Yes, I know, it’s not Christmas and I promise not to list raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens but these are, nonetheless, a few of my absolute favorite makeup items!
First, I have my beloved (and well used, as you can see by the photos) Too-Faced Shadow Insurance (my primer of choice) and NYX Eyeshadow Base in White.
The primer is a must have for anyone, repeat ANYONE, whether you are a makeup artist or a bare essentials gal, primer will keep your eyeshadow put- no slip, no smudge, no crease! My dirty little secret: I’ve actually went to sleep without removing my eyeshadow (shocking, I know) and I have woken up with it still intact. No kidding. It will set you back about $20 (I’m in Oregon, so no tax!), but I use it everyday, and a little bit goes a very long way. A bonus is that it’s paraben-free, which I love! You can pick it up from the Too-Faced website here or if you have a Sephora nearby, they carry it too.
Next is NYX Eyeshadow Base in White. I love this product because I am a huge fan of bright colors and a coat of this over the TFSI and the colors just pop right out at you! NYX also carries this base in White Pearl and Skin Tone. It also prevents my shadow from creasing or slipping as well. It costs about $7 and you can grab it off the NYX website here. If you are in the Portland, OR area, the only place I know that carries in store is Ulta.
Next up is Benefit Boi-ing and Eye Bright and Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Sparkle Powder.
I picked up this cute Benefit duo from Sephora some time ago, and I love it! The Boi-ing is a concealer and the Eye Bright is, well, and eye brightener! If I recall correctly, Eye Bright is normally sold in a pencil, which I think would make for an easier application. Although I use Eye Bright all the time, I never use it with a brush. It’s just too stiff! So I always use my fingers. The Boi-ing goes on nice and smooth and helps me cover up those stray blemishes and under eye issues. I’m not sure if they still sell this neat little duo any more but you sure can pick up the individual items here.
Now, the Tarina Tarantino glitter. Words cannot begin to describe my love affair with this glitter. It is as if a star fell from the sky, shatter into a million brilliant pieces, and Tarina snatched them up and put them in a bottle. Yeah, it’s that good. I got this little sample size in a box from Sephora with a hodge-podge of other shimmery, fantastic items. This has lasted me forever. Like a year I think. You only need a small amount to achieve glittery, glitzy glamour. Also, it looks pink in the container, but it doesn’t look pink once you put it on. It just looks like glorious sparkles. The original size comes in a bottle with one of those old school perfume pumps, if I’m not mistaken. I think I could literally cover myself in this stuff. Unfortunately, Tarina Tarantino pulled her line from Sephora, but she says her cosmetics will be available on her website TOMORROW here.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars. Let me count the ways you are amazing. Have you ever bought a lipstick or gloss that looked amazing from the package, but then tried it and were like-no way this is that color?! Well, with OCC Lip Tars, you will not be disappointed. The color it looks on the outside is exactly what it looks like on the inside. Some of the “crazier” colors, like blue, green, and yellow, along with the black and white, are meant for mixing to make your own unique colors! Obviously, black will darken the shades and white will lighten them. It’s pretty ingenious. Plus, they’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free! They will set you back about $16 each. Now, before you go crazy and think that there is no way you’d pay that much for that little thing, a little bit goes a very long way. I’m talking a drop will cover your lips completely and, might I add, opaquely. I believe Sephora is stocking some of the colors and you can pick up the rest on the OCC website here.
And for those days when my face want a break, I stick to my ever trusty Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm. The package says it all! 100% natural with a touch of light pink. My only recommendation is don’t use this if your lips are chapped! I don’t know if it’s just this color, but I made the mistake of using this when my lips were badly chapped, and it looked like a cakey, nasty mess (even though I only put a little on). If my lips are chapped, I opt for one of Burt’s Bees medicated lip balms. It helps them heal and it doesn’t look like I smothered my lips in a vat of wax. This cost me about $6 at Walgreens.
So these are just a few of my favorite things. I’ll be sure to update on more of my favorite things because when it really comes down to it, all of the makeup I own are my favorite!
On a side note, I am expecting to receive a new neon colored palette, some brushes, and a BeautyArmy box in the next week or two, so stay tuned! Ciao!