My {Current} Favorite Beauty Products

6/04/2014

My {Current} Favorite Beauty Products — A Modern Mrs.
Confession. I haven't worn makeup on a daily basis in months. At first I was just too sick {with morning, noon, and night sickness} to care, then I was too tired and unwilling to give up the extra 30 minutes in the morning, and now it's just too darn hot. Now, I have worn it here and there in this time to weddings, family functions, etc., and am wearing it today as I have a lunch date with the hubs. So, as I was sitting down to "put my face on," and was reaching for specific products without a moment's thought, I figured perhaps I should share these products with you!

I purposefully didn't include foundation, concealer, or brow products because they're products I always use regardless. Also, my current foundation routine isn't holding up well in the heat, so I'm looking at other options. {CC Cream, maybe?} However, the products featured here are a mix of must-haves and tried-and-true, and from both the drugstore and high-end markets. Enjoy!

1. Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray ($30): I suffer from extremely oily skin, and while I have found a moisturizer that helps immensely, it hasn't cured me. So, I need beauty products that will combat/absorb excess oil without caking up later. Urban Decay's De-Slick Spray has been a longtime staple of mine as it not only helps to control my oil production, but it helps prolong the wear of my makeup. It can't do it alone, but I do believe it's a crucial member of the armory of products I need to look decent.

2. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette ($54): Pricey, I know. Trust me, I wouldn't have this palette at all if I hadn't used the gift card I had at the time and timed it when it was on sale and had a coupon. I already have the first Naked Palette, and was one of those "why do I need this one when I have that one" types, but something told me to give it a whirl, and I'm so glad I did because I haven't touched the original Naked Palette in well over a year. The shades in the Naked2 Palette are so much nicer and more "everyday," and you can slap any of those colors on your eyes and it will turn out beautifully. {Don't forget to blend, though.} It's so nice to have one place to turn for an assortment of eyeshadows that will work with anything you're planning on wearing, or any place you're planning on going.

3. MAC Blot Pressed Powder in Light ($25): I used to use Rimmel's Stay Matte powder as a setting powder, but found my makeup was getting patchy or wearing off, and no matter what I did, I couldn't fix it. I had this compact of Blot Powder I kept in my purse for touch-ups, but I rarely touch-up {I never think to do it, and I'd really rather just find a routine that avoids the need}, so I figured I'd give it a try and at least use it up. What I found was it worked so much better than Rimmel's Stay Matte! It's lighter on my face, doesn't get patchy, and controls the shine much better. Like I said with the De-Slick Spray, no one of these products keeps me shine-free, but when working together make magic. {Now I just need to figure out how to keep it from melting off...} Anyway, the shade Light is actually more like a translucent powder - it doesn't offer much color, which is exactly what I want. Don't let the price scare you off, up until a few months ago I was using this powder every day and I haven't yet had to replace it. A little goes a long way when it comes to high-end makeup!

4. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer ($20): Before I tell you why I love this product, I have to tell you that you can get two of these for the price of one on Amazon via the link provided. You're welcome. Now, not only was I blessed with an oily face, I was blessed with oily eyelids too. Mhmm. I literally can't wear anything on my lids without Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I've tried every drugstore primer there is, MAC Paint Pots, Urban Decay Primer Potion, etc., and nothing keeps my eyeshadow and liner in place like Shadow Insurance. In fact, I just stopped trying anything else because I know this works, and I would rather spend my efforts elsewhere. Just like all of the other high-end products, one tube of this stuff lasts me for-ever, so the two-pack deal is a must do!

5. New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny ($3.89): You can find this bronzer anywhere NYC products are sold {most drugstores, Walmart, Target, etc.}, and the price varies, but it's always less than five bucks. This bronzer is the best for my fair skin. It's buildable, if needed, but for me that's not necessary. I've tried other bronzers, and while they may have been fine, I always come back to Sunny because it works and it's so affordable! Fair ladies, getcha some!

6. Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Volume + Length Mascara ($7.99): I used Grow Luscious before and loved it, so when I received a sample of the then-new Lash Potion mascara, I was good and ready to try it. Well, I love it just as much as Grow Luscious, and promptly purchased a full tube after my sample was finished. It fills in my wimpy lashes nicely, adds a touch of length, doesn't clump or flake {which is huge for a contact wearer like myself}, and washes off easily. The brush is traditional, rather than that weird silicone type I don't like, so that's another plus. Honestly, I've had nothing but success with Revlon mascaras, so there's that.

7. MAC Eyeshadow in Cork ($15): I use Cork as a transitional shade to soften my crease color and make it easier to blend. It's great no matter what crease shade I use because it can be applied light for a hint of color, or built up to enhance the shade, or be used by itself. However, I prefer it as a transitional shade. It applies smoothly, evenly, and the finish {Satin, if you're wondering} works well with other finishes.

8. Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss ($5.50): In general, I almost always reach for one of these glosses, but my go-to shades are Born With It and Twinkle {which, sadly, was limited edition}. These glosses have been a favorite for many years thanks to their vast shade range and lightweight, pigmented, long-wearing formula. I haven't found a shade yet that didn't wear evenly, and I love that there isn't any taste. There's a faint aroma to them as you're applying, but it is pleasant and doesn't linger. Born With It is a wearable neutral pink that layers well over almost all lip colors, and is great by itself for a hint of color and shine. Twinkle wasn't tinted, but had a little shimmer to it, which I liked to pair with lip liners because they can be so flat and drying. Whichever shades catches your eye, do try one. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

9. mark No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner in Jet Set ($9): While I no longer sell mark products, I do still use the ones I have in my stash. This eyeliner is very similar to my Stila Eye Kajal, but it doesn't pool in my tear ducts as badly. It still pools a bit, which is frustrating, but it works beautifully on the lash line and I have no complaints there. It's creamy enough I can dot it along my lash line, then take an angled brush or pencil brush and drag/smudge it out. I can even create delicate wings with the leftover product on the brush!

10. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick ($4.99-$7.99): The price varies depending on where you're shopping, but generally you're looking at around six bucks per lipstick. My go-to shade is 634 Sparkling Cider, which was discontinued {of course...}, but you can still find new tubes of it online. I like several shades from the Super Lustrous line, and I love that they're smooth, don't settle into the lines of my lips, are fairly long-wearing, and don't dry out my lips. With the range of shades and finishes you're bound to find a few you'll love, and there's almost always sales and coupons to rid you from the guilt of buying more than you thought you would {which will happen}.

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