Thursday, December 1, 2016

Makeup Must Haves

Tonight as I was sharing my fake tan routine on my Instagram story (yes, I fake tan in December) I was thinking about the products I use most. I have been passionate about makeup from a VERY young age.. like I used to smuggle my moms stuff to school in second grade. The love (obsession?) has just grown over time, and I find myself using different products regularly... yet I still fall back on my holy grails. Since becoming a momma I find it a lot harder to find time for myself. I'm sure all you moms out there can relate! So over the last seven months I have paired down to the products I ABSOLUTELY need, that are quick and easy to apply, and perform their intended purpose well. Some things do change, like eyeshadow or lip product... because every now and then mommas gotta mix it up. I thought it would be fun to share with you all the products I've used regularly over the last month or two! Let's dive in.

1. Moisturizer: as a teen/young adult I had combination to dry skin. Most of my oil was on my chin and nose, typical tzone oiliness. Unfortunately as an adulty adult (that's a thing right?) I have went from combo to straight up dry skin. Y'all, right now at this very moment I have patches of dry skin on my eyelids! My eyelids! I have never had to deal with this before. I exfoliate my brains out, and it helps, but nothing does my skin better than Cliniques dramatically different moisturizing lotion. My Grandma was a diehard Clinique fan for as long as I can remember, and now I know why. If there is one thing I am willing to invest in, it's my skin.

2. Face Primer: Over the years I have tried SO many face primers, both drugstore and high end. There are several awesome drugstore options, but for my ride or die foundation (listed below) the Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour primer is my go to. It's honestly the first stick primer I've ever tried and I didn't have high hopes for it. I am so glad I received it as a sample (looking at you, cashier at Ulta) because it's not something I would typically try on my own. It smooths my dry skin and gives me a flawless base to work with. I love it and would definitely recommend it! 

3. Foundation: Personally foundation is the most important element in my beauty routine. I'm not a big fan of concealers, so momma needs FULL coverage. I need something that lasts, doesn't oxidize, and looks good in flash photos. A matte finish is a plus, too. While browsing the feed of one of my favorite Facebook beauty groups I found a thread of ladies going nuts over this Elf Acne Fighting Foundation. After reading up on it, I decided to hunt it down. Maybe it's just the area I live in, but I had to go to FIVE different stores to find this little baby. Eventually I got my hands on it, and it was worth the search. It is a true liquid that sets beautifully! I apply it with a damp round top brush, first stippling it on and then blending in circular motions. It has helped with breakouts... I've had one since I first started using it! I know not everyone has had as good results with the acne fighting portion, but I am over the moon with my results. My only complaint is the shade range. I bought the shade porcelain, and it is certainly not going to match someone who typically purchases a porcelain shade. The range is definitely darker than most, so you super fare girls might not be able to wear this. 

4. Setting Powder: I like to see my base, and right now Tarte Amazonian Clay setting powder is doing the trick for me. I received it in a deluxe sample set and enjoy it. It's lightweight and leaves a nice finish on the skin. 

5. Bronzer: This time of year I almost exclusively use my NYC Smooth Skin Matte Bronzer in Sunny (not pictured). For me, it is the perfect product for a light glow and easy contour that doesn't require me to blend my arm off. As a mom on a tight time limit, it's perfect. I've been using this bad boy for years and have never been disappointed.  

6.  Blush: I have a plethora of blushes, but I find myself going back to MAC Cosmetics blush in Well Dressed. I first tried this back in 2012 and have used it ever since...and maybe bought multiples in case it was ever discontinued.... it's a nice tone of pink that gives a beautiful flush to the cheeks. A little goes a long way with this guy, so it lasts forever. Bonus!

7. Eye Primer: If you want you eyeshadow to pop, and last all day, you need to prime. The Nyx HD Eyeshadow Base is yet another product I have stockpiled because it's affordable, outperforms most of its competitors, and has a doe foot applicator. It's a win/win, folks. 

8. Eyeshadow: The shadow I'm using changes on a regular basis for me. This is another makeup item that I tend to get super excited about, and spend way too much on. Lately I've been in an all matte phase, so I was over the moon when my sister gave me an early Christmas gift that included Tarte's 'Tartelette Tease' palette. This mini palette packs a punch with a mix of six matte and shimmer shadows. The matte shades are actually creamy and pigmented, which isn't always the case with a matte formula. I would definitely recommend this little guy! 

9. Eyeliner: I am a winged liner type of girl, and most liquids will do the trick for me. However, I am INSANELY picky over my pencil liners. A few years ago I fell in love with Urban Decays 24/7 Glide On kohl liners. Unfortunately I went through them rather quickly, and the price tag isn't ideal. Thankfully I received Rimmel London's ScandalEyes Kohl Liner through voxbox a while ago. They are INDENTICAL, Fam. RL may actually be better, if I am being honest. At a fraction of the cost, I stocked up on every shade. My favorite is the black... it is so dark and smooth when applied. If you prefer a white or nude, they have your back!  

10. Mascara: I feel like I have tried every mascara on the market,  and I always come back to Rimmels Retro Glam. It is a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and is slot easier on the wallet. When I wear Retro Glam (with curled lashes) I can skip the falsies. Score! 

11. Lips: As previously stated, my lip product changes regularly. However liquid lips are my obsession right now,  and I recently received this Tarteist Lip Paint as a gift. I love nudes, so I was super excited. However upon initial use I was super disappointed! It settled in lines and feathered and I looked like a mess. After a little research and playing with it, I found that if I use lip liner all over my lips first, I am much happier with the result! 

Shooooooo! Laaaawd that's a lot of makeup talk. TBH, I love it and I hope you did too. Go ahead and leave me a comment down below telling me all about your favorite beauty product! As always, thank you so much for reading. God Bless. 


  1. I am in need of help in the make up area! I love reading about new products.

  2. I have been looking for some new items, thanks for the ideas.

  3. This girl needs a make over first of all..... I have been trying different makeups and still have not found my fit! trying these!!

  4. I need to get some make-up shopping done, great ideas!


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