Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Fall Favorites!!

It has been a few months since I have done a favorites post.  I have tried many new products, so my list is fairly long.  I also have some hair, fashion, and lifestyle favorites that I didn't include, because I didn't want the post to be too long.  If you are interested in seeing those, please let me know, and I will get to work on that.  So, here is what I have been loving and using nonstop over the past few months!

Mac Blush - Prism:  Believe it or not, this is my first Mac blush.  I've always been more of a drugstore girl, but I am branching out.  I didn't have a certain blush in mind when I went in, but knew I wanted a neutral color for fall/winter that would go with any look.  I have quite a few plums, so I decided on prism.  As soon as I put it on, I loved it!  It is such a great shade, neutral but not too pink or brown.  I think this would be flattering on anyone with a light to medium skin tone.  If you are darker it may not show up too much.  I had never heard of this blush before, and I have to say I am surprised!  The MUA said it was pretty popular, but it doesn't seem to be talked about.  It is a matte shade, and isn't too pigmented, but is definitely buildable.  I am very happy with my purchase, and have worn prism everyday that I have worn makeup..This blush retails for $22.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer - NW20:  I have heard of this concealer for years!  Everyone on youtube uses it and loves it.  So, I finally decided to try it.  Lately, I have noticed that my under eyes are looking more blue than usual, and I have this little vein under my left eye that seems to be more noticeable.  As soon as the makeup artist applied it to one eye, I saw a HUGE difference!!  Seeing it side by side, next to my other concealer quickly puts things into perspective.  She did both eyes, because I couldn't walk around uneven, and I knew I had to have that concealer!!  I have worn it everyday that I have worn makeup, so I have had time to test it.  It lasts ALL DAY, and doesn't budge or crease into your fine lines.  My mom also bought it, and loves it as well.  I did go a shade lighter with my concealer, which I always do, because I like to have a highlighted look under my eyes and the center of my face.  I would recommend this to EVERYONE.  If you don't have it, you need it!!  This concealer retails for $20.

Mac Pro Longwear Foundation - NW25:  After wearing my concealer for a few days, I had to go back to buy the foundation.  My mom already purchased the foundation, I saw the difference on her, and knew I would love it.  From my previous visit, the MUA told me I would be a NW25, so I went and got my color without even trying it.  The shade matched perfectly, and it was everything I expected.  It has a natural finish to it, not too matte but, not dewey either.  It does not have a heavy or thick consistency at all.  It is thin and lightweight.  It covers completely, yet gives such a natural look to your skin.  You don't have to worry about a cake face or looking too made up.  It has a medium, but buildable coverage.  I am very happy, and have no complaints.  I have worn this everyday that I have worn makeup.  I honestly can't imagine liking another foundation or concealer better than the Pro Longwear.  I think this foundation would be great on all skin types.  It retails for $32, which for a higher end foundation is a great price!

Mac Lip Pencil - Whirl:  This is a great neutral color that is darker than a nude, but not too dark.  MAC has great quality, and this is no different.  I included this in my 90's/Kylie Jenner Inspired Lip post.  You can pair it will all of those shades.  I like to line and fill my lip in with the pencil.  It really helps to prolong my lipstick.  This pencil retails for $16.  I know it is pricey, especially compared to drugstore products, but if you consider the quality and the size of the lip pencil, I do think it is worth it.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette - I have been wearing this palette nonstop since purchasing it!  I have nothing else like it in my collection.  If you would like to see a complete review of this palette, including looks that I created, Click Here!

Anastasia Brow Dip Pomade - Dark Brown:  Another product that I have used nonstop since it's purchase.  I love it!  This product does give the look of a more dramatic brow, so it may not be an everyday product for you, but it is fabulous and will change your entire look!  If you would like to see a complete review, Click Here!

Black Radiance Blush - Toasted Almond:  This is my first Black Radiance blush purchase.  I found this brand at Meijer.  I was looking for a deeper fall blush, and thought it would be perfect.  It is so pigmented, and gives me the deeper color I was looking for.  I would definitely purchase these again, and to make them even better, they retail for only $2.99!!  I like to pair this blush with my Mac Prism blush.  I put this deeper shade towards the back of my cheeks, blending towards my hairline.  Then, I put whirl on the apples.  I love using two blushes, because of the dimension it gives my face.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush - Deep Bronze:  I have talked about these on my blog before.  These are a two-in-one product that is of great quality at your local drugstore.  There are 6 colors in all, I own four.  This fall I have been wearing the deep bronze and mauve.  After contouring, I apply these to the cheeks for a blush and highlighter.  These definitely have a sheen, so if matte is what you are looking for, these are not for you.  I do see more of a sheen than a sparkle though when I wear these.  They are a great everyday product that pulls double duty.  They retail for around $9.99.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - I love this contour, and it is the only one that I have been using for months!  I got this as one of my points perks at Sephora, so this is the sample size, and I still haven't hit pan on it.  First of all, it smells like chocolate, but more than that it just looks beautiful.  There is no shimmer or sparkle, so it is great as a contour.  I also don't find it to be too dark or muddy looking for my skin tone.  It blends flawlessly.  I apply this bronzer under my cheekbones, temples, perimeter of forehead, sides of my nose, jawline, and under my neck.  Once this sample runs out, I will definitely be purchasing the full size!

NYX Radiant Finishing Powder - Brighten:  This is a new NYX product for me, and of course I'm in love!  I found this at Target for $8.99.  It does exactly what it says it does....brightens and finishes.  I apply this over the areas that I use my lighter concealer, which is under my eyes, down the center of my nose, chin, and center of my forehead.  The powder sets the concealer and gives it an extra brightening effect.  I just swirl my brush over all of the colors, and tap off the excess.  The white shade does have shimmer in it, but it doesn't look sparkly on my face.  I am so glad I found this product.  I was using the ELF under eye setting powder, which I did like, but this one is a lot better.

Jordana 12 Hour Made To Lash Eyeshadow Pencil - Continuous Almond:  I had heard some good things about these pencils, so I picked one up.  I use this as a base/primer for my eyeshadows.  It prolongs the wear and prevents creasing of my eyeshadows.  It is very pigmented, matte, and waterproof.  It is a cream formula that I blend out with my fingers.  It will set pretty quickly, so blend immediately after applying.  You can find Jordana at Walgreens.  I got this shadow pencil for only $1.99!

L'Oreal Million Lashes Excess Mascara - I have always loved the L'Oreal Million Lashes Mascara, so I tried this one.  It is great also, it just has a smaller, longer brush, which I find is easier to work with, especially in the inner corners.  I like to use 2 mascaras.  I usually use 2 coats of my first mascara, and one or two coats of my second.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara - This is an old faithful for me.  This is one of the best that Cover Girl has to offer!  I love to use this as a second mascara, because it is so good at separating the lashes and keeping them from being clumpy.  If you don't want spidery lashes, you will love this one!

This is a FOTD I posted yesterday.  I wanted to include these pics, because I am wearing most of my favorites here.  This look includes Mac Pro Longwear Foundation and concealer, NYX Radiant Finishing Powder, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush, Mac Blush - Prism, Jordana Eyeshadow Pencil, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2, Anastasia Brow Pomade, L'Oreal Million Lashes Excess Mascara, Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara, and Mac Lip Pencil in Whirl. 

I also used some new rollers that I am really loving, to achieve this hair.  If you would like a review and pictorial, please let me know in the comments section.

I hope everyone is having a great week!!

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