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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ride or Die Makeup Tag (Products I Can't Live Without)

As I mentioned in my blog post previous to this I am back from a long hiatus. I really need some time to go about my life and really focus on my career and make some changes in myself. Well I am back and have really been missing my blogging days. Now I didn’t take a complete break from the makeup world. I do still work for a beauty company and have since moved up with them. I also still am pretty active on my Instagram and Facebook but I have found that what I can truly say about products there is pretty limited. I can’t really get into the nitty-gritty of products so I wanted to start this back up so I can really give the ins and outs of products that I am trying.

I thought the best thing to do first would be the Ride or Die Tag that Jaclyn Hill started. It will give you guys good insight as to what products I am really loving right now as well as show you what products are still in my routine after 2 years. One thing that has changed is that I still use a lot of affordable products but have been a little more adventurous in the luxury beauty world so you will see some higher end brands pop up from time to time. So without any more chatter here it goes…

PRIMER: Is the Lancôme Hydraglow La Base Primer. I know I am starting off with a rather expensive item but this stuff is the best for my dry skin. It makes my skin look so soft and luminous and really helps my makeup last longer throughout the day.

FOUNDATION: This may very well have been my favorite years ago too but it’s the Covergirl 3 in 1 Foundation. This stuff just really works for me. I love that is gives me a decent amount of SPF as well as an almost full coverage. I also find that it is matte without being too matte for my dry skin. It really lasts well for me and I just love it. I think I am on my 6th bottle.

CONCEALER: I have tried A LOT of concealers especially lately and I still always end up going back to my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. It really works for me. It doesn’t crease, it lasts all day, and gives me just the right amount of coverage. Again another product I have repurchased over and over.

FACE POWDER: I found a kind of hidden gem a couple months ago when I tried the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Loose Powder. I am so glad I decided on a whim to try this powder out because it is now my go to. It has a little bit of luminosity to it so it doesn’t accentuate my dry areas. It is also so soft and finely milled. It really sets my makeup in place without making it look heavy or caked on. I think this powder would be amazing for older skin as well as more dry skin types.

BLUSH- I have to say that this was a hard one for me to choose because I tend to bounce around a lot but I have to go with the Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose. I have also gone through a couple of these which says a lot. It is just a gorgeous blush. It has such a smooth texture and blends in to the cheeks beautifully. I also love that it gives the lightest touch of glow which really makes my skin look healthy.

BRONZER- Physicians Formula also takes the cake on this category too. I have always been a huge fan of Physicians Formula bronzers but their new Butter Bronzer is AMAZING! As the name suggests it is just the most buttery texture and gives your skin a very natural bronze glow. I also love that it doesn’t make my fair skin look muddy or orange. Plus, it smells like a tropical paradise.

HIGHLIGHT- Oy vay are we in the era of highlighters or what? I have to admit that I have succumbed to the highlight phenomenon as well. I have tried so many lately but find myself constantly reaching for my TheBalm Maryloumanizer. This is the OG of highlights. This was an amazing highlight before they were really cool. It is quite pigmented so it requires a light hand but the payoff is stunning. It has a sheen without being glittery.

BROW PRODUCT: I have to give this to a product that just recently launched but it has put my other products to shame. It is the new Lancôme Sourcils Brow Styler. I can’t get enough of this. It is the brow mascara that I have been waiting for. It helps my brows look thicker and fuller while also keeping them tamed. It is also super long wearing without making my brows feel stiff. I literally took a dip in the pool and it stayed on. Definitely worth the price tag that it comes with.

MASCARA: This is also a Lancôme product. Sorry I know they are pricey but they really have the market cornered when it comes to mascara. I remember seeing my friend’s mom using it when I was a wee little one. I am obsessed with the Hypnose Drama Mascara. It is so volumizing. It makes my lashes look so full and long and I only need to use one coat to make them look that way. It makes my lash routine so easy.

LOWER LASH MASCARA: Clinique Lower Lash Mascara takes this one. Not only does it have a small little precision brush that allows me to get every lash but it is a smudge proof formula. 

LIPSTICK: I honestly don’t know that I have a stand out favorite. Sometimes I want a matte lipstick and sometimes I want a cream. Sometimes I want an old school metallic finish. I guess my most used at the moment is the Maybelline Bolds Line. They are so opaque and feel so comfortable on the lips.

LIPGLOSS: I have to say it is the new Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lipgloss in Tight Fit. Not only is the formula great but so is the $6 price tag. I love this color because it has the most beautiful metallic shift to it. It feels comfortable and isn’t overly sticky plus they smell like vanilla cupcakes. Totally worth the money.

LASHES: Well I don’t wear them so there’s that.

EYESHADOW PALETTE: This was also another hard category because I am an eyeshadow junkie. It is hands down my most favorite part of my makeup routine. I have to go with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. I find myself reaching for this in some way most days. Whether I use it for an entire look or for a highlight or transition shade. It is just so well made and the colors are so versatile. I have hit pan on quite a few shades.

SETTING SPRAY: This goes to the Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray. If you can get over the weird smell this spray is amazing. It helps to really set my makeup in place and give it a smoother look. I love how it just makes my setting powder look softer.

PERFUME: The Lancôme La Vie Est Belle is my current obsession. It is soft and sweet but has just a note of warmth. I get a ton of compliments on it and it never seems over powering.


I hope that allowed you guys to see what I really love so much. All of these products would be the first things I would buy if I ever lost all of my makeup. 

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