Makeup Favorites: July 2018

This has been my makeup routine as of late.  It may seem burdensome but I can do it in ten minutes if I need to.

NEUTROGENA Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint – An excellent light coverage foundation that leaves my skin looking hydrated.  This is supposed to be a dupe for La Mer’s Soft Fluid foundation that costs $120.   I tested it and they are very similar.  Both are light coverage and one can barely notice the difference once it’s on the face.  Neutrogena is slightly thicker in consistency out of the bottle and it doesn’t have the luxurious smell that the La Mer one does but for the cost difference, Hydro Boost is the way to go.  I use the shade 10 Classic Ivory.  Available at drugstores

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer – Very good eye primer to combat the summer heat.  Available at Ulta

Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer – I love this duo.  You dab on the darker shade first to counter blue/purple dark circles then apply the lighter shade to brighten the undereye.  I bought this and a few other things from Eve Pearl at a makeup event but it can be found online.  I have the shade Fair/Light.

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics – This is a great little palette although I tend to only use two shades.  The rosy brown shade perfectly compliments my skin tone and I use the lighter ones as a highlight.  Available at Ulta

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance – I’ve been using this regularly for about a year now and still love it as much as I did when I first got it.  Available in-store or online

CLINIQUE Quickliner for Eyes Intense Black Honey – This was limited edition a couple of years ago and I bought two of them.  It’s my favorite shade and I hope they bring it back.  Other colors are readily available

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow – This is my second pot of creamy contour.  It’s a very unique, light gray-brown tone that is perfect for sculpting the cheekbones of us fair skinned girls.  On Illamasqua counters or online

INGLOT Blush – A nice rosy blush with a subtle gold shimmer.  INGLOT is a Polish brand and a longtime favorite of mine.  Check out their range.

Laura Geller Illuminator in Guilded Honey – A beautiful gold highlighter.  I’ve been using this for months and have barely made a dent.  This, along with the few highlighters I already own, has me set for a long time to come.  Available here.

I went to Stockholm last year and visited the ABBA Museum.  It was an incredible experience and a must-see if you’re an ABBA fan and find yourself in Stockholm.  I took these pics of Agnetha and Anni-Frid’s dressing tables.  It was fun to see all of their vintage cosmetics. 

Eylure Brow Stencils – I thought these eyebrow stencils were a total gimmick but felt compelled anyway to try them and seriously, my brows have never looked better.  They are easy to use.  I use this brush from Real Techniques and fill them in a slapdash manner and voila.  You won’t need all the stencils so you can share with friends. 

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo – I’ve used this off and on for years.  This is the old packaging.  My perfect shade is Medium Ash/Medium Brown.  Hands down, one of the best brow powders on the market

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Powder – I powder it all into place with this.  They’ve updated the formulation and it also comes in pressed form.  Available at Sephora

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black – A solid option if you’re looking for a good, jet black mascara.  Available at drugstores

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash – My absolute go-to for lower lashes.  Your mascara will not budge.  Available at MAC.

Besame Lipstick – I’m loving these minis by Beseme.  It’s a superb lipstick brand.  All shades are based on vintage shades from past decades.  I’ve been alternating between 1939 and 1970 lately.  They are deeply pigmented, easy to apply and comfortable to wear.  Limited availability at Sephora.  Check out their full range here

Stone by MAC – Love this gray/brown shade.  It’s matte and can be drying so I usually wear it over/under lip balm.  

Carmex – I’m a little addicted and have multiple tubes throughout the house.  I buy the 3-pack

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