Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Favorite Go To Makeup Products

It has been quite a while! I am always hoping that I will get better at blogging each time I post, but it has not been the case. It probably won't get any better because the craziness of college is about to start for me and has already started for Rhiana! My post today is just going to be about my favorite go-to products and a small review of each.

I'm not loving either of my foundations at the moment but I think it is just because my skin is not looking great right now. My go-to foundation is the Revlon Colorstay one. It feels nice on the skin and gives a nice, even coverage. It is supposed to last all day but I find that it slips off my oily skin quite a lot by the end of the day no matter what powder I set it with. I prefer any foundation more in the winter because my skin is pretty oily in the summer, but this is the one I usually reach for year round. I have found that it applies great with my Real Techniques buffing brush. As for concealer, I still haven't found one I love but the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind one is not bad. It is moisturizing and creamy, just not quite pigmented enough to cover my dark under eye circles.

I have used so many different powders, but the one I am absolutely loving is the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. Tanya Burr of pixi2woo on youtube raves about it and uses it in every tutorial lately so I decided to purchase it. It is so inexpensive and works very well! It mattifies the skin but doesn't leave it looking cakey or powdery at all, and it smells so nice, which really adds to my love for a product. I like to apply this with my ELF Powder Brush, which is also a really nice and inexpensive product!

I don't really have a favorite bronzer at the moment, but I love Hoola Bronzer from Benefit when I am a little more fair skinned. My face is a little too dark right now to use it to contour but it adds a nice glow to the face. A good, cheaper dupe for it is NYC Sunny. Both are matte. My favorite go-to blush is Tickled Pink from ELF. It looks really nice on the skin and gives a warm, pretty glow. I have not tried many highlighters, but I absolutely love The Color of Grace highlighter from Philosophy. I received it as a birthday gift and I use it all the time! It gives the nicest glow to the skin, especially when it is looking a little dry, and it smells so so nice. I like to use a contour brush and blush brush from Sonia Kashuk to apply the blush/ bronzer and the Real Techniques Contour Brush for highlight or more definition when I contour.

 I love the simple details on this beautiful highlighter. Above: The word "grace" printed right into the product. Below: "philosophy: where there is grace, there is beauty" printed onto the mirror.

I would definitely say my favorite go-to for eyeshadow is my Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay, hands down. I also received this as a birthday gift from Rhiana and I have fallen in love with it!! Every color is silky, pigmented, and beautiful. I use it ever single time I do my makeup. I also really like the Metal Mania 88 palette from Coastal Scents. I probably use gold, brown, purple, and shimmery white shades the most, so both of these palettes are great! My go-to brushes would definitely include the Mac 217, the Shading Brush and the Deluxe Crease Brush from Real Techniques, and the ELF Eyeshadow "C" Brush. Also, I have not tried many primers but Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion is amazing and I never do my eyes without it!

 From left to right: Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush, RT Shading brush, Mac 217, ELF "C" brush.

My favorite eyeliner is the Maybelline Eyestudio gel liner in Blackest Black. It applies smooth and black, and works well for winged eyeliner when applied with a tiny, thin brush. My go-to brushes are the eyeliner brush from Target and the Loew-Cornell #1 brush, which is a paint brush I bought from Michael's but I absolutely love it for eyeliner. My two favorite mascaras are One by One and Illegal Length from Maybelline. I use One by One first because it really separates out the lashes, and Illegal Length after because the little fibers make the lashes longer and thicker.

And last is lips. I have become so obsessed with lipstick lately! I would have to say my favorites are definitely from Wet n Wild and Revlon. My favorites from Wet n Wild are Purty Persimmon and Bare It All. They are matte and super pigmented but the texture is a little bit dry so I find that they work best applied over a lip balm. Bare It All has become my everyday go-to lip color. And they are only $2! Revlon lipsticks are also really pigmented and creamy. My favorites are Siren, Fuchsia, Berry Haute, and the Tutti Frutti Lip Butter. I don't use lip gloss as often but I do really like Maybelline's Touch of Toffee gloss and Revlon's Lilac Pastelle gloss. (Picture in order as listed.)

I think that is all! Ended up being a long post but it makes up for the three months of nothing haha. I hope you enjoyed!


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