Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Picks: Favorite Products

I had a request to do a post on my favorite products from each category of makeup, and some categories were tougher than others. I didn't include categories where I don't have a go-to, because I didn't want to talk about products that I don't truly love and recommend. But there were also some categories where I couldn't pick just one product. 
Laura Geller Balance N' Brighten Foundation: Because I have oily skin and prefer sheer-medium coverage, I love a good powder foundation. This one is baked, and so has the creamiest consistency I've experienced from a powder foundation. It has build-able coverage and looks beautiful on the skin.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: If I had to choose a range of powders, it would be these. And if I had to choose a single one, it would be Dim Light. This blurs imperfections and gives skin such a beautiful, glow-y finish. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush: I love the Tarte blushes, and still reach for my Off the Cuff palette almost daily (sorry to include a LE!) My favorites are Darling (the peachy, middle color) and Dollface (the right-most blush). Darling goes perfectly with just about any look, and Dollface (a permanent color!) gives that perfect, brisk-weather flush. 

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: I love a good, matte bronzer, and as you might already know, this one smells like chocolate! Because this is matte and not too orange in tone, I like to use this as a contour powder in addition to a bronzer. 

Anastasia Brow Wiz: I usually like a powder to fill in my brows, but this pencil has me a changed woman. I can change the depth of the color depending on how much pressure I use, and I really enjoy the Spoolie brush on the other end. If I'm traveling, this is easily my brow-product pick since I can completely do my brows with just this. 

Lorac Pro Palette: This is my pick for an eyeshadow palette. It has everything I need to do any complete eye look. With a variety of neutrals in both matte and shimmer finishes, I can't go wrong. But if I were to choose my favorite single eyeshadow, it would be...

MAC Eyeshadow in Sable: This is the bottom-left shadow in my MAC palette. This is a purple-toned brown with a shimmer finish. I love the way it looks with brown eyes. And I think this color is complex enough that if I pack it all over my lid and buff it into my crease, I can get a complete look with just this one shadow.  

Lorac Front of the Line Pro: I prefer liquid liner, and this is my favorite. It has a skinny brush-tip and rich-black color. This makes it easy to achieve the perfect winged liner.

Clinique High Impact Mascara: I like my mascara to have it all: volume, length, and curl. This one delivers. I like this better than Diorshow and Benefit's They're Real, so if you like either of those, try this (it's at least $6 cheaper!).  

MAC Lipstick in Rebel and Viva Glam V: I love MAC lipsticks, but these two are my favorites. Rebel (Satin finish) is the perfect pop of color during any season (but I particularly love it during Fall), and Viva Glam V (Lustre finish) is a great my-lips-but-better shade. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco, Ibiza, Antwerp, and Zurich: Because I couldn't choose just one lippie favorite, I had to include these too. These are inexpensive, deliver opaque, long-lasting color, and smell great. For swatches and a more in-depth review, see this post and this post

I know I cheated on some of these, but if you could only pick one product from each category, what would you choose? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. omg..so many beauty product...love all of them

  2. I love literally all your picks! That LORAC palette has been on my wish list for a loooong time.

    1. Thank you! It's such a great palette...definitely get your hands on it:)