There's nothing more satisfying than finishing a beauty product. Seriously. That last spritz of perfume, the final squeeze of a tube of lip gloss or the final swipe into that jar of moisturizer. And what's even better is when you actually loved the product so much, you have to run out and repurchase (or, if you're like me, you have a drawer of backups at the ready). I know what mine are, but I'm more interested in what other people consider to be their holy grail products, and, more specifically, people who make beauty their business. So here are the 7 products Maria Giannetos will purchase over and over again.
1. Sunday Riley Good Genes
I am forever recommending Good Genes to people who ask me for life-changing skincare. This serum is absolutely incredible and works wonders on my hormonal acne. My skin loves lactic acid. I’m on my fourth bottle of this!
2. Glossier Balm Dot Com in Mint
My lips are chronically chapped, especially during Chicago winters that seem to last a year. This balm is not only the cutest I’ve ever seen, but also the most effective! I have all the flavors, but mint is by far my favorite — Especially before bed. I always have a tube of this with me.
3. Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask
This is a newer product to me, but I very quickly learned why so many people love it. It contains grape seed, panthenol and parsley seed, which help in clarifying and cleansing skin! I love using this when my skin feels congested or when I feel a breakout forming. Also, it smells amazing!
4. Byredo Gypsy Water
Every. Single. Time. I wear this perfume, someone will compliment me on how good I smell (my favorite compliment ever). I’m terrible at describing scents, but I feel warm and fresh and yummy wearing it, hehe. Top notes: bergamot, juniper berries, lemon, pepper; base notes: amber, sandalwood, vanilla. I already have a backup because I never want to be without this!
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5. Chanel Le Volume Mascara
True story: A stranger once asked me to prove to her I wasn’t wearing false lashes while wearing this mascara. It’s my ride-or-die for life. Even if I’m not wearing any other makeup, I’ll always have on a bit of this. I typically coat my lashes 3 to 4 times to get the “falsies” look. Chanel makes a waterproof version of Le Volume, but I find that the regular one stays on all day without transferring!
6. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
If you don’t already own MJC (we’re on a nickname basis), I encourage you to place an order of this guy ASAP. I’m a true believer of the double cleanse in a skincare routine, and this is the best first cleanse out there. Pro tip: apply it on dry skin first to melt makeup!
7. Olaplex No 3
I’ve only used this a few times so far, but I’m in love with how it makes my hair look and feel. My favorite way to use it is to apply it on my day off and leave it in all day. I literally let it marinate in my hair for 5+ hours. My hair is silky smooth and my curls have actual bounce to them once they dry!
I'm just a 20-something girl who can typically be found face masking and watching Netflix documentaries. While I have plenty of daydreams of living in NYC, I’m born and raised in Chicago where I’m a senior stylist at a local Free People store. I have always been a lover of fashion and clothes and pretty things, but very recently my interests have shifted more into beauty and skincare. It’s no secret that your makeup just looks better when your skin is glowing underneath it, and I have become obsessed with trying all the products — If you’ve seen my shelfie, you know. My favorite products are the ones that work... I’m all for something sitting pretty on my vanity, but at the end of the day, we all want results! I’m so happy to share the one that work for me, with you. You can follow me on Instagram at @mariagiannetos ❤️