Thursday, October 27, 2016

Recent Makeup Loves



Despite my unplanned blogging hiatus over the past few months, this beauty addict definitely didn't stop playing with makeup. In fact, I've come across several things recently that I've become a bit addicted to. These are things that I've consistently, without fail, put on my face day in and day out because they just work so damn well for me. 

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone
This was a little drugstore palette that I wanted for quite a while before actually just deciding to pick it up (at an extra 40% off, woop woop). The colors are just perfect for Fall – warm browns and olive – and the shadows are very pigmented. The texture is creamy and blendable and the quality definitely exceeds the small price tag. I have oily lids and yet I’ve been able to get away with wearing these shadows without a primer. The colors will obviously fade a bit throughout the day if you don’t prime your lids but in terms of longevity, they do better than a lot of high-end shadows I’ve tried. If you love neutrals and are looking for an inexpensive palette to add to your makeup bag for Fall, this is the one I would recommend. And for just $4.99, how can you go wrong?
I picked up this lip pencil a few months back after watching a video in which Suzie from Hello October raved about the formula. I’ve tried a few things here and there from Clinique in the past but I feel like they’re a brand that doesn’t get as much hype. I decided to take a chance on it and boy, am I glad that I did. The texture is creamy enough to blend all over the lips, while still sticking in place for hours of wear. The pigmentation is fantastic and the color is just like a slightly pinker, deeper version of my natural lip color. This pencil has become my go-to for the rare occasion that I actually have a social function to attend and want something that will last. Plus, who doesn’t love a twist-up pencil that you don’t need to sharpen?
I feel like oily-skinned girls sometimes get the short straw when it comes to finding drugstore foundations. Especially with the current trend of dewy, glowing skin. My skin is oily. I’ll look dewy in 5-minutes of wear, so I need a foundation that will keep me looking matte for as long as possible. I picked this foundation up during the summer because I had heard several people rave about it and thought, why not? I’ve been wearing it non-stop since August. The formula isn’t too thick or too drippy, it blends easy, sets well and really does help hide my over-sized pores. I still have to blot throughout the day, but my foundation stays in place. It looks great on the skin, has a decent medium coverage, doesn’t break out my acne-prone skin and is incredibly affordable. If it just came with a pump and I didn’t have to precariously pour foundation onto the back of my hand, trying not to pour too much or make a mess of the lid, it would be perfection!
Another Maybelline product that has quickly stolen my heart is their The Rocket Mascara. After years of trying to find a mascara that could top my 'holy grail' favorite, Maybelline’s Colossal Cat Eyes, this one has finally dethroned it. It holds a curl even better and I feel like it adds more volume. I’m not usually a fan of wands with plastic bristles but this one just does a terrific job of simultaneously coating and separating my lashes. For everyday wear I can actually get away with wearing just one coat, which has never really happened to me before. If you have straight lashes and are looking for a mascara that’ll give you volume and really hold a curl, this is a must buy.
This bronzer, which is actually a pretty decently sized deluxe sample, was a gift with purchase from Sephora a few months back. Because of the size, I packed it in my makeup bag for my trip to Portugal and fell in love with it from my first use. It’s such a finely-milled powder, that just blends in effortlessly and gives you a beautiful touch of warmth without looking orange. I’ve been wearing it non-stop since late July and this sample is STILL going strong. Good looking out, Sephora. And though I still can’t see myself splashing out on the full sized product (which retails for $49) when I already have so many other bronzers in my collection, this one is definitely something special.
At the start of the summer I bought several different eye brushes from Morphe and this brush has emerged as my favorite from the bunch. Like all of the brushes from the Elite Collection, the E27 is ridiculously soft and sleek in design. It has long, fluffy bristles and a slightly domed shape that makes it perfect for seamlessly blending out the edges of your crease. This tends to be the brush I use clean, without any shadow on it, to just buff out any product that wasn't completely blended. It's a small step but it makes a world of difference. 

Well kids, Momma's back and she's possibly more into beauty than ever. Most importantly, I'm excited to be back and have so many wonderful things to share with you all. I also have a whole slew of new things to read and try, so there's much more on the way. If anyone has any questions they want answered, or needs any recommendations, please let me know and I'd be more than happy to put something together. 

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