makeup

Favorite Foundations

I am always on the hunt for the perfect foundation. I have several requirements that a foundation must fulfill, so this task can prove difficult, but not impossible. I have found 3 recently that I am in love with and when I find something I love, I have to share!

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup. This is a liquid foundation that provides a light to medium coverage and stays in place really well. I can put this on in the morning and don’t have to worry about it being gone by lunchtime. It also feels really good. A lot of long-wear foundations can feel heavy and thick on my skin. But this one doesn’t even feel like I have anything on, yet evens out my skin tone (which is red and blotchy) and lasts more than a few hours. Win-win!

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Philosophy Hope in a Jar Hydrating Foundation. I picked this up at Ulta a few weeks ago and I am in love! It feels AMAZING on my skin but does a great job evening out my skintone. It doesn’t last as long as the Double Wear, so that is my only qualm with it. It does have a slightly odd smell, which I can’t decide if I like or don’t like.  It’s somewhere between coconuts and tanning lotion, but it’s barely noticeable when you are putting it on, and it goes away almost immediately once it is applied.  I really do love this foundation though and hope as they grow their foundation line, they will come out with a long-wear version.

WPY1_410x410Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup.  If you aren’t much for liquid foundation, this is a great alternative.  I was really impressed with how much this conceals the redness in my skin considering it is a powder.  I’ve used various powders from BareMinerals to Clinique to drugstore brands but none of them were sufficient enough to replace my liquid foundation.  This one actually could!  I keep it in my purse for a quick touch-up at the end of a long day or after going to the gym.  I usually manage to sweat most of my makeup off while exercising.  However, if I need to run errands or meet someone for dinner,  I throw this and a little mascara on and I am good to go!

What are your favorite foundations? I am always looking for new products to try!

July Birchbox

Have you heard of Birchbox? It’s only $10/month and you get a box (you would’ve never guessed that right?!) of sample-sized products (on occasion you even get a full-sized item).  Sometimes the boxes are a let-down, but overall they have some great products in them! This month was one of those months that I was excited about pretty much everything when I opened it.  I can’t wait to try the products, especially the Benefit It’s Potent! eye cream and I LOVE the bobby pins.   Not sure if I will use the blush since I use Benefit’s Fine One One, which I talk about here, but I will probably give everything else a try and I will let you know how I like them!

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From left to right: DDF Acne Control Treatment, Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect leave-in conditioner, Benefit It’s Potent! eye cream

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theBalm InStain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush (left) and Birchbox Bobby Pins (right)

Makeup Mash-up

I love playing with makeup and beauty products.   I really enjoy trying new products, but when I find something I love, I will use it every day.  Here are a few of my current faves:

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1. Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner:  This stuff holds up to its name!  I put this on in the morning and it lasts ALL day.  Usually after an 8 hour work day, my makeup does not look very “fresh,” but this eyeliner still looks like it was just applied.

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2. Eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm:  Makes your lips so soft!!!  I carry one of these in my purse and one in my workbag so I have one handy at all times.  However, 1-2 applications a day is all you need.  This balm doesn’t dry out your lips like other  lip balms, which mean you don’t feel the need to constantly apply it.

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3.  Benefit Fine-One-One:  This is a blush and highlighter, plus you can wear as a lip tint (I haven’t tried that yet though).  I was a little wary about this product at first because I haven’t liked cream blushes before, but this one glides on smoothly and blends really well.  It is a little pricey but has lasted a long time.  I bought it 3 months ago, wear it every day, and I’d say I still have another month before I run out.

What are some of your favorite makeup products?

 (I shop at Ulta for most of my beauty products, and all of the items below can be found at your local store or online.)