I am a sucker to try just about any beauty product on the market.
I really love it all..new mascaras, lipglosses, lotions…but I have found that regardless of cost, commercial, or claim, not all makeup is created equal.
Here are my favorites pulled right out of my arsenal of beauty in hopes to save you some cash next time you are in the market.
bareMinerals Liner Shadow
I own over 200 eyeshadow colors…all makes, shapes, and models and the one eyeshadow color that never fails no matter what color hair I come home with, is bareMinerals “Tigers Eye”.
I got this in a pallet of 3 separate eyeshadows during Christmas called the Animal Instincts Eye Set. Tigers Eye is a shimmery dark khol brown. One of the other shadows in this set is called “Panther” and its a very shiny copper that works in a lot of situations as well.
While the 3 piece kit is no longer available to my knowledge, you can buy all the colors separately for $13 a piece. The biggest issue with this shadow is that it can be seriously messy, so take care to have good makeup brushes and clean hands.
Cheekers by CoverGirl
I have tried a great deal of blushes and sometimes getting that exact right “natural, not too over the top” look, can be hard. I either put on too little or too much with a lot of brands, but CoverGirl blushes never fail me. Perfectly within the budget, you can pick up several shades from day wear to night time.
I prefer Cheekers in “Pretty Peach“.
Blinc Kiss Me
Someone introduced me to this mascara many, many years ago. Unfortunately you can only get it online and its a bit pricey, but 100% worth every penny. The claims of the mascara are true.
Formerly known as Kiss Me, blinc is the original mascara invented to form tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. Once applied, these beauty tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes. Whether your daily activities take you from the office, to your sweaty workout and then out to dinner, your lashes will look as good in the evening as they did when you first applied blinc in the morning.
Over the counter, my current favorite mascara is called Lash Accelerator by Rimmel London.
It has lash grow complex and the brush is fatter in the middle than on the sides. I find that it gets my lashes the longest, but it can smudge if you are not careful.
My favorite every day lip stick is actually a lip crayon by Soap and Glory. If you have not bought these products, they are fun and funky and available at Target. It comes with a mauve on one end and a white sparkle on the other side. Marvelips gives you seriously pouty sex kitten lips.
Get gorgeous, full and curvier looking lips now! No collagen injections necessary! Introducing Soap & Glory’s instant effect lip super sizing colour, shine and shaping crayon – Marvelips!™ in a perfect everyday ‘nude-tral’ shade.
SuperStay 24 hour color by Maybelline
Stay color has come a long way since I was younger and I have found this new attempt by Maybelline worth the pickup. Your color is on one side and your conditioner is on the other side. Its not overly dry, especially if you use the gloss that comes with it (its not shiny gloss, just moisture gloss) and does last quite a few hours without any reapplication.
My favorite color is “Very Cranberry“.
MoistureShine by Neutrogena
I buy Moisture Shine Lip Soother by Neutrogena in “glisten” and it smells heavenly…like apricots. It also keeps my lips from going dry and adds a nice high shine gloss.
Neutrogena® MoistureShine® Lip Soother hydrates, soothes and protects dry lips on contact with beautiful high-gloss shine. The unique hydragel formula contains cucumber, chamomile and glycerin for intense moisturization. Carry this pocket-portable gloss with you for use whenever you want hydrated, beautiful lips. Available in 9 glistening shades: Shimmer, Glimmer, Glisten, Shine, Gleam, Sparkle, Sheen, Glaze and Glow.
Buxom Insider Eyeliner
I have been through a lot of eyeliners over the years and my favorite eyeliner that goes on smooth and stands out is Buxom Buxom Insider Eyeliner in “Black Pearl”. You can get it from Sephora and its a division of Bare Escentuals (although a completely separate line). My only complaint is that when you go to take it off, it really sticks. No matter the makeup remover I use, I sometimes have lined eyes (or shadows under) the next day.
Favorite makeup brushes
While I can highly recommend the Bare Escentuals Kabuki brush for application of all around mineral coverage, for a set of good brushes for all usages, grab them from Laura Mercer. You can get a travel set that works great for every day and has just about every brush end you can think of. I know that good makeup brushes can get quite pricey, but there really isn’t a point in wearing nice makeup to apply with a Q-tip. Use the right tools to get the right look.
You can also pick them up at Sephora and I got my set for a budget price at Gilt.
Ok that’s it…my main daily products. Wanna know about a product I haven’t listed? Lotion? Shampoo? Facewash? Let me know and I’ll scour my counters and update!
And if you have a product you LOVE, tell me about it!