Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Basic Makeup Favorites

I suppose after giving you a finger-wagging post on testing makeup, I should have promptly followed up with an actual makeup post.

I'm no makeup wiz, but I do think I've come a long way in a short while on the everyday makeup frontier.

My basics:




  1. Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control 
  2. Sheer Cover Base Perfector Primer
  3. Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation (1.1)
  4. Sheer Cover Duo Concealer (Light/Medium) 
  5. Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara
  6. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  7. Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush 
  8. E.l.f. All Over Face Brush 
  9. E.l.f. High Definition Powder
  10. E.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set


A few notes:

Hey crazy lady- why two primers?

I love that the Smashbox primer has an acne treatment wrapped up in it, but if I use it all over my face I get oily and break out, which is quite the opposite of what I'm going for with that stuff. Plus- it's really expensive. I use the Sheer Cover primer all over, and use the Smashbox as a 'spot treatment' primer. Bonus: doubling up on the primer in problem areas helps my concealer blend in smoothly.

Can I get a shout out for Cover Girl?

I'm a mascara freak. I recently fell a little in love with the Benefit's 'Yes, They're Real' mascara, but a $20-something price tag for my lashes isn't really my cup of tea. After hearing great things about Clump Crusher, I skeptically picked some up....and wow. I'm a convert.

Stila must translate to 'STAY' in some language, right?

I used to pick up some cheapo liquid eye liner pens at the drugstore, and I'd usually end up having to reapply my eyeliner once or twice a day if I was going to be doing various things (work, appointments, dinners, etc...). Stila doesn't move. I put it on in the morning and have a few seconds to wipe away any out of place lines before it sets. I really want to go buy this stuff in a jewel blue shade for some fun lower lid lining.

E.l.f.: the ultimate beauty bargain.

I don't care what anybody says. E.l.f. is one of my favorite beauty brands because it's cheap. What does cheap mean? It means I can dig in my cupholder for drive-thru change, walk into Target, and leave with 10 different products to play with. I adore the HD powder, love the eyeliner pens as an emergency backup for traveling/purse makeup/etc, and have recently become addicted to the Shimmering Face Whip.

Stay tuned for more random beauty ramblings! 

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