HAPPY FRIDAY friends!! after traveling all last week and being devastated when i got to NYC and realized i had left half of my makeup bag on my bathroom counter accidentally, i realized just how much i'm addicted to a few of these makeup products!
1 . urban decay eyeshadow primer potion
2. urban decay all nighter makeup setting spray
3. bare minerals bareSkin pure brightening serum foundation
4. urban decay nakedskin beauty balm
5. anastasia brow wiz in taupe
6. sephora luster matte long-wearing lip color in lilac luster
7. urban decay naked2 basics
8. benefit porefessional primer
9. dermablend quick fix concealer in beige
i've been on the search for a couple months now (yes, months!) for the perfect foundation. i wanted something with slightly more coverage than a bb cream, but not thick and cakey. i tried makeup forever HD foundation and in store i loved the demo, but came home and my husband was like “wow you have a lot of makeup on,” and that's for sure not what i'm going for! i tried it again the next day and agreed with him, it was just too thick for me.
i tried a few new bb/cc creams and wanted so badly to love this almay smart shade cc cream, and it looked great in my bathroom mirror, but then i went outside in the sunlight and was horrified to realize in my car mirror that the “smart shade” that looked great on my face was terribly obviously not the same shade as my neck and looked like orange streaks where i had tried to blend it into my neck – yikes!
my favorite of the bb/cc creams was this urban decay naked skin beauty balm. it does what it says and actually transforms to your skin tone! it's super lightweight and makes your skin glow but look like you have no makeup on. i really love it for a “no makeup makeup” look.
but i was still on the lookout for the perfect foundation. something with slightly more coverage than these bb creams but not thick foundation that you could scrape off your face with a spatula! the winner? bare minerals bareskin pure brighening serum. it really does brighten your skin and yet feels so lightweight! my husband loved it and totally approved when he came home and saw it on my face. i also love that bare minerals kept the integrity of their brand with this product, in that it's still good for your skin to put this on your face. good enough that you can sleep in your makeup (lazy girls rejoice!!).
with any foundation, a good primer is going to make it go on SO MUCH BETTER. i thought this was a gimmick until i tried it and the one i love very most is benefit porefessional. it will fill in lines and diminish pores and basically change your life.
i also searched for months for the perfect concealer and finally found it: dermablend quick fix concealer. trust me on this one. lasts all day, goes on so smooth, covers redness/zits/under eye beautifully. i discovered this after french connection gifted it to all the bloggers who attended their preview at NYFW. they gave out beige which is for sure the most commonly perfect shade for everyone, and it was for me.
two products i almost died without when i realized i forgot them at home on my NYFW trip: urban decay setting spray (hairspray for your face!) and urban decay primer potion – either in eden, a matte base color, or sin, my favorite shimmer base color. basically this allows you to skip a step (base shadow = check!) and prevents creasing in your eyelid all.DAY.long. it really works!
i'm a brow freak and absolutely swear by anastasia beverly hills products (have for YEARS!) but i just recently gave their brow wiz pencil a spin and oh how i am in love!!! the esthetician who waxed my brows at the anastasia counter a couple weeks back recommended it to me and strongly encouraged me to get taupe and i was like uhhh, you sure?? but guys. it's perfect. for everyone. it's made for blondes but it (obviously!) works on me! and it will on you too. dark hair, light hair, anything in between. this is the winner.
just discovered and am loving this sephora luster matte long wearing lip color in lilac luster! it goes on like a cream and dries matte. and really lasts! so, don't try it out right before you go somewhere like the gym where you don't want to look like you have lipstick on haha. because it's not coming off for a good while 😉
last of all, i LOVE that urban decay JUST came out with a mini version of their naked 2 palette called naked2 basics. because i know everyone doesn't have $50 to splurge on eyeshadow! this is a $30 version with 6 basic colors you'll use over and over and over.
happy friday guys! do something fun and make memories with the people you love. XOXO