Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Top 10 Beauty Buys

    Here are my Top 10 Makeup Essentials. They include face, eye and lip makeup. I've also attached
    links below each one to a website where you can purchase these products. 

 1. MAC Studio CareBlend / Pressed Powder

I recently bought this powder, and it’s changed my makeup all together. I combine it with every look, whether I’m just going to school or out for dinner, it’s the perfect amount of coverage to match with different products. For example, I can match it with a BB cream for a daytime look, or a foundation for an occasion where I want to be more made up. The powder sets my base and concealer perfectly. Although the finish is matte, my skin remains hydrated throughout the day, and the product is also lightweight and doesn’t leave my skin broken out.

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2.  Estee Lauder Day Wear BB Cream

Although this product is on the high end/pricier side of makeup, it’s 100% worth it. I wear this every day, mostly because it gives me a more even complexion and has SPF 35 in it, but it’s also an amazing moisturizer alone, and is extremely lightweight. It can be applied simply by using your fingertips, but I use the RealTechniques expert face brush to blend it in.

3. Real Techniques Core Collection

These brushes are pretty much my ‘core’ essentials. I use the Buffing Brush to apply BB Cream, Foundation, or Pressed Powder and it buffs all of my products to the point where they are long lasting and I can barely feel them on my skin. I use the Contour Brush for bronzer, blush or highlighter, and the slightly pointed edge gives the perfect precision. The Pointed Foundation brush applies and blends concealer in perfectly, and its smaller size allows me to achieve an exact application. The last brush is the one I use least frequently, the Detailer Brush, however I turn to it any time I’m applying a bold lip color, or blending gel liner for a smoky effect.  The brushes have a very reasonable price, and they come with a dainty travel case which comes in handy when you don’t want them mixing with other products and brushes.

4.  Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Shadow

The creamy texture of these eye shadows do not contradict the ’24 Hour’ effect promised on the packaging, the Color Tattoo products are extremely long lasting. They can serve as a base for powdered shadows, allowing them to stick on while the glittery tone shines through, or they can be applied on their own, as a quick and effortless way of making your eyes pop. These products can be casual or formal, depending on which shade you pick from their endless collection of colours. My personal favorites are the pink shade “pink gold" and the gold shade  “eternal gold", both of which are stunning.

5. Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter in Soft and Gentle

This powder highlighter is the perfect product to tie together a makeup look. It adds a shimmer wherever you apply it, and makes you look as if you have a natural glow all day. I recommend applying it on the highest points of your cheeks, that way it sculpts you face and catches as much light as possible.

6. Barry M Liquid Liner

The Barry M liner was my first ever liquid liner, and as a beginner I found it the easiest to apply whether I was giving myself  a wing or just using it as a subtle outline to my upper lashes. The rubbery tip glides on without any friction, and the bold black color is easy to manage, depending on the width I want my liner to be. If I make any mistakes the product is easy to clean up, but it also stays in place all day.

7. Mac Blush in Melba

It’s hard to find a blush that adds warmth, yet still looks natural at the same time. ‘Melba’ is the perfect balance between pink and red, and adds an accent to my cheekbones, which makes them bold, without drawing too much attention. It’s extremely adaptable, and I can make it sheer and subtle, or bright and glamorous.  My blush came with a palette, but they’re also for sale in singles.

8. Catrice Glamour Doll Mascara

The thin spoolie, and a thick texture create a dazzling, feathery effect on eyelashes. The name says it all; this mascara is glamorous and has a voluptuous, lengthening finish. It isn’t waterproof, but still lasts all day, and it doesn’t clump together at all.

9. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
 If I’m going to put any makeup on in the morning, it definitely includes this concealer. I purchased this in a shade lighter than my skin tone, and I apply it underneath my eyes. It cancels out all darkness, and brightens the skin to get rid of that ‘tired’ look. It also comes into use when I have blemishes or redness which I want to hide, and it covers them perfectly without irritating or angering my skin.

  10. MAC Lipstick in Fanfare

And Last but definitely not least, this MAC Lipstick in the color ‘Fanfare’.  This lipstick is a Cremesheen, which means its very moisturizing, but not too glossy. It isn’t matte and drying, and stays on my lips for lengths of the day. The color is a soft pink nude shade once applied, and this makes it easy to wear on a daily basis. I can also match the color with a dark eye, or something simple, and I don’t have to worry about being ‘over the top’.