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This post was supposed to go live BEFORE I went on vacation, so I could share with you what makeup products I choose to take with me and why. Well, this is a case of forgetting to hit publish, but being convinced that I did. I was bummed to notice my mistake.
But fortunately, the products are all year rounders, so you can use them no matter what season it is!
My whole makeup stash in all it’s glory!
Now, you might understand my dilemma. Just too much to choose from, and honestly I just wanted to take them all! But I did manage to narrow my selection down to the essentials.
I purchased the Kat Von D Chrysalis set in early July from Sephora (currently out of stock). This is also the first time I bought/used Kat Von D makeup. Full review with swatches of the set coming soon.
The palette has a great color range and includes a transition/blending color. You can easily apply the shadows with your fingers. So you can keep some brushes at home. This and the small compact case makes it a travel must.
The downside is that the eyeshadow have a very powdery consistency. If you tackle this bad boy with a brush, you will have shadow dust flying all over the place and of course, some of this will end up on your cheeks when you apply it.
My solution: Apply the shadow before foundation, for easy clean up. And use a tapping motion instead of a swipe.
Sephora does not offer this palette anymore, but you can still find it on Amazon
Let’s start with the base (or primer). Instead of using an eyeshadow primer, I use a beige colored cream eyeshadow as my base. And let me tell you that they work just as good as any actual primer.
My favorite cream shadow at the moment is from Bare Minerals 5in1 BB shadow in the shade Soft Linen. The texture is very thick, so a little will go a long way. It evens out my skin tone on my lids perfectly, and the eyeshadow will stick to it all day long with no creasing! But remember just use a little bit!
I have been using the Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil for years, and there is just nothing else I will use – one of the reasons I own this pencil in 20 shades. And of course, black is my go to shade, and Perversion is the blackest black possible! Glides on like butter and stays put all day (and night).
First I do a coat with Roller Lash to give my lashes a curl (that will hold all day guys, no lash curler needed!) and add length. For my second coat, I use Perversion, for extra volume and a dark black color! People always ask if my lashes are fake when I wear this combination!
Garnier BB Cream is for a reason the most popular drugstore bb cream on the market! It blends great with the skin and also gives a good amount of coverage! It moisturizes throughout the day; I also noticed that my skin improved over time (smaller pores, more even skin tone) Most days that is all I use for my face.
But when I do need a little bit more help in the coverage department I use Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation! This baby kept my skin shine free all day, no matter the temperatures! A must have for the hot summer month.
I ordered the Urban Decay Afterglow Blush as soon as it was available at Sephora and never looked back. A super pigmented but easily blended out blush that will stay put for 8 hours + (see my full review here)
And now to my guilty pleasure and a product that I use daily and can’t get enough of! Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. It is pricey ($42.00). It is as high-end as it gets. But oh gosh is it worth it! Just a few dots above the cheekbones and in the inner corner of your eye, blend it out, and you have the perfect strobe!
Btw, I bought mine more than a year ago and it is still going strong.
Makeup Products for my Lips
To prep and line my lips, I use Urban Decay Lip Pencil in Ozone. The pencil goes on clear and smooths out the lips and prevents feathering of the lipstick (you know when it starts wandering onto your skin).
I dap a little bit of Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color (in shade Back to the Fuchsia) in the middle of my lips and blend it out. The Liquid Lip Color is a lip stain that will stay on all day long!
And finally, a swipe of Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick (in shade Light Berry Frost). I own a lot of lipsticks, and quite a few are high-end, but nothing beats this little miracle for just a few bucks. It goes on smooth with a high pigmentation and holds onto your lips as if it’s life depends on it. Get this in your favorite shade and come back and tell me just how amazing it is!
Hope you enjoyed this peek at my current favorite makeup products that I couldn’t live without this summer! And now to you!
Spill it, what was it you couldn’t live without this summer?
Until Next Time
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