Friday, October 9, 2015

My Makeup Essentials: Products I Use Every Time or Almost Every Time I Use Makeup!

I have noticed that there are certain products that I always use, and I am never looking to replace, because I love them so much.  I'm not saying that there is definitely nothing better out there for me, but if there is, I haven't found it!  All of these products, I have been wearing for at least a year or more.  If someone were to say to me, which products do I definitely need in my collection, this would be my list.

NYX Powder - I bought this product pretty much on a whim.  I hadn't heard anything about it, but was looking for a brightening powder.  I was using the ELF Under Eye Setting Powder, which I really like, but was hoping to find something just a little more brightening.  This definitley did just that!  I have been wearing this powder for over a year.  I love it, and haven't even wanted to try anything else.  It sets my under eyes perfectly, while giving me just enough of a brightening effect.  It doesn't crease, and lasts all day.  I have NEVER had to touch up!  I found mine at Target.  I believe it was in the 8 - 10 dollar range.

Too Faced Amazing Face Foundation Powder - This is another product that I had never heard of, and for the life of me, I can't understand why!!  I wanted a finishing powder with extra coverage that would set everything, and not look cakey.  I went on Too Faced's website and just started browsing (in the past 6 months or so, I have really come to love this brand).  I read reviews on all the powders that I was considering and decided on this one.  I am soooo glad I did!  This one is a game changer for me.  It is light-weight, provides excellent coverage, never ever cakes up (and I use a lot), and it really perfects the skin in a way that no other powder ever has for me.  As soon as I tried it, I loved it and couldn't wait to tell my mom about it.  She tried it and loved it just as much as me.  She ordered hers the very same day!  I am in my 30's and my mom is in her 50's, and it works for both of us.  I never have to touch up my powder, I never get oily, and my makeup lasts all day!

MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer - I have been wearing this concealer for over a year now.  I still haven't ran out of product from my original purchase, and this concealer covers up my dark circles so well!  I don't have a little bit of circles, mine are quite blue in the inner corner, but you wouldn't know it after I apply this product.  I always use a good under eye and face moisturizer to prep my skin.  As long as I have that on, I will not get any creasing.  This isn't a thick formula, but it covers like one.  I have never met anyone who doesn't like this product!

*Since writing this post, I have found a drugstore dupe for the Mac Pro Longwear.  Try the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer for half the price!*

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - Brightener - I have been using this concealer even longer than the Mac one.  I have probably been wearing this for 3 or 4 years now.  This is a thinner formula than the Mac and not as opaque, but it really brightens in a way that the Mac concealer doesn't.  These two are the perfect companions!  I apply Mac first, and blend.  Then, I apply the Maybelline brightener, blend, and set with the NYX powder.  Absolutely love this combination!

NYX Eye Primer- Skintone-   I started using this at the end of last year/beginning of this year, I believe.  I also heard about it from youtube.  I've tried several eye primers.  All have done a pretty good job for me, but this one is different.  Not only does it prime your lids so your eyeshadow application is smoother, colors are more vivid, and creasing doesn't occur, but it also is an opaque formula that conceals all veining or pigmentation that is on your lids.  it's actually an eye lid primer and concealer in one.  I haven't reached for another primer since I bought this.  I found mine at Target for around 9 - 10 dollars.  I do have a dent in mine, but this will last me for so long.  It comes with a lot of product!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - I bought this at the beginning of the year, and I have been using it ever since!!  I had always hear good things about it, so I had to try it.  It is amazing!  It gives beautiful volume.  The brush is large, so I don't use it on my bottom lashes.  I always do 2 - 3 coats.  Anymore than that, I think it will get too thick and clumpy.  I am on the same tube that I purchased in January (I don't wear makeup everyday.  Probably 3 or 4 at the most!).  I have repurchased, but am trying to use up every little bit before opening.  I can't imagine not using this mascara!

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara - I tried this mascara for the first time in December of last year. I instantly loved it!  It has a mousse type of texture that goes on very smooth.  The formula isn't too wet though.  It gives length and volume, but the great thing about this mascara is it's lengthening and separating.  That's why I almost always pair this with the Too Faced Better Than Sex.  The only time I don't wear them together is if I am doing a natural makeup look.  In that case, I just wear the Tarte.  Since I have started wearing this combo, I haven't worn fake lashes even once, and I used to wear them quite a bit!  I'm not saying I'm done with falsies, because that is just crazy talk, but the two mascara's are so beautiful together that I just haven't felt the need.  I am still using the same tube that I bought in December, and it is still working great for me!

*With both mascara's I have no flaking or transfer.

I also wanted to add that all of these products I introduced to my mom, and she loves them as well!  She wears them pretty much on a daily basis.  I think it's important to note that, because I am almost 38 and she just turned 55.  We also have different skin types.  Her's is dry and mine is normal to oily.  Knowing that they all work great for both of us shows their versatility, so I have to believe that most people would enjoy these products.  My mom is my best friend, so when I find something I love, I just can't wait to tell her and have her try it!  I get really excited about great products :)  If you have any questions for me, please leave them in the comments section!

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