Earlier this year I published the blog post Five Time-Saving Beauty Tips. If you haven’t read it yet, I let you in on a few beauty secrets that have cut my “getting ready” time in half. Today I am delving in deeper and sharing the 10 beauty products I cannot live without. Let’s “face” it…I would not look like myself without ’em – pun intended! You are gonna want to bookmark this one…
Gone are the days where spending $30-40 dollars on foundation is necessary. After all, it is literally money going down the drain when you wash it off at night! L’Oréal’s line of infallible foundations provide full coverage and precise color matching at drug store prices – only $12.99 a bottle! I use the 24 hour Total Coverage formula in “Caramel Beige” and absolutely adore it. I often find foundation to have heavy orange tones, but Caramel beige matches my brown skin tone perfectly. Pro Tip: Set your Infallible Foundation with Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder for an airbrush-like finish.
Infallible Total Coverage is definitely my favorite foundation (duh), but it does not shield harmful UV rays. So, before I start my never ending art project (aka paint my face), I lather up with the Tinted Veil Moisturizer in medium deep. This product by Winky Lux moisturizes and protects thanks to the SPF 30! The perfect dog walking makeup right here!
Almay One Coat Mega Volume Mascara is my favorite and has been since I wrote this thorough review over a year ago. I think that says a lot right there. I have tried several other intermittently, but they either don’t provide enough volume or flake onto my lower lids. If you’re not convinced yet, you will be after reading this.
The Born to Run eyeshadow palette has been my go-to as of late. I’ve always been a fan of Urban Decay’s shadows…especially the Nakeds. In fact, the Naked Petite heat palette was the only eyeshadow I used in Colombia. But the Born to Run palette is a little bit of everything combined into one! Featuring matte smokey hues, and bronzy metallic hues, create everyday chic or drama queen looks with this full package.
Dark under eye circles will forever be my problem area. Lucky me! But thanks to Shape Tape Contour Concealer, my under eyes have never looked brighter. This stuff provides full coverage and it lasts aaaallll day. Read more reasons why I love it here.
I used to line my eyes with a pencil and found myself sharpening the thing after every use. I graduated to a retractable liner, but found myself breaking off the tip too frequently. Those problems could be avoided with a liquid liner, but it’s just too heavy for me. Introducing the Almay Pen Eyeliner – a Sharpie-like marker for your eyes! It is faster and easier to apply than pencil or liquid…literally life-changing.
The NYX Wonder stick is WONDERFUL. Contour/highlighting products are usually available in powder or cream form but after using this thing, I will never go back to a palette and brush. It is preciser and easier to paint directly on your face and blend with your fingers. Thank you NYX for giving me the chiseled cheeks I never had!
For a little extra somethin’ somethin’ on your cheek bones, top the contour stick with Charm Holographic Highlighter. This shimmery stuff appears white but blends in with a pink tint! I love the brightening effect between this and my rosey blush.
MGS lipstick is where the color is at! I am currently crushing on “Frisky” (as seen here) and “Lovable” (as seen here). While this formula does not last as long as the Sephora brand lip stain, the rich hues are unmatchable. I’m sold!
I have said it before, and I am saying it again, the BeautyBlender is a miracle worker. The shape, the texture, and the flexibility work together to seamlessly blend your makeup at a professional level. Bonus: This product is ideal for traveling – it barely takes up room in your makeup bag. But don’t take my word for it, read the 7,000 plus reviews on Sephora website!
Shop the 10 beauty products I cannot live without:
Foundation | Tinted Moisturizer | Mascara | Eyeshadow | Concealer | Eyeliner | Contour Stick | Highlighter | Lippie | Blender