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WAKE UP / MAKE UP: BEAUTY AFTER CANCER

02 Jun, 2017
Always impressed by her flawlessness and gorgeous makeup, we asked AnaOno Ambassador and beauty expert Anna Crollman from My Cancer Chic what her top 10 products of all time were. A Southern Belle with a heart of gold, she generously offered to blog about it just for us.

 

FINDS : PRETTY PRODUCTS TO TRY FOR YOUR NEW GET-READY ROUTINE

When it comes to beauty, there are a million products on the market, so how do you know which ones are worth your money (and are good for you, too)? These products, listed below, are definitely worth the investment and will help you create your ideal beauty look every day. 

Always remember, however, that true beauty comes from within and makeup is just the icing on the cake. When you love yourself and take care of your mind, body and soul, that positivity will shine through.

 

  • OLLY Undeniable Beauty Gummies - $10

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    What is it: Bright eyes, dewy skin, healthy hair - it all starts at the cellular level. OLLY Undeniable Beauty chewables contain a blend of biotin, borage oil and powerful antioxidants to help you look your best 24/7. I start my day off with these gummies each morning.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Improve hair and nail strength
    • Delicious grapefruit taste
    • Perfect amount of biotin to help with hair growth without causing breakouts

     

    Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème - $95

    What is it: A luxurious eye cream enriched with diamond dust and a special blend of minerals to impart a subtle, soft-focus luminescence to the delicate eye area. I started with a sample size of this eye cream, and now I am hooked.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Hydrates
    • Minimized puffiness
    • Instantly brightens and illuminates the under eye area

     

    Beauty Blender - $20

    What is it: An edgeless, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator. I literally cannot live without my beauty blenders.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Can be used with any foundation, BB cream or concealer
    • Provides natural and flawless coverage
    • Super easy to use

     

    Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - $64

    What is it: A lightweight liquid foundation that achieves a radiant, silky finish. I saved up to purchase this foundation, and I have yet to find a foundation I like more.  My skin looks insta-flawless whenever I wear it.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Can be layered for a variety of coverage options
    • Allows the natural glow of the skin to come through no matter how many layers you apply
    • Beautiful, smooth natural finish
    • Large bottle, lasts a long time
    • Amazing coverage

     

    Kevin Aucoin Contour Powder - $45

    What is it: A sculpting powder with sheer to complete coverage to enhance, deepen and sculpt the face. This is the best contouring powder I have ever used, and I've tried them ALL.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Perfect cool tone contour powder for pale skin
    • Available in multiple shades
    • Never looks ashy or orange-y
    • Great color payoff
    • Long lasting
    • Easy to blend

     

    Hard Candy Blush in "Honeymoon" - $7

    What is it: A beautiful light pink shimmering blush. I have every pink blush under the sun, but this is the one I use up to the pan and rebuy over and over again. I wear it almost everyday.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Works well on all skintones
    • Provides the perfect pink flush and a lit-from-within glow
    • Great for everyday wear
    • Can be worn over other blush colors as a highlight

     

    YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick - $30

    What is it: An oil-in-a-stick, medium-coverage lipstick with an innovative texture that provides high-performance color and irreverent shine while it conditions the lips. I wish I could buy this lipstick in every color.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Amazing color options
    • Immensely hydrating
    • Beautiful color payoff and shine
    • Long lasting
    • Feels great on your lips

     

    Pureology Strength Cure Collection - $30 

    What is it: Hair care products with luxuriously creamy formulas help repair and strengthen hair for the perfect balance of strength and velvety softness while offering extraordinary color protection. After chemo, my hair became curly and coarse. No matter what I tried, I could not revive the smooth, shiny hair I missed. After two days of using this line, my hair was lush and glossy, just like it had been prior to chemo.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Helps repair and strengthen post-chemo hair
    • Great for micro-scarred and/or damaged color-treated hair
    • Smells lovely
    • Provides lasting hair shine

     

    Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo - $16

    What is it: A dry shampoo that absorbs oil, sweat and odor for ultra-clean hair. Plus it has a time-release fragrance that provides a light, clean scent all day. I shampoo my hair 1-2 times a week and live by this stuff to get me between washings in style.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Revives dirty hair for many days after shampooing
    • Smells great
    • Reasonably priced
    • Not sticky
    • Made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates
    • Allure Best of Beauty award winner

     

    Umberto Shimmer Shine Spray - $10

    What is it: Non-greasy, weightless mist that makes hair shine. When using dry shampoos and other styling products, the natural shine of your hair is masked. This spray is my favorite finishing step to bring that beautiful gloss back without looking oily or sticky.

    Why it’s a favorite:

    • Revives hair shine
    • Perfect for days when you use dry shampoo
    • Non-greasy, weightless mist
    • Not sticky
    • Flower-citrus scent
    • Tames static and renegade fly-aways

     

     

    There we have it. The must-have beauty top 10 from Insta-sensation and beauty maven, Anna Crollman. (You can even watch her beauty tutorials from eyebrows to pixie curls here).

    Do you have a fave you'd like to add? Comment below on your finds, tips and tricks for beauty and makeup routines during and after breast cancer treatment. And, stay tuned as we ask Anna to give us her take on bargain beauty finds from drug store steals to perfect products for anyone undergoing treatment and on a budget.

     

    Anna Crollman was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 years old. Unable to find resources for young women who were faced with questions like fertility, beauty, relationships and self-esteem issues, Anna started her own blog "My Cancer Chic." An LBBC-trained Young Advocate and hand-lettering artist, Anna lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband and her adorable mini golden doodle, Sophie. 

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