So I’m kind of a beauty freak, by that I mean I’ve never really concerned myself much with it at all. You could say I’m a bit like madonna when it comes to make up, okay what I mean by that is I’m like a virgin, discovering make up for the first time at the ripe age of 35.
While I know my little black bag obsession has its downsides, it has also introduced me to an entire world of looking pretty. I’ve discovered things like Ipsy and the beauty insider club at Sephora. I absolutely have learned more about beauty and learning to reflect the inner beauty on the outside in the last 6 months than I have in my entire life.
I’m not saying I’m an expert by any means, there are still so many things that I am completely oblivious to. But finding products that are worth using, and that work well is a completely new concept for this Beauty Virgin.
So here are a few of my favorite things at the moment, and what I love most about them:
Rockaholic by TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo
I have very fine, dry hair. As a result of this I cannot wash my hair as frequently as I may like. Step in Dry Shampoo. Dry Shampoo is a great product, it not only helps to absorb the excess oil in your hair, it adds body and volume. I’ve tried a number of different dry shampoo products but this one by TIGI is by far my favorite thus far.
Sephora eye brow kit
On top of having fine dry hair, I have hair that grows stupid fast. Like insanely stupid fast. And this includes my eyebrows. It’d be ridiculously expensive for me to get them threaded or waxed consistently (I’d need to do it every 4 days) and as if that isn’t bad enough waxing and threading both give me severe migraine headaches and actually bruise the sensitive skin around my eyes. Maybe eventually my face would grow stronger and not look so beaten up, but since I’m not willing to try that route, I needed to find a reliable brow kit to use.
This kit from sephora is great. It has 3 brow templates for shaping your brow, a gel to ‘draw’ the template on, tweezers to pull the hairs outside of the gel drawing, a powder for defining the brow after it’s been shaped, and a setting gel for finishing off the eyebrows. The first ‘plucking’ took me about an hour but now the maintenance is a minute or two at max, even with my super fast hair growth. And I really never had a clue what a difference actually ‘coloring in’ your brows could make to the overall finished appearance of your face. It has really opened my eyes (both literally and metaphorically) to how dramatic a difference even the smallest thing can make to your appearance.
Tarte Clean Slate poreless foundation primer
I have to admit, at first I had no clue why the hell anyone would need to add an extra step of putting something on their face before their makeup and after their moisturizer. It seemed silly and downright stupid to me that primer was even in existence.
So, in my very first ever sephora purchase, I bought this little tarte sample kit to give it a try and try to figure out why on earth I would need to use it. First and foremost, I have to say it glides on the skin like silk. It feels amazing. Very light and once it’s ‘dry’ you don’t even know it’s there.
Primer has 3 primary purposes that I can see:
1. smoothing the complexion, it fills and smooths the skin, masking things like pores.
2. brightening the complexion. Some are formulated to brighten the complexion, and they work well. they add a highlight affect below your foundation that gives your face a more natural glow.
3. extending the longevity of your foundation. I’m not saying that putting on makeup is like painting a wall, but in a sense it is, you get smoother nicer color and finish when you prime before painting, and when it comes to ‘painting’ the image that your face is clear and radiant, a primer really helps both with the overall finish as well as the longevity of the foundation on your skin.
Meet Matt from The Balm matte eyeshadow
Meet Matt from The Balm is a great eye shadow. I got this sample in my Ipsy bag for November. This shadow in particular has a great matte finish and adds a natural finish to your eye shadow. It doesn’t glimmer or shine it’s more of a naked finish eye shadow, for a nice natural look that isn’t flamboyant or in your face.
As someone that hasn’t worn a ton of makeup in her life, I prefer the soft matte finish of a matte eye shadow, and the pigmentation in this is heavy, so a little goes a long way.
Ulta Extreme wear lip stain
I’ve been leary of lip stains, of course being a beauty virgin, I have to admit that it kind of scared the crap out of me the idea that I might stain my entire face some funky weird color. I’ve also worried with my age (and I hate admitting that my skin is getting older) about stain really accenting the crevices in my lips.
I’ve used this with a lip primer, and top it off with a plumping lip gloss. The color lasts well, and with a lip primer and plumping gloss, the worry of accenting lip crevices is minimal. It literally scared the shit out of me looking at it in the tube, but it doesn’t go on the face blood red, it’s a nice rosy lip color, you can layer it on for a darker stain, or just 1 layer for a kiss of color. This is why I include this product in my favorites, the idea that you can achieve a number of different colors with one product puts this in my list of products worth trying.
Urban Decay De Slick makeup setting spray
How silly right, the idea of spraying a liquid over your makeup when you’ve worked so hard to try and make your face look great? It seemed strange to me too, but again I got this great sample from an order from sephora and had to try it out.
I found if I do a light spray after my moisturizer and before my primer and again after I’ve “completed my look” this spray really helps to keep shine to a minimum and ensure that my makeup stays in place till I’m ready to take it off.
I use this very sparingly, just 1 spray.
Urban decay 24/7 Eyeliner in zero
One thing I’ve hated, especially with getting older, is eyeliner. I can’t imagine pulling at the skin around your eyes continually could possibly be good for them. Regardless of your age, doing this repetitively over time surely is to contribute to crows feet and fine lines around your eyes. In essence, because of this fact (that I may possibly have just made up in my own head as an excuse or reason to be lazy and not to wear eyeliner), I have avoided it in general.
Most drug store brand eye liners are very waxy and really pull at your skin. I’ve tried liquids and hadn’t been any happier with them than I was with pencil eye liners. I’d resorted to the use of an eyeliner brush and either powder or cream eye liner for the accentuation of my lash line. That is, until I got my hands on the Urban Decay eyeliner pencil.
I really didn’t expect it to be any different or any better than any other eyeliner out there. But it’s like they took cream eye liner and put it in a pencil. It is so soft and smooth it literally glides on the skin without pulling at your eyes any more than a soft eyeliner brush does. This is an expensive investment for eyeliner at $19 for 1 pencil, but when it comes down to it, the lack of pulling at your eye and potentially causing early signs of aging, it’s worth every penny.
Benefit Cosmetics Mascara They’re real
I wouldn’t suggest this mascara if you live somewhere where it is hot or humid all the time. Living in Texas, I do have to say it’s a great late fall/winter/early spring mascara.
It gives an amazing thick look to your eyelashes that literally emulates the look of faux lashes without the glue or pain in pulling them off.
However, that said, if it’s humid or too hot, it seems to get sticky and can feel heavy on your eyes. I am still looking for a mascara that I can use more than seasonally that will add fullness and length to my lashes without being limited to cooler weather.
DDF amplifying serum
This serum is great. Very liquid but it seriously improves the overall texture of your skin. I could see wearing this on a good skin day with nothing else and feeling fabulous.
Very Irrésistible Givenchy L’Intense
Fragrance is such an important part of beauty and feeling beautiful. This has lead me to sample and try 100′s of different perfumes. I had an all time favorite, that is no longer produced. While I have looked and looked for it again, I realize that wearing a perfume that has been out of production for over 10 years may not be the best idea (scent changes with time).
Perfume changes throughout the day, the undertones come out the longer you have been wearing it. It also reacts with your personal body chemistry, so just because something smells amazing on someone else, doesn’t mean it won’t smell like ass on you.
That’s been my problem with perfumes, smelling like ass when they smelt great on someone else. I am also smell sensitive. I can become very moody very fast simply at the smell of something. Anything too strong will irritate me, and often infuriate me (my family, God bless them, can attest to what a bitch I turn into when it comes to smells).
In the past 6 months, I have sampled/tried 80 different perfumes looking for one that was just right for my personal chemistry. Givenchy came in number one. I have found 3 or 4 others that I will definitely add to my collection, but this one will be my go-to scent for day to day use.
Laura Mercer Flawless Skin Face polish
This product from Laura Mercer is great. It’s a scrub I guess, at least that’s the best way I can explain it. It’s rough and helps to remove the little dry skin patches that can cake up makeup in them. You definitely don’t want to apply this on dry skin, you need a damp face to keep it from ‘hurting’ your face (again, I have super sensitive skin so if you don’t it might not matter).
I tend to get little dry skin patches on my nose and cheek bones, where I have small flakes of skin that I don’t necessarily notice until AFTER I’ve applied my makeup. This really helps to smooth my skin and eliminate those little patches of skin.
L’oreal Paris Magic Smooth foundation
This whipped foundation is fantastic. I have to admit I was scared when I opened the jar the first time. The color looked so far off from the color of my own skin, even though I had thought I had insured that I bought the proper color. While in the jar the color seems off, once it is on the skin it really blends so well, goes on super smooth and lasts all day.
I like this best when I wear it with either urban decay primer or Mirabella primer. It does not pair well with the Tarte primers. It is light weight but offers great coverage and really gives my face a nice finish without looking overly made up.
I am still on a search for another foundation, I want a high definition foundation to use when I do you tube videos. I’ll update when I find a great one.
Make Up forever Sens eyes makeup remover
So in wearing more makeup, I realize the benefit of having a good makeup remover. This one from Make Up Forever is great for removing eye makeup. It does great at removing mascara as well as eyeliner after it has set. It is gentle and great even for the most sensitive of skin.
Mirabella Prime Face and Eye Primer
This primer literally turns your skin into silk. A tiny bit goes a long way. It is a clear primer and doesn’t discolor your skin, it does an amazing job of smoothing the appearance of your skin and even does an amazing job of helping to mask blemishes.
I don’t like admitting it, but stress does something really ugly to me. I suffer from the dreaded issue of fever blisters. If I get overly stressed out they come up and haunt me. There is nothing that will make you feel uglier and like a bigger freak than a big sore on your face. I typically want to just crawl under the cover and hide from the world until they go away. They are painful and really hurt, and mentally it feels like I have this giant growth on my face that the world looks at and judges me for.
Mirabella primer in conjunction with a concealer from benefit cosmetics really helped to mask this unsightly flaw in my face. I’ve never actually put on makeup when I had a fever blister and felt like I would be comfortable enough to be in front of a camera, much less be in a position where I was exposed to the public. But this combination really did an amazing job of covering my blemish and making me feel as pretty on the outside as I know my heart is inside. That alone gives Mirabella a 10 rating from me.
Anyway, I will probably talk a bit more about beauty here in the future. It’s a topic that I have a great interest in at the moment and something I think many women struggle with. Because not all of us wake up looking amazing, and many of us struggle from day to day in finding a look that not only works with our complexion, but that has the ability to make it through the day.
If you have a favorite make up product that you want to tell me about, please do below! I really want to explore and find new things to enhance my experience as a chick.