Monday, September 22, 2014

I Heart Make-Up

Hey friends!! Let's talk makeup!  I am a LOVER of all things beauty related and am all about trying new products!  I have tried everything over the years and feel like I have a pretty good line up currently in my make up bag. Yall have been asking me to share and I love to talk beauty, so let's go!

Disclaimer - I spend too much on this stuff.  I know that seems to be a going theme sometimes with me, but it is what it is. I am always going to be authentically ME, so if you are not into the high end products, this is probably not the post for you. I totally think that you could probably get the same look with drugstore items, but I have had luck with these, and y'all know I like my routine (see hair post :) )!Now let's get to the goods, shall we?!...

  • Foundation -My FAVORITE by far and after trying everything the past 20 something years of my life, is Dior Forever Foundation - I wear shade 020 without a tan, 032 with a tan. I have them both in my bag for when I get a spray tan :). I love this foundation because 1. It stays Forever. Ok not really, but it lasts longer than any other foundation I have tried.  Even after a full day of work, I can still tell I am wearing it. 2. It has FABULOUS matte coverage - I like a good matte foundation that evens me out and makes me look airbrushed - this does that. Takes away any shine and hides pores. It truly is fabulous!! Probably my favorite item in the makeup bag by far! I apply my foundation with a stippling brush - we will talk on another post about brushes - they are so important, they need another post :)!
  • Powder- Because I love my foundation so much, I don't see a need for a tinted powder - I seal it with Makeup Forever High Definition powder - Translucent loose powder. I use the Makeup Forever Kabuki brush with it. Once again - I like a matte look and this seals my foundation to stay in place all day.  It also keeps me from looking like I caked makeup on - makes it look natural. LOVE it!  I have a compact of it in my purse for touch ups during the day.
  • Blush - I am not attached to any blush really - When I run out, I go look for a pretty one :). Right now I am loving Mac Blush in Gleeful. It is a pretty, rosy blush that has done me well for a couple seasons now! I feel like it would work on almost anyone - I do love Mac blush - it has great pigment and it lasts for a long time on your cheeks :).
  • Eyeshadow - I LOVE the Naked palettes and the Too Faced palettes...I am not an eyeshadow professional and honestly most mornings I just put on one shade. That is why I love these palettes because they have a ton of easy shades that look great on their own...I am probably being cussed my makeup professionals because these palettes are made so they can easily be used for a fun smokey eye or a natural, multi dimensional one :).
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  • Eyeliner - I could not live without eyeliner.  I look asleep without it.  I am very particular about it. I want one that I will have to get off with a jackhammer before I go to bed at night. Ok, not really. But I want a long lasting one that will not rub or wear off easily.  I have tried everything, but my favorite, by far, is the Sephora Liquid - Waterproof  Eyeliner - in black. I only wear black.  If you want a good liner that will seriously still be on in the morning if you don't wash your face, this is the one. Give it a try :).
  • A couple of things that I am not sold on yet...

    • Mascara - I am not loyal at all! I have tried everything!! I am about to try Younique, for the second time. I honestly have had more luck with drug store brand mascaras in the past - but being the product junkie that I am, I have a bag full of "not so great to me" expensive mascaras.  
    • Eyebrow powder - I pretty much just use whatever. I do think it is important to fill in your brows - but right now I am still looking for my favorite.
    • Concealer - Right now I am using Benefit - boing! and I use Erase Paste by Benefit as well. Neither one totally rock my world, but they work.  I honestly believe that the best remedy for under eye circles is a good foundation and using a good eye cream at night. We will discuss my skincare routine another time.

  • One thing that I am sold on and LOVE is Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray!  When I know I am going to be outside or want to stay flawless for a long period of time, I spray this on before eyeliner and mascara. It really works and worth every dime!!! It is crazy how much it seals your face! Don't use too much or you will end up with a wet face though :)

  • Lastly, let's talk about my VERY FAVORITE part - lipstick!! By far, I am the most loyal to Mac lipstick! It is my favorite and my purse weighs a ton because I carry a bag of of lipstick everywhere I go :).  Also, get the liners. I don't use them as much anymore, but when I first started wearing bolder colors on my lips - the liners kept me from looking like I had bad plastic surgery on my lips :). Mac stays on longer and has the best shades in my opinion - here are my favorites 

    • So that is my make up bag!! Hope that helped y'all!!! I highly encourage you to at least treat yourself to a good red lipstick - go get you a viva glam 1 - the BEST red, guaranteed :).


  1. Love the recommendations! As far as mascara goes I have been using Too Faced Better than Lashes kit. While I don't like their mascara I do love the little white fuzzy fibers. I layer my trusty Maybelline Falsies with the fibers and I swear it looks like you are wearing lashes. I need eyebrow pencils for "dummies" and love the Anastasia and Hourglass pencils. Hope to help! Love the blog btw.


  2. I was like you with mascara for the longest time and back in April I started using Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara. I also love Chanel mascara. I save the Chanel for date nights or GNO and wear the Bobbi Brown everyday. They are both so good!! Great post!

  3. Great post! I love make-up and have started playing more with it now that I have a little more time as my BSN is coming to an end. I love my Naked 3 palette!
    I started using the Benefit gimme brow and love it! And the Bad Gal Lash is my go to mascara! Will definitely be checking out the MAC lipstick and your foundation opinion! I always feel like I look put together and pretty when I leave the house and then 2 hours in when we take a pic that I have no make-up on my face!

    Have a girl's weekend in two weeks- maybe I will be looking glam by the trip with your make-up tips! :)


  4. I'm gonna have to try that foundation. I'm like you and want a good long lasting, full coverage matte foundation. Haven't found one I'm in love with yet.

  5. So I'm not a product junkie but my best friend is and the things you are not sold on I have some products that I use that I swear by! Concealer: Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer. I have horrible dark circles this is the only one I've ever used that stays on all day! Brow: Benefit Gimme Brow. Obsessed. The girls at ulta recommended it and I love it!! Mascara: Cover Girl Flames Out Mascara. Love this better than any expensive mascara I've ever tried. I use one coat of black/brown and then a couple of coats of the very black! There area two cents. Ha!! Hope it helps :)

  6. Oh wow Rachel, so many typos in my comment!! Sorry!!


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