually soothing, and it's slightly moisturizing. And if there's no way you'll take a bath, it makes a great body wash, too.
2). I'm an obsessive hand moisturizer, so I've tried a lot of different hand creams. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream will always be my favorite, though. It's pretty no frills (I prefer the fragrance free) but it means business. It takes a little effort to rub it in, but once you do, it erases any sign of dryness without leaving any sign of greasiness. (Note: there is a fast-absorbing version of this product. Some prefer it over the original, but I find it to actually be drying.)
3). I am a big fan of the Tarina Tarantino beauty collection, which I didn't really expect. The products are beautiful, high quality, and the packaging is great. My favorite pencil eyeliner of all time is probably Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner in Tommy Jet. The color is an intense black, it glides on really smoothly, and this stuff is fade- and waterproof. One thing: it doesn't work with all sharpeners, including the double-opening Revlon one. I use it with my MAC sharper, and it works perfectly.
4). When Sephora stopped carrying Tarina Tarantino a little over a year ago, I stocked up. (At 40% off of something I'd gladly purchase at full price, of course I did.) One item I picked up on a whim was Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner in Ultraviolet. This shade is a metallic blackened purple. I like it on its own for something a little different, but it also looks good layered over black for a more subtle look.
5). Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Stormy Pink (Matte) is a new addition to my lipstick lineup, and it's in heavy rotation. The pink is somehow bright and subtle at the same time, and it isn't at all drying. It is less pigmented than Really Red, another favorite, but also a little more truly matte. I never see the matte shades at Target, but Walgreens carries them; I ordered mine from drugstore.com.
6). The Maybelline Color Sensational line is underrated, in my opinion. The packaging isn't great, but the selection, wear, and price point make it pretty great. I love the Vivids line, especially Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Vivid Rose. (It's one of Tamsen's favorites, too!) It's a bright pink with an opaque cream finish.
7). A lot of contouring how-tos suggest using bronzer as the contour shade. When your skin is as pale as mine, that is really a better tip for how to look ridiculous. NYX Blush in Taupe is a better option. It's a subtle color that really does look shadowy and natural. I haven't seen this shade at Ulta or Targets that carry NYX, but I recommend ordering from drugstore.com (whose customer service is incredible, by the way).
8). I'd been wanting to try Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Non-Aerosol for a while, so when I ran out of my previous favorite dry shampoo, it was time. This stuff is really a loose powder, but it comes in a bottle that you squeeze to get a puff of the dry shampoo (so it's hard to get to much in one area). It can actually be pretty messy if you're not mindful (be sure to twist the cap to close after using, and really be sure the cap is closed before shaking it), and it can feel a little gritty on the hands and your hairbrush, but I promise it's amazing. Even better, it doesn't leave a white cast once you rub it all in, and it gives tons of volume.
9). I admire those whose cat-eye liner always looks so perfect that it seems they were born with it, but mine is never quite that flawless. Most liquid formulas are too messy, and felt-tip applicators get floppy after a few uses, sacrificing precision. Luckily for me, there is Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black. The short, firm bristles of the brush-in-cap and the smooth gel solve most of my problems, and the stuff really does stay put.