Hey all! Long time writer, long time since posting (sorry)! I’m well-overdue for a beauty related post! Since the majority of questions I get asked are in relation to makeup, I thought I would do an updated makeup favorites post! Doing freelance bridal makeup, there are definitely my favorite go to’s, but for me in my every day life, there are so many products I use that I really have been loving I want to share with you all. In this post, we will cover skincare and makeup!
I received promotional items from Kiehl’s for a fundraiser they had last month. One of the products they sent me was an oil. Prior to receiving, I had never tried an oil before for skincare. Hesitant, because…oil… I went for it. Oh my gosh–I have fallen IN LOVE! Somehow it’s quick absorbing and not greasy at all. I do have to wash my hands after using this product, but wow–I wake up and see a difference! My skin looks brightened, more clear in tone, and balanced. It’s called Midnight Recovery Oil which is meant to enhance the skin’s nighttime recovery. Definitely get your hands on this! One other product by Kieh’s worth mentioning and now part of my daily routine is their Creamy Eye Treatment. Meant for the under-eye, it’s a concentrated avocado oil formula meant to moisturize. It absorbs so quickly and keeps this area beyond hydrated! So thankful to be introduced!
Last but not least for the skin category is more of a misting refresher. It’s the Mario Badescu Facial Spray (aloe, herbs, and rosewater). I use this before makeup, after I set my makeup, and when it’s been a long day and I need a refresher. It smells so good, is so inexpensive ($7), and a new favorite of mine!
There are two foundations I have been loving–however, neither of them are “new” products. To preface, these are on the higher end in terms of cost (but if you know me, I expect a lot out of a foundation in terms of coverage, wear, and longevity).
The first favorite is the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. I shake this bad boy up, put about four mini-pumps (one full pump) on a flat kabuki Sigma F80 brush, swirl around and am done! This is an instant, skin-clearing, medium-to-full coverage foundation with a semi-matte finish. It says it’s resistant to sweat/humidity–I do think it holds up well, but not as well as my Estee Lauder Double Wear. I also get about 12 hours of wear (vs. the 16 hours it claims), but I do have a bit more oily skin. Regardless it’s an excellent foundation!
My second new favorite you saw me raving about on Instastories. It’s the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24-Hr Foundation. It’s been considered a replica of the Estee Lauder Foundation (I think they are similar, but not replicas). This is considered medium-full coverage and provides a beautiful velvet-matte finish. For me personally, the first layer is definitely medium coverage. I usually always go back for more product around my cheek area due to redness and hyperpigmentation. It feels different than the NARS foundation (more creamy and thicker, but not in a bad way) and it blends easier than the EL Double Wear foundation. Overall I really like it! I will say it doesn’t last 24 hours like it claims–I would say 14 is more realistic. Regardless, it’s a very quality foundation!
Oh Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, how I love thee. Let me start by saying I did NOT like this product when I first tried it. Thick and creasy–no one has time for that! Well, let’s just say you do not need much of this product, and that makes all the difference. Honestly, I think it mostly has to do with the large applicator–it’s huge! Simply wipe down a bit of the applicator, blend out with a beauty blender, and it will be your new eye lift (cough) I mean best friend. 🙂
Maybelline’s “Big Shot Colossal” Mascara is the bees knees, ya’ll. This mascara separates, lengthens, and volumizes your lashes! I will say if you do a second coat, do it quickly. I typically use another mascara as a top coat. If you are new here, I am a HUGE fan of layering different mascaras. If you like your lashes soft and fluttery, look no further than Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara. I feel like you could keep layering it on and it will never get clumpy! Repeat buy for me.
If you are clueless when it comes to eyeshadows, head to your nearest Sephora or Ulta and buy the “Tarte in Bloom” eyeshadow palette. This palette carries colors that can be taken from day to night and has mixtures of matte and shimmer shadows. This palette is my go-to travel palette when I don’t want to haul a lot of makeup!
I’m saving the best for last! You know when you love something you buy it in multiple colors? Welcome to Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor. Let me be the first to say I really don’t like liquid lipsticks. They are so drying for me! These feel completely different. They appear matte, but feel more between a matte and satin finish. It’s hard to describe but you have to try! Also, this is the lipstick I get the most questions about. They have such a great shade range. Icon and Swank are my favorites (so far). These last about 3-4 hours for me. I adore the applicator–the product applies like a dream. Britt tip: Wipe down the applicator before use. You don’t need much!
There you have it! A quick snippet of some of my new go to favorites. What are some of your favorite new makeup products? Let me know on Instagram!
Until next time,