Makeup: Recent Favorites

So, I really like makeup- I outed myself with my most recent makeup post, with all of the lip products I currently own.  However, there are some products that deserve to have their own post because I’m using these quite a bit lately.  Some skincare items are there, but the majority are makeup.  These aren’t like monthly favorites, but products I’ve liked for a while, and may change with new purchases.

Okay, so I jumped on the Maybelline Color Tattoos train (with the shades Bad to the Bronze and Fierce & Tangy), as they’re compared to M.A.C.’s Paint Pots a lot.  I use both of these a lot, especially Fierce & Tangy, it’s a nice unexpected base for your shadows- it makes neutrals more coppery.  While I’m sad there are not more neutrals or matte colors, so Paint Pots seem a better choice for neutral bases, these are fun to play with.  I  especially enjoy pairing Fierce & Tangy with my next recent love…

…NARS eyeshadow duo in Mediteranee.  This is a gorgeous nude and orange combination, very fun for summer.  You can use the nude for a daytime look, and pair it with the orange shade for evening on the crease and the outer corner of your eyes.  Orange is a complimentary color of blue, so blue eyes really benefit from this, but hazels and browns also are also great for this duo.  The eyeshadows are really pigmented, something NARS is very proud of, so a little goes a long way.  For $32, it is a little pricey, but you get a lot of use out of it.

Another Maybelline product, and something I’ve purchased only recently, the Volum Express Mega Plush mascara.  I tried the Falsies mascara, and I liked it, but it was just too wet, and the brush made it easy to transfer the formula onto the eyelids.  I also tried the Christian Dior Diorshow mascara, and I loved how dry it is, but I can’t see myself spending $22 on a product that has a notoriously short shelf life.  I gave wet mascara another try, and this seems to work out better, because the wand is more basic, and  the formula is not as wet as the Falsies (Mega Plush says it’s a gel mousse combo).  I don’t know if I’m 100% in love with it just yet, but I do like it a lot.

Another Maybelline product, and a recently discontinued one at that!  I picked this up also recently, at a Big Lots, no less.  It’s the Mineral Power concealer, and goodness, I can get why people were upset over this.  This covers up amazingly well, and since it’s also mineral, it doesn’t contain as much products that can irritate your skin.  It doesn’t last as long as normal concealers because of my oily skin, and tube concealers aren’t really hygienic, but for $3 it’s a great buy.

Benefit’s Porefessional is a primer used to minimize pores (as said on the tube)- it doesn’t completely visibly hide them, but it does a good job of trying.  I use this for speedy makeup, as I only need to use it on my t-zone, where my pores are really visible.  While I don’t think it’ll replace my current primer, LORAC’s aquaPrime, but it’s a good choice if you’re more accessible to Benefit products than LORAC.

NARS’ Desire brush is gorgeous.  Like I mentioned before with the eyeshadow duo, this is super pigmented, so a little goes a long way.  I actually love this more than Orgasm, the much hyped blush color, mainly because this has no shimmer.  I’m really down for a more matte look because my face is naturally oily, and shimmer doesn’t help me out in this case.  I’d still highly recommend Orgasm, but for me, Desire is much better for me.

For lipsticks, I love M.A.C.’s shades in Brave and Please Me.  These are great “my natural lip color but prettier” colors, so they’re perfect for everyday use.  As you may have seen, I own a lot of M.A.C. lipsticks, and I’m honestly eyeing more, but these are the two I mainly use.

Love this lip scrub by Fresh.  I got this along with the Plum lip balm (which I don’t like) as a set, but this is really great for chapped lips.  I don’t think I’ll purchase the full size, because *again* you don’t need a whole lot of product to use it, but it’s definitely a nice treat for a morning routine if I’m planning on wearing lipstick.  Probably by the time I’ve finished the scrub, I’ll probably make my own version.

I received Supergoop’s  Endless Summer Everyday SPF 30 sunscreen as a sample in June’s Birchbox, and I love how light this feels for a body and face product.  I also received a sample of Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer SPF 70, and I immediately went back to this after using it once.  Of course, there is that hint stench of sunscreen I don’t like, but I’ve learned to tolerate it.  I’m not 100% sure if I’ll purchase a full size, but if I continue to like it, I probably will.

My favorite makeup remover, DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil, has to be included.  I originally received it as a sample from DermStore when I purchased LORAC’s aquaPrime, and I immediately fell in love.  I use this every time I need makeup removed, and this is especially great for water resistant/waterproof makeup because it’s oil based.  You can also use this as a cleanser, but I prefer to use this as a makeup remover before I shower, so that my face is makeup free before I actually clean it.  This is one item I know I’ll repurchase.

Another item worthy of the hype- Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir.  A lot of British beauty bloggers rave about it, so I gave this a shot, and I’m so glad I did.  If you can afford it (the smallest size is $18, the big size is close to $50), this is the best refreshing spray for your face.  At first, I honestly didn’t like it- it smelled much too minty, and I didn’t like how it felt.  The more I used it, the more I grew to love the smell, and how it tingles on a clean face.  I use this after a toner twice a day, and as you can see my small size is already more than halfway used after a month.  I’m definitely debating on what size I’ll buy, but this is something I can’t live without now.  If you do want a good quality (and affordable) refresher spray, Mario Badescu’s Rosewater Aloe Spray is my recommendation, and it’s much cheaper for $7.   I carry that with me everywhere, so that gets a lot of love from me too.

I’ll be very honest- I almost felt gypped when I initially purchased Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Gel Creme moisturizer.  I wasn’t in love, and I paid $85 for this.  I mean, it was good, but Clinique’s Oil Free Gel Moisturizer did the same job and only costs a quarter of the amount.  It wasn’t until I had a bad reaction to a skincare sample I was trying (my skin was peeling off of my face) that I felt the appreciation of high quality skincare.  After exfoliating to remove the peeling skin and two days of my skincare routine, my skin was back to its’ original self.  I don’t know if other moisturizers could have done the same job, but I was impressed.  I don’t know if I’ll repurchase, to be honest with you, but I’ve had it for a month and I still have plenty of product left (because it’s so potent, you don’t need a lot to moisturize your face with it), so I’m on a wait and see basis with it.  If I get a good few more months out of it, I may.

My last recent favorite is the Real Techniques brush series by Samantha Chapman (one half of Pixiwoo), and these are incredible for synthetic brushes.  If you’re unfamiliar with synthetic brushes, the bristles are made of plastic, meaning they don’t absorb the product like natural bristle brushes would- this makes them easier to clean and stay clean.  I honestly own all except for the Expert Face brush (because Ulta sold out of them online, sigh), and some are worse than others.  I think the Powder and Blush brushes are much too big to be useful, but I use the Kabuki, Stippling, Buffing, and Domed Eye Shadow brushes so much, they’re definitely worth the price I paid- and they’re definitely priced well, and with Ulta weekly sales, they’re very affordable.  If you’re looking for an awesome set of makeup brushes to get started, these I highly recommend.

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