I've been using this moisturizer since its launch in 1999. It's a nice, lightweight everyday moisturizer with SPF. It doesn't make my skin breakout and it doesn't feel greasy or heavy.
2. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation: Nordstrom
Believe it or not, this is the only foundation I've used or even tried since 1998. Prior to that I didn't wear foundation because it either made me break out or I couldn't apply it easily and blend it right. I just got tired of spending money on foundation that I ended up throwing away. This has so many color options so finding a good match for my skin was simple, and it's just so fast and easy to apply. I really don't want to go back to the expensive trial and error process with foundation so I just stick with my favorite.
Eye & Brow Staples:
I use this product in "Bare Canvas" as an eye shadow base every day. It brings out the pigment in my eye shadow really well and seems to help it hold on to my lids all day.
4. Cover Girl Clear Mascara: Amazon
I use this on my eyebrows to shape them a little and hold them in place. My eyebrows are hardly enviable, but this helps improve them all the same.
5. Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Liner: Drugstore
This mechanical pencil goes on smooth and easy and lasts all day on me. It's also very affordable (under $10), and since I go through lipliner and eyeliner pencils pretty quickly, I like not having to spend a fortune to replace them.
6. Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer (In Taupe): Target
I used to be afraid of brow pencils because I thought they would give me a harsh, drawn-on look. But this one has a nice powdery texture that blends easily with my brows and is only six bucks.
Eye Makeup Remover Staples:
I keep two kinds of eye makeup remover on hand at all times, even when I travel. I generally use the Maybelline version with a Q-Tip for clean up after mascara and eye liner. It doesn't leave any greasy residue (it feels just like water) so I can apply the rest of my eye-makeup immediately after using it.
8. Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover: Amazon
This is great for easily removing my mascara and eye makeup at the end of the day. I don't like using it for clean-up during application because despite being oil-free, it still leaves a kind of oily residue that doesn't wear off until I shower or wash my face again. I have also tried the Target version of this and it irritated my eyes, so I don't mind paying the extra $2.00 for the Neutrogena.
Lip Product Staples:
Just like the Rimmel eyeliner, this goes on smooth and easy and lasts really well for me at a bargain price (under $10). It's non-drying and blends really well with my lipstick since I don't want the exaggerated, outlined lip look. Two of my favorite colors are Addiction (nude) and Enchantment (pink).
10. MAC Lipstick: Nordstrom
These come in a variety of formulas and some of them are pretty dry, but I do like their Frost (in not-too-frosty shades) and Lustre formulas. For a natural everyday lip I like Syrup or Fabby. For evening or more dramatic looks I use Desire and Rebel.
11. MAC Lipglass: Nordstrom
I apply just a very thin layer of this gloss on top of my lipstick and liner since I'm not going for the ultra-glossy look. I mainly like it for the extra moisture and the fact that it seems to make any lipstick last a lot longer than it does on its own. I keep C-Thru and Oyster Girl on hand since they have a sheer application that blends well with my other lipsticks.
Eye Shadow, Blush, Mascara:
Nordstrom (Custom Color Palette)
As you can see, a lot of my shadows are well-loved! I did have to go through a lot of trial and error to find eye shadows that flattered me, and now I rarely purchase new colors. I just replace my favorites (if I ever use them up)! But I do love MAC shadows for their pigment and wide selection of colors.
13. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara: Amazon
Okay, this is one category of beauty products where I still do a lot of experimenting. Anytime something new comes out that promises thicker, fuller, more dramatic lashes I end up trying it. However, I have repurchased The Falsies many times and it's my go-to and current everyday favorite.
14. MAC Blush: Nordstrom (Color Displayed: Well Dressed)
Not much to say about this one! I have a feeling I could find a cheaper alternative for this blush but I just haven't put the effort into looking for a replacement. Especially when a single container lasts a couple of years!
Hair Styling Staples:
This is another Blue Ribbon, 15+ year staple product for me. It sets my hair in place and gives it a light-medium hold without being too stiff or leaving a lot of residue. So if I need to adjust some pieces of hair I can comb this right out. Every few years I will purchase a few different brands of drugstore hair spray trying to find a cheaper alternative for this and I have never found anything that works the same. And then I ask myself why I wasted all that money because by the time I buy two drugstore hair sprays that don't work, I could have purchased this. I don't even want to think about what I'll do if this gets discontinued!
16. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Hairspray: Amazon
I initially bought this to see if it could replace my Matrix spray, but it's a more firm hold and I use it as a finishing spray. I've tried a lot of popular and more expensive hair sprays (e.g. Sebastian Shaper Plus, Big Sexy Hair) and this works better for me than those at a fraction of the cost.
17. Biosilk Silk Therapy: Amazon
I've had issues with hair breakage due to heat styling so I've learned the hard way about the importance of heat protection! Now I use just a little bit of this on the ends of my hair before heat styling and so far so good. I have rather thin, fine hair so I don't like to put it all over my head or I feel like my hair looks too flat and limp, .
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Clearly I haven't mastered the art of nicely staging my products with flowers and a latté for their photos in order to branch out into full-fledged beauty blogging. But I've really enjoyed similar posts from my non-beauty blogger friends like Kristen and Gretchen that have lead me to discover some great new products (that just might make the re-purchase list next time!) so I wanted to spread the word on my favorites too!
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