Thursday, May 8, 2014

Best Makeup, 2014



Onto something more frivolous, after those serious parenting posts...

Several of you have asked me about my makeup, so I thought I'd give a quick round-up of what I'm using these days.  In the past, I tended to use whatever was newest or cheapest at the drugstore...and not surprisingly, I was often unhappy with the results.  So I started investigating better quality makeup and skincare, because goodness knows I don't want to be spending that much money on a product that doesn't work for me.  And guess what?  Often, higher end makeup really is higher quality.  Who'd have thought?!  :) 
These are my current favorites.

I do wear a full face of makeup everyday, but all this plus some takes me less than ten minutes to apply.

1. Arbonne Makeup Primer: I have used several different makeup primers, and this is the best.  Its texture is completely different from other primers-it comes out like a gel and feels silky, and once it dries, your makeup will stay matte and not budge all day.

2.  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer: I would have never bought eyeshadow primer on my own, but I got it as a free sample from Sephora, and it is amazing.  You know all the creasing and running your eye makeup can do, especially when it's hot?  Not with this on.

3.  Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Makeup: this is the best full coverage foundation I have ever used, and I have tried all the high end choices (MAC, YSL, Benefit, etc).  It starts off sheer but builds to full coverage easily.  People regularly tell me I have perfect skin (which I truly DO NOT) and that I'm lucky to not have to wear makeup (which I DO, everyday), and I completely credit this foundation.  I was first convinced to try it by Kate Bryan's review on The Small Things Blog.  She can and has tried any makeup she wants, so I trusted her recommendation.  And she was right, it is the best.

4. YSL Touche Eclat: This is a cult favorite for a reason.  Makes undereye circles completely disappear.  On the downside, it is insanely expensive, can't be used on blemishes, and it only lasted a few months (compared to other concealers I've used that last me literally years).  I'll try something else next, probably Arbonne's cream concealer.

5.  Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder: I have been having a hard time finding a setting powder that doesn't look chalky AND that really keeps my makeup matte all day.  This one isn't perfect, but it is the best I've found so far.  I'm going to keep looking.

6.  Nars Blush in Deep Throat: Nars blush is another cult favorite for a reason.  The colors are perfect, and the blush applies beautifully.  I also really like their blushes in The Multiple instead of powder, but those colors all had too much shimmer for me.  (If you are conservative, be aware that all their product names tend to be very dirty).

7.  Urban Decay Naked Palette: these palettes are great.  The color payoff is nice, all the color choices are neutrals to smokies, and it lasts forever.  I have my eye on Naked2, which contains more grays.

8.  Buxom Lash Mascara: I got a sample size of this from Sephora a few months ago, and I was immediately hooked.  Beautiful thick AND long eyelashes with just a few swipes.  No problems with clumps.  Done.

9.  Benefit Brow Zings: I fill in my eyebrows everyday.  It makes a huge difference in the appearance of my face, especially since my hair has been darker.  This little palette has brow powder on one side, and a setting wax on the other.  One of these lasts for years.

10.  Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: I was introduced to this when I was a bridesmaid in an outdoor wedding in July.  You spray it on over your makeup, and it keeps you matte all day.  I don't use this all the time, especially if I've used primer, but it is a necessity in the summer.

11.  Dior Addict Lip Glow: I use this when I want a little something on my lips, but not a lot of color.  The texture is smooth and buttery, and it turns a nice shade of light pink that matches your complexion somehow (they say it has to do with pH).

12.  Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter: Sheer shades of lip color.  I have a few different colors, and they are easy to apply with one hand in the car.  :)

I use a few other things (like eyeliner) everyday, but I don't have any favorites, so I didn't list them.

(My choices do not reflect on other Arbonne products in any way-I haven't used every single product out there yet, especially for makeup, so my not mentioning it doesn't mean it's not great!  But I also won't suggest things to you that I don't truly use and love.  As I use even more for myself, I will update here with reviews).

Any of these would make a great Mother's Day gift too, for you last minute shoppers out there.  :)

Tell me about your favorites.  Does anyone have a concealer or powder they love?  Those are the two things that I am currently on the hunt for the perfect product...

(I am not an affiliate for Sephora or any of these brands, besides Arbonne.  I get nothing if you click on the links, I just truly like these products.  If you are interested in Arbonne products, contact me and I am happy to help you find those two or any others).

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