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Kayla McMains' Go-To Beauty Products

By: Kayla McMains  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

I am a criminal defense attorney, business owner, and Instagram blogger. No two days are alike for me. Some days, I am lucky enough to work from home all day and good skin care is the extent of my beauty routine. Other days, you can find me in the courtroom, at the jail, meeting with clients, or shooting photos for @thebeachylawyer – and I will have on full makeup and much more presentable hair than the work-at- home days. e one thing that is consistent, no matter what is on my calendar for the day, is I don’t like to spend a ton of time get- ting ready in the morning or touching things up throughout the day. If I use a product, it needs to be easy to use and have long-lasting power.

Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer 

Not to be dramatic, but this hair dryer changed my life. I have never been good at doing my own hair and have always longed to achieve a salon style blow out at home. I have watched more YouTube tutorials than I care to admit. As hard as I tried, I could never get the round brush and blow dryer combo to work for me and it would leave my arms feeling like I had just left  the gym. Enter the Revlon One- Step: is is a round brush and blow dryer in one. It is lightweight, has 3 heat settings, and gives you that fresh-from-the-salon look every time. And, it’s fast. Product available at Ulta $59.99 

Tula Kefir Replenishing Cleansing Oil 

I started double cleaning several months ago and saw a huge improvement in my skin almost instantly. I start by removing my makeup with a cleansing oil, such as this one from Tula. You put it on your dry face with dry hands and it does an incredible job of breaking down your makeup. Rinse with warm water, and then go in with a cleanser to really get deep into your pores now that the layer of makeup is no longer in the way. Product available online at $32 

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream 

I have learned that if I spend a little extra time on my skin care in the evenings, I wake up with better skin and it requires less work to look presentable to the world in the morning. is retinol cream does an amazing job at diminishing both skin texture and sun spots. Product available at Sephora $74 

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 

I suffer from dry lips and this mask is just so moisturizing! Plus, it does a great job of giving you a plump pout in the morning. I can really tell a difference from the nights I use it. Put it on before bed and let it work its magic! Product available at Sephora $20 

Lush Lip Scrub 

Lip scrubs are great at removing dead skin and making your lips look smoother under lipstick. This one from Lush smells and tastes like bubblegum. The process of exfoliating also increases blood ow to your lips, making them appear fuller and giving them some natural color. Some days all I wear after the lip scrub is lip balm or gloss, and I am out the door.  Product available at Lush $10.95 

Lancer Lash Serum Intense 

This lash serum really works! I apply it directly on my lash line at night and, within a few weeks, I could really see an improvement in the length and fullness of my lashes. I also swear it is making my lashes darker, which is great for no-mascara days. An added bonus? One bottle lasts a very long time. Product available online at $150 

Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse 

I really am a happier person when I have a tan, but I don’t want to damage my skin from the sun. I am guilty of using tanning beds in my younger days, so I try to make up for that by being super strict on wearing SPF daily – especially on beach or pool days. at’s where this Loving Tan Bronzing Mousse comes in. It has a natural-looking olive tint and gives you an amazing glow and a confidence boost. I use it once a week to maintain constant color.  Product available at Ulta $34.95

Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo 

I don’t wash my hair every day, so I have lived on dry shampoo ever since I first discovered it a few years ago. All the ones I tried first did a good job of soaking up oils, but would always leave a white cast on my dark hair. I discovered the Batiste Dry Shampoo that is tinted dark and have never looked back! This is a product I cannot live without and am constantly repurchasing. Product available at Ulta $9.99 

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizer 

 This may not seem like a beauty product, but it is so important your hands are clean any time you are touching your face. This way, you aren’t spreading bacteria on your skin over and over again. It is a must for me to have hand sanitizer at my makeup station, and this spray version is so easy to use, dries quickly so you are ready to get to work, and is organic. Product available at Target $4.99 

Supergoop! 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen 

Most of my favorite moisturizers do not have SPF in them, so I decided to add this SPF 40 primer to my daily routine. I seriously love this stuff. It lays beautifully under foundation, but also has a hint of color so I can wear it by itself on more casual days. Product available at Sephora $38 

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra- Longwear Foundation 

I have oily skin and have probably tried almost every foundation on the market. This is hands down the best one I have found. If I know I have a long day and plans after work, I always reach for this foundation. It is full coverage but doesn’t feel heavy. If you also have oily skin, give it a try! Product available at Sephora $48 

NARS Liquid Blush 

I have used this blush every single day that I have worn makeup since discovering it a month ago, and cannot imagine going back to powder blush. It gives you such a natural from-within glow and color. I dab it onto the outer apples of my cheek and blend it outward using my fingertips. Pro tip: A little goes a long way. Product available at Sephora $30 

Use Bronzer as Eyeshadow 

This is more of a quick tip than an actual product, and something I have been doing for years. The only eyeshadow I wear most days is some of whatever powder bronzer I am wearing on my face, blended into my eyelid crease. It blends naturally and gives your eyes dimension. I have even been asked before what eyeshadow I was wearing, when it was just this beauty trick working its magic!